IBM has announced a new initiative to help start-up companies in emerging
markets -- China, India, Russia, Brazil -- more quickly and easily develop
solutions based on open standards technology. For the first time, developers
will get instant access to IBM's hardware and software portfolio, free of
charge, from their desktop that will enable them to gain new skills and build
open solutions in half the amount of time and at one tenth of the cost.
IBM will also roll out more than 40 different virtual enablement workshops
through the IBM Virtual Innovation Center that will expedite learning and
help developers go to market with their applications faster and cheaper.
The move is focused on helping to accelerate the development of open
standards-based solutions. In 2004 alone, more that 400 developers a day
joined IBM's developer networks in emerging markets. This equates ... (more)
OpenDocument Fellowship member Russell Ossendryver has written an Open Letter
to the Gnome Foundation enjoining it to halt its apparent support for
Microsoft's OOXML as a standard and to put its efforts behind enhancing
adoption of the genuinely open standard, the OpenDocument Format (ODF), which
was approved by the world standards bodies as ISO/IEC standard 26300 on 2 May
The full text of the letter, posted yesterday, was as follows:
"A Letter to the Gnome Foundation
It appears that the Gnome Foundation is participating in ECMA TC 451
regarding resolving comments and contrad... (more)
Win4Lin, a supplier of Windows-on-Linux virtualization solutions, has
announced that Win4Lin Pro, the company's flagship product, has won the
LinuxWorld Product Excellence Award in the "Best Integration Solution"
Using Win4Lin's high-performance Virtual Computing Environment (VCE), Win4Lin
Pro runs Windows 2000 or Windows
XP applications and operating systems with no change necessary to the host
operating system (e.g., no need to patch the Linux kernel). Win4Lin Pro runs
as a Linux process, sharing the Linux memory and file system without yielding
control to the Windows... (more)
A project has been launched by Linux developer Steve Hargadon with the goal
of helping create a grass-roots network of independent organizations and
individuals who can create and run free public web stations for those made
homeless by Hurricane Katrina.
On his website, www.PublicWebStations.com, Hargadon writes:
"Hurricane Katrina has left individuals and families with urgent needs, and
relief agencies will work hard to prepare food, clothing, and shelter for
them. However, a huge number will be unable to return to their homes for
weeks or even months. Free, readily-available pub... (more)
There is a new Oasis Web Services Transaction (WS-TX) technical committee
meant to define a set of protocols for coordinating the outcome of
distributed application actions. It will refine and finalize a set of
specifications based on three initial contributions, Web Services
Coordination (WS-Coordination), Atomic Transaction (WS-AtomicTransaction) and
Business Activity Framework (WS-BusinessActivity).
It was formed by IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, BEA, Fujitsu, Hitachi, SAP,
TIBCO, webMethods, among others, and will be co-chaired by IBM and Iona.
In a committee decision likely to... (more)