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Microsoft, Novell Extend Agreement

Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. have announced plans to enable virtualization for each other’s server operating systems as part of their ongoing effort to improve interoperability between Windows and Linux. Under the updated plan, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 will let users host Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 as a virtualized guest.

Dell Laptop Said to Cause House Fire

A fire that destroyed a single-family home in Biddeford, Maine, last week has been blamed on a Dell laptop that was plugged in and left sitting on a living room couch while recharging. A representative for Dell Inc. could not be reached for comment. The laptop was reportedly not among the computers recalled last year for battery problems that could cause overheating and fires.

Sun Patches Critical Bug in Solaris 10

Sun Microsystems Inc. last week patched a critical bug that could let hackers snatch control of Solaris 10 systems by sending simple commands to the Telnet daemon. The fix came just three days after exploit code for the zero-day vulnerability was posted to a security Web site. “Big round of applause for Sun owning up to the mistake and fixing it quickly,” said Dave Maynor, chief technology officer at security vendor Errata Security, in a blog entry.

Oracle Updates TimesTen Database

Oracle Corp. has unveiled the first major revision of the TimesTen in-memory relational database since it acquired the technology in June 2005. The new version, Release 7, offers increased integration and caching with the enterprise-level Oracle Database 10g. Pricing for TimesTen 7 starts at $12,000 per CPU.

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