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Articles by Paula Rooney
posted in January 2006
Novell launches a Linux bundle tailored to its small-businss and midmarket customers, including software, online training and telephone/online support, all provided at a significant discount.
Businesses will get it first, consumers get it next. Microsoft executive Jim Allchin says the two-phase release doesn't mean features are missing or that the ship date could be delayed until 2007.
As the company provides early looks at its new tools, Web designers and developers say Microsoft could lure Mac shops with XAML support, collaboration features, and simplified UI and app development.
A new option will let customers buy licenses on a named-user or per-device basis, paving the way for transaction-based pricing.
Microsoft green-lighted solution providers and ISVs to use the WinFX workflow and Web-services code in production well before Windows Vista ships. WinFX is a key component of Vista.
The Free Software Foundation's much-anticipated General Public License version 3 extends license compatibility to other open-source licenses, prevents businesses from imposing unfair patent restrictions on open-source software, and tightens some other loopholes. In general, though, observers say it's more pro-business than some had feared.
Customers will be able to virtualize server, storage, and network resources to automatically provision to Linux applications running on Sun's new x64-based Galaxy servers. A Windows version is due next summer.
Novell aims to get developers and ISVs more involved with its SUSE Linux distro, offering up new code libraries and a public build server within a beefed-up version of its OpenSUSE development framework.