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CNET News.com: Open-source firm dips into services SOUP

Mar 10, 2001, 00:12 (6 Talkback[s])
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"While tech kingpins such as Microsoft and Oracle have rushed to one-up each other in introducing Web-delivered software, Ximian is doing work behind the scenes to make sure Web services can run on the Linux and Unix operating systems."

"Ximian, an open-source software company formerly known as Helix Code, believes it can help achieve Web services compatibility by porting the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) distributed-computing protocol to the Gnome user interface for Linux and Unix systems. Ximian and the Gnome project were both launched by open-source evangelist Miguel de Icaza."

"The goal is to allow Web-delivered software--such as the much-touted Microsoft.Net strategy--from different companies to work on all operating systems, from Windows to Unix and Linux. Ximian has dubbed its resulting technology "SOUP," not an acronym but a play on the SOAP name."

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