Firefox and Thunderbird are Open Source products that are made available by
the Mozilla Foundation. Open Source development lets anyone who wants to to
examine the source code, or if they wish, to modify it. There are a number of
advantages to Open Source development, including the fact that many people
look at the code every day, which results in better responsiveness as bugs
are uncovered. This dynamic development community is able to provide
continual feedback to make the product better, paving the way for a better
browsing and e-mail experience for everyone.
We met with Marcia Knous and John Hedtke, authors of Firefox and Thunderbird
Garage and here's what we talked about.
Q: Unlike other alternatives to IE such as Opera and Mozilla, Firefox seems
to have really caught the public's attention and is even being considered as
a viable replacement for IE by many com... (more)
Organizations that gather and store critical information have to protect it.
While there are tried and true techniques for data protection, there are also
new and innovative ones. These new practices and tools greatly enhance an
organization's ability to protect mission-critical data. Linux and Open
Source users are specially challenged when trying to take advantage of much
of this new technology.
We asked technology analyst Tom Petrocelli about what is new and interesting
in data protection. Tom is president of Technology Alignment Partners
(www.techalignment.com) and author of... (more)
In this article, Ibrahim Haddad presents on the Open Source Development Labs
Carrier Grade Linux Requirements and Ericsson's contributions in this area.
On May 20, 2002, Ericsson joined the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL),
working with other OSDL members to develop feature roadmaps and to enable
Linux for the telecommunications market. Since then, OSDL has released the
1.0, 1.1, and 2.0 versions of the Carrier Grade Linux Requirement Definitions
and work is ongoing for version 3.0. In parallel to the OSDL activities of
defining requirements for Carrier Grade Linux and identify... (more)
OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux working group is hard at work on an open source
platform for the telecom industry. This article describes the goals,
structure, and working groups of CGL; presents the CGL architecture; and
provides an overview of the CGL 2.0 requirements.
The Linux kernel does not meet telecom requirements in various areas,
including reliability, security, and scalability. Open Source Development
Labs (OSDL) has established the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) working group to
specify and help implement an open source platform targeted for the
communication industry that is ... (more)
This article explores the recent trend toward open telecom platform solutions
as proposed by three key industry consortia - PICMG, OSDL, and the SA Forum
- working in the areas of highly available hardware, middleware, and carrier
grade operating systems. IntroductionTraditionally, communications and data
service networks were built on proprietary platforms that had to meet very
specific availability, reliability, performance, and service response time
requirements. Now, communications service providers are challenged to cost
effectively meet their needs for new architectures, ne... (more)