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Oracle SAPs competitors in war over ERP & CRM crown

We all know of the operating system wars (like Linux versus Windows) and some of us have heard of the skirmish between databases (such as Oracle versus SQL server) but these are merely cold wars. The real battle is being fought in the ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) arena — between Oracle and SAP. And with the recent announcement of Oracle making a $5.85-billion acquisition of Siebel, the balance is tilted in favour of the former.

Not Only Oracle, SAP and Siebel Now Support Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

"Significant reductions in costs and gains in performance can be made with Linux at the heart of the enterprise," said David Patrick, Novell vice president and general manager of Linux, Open Source Platforms and Services, as Novell at its annual BrainShare conference in Barcelona, Spain, announced the rapid growth of business-critical applications running on Linux in the data center, as data center software vendors Agresso, Carmen Systems, Jeeves Information Systems and Sage joined Oracle, SAP and Siebel in supporting Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

IBM Starts Shipping z9 Mainframe

  • CXOtoday; By Staff (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 4:03 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
"There's a groundswell of interest from businesses and governments around what the new class of mainframes can do," said Erich Clementi, general manager, IBM System z9. "Companies are looking to the new mainframe more than ever to help manage some of the most complex corporate issues, such as protecting the security of customer information and complying with federal regulations. From a technical perspective, the mainframe's deep commitment to Java, Linux, virtualization and SOA are driving adoption."

Energy acquires Linux supercomputer for basic research

  • FCW.com; By Aliya Sternstein (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 3:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), the flagship scientific computing facility for the Energy Department's Office of Science, accepted a 722-processor Linux Networx cluster system called Jacquard. The fully operational system is named for Joseph-Marie Jacquard, who, in 1801, invented the first programmable machine using punched cards. More than 2,000 DOE scientists, academics and other institutional researchers nationwide will use the computer for scientific disciplines such as climate modeling, simulations of the early universe and protein structure investigation.

Student sets goal with NASA

  • ContraCosta Times; By Ashley Surdin (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 2:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
To make the study more authentic, Ramya also was in charge of creating a computer simulation of Mars using Linux -- something she had never used before. The simulation was used as an information-gathering computer game.

Podcast on open source geospatial

"We discuss Open Source GIS (obviously), the Canadian government's role in supporting OGC and Open Source tools, and the hurdles to data access in both the US and Canada."

Keane gets AWIPS subcontract

  • FCW.com; By John Moore (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 12:40 PM EDT)
Keane will also help complete an open systems migration at NWS. AWIPS originally was deployed in Unix, but NWS is in the process of moving to Linux, specifically Red Hat Enterprise 3.0.

Mr. Windows

In his 15 years at Microsoft, Allchin has earned a reputation as a straight shooter who admits when Microsoft makes mistakes. But he's also a fierce competitor who pushed the integration of IE with Windows 98 to thwart Netscape inroads, a move that earned Allchin a center seat at the U.S. government's anti-trust case. Later, Allchin implied that open source was "un-American"...

Smartphone & OS Trends

  • Nokia Blogs; By Nicolas Fogelholm (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 17, 2005 12:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I can´t predict the future and I am no expert in OSes, but when looking at the growth of Linux (412%) and the theses below I think I will take a risk and bet on Linux. Yes, a Nokia 770 Internet Tablet with Linux, broadband access over Wi-Fi, hi-resolution widescreen display, Flash Player and more is on my gadget list for Santa.

Information Technology Director, Data Processing Department, Delaware County, Ohio

  • Government technology; By Shane Peterson (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Have you been introducing open source applications into your IT environment? Absolutely. In our engineering and building inspection departments, because everything about Delaware County is growth and everything starts in the building phase. When that information is entered, it's entered into multiple systems. We can get in there, pull that information out and update it as necessary, regardless of the application we're working in.

Nations Present Open Source Argument to World Bank

Senior government officials from 13 countries were among a group of open-source advocates behind a report presented to the World Bank last Friday calling on nations to accelerate economic growth by using products based on what are called open-technology standards. The group defines open standards as technologies that are openly published and which are not owned by any company. The benefit of open standards is that they allow information to be easily shared by different software Get your FREE Oracle Database Software Kit today! programs, reducing user dependency on a single provider and making information more accessible to a wider group of people.

5 common mistakes in using open-source software

Few technology initiatives have generated as much interest among chief information officers as the open-source software movement. The open-source model offers attractive license-free infrastructure technology; large, multiuser applications; and desktop applications. Built by development communities, applications evolve and improve as community members offer their revisions to their peers, who reject or accept the changes into the applications' code.

Sharp aims Linux PDA at Japanese business students

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 9:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sharp Japan has given US-based Linux PDA fans one more reason to wish the dollar could hold its own against the Yen. The newly shipping (in Japan only) SL-C3100 is the second harddrive-equipped Zaurus model, and it also features English-language software aimed at Japanese students. Sharp's first harddrive-equipped Zaurus, the SL-C3000, began shipping in Japan in mid-November -- about the same time that Sharp announced it would not market future Zaurus models in the US.

IIS 7.0 Learns a Few Tricks from Apache

  • BetaNews; By Nate Mook (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 9:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"We've learned from Apache," acknowledged Bill Staples, product unit manager for IIS. Version 7.0 takes the IIS feature set and breaks it down into individual components, or modules, that can be loaded on an as-needed basis. The result is a Web server with much less overhead.

Winners of the 2005 Digital Counties Survey stress easy access to online services.

  • Government technology; By Sherry Watkins (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 9:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
That training included the opportunity to learn more about open source technology. "One of the nice things about using open source software is that you get to see the code yourself. That way, you're not restricted or held up by not doing something because you can't afford it," he said. By developing solutions in-house, Aldridge said, the county's cost savings are noteworthy.

It's about collaboration, said Aldridge. By sharing open source applications with other counties, "We're sharing -- without cost -- the best for each county." With open source technology, customizing solutions to fit each county is an option.

"Most secure" console servers comply with FIPS-140-2, run Linux

MRV Communications says its LX-series console servers are the "most secure available," and that revised Linux-based firmware allows them to meet mandatory US and Canadian government security requirements. TNew v3.6.0 firmware also offers a 2.6-series Linux kernel, IPv6 support, and improved security, the company says. MRV says the new firmware allows its LX-series of console servers to comply with the requirements of FIPS-140 (Federal information processing standard 140 level 2). FIPS-140-2 calls for both data encryption and a product design that detects evidence of tampering. LX-series devices are currently undergoing FIPS-140-2 certification testing FIP by US government-certified testing agency Atlan Laboratories, MRV says.

True X Mouse Utility for Windows

I'm a big fan of two things that I get in X-Windows (on UNIX systems) which I don't usually get in Microsoft Windows: 1. Middle-click pasting 2. Whatever I'm selecting automatically going to the clipboard. 3. Focus following mouse, allowing me to keep one application in the foreground while actually typing on the application in the background. Usually wherever I'm contracting (at the moment, a software security company in Utah), I'm stuck using Windows despite how productive I am in Linux. Occupational hazard, I suppose. There are a few utilities I use to make my life easier when stuck using a legacy operating system such as Microsoft's Windows:

No Linux trademark in Australia

  • ZDnet; By Dana Blankenhorn (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 8:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
No Linux, please. We're Aussies. Intellectual Property Australia has rejected the attempt by Linus Torvalds and his Linux Mark Institute to control the Linux trademark, ruling the word wasn't distinctive enough.

"Microsoft Can't Ignore Linux' Double-Digit Growth Forever," Says IBM Executive

In a deal similar to one it already has with Novell, IBM is now joining hands with market leader Red Hat to push Linux into emerging markets such as China, India, Russia and Korea without overlooking the established markets. The alliance, which started with a pilot in Europe earlier this year, is cast as an anti-Microsoft software- capturing migration play.

Macros an obstacle to office suite compatibility

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 17, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Macros are important in an office suite. They are the only realistic way for non-programmers to create interactive documents quickly or add special features to the application. While many open source office suites are embracing OpenDocument as a common file format, the lack of common macro language support will prevent meaningful file interchange.

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