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  • 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.
  • Unix Tip: Fragmentation and Unix file systems

    Posted September 28, 2004 - 9:45 pm

    People who have had bad experiences on Windows disks that performed poorly after they had become very fragmented often wonder if they need to apply some kind of periodic analysis and defragmentation on their Unix systems as they transition into a Unix admin or user role. For the most part, the answer is no. Most Unix file systems don't become fragmented the way FAT and NTFS file systems do. But, rather than give a quick yes/no answer, let's take a look at what fragmentation, and why Unix file systems are not as prone to fragmentation as their Windows cousins and what you need to do when a Unix file system is fragmented.
  • 3Com prepares Linux-based IP PBX

    Posted September 27, 2004 - 5:58 pm

    3Com is releasing an open source-based version of its popular IP PBX appliance. The appliance is aimed at companies with more than 1,000 users, and 3Com hopes to woo organizations that are trying to avoid proprietary solutions.
  • Doing the desktop waddle

    Posted September 27, 2004 - 5:47 pm

    By some metrics, Linux has passed Mac OS to become the #2 desktop operating system. But experts vary on what the upstart can do to even be in the same league as Microsoft when it comes to market share.
  • Microsoft Data Protection Server

    Posted September 25, 2004 - 3:12 pm

    2003 systems in a reliable, efficient and cost effective manner.

  • 'Live distributions' help users test-drive Linux

    Posted September 23, 2004 - 4:44 pm

    Installing Linux has always been enough of a chore to scare off many interested users. But many Linux distributors are making available so-called "live distributions," which run entirely off of a CD and can be used as a test-drive.
  • XP SP2 distribution accelerated, VPN problem fixed

    Posted September 23, 2004 - 11:05 am

    Microsoft Corp. will accelerate the rollout of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) over the next month and has released the first official update for SP2 to fix a problem some users had with VPNs (virtual private networks).
  • Unix Tip: Changing chown

    Posted September 22, 2004 - 5:19 pm

    If you have tried to give away any files lately on any of your Unix systems (i.e., without first becoming root), you may have been surprised to learn that you can't. On most Unix systems today, any non-root user is likely to get errors such as these when he or she tries to change ownership on a file.
  • For businesses, it's slow going with Windows XP's SP2

    Posted September 20, 2004 - 10:55 am

    Although about 1 million copies of the Windows XP SP2 security patch had been downloaded by businesses by the end of August, it appears that most businesses are still running it in test environments only.
  • Search utility possible solution for Longhorn's missing WinFS

    Posted September 17, 2004 - 1:04 pm

    X1 Search offers the ability to search everything on your system and may be a good stopgap for Longhorn's missing WinFS feature.
  • Novell readies streamlined Linux desktop

    Posted September 14, 2004 - 9:49 am

    SuSE Linux Desktop 9, Novell's new desktop Linux offering, is entering beta testing. Company sources say that the desktop will be simple and stripped down, in accordance with corporate needs.
  • Gartner: Ignore Longhorn and stick with XP

    Posted September 10, 2004 - 1:26 pm

    The recent announcement that WinFS would not debut in Longhorn after all - following a warning this spring that features would be axed - makes Longhorn look increasingly like a product intended to simply fill in a gap in the schedule, Gartner said in a research note to customers.
  • IBM hopes Linux will aid adoption of Power-based servers

    Posted September 10, 2004 - 9:49 am

    In an attempt to promote its Power chip architecture, IBM is launching a line of low-cost Power servers that run only Linux. The machines will not run AIX or i5/OS, IBM's usual server OSes.
  • IBM opens Linux center in Brazil

    Posted September 10, 2004 - 9:34 am

    IBM will spend more than $1 million to help fund a Linux technology center in Brazil. The center, created in conjunction with the Brazilian government, aims to train 700 public service professionals on the use of Linux by year's end.
  • Intel aids 'carrier grade' Linux

    Posted September 9, 2004 - 10:18 am

    Chipmaking giant Intel has released software that will help VoIP and other telecom providers build low-cost systems based on Linux.
  • Microsoft offers more time to test XP Service Pack 2

    Posted September 8, 2004 - 9:18 am

    Microsoft Corp. is giving users more time to prepare for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) by doubling the time a special registry key will prevent PCs from automatically downloading and installing the mammoth update.
  • SP2 said to cause woes in 10% of Windows XP PCs

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 12:04 pm

    About one in every 10 PCs running Windows XP will experience problems when upgrades with XP SP2, according to AssetMetrix, an asset-monitoring service provider. The Ottowa, Canada-based company arrived at that number after examining 44,000 PCs in 350 different companies.
  • The Microsoft SP2 chat Q&A

    Posted September 7, 2004 - 11:29 am

    Microsoft has been making its experts available in myriad channels to ensure a smooth rollout of XP SP2. Here's the transcript of a September 1 Q&A tackling resolutions to user-submitted problems that have come up when installing the upgrade.
  • Ballmer bullish on future, bearish on Linux

    Posted September 1, 2004 - 2:52 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer addressed a gathering of software industry leaders in Boston Wednesday, touting his company's vision for a bright future, while casting doubt on alternatives to his company's Windows operating system, in particular Linux.
  • Allchin defends Longhorn decision to Microsoft employees

    Posted August 30, 2004 - 3:32 pm

    You've read the news about the cutbacks on Microsoft's Longhorn development. Now read the internal company memo explaining the decision to Microsoft employees from the company's group vice president of platforms, Jim Allchin.
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