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  • Premium Vista PCs fare well in first week

    Posted February 9, 2007 - 10:37 am

    Microsoft Corp.'s wish that consumers purchase the premium versions of Windows Vista rather than the most basic version of the OS may be coming true, according to the findings of a research report released Thursday.
  • Apple's Windows applications aren't ready for Vista

    Posted February 8, 2007 - 12:30 pm

    An Apple technical support document confirms that none of the company's Windows applications are yet compatible with Windows Vista.
  • Linux kernel goes virtual

    Posted February 6, 2007 - 2:10 pm

    Linus Torvalds has released the 2.6.20 Linux kernel, introducing two separate implementations of virtualization, among other features.
  • Analyst: March update should help Red Hat

    Posted February 6, 2007 - 9:16 am

    The release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 in March should strengthen Red Hat Inc.'s lead in the open source software market and fend off challenges from Oracle Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc., an industry analyst said.
  • Unix Tip: Tracking down disk usage

    Posted February 5, 2007 - 4:39 pm

    Whenever you run across a root file system that's 100% full, the first thing you are likely to do is ascertain which of many directories are actually stored, rather than simply mounted, within /. Variations of the df and du command are likely to come in handy. However, the process of detailing how disk space is being used and identifying files or subdirectories that can be removed often takes a lot longer than most of us would like. In this week's column, we'll look at a simple script that can help you determine which directories in / are abnormally large.
  • The Vista reviews are in, and they're about as pretty as the BSOD

    Posted February 5, 2007 - 12:30 pm

    A Microsoft devotee -- in fact, a self-described "Microsoft apologist" -- couldn't wait to get her hands on Vista. She writes that over the course of her 20-year love afair with Microsoft products she "insisted that MS-DOS wasn't hard to use (once you got used to it), that Windows 3.1 was the greatest innovation in desktop operating systems, that Word was in fact superior to WordPerfect, and that Windows XP was, quite simply, 'it.'"
  • BSOD through the ages

    Posted February 2, 2007 - 10:59 am

    In honor of Vista's release, Wired.com offers a pictorial history of the infamous Blue Screen of Death.
  • The Trouble with Vista

    Posted February 2, 2007 - 10:58 am

    A Vista beta tester says 80 percent of the operating system's new features are great, but the other 20 percent are nagging at his gut.
  • Uninspiring Vista

    Posted February 2, 2007 - 10:57 am

    A long-standing Windows devotee laments how Vista has turned her into... a Mac user.
  • 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.
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