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  • Getting out the crystal ball

    Every year after the dust of the holidays settles, I like to wipe off the old crystal ball and take a peek into the future of IT. Before I get started with this set of predictions, allow me to boast a moment about my record. My predictions may not pan out as quickly as I expect, but they usually come to pass.

    10 Feb. 03 14:32 Written by Nicholas Petreley
  • Valuing diversity

    It's the week after LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, and perhaps you are finding yourself seriously considering a Linux solution. But will it strain your IT staff? Will adding Linux to the datacenter bring unneeded complexity to your operations?

    30 Jan. 03 09:39 Written by Russell C. Pavlicek
  • An old dog admits learning some tricks from a penguin

    While Microsoft has never been known to dish out compliments to its competitors, I had a chance recently to sit down with Peter Houston, director of server strategy at Microsoft, who had some interesting thoughts on Linux and open source.

    28 Jan. 03 11:01 Written by Phil Hochmuth
  • Opinion: Keep Windows shut

    Just when it Looks like Microsoft has finally figured out open source, it comes clear that the penny still hasn't dropped. Case in point: recently, Microsoft said it will let national governments examine the source code for Windows operating systems. Everyone at Microsoft was scrupulously careful not to mention Linux, but they weren't kidding anybody. Linux is making inroads in government sales. Linux's source code is available and can be modified by users. Until now, the Windows source wasn't and couldn't be. To compete, Microsoft had to open up a little more.

    20 Jan. 03 12:29 Written by Frank Hayes
  • Opinion: Let the battle begin

    I have one basic prediction for open source in 2003: The competition between Microsoft and the open-source world will become fierce.

    13 Jan. 03 08:49 Written by Russell Pavlicek
  • Opinion: D-word dissection

    When we take a look into disruptive technologies, it is also a good time to consider the disruptive nature of open-source software. The subject is due for attention, given the recent comments I've received suggesting that open source is a form of "antibusiness communism."

    06 Jan. 03 13:46 Written by Russell Pavlicek
  • Linux resolution advice from enterprise users

    With the New Year upon us, now is the time for resolutions. Here are a few suggestions from some enterprise Linux users on what resolutions they'd like to see from Linux vendors, application developers and the open source community as a whole in 2003.

    06 Jan. 03 09:15 Written by Phil Hochmuth
  • PHP and Python hit prime time

    It's strange to say that PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) has only recently reached the point where it's ready for prime time, since PHP is already the most popular Apache module, running on almost 10 million domains (over a million IP addresses).

    11 Nov. 02 14:56 Written by Nicholas Petreley
  • Opinion: It drive(r)s me crazy

    Every time I buy a piece of PC hardware, I take a trip down memory lane. As I unpack the box, I generally find the device (whatever it is), an instruction booklet, and a driver diskette or CD.

    21 Oct. 02 10:59 Written by Russell Pavlicek
  • Moving on up

    All the Linux-centered "wows" for the foreseeable future will probably be sparked by the recent Red Hat 8.0 release and stretch the never-ending debate: Is Linux ready for the desktop?

    16 Oct. 02 14:00 Written by Scott Tyler Shafer and Mario Apicella
  • A tale of two markets

    In August, Caldera International held a major event to declare that its new name would be The SCO Group. According to some folks in attendance, many resellers were overjoyed with the announcement. They could once again promote the SCO name in their marketplace. Rather than working with a Linux company that sells Unix, they were now working with a Unix company that sells Linux. And they loved it.

    26 Sept. 02 07:15 Written by Russell Pavlicek
  • Red-mond Hat?

    I guess it's that time again. About once every quarter, someone circulates the story that the open-source world is cowering in fear over the possibility that Red Hat Inc. may become the next Microsoft Corp.

    09 Sept. 02 09:24 Written by Russell Pavlicek
  • Set a Linux standard

    The recently completed LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco dealt with business -- lots of business. But one issue that concerns many companies developing solutions for Linux is the number of different Linux distributions. The earlier fragmentation of the Unix operating system left many desiring the one-size-fits-all approach promised by Microsoft Corp. -- even if it wasn't really one size and it really didn't fit all. As a result, many businesses look at the various Linux distributions and fear that history will repeat itself.

    06 Sept. 02 09:03 Written by Russell Pavlicek
  • Where McNealy's wrong about open source

    I found interesting comments in an interview Robert McMillan conducted with Scott McNealy. Let me sum up McNealy's views, and what I think is right and wrong with them. While it's not my intention to alter a subtlety in McNealy's argument, please send me a message if you believe I have, and include an explanation of where I went wrong.

    02 Sept. 02 10:32 Written by Nicholas Petreley
  • Take it for a test drive

    When it comes to buying cars, I hate test drives. Maybe I've encountered just one too many used-car salesmen with bad hair and a disingenuous smile who would gladly sell his grandmother to make a buck. The specter of a high-pressure pitchman leering over my shoulder makes me uncomfortable.

    08 Aug. 02 07:24 Written by Russell Pavlicek
  • Next Stop Greenwich Village

    The conspiracy crowd always has plenty of material to work with, especially when Microsoft Corp. throws a party such as .Net Insecurity Day (see ".Net Insecurity Day" ). Carefully hidden in a sea of disclaimers, goals, aspirations, and promises of standards and trust was one nugget of new information, an initiative code named Greenwich.

    07 Aug. 02 07:46 Written by Steve Gillmor
  • .Net Insecurity Day

    Some guys have all the luck. And then there's Bill Gates. With all of the money in the world, he can't buy a break.

    05 Aug. 02 11:03 Written by Steve Gillmor
  • Why Microsoft is exhibiting at LinuxWorld

    It's been bugging me for weeks, ever since I read the announcement from LinuxWorld Conference and Expo that Microsoft Corp. is coming to the show. No, the announcement didn't mean stealth attendance by solo Microsoft employees or contractors. The show has had those in the past. It meant Microsoft will have a booth. My questions are what do they hope to accomplish and how will they do it? What would motivate Microsoft to participate in an event celebrating a cancer-causing, communist-inspired, anti-American miscreant of an operating system called Linux?

    02 Aug. 02 15:38 Written by Joe Barr
  • A first look at StarOffice 6.0

    In a past life, I was responsible for communications software at Electronic Data Systems Corp. that allowed health-care providers to transmit Medicaid health claims from their TI Silent 700 terminals -- and later from IBM Corp. PCs -- to EDS for processing. We gave the software to any healthcare provider who asked, and not out of altruism, either. It was clearly in our best interest to receive the claims in a machine-readable format rather than paying data-entry operators to enter the claims for us.

    02 Aug. 02 04:28 Written by Joe Barr
  • Considering TCO

    I'm amazed. For the first time in recent memory, I find myself in total agreement with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. According to published accounts of the Microsoft Fusion 2002 conference, Ballmer said, "We haven't figured out how to be lower-priced than Linux."

    01 Aug. 02 09:12 Written by Russell Pavlicek