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  • Windows Tip: Two Vista tips and a story

    Posted February 23, 2007 - 5:00 pm

    This resource will help you determine which applications from third-party vendors have been certified by the Windows Logo Program as working with Windows Vista. What's really interesting is not which vendors' apps are on the list but which vendors aren't listed, such as Adobe, Symantec, McAfee, and so on.
  • Open-source guru knocks Fedora

    Posted February 22, 2007 - 2:44 pm

    In a message distributed to several high-profile Linux mailing lists and news organizations, Eric Raymond, influential developer and co-founder of the Open Source Initiative, said he is switching to the Ubuntu distribution after 13 years as a loyal Red Hat user, citing numerous technical and governance problems around Fedora.
  • Wind River acquires real-time Linux from FSMLabs

    Posted February 21, 2007 - 8:29 am

    Wind River Systems Inc. has acquired technology that lets it provide an embedded Linux OS for devices that need responses in real time.
  • Microsoft offers Vista deployment tools

    Posted February 20, 2007 - 2:07 pm

    Hoping to accelerate the adoption of Vista for businesses, Microsoft Tuesday unveiled tools to help companies deploy the new Windows client OS, including software that allows older versions of Windows to run virtually alongside Vista.
  • Apple updates Java, changes time

    Posted February 16, 2007 - 3:19 pm

    Apple has released a pair of updates for running Java on Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4 and also changed the way Macs handle US Daylight Savings Time.
  • Windows Tip: Windows Vista and GPT disks

    Posted February 16, 2007 - 12:19 pm

    Windows Vista supports two types of disk partitioning: Master Boot Record (MBR) and Globally Unique Identifier Partition Table (GPT). GPT disks offer several advantages over MBR disks including more partitions (128 instead of 4) and larger partition sizes (theoretically up to 18 exabytes or about 18 million terabytes). But before you run out and get a zillion terabyte drive for your Vista workstation so you can store all your YouTube videos, you need to know the following.
  • Microsoft CEO dampens Vista sales forecast

    Posted February 16, 2007 - 9:34 am

    Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer believes that sales forecasts for its new Vista operating system may be "overly aggressive." In a conference call Thursday with financial analysts, Ballmer said lower selling prices, limited new corporate sales, and software piracy may combine to temper Vista sales.
  • Microsoft issues warning on daylight-saving time software flaw

    Posted February 16, 2007 - 2:30 am

    This year's early shift to daylight savings time, scheduled for March 11, is not accounted for in a number of Windows products, including Windows XP, and Microsoft is urging users to download and install an XP SP2 update to handle the problem.
  • IBM releases Informix beta, preps Linux bundle

    Posted February 15, 2007 - 10:43 am

    IBM Corp. has opened the public beta program for the next version of its Informix database server and announced plans for a bundled Linux package for smaller businesses.
  • Microsoft: UAC not a security feature

    Posted February 14, 2007 - 1:31 pm

    For those who thought the User Account Control (UAC) feature introduced in Windows Vista was intended to set security boundaries, Microsoft has made a clarification: it isn't.
  • Plans for the next Linux kernel revealed

    Posted February 12, 2007 - 2:55 pm

    In a message to the kernel developers mailing list, Linux kernel maintainer Andrew Morton gave an indication of some of the major new components that will go into 2.6.21. One change will be improvements to the KVM virtualization system, which made its debut in 2.6.20 along with an implementation of paravirtualization.
  • Unix Tip: Wake up and patch the OSes

    Posted February 9, 2007 - 5:20 pm

    Time is running out for anyone planning to ready their systems for the biggest time-related change since Y2K -- the 2007 Daylight Savings Time change. As Americans turn their clocks ahead one hour this year -- three weeks earlier than previously, systems administrators will be well advised to ensure their systems will do the same. Timezone configurations on systems from Solaris and Linux to Windows will require updates if not already updated through a patch, OS upgrade or service pack, to accommodate the new dates for switching to and then back off daylight savings.
  • Microsoft: Vista follow-up likely in 2009

    Posted February 9, 2007 - 3:20 pm

    With Vista just out the door, Microsoft Corp. is now drawing up plans to deliver its follow-up client operating system by the end of 2009, according to the executive in charge of building the product's core components.
  • Troubleshooting a USB flash drive

    Posted February 9, 2007 - 3:20 pm

    Don't toss that USB drive yet. If it doesn't work when you plug it in, doublecheck that the drive it's mapped to is unique.
  • JBoss head Fleury quits Red Hat

    Posted February 9, 2007 - 3:06 pm

    Often opinionated, always entertaining, JBoss founder and former CEO Marc Fleury has officially left Red Hat Inc., the Linux distribution vendor that purchased his open-source middleware company for $350 million in June 2006.
  • 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.
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