Articles by Timothy R. Butler

Timothy R. Butler is Editor-in-Chief of Open for Business. He also serves as a pastor at Little Hills Church and FaithTree Christian Fellowship.

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Four Linux Vendors Launch ''UnitedLinux,'' Others May Join Soon

By Timothy R. Butler | May 30, 2002 at 12:24 PM

In an unprecedented move today, Caldera, Conectiva, SuSE, and Turbolinux announced a joint development program known as UnitedLinux. As was expected based on leaks from the companies earlier this week, the foursome will merge their R&D efforts to create one core Linux distribution.

RedHat Release Statement on Patent Usage

By Timothy R. Butler | May 29, 2002 at 10:50 PM

Leading Linux distributor RedHat, Inc. announced today a policy on its much publicized patent registrations. According to the company, “we are forced to live in the world as it is, and that world currently permits software patents. A relatively small number of very large companies have amassed large numbers of software patents. We believe such massive software patent portfolios are ripe for misuse because of the questionable nature of many software patents generally and because of the high cost of patent litigation.”

Mere Open Source

By Timothy R. Butler | May 16, 2002 at 2:26 PM

What is Open Source? It is a simple enough question, yet the answer has become so obscure that it is anything but simple. The phrase is undisputedly at the core of what drives the Linux community even while it eludes nearly everyone as to what its exact definition is.

OfB.biz: New Look, New Content

By Timothy R. Butler | May 13, 2002 at 10:12 PM

Those of you who regularly visit Open for Business, perhaps since its founding days at the LX-Talk mailing list last September, may have noticed some changes lately. While many of these changes are slight, we hope the end result will be to help you not only keep informed on the latest open source news, but to do so more efficiently.

RedHat Puts out a New Release and Offensive

By Timothy R. Butler | May 10, 2002 at 2:46 PM

RedHat, Inc., the leading Linux vendor, announced the
availability of RedHat Linux 7.3 earlier this week. The new
package looks very much like the latest Mandrake and SuSE Linux
releases in respect to the software included, save a few
surprises mentioned below. Interestingly enough, it seems that the most intriguing part
of the new release is not the distribution at all.

OpenOffice.org Office Suite Hits Version 1.0

By Timothy R. Butler | May 01, 2002 at 11:38 PM

OpenOffice.org, the open source foundation of Sun's StarOffice 6 office suite, announced the availability of its 1.0 release today. While the suite has been stable for a few months, this release no doubt symbolizes its readiness to move from the developer to the consumer.

Win4Lin 4.0 Workstation Released

By Timothy R. Butler | Apr 29, 2002 at 8:20 PM

NeTraverse announced today the release of Win4Lin 4.0 Workstation Edition, the fourth generation of the SCO Merge-based Windows-on-Linux software. Win4Lin is similar in concept to VMware, except that it focuses purely on running Windows 9x, and as such has been known to run Windows applications at close to native speeds.

Open Source is Like Water (Part 1)

By Timothy R. Butler | Apr 28, 2002 at 5:23 PM

Earlier today I was sitting at a restaurant with my fiancé (who I refer to as Wife 2.0 Release Candidate 1 to my technically inclined friends) and she asked me what was in the bag that I had brought home with me from work today. I told her that it is the latest distribution of SuSE Linux that I had purchased at CompUSA.

KOffice 1.2 Beta Released

By Timothy R. Butler | Apr 25, 2002 at 11:42 PM

The KOffice team announced the availability of KOffice 1.2 Beta 1
late this afternoon. The long anticipated beta, the first major
release of the open source office suite this year, brings many
improvements that greatly increase KOffice's usefulness.

MandrakeSoft, SuSE Move Forward

By Timothy R. Butler | Apr 22, 2002 at 5:21 PM

The two Linux distributions best known for Desktop-computing focus both started shipping new releases of their respective packages today. With large strides in usability being made in the last few months, these distributions promise to continue the drive toward the open source desktop.

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