Novell's past missteps include investing in server-based technology to the exclusion of the desktop and attempting to buy its way into new markets without a plan for integration, as it did a decade ago after buying WordPerfect Corp. and QuattroPro from Borland. Novell chairman and CEO Jack Messman sums up the disconnect between his company and the market over the past few years. "We felt we were still around," he said at a news conference. "But many of our customers thought we'd gone dark in many respects."
Saturday was consumer day at CeBIT 2004, where more than 220,000 people visited in the first three days. Most visitors come with empty bags and go home with filled ones. After an interesting dinner with Evan Leibovich and the German LPI guys -- and too little sleep -- we were back in the booth with minutes to spare before the gates opened.
Combined with Versora's migration solutions, the new partnership provides customers SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server and the enterprise mail and collaboration application SUSE LINUX Openexchange from one vendor.
The real benefit of the software repository will come when state and local agencies throughout the country look to quickly develop applications that improve government operations and save taxpayers money, says Peter Quinn, Massachusetts' CIO and chairman of the collaborative.
Cruising out to sea with Linux navigational software.
Those still using OSS will be happy to know that the Open Sound System will all but certainly always be part of the 2.6 stable kernel. As for the future, it is quite likely that OSS will be removed during the 2.7 development phase, and that ALSA will be the one remaining sound subsystem. Much of the thread follows, offering interesting arguments for both side of this debate.
Blue Lance announced today the availability of LT Auditor+ for Syslogs(TM), which allows customers to audit and monitor security event logs across Linux and Unix servers, network communication devices, firewall appliances and any application capable of generating syslog messages. This ensures accountability and helps detect intrusive activity across the enterprise.
Red Hat today announced that it has expanded its agreement with IBM to allow Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.3 to be ordered concurrent with the order of IBM eServer(TM) POWER(TM) hardware, as well as support options.
PolyServe Inc. announced Monday that its Matrix Server shared data clustering software supports Oracle's 10g database on Linux.
Protecting data is the top priority for enterprise level buyers of software, according to Peter Moore, Microsoft General Manager for Public Sector for Asia Pacific and Greater China, and price issues come second.
[Editor's note: Some things on this world are just a complete mystery. This is one of them.]
LinuxQuestions.org is pleased to announce the addition of a Linux Certification forum. The LinuxQuestions.org Linux Certification forum will have participation from three of the leading Linux certification bodies: Red Hat, The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and CompTIA.
Acknowledging, as he has done before - at for example Computer Associates' CA World event last year - that he is just a kernel guy, Linus Torvalds told CEO Jack Messman's Novell that its approach to getting ready a full suite of Linux apps for clients ranging from corporations to individual PC users may just be "the next big thing in Linux on a different scale."
Although the computer industry seems focused on the 64-bit battle between Intel's Itanium and AMD's Opteron, a more interesting 64-bit platform to watch is IBM's PowerPC. Of IBM's two PowerPC platforms, the pSeries and iSeries, the latter, formerly known as the AS/400, is the one to watch. The iSeries, in combination with Linux, can drive new levels of productivity for end users.
Open source is being used by Novell Inc to provide tight integration between Linux desktops and servers, turning one of Microsoft's own tactics against it. Licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), iFolder will allow desktop users to back-up, access and manage personal files to any designated machine.
As financial opportunities develop, so the follows "the legal gravy train." If there is money in it, it is worth litigating. So, it seems to be the case with free software. Free software has moved from the world of "the anarchist" to the commercial world. Litigation has raised its head at the same time as some members of the venture capital community are rushing to invest in open source software.
The mozilla.org staff meeting minutes for March 8th as well as March 15th are now online and available for reading.
I was trying to decide yesterday on what my next tutorial should be, and I realised I had never written about why I love Linux1 so much. Well, it's time to let the world know.
The latest newsletter covering the wonderful world of Gentoo is now available.
For experienced Linux users -- especially those moving from another distribution to Fedora -- Pocket Linux Guide is perfect. It can be read in a day or so, during which it will remind you of many useful tools that everyone can stand to be reminded of once in a while. It will also give you an idea about the idiosyncracies of a standard Fedora install.