Firefox: The official web browser of IBM

Mozilla's Firefox just became the official browser of IBM.Bob Sutor's blog this morning and means that tens of thousands of new users will be downloading Firefox at work - and, quite possibly, many will do it at home as well. Sutor...

Has Chrome's growth come at the expense of Firefox?

Firefox has long been the darling of the open source community - an excellent browser that's more than a match for Internet Explorer.Chrome, another open-source web browser, it seemed the two combined might be able to bring down...

Mozilla likes HTML5 over Flash

Mozilla has joined the chorus in declaring HTML5 as the way of the future.While Mozilla isn't going quite as far as Apple - Flash is still supported in Firefox - vice president of production Jay Sullivan told The Register the Adobe...

Open-source voting technology is the cure for what ails democracy

Washington, D.C., has decided to go with open-source voting technology in a pilot project to, basically, speed up the process of getting back absentee, military and oversees ballots.The results on election night are always...

Open-sourced textbooks could ease college costs

While it wouldn't be the first open-sourced textbook, it may well be the first not to focus on open source and the first spearheaded by a major university. The University of Illinois is going to use a $150,000 federal grant to create...

Dell backtracks slightly on Ubuntu safety

In a move that probably shocks no one, Dell has removed a statement that Ubuntu is more secure than Microsoft Windows from its website.Given that Dell sells computers pre-loaded with Windows, one might imagine the company came under...

Open source brings new meaning to user-generated content

With almost half a million dollars, an open source project hopes to revolutionize local journalism. The three grants announced today by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation combine to total $458,625 and represent the next stage...

Dell says Ubuntu is safer than Windows

Linux has a powerful booster in the never-ending debate over what OS is safest from malware and spyware: Dell.Dell's Ubuntu site has a "Top 10" list of "things you should know about Ubuntu." (NOTE: Dell changed the page URL and I...

Apple would rather remove app than leave open-source license

Games, both free and paid, are perennial favorites in mobile app stores. So it was no surprise that GNU Go — the free, GNU-based version of the ancient and popular game of Go — was available as a free download in the Apple iTunes...

New study says OSS exploited earlier, more often

An analysis being presented this week says open source software is exploited faster and more effectively than proprietary solutions.Even so, the author of the study, Sam Ransbotham of Boston College, stops short of saying open source...

Ad network uses open source to solve Apple/Adobe Flash fight

One of the biggest catfights in recent computing history could be resolved with a little help from open source.HTML5 so the lucrative Apple market can see their graphics and, particularly, their advertising. Apple, you see, now...

Open source could be Africa's technological solution

That major computing companies are unlikely to want to invest heavily in Africa is not lost on the continent's brain trust.Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa is fine with that. OK, perhaps "fine" would be overstating...

Chronicling the open source movement - one person at a time

Whether open source is a license, a community or more is debatable, but what's not is that none of it would be possible without the people behind it.Linus Torvalds. Free Software? Richard Stallman. Open Source Initiative? Eric Steven...

Will an open-source alternative to Facebook actually work?

The anti-Facebook movement has created a level of interest in open-source solutions to the privacy issue where virtually none has existed before.After I wrote about the Diaspora project a few weeks ago, I was contacted by Michael...

Open-sourcing VistA could revolutionize healthcare records

Converting the Veterans Administration's electronic health record-keeping to an open source project isn't too much of a stretch.As I wrote a couple weeks ago, the unanimous recommendation to the VA for updating its VistA system -...

Microsoft uses open source to make Outlook data portable

Microsoft announced two more open source projects today, which will give developers the ability to access data from the widely used (and hacked) Outlook program - even if it's to develop competing projects. The projects are a .pst...

An Open Web App Store could eliminate interoperability problems

An Open Web App Store could revolutionize the booming app business, or it could be a crushing failure - due to no fault of its own. A post this week on the Mozilla blog details what the foundation proposes as the core principles of...

Open Source: A license, a community or more?

Open source means different things to different people. To some, it's simply that the software code is out there, available for anyone to download, change and re-release. Maybe it's free; maybe you have to pay for it; maybe the code...

Joomla! 1.6 aims squarely at enterprise

The biggest upgrade to Joomla! in some time drops Monday, in beta and aimed at making the open-source CMS more attractive to the enterprise community. The free, open-source Joomla 1.6 has four key features that solve two primary...

Creating a library of FLOSS Manuals

The work by FLOSS Manuals to develop gather and develop "free manuals for free software" continues apace, but some continue to wonder just why documentation for open source software has been so relatively rare. I read a few posts...

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