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Retiring AT&T CEO Whitacre Lands $158 Million Package

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Ubuntu Linux Vs. Microsoft Vista: What Do You Think?
2. Today's Top Story
    - How-To IT Career Guide: 7 Critical Strategies, From Getting Started To Semiretiring
    - The Average Tech Manager Makes $105,000, Our Salary Survey Finds. Have Tech Jobs Bounced Back?
    - The Salary Adviser Tool
3. Breaking News
    - Retiring AT&T CEO Whitacre Lands $158 Million Package
    - The Cost Of User-Generated Content
    - NIST Issues Security Recommendations For RFID
    - Intel, AMD Accuse Each Other Of Media Manipulation
    - N.Y. AG Gets First Settlement Under Security Breach Notification Law
    - Congressman Seeks To Lift Online Gambling Ban
    - Bill Would Overturn Increase In Internet Radio Royalties
    - Apple QuickTime Bug Could Be Days Away, Experts Warn
    - Microsoft: Windows XP Sales Will Fade In 2008 As Vista Takes Hold
    - Pulling Back The Curtain At Sun Labs
    - Sun Sees Virtualization Without VMware Or Xen
    - U.S. Schools May Receive 'One Laptop Per Child' Notebooks
    - New Image Spam Scheme Hits Photo-Sharing Sites
    - NOAA Sets Up Shop In Second Life
    - Anti-Spam Company Files Billion-Dollar Spam Lawsuit
4. The Latest Digital Life Blog Posts
    - New Mobile Phones In Japan Use Motion Like Nintendo Wii
    - In Search Of Credibility On The Web
    - Gartner Predicts 80% Of Internet Users Will Be Active In Virtual Worlds
    - We The ('Net) People: Who Owns The Presidential Debates?
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Philanthropy And The Send Button: Nonprofits Use E-Commerce As A Fund-Raising Tool
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Ubuntu Linux Vs. Microsoft Vista: What Do You Think?

Popular myth -- those tidbits of received wisdom that epitomize the phrase, "Of course it's true, everyone says so!" -- is as evident in the technology community as it is in any other society. The only difference is that this particular community isn't divided by geographical location, but by language -- namely, the language that their favorite computer speaks.

For example, you can wander into any place where Linux enthusiasts hang out, and you'll find out that Windows systems are constantly crashing or crawling with a multitude of viruses while they are run by suit-wearing company drones whose thoughts are controlled by an evil corporate entity operating out of Redmond. Sit down with a roomful of dedicated Windows users, and you'll discover that Linux advocates are a bunch of wide-eyed screaming radicals living in their parents' basements who spend all their time writing blog entries fiercely defending applications that only a programmer could possibly comprehend.

Recognize yourself there? Even only a little? No? Funny, neither do I. But it's really not that far from the kind of rhetoric you can get when technology advocates become passionate about their chosen operating systems.

One of the cudgels that Windows advocates have used to beat Linux fans over the head with for the last few years was the inability for open source developers to come up with a distribution that the majority of users -- who think of computers as tools rather than toys -- could operate without having to deal with obscure coding or a multitude of complicated utilities. While the problem may have been overstated, there was no denying that, until recently, Linux could be an effective corporate tool, but wasn't quite slick enough for home and small-business users to be able to handle on their own.

So what about now? Especially when companies like Dell are preparing to add Linux to their repertoire of notebooks and PCs?

Serdar Yegulalp, a tech writer who currently uses Windows but who prides himself on having an open mind, decided to try it out. He's compared Microsoft's Windows Vista (which has its own problems selling itself as an easy-to-use OS) against Ubuntu 7.04, a Linux distro that's known for having a consumer-comprehensible interface and which includes a number of workable applications, such as a Web browser, word processor, and instant messaging.

The result is a comprehensive and personal look at the two operating systems: Ubuntu Linux Vs. Windows Vista: The Battle For Your Desktop.

Which is better: Ubuntu or Vista? Leave a message on the InformationWeek_Blog and let us know.

Barbara Krasnoff
bkrasnoff@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

How-To IT Career Guide: 7 Critical Strategies, From Getting Started To Semiretiring
Driven by our salary survey data, a look at make-or-break moments in a career.

Related Stories:

The Average Tech Manager Makes $105,000, Our Salary Survey Finds. Have Tech Jobs Bounced Back?
There's a lot of good in our survey of 7,200 IT pros. But dark clouds swirl around entry-level wages, job growth, and outsourcing.

The Salary Adviser Tool
Are you getting paid enough? Compare your paycheck to other people in similar jobs.


3. Breaking News

Retiring AT&T CEO Whitacre Lands $158 Million Package
Randall Stephenson, the company's chief operating officer, has been named to succeed Whitacre.

The Cost Of User-Generated Content
Quiznos' attempts to be hip backfired, when ads comparing its sandwiches to rival Subway's resulted in an online quandary.

NIST Issues Security Recommendations For RFID
Federal agency guidelines help "smart tag" users evaluate and reduce potential security and privacy risks.

Intel, AMD Accuse Each Other Of Media Manipulation
In letters to court-appointed mediator Vincent J. Poppiti, the two companies exchanged barbs, but stopped short of asking presiding federal court Judge Joseph Farnan Jr. to intervene.

N.Y. AG Gets First Settlement Under Security Breach Notification Law
The New York Attorney General's Office reached an agreement with a Chicago-based firm that did not notify consumers of a data breach for two months.

Congressman Seeks To Lift Online Gambling Ban
In introducing a bill to legalize online gambling, Rep. Frank said U.S. prohibitions remove consumer protections for Americans who continue to gamble online.

Bill Would Overturn Increase In Internet Radio Royalties
The bill would overturn a decision that would require Internet broadcasters to pay three times as much as their over-the-airwaves counterparts for the right to play music.

Apple QuickTime Bug Could Be Days Away, Experts Warn
Researchers say hackers could be a few days away from finding the vulnerable code, and then exploits and malicious sites could be built within a week.

Microsoft: Windows XP Sales Will Fade In 2008 As Vista Takes Hold
Officials at the software maker said they expect that Windows Vista will account for 85% of OS sales in fiscal 2008 compared with 15% for Windows XP.

Pulling Back The Curtain At Sun Labs
Sun is working on faster switches, more efficient servers, new programming languages, and 3-D virtual workplaces.

Sun Sees Virtualization Without VMware Or Xen
The company's investment in its Live-Star project could translate into improved software and security distribution models.

U.S. Schools May Receive 'One Laptop Per Child' Notebooks
The "One Laptop per Child" project might sell versions of its notebook in the United States, reversing its previous position of only distributing them to the poorest nations.

New Image Spam Scheme Hits Photo-Sharing Sites
Instead of embedding images in e-mail, spammers are embedding links to the images that are set up on popular photo-sharing sites.

NOAA Sets Up Shop In Second Life
The Meteora island offers hurricane, submarine, and weather balloon rides; a tsunami-training beach; a planetarium; and other educational experiences.

Anti-Spam Company Files Billion-Dollar Spam Lawsuit
Unspam Technologies is seeking damages on behalf of the members of Project Honey Pot, based on the Can-Spam Act.

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4. The Latest Digital Life Blog Posts
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New Mobile Phones In Japan Use Motion Like Nintendo Wii
A new mobile phone in Japan from wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo has motion sensors. You can even use the phone to play games through movements, just like the Nintendo Wii game console.

In Search Of Credibility On The Web
At a recent get-together of IT community people on Microsoft's campus, the meeting started with an attempt to define Web 2.0, a term some associated with nothing more than marketing fluff. Talk turned from the medium to the message -- to the content being generated by wikis, blogs, feeds, and social nets -- then to a question about the people generating it all.

Gartner Predicts 80% Of Internet Users Will Be Active In Virtual Worlds
An interesting report by Gartner this week adds evidence that virtual worlds are here to stay. Gartner says 80% of Internet users will be active in virtual worlds within four years. It also gave advice on how big business should get on top of virtual worlds.

We The ('Net) People: Who Owns The Presidential Debates?
Is MSNBC "stealing" the first major political event of the 2008 presidential race, Thursday night's Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama-John Edwards debate in South Carolina?


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Benefitfocus.com, Inc. seeking Information Architect in Charleston, SC

University of California at Santa Cruz seeking Database Administrator in Santa Cruz, CA

Associated Bank seeking Business Systems Analyst in Green Bay, WI

Toyota seeking Information Systems Specialist - PeopleSoft in Erlanger, KY

The Chamberlain Group seeking SAP Web/Portals Architect in Elmhurst, IL

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


6. White Papers

Philanthropy And The Send Button: Nonprofits Use E-Commerce As A Fund-Raising Tool
Experts say that nonprofits will eventually all provide some sort of Internet services, including online giving, event registration, and auctions. Some innovations will be able to save nonprofits a lot of money, while others may serve as a convenience to donors. This paper addresses the increasing need for nonprofits to have an online presence.


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