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Web goes crazy for open source Dell desktops

  • (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2004 10:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The reseller taking orders for Dell Optiplex workstations with an open source operating system claims that its website has received over 200,000 hits in the past 24 hours. Italian reseller Questar is buying workstations from Dell under a custom factory integration agreement.

Oracle touts Linux at AU talkfest

Oracle continued its bullish optimism for its Linux strategy at its OpenWorld customer event in Melbourne today, revealing that 90 per cent of new Australasian customers had deployed its database on the operating system over the last 12 months.

Linux helps make weather forecasts more accurate

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2004 10:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Weather is a tricky thing to predict, but advances in Linux-based High Performance Computing (HPC) are helping climatologists and global weather modelers achieve faster, more accurate results. Zacharia, associate lab director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), said the Linux movement has had a strong impact on weather and climate research, as well as other scientific areas requiring vast simulations,"because obviously you're harnessing the collective knowledge of large numbers of people around the world."

Ballmer: Microsoft needs better sales pitch

Hard to fathom this is Balmer's true belief. "Quote" Microsoft needs to do a better job of convincing customers that the latest versions of its products are worth having, CEO Steve Ballmer said in a companywide e-mail on Tuesday. Ballmer said that one way to make Microsoft products more useful is to offer more tailored versions of its main products. The company has already expanded the number of versions of Office and is also working to offer more specialized versions of Windows Server, such as a forthcoming version for high-end computing."unquote"

IBM Introduces Open Client Services For the Mexican Marketplace

1,000 IBM Linux-Based PCs Delivered to Schools in 16 Mexican States.

Commentary: Will Dell's new Linux desktops start a gray-market trend?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2004 9:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sorry, but Linux will never be completely accepted by the consuming public in the United States until one can walk into a mainstream store such as Best Buy, Fry's, or Circuit City and buy such a computer off the shelf -- or on the Web -- from a name-brand maker.

Dell denounces desktop Linux dealer

  • The Register (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2004 8:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Dell today distanced itself from system builder Questar's announcement yesterday that it is offering Linux-based Dell-manufactured desktop systems - and doing so with the PC giant's approval.

Now You’re Talking - - The Business Case of Open Source VoIP

  • Converge Network Digest (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2004 7:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Voice is undergoing a transformation in the enterprise market. Not only is a technical transformation underway, the shift from TDM-based switching to VoIP solutions, but also the ways in which businesses think about and use their voice solutions are also undergoing radical change.

SysAdmin to SysAdmin: Approaching Perl

  • (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2004 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Writing an article about getting started with Perl is a bit like writing an article about getting started with neurosurgery. Sure, I could cover some basics -- but it would only leave you scratching your head the first time something comes up that you've never seen. I'd hate to see a neurosurgeon in that position! But no matter what you do, there are always times when you just don't know an answer. A much more horrible fate to suffer is to have no clue where to go to find the answer. So, this article covers one or two basics of Perl, just to show you that's it's not so scary, and a future article will tell you where to find solutions when you're on your own.

Linux vendors vie for Larry's favours

Oracle has outlined plans to enhance its business and technology relationship with Novell's SUSE, potentially disrupting what has been a handy revenue stream for its current Linux partner Red Hat.

At the Sounding Edge: LilyPond, Part 1

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2004 4:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An introduction to this music notation software for Linux.

Tune-up: Letting in Linux

It's out there, and it's free--or at least close to it--but you just haven't had the guts to take the plunge and try Linux. We have good news. It's not necessary to make a complete commitment to the open-source operating system. You can have your Windows and your Linux, too, by setting up a dual-boot system. We'll step you through the process of installing Linux alongside Windows XP so that you can boot either OS.

Embedded Linux vendor honored on top private companies list

Embedded Linux house MontaVista is included on a list of the top 100 privately held U.S. technology companies assembled by media company AlwaysOn and accounting firm KPMG. The "AO100" list highlights companies with exceptional revenue or customer growth, and companies with "game-changing" approaches and technologies.

Interview: IBM veteran Jim Stallings on Linux sophistication

  • InfoWorld: Platforms (Posted by dave on Jul 6, 2004 6:56 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: Interview
In his first 18 months as general manager of IBM's worldwide Linux team, Jim Stallings has seen dozens of corporate shops and governments around the world push Linux from the periphery to the heart of their IT strategies -- never a bad thing for job security when you have the word"Linux" in your title. But with the open source operating system now more firmly entrenched, the next challenge for Stallings and his team is to help Linux drive IBM's companywide On Demand initiative deeper into corporate accounts with one hand while fighting the ongoing server battle against Windows with the other.

Questar Issues Clarification of AP Story

  • Press release (Posted by dave on Jul 6, 2004 5:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Questar Corp. today said an Associated Press story distributed Tuesday, July 6, erroneously stated that the Salt Lake City-based natural gas company was in a partnership with Dell Inc. to market Linux-based desktop computers in Europe. The AP subsequently corrected the story to indicate that another company named Questar -- identified as "a virtual unit company focusing on software sales" -- was partnering with Dell in the European venture. The Utah-based Questar is an integrated natural gas company with $4 billion in enterprise value.

Dell clarifies reports of Linux PCs in Europe

A PC dealer in Europe has begun selling Dell desktops equipped with Linux, but Dell emphasized that the systems were customized by the dealer and that this isn't the first time this has happened. Questar, an Italian-based computer seller, has begun to ship Optiplex business desktops loaded with Linspire 4.5, a version of Linux, and a copy of OpenOffice, an open-source alternative to Microsoft's Office software package. The basic Questar computer, with a 2.4GHz Celeron processor, sells for about $562.

Small, low-cost Linux system targets wireless networking apps

  • (Posted by dave on Jul 6, 2004 2:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nimble Microsystems has unveiled a small, low-power, SuperH-based fanless computer that comes with Linux, supports PoE (power-over-Ethernet), and has two Ethernet ports and two mini-PCI slots suitable for 802.11x wireless cards or other internal expansion. Available in single quantities for $250, the TNP-51R targets networking applications such as routers, firewalls, VPN, spam and content filters, RFID savant, webcams, and video servers.

Aduva Joins Open Source Development Labs

  • Press release (Posted by dave on Jul 6, 2004 2:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Aduva, a privately-held system management software company with financial backing from BMC Software, IBM, and Intel, develops technology that helps enterprises reduce the time and expertise required to build, deploy and maintain stable, compliant, secure and reliable Linux software environments.

Novell adds $600 million to war chest

Novell, the second-ranked seller of the Linux operating system, raised $600 million in a bond offering that closed Friday. Novell will use about $475 million of the funds for "general corporate purposes, including potential future acquisitions," the company said in a statement. The move comes about six months after rival Linux seller Red Hat raised $600 million of its own.

Debian Weekly News - July 6th, 2004

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze <> (Posted by dave on Jul 6, 2004 12:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 26th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. The online-forum debianHELP is carrying an online Debian Trivia Quiz for you to see if you can put yourself into the hall of fame. In retrospect of this year's Debian conference Joey Hess complained about being not very productive at conferences and high expectations that also block productivity and socialising.

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