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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 analysis. Despite a lot of talk about dumping Microsoft among poli... (more)

Red Flag to Peddle RTLinux in China

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)

CA's Misstated Revenues Now Top $2 Billion; Sales Chief Canned

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)

Red Hat Protects Supposedly Invincible Code against Malware

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: The Show that Ate Las Vegas Dies of Anorexia

Comdex Bites the Vegas Dust There won't be a Comdex this year. (Long pause for general chortling and rejoicing as shoemakers everywhere weep.) 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 p... (more)