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Dutch-born Guido van Rossum (pictured), the founder and creative power behind the ever popular Python programming language has accepted an offer from Google - a huge user of Python. "I wonder if this heralds Google finally upgrading from Python 2.2," quipped one wit on the comp.lang.python newsgroup. The key technical person for opensource at Google isn't von Rossum though, it is Greg Stein. Stein's contributions to open source have been very wide-ranging, and he's been Google's engineering manager for opensource for quite a while now. He's also chairman of the Apache Software Foundation - and the VP of the ASF is also a Google employee. So he will not be without allies. Even so, the code that has been directly released by Google to date is relatively slender. So van Rossum will need all his acumen. Greg Stein comments, on comp.lang.python: "Yeah... we recognize tha... (more)

Massachusetts' Open Source Transition Angers Disabled Workers

In the hot debate over open source software in Massachusetts government, some disabled people feel they've been left out in the cold. Gov. Mitt Romney is still marching towards adopting open standards in the executive offices of the commonwealth by the beginning of next year. But the disabled community is voicing its displeasure with the policy, claiming the state's timeline neglects their needs. "Until we let out a loud yell no one paid attention to us," said John Winske, president of the Disability Policy Consortium in Massachusetts. "They were going to do it before we came along... (more)

Agilysys And Red Hat Partner To Deliver Open Source Solutions

Agilysys and Red Hat  announced that the two companies have signed an enterprise reseller agreement to deliver Red Hat solutions and the benefits of open source to Agilysys customers. Red Hat's unique vision and leadership in the open source community combined with the consulting and services capabilities of Agilysys Professional Services will provide customers with successful, cost-effective open source technology integrations in mission-critical environments. The agreement authorizes Agilysys Enterprise Solutions Group (ESG) as a Red Hat Advanced Business Partner, the top-tier ... (more)

Covalent Technologies Enter SOA Web Services Market

Covalent Technologies, announced that it has made a strategic equity investment in WSO2. WSO2 is a new global startup venture formed by pioneers in Web services and open source to commercialize products and services utilizing Apache Axis, the open source framework for creating, integrating, and deploying Web services applications. The investment in WSO2 enables Covalent to offer full commercial development and production level support and professional services for Apache Axis to enterprise customers for the first time.  Support for Apache Axis complements the company's industry l... (more)

Win4Lin Introduces Major Upgrade to Flagship Product

Win4Lin, which bills itself as the the leader in Windows-on-Linux virtualization solutions, has announced Win4Lin Pro 2.0, a major upgrade to the company’s flagship product. Win4Lin Pro Version 2.0 includes major enhancements for ease of installation, compatibility with virtually all Windows XP/2000 business applications and improved performance, the company says. Other Version 2.0 enhancements include optimized support for 16-bit code and support for 64-bit processors. Since Win4Lin Pro leverages the Open Source QEMU architecture, this release of the Win4Lin product integ... (more)