News & Commentary
Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in December 2008
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Microsoft Scrambling To Thaw Zune Freeze
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The incident is unlikely to help Microsoft gain ground against Apple's iPod, which accounts for about three-quarters of the digital music player market.
Dell Unveils Massive Reorganization
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
To try to stem declining revenue and profits, the PC maker will change its business sales and marketing approach from a regional to a global strategy.
Windows 7 Leaked To The Internet
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
Microsoft's next operating system is available from torrent sites.
Microsoft Seeks Pay-As-You-Go Computing Patent
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
While such patent applications don't always lead to products, they do give some inkling as to what Microsoft is considering.
Windows XP Extensions Reflect Vista's Woes
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
Microsoft needs to keep its older operating system on the market in order to appease business customers.
Global CIO: Remembering Bill Gates: A Faraway Look At The Larger-Than-Life Legend
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
Poorly delivered jokes aside, Bob Evans remembers interviews with Bill Gates over the years and wishes him success in philanthropy and future endeavors.
Red Hat Revenues, Earnings Survive Economic Buffeting
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
Subscription revenue, which provides some guarantee of continued stable income, was up 17% over the same quarter a year ago.
Dell Contracted For XML Networking Server
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
XML and SOA software provider Vordel's partnership with the PC maker's Industrial Solutions Group is the latest way the company is extending its reach.
Multiple Android Phones Expected In 2009
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
Handsets with various form factors will hit the market in 2009, and the emergence of Android could be especially bad for Windows Mobile, Palm, and Symbian.
Palm Gets $100 Million Boost
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
Elevation Partners' equity investment comes as the smartphone and PDA maker is set to unveil its Nova operating system and new handsets.
Apple Failed To Copyright Mac OS X, Psystar Claims
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
The charge is the latest in a series of allegations in the ongoing legal spat between the clone maker and Apple.
Microsoft Extends Windows XP Cutoff Date
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
The software maker gives system builders an additional four months to get their hands on XP.
Cisco Preps Server-Switch As HP Prepares Flank Attack
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
Code-named California, Cisco's server is expected to meld Cisco's Nexus 5000 switch, Intel's Nehalem processors, and virtualization management with help from VMware.
Nvidia Ion Platform Expected in Netbooks By June
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
The GeForce 9400M motherboard graphics chipset delivers 10 times the speed of current Intel-only netbooks, said Nvidia.
Sun Updates VirtualBox 2.1 Again
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
Only daily downloads of MySQL and Java exceed those for Sun's VirtualBox 2.1, which boasts improved performance for running Windows, Macintosh, Solaris, or Linux on any PC hardware.
Mozilla Firefox 3.05 Updates User Rights
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
The change addresses criticism from the free and open source software community that Mozilla was asserting rights through the Firefox EULA that were incompatible with the GPL.
Mobile Firefox Coming To Symbian
News  |  12/16/2008  | 
Code-named Fennec, the browser will use the same technology as the desktop version, including its HTML rendering engine called Gekko.
Mac OS X 10.5.6 Users Report Crashes, Blue Screens
News  |  12/16/2008  | 
Support forums indicate that Apple's Leopard update is wreaking havoc on users' systems.
Microsoft Details Open Document Format Support For Office
News  |  12/16/2008  | 
In the next few weeks, Microsoft will release similar notes for its implementation of the pre-cursor to the ISO for Open XML.
Intel Releases Windows 7 Graphics Driver
News  |  12/16/2008  | 
Hardware vendors are getting an early jump on Microsoft's next OS to avoid Vista-style compatibility headaches.
Free Software Foundation Sues Cisco Over GPL
News  |  12/15/2008  | 
The group's complaint alleges that Cisco is in violation of the General Public License by not making source code to some Linksys products available to customers.
Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.6 Release Offers 36 New Fixes
News  |  12/15/2008  | 
The Leopard update is designed to improve Mac performance across the board.
Palm To Reveal 'Nova' OS Next Month
News  |  12/15/2008  | 
With tanking stock and market share waning, Palm is hoping a new operating system will help it mount a comeback.
Microsoft's iPhone App: Death To Windows Mobile?
News  |  12/15/2008  | 
Redmond appears to have concluded that it must support the iPhone if it wants to be a serious mobile player.
Microsoft Releases 'Seadragon' iPhone App
News  |  12/14/2008  | 
The move would appear to indicate that Redmond has finally acknowledged the iPhone's market dominance.
Ingres Builds Open Source Stack With Red Hat
News  |  12/12/2008  | 
It's neither a duplicate of nor replacement for LAMP, but will be marketed for use in transaction processing.
Top 10 Microsoft Stories Of 2008
News  |  12/12/2008  | 
Having bid farewell to Bill Gates, Microsoft tempered its appetite for Yahoo, tweaked Vista, leapt into cloud computing, allowed a peek at Windows 7, and warmed up to open source.
Sprint Avoids Google's Android Craze For Now
News  |  12/12/2008  | 
Despite its membership in the Open Handset Alliance, Sprint execs say are noncommittal about offering a smartphone based on the Android operating system.
Nintendo Wii Outsells Xbox 360 More Than Two-To-One
News  |  12/12/2008  | 
Xbox's strong Thanksgiving sales didn't help Microsoft outpace Nintendo in November.
HP Readies Linux Business Desktop
News  |  12/11/2008  | 
The Compaq dc5850 could appeal to cash-strapped school districts and businesses in the current economic downturn.
Internet Explorer Has Fewer Software Bugs Than Firefox, Chrome
News  |  12/11/2008  | 
The testers found 168 bugs in IE, 9% of which were deemed to be "showstoppers."
Jaspersoft Gets $12.5 Million, Red Hat An Investor
News  |  12/11/2008  | 
The venture funding follows news that Red Hat is embedding Jaspersoft's Business Intelligence Suite for the satellite version of Red Hat Network.
Free Software Group Sues Cisco For Open Source Violations
News  |  12/11/2008  | 
FSF claims the company failed to make source code for its routers available to customers.
HTC Reports $528 Million Profit In November
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
The record-breaking month for the smartphone maker is primarily due to the launch of the T-Mobile G1 and the rapid adoption of the Touch line of handsets.
Yahoo Shareholder Urges Search Deal With Microsoft
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
The investment firm says delays in striking a pact give further advantage to Google.
Apple Secretly Bricks Non-Intel PCs, Psystar Claims
News  |  12/10/2008  | 
Mac cloner says OS X 10.5 includes code designed to shut down unauthorized machines.
Sprint Courts Developers With 'Titan' Platform
News  |  12/9/2008  | 
The wireless carrier is launching a Java-based SDK for developers to create rich applications for its Windows Mobile handsets.
Open Handset Alliance Grows Stronger
News  |  12/9/2008  | 
The Google-led consortium has added 14 new members to help it spread Android, including Asus, Ericsson, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba, and Vodafone.
Linux, Open Source Get Patent Protection Program
News  |  12/9/2008  | 
The sponsors hope the program will ultimately promote their goals of greater freedom in the open source community to expand the Linux platform.
Firefox 3 Beta 2 Update Highlights Private Browsing Mode
News  |  12/8/2008  | 
The update also features enhancements to the Clear Private Data tool, which helps make it easier to remove data related to online activities.
Sun MySQL 5.1 Upgrades Partitioning, Replication
News  |  12/8/2008  | 
Having the option to partition tables five ways puts MySQL on more of an equal footing with commercial systems, especially those used in assembling large data sets in data warehouses.
Microsoft Reduces Search Data Retention To Six Months
News  |  12/8/2008  | 
That's three months less than the search data retention period observed by Google, which adopted a nine-month period in September.
Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Cloning Software Unveiled
News  |  12/8/2008  | 
Sprite Clone 6.5 enables IT departments to mass deploy various performance improvements across multiple users; as many as 300 devices in an hour.
Top 10 Open Source Stories Of 2008
News  |  12/8/2008  | 
The advent of Linux-powered netbooks, the launch of Google's Android and Chrome, and Nokia's move to snap up Symbian pushed open source further into the mainstream, despite ongoing legal wrangling.
Ballmer Wants Yahoo Search Deal Soon
News  |  12/8/2008  | 
Microsoft's CEO said quick integration of the Internet giant's operations would be better for both companies.
Vista SP2 Beta Available For Public Download
News  |  12/5/2008  | 
The service pack is designed to improve support for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Blu-ray devices.
Kogan's Android Smartphone, Agora, Apes Blackberry Style
News  |  12/5/2008  | 
The Agora Pro skips the flip screen and packs Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G connectivity, and Google's Android OS onto a mobile handset with a 2.5-inch touch screen.
Symbian's Move Toward Open Source Gathers Steam
News  |  12/5/2008  | 
Open source Symbian is on track to have a preliminary version ready in early 2009. With AT&T's support, the mobile OS may be able to finally crack the U.S. market.
IBM Launches Microsoft-Free Linux PCs
News  |  12/5/2008  | 
Big Blue's virtual desktop includes open source system and application software.
Oh My, Obama Uses A Zune
News  |  12/4/2008  | 
Tech bloggers suggest avid Mac user Obama could use software, such as Boot Camp or Parallels, to run Windows on his Mac to sync up with the Zune.
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