Over Microsoft's protests and reported offers of deeper discounts and despite
a pilgrimage Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made there to plead the company's
case, Microsoft has lost the city of Munich to Linux.
The city fathers decided the other day to rip out their Microsoft
infrastructure and replace it with Microsoft's loathed rival, Linux, a
decision said to have been highly influenced by the combined forces of IBM
Germany and SuSE.
Supposedly however the two are not shoe-ins to capture the bid, which
apparently won't be awarded until at least next spring - as in 2004 - though
they're certainly making a lot of hoopla about it now. Apparently they're all
going to have to figure out how exactly to move 14,000 PCs and 16,000 users
off of Windows to Linux and will be doing a migration and implementation
Despite a lot of talk about dumping Microsoft among poli... (more)
Red Flag, China's Linux darling, will resell and support RTLinuxPro, FSMLabs'
hard real-time software, and other products domestically.
FSMLabs and Red Flag plan to work together to jointly develop board support
packages for standard embedded systems, development tools and variants of
Linux for verticals such as telecommunications.
The Socorro, New Mexico-based FSMLabs has been steadily expanding its
presence in the Asian market either directly or through partners. Besides
China, it has dropped anchor in Korea, Japan and India.
FSMLabs' CEO Victor Yodaiken brags that the company is... (more)
Computer Associates has sacked the head of its worldwide sales operation, EVP
Stephen Richards, the latest executive claimed by the investigation of the
revenue-inflating scandal that has gripped the company for several years now
and stripped CEO and chairman Sanjay Kumar of his titles last week.
CA said Richards, believed to be the nameless "Executive 2" that the SEC
identified in the indictment for conspiracy to commit securities fraud and
conspiracy to obstruct justice brought against CA's former VP of finance
David Kaplan, resigned.
The scandal has so far cost at least 16 seni... (more)
Linux, which according to modern myth is supposed to be virus-proof, is on
its way to supporting the NX (No Execute) security widgetry that the x86
chipmakers are building into their processors.
As its name suggests, NX is meant to block worms and virus from executing
their payloads and curtail the bevy of nasties that exploit vulnerable buffer
overflows, a source of half the world's intrusion headaches these days.
To work, the widgetry needs operating system support. Microsoft's XP Service
Pack 2 is supposed to support NX when it arrives later this year.
Based on initial code prov... (more)
Comdex Bites the Vegas Dust
There won't be a Comdex this year.
(Long pause for general chortling and rejoicing as shoemakers everywhere
Industry ennui killed it.
The current owners of the biggest money-spinner besides Microsoft ever
spawned by the Computer Revolution claim they're "postponing" the thing to
"reshape" it, which - according to the old VP of PR for the grand old Comdex,
David Kaminer - is polite show talk for the show is over. "If you don't floor
it," he said, "you 'postpone' it."
The Las Vegas Conventional Center and environs are still expecting Comdex to