The news from LinuxWorld in San Francisco this week makes a very interesting point: Linux and open-source software seem to be making gains in the enterprise.
IBM and Novell kicked off the Linux lovefest with major declarations of support for the OS, and the president of Oracle delivered the keynote. Those companies, some of the biggest in the business, wouldn't have done that if Linux weren't working for them. And were it works is serv
This week we had a plethora of superb hands-on features on service-oriented architectures (SOAs).
The first one was a review of Axis 1.2.1 by our chief SOA reviewer, Shane Turner. Shane points out that as more companies turn to Web services as a viable means of deploying light-weight, distributed application components, the matter of adhering to accepted standards becomes paramount. One such standard that many companies and organiza
Next Treo Powered By MS Windows Mobile
The next version of the Palm Treo, which reportedly will be called the Treo 670, will apparently run Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system instead of the Palm OS that it was designed around. It's hard to believe, since the company that makes the Treo, now called Palm, and the company that makes the Palm OS, used to be one company, and emerged over the years in an environment of competing head-on with Microsoft's Windows CE and Windows Mobile platforms.
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Snap 'Em Up
Welcome back to the binge. Oracle and IBM both announced acquisitions last week that will have a major impact on their ability to deliver more of the data that business intelligence experts want. Both database giants, it seems, are working hard to provide wider swathes of information. As they should. And as they will continue to do.
Let me say right off the bat: I wouldn't wish the ghost of that bloated old dingbat of a trade show on my worst enemy, much less on my meal ticket. It's true that the pre-LinuxWorld PR feeding frenzy of the past few weeks reminded me just a bit of "Bombdex" during its late-90s baroque peak. The similarities, however, end right there: Unlike the exercise in self-parody that until last year vi
Next Treo Powered By MS Windows Mobile
The next version of the Palm Treo, which reportedly will be called the Treo 670, will apparently run Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system instead of the Palm OS that it was designed around.
SmartAdvice: Tracking Open-Source Code In Proprietary Apps
Licensing problems can result if open-source code is used and it doesn't meet a company's acceptable-use policies, The Advisory Council says. Also, unhappiness abounds with custom software packages when cost outweighs project satisfaction.
And So -- What's Up With The Focus On Fraud?
We've long been covering plain old phishing attacks, you know those e-mail messages you and your users get that tell you to update your financial information, or check your balances, or give you some other mealy-mouthed excuse to hand off your financial log-in information. On the surface, they look like specialized spam, but those "phishermen's special" e-mail messages are the tip of a very insidious iceberg that includes criminal theft of identity and money from innocent people and from the fin
NewsGator Goes Corporate With RSS Server
NewsGator said Thursday that it will take its flagship RSS aggregation engine to the corporate market in the third quarter with the introduction of NewsGator Enterprise Server (NGES).
Linux In Your Lap!
Earlier this year, Linux Certified, a company based down in the South Bay, sent me a laptop system for a few weeks of tire-kicking. At the time, I planned to write a full review of the LC2210D but lacked the bandwidth to get it done.
That's a shame, because Linux Certified delivered one of the smoothest experiences I've had using any laptop computer -- whether PC or portable, Linux or Windows. Now, they're also quite a bit less expensive, which gives
If You Can't Join 'Em Lick 'Em
Apple's admission that computer users have more than one finger and therefore can push more than one mouse button is a major break with the company's "I'd rather be right than popular" attitude.
It's also another sign that Steve Jobs really is getting serious about going after a bigger share of the PC market. At least that's what I hope. I'd love to see some real competition between Apple and Microsoft for the de
Update: I checked into the question of whether FingerGear provides source code for the Linux distro (a Debian variant) on its "Computer On A Stick" device. They do, in fact, provide the source code, upon request, to paying customers -- and as a newsletter reader reminded me, the GPL terms require a developer to supply the source only when it supplies the softw
Mozilla sells out! Well, not really, and certianly not in a bad way: Today, the Mozilla Foundation announced that it was spinning off a taxable, for-profit corporation to take over the product development, marketing, and distribution activities for Firefox and Thunderbird.
In most ways, very little will change: The Foundation "owns" the Corporation and still runs the show. Assuming the Corporation plays its cards right, Mozilla will be in a
Business Objects' most recent earnings indicate the customer side still has a healthy appetite for BI tools.
Business Objects' rivals don't like to hear the software company referred to as a "BI Bellwether." But despite advances made by the likes of Cognos and Hyperion in recent months, a bellwether is exactly what Business Objects continues to be.
That said, Business Objects' most recent earnings indicate customers are maintaining a healthy appetite for BI tools.
Printer Prices Tumble, But At A Cost
Printer prices are tumbling this summer, but weep not for the vendors. They have other ways of squeezing money from their customers. Buying a cheap printer now can cost more later.
Happy Anniversary SOX
It's been three years since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was signed into law, and public companies are well into their second year of compliance. So where do we stand?
ESB For SOA Reliability
An SOA promises many things -- you can keep using existing applications rather than building them from scratch, they are scalable and robust, and, if designed right, should be capable of "on-demand" response to the needs of the enterprise.
But one of the trade-offs of SOA is reliability, especially with
Successful Outsourcing Is 80% Prep Work
Outsourcing isn't just an option for large companies, but it sure can seem that way to smaller businesses that have neither the staff nor budget to navigate what can be very treacherous waters for the unwary or the unwise.
A Ratings System for Open Source Software
A rating system for open-source software will be announced at OSCON, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention going on this week in Portland, OR, The New York Times reports. The system is the cooperative work of Intel, the O'Reilly CodeZoo, Carnegie Mellon Univerity, and SpikeSource, a start-up company that supports and tests corporate open-source projects.