Stories by Gretel Johnston

Linux Networx to unveil Evolocity II

Linux Networx Inc. Wednesday announced plans to unveil Evolocity II (E2) cluster supercomputer next week at a supercomputing conference in Baltimore. The company says the new design improves the density of the cluster and allows the servers to run cooler.

Open source gloats over leaked Microsoft memo

Open source software advocates have concluded that a leaked Microsoft Corp. memorandum detailing a survey it conducted of IT professionals on their views of open source software shows that Microsoft's public relations tactics on open source are failing and, to win out against the software giant, open source software advocates just have to "stay the course."

Data mining suggested to deter terror

A suggestion that data mining technologies similar to those used to detect credit card fraud can also help in the battle against terrorism has received a less than enthusiastic reception from US government officials as they work to establish a Department of Homeland Security, according to an IT specialist with the Council on Foreign Relations.

'The Golden Age of Hacking rolls on'

Over the last eight months major new hacker tools have been released or revealed, ending a lull in activity among hackers that followed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the enactment of legislation that enhanced law enforcement's ability to prosecute people who break code and wreak havoc on networks by exploiting software vulnerabilities, hacking consultant Ed Skoudis said Thursday.

Ariba suffers another losing quarter

Enterprise software vendor Ariba Inc., whose focus switched from procurement software to spend management software early this year, on Thursday posted a fourth quarter loss of US$142.5 million or $0.54 per share on revenue of $58 million.

Analysts say Sun might cut up to 8,000 jobs

Sun Microsystems might lay off up to 8,000 people later this week after it reports earnings, analysts at Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. and Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. LLC reported.

Marimba enhances server change software

The newest version of Marimba Inc.'s Server Change Management software will give administrators the ability to manage multiple operating systems running on servers throughout their organizations, the company said Thursday.

Cisco execs certify company annual report

Cisco Systems Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Chambers and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Larry Carter on Wednesday filed statements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) certifying the accuracy of the company's annual report.

InfowarCon speakers delve into tech matters

Applying the Internet and other technologies in the domestic defense of the U.S. will require a shift in thinking away from the constraints of prior technologies, said W. David Stephenson, a keynote speaker Wednesday at InfowarCon 2002, a conference and exhibition on domestic defense and cyberterrorism.

Report: IBM's merger with PwC means layoffs

A published report says IBM's acquisition of PwC Consulting is likely to result in layoffs, but the companies say it's too early to say whether there will be any cuts as a result of the acquisition.

Netscape usage down to 3.4 percent

New data on worldwide usage of Web browser software shows Netscape is once again being clobbered by rival browser Internet Explorer and now has an estimated market share of 3.4 percent, according to Internet researcher WebSideStory Inc.

Microsoft discloses 272 Windows APIs

Microsoft Corp. has opened key components of Windows by making 272 APIs (application programming interfaces) available for free at the Microsoft Developer Network Web site as the company takes steps to comply with the proposed antitrust settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and nine states.