Dell, a long-time member of the Wintel camp, has started taking more steps into Linux, often hand-in-hand with various software partners. Outside of splashier deals with the likes of Red Hat, Oracle, and SAP in North America, Dell' has more quietly started selling SUSE Linux and Red Flag distributions on other continents.
The open-source operating system Linux is at the heart of the unlikely recent partnership between Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, who have lost significant market share for their server OS products to Linux.
IBM has subpoenaed Oracle, whose name has yet to come up in the controversy, to appear in its defense at the SCO trial, if it should come to that. IBM has put a bid in for summary judgment.
"Mozilla and Gnome folks are talking about throwing in their lot together," writes Maureen O'Gara, "so as not to fall under Microsoft's hooves - especially when Longhorn hits town. It's pretty much a survival issue."
In a company-wide memo sent this week, Steve Ballmer called on Microsoft's 50,000-plus employees around the world to keep a very close eye on Linux and open source as a growing threat to the company.
Organizations around the world are discovering the excellent economics of Linux operating system compared to many other proprietary operating systems including Microsoft Windows.
I have to admit that I'd been reluctant to give Fedora a try. I was unconvinced that an active and loyal community would grow up around it, and also feared that Red Hat's enterprise focus would color the Fedora Project's work, distracting it from improvements that matter to nonenterprise users. Boy, was I wrong--on both accounts.
Donald Becker started the Beowulf Parallel Workstation Project in 1993 at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The project's goal was to cheaply mimic the computing power of expensive mainframes and supercomputers with clusters of commodity hardware and free operating systems. The effort at NASA was named after the eighth-century Danish poem Beowulf, who slew mighty beasts - in the case at NASA, those beasts were supercomputers and mainframes.