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Microsoft must fundamentally alter its business or face being at a significant competitive disadvantage to a growing array of companies offering Internet services, according to memorandums written by two of the company's top executives.
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The KDE Marketing Working Group has formed, after being proposed by the KDE community at aKademy 2005, with the aim of improving KDE's marketing and promotion efforts. Martijn Klingens, Sebastian Kügler and Wade Olson will be taking the lead in coordinating and implementing new practices, such as promoting releases more widely and running more exciting events booths. An initial charter has been created and approved by KDE e.V with the long-term goal of "coherent and strategic messaging around KDE". The group is currently focused on establishing infrastructure and prioritizing tasks.
Microsoft compared Singularity (MS' Research OS) to FreeBSD and Linux as well as Windows/XP - and almost every result shows Windows losing to the two Unix variants. For example, they show the number of CPU cycles needed to "create and start a process" as 1,032,000 for FreeBSD, 719,000 for Linux, and 5,376,000 for Windows/XP
Ubuntu a popular distribution of the Linux operating system, has acquired a wildly growing user base and today I have joined them. Described as being Linux for Human Beings, Ubuntu is somewhere in between Mandriva (formerly Mandrake) and Fedora Core in terms of ease of use. It is far from Gentoo (my personal favorite because of the emerge package manager), which should be pleasing to novice users that want a more versatile Linux installation. Ubuntu has recently been awarded Best Distribution.
For those interested in installing OpenOffice.org. 2.0 on Debian-powered PCs, ReallyLinux.com has published an article that might help save some time. In the article, Jon Watson explains the use of AliEn to help convert rpm packages for quick installation to the latest Debian releases.
An opinion article submitted to Linux Today earlier today accused Novell with implementing cuts in its SUSE Linux division, an accusation that has raised concern amongst community members and Novell itself.
Novell, the article stated, is laying off at least one KDE core developer employed by SUSE. The entire Evolution development team, currently based in India, is also slated to be dissolved, with only one maintainer left in place for product maintenance. Hula development is said to be cut completely; Mono development is also affected; what the future holds for the Novell Linux Desktop product is still unknown, according to Kurt Pfeifle, the author of the submitted article.
With security concerns about compromised accounts, phishing and fraud increasing rapidly, more enterprise organizations recognize the risks and are working to improve security controls.
Jeff Bates co-founded Slashdot.org with Rob Malda in 1997. He's now the VP of editorial operations and executive editor of the site. He spoke recently with InformationWeek's Thomas Claburn about online publishing.
[Hmmm... Interesting! - Ed]
Open source databases aren't just for Linux users. Case in point is PostgreSQL, where 50 percent of users are likely running Windows. PostgreSQL 8.1 is now available and introduces performance improvements and new features for users of the open source database.
A new, collaborative web page aims to introduce Windows users to high quality, free, open source applications that run on Windows. Called "LOOP" (List of Open Source Programs), the wiki-based list is intended to demonstrate the value of open source Windows apps to newcomers as a migration path toward Linux.
"Tell all your non-Linux friends and family about the LOOP list," Tristan Rhodes, who created LOOP, writes. "On this list they will find high-quality replacements for the software that they have purchased/pirated. Once they become familiar with these new applications, introduce them to your favorite Linux distribution (mine is Ubuntu)."
PHP supplier Zend Technologies has updated its scripting environment, embracing web services along with support for both enterprise and open source database servers.
HP HAS NOTIFIED its partners and customers of the end of the line for its AlphaServer systems.
According to a document seen by the INQUIRER, the last order date is planned for the 27th of October 2006, with those systems delivered by December next year.
[Ed: Shedding tears an acceptible means of expression, but I doubt many will flow.]
Welcome to this year's 45th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community.
In the first segment of a two-part interview, technology guru Tim O'Reilly outlines his views on open source in an interview with the BBC World Service programme Go Digital.
Mike Angelo writes: "Digital music players are very popular these days and are available from many manufacturers. One nice feature of the Lexar Digital Music Player (LDP-200) is that it uses SD memory cards to store the music files, thus providing it with almost unlimited memory. Another nice plus for the Lexar Digital Music Player is that you can use it with most all popular, desktop operating systems -- the GNU-Linux, Mac, and Microsoft Windows platforms."
[Nice price, multi-OS, and multi-purpose! Warning: only tested on Mandriva, but they're probably right about it working with most other *NIX variants - Ed]
MANHASSET, N.Y. — Microprocessor supplier AMD Inc. has scored a minor victory in its long uphill fight to wrestle the processor market from Intel Corp., as the company overtook its archrival in the U.S. retail PC sector, according to market reseach firm Current Analysis.
The firm noted that in October, processors from AMD (Sunnyvale, Calif.) were in 49.8 percent of desktop and notebook PCs sold, compared to 48.5 percent from Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.).
Any doubt that Linux and open-source software are powering mission-critical systems in some of the largest enterprises was laid to rest at the Open Source Business Conference.
A Silicon Valley private-equity firm yesterday revealed it would buy the Ingres database software from Computer Associates and set it up as a stand-alone open-source software company. The move by Garnett & Helfrich Capital is a sign that professional investors are increasingly willing to bet there is a profitable future for companies based on the open-source model of software development.
[We knew it all along. It just takes some creative thinking to make it work. - Ed]
On page 5 of this weeks CRN print Magazine, you will find a picture of Michael Dell gracing the cover. In large print, the cover reads DELL HITS THE WALL. Below, it asks: "Does Dell's warning to Wall Street last week expose chinks in the armor of the direct giant's business model?"
Then the article reads: "That’s what solution providers gleaned from Dell’s unexpected warning to Wall Street last week. The Round Rock, Texas-based computer maker warned that its upcoming earnings report would show revenue of about $13.9 billion for its fiscal third quarter, down from the range of $14.1 billion to $14.5 billion it had previously forecast."
“Dell’s formula isn’t working any longer,” said Jay Tipton, vice president of Technology Specialists, a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based solution provider. Tipton and other solution providers noted that Dell’s direct-equals-low-price gambit no longer works with customers hungry for solutions and local service.
[Ed; So what do I read out of this? Payback. -tadelste]
As you might have predicted, Red Hat is indeed working to support the open source Xen virtual machine hypervisor in the future Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 server, which is expected to come to market in late 2006.
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