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  • IBM, Novell team to fuel SMB Linux adoption

    Posted April 3, 2006 - 2:25 pm

    IBM Corp. and Novell Inc. have teamed up to drive Linux adoption among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with new packaged bundles of Novell's Linux distribution and IBM's software and servers.
  • Microsoft program may ease Vista delay fallout

    Posted March 31, 2006 - 6:01 pm

    Even though Windows Vista won't be available until next year, Microsoft Corp. is working with hardware partners to prepare customers for its release. Starting next month, PCs with stickers saying "Windows Vista Capable" will be in stores, letting customers know what hardware can be upgraded to Vista once it is available, the company said Friday.
  • Linux loses to Windows in ex-Unix shops

    Posted March 31, 2006 - 12:55 pm

    Where do Unix shops who want to migrate go next? You'd think they go for Linux. Or is it Windows? It depends who's asking. According Microsoft-commissioned research, more ex-Unix shops run Windows than Linux.
  • Configuring and Using DFS Replication

    Posted March 31, 2006 - 12:40 pm

    This article shows how businesses can use the new DFS Replication feature of Windows Server 2003 R2 to perform tasks like simplifying branch office backups and publishing content across an enterprise. Configuration options for DFS Replication are also discussed.
  • E.U. warns Microsoft over Vista features

    Posted March 29, 2006 - 9:57 am

    The European Commission has laid out specific antitrust concerns it has about Vista, Microsoft Corp.'s long awaited new operating system, Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd said Wednesday.
  • What's what in Linux 2.6.16

    Posted March 25, 2006 - 2:28 pm

    What's new in the latest version of the Linux kernel? This detailed article will get you started in figuring out the new goodies.
  • Sybase to showcase databases to Linux enthusiasts

    Posted March 25, 2006 - 2:13 pm

    Sybase will focus on showing off its three databases to Linux enthusiasts at the LinuxWorld expo in Australia this month, as well as running demonstrations on how clients can use its databases to leverage solutions in the mobility space.
  • Vista problems might be bigger than Microsoft admits

    Posted March 24, 2006 - 6:24 pm

    More delays in the release schedule for Windows Vista revealed Friday hint that problems with getting the OS out the door may be broader than Microsoft Corp. has articulated.
  • Office consumer editions to follow Vista into 2007

    Posted March 24, 2006 - 10:25 am

    The delay in Windows Vista will affect the next version of Office, too. Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it will put off the consumer release of Office 2007 so it is in line with the new release schedule for Vista.
  • Linux kernel updated with Oracle, Cell support

    Posted March 22, 2006 - 3:51 pm

    Support for Oracle Corp. database clustering and IBM Corp.'s Cell processor are among the new enhancements in the latest version of the Linux kernel.
  • Vendors insist PC sales will survive Vista delay

    Posted March 22, 2006 - 3:05 pm

    PC vendors were putting on a brave face Wednesday in the wake of news from Microsoft Corp. that the consumer version of the Windows Vista operating system would not ship in time for pre-loaded machines to reach retail shelves in time for this year's holiday shopping boom.
  • Windows Vista release pushed back to January 2007

    Posted March 22, 2006 - 10:12 am

    The broad availability of the Windows Vista client OS has been pushed back to next year, Microsoft Corp. Co-President of the Platform and Services Division Jim Allchin announced Tuesday.
  • Red Hat releases Fedora Core 5

    Posted March 21, 2006 - 6:30 pm

    Red Hat Inc. has released the latest version of its Fedora Core Linux community distribution with new desktop applications, security capabilities and virtualization technologies.
  • Novell CEO opens up road map

    Posted March 20, 2006 - 6:26 pm

    Novell Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jack Messman Monday kicked off the company's annual Brainshare conference in Salt Lake City, highlighting its road map going forward and the launch of several products, including Suse Linux Enterprise 10.
  • Microsoft's Ballmer talks up business tools

    Posted March 17, 2006 - 4:31 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer Thursday showcased some of the software giant's forthcoming technologies for business users and kicked off a new marketing campaign at an event in New York.
  • Microsoft to offer more Windows Live details

    Posted March 17, 2006 - 4:24 pm

    Microsoft Corp. plans to announce details of its Internet communications plans for Windows Live on Thursday at the Spring 2006 VON Conference &Expo in San Jose, California, the company said.
  • Mac violated by Windows XP

    Posted March 17, 2006 - 4:18 pm

    The competition to persuade Windows XP to boot on an Intel-based Mac, something Apple hasn't expressly disabled but certainly has not made easy, has been won by a pair of anonymous Californians.
  • Microsoft 'supports and usurps' Unix

    Posted March 13, 2006 - 10:59 am

    Support and usurp. This appears to be Microsoft's Unix strategy as it launches the latest upgrade of its Windows Server operating system. At a recent media briefing in Singapore, David Lowe, senior product manager, Windows Server, Microsoft, cited interoperability with Unix as one of the key features of Windows Server 2003 R2.
  • Xandros prepares move into Linux server market

    Posted March 10, 2006 - 12:17 pm

    As server Linux vendor Novell Inc. eyed the enterprise desktop market at Cebit this week, Xandros Inc., better known for its desktop Linux OS, plotted its move to enterprise servers.
  • SMB Linux vendor Collax eyes U.S. debut

    Posted March 10, 2006 - 9:39 am

    An up-and-coming Linux vendor with some notable Silicon Valley connections is preparing for its U.S. launch in the third quarter, a debut that will include a major presence at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in Boston in October, its CEO said at Cebit Friday.
  • Will Novell's desktop Linux catch on?

    Posted March 9, 2006 - 3:28 pm

    Novell Inc. launched the next generation of its enterprise Linux desktop at Cebit, an OS it says is good enough for enterprises to use to replace Windows for the average office worker. But even if Novell Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED) is as impressive as Novell says it is, the big question is whether enterprises will embrace a widespread migration from Windows.
  • Novell launches next-generation Linux desktop

    Posted March 9, 2006 - 9:37 am

    Novell Inc. has introduced the next version of its desktop Linux OS, a release the company hopes will begin a "viral" migration from Windows in the next several years, said Jeff Jaffe, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Novell.
  • Microsoft updates point-of-service software

    Posted March 6, 2006 - 10:50 am

    Microsoft Corp. plans to issue this week an update for its retail point-of-service, adding features to make it easier to integrate peripheral devices, a company official said.
  • Microsoft security exec promises a safer Vista

    Posted March 5, 2006 - 9:50 pm

    Microsoft Corp.'s business customers in Europe will get plenty of assistance to migrate from their current versions of Windows to Windows Vista when that operating system ships in the second half of 2006, according to Detlef Eckert, chief security advisor for Microsoft in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
  • 'World's largest' Wi-Fi network keeps Linux under wraps

    Posted March 1, 2006 - 4:00 pm

    If securely deploying 10,000 wireless access points across 1700 locations in five months to create what is said to be the world's largest enterprise Wi-Fi network sounds like a challenge, Victoria's Department of Education (DET) in Australia took it all in its stride - with the help of a little penguin.
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