11.04.08

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Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Windows, Xandros at 7:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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A few days ago we pointed out Xandros' appearance at a Spanish show organised by Microsoft. They work alongside Microsoft now, at the exclusion of others. Here is the latest press release (appended at the bottom in full).

Microsoft TechEd — Xandros, the leader in making Windows and Linux work together, today announced an extended line of BridgeWays Management Packs that enable system administrators to monitor and manage 13 enterprise applications on Windows, Linux and UNIX from a single console.

Although it sounds extremely unlikely, one reader told us a few hour hours ago: “I just heard that Novell is designing the OS for Windows 7. I live in Provo Utah and heard it from an insider that Novell is designing it w/ a flavor of Linux. I guess that M$ even admits that NT is loaded w/ security and stability issues.”


Xandros Announces Broad Series of Cross-Platform Management Packs at Microsoft TechEd Show

BARCELONA, SPAIN — 11/03/08 — Microsoft TechEd — Xandros, the leader in making Windows and Linux work together, today announced an extended line of BridgeWays Management Packs that enable system administrators to monitor and manage 13 enterprise applications on Windows, Linux and UNIX from a single console. BridgeWays Management Packs are designed to help extend the cross platform monitoring capabilities of the Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 to heterogeneous environments. Xandros today released a beta Management Pack for Oracle Database Server, together with updates to previous betas for Apache and MySQL. Developed under the broad collaboration agreement between Microsoft and Xandros, more cross-platform management packs will follow shortly, including IBM DB2 Database Server, Oracle Application Server, IBM WebSphere, JBoss, Tomcat, BlackBerry Enterprise Server, Sendmail, Postgres Database Server, Postfix, and VMWare ESX. The entire series of BridgeWays Management Packs for the Red Hat Enterprise server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, UNIX, and Windows, will be released in sync with the general availability of the System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 release.

“Customers’ environments are often comprised of a variety of operating systems and applications, but they want a single solution for managing and monitoring across their Windows, UNIX and Linux infrastructures, such as is delivered by the beta of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2,” said Larry Orecklin, General Manager, System Center and Virtualization Marketing at Microsoft. “By working closely with us and applying their expertise in open source, Xandros is playing a key role in extending the management benefits of System Center to heterogeneous environments and applications such as Apache, MySQL and now Oracle Database Server running on these various platforms.”

“Our initial cross-platform BridgeWays Management Packs received an overwhelming response from hundreds of enterprises, with requests to extend our services to most mission-critical services. We are proud to announce a broad-and-deep extension of our BridgeWays line to enable system administrators to centrally manage 13 key enterprise applications on heterogeneous platforms,” said Andreas Typaldos, CEO of Xandros. “Thanks to the cross platform monitoring capabilities in System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, we are able to quickly go to market with management packs for a diversity of applications and platforms tailored to our knowledge of real-world customer experiences, gained during extensive beta tests.”

Showcased at Microsoft TechEd EMEA

The Management Packs betas for Oracle Database Server, Apache and MySQL, along with a preview of BridgeWays for VMWare ESX, are showcased at the Xandros stand, no. 6, in the Microsoft Systems Center Partner Pavilion at the Microsoft TechEd EMEA IT Professionals Conference in Barcelona, Spain, November 3-7. The beta software is also available as a free download for testing and review from the Xandros web site at https://shop.xandros.com/beta/bmp/index.php.

About Xandros

Xandros is the leader in enabling Linux and Windows to work together. The company’s enterprise products leverage an organization’s existing skill sets by providing seamless Windows-Linux interoperability. Scalix delivers award-winning Linux-based email, calendaring and messaging. BridgeWays management packs simplify managing mixed Windows, Linux and UNIX environments from one console. Custom, integrated netbook and application store solutions allow OEMs to get to market quickly with an end-to-end user experience. The company is headquartered in New York, with R&D offices in Ottawa, Frankfurt, Bracknell, and Mumbai, and sales and support offices worldwide. For more information, please visit www.xandros.com.

Xandros® is a registered trademark of Xandros, Inc. All other trademarks and/or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Xandros Media Contact:
Xenia von Wedel
Terpin Communications for Xandros
+1-415-595-2030
Email Contact
Customer service: +1-613-842-3494

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9 Comments

  1. twitter said,

    November 4, 2008 at 9:17 am

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    The fate of the EEEPC shows what Xandros can expect from their new “partner”. Xandros on the EEE PC was a run away success. It did not take M$ long to make sure XP was “available” as an option, however poorly performing and selling it would be. Within four months of announcing XP “availability” Asus was shipping equal numbers of XP and Xandros versions. The Xandros versions were sell outs and the XP versions sat on shelves and the company insisted it was committed to its best seller:

    Asus produces Linux and XP Eees in equal numbers, she claimed, and will continue to do so: the Linux Eees are the better selling models. “We think our version of Linux is how we will stand out from our competitors,” [an Asus spokesman] said.

    Shortages of Xandros models were blamed on hardware supply shortages upstream, but it was a lie. Hardware specifications and pricing soon favored the XP models, and less than six months after XP introduction, Asus was shipping seven XP models for every Xandros model, and this probably had something to do with the 14.2% decline in profit Asus had over the previous all Xandros year.

    Asus is not the only company M$ corrupted to destroy Xandros’ netbook market. The company dumped “low price” XP on all makers in exchange for strict hardware limits. These limits include a 10″ screen maximum, 80GB hard drive size, 1GB RAM and single 1GHz cores. A special allowance for Intel was given, it’s Atom and Via’s C7 processors can break the clock speed limit, but overall UMPCs are burdened with a Windows Tax and hardware restrictions that suck life out of a lucrative market Xandros could have dominated.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 4, 2008 at 9:24 am

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    Yes, it’s a known thing that ASUS found itself up someone’s ANUS, by its very own admission (‘“Currently, We’re Closely Tied up With Microsoft”).

    http://boycottnovell.com/2008/07/26/asus-possibly-sells-out/
    http://boycottnovell.com/2008/09/11/asus-express-windows/

    The ASUS Eee PC was introduced and initially marketed as a $199 PC, with prices likely to drop further. Instead, Microsoft tried to push this race upward, accommodating newer versions of Windows through elevated specifications which favour Intel and Microsoft.

  3. twitter said,

    November 4, 2008 at 1:01 pm

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    The netbook take over is a house of cards for Microsoft and any vendor that goes along with it. They can only win by destroying the netbooks category. They did the same thing to Palm and other hand held computing platforms, which is one of the reasons there’s such a pent up demand for netbooks.

    EEE PC is a good example. It required twice as much SD space to load XP and a few applications that did not match Xandros features. The only way to overcome that is to use a heavy, delicate and expensive hard drive. It should come as no surprise that the new EEE PC’s “base” configuration has a hard drive and XP. This is a loser and these systems are not going to sell. After a few months on line, only the most powerful computers are able to handle the spyware virus load that comes with Windows. Talk of Vista and Windows 7 on UMPCs is absurd.

    EEE PC offered people what they want from a mobile device and there will be more where it came from. It was cheap, rugged and easy to use and carry. It did everything people wanted, video chat, movie and music playing from external media, GIMP and Open Office. These are things the average desktop PC has trouble doing and that’s why netbook sales took off. Companies that offer the same features at the same price point in a two pound or less package are going to clean up the market again. What’s M$ got to keep them in line? Discounts on software that does not work?

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 4, 2008 at 2:28 pm

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    This just in:

    Asus (re)spins $200 netbook
    http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS9054845909.html

  5. mark said,

    November 8, 2008 at 3:27 pm

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    Ugh, I hate all this conspiracy theory stuff of how MS is against Linux or conspiring with other companies. Asus offered an XP version since *customers* were requesting it. I bought the XP Eeepc 1000 H since I needed to run several Windows applications. I also have Ubuntu on it for general office work. The reality is the Windows XP version sells better since customers are used to it and already have applications for XP. Ever try and run the latest version of TurboTax under Wine? It crashes in several spots.

  6. Mooman said,

    November 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm

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    The EEE PC was the only laptop I ever bought twice in one year as a home user. I first bought the 701 4G and loved it so much I bought the 1000 40G when that came out. Although I don’t run Xandros on them, I like my Ubuntu. If Asus really wanted to have some fun, Ubuntu with the Netbook remix would be a big hit over that Xandros stuff.

  7. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm

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    As mandatory background, Microsoft has been “tying up” ASUS.

    ASUS has since then elevated the price of its machines, neglected or curtailed development of the Linux versions (there was room for improvement) and it’s removing it in some places. Hours ago:

    http://www.mb.com.ph/INFO20081109140327.html

    Learn what Microsoft did to Dell when it offered GNU/Linux:

    http://boycottnovell.com/2007/10/29/exclusionary-deals-linux/

  8. pcolon said,

    November 8, 2008 at 8:20 pm

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    Considering the NYSW/NasDaq and other stocks are behaving there’s no sure bet how the economy is going to ride. Surely you can say, according to what revered economists are saying, we, in the USA and many parts of the world, are in a recession. For how long? There are only “guesstimates” in judging previous economic history.

    Currently the IT/Tech industry is feeling the pinch and, don’t kid yourself, the worst is not here yet. SMB’s are curtailing their IT expenditures and are looking for the “most bang for their buck”. It’s ludicrous, to think they haven’t thought of FOSS migrations.

    Given the current shortage of IT talent available many SMB’s cannot pursue said migrations because the lack of will, remaining in their comfort zone and/or lack of upper IT management technical skills. Also, CIO’s and IT managers rely purely on vendor bullshit.

    Disinformation and MS propaganda from rags such as eweek, CIO mag, ZD-Gates, IDG, Gartner, Yankee Group, etc. doesn’t help either since most of them sound as MS press releases and usually parrot each other and rely on the heavy advertising dollars MS budgets to them. (Who knows how many of the Pro-MS analysts have gotten their free Vista 7 laptop, or at least, their 160gb hdd full of MS DRM riddled malware). It’s amazing what some of these shills do for a pen or T-shirt.

    The consumer does not have an annual IT spending budget and today, more than ever, the dollar has to be stretched. Why pay for proprietary software when you can get better, or worse case scenario, the same, using Free Open Source Software. Why tie yourself to a single vendor. The old adage; “never put all your eggs in one basket” has basic, wisdom and freedom of choice, values.

    Your currency is what they value and what they’re after. Vote with it. If you can’t get exactly the machine that you want, configured the way you want it, then say, “Thanks for playing, Next!”.

  9. Roy Schestowitz said,

    November 8, 2008 at 8:32 pm

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    For how long?

    I read this article 2 days ago:

    Otellini says the recession’s gonna hurt

    ‘The recession wil get worse, he warned. “This is the deepest one I’ve seen in my lifetime. All the smart people that I talk to tell us the US is in for a two-to-three quarter recession,” he said. “We’ll see much larger unemployment a year from now.”’

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