Microsoft's newest partner: Russia's Vladimir Putin

If you stand against Russia's de facto dictatorship, you have an enemy besides Prime Minister Vladimir Putin: Microsoft. According to a New York Times report, the Russian government is using a new tactic "for quelling dissent:...

Last chance to get XP

Windows 7 has been around for almost a year now, but lots of people are still sticking with Windows XP. Now, Microsoft is getting ready to pull the plug on Windows XP sales. No! Really! They mean it this time. Would they lie to you?...

Android/Linux kernel fight continues

You could argue that Google's Android, so popular on smartphones now, is the most popular Linux of all right now. There's only one little problem with that: Android has continued to be apart from the Linux mainstream. People became...

Mint 9: Minty fresh Linux

Linux distributions come through my office in a constant flood. Most of them stick around long enough for a quick try-out on one of my test systems or on a VirtualBox virtual machine. A few find permanent homes. I currently use...

VMware doesn't like Windows

A friend recently asked me if I really wanted VMware, a company with a former Microsoft guy in charge, VMware, to buy Novell? His unspoken message was "Wouldn't that be horrible for Novell's Linux?" Bless his heart, clearly he...

VMware should buy Novell

Novell's history has been full of ups and downs. Once, with NetWare, it was the networking operating system powerhouse. Then they tried to be a consulting company. More recently, Novell has been both a Linux company and a friend to...

Killer patents

In the computer technology business, we tend to see patents as being bad for developers and business. What we don't realize that the problems we have with Microsoft's bogus patent claims against Linux and Oracle's patent-based attack...

Red Hat heads into the clouds, not into an acquisition

Get over it people. Red Hat is not getting acquired anytime soon. I know, I know, you'd heard all the rumors. Here's the truth as I see it: If Red Hat gets acquired anytime soon, I'll eat my fedora. It's not happening. What is...

Microsoft LOVES open source!?

Microsoft claiming that it loves open source?! What next? Cats and dogs living together?! Seriously, in a recent Network World interview, Microsoft's General Manager of Interoperability and XML Architecture Jean Paoli said, "We...

Which Linux is the most popular Linux?

As everyone who ever tried it knows, trying to count how many people use a particular Linux distribution is almost impossible. Now, Rick Lehrbaum, founder of LinuxDevices and a friend and former editor of mine, has tried a new and...

Is Oracle building its own software stack?

If you spend much time in a CIO or CTO's office, you'll have heard the phrase "software stack" a million times. It usually means a suite of operating system, utilities, and applications designed to deliver various services. For...

Google targeting Apple iPad with Chrome tablet?

Google Android was always going to be the heart of many Linux-based iPad like devices. That's not news. What is news is that Google and Verizon appear to be working together to create a Chrome operating system-based tablet. ...

How Oracle sees open source may not be how you see open source

Many open-source developers and business people are upset that Oracle is suing Google over Java patents in Android. These people have reason to worry. This case could change not just how they use Java but how open-source development...

Ubuntu Linux to go multi-touch

This morning I spoke with Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, who told me that Canonical will be bringing true multi-touch to Ubuntu Linux in Ubuntu 10.10 (code name Maverick Meerkat). "Multi-touch is just as useful on a...

Oracle dumps OpenSolaris

Okay, I tried to resist, but I can't help myself: I told you so. I've said for over a year that with Oracle in charge, OpenSolaris would be toast. I had people tell me that I was just spreading FUD. Even after it became abundantly...

Oracle vs. Google over Java in Android is only the start

I don't think Oracle suing Google over the use of Java in Android has much to do with Android at all. I think it has everything to do with Oracle monetizing Java anyway it can. That spells big trouble for any company or developer who...

Novell takes SUSE Linux to the cloud with Amazon

BOSTON, Mass. -- Novell was to have announced at LinuxCon that users will be able to run their own customized instances of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 and 11 on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. While the announcement...

Linux Foundation launches major open-source license compliance program

BOSTON, Mass. -- The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Linux, announced on Aug. 10 at LinuxCon the launch of the Open Compliance Program, a comprehensive initiative to help companies and developers...

Digg, dug, buried: Linux

A liberal blogger has uncovered that a "group of influential conservative members of the behemoth social media site Digg.com has just been caught red-handed in a widespread campaign of censorship, having multiple accounts, up-vote...

Wave fails, Twitter wins. Why?

I was one of those lucky people given early admission to Google Wave. There was only one problem. Once we had Google Wave, we couldn't figure out what to do with it. And if we, a bunch of techno-geeks and technology journalists,...

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