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22-01-2004, 09:25 PM
Just thought I'd post a few interesting articles here for those who arent in the know ;-)

Big vendors lead Leap to Linux (http://www.computerworld.com/softwaretopics/os/linux/story/0,10801,89166,00.html?SKC=news89166)
IBM and Novell Inc., have acknowledged plans to adopt Linux on the desktop internally, and Sun Microsystems Inc., which has already done so.

IBM has confirmed the authenticity of a recently leaked memo written by CIO Bob Greenberg detailing interest in moving IBM's workforce to Linux-based desktops by the end of next year.

And Novell plans to move its 6,000 employees to Linux desktops, Vice Chairman Chris Stone said last week. "We're doing it. We're moving all of our employees to using Linux desktops internally," he said. A Novell spokesman said there's no timetable for the move, calling it "a long-term, logical progression."

Intel to provide Linux support for Centrino (http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104_2-5145073.html)

The chipmaker likely will begin by releasing a proprietary software module, called a driver, said Will Swope, general manager of Intel's Software and Solutions Group, speaking in an interview at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here. He said he hopes the company will later offer an open-source driver, software that the general Linux programming community may scrutinize and reshape if desired.

The move would mean Intel is working to ensure Linux support is on par with that of Microsoft Windows, which has had full support since the Centrino launched in March 2003.

Microsoft Exec Slams Linux 'Noise' in E-Mail to Staff (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,4149,1455217,00.asp)

Microsoft Corp. is ratcheting up the rhetoric in its battle to contain the fallout from dissatisfied customers moving to the open-source Linux operating system.

Earlier this month the Redmond, Wash.-based software company launched a new advertising campaign, referred to as "Get the Facts," which is designed to give customers information about the advantages of using its Windows operating system versus Linux, its open-source competitor.

Building on that campaign, Orlando Ayala, the senior vice president for Microsoft's small and midmarket solutions and partner group, sent an e-mail to all his staff late Wednesday night, telling them that "there continues to be a great deal of noise in the marketplace about the growth of Linux."

IBM Pushes Linux Switch (http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,114374,00.asp)

IBM is readying a program to push its enterprise software running on Linux as an alternative to Microsoft software running on that company's soon-to-be discontinued Windows NT operating system.

The program, announced ahead of this week's LinuxWorld show in New York, offers business partners free migration classes, and some discounts on software and services for users moving to IBM software running on Linux.

Microsoft is discontinuing support and security patches for Windows NT at the end of this year, requiring nearly two million customers to develop a migration strategy, IBM says.

Linux marks slow progress in taking over desktops (http://www.forbes.com/technology/newswire/2004/01/21/rtr1221335.html)

As never before, corporate customers are turning to Linux software instead of Microsoft Windows to run big business operations.

Now, if only they could get the word processor's basic "cut and paste" feature to work.

At the LinuxWorld trade show here this week, advocates said the next big challenge for the loose-knit "free software" movement is to create a reliable way to run desktop computers and perform mainstream office tasks.

"It works 98 percent of the time. But it's the 2 percent of the time it doesn't that kills you," Jeremy White, a leading developer of Linux applications, told an audience of network administrators.

Even some of its biggest proponents admit that Linux has a long way to go before it can mount a credible alternative to Microsoft Windows, the world's dominant software operating system.

"Linux desktops need a little more work to be consistent," said Jack Messman, chairman and chief executive of Novell Inc. "I don't know how much of that will come about this year."

Linux is simply good business (http://www.linuxworld.com/story/39244.htm)

"Novell is a billion-dollar company thatís wagering its future on open source," said Novell CEO Jack Messman, in opening the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo today at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City with his first ever keynote address at a LinuxWorld show.

His clear message: itís not only possible but profitable to build a business around open source.

2004 set to be a big year for Linux (http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=17500448)

The new year will be rife with growing acceptance of Linux on the desktop, adoption of the latest kernel version, and more clear accountability for Linux-based products. That was the message echoed Wednesday at LinuxWorld by a number of major players in the open-source market.

Linux is moving to the client world, which is quickly growing beyond the basic PC interface to include cell phones, medical devices, and even automobiles, said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, IBM's VP of technology and strategy. "Linux is unique for its ability to work across every architecture" from servers to PCs, he added

Sun Microsystems is banking heavily on the success of its Java Desktop System, which has been shipping since December, and Java-based developers' tools running on Linux. Sun sees the market as looking for an alternative to migrating from Windows 95 or 98 to Windows XP. "The desktop is a stepping stone in Sun's overall network-computing strategy," said Simon Phipps, Sun's chief technology evangelist.

Neil Stein has been playing with the newest Linux kernel on his home system, but it'll be a while before version 2.6 is ready for the business world. "It needs to have one of the major distributors shipping it before it can be sanctioned for work," says Stein, lead infrastructure manager at pharmaceuticals giant Merck & Co., which is running its Web infrastructure on Linux.

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