News & Commentary
Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in July 2008
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VMware Releases Beta 2 Of Mac Virtualization App
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The latest suite of Mac-Windows integration features new ways for protecting virtual machines with multiple snapshots and new tools for technical professionals.
Blade Server Use Will Be Limited Through 2012, Researcher Says
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Among the disadvantages of blade servers are proprietary technology and a lack of interoperability standards that tend to lock users to a vendor.
EDS Denies Layoff Report, Shareholders Approve HP Deal
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The transaction, which valued EDS at $25 per share, is expected to close in the second half of 2008.
Microsoft Sues Mouse Maker Primax
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Microsoft accuses Primax of using several patented technologies developed for keyboards and mice.
With Microsoft Midori, Platforms Take Shape In The Cloud
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The advent of browser-based thin clients like CherryPal and projects from Microsoft, Google, and others indicates that fully cloud-based computing will make its way to the masses.
Rebooting Windows: How To Recover From Vista Crashes
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
We've pulled together a passel of little-known software backup and repair techniques so you won't have to reinstall Vista from scratch, if it gets trashed or hits a fatal startup error.
Microsoft Prepares For Post-Windows Era With 'Midori'
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The operating system is being designed from the ground up to support Internet-based computing and multicore architectures.
Microsoft Offers In-Car Internet Search Service To Automakers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The service comes as automakers begin to embrace the Internet, starting with a wireless connection option on Chrysler models beginning next month.
EPA Asks Whether Energy Star Ratings Would Work For Data Centers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
About 240 data centers will provide the EPA with power consumption information over the next year with the aim of creating possible Energy Star specifications for energy-efficient data centers.
Microsoft Dupes Windows Vista Haters With 'Mojave Experiment'
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Microsoft's opinion that Vista's troubles are all in users' heads -- and not in the OS's performance -- was supported by a company experiment.
Most Vista Business Buyers Downgrade To Windows XP, HP Says
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
PCs downgraded from Windows Vista to XP represent "the majority of business computers we are selling today," says an HP marketing manager.
Inside The OSCON 2008 Open Source Conference
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
We round up our coverage of the open source OSCON 2008 conference. Don't miss Q&As with Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth and The Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin. Check out the photo gallery, too.
Beating Up Storage Vendors
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
Rackable To Offer IBM Blade Servers In Containerized Data Center
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The custom ICE Cube will be available with either IBM's BladeCenter T or HT systems, which are certified for use by the telecommunications industry.
Fabrik Launches Faster Eco-Friendly External Hard Drive
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The SimpleTech drive can transfer data 25% faster than similar products and includes a companion online backup service and virus protection.
Microsoft Calls Forrester's Windows Vista Report 'Schizophrenic'
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
A Forrester report telling large businesses to hold off on deploying Windows Vista contradicts earlier reports on the operating system, Microsoft says.
Symbian Talks Open-Source Strategy
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Vendor neutrality and greater transparency will increase adoption of the soon to be open mobile platform, executives point out.
Microsoft's Answer To Google's PageRank Algorithm: Less Privacy?
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
BrowseRank, Microsoft claims, can deliver better search results by measuring user behavior, including where users go and the amount of time they remain at those pages.
Microsoft Becomes Official Apache Sponsor
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Microsoft said it's putting a wide range of protocols that were formerly in the Communications Protocol Program under the Open Specification Promise.
Microsoft Adds Windows Live Search To Facebook
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Facebook users' Web queries will produce search results and paid search ads generated by Microsoft's search engine.
Android-Symbian Merger: Officials Weigh In
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Despite predictions by analysis firm J. Gold Associates, officials with Symbian, Nokia, and Google aren't positive the union would work right now.
Microsoft 'Done' With Yahoo, Ballmer Says
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
The Microsoft CEO dismissed Yahoo as a major player in the Internet business, despite previously offering more than $40 billion for the company.
Microsoft To Buy DATAllegro
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
The data warehouse appliance maker's software is typically used with Ingres' open source database, but could be easily be optimized for Microsoft's SQL Server.
Android, Symbian Expected To Become One OS
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Analyst J. Gold Associates said the merger of the two mobile operating systems will begin within three to six months.
Microsoft Windows Exec Kevin Johnson Jumps To Juniper
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Microsoft won't replace Johnson but will split Platforms and Services into two groups that will report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer.
Apple, Psystar Reps To Meet In Court
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
Apple filed its copyright infringement suit against Psystar earlier this month, charging that Psystar has been selling Macintosh clones in violation of Apple's software license.
Intel Revamps Its System-On-Chip Designs
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
The first batch of products is under the Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor line for industrial robotics and for security, storage, and communication devices.
Red Hat Ups Length Of Top Technical Support For Enterprise Linux
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
Any release of Enterprise Linux is given a seven-year lifecycle of support, but the level of support drops back in the fifth year, then is reduced further in the sixth and seventh years.
Microsoft Drops Player Fees On Games For Windows Live
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
The service is cross-compatible with Microsoft's Xbox Live network, which lets Xbox 360 owners play games against each other online.
China's EIOffice 2009 Launched As Challenger To Microsoft Office
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
Evermore's productivity suite combines all of the standard office programs into a single application and costs significantly less than Microsoft's suite.
VMware Counters Microsoft, Will Make ESXi Hypervisor Free
News  |  7/22/2008  | 
New CEO Paul Maritz, who took over the CEO reins from Diane Greene in an abrupt changeover July 8, timed the ESXi announcement with VMware's 2Q earnings report.
Microsoft Mum On 'Red Dog' Cloud Computing
News  |  7/22/2008  | 
The Windows-compatible platform can be seen as Microsoft's counterpart Amazon's Elastic Cloud Computing service, known as EC2, and to the Google App Engine.
Introduction To Ubuntu Linux
News  |  7/22/2008  | 
Commercial Mobile Browsers To See Strong Growth
News  |  7/22/2008  | 
While open source mobile browsers will gain popularity, ABI Research says offerings from companies like Opera can still garner significant revenue.
Microsoft Lets Xbox Live Users Build And Sell Their Own Games
News  |  7/22/2008  | 
If it passes a peer review, the creator will receive up to 70% of the total revenue generated by the game.
Extreme Networks Latest Target Of GPL Enforcement
News  |  7/22/2008  | 
This is the sixth lawsuit the Software Freedom Law Center has filed on behalf of BusyBox seeking to uphold open source software principles.
Mac Sales Boost Apple's Revenue Up 38%
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
Apple shipped 2.5 million Macs during the quarter, a 41% increase from a year ago.
Jail-Bound Microsoft Exec Blames '24x7' Job Stress
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
Carolyn Gudmundson was sentenced Friday to nearly two years in prison for embezzling almost $1 million from the company.
Dell Bundles Xbox Elite With XPS Notebook
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
The package costs $2,999 and includes the 17-inch XPS M1730 powered by a 2.5-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 processor.
Yahoo In Proxy Settlement With Carl Icahn
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
The billionaire investor grabs a seat as eight of Yahoo's current board members, including chairman Roy Bostock and CEO Jerry Yang, will run for re-election next month.
Dell Upgrades Linux PCs To Ubuntu's Hardy Heron
News  |  7/18/2008  | 
The computer maker has launched two notebooks and a desktop with Hardy Heron, the version of Ubuntu Linux that was released in April.
European Researchers Developing Touchy-Feely Robots
News  |  7/18/2008  | 
The Feelix Growing project is developing software, cameras, and sensors that help robots detect facial expressions, voice, proximity, and other parameters to determine a person's emotional state.
Microsoft Shares Sink On Mixed Earnings Report, Disappointing Forecast
News  |  7/18/2008  | 
For the fiscal fourth quarter, Microsoft said sales increased 18% over the prior year to $15.8 billion. Net income rose 41% to $4.3 billion.
Video-Game Industry Headed For Record Year, Despite Troubled Economy
News  |  7/18/2008  | 
Store sales of video games and consoles in June soared 53% and 54%, while revenues from software and accessories rose 61% and 25%, the NPD Group said.
Yahoo Says Icahn 'Will Destroy Stockholder Value'
News  |  7/17/2008  | 
The company told shareholders that Icahn and Microsoft want to serve their own "narrow special interests, clearly not your interests."
Judge Orders SCO To Pay Novell $2.5 Million
News  |  7/17/2008  | 
SCO, which is in bankruptcy protection, may have gotten off lightly. Novell believed it was entitled to more than $20 million in compensation.
Android Developers Upset With Google
News  |  7/17/2008  | 
After an updated software development kit meant for a select few is discovered, some developers say Android is not as "open" as Google claims.
Apple Fixes App Store's Alphabetical Listing
News  |  7/16/2008  | 
Some developers had gamed the system by placing spaces or characters before the name of their software to achieve a higher placement on the list.
Microsoft Opens Live Mesh To More Users
News  |  7/16/2008  | 
Live Mesh currently is a synchronization and remote access tool for Windows customers with Live IDs, but Microsoft says it will evolve to become much more than that.
Microsoft Says Yahoo-Google Deal Threatens Internet Privacy
News  |  7/15/2008  | 
The company's complaints may have as much to do with privacy and competition as they do with its own strategic interests in Yahoo's search business.
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