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  • Sun exec aims to close Solaris 'usability gap'

    Posted March 28, 2007 - 4:18 pm

    Only eight days on the job as Sun's chief operating platforms officer, Ian Murdock spoke about what he thinks needs to be done in his new job.
  • VMware enters the Linux kernel

    Posted March 28, 2007 - 8:34 am

    The next revision of the Linux kernel is to include a virtualization feature developed by VMware, called VMI. The stable update, version 2.6.21, will then allow para-virtualized operating systems -- Linux itself -- to run inside virtual machines on top of, and to some extent sharing, the Linux kernel.
  • Microsoft: Vista intro outsold XP

    Posted March 27, 2007 - 10:16 am

    Sales of Vista during the first month that the newest Windows operating system was available to consumers were more than double the sales that Windows XP racked up in twice the time, Microsoft Corp. said.
  • Windows Tip: Using FR and RUP in mixed environments

    Posted March 26, 2007 - 10:33 am

    Folder Redirection (FR) and Roaming User Profiles (RUP) are two separate but complementary methods for enabling users to roam between different computers on your network and access their desktop environments together with their personal data and settings. Here's a tip that provides recommendations on how to implement FR and/or RUP in mixed Vista/XP environments.
  • Novell, Red Hat compare desktop Linux programs

    Posted March 22, 2007 - 9:37 pm

    Open-source rivals Novell Inc. and Red Hat Inc. are each highlighting initiatives to bring Linux-based functionality to the desktop.
  • Compatibility woes make UK firms wary of using Vista

    Posted March 22, 2007 - 10:15 am

    U.K. firms show little enthusiasm for the Windows Vista operating system, with nearly six out of 10 businesses saying they have no plans to deploy it, research has revealed.
  • Oracle, Sun fixing J2SE bug with E-Business Suite

    Posted March 20, 2007 - 1:30 pm

    Oracle Corp. is working with Sun Microsystems Inc. to fix a bug affecting how the E-Business Suite runs on Windows Vista.
  • Vista's tunnelling protocol poses risk

    Posted March 20, 2007 - 10:46 am

    Windows Vista's implementation of a tunnelling protocol called Teredo can be added to the list of security problems posed by the operating system, according to recent research from Symantec Advanced Threat Research.
  • Microsoft offers small-business promotions

    Posted March 20, 2007 - 8:35 am

    Microsoft Corp. is offering small businesses promotions for free software trials and business tools, as long as they are willing to ensure that they are running genuine copies of Windows.
  • Apple, Microsoft working to add Vista support to iTunes

    Posted March 19, 2007 - 3:26 pm

    Apple has published an updated technical support document regarding iTunes compatibility with Windows Vista. The document confirms that the latest (7.1.1) version of iTunes does address a number of compatibility issues with Windows Vista, and is recommended for use with most editions of Microsoft's OS.
  • Windows Tip: Determine bandwidth using WMI script

    Posted March 16, 2007 - 1:17 pm

    To use this script, copy the text into Notepad (with Word Wrap turned off) and save it as ReportBandwidth.vbs. To run this script on a Windows Vista machine, open an elevated command prompt and type cscript reportbandwidth.vbs /? to view a list of different arguments you can use with this script. Here's the script, minus some comments at the beginning:
  • New Red Hat OS features modular design

    Posted March 15, 2007 - 8:36 am

    The newly launched Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system features a modular design that counters the argument by critics that operating systems are becoming too large and complex, a Red Hat Inc. executive said at launch ceremonies Wednesday in San Francisco.
  • Red Hat launches Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

    Posted March 14, 2007 - 2:49 pm

    Red Hat has launched Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5). As ever, the server OS incorporates many of the features previewed in Fedora, the community version of the open source OS but Red Hat is also changing both the open source operating system's packaging and the way it sells support.
  • Microsoft releases major Server 2003 update

    Posted March 14, 2007 - 9:00 am

    Microsoft Corp. has queitly released a major update to its server operating system designed to make the product more stable and secure.
  • Red Hat release renews OS debate

    Posted March 14, 2007 - 8:58 am

    As Red Hat Inc. prepares to launch the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system on Wednesday, the question is again being asked whether a robust and feature-laden operating system is really needed for some computing situations.
  • Dell polls PC users on favorite Linux varieties

    Posted March 13, 2007 - 1:23 pm

    Dell Inc. began polling customers about their software preferences on Tuesday as part of an effort by the struggling PC vendor to meet a popular request for desktops and notebooks that run on Linux instead of Windows.
  • Sun's new virtualization edges closer

    Posted March 13, 2007 - 1:04 pm

    Sun is delivering on its promise, made last October, to roll out a new form of virtualization, which it is calling logical domains or LDoms.
  • VC firm, ex-Microsoft execs back Internet OS company

    Posted March 13, 2007 - 10:24 am

    A venture capital firm has given a $10 million boost to a Swedish company that could soon be in the competitive crosshairs of Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.
  • McAfee says Vista's StickyKeys could be misused

    Posted March 12, 2007 - 4:22 pm

    A Windows feature designed to simplify computing for disabled users could be misused in Vista, a McAfee Inc. researcher reported Monday.
  • Mandriva revamps enterprise desktop

    Posted March 12, 2007 - 3:56 pm

    Mandriva, formerly MandrakeSoft, last week launched a public test version of its enterprise-dedicated desktop operating system, Corporate Desktop 4.0. The software offers enterprise-orientated features such as directory integration, secure mobility, new security features and a redesigned desktop.
  • IBM's Handy on managing Linux

    Posted March 12, 2007 - 10:55 am

    As vice president for Linux and open source, Scott Handy is one of the main public faces articulating IBM's open-source strategy. In this interview, Handy talks about how the industry giant manages to support a vast product portfolio for Linux and open-source initiatives.
  • Windows Tip: Managing Windows Firewall in mixed environments

    Posted March 12, 2007 - 10:46 am

    If you migrate all the desktops in a given organizational unit to Windows Vista, you can simply manage the firewall on these computers using the new Group Policy node found under Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Windows Firewall With Advanced Security. But what if your OU will contain a combination of Windows XP and Windows Vista computers? What's the best way to use Group Policy to manage the Windows Firewall on these computers? Here's a brief answer taken with permission from the soon-to-be-released Windows Vista Resource Kit.

  • Linux ready for primetime?

    Posted March 9, 2007 - 3:05 am

    Hewlett-Packard Co. is considering adding a Linux-powered PC to its line-up despite having flopped with one a few years ago, a company executive says.
  • The InformationWeek Vista roundtable: Part five

    Posted March 9, 2007 - 3:05 am


  • Microsoft signs first E.U. protocol licensee

    Posted March 8, 2007 - 9:26 am

    Microsoft Corp. has signed up the first licensee for the workgroup server protocols the European Commission ordered it to open up to competitors in a 2004 antitrust ruling, it said Thursday.

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