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  • Microsoft's top three Vista security features

    Posted February 1, 2007 - 9:29 am

    Microsoft Corp. finally rolled its Vista operating system out the door Tuesday, billing it as its most secure operating system ever. In this interview, Russ Humphries, a senior program manager with the Vista security team, lists the three Vista features that will have the biggest effect.
  • Microsoft will change Vista to meet E.U. requirements

    Posted January 30, 2007 - 4:40 pm

    As Windows Vista appeared in computer stores worldwide, Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that part of the design of the new operating system is the work of the European Commission.
  • Peugeot Citroën revs up 20,000 Suse Linux desktops

    Posted January 30, 2007 - 3:44 pm

    As part of a multiyear contract with Novell Inc., European car manufacturing giant PSA Peugeot Citron will install Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop on up to 20,000 computers, in addition to 2,500 servers, the U.S. software vendor said Tuesday.
  • Microsoft talks up security at DC Vista launch

    Posted January 30, 2007 - 3:21 pm

    Windows Vista will be the most secure operating system that Microsoft Corp. has released, a company executive said Tuesday at a Vista launch event in Washington, D.C.
  • Ballmer dispels notion that Vista is last client OS

    Posted January 30, 2007 - 9:11 am

    Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steve Ballmer on Monday attempted to end rumors that Windows Vista will be the last Windows client OS, claiming that Microsoft has "plenty more where that came from" at a press event to mark the consumer launch of the new OS and Office 2007 in New York.
  • Gates: Vista key to multimedia computing era

    Posted January 30, 2007 - 8:46 am

    Just as Windows 95 ushered in the Internet era, Windows Vista, which will be released to U.S. consumers at midnight on Tuesday, sets the stage for the multimedia hub the PC is set to become in the future, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said Monday in New York.
  • Hundreds turn out to welcome Windows Vista in Tokyo

    Posted January 29, 2007 - 2:43 pm

    Hundreds of people braved chilly weather in Tokyo on Monday night and the early hours of Tuesday to be among the first in the world to buy a retail copy of the Windows Vista operating system.
  • Vista holds clues to Microsoft's future

    Posted January 29, 2007 - 9:12 am

    It's just days before the consumer launch of Windows Vista, and by now most everyone has heard about Vista's new and improved Aero user interface, desktop search, security and various multimedia enhancements. But there's far more to Vista than the features consumers will experience when they use the OS.
  • Rivals slam Vista on antitrust grounds

    Posted January 26, 2007 - 3:12 pm

    As Microsoft Corp. gears up for the consumer launch of Vista, rivals slammed the new product, claiming that it breaks the very same European antitrust laws that its operating-system predecessor, XP, fell foul of in 2004, and that it will be riddled with bugs.
  • Windows Tip: Daylight Savings Time fix

    Posted January 26, 2007 - 1:22 pm

    There are several ways for companies still running legacy Windows platforms to address the impact of these Daylight Savings Time changes on their products.
  • Partners and retailers rally apps, support for Vista

    Posted January 25, 2007 - 9:56 am

    With the consumer launch of Windows Vista on the horizon, Microsoft Corp.'s software and retail partners are preparing for the launch with applications and support for the new OS.
  • Microsoft already gearing up for Vista service pack

    Posted January 24, 2007 - 11:00 am

    On the verge of the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft Corp. is already accepting orders for features to go in the OS's first service pack.
  • Migration, Productivity, and Sine Language

    Posted January 23, 2007 - 5:28 pm

    While at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, I had an opportunity to sit down and discuss with Microsoft some issues it faces as Vista and Office 2007 hit the streets just a few days from now. Though not much in the way of new information was imparted, I was impressed by a simple fact: Microsoft understands and has come to accept that customer acceptance will take time.
  • Oracle introduces Linux management software

    Posted January 22, 2007 - 2:17 pm

    Oracle Corp. is making further inroads into the Linux space, this time in providing management tools for the open-source operating system, after its surprise October announcement of full global support for the Red Hat Inc. Enterprise Linux distribution.
  • Microsoft offers Vista preview to fight piracy

    Posted January 22, 2007 - 10:08 am

    Microsoft Corp. is offering a free online "test drive" of its Windows Vista OS in its latest effort to fight software piracy and counterfeiting.
  • Microsoft pushes premium versions of Vista

    Posted January 18, 2007 - 10:27 am

    Microsoft Corp. wants to make sure consumers and small businesses know there are myriad ways they can acquire Windows Vista -- particularly in premium versions -- when it becomes generally available on Jan. 30.
  • Adobe delivers Flash Player 9 for Linux

    Posted January 17, 2007 - 10:43 am

    Adobe Systems Inc. has released Flash Player 9 for Linux, allowing users of the open-source operating system to create or use multimedia applications with the latest version of Flash.
  • Windows Tip: Troubleshooting group policy in Windows Vista

    Posted January 12, 2007 - 9:03 pm

    Group Policy is a key technology for managing computers on Windows-based networks where Active Directory is deployed. But Group Policy has been considerably enhanced in Windows Vista, and also in the soon-to-come Windows Server Code-Name "Longhorn." And of course, changes mean more learning for those who are going to administer these platforms, so this tip deals with one of these changes, namely how to troubleshooting Group Policy processing in Windows Vista.
  • Latest CrossOver release supports Linux, adds Mac

    Posted January 12, 2007 - 10:30 am

    The latest version of the CrossOver Office suite improves performance for Windows applications -- including games -- on Linux systems, and adds support for Intel-based Macs as well.
  • Unix Tip: Recovering control of a firmware password protected system

    Posted January 9, 2007 - 11:21 pm

    Firmware passwords can be a very useful security measure when you need to keep systems stable in spite of the fact that they may be exposed to unauthorized individuals, but they can also present a time-consuming challenge if you acquire such a system and don't know the password that was set or if you forget. Having recently purchased some used Sun systems off eBay, I quickly discovered that one of the systems had been configured with a firmware password that the seller didn't know, so I was forced to find a way to overcome this security setting before I could attempt to take control of the system and reinstall it.
  • Windows Tips: Deploying printers using Group Policy ... Microsoft Windows Vista Resource Kit - new book!

    Posted January 5, 2007 - 4:08 pm

    Here's one quick tip regarding using Windows Vista in the enterprise. Windows Server 2003 R2 introduced the capability of deploying printers using Group Policy, but to use it you first had to prepare your Windows XP client machines by deploying client software called pushprinterconnections.exe to each client using a startup script.
  • Key Indian IT services organization moving to Linux

    Posted January 3, 2007 - 2:55 pm

    The Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd. (ELCOT), a government-owned organization that delivers IT services to the southern India state of Tamil Nadu, has decided that its projects will be deployed on open-source software, including Linux.
  • 'Old' Linux kernels keep coming

    Posted January 1, 2007 - 2:16 pm

    The latest and greatest Linux kernel has hit version 2.6.19. But earlier versions of the kernel, such as 2.4.x and 2.6.16.y, still underlie many applications, and thanks to the open source development model, they're still in active development.
  • After one month, no rush to adopt Vista

    Posted December 27, 2006 - 3:47 pm

    Windows Vista has been on the market for nearly a month now, but enterprise users and industry experts agree that Microsoft's latest and greatest OS still isn't yet ready to replace XP.
  • Unix Tip: Wrap up for 2006

    Posted December 27, 2006 - 12:07 pm

    As another year of weekly columns comes to an end, this is a good time to wrap up a few loose ends and encourage you to write if you have suggestions for next year's columns. One of 2006's columns described a directory that lacked the normal links that connect a directory to its parent and itself. While fsck cleaned up the problem, some very good suggestions arrived after the column was published. Several readers suggested the use of the unlink command. Unlink is similar to the rm and rmdir commands, but lacks the safety checks that do some sanity checks on what is being removed before proceeding with the removal.
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