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  • 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.
  • Microsoft MOM 2005

    Posted August 30, 2004 - 12:00 am

  • XP SP2 gives reasons to switch to Linux

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 8:44 am

    Plagued with security holes and program incompatibilities, is SP2 giving IT departments reason enough to consider a move to Linux desktops? You decide.
  • KDE to include Google-type desktop search

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 8:17 am

    Plans to simplify searching for files on the KDE desktop more flexible, by adding a Google-style search feature, have been announced. Expected release of the next version of KDE is likely to be within 18 months.
  • Impi Linux 2 to be launched at Open Source Installfest

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 8:05 am

    pi Linux, a South Africa Open Source software project, geared towards promoting the widespread adoption of Open Source software in Africa, will be launching Impi Linux 2 at the Open Source Installfest at Dimension Data Campus, on International Software Freedom Day, on 28 August.
  • Building a better filesystem for Linux

    Posted August 27, 2004 - 7:32 am

    Namesys' latest version of its ReiserFS (dubbed Reiser4), posted benchmarks showing it is 2 to 5 five times faster than the previous versions. The so-called "Atomic Filesystem for Linux" is expected to increase the efficiency of how Linux searches files, documents, e-mails and contacts.
  • Microsoft continues Windows XP SP2 distribution

    Posted August 26, 2004 - 10:54 am

    Continuing the roll-out of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday began pushing the security-focused update to PCs running Windows XP Professional Edition, made it available on Windows Update and started taking orders for SP2 CDs.
  • Windows XP SP2 respite to end

    Posted August 23, 2004 - 2:28 pm

    After a nine-day postponement, Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday plans to start pushing out Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) to PCs running Windows XP Professional Edition.
  • Microsoft targeting 100M XP SP2 updates by October

    Posted August 23, 2004 - 10:22 am

    Microsoft Corp. has begun distributing its latest update to the Windows XP operating system to home users through its Automatic Updates feature, and says it hopes to have 100 million copies of the changes, dubbed Service Pack 2, distributed by October, according to a company spokesman.
  • Microsoft Linux Server Beta 1.0

    Posted August 23, 2004 - 12:00 am

    server platform that could dominate the Linux market?

  • SP2 can't save users from stupidity

    Posted August 20, 2004 - 10:11 am

    Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP service pack 2 may go along way to improving the security of the operating system, but the ease with which it grants users administrator access is still a concern for network managers.
  • Linus Torvalds' benevolent dictatorship

    Posted August 19, 2004 - 1:53 pm

    Linus Torvalds recently spoke with BusinessWeek. As Linux's "technical shepard" he speaks about the biggest challenges facing Linux, why Linux and open source projects are innovative, and what will keep the Linux momentum going. Here are edited excerpts from their conversation.
  • Linux wins heart of global SAP user

    Posted August 18, 2004 - 12:02 pm

    Switzerland's Endress+Hauser (International) Holding AG, a global supplier of process control systems, has migrated all its business applications from SAP AG to a mainframe running the open-source Linux operating system.
  • Researchers find holes in XP SP2

    Posted August 18, 2004 - 11:38 am

    Security researchers inspecting a new update to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP found two software flaws that could allow virus writers and malicious hackers to sidestep new security features in the operating system.
  • Microsoft delays automatic XP SP2 delivery

    Posted August 16, 2004 - 4:57 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has pushed back automatic distribution of Windows XP Service Pack 2 to allow business users more time to instruct their machines to skip the update. The software maker now also has different schedules for pushing out SP2 to the two editions of Windows XP.
  • Microsoft details XP SP2 conflicts

    Posted August 16, 2004 - 4:44 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has published a list of nearly 50 applications and games that may not work correctly after installing Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, including developer and backup tools, antivirus software and an FTP client.
  • Microsoft firewall could be security risk

    Posted August 16, 2004 - 10:40 am

    IT security experts and vendors this week welcomed the introduction of Windows Firewall, part of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), as a valuable way of protecting PCs. But while the firewall is an improvement, it falls short of the standard of protection expected of commercial firewalls, according to some industry observers.
  • Hunt for XP SP2 flaws seen in full swing

    Posted August 16, 2004 - 10:19 am

    While users are testing Service Pack 2 for Windows XP to prevent compatibility problems, hackers are picking apart the security-focused software update looking for vulnerabilities, security experts said.
  • China's Red Flag Linux to focus on enterprise

    Posted August 16, 2004 - 8:59 am

    The company behind China's leading Linux client distribution, Red Flag Software Co. Ltd., is shifting its main focus to its server operating system and enterprise customers, and planning to expand sales overseas, the company's acting president said in an interview.
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    Posted August 16, 2004 - 12:00 am

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