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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-10-14 Print this article Print

: Mac OS X Support"> on Monday also released a beta release of 1.0 for Mac OS X, using the XWindows system, which can be downloaded from The release, which is targeted primarily at developers, "marks a major milestone in providing the stability and functionality necessary for daily use on Jaguar, the newer version of the Mac OS X operating system," Peterlin said.
"A significant amount of the OS X interest I have seen has been across the entire user base, with particular interest from educational markets and European users. There have also been some 8.5 million downloads since the project started, with about 5 million of these being since the release of 1.0 in May," he added.
Hiser said that, since May, some 70 percent of those downloading binary files have been Windows users, with 20 percent being Linux users. Many corporations have also been expressing interest in open source and Linux. "Here in New York City, companies like Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse First Boston, Dreamworks, Disney and others are admitting that this software has an important place in their infrastructures and are planning accordingly," he said. "You will see the adoptions mounting over the next 18 months. Its going to be impressive. Companies understand open source." Several Linux vendors, including Red Hat Inc. and SuSE Linux, have already dropped Sun Microsystems Inc.s branded StarOffice 6.0 offering in favor of Josh Berkus, an volunteer in San Francisco, said will soon accomplish in six months, and for a couple million dollars in donated funds and a couple of thousand hours of volunteer contributions, the same amount of software development that took Microsoft Corp. two years and $1.5 billion to develop Microsoft Office. "I believe that by the end of the year we will be bundled with all major Linux distributions, including Debian and Lindows. No wonder open source has Microsoft worried," he said. There are also now more than 70,000 registered OpenOffice community members, hundreds of developers and dozens of active projects, and the ongoing strong symbiotic relationship with Suns StarOffice 6.0 remains in force, Berkus said. StarOffice 6.0 uses the 1.0 code base, and functionality is similar except where Sun has added value for enterprise customers around fonts, linguistic functionality, the Adabas D database, clip art, some file filters, spell checking, boxed manual, paid training and support options. " will likely support more languages in the long run, but the big message is that there is a symbiotic relationship between our two suites," Hiser said. Peterlin added that Sun--the founding member of the community--continues to make significant contributions to the project. "I would expect that they will continue their present contributions to the effort and donate back as much of the functionality they develop as long as it can be covered by an open-source license," he said. 1.0 runs today on the Solaris, Windows, FreeBSD and Linux platforms, and is available in 23 languages. There are also many user-sponsored projects, including the native-lang project, which offers information, resources and a communication forum in a members native language. These are currently available in French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Brazilian, Portuguese and, shortly, Japanese and Danish. A localization community effort to translate and localize 1.0 to all supportable languages is also under way. Some 23 languages are currently available.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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