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Open source on the march

Sun to update Solaris 10 by year's end. Also: IBM expands free access to patents for education, health care.

Sun readies an update to Solaris 10, software developers get access to some IBM patents and a new browser builds on Firefox.

Sun to update Solaris 10 by year-end

The upgrade will include the Newboot start-up process and Sun software that alerts users to further updates.
October 24, 2005

IBM expands free access to patents

Health-care, education groups can use patents in open-software standards for Web services, e-forms and open document formats.
October 24, 2005

New browser gives taste of Web 2.0

Firefox-based Flock includes automatic RSS feeds, photo and bookmark sharing, and other next-generation Web technologies.
Images: The Flock browser's debut
October 21, 2005

blog An Australian company has devised a way to add support for the OpenDocument format into Microsoft Office.
October 21, 2005

blog "They're not scared of open-source software," a top software exec says of corporate customers. "But what they are scared of is what just happened to Mambo."
October 21, 2005

OpenOffice celebrates turning 2.0

Programmers release a major overhaul to the open-source suite that has become a more serious rival to Microsoft Office.
October 20, 2005

Andreessen: PHP succeeding where Java isn't

Netscape pioneer Marc Andreessen says the scripting language is better, simpler and has a brighter future than Java.
October 19, 2005

Sun releases Jini with open-source license

Latest Jini development kit uses Apache license, part of Sun's plan to make Jini Community resemble an open-source project.
October 19, 2005

Microsoft simplifies code-sharing plan

Company strips down its Shared Source Initiative to three licenses, one of which is modeled on the Mozilla Public License.
October 19, 2005

blog Ward Cunningham leaves Microsoft after two years to take up a post at the open-source body.
October 18, 2005

blog Analysts at Gartner's annual confab see signs that Linux and other technology is getting more mainstream.
October 17, 2005

Is it kill or cure for Oracle's database buy?

Oracle's purchase of a company with close ties to open-source rival MySQL has people wondering what the database giant's motives are.
October 14, 2005