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Open source looks ahead

Linux gets a heart transplant with version 2.6.0, the first major change to the OS in nearly three years. Meanwhile, Red Hat plans an app server for 2004, and OpenOffice and others have news.

Linux gets a heart transplant with version 2.6.0, the first major change to the fabled operating system in nearly three years. Meanwhile, Red Hat reports a profit, makes plans to release an app server in 2004 and says it will buy Sistina Software.


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update The new update to Linux, version 2.6.0, is expected to help carry the open-source operating system into new markets.
December 17, 2003


The Linux seller plans to expand into a new Java software market in the first half of 2004, encroaching on the application server turf of IBM, BEA Systems and Sun Microsystems.
December 18, 2003


The Linux seller's quarterly profit and revenue hit all-time highs, and the company announces an agreement to acquire storage specialist Sistina Software for about $31 million in stock.
December 18, 2003


Driven by budget pressures, government bodies in Israel and Texas are beginning the shift from Microsoft Office to an open-source alternative.
December 18, 2003


The company, which sells tools to aid cooperative programming projects, names its first chief financial officer as part of a plan to profit from overseas software development.
December 16, 2003


The software maker continues its move into the Linux market with the release of its first Linux-based desktop services package.
December 16, 2003


Lindows.com releases a new version of its operating system that comes loaded with Web search, translation tools and free calling based on Session Initiation Protocol.
December 16, 2003