In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Boarding The Open-Source Express
2. Today's Top Story: Microprocessors
- AMD Launches Three Dual-Core Chips
- Dell Introduces First Dual-Core Xeon Servers
- Intel, Server Vendors Team Up To Push Itanium
3. Breaking News
- Cisco Bolsters Network Security
- Palm To Debut Handheld Running Windows
- Symantec Updates Personal Security Product Line
- Credit Companies Promise Tighter Security
- Judge Sides With Visa, MasterCard In Test Of Consumer
- Phishers Take Aim At Yahoo Photo Sharing
- Microsoft To Add Staff, Tune Software For India
- Lockheed Martin Launches Modernized GPS Satellite
- Poll: Companies Unprepared For Next Sarbanes-Oxley Deadline
- Strong Growth Rate Predicted For Municipal Wireless
- Yahoo News Exclusive Hot Zone Content Begins
- Messaging Reportedly Makes Financial Industry Vulnerable To Compliance Breaches
4. In Depth: Fred Langa Analyzes Image-Sharing Services
5. Voice Of Authority: Analyzing Oracle's Apps Strategy
6. White Papers: Open-Source ERP and CRM
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1. Editor's Note: Boarding The Open-Source Express
A little over a month ago, I set out to find out just how popular
open-source software has become within big business. These are
companies that have the money to spend on the biggest, most
complex packages that IBM, Oracle, and other enterprise software
makers have to offer. They're also companies with armies of IT
professionals highly proficient in writing and maintaining their
own applications. Why in the world would they use open source?
Actually, the question has become: Why in the world wouldn't they
use open source? Here's some of what I learned while I was
researching this week's cover story.
Most large, multibillion-dollar companies don't know how much
open source they're actually using. It's introduced into the IT
environment by developers looking to build the best applications
in the shortest amount of time possible.
Most companies don't have a budget, per se, for open source.
Open source is often used to help launch side projects that
otherwise would stay on the shelf because there isn't enough IT
money to go around.
Open source is responsible for changing the character of
large IT operations even more than it is changing the composition
of these operations. Perhaps the greatest driver of open source
adoption is that programmers like it.
There seems to be a consensus among large companies that
open-source is a superior model for avoiding per-CPU software
licensing fees that quickly add up in the data center.
For smaller companies with fewer legacy IT investments, open
source offers the ability to build an IT environment that more
closely matches the company's needs.
Big companies don't want to get pinched by
intellectual-property lawsuits over open source. That's why
JBoss, Red Hat, Novell, and others offer indemnification as part
of their services.
You can read more of my analysis of the state of open-source
software in this blog entry.
My next open-source project, due out next month, will examine the
role open source plays supporting startup and emerging companies.
Unlike their deep-pocketed corporate counterparts, these
small-but-growing businesses are turning to open source to
breathe life into ideas that otherwise might not have seen the
light of day. I welcome your input and suggestions as I
flesh out this next major open-source analysis.
The newest offerings are part of Cisco's Self-Defending Network
security strategy, launched a few years ago to deliver real-time response
to threats based on internal and external network-threat intelligence.
Symantec Updates Personal Security Product Line
Symantec has released the 2006 editions of its flagship consumer
and small business Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security,
and Norton Personal Firewall products, all which now include a
security status console that shows not only vendor's products,
but rivals', too.
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help, Fred Langa says.
Langa Letter: GPS Update
Remember when cell phones went from fat, bulky, exotic devices to
slim, must-have, everyday tools? That's what's happening to GPS
technology right now, Fred Langa says.
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solar-powered battery charger, and a Jabra wireless cell phone
headset that doesn't look like a goiter hanging off your ear.
Dell Launches iPod Competitor
The PC vendor has introduced the 'DJ Ditty,' meant to take on the
iPod Shuffle, and is promoting it through extremely low-key means.
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