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November 8, 2006

Microsoft Follows Oracle In Tighter Linux Embrace

Filed under: Business & OSS, News — rakeshvk @ 5:39 pm

Agrees to back use of SUSE Linux with Windows, plans joint work with Novell

Microsoft Corp. last week announced a deal to promote the use of Novell Inc.’s SUSE Linux operating system alongside Windows in mixed server environments — a move that came just a week after nemesis Oracle Corp. significantly tightened its embrace of Linux.

Microsoft isn’t taking as big a leap into Linux as Oracle, which plans to clone Red Hat Inc.’s market-leading version of the open-source operating system and offer technical support to users at what it described as discount prices relative to what Red Hat charges.

Under its deal with Novell, Microsoft doesn’t plan to sell or support SUSE Linux. Instead, it will recommend the software to Windows users who want to add Linux systems. It will also purchase from Novell and then distribute about 70,000 coupons annually that entitle users to a year’s worth of maintenance and support on SUSE Linux. The two vendors said they will do joint development work in several technology areas, including virtualization of Windows on SUSE Linux and vice versa.

read full news from computerworld 

Novell Answers Questions from the Community

Filed under: News — rakeshvk @ 5:01 pm

Since the announcement of the Novell-Microsoft agreement on November 2, we have been flooded with questions from the open source community about what this deal means to the Linux, the open source community, and even what this deal means for Novell. We will use this page to answer as many of those questions as possible. Check back frequently, as we will continue to add more answers as quickly as possible.

Have a question you want to ask? Click here to send it to Novell.

read the full Q&A 

Microsoft & Novell Enter Linux Partnership

Filed under: Linux, News, SuSE — rakeshvk @ 4:56 pm

Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. on 2nd of Oct announced a set of broad business and technical collaboration agreements to build, market and support a series of new solutions to make Novell and Microsoft® products work better together. The two companies also announced an agreement to provide each other’s customers with patent coverage for their respective products. These agreements will be in place until at least 2012. Under this new model, customers will realize unprecedented choice and flexibility through improved interoperability and manageability between Windows® and Linux.“They said it couldn’t be done. This is a new model and a true evolution of our relationship that we think customers will immediately find compelling because it delivers practical value by bringing two of their most important platform investments closer together,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “We’re excited to work with Novell, whose strengths include its heritage as a mixed-source company. Resolving our patent issues enables a combined focus on virtualization and Web services management to create new opportunities for our companies and our customers.”

Under the agreement, Novell is establishing clear leadership among Linux platform and open source software providers on interoperability for mixed-source environments. As a result, Microsoft will officially recommend SUSE Linux Enterprise for customers who want Windows and Linux solutions. Additionally, Microsoft will distribute coupons for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server maintenance and support, so that customers can benefit from the use of an interoperable version of Linux with patent coverage as well as the collaborative work between the two companies.

“Too often technology companies ask their customers to adapt to them. Today we are adapting to our customers,” said Ron Hovsepian, president and CEO of Novell. “Microsoft and Novell are enabling customers to take advantage of each other’s products where it makes sense in their enterprise infrastructure. We jointly believe that our business and patent agreements make it possible to offer the highest level of interoperability with the assurance that both our companies stand behind these solutions.”

Time to go and bet on Microsoft and Novell stocks ) Think it is too early to come up with any objective analysis. Guess time will tell. Being frank, I don’t have time to read all this.Related:

Joint letter to the Open Source Community

From Novell and Microsoft

Over the past six years, we’ve seen the effect that the open source community has had on Microsoft. They’ve shared some source code, driven community projects like IronPython and WiX, and they continue to work with a number of open source software companies like JBoss, SugarCRM, XenSource, and Zend.

However, today’s news is a big step forward for the Linux market. Today, for the first time, Microsoft is collaborating directly with a Linux and Open Source software vendor. With this news, Microsoft is saying that Linux is an important part of the IT infrastructure.

More importantly, Microsoft announced today that it will not assert its patents against individual, non-commercial developers. Novell has secured an irrevocable promise from Microsoft to allow individual and non-commercial contributors the freedom to continue open source development, free from any concern of Microsoft patent lawsuits. That’s right, Microsoft wants you to keep hacking.

Why is Microsoft doing this? Because they recognize that customers today are deploying mixed source solutions – Windows and Linux – and they want these solutions to work well together. This will help Microsoft by making it easier for Linux customers to deploy Windows in their Linux environments. Microsoft is committing significant resources to promote joint Windows-Linux solutions. This is all about co-existence and giving customers greater choice.

The collaboration has multiple pieces:

  • Patent coverage
    • The concern over potential patent infringements makes some people nervous about the deployment of open source technologies.
    • To do this, Novell and Microsoft are providing covenants to each other’s customers, therefore releasing each company from the other’s patent portfolio.
    • What it really means is that customers deploying technologies from Novell and Microsoft no longer have to fear about possible lawsuits or potential patent infringement from either company.
  • Virtualization
    • Microsoft and Novell will collaborate in enhancing and developing the functionality required to efficiently virtualize Windows on Linux and Linux on Windows.
    • Both will now be first class citizens in data centers, addressing the needs of mixed environments. They will both enjoy optimized, supported and tuned device drivers to maximize their potential.
  • Virtualization Management
    • As a plus, the companies will work together to implement the necessary standards to manage data centers that run mixed environments (WS-Management).
    • Novell will develop tools to manage virtualized Windows machines, and Microsoft will develop tools to manage virtualized Linux systems.
  • Office Open XML
    • Novell engineers have been working for the last year together with Microsoft engineers through the ECMA TC45 working group in producing a complete specification that would allow for interoperability across office suites.
    • Novell will develop the code necessary to bring support for Office Open XML into OpenOffice, and we will contribute that support back to the OpenOffice.org organization. We will also distribute the Office Open XML plug-in in our own edition of OpenOffice. In addition, we will participate in the Open XML Translator open source project.
  • Collaboration Framework
    • One of the most important components of the collaboration agreement today is that we have setup a framework between Novell and Microsoft to discuss future collaborations.
    • Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a new era, and should not be considered a limitation. With the collaboration framework in place, we will periodically evaluate areas where we can work together improving the interoperability of our products.
  • Mono, OpenOffice and Samba
    • Under the patent agreement, customers will receive coverage for Mono, Samba, and OpenOffice as well as .NET and Windows Server.
    • All of these technologies will be improved upon during the 5 years of the agreement and there are some limits on the coverage that would be provided for future technologies added to these offerings.
    • The collaboration framework we have put in place allows us to work on complex subjects such as this where intellectual property and innovation are important parts of the conversation.
    • Novell customers can use these technologies, secure in the knowledge that Microsoft and Novell are working together to offer the best possible joint solution.

This is a watershed moment for Linux. It fundamentally changes the rules of the game. We’re really excited about this deal, and we hope you are too.

October 19, 2006

Server Core: Windows Without Windows

Filed under: News — rakeshvk @ 7:06 am

The new Server Core is a stripped-down, rock-solid version of Longhorn.

October 2006 by Don Jones

One of the most innovative features coming in Windows “Longhorn” Server isn’t really a feature as much as a whole new version of Windows. It’s called Server Core, and it will only take one-sixth of the disk space of a normal Longhorn installation. It’s not expected to need anywhere near as many patches and hotfixes as Windows 2000. It’s a version of Windows that does not, in fact, use windows. It’s breaking Microsoft’s long-standing reliance on graphical interfaces and shaking things up in several of Microsoft’s product groups.Server Core reflects a changing view of servers. “Administrators are accustomed to thinking of servers by their role. That’s my file server, that’s a domain controller, that’s an Exchange server,” says Andrew Mason, a Microsoft program manager for Server Core. Some of those roles really don’t use much of what is built into Windows.

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Flash Player 9

Filed under: Linux, News, Software — rakeshvk @ 7:00 am

This is a prerelease version of the Adobe® Flash® Player 9 Update software for various platforms. It is being made available for developers and consumers to test their content to ensure existing content plays back correctly and that there are no compatibility issues.

The Flash Player beta is available in all languages; however, the beta installers are only in English and we can only accept feedback in English at this time. Flash Player beta downloads are now available for the Microsoft® Windows® Vista™ and Linux platforms.

click here to downlolad the Linux version

October 17, 2006

PlayStation 3 to run Yellow Dog Linux

Filed under: Hardware, News — rakeshvk @ 5:54 pm

Sony’s PlayStation 3 set to move in on personal computers with the release of the Linux operating system for the device.
Linux developer Terra Soft Solutions will today announce the launch of its Yellow Dog Linux operating system for the PlayStation 3 games console.

“We have worked closely with the energetic, determined E17 team to bring this advanced graphical user interface to a state of interface euphoria. It’s not about eye candy and unnecessary special effects, it’s about finding balance between a lean, uncluttered desktop and a personal environment that is both familiar and powerful. E17 is simply the most incredible thing I have ever used – with any operating system,” states Cesar Delgado of Terra Soft.

Terra Soft’s chief executive officer, Kai Staats, said that Linux will be available immediately from the company’s online store and from selected resellers and that the company would like to see its Linux distribution bundled with the PlayStation 3 at some point in the future.

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Open Source Goes Large in India

Filed under: Linux, News — rakeshvk @ 5:09 pm

One issue that has slowed the spread of Linux is counterfeiting. Since software is widely pirated in India, many users pay nothing for Windows. Also, since Linux is distributed free, it’s not always obvious whom to call for service. Companies such as Red Hat and IBM support the software — for a fee — but they’re having trouble finding Linux-trained engineers in India.

With 4,000 students and just 21 computers, the Cotton Hill Girls High School in the south Indian city of Trivandrum wouldn’t appear to be at the vanguard of anything related to information technology. Yet the 71-year-old school is abandoning Microsoft Windows software in favor of its free, open-source rival, Linux.

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October 16, 2006

Browsers Market Today, IE still losing ground

Filed under: News, Software — rakeshvk @ 4:32 pm

New browser usage statistics are out for September, and they’re showing some interesting changes in browser market share. Internet Explorer, which has been the market share king for many years now, has been falling steadily since the launch of Firefox 1.0 and has now reached its lowest point in over two years at 82.10 percent. Firefox, on the other hand, has been growing steadily, reaching 12.46 percent market share. Safari holds its third place spot, but sees increasing numbers as well at 3.53 percent.

Both Firefox and Safari are seeing their highest numbers for the year, apparently at the expense of Internet Explorer. Firefox passed the 10 percent mark just under a year ago and has been enjoying continued success on Linux, Windows, and OS X. It has even become the browser of choice for many savvy users. Safari, while holding much smaller numbers than IE and Firefox, is also becoming nothing to sneeze at. A year ago, Safari had less than 2 percent of the browser market but has almost doubled its numbers since then. Netscape and Opera both carry under 1 percent of the market and Mozilla is dead last, just above “Other.”

It’s no surprise that Internet Explorer has been losing ground steadily over the past couple of years. There have been no significant innovations in the browser since XP SP2 was released over two years ago, and most of those were security tweaks. The downhill trend could change soon, though.

Data source: Market Share by Net Applications

Due later this month, Internet Explorer 7 will see a complete overhaul of the browser with a number of significant improvements in security, interface, and major bug fixes such as improved CSS compliance (the sound of a thousand web developers rejoicing can be heard in the distance). The security improvements include more user protection against phishing and malware and the inclusion of parental controls. Anticipation for IE 7 has been building ever since the beta was released this summer and could bring back a few Firefox converts if things go well when it’s released later this month.

However, that won’t happen without a fight from the Firefox camp. Firefox 2.0, which is also slated to be released later this month, comes with its own slew of improvements to search engine management, interface improvements such as an integrated spell checker, and its own version of malware and phishing protections. Firefox 2.0 will not be as significant of an update as IE 7, but is still highly anticipated nonetheless by Firefox fans. Will either of these major releases affect the numbers, and will IE be able to recover lost ground?  -arstechnica

September 15, 2006

guide to 3D desktops – put in a bowl, mix, add chips for topping

Filed under: News — rakeshvk @ 4:14 pm

I’ve been talking about them, complaining about what you CAN’T do, about the troubles with 3D cards… Personally I’m getting a bit lost with all this. So, I’ve decided to compile all the information I could find out about those pesky 3D desktops.

Since last week, comments, accounts from other websites, personal experiments, further readings and general nosiness allowed me to update my article. Still, further comments are welcome. >>>>

September 12, 2006

LinuxWorld keynote talks available online

Filed under: News — rakeshvk @ 4:50 pm

Did you miss out on the LinuxWorld 2006 conference and expo held last month in San Francisco? Well, we have some good news for you: the show management has posted the keynote talks online for free public viewing. >>>>

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