If you and your friend do not want to spend a lot of money, putting the Linux operating system on the old PC is a much less expensive option. Many versions of Linux have a graphical point-and-click interface these days, but they still may have a learning curve for new users.
Open-source solutions used to be adopted quietly by company boffins who snuck in an Apache Web server or an open-source development tool suite under the philosophy “It’s easier to get forgiveness than permission” (not to mention “It’s easier to do it with open-source tools than to get an IT budget”).
The “Instruction for Contracting IT Services” was published last week by the Secretary of Logistics and IT, part of the Ministry of Planning. The instruction is intended prevent equivalent software solutions from being developed several times.
Another hypervisor ‘geek party’ to which only Novell is invited
Those who have read previous posts about virtualisation might already know that there’s a worrisome pattern wherein Novell’s (and Microsoft’s) rivals get excluded from so-called ‘interoperability’ benefits [1, 2, 3]. This is no accident. The companies work in isolation, provided their collective portfolios and royalties. It is a way of keeping players like Red Hat, Debian and Ubuntu out of the loop and thus pressure them out of the datacentre. It’s brutal and unfair.
Showing this is easier not by composing long rants, but by pointing to brand-new articles. Here are some bits with highlights in red, where appropriate.
Novell says its “SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Service Pack 2,” or SP2, is the only Xen-based solution of its kind and includes support for Microsoft for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 users.
Novell’s Service Pack 2 for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 released yesterday has one especially hot item in its bag of assorted goodies: the Xen 3.2 virtualization engine. Since both SUSE as well as Windows Server 2003 and 2008 run natively (and fully supported by Microsoft) on Xen 3.2, Novell customers can run both SUSE and Windows virtual guests on the platform with no loss in performance — or so Novell promises.
Bernard Golden, a Linux author and the CEO of Navica Inc. consulting, said cross-platform virtualization could be convenient for a Novell shop that wants to test or deploy a Windows application virtually on SUSE machines prior to a full-scale rollout without tying up a lot of Windows servers.
If you’ve been watching Citrix lately, you have probably seen the Xen branding and the product push with the XenApp, XenDesktop, and XenServer product lines. Good marketing to be sure, capitalizing on the Xen name in the virtualization space.
So really, it doesn’t appear as if a whole lot is changing or that the new policy is pulling the rug from under people. What do you think about it? Are you creating a Xen based product? Are you upset that you can’t call it “XenSomething”? Or are you ok with calling it “Something for Xen”?
While Citrix Systems’ Xen’s ubiquity may help the technology earn a legacy as the invisible hypervisor, it may also prove the most challenging next step for IT administrators and developers who want to find or develop software that leverages, supports or extends the Xen hypervisor.
SpringSource CEO: ‘The Future of Enterprise Java is Clear and Bright’
“Organizations now have a choice that reduces the complexity associated with legacy Java EE servers,” said SpringSource CEO Rod Johnson yesterday as his company attempted to redefine the application server market by releasing the SpringSource Application Platform, an enterprise Java application server that Johnson contends provides “a dramatically simpler alternative to legacy application servers and redefines the way in which Java applications are deployed and run.”
We recently shared another article from he same source and it suggested that Java is indeed set to thrive in the clouds. Of course, that’s not what Mono developers want you to believe. They are desperate to change people’s perceptions. e.g. by heralding very prematurely a demise of Java. Sounds familiar? We present a precious find below. █
“Ideally, use of the competing technology becomes associated with mental deficiency, as in, “he believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and OS/2.” Just keep rubbing it in, via the press, analysts, newsgroups, whatever. Make the complete failure of the competition’s technology part of the mythology of the computer industry. We want to place selection pressure on those companies and individuals that show a genetic weakness for competitors’ technologies, to make the industry increasingly resistant to such unhealthy strains, over time.”
Nothing major to see here, so most watchers might as well move along
In general, not much has happened for Novell in the past week. The only major event, as we have shown earlier, is the release of the first RC of OpenSUSE 11.0. The financial results are another high note.
Here are some of the ‘leftover news’ that we haven’t yet shared.
In December of 2002, I started a page on my Computer Gripes site devoted to Dell.
Accumulating gripes about Dell was like taking candy from a baby; there was no sport in it. Eventually, I gave up maintaining the page, but despite a total lack of advertising or promotion, people kept finding the page and adding their own gripes.
Now these Dell gripes are official.
In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, “good luck with all that.” Dell’s financial misconduct goes a long way back, but we won’t list it here because it’s definitely off topic. That company is at least trying to escape Microsoft's stranglehold. █
Technologic Systems is readying a rugged WVGA touchpanel PC based on a fast-booting ARM9-based single board computer (SBC). The TS-TPC-7390 Touch Panel Computer incorporates the Debian Linux-based TS-7390 SBC, which is equipped with a 200MHz ARM9 CPU from Cirrus and a Lattice FPGA (field-programmable gate array).
So why would someone want to install a less robust Ubuntu clone that most likely won’t work with some widely used hardware? To be perfectly honest, most users won’t want to use gNewSense on a daily basis, if at all. Yet, there are some benefits for developers. Putting the ideological benefits of free software aside (though they can be quite persuasive), gNewSense is the perfect distribution for developers to use to test their hardware for free software compatibility.
Sacred is an action role-playing game originally released on the Windows platform in 2004 with Sacred Gold, which is made up of Sacred, the Sacred Plus expansion, and the Sacred Underworld expansion, in 2005.
In order to prevent the front page from containing too much positive Novell news, we shall begin experimenting with truncation of posts, which then requires that the reader presses the “read more” hyperlink/cue. We realise that Saturday’s postings can often ‘dilute’ (take away from) the key message and distract readers.
Let us begin with a quick roundup of OpenSUSE development.
Man of the week is Klaus Kämpf, who seems like quite a veteran.
Long time openSUSE developer Klaus Kämpf joined former S.u.S.E nine years ago and since then never looked back being committed to his System Management Architect job at Novell.
A decent article has just been published by Heise and you can view it right here. To quote just a fragment:
SCO vs. Linux – mixed reactions to Novell Unix copyright verdict
From hackers to financial analysts, the question of what happens next is occupying the minds of many in the IT industry – not all of them as well-informed as Pamela Jones, the good fairy behind Groklaw, a website which follows such cases. She has told Infoworld that Microsoft will be the next SCO Group; the company has been loudly rattling its patent sabres, claiming earlier this year that Linux violated mote than 235 Microsoft patents. Whether Microsoft goes beyond mere sabre rattling and whether SCO manages anything more than a last gasp is also a question of how you evaluate the course of court proceedings so far.
It ought to be re-emphasised that Novell has the potential to carry on SCO’s job. The company denied that it will ever do so, but call us cynical… the same representative who said this, namely Bruce Lowry, quit the company not so long ago. He didn’t seem too pleased because he actually cared about and advocated the use of ODF. He was the company’s PR director. No more, no less.
If you think that’s bad, consider the fact that Joseph LaSala left the company as well. Those who have followed the SCO case would know this person’s admirable role in it. One has to wonder who will (or already has) replace these two chaps. We have witnessed more than a single ‘plant job’ in the past and we watch Novell very closely for that reason, Saturday’s tedious postings being evidence of this.
“Novell is hiring .NET programmers, as we showed more than a year ago. It actually strategises on it.”Who might Microsoft put inside Novell, if anyone at all? Novell’s sympathy towards Microsoft could definitely attract candidates who share similar feelings. Novell is hiring.NET programmers, as we showed more than a year ago. It actually strategises on it.
Could Novell’s healthy sentiments for Microsoft have negative impacts? Senior managers would humbly tell you that this is just a normal business strategy. I happen to have had a long conversation about this at the gym last week (with a person who has managed several companies). Ignoring the possibility seems a tad risky.
At the moment, the worst one can do is give Microsoft ammunition, such as Microsoft’s .NET framework (or equivalent) deep inside GNU/Linux, with pragmatic and technical dependencies on it. Only Novell would benefit from this in the long term. It literally owns Mono. Remember the copyrights for example.
There is also a more philosophical aspect to all of this. The moment a suggestion of assimilation is taken into consideration and then embraced, there is danger. If GNU/Linux adopts the same rotten habits which it tries to combat, that’s the moment this fight for change become self-defeating. Why fight fire with fire? Or struggle with vapourware? Or deception? Or shill 'studies'? Why fight with .NET? Or as Matt Hartley sarcastically put it at the time:
According to the Declaration, Richard Emerson was not the only Microsoft employee Goldfarb was dealing with in connection with the BayStar investment in SCO. He mentions by name two others, from two other departments.
There you have it. At least a third of SCO’s entire market capitalization, and their entire current cash reserves, is payoffs funnelled from Microsoft. Their 10Qs reveal that every other line of cash inflow is statistical noise by comparison. The brave new SCO source business model is now clear: sue your customers, shill for Microsoft, kite your stock, and pray you stay out of jail.