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Open-source battlegrounds heat up

Microsoft talks up security to counter Linux and company. Also: Torvalds trashes software patents.

Microsoft talks up security to counter Linux and company. Also: Torvalds trashes software patents.

Microsoft to confide security woes to governments

Company's decision to share information about security issues is part of its effort to blunt the appeal of open-source software.
February 2, 2005

Red Hat unveils government business unit

Linux seller is also touting a new seven-year contract with the Department of Energy's national labs.
February 2, 2005

Open-source honchos trash software patents

"Software patents are clearly a problem," Linux founder Linus Torvalds says at the OSDL Linux Summit.
February 1, 2005

Sun releases Solaris 10 for free

The server and software company begins offering Solaris 10 as a free download for those who register.
February 1, 2005

Open-source leader steps aside at industry group

Eric Raymond, one of the most influential members of the open-source community, leaves his post as president of OSI.
February 1, 2005

Lawyers ride shotgun for open source

Law center led by Eben Moglen and others will provide free services to developers who use open-source or free-software methods.
January 31, 2005

Sun: Patent use OK beyond Solaris project

Firm addresses concerns that there are severe limits on how patents it's unfettering in conjunction with open-source Solaris can be used.
January 31, 2005