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  • Sun to launch next version of Solaris on Nov. 15

    Posted November 1, 2004 - 10:21 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. will formally launch the next major release of its flagship Solaris operating system at a press event Nov. 15 at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, company officials confirmed Friday.
  • Windows Server 2003 - Automated Deployment Services

    Posted October 29, 2004 - 8:08 pm

    An introduction to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 - Automated Deployment Services (ADS).
  • HP, SuSE target German public sector

    Posted October 29, 2004 - 10:34 am

    The German subsidiaries of Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) and Novell Inc. are teaming to offer Linux-based products to the country's huge public sector.
  • Unix Tip: Configuring NTP

    Posted October 28, 2004 - 4:39 pm

    continuously in the background.

  • Xandros rolls out Linux desktop management app

    Posted October 27, 2004 - 2:04 am

    Xandros is offering a new management app that allows network administrators to configure and maintain large numbers of Linux-based PCs.
  • Automated Linux rollout

    Posted October 26, 2004 - 5:09 pm

    Enterprise network links include copper, fiber, radio waves, and airplanes. Since few of us have remote offices in Hawaii and Cancun, the airplane link causes the most pain.
  • Microsoft finds Google to help promote Windows

    Posted October 25, 2004 - 4:20 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has found an unlikely new partner to help promote Windows XP: Google Inc. The Microsoft.com Web site last week started offering for download Google's Deskbar, which adds a search box to the Windows taskbar and allows users to search the Web with Google without having to start a Web browser.
  • Windows Server 2003 - Automated Deployment Services

    Posted October 24, 2004 - 5:51 pm

    Microsoft's new Automated Deployment Services (ADS) allow system administrators to better manage and deploy Windows-based system builds and images.
  • Scrounging for Disk Space

    Posted October 19, 2004 - 11:32 pm

    particular file system, what should we do?

  • New P2P Restrictions

    Posted October 19, 2004 - 11:02 pm

    In case you weren't looking, California just passed a new law trying to stamp out peer-to- peer file sharing. I thought the privacy-minded Californians might resist such attempts by the record and other media companies, but I guess not. After all, most of the media companies are in California, and they have now attached criminal penalties to downloading known "commercial" works (look for Penal Code Section 653aa).
  • Red Hat hires Sun VP to focus on desktop strategy

    Posted October 19, 2004 - 10:37 am

    Looking to compete directly with Microsoft for desktop real estate, Red Hat has hired former Sun VP Tegan Padir to take charge of a desktop Linux group.
  • Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit Beta

    Posted October 15, 2004 - 9:17 am

    To make converting your physical servers into virtual servers, Microsoft releases the Beta version of its Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit.
  • Red Hat launches Linux runtime for appliances

    Posted October 14, 2004 - 9:30 am

    In its second foray into the embedded market, Red Hat has released a version of its Linux distribution aimed at single-function appliances.
  • Unix Tip: NTP Commands

    Posted October 13, 2004 - 10:23 am

    Last week's column introduced NTP, the Network Time Protocol and the concept of highly accurate timekeeping. While numerous commands exist to help system administrators maintain fairly accurate time on the systems they manage, the most obvious are very limited.
  • Microsoft aims high with Media Center update

    Posted October 12, 2004 - 9:20 am

    Striving to reignite interest in Windows XP, Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday is slated to unveil the latest version of its Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system.
  • SGI launches Linux-based visual computer line

    Posted October 11, 2004 - 11:20 am

    Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) on Monday will launch the successor line to its Onyx visualization systems. Called Prism, the systems will be based on Intel Corp.'s Itanium 2 processor and the Linux operating system.
  • Novell unwraps SUSE Linux 9.2

    Posted October 7, 2004 - 9:37 am

    Novell has released the latest version of its SUSE Linux operating system. The new release includes an upgraded Linux kernel, a move from XFree86 to X.org's version of the X Window System, and Bluetooth support.
  • Novell's latest Linux offers mobility features

    Posted October 6, 2004 - 12:57 pm

    Bluetooth support, the latest kernel, Gnome and KDE desktops and the Web authoring package Nvu are among the updated features of Novell Inc.'s just-launched SuSE Linux Professional 9.2. With availability due in November, Novell sees the update as another step towards the Linux desktop for everyman, and reckons the OS update "provides Linux newcomers and enthusiasts with the latest advancements in open source technology."
  • Microsoft eyes smaller code base for Longhorn

    Posted October 4, 2004 - 8:59 am

    Microsoft Corp. is developing versions of its Windows operating system with only a subset of the Windows code base, designed for specific server tasks, in a move that could reduce maintenance costs for customers and create products that are less vulnerable to attack.
  • Unix Tip: What is NTP?

    Posted September 30, 2004 - 11:59 pm

    been devised. NTP is the larges scale and most effective of these.

  • Microsoft launches Virtual Server 2005

    Posted September 30, 2004 - 10:04 pm

    Over the last couple of weeks, we talked about one of Microsoft's newest products called Microsoft Data Protection Server. This week, we look at an update on the next release of their virtual server product called Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.
  • Microsoft Data Protection Server, part 2

    Posted September 30, 2004 - 5:11 pm

    Microsoft jumps into the disk backup and recovery market with Data Protection Server.
  • Munich migrates to Linux despite E.U. debate

    Posted September 30, 2004 - 10:59 am

    If Microsoft Corp. had any hope of seeing Munich back away from its landmark decision last year to abandon Windows software in favor of open source Linux, that hope faded Wednesday when city officials decided to move ahead with their migration project.
  • Microsoft: We can beat Linux without Longhorn

    Posted September 29, 2004 - 2:29 pm

    With Microsoft's next-generation Longhorn operating system still two to three years off, a company official has stated that current generations of Microsoft OSes are ready to take on Linux now. He also reveals that Microsoft keeps an extensive lab running "every Linux distribution" for research purposes.
  • Rat Hat Enterprise Linux 4 to support Indian languages

    Posted September 29, 2004 - 11:13 am

    Red Hat Inc.'s Enterprise Linux 4 products, scheduled for release early next year, will support five Indian languages, reflecting the growing importance of the Indian market, according to an executive of the Raleigh, North Carolina-based Linux company.
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