Stories by Dominique Deckmyn

Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a low-cost, short-range radio link between laptops, mobile phones, network access points and other devices. It can replace cables and can be used to create ad hoc networks and provide a standard way to connect devices anywhere in the world.

US Users Complain Novell Not Responding to Needs

Novell's problems may run deeper than the weak financial results that pushed the software vendor to announce a 16% cut in its workforce yesterday. Several Novell users today said the company hasn't been responsive to their needs -- and they added that they may abandon NetWare if Novell doesn't shape up.

IBM, Microsoft, Ariba Join on B-to-B Directory

IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Ariba Inc. Wednesday plan to jointly announce a business-to-business e-commerce directory that some analysts are describing as a potential Yellow Pages for companies looking to locate suppliers and other business partners and then hook up with them via the Internet.

What's Next? Office .Net

While Office 10 includes several new features that are related to Microsoft Corp.'s .Net strategy, such as support for speech recognition and XML, the company has already started to discuss a successor to the product, called Office .Net, slated for 2002 or later.

New Microsoft Office Suite Sparks Modest Interest

The next version of Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite will leave millions of Windows users behind when it arrives next year, because it won't be able to run on Windows 95. Some 65 million copies of that operating system may still be in use then, according to one estimate.

IBM Offers AFS to Open-Source

IBM last week announced that it will release the source code to its Andrew File System (AFS). The technology could help Linux gain enterprise acceptance.

Amazon Teams with Microsoft for Electronic Books

Microsoft Corp. Monday moved closer to establishing its Microsoft Reader as the default format for distributing electronic books. The company announced that online retailer Amazon.com Inc. has selected Microsoft Reader as the "preferred format" for a future e-book store.

MS Releases Beta of Office 2000 Successor

Microsoft today said the first beta-test version of the promised successor to Office 2000 has been released to a limited number of users. Code named Office 10, the upcoming release of the company's widely used office applications includes enhanced Web collaboration features and user interface changes, such as support for speech recognition.

Red Hat Tips Cap to New Payment Model

At the recent LinuxWorld show here, Red Hat Inc. revealed a wide-ranging software-bundling deal with IBM Corp., joined other major vendors in supporting the Gnome Foundation's free desktop environment and announced the acquisition of Oakland, Calif.-based secure Web-server developer C2Net Software Inc.

Concerns About Caldera Mount

Caldera Systems' proposed acquisition of SCO's server and services business may not help the company remain competitive against strong Linux competitors, said analysts. While executives were explaining their plans to merge Unix and Linux this week, Caldera's quarterly results raised concerns about the company's future.

VA Linux Posts Strong Quarter

Linux systems vendor VA Linux Systems Inc. in Sunnyvale, Calif., made a strong showing in its fiscal fourth quarter. Revenue, at US$50.7 million, was up 547 percent compared with last year.

Novell Sales Still Weak

Novell Inc. executives blamed disappointing sales of packaged software for quarterly results released this week that met analysts' expectations but saw a 17 percent drop in revenue from the same period last year.

Unix Vendors Adopt Gnome Desktop

Desktop Linux gained momentum on the first day of LinuxWorld in San Jose, as vendors including Red Hat Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Compaq Computer Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. and VA Linux Systems Inc. joined to form the Gnome Foundation.

Unix Vendors Adopt Gnome Devices

Desktop Linux gained momentum on the first day of LinuxWorld in San Jose, as vendors including Red Hat Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM, Compaq Computer Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. and VA Linux Systems Inc. joined to form the Gnome Foundation.

Waiting for Linux 2.4

Linux vendors are previewing new versions of their distributions that are ready for the anticipated 2.4 version of the Linux kernel.
Recently, the Linux kernel developers, headed by creator Linus Torvalds have, released Version 2.4.0-Test5 of the LinuxKernel.
In a recent interview, kernel developer Alan Cox said it was uncertain how many more "test" versions will be needed before the kernel is stable.

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