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Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services. Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the de facto commerce engine for the cloud.” With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on driving revenue from cloud computing. It figures there’s huge market potential for a provider of cloud-based commerce capabilities such as subscription billing and payments given predictions like Merrill Lynch’s that puts the addressable market for cloud computing at $160 billion, including $95 billion in business and productivity applications.... (more)

Intel & McAfee Make EC Secret Promises

Intel has evidently had to make some kind of undisclosed "commitments" to get the European Commission, which fined Intel a whopping $1.45 billion 18 month ago for abusing its market dominance, to consider approving its giant $7.68 billion acquisition of McAfee. The regulator has extended the deadline on its review of the acquisition by two weeks from January 12 to January 26. The EC is reportedly concerned that if Intel puts McAfee security in its chips the rest of the security industry will suffer. Intel says it expects to close the deal, already approved by the US, this half a... (more)

Icahn Lashes Out at Dell Board & Dell Himself

After joining with Southeastern Asset Management in signing an open letter to Dell’s special board committee – which is wrestling with Michael Dell’s offer to pay $13.75 a share, 10 cents more a share, to change how the stockholders vote on his leverage buy-out offer is counted – telling the special committee he expected them to tell Michael Dell “no” – activist investor Carl Icahn wrote another open letter to Dell shareholders characterizing Michael Dell as a “whining” “sore loser” and major corporate “liability” and castigating the Dell board for “making a mockery of what lit... (more)

Linux System Administration: A User's Guide Part 3 of 3

This is an excerpt from Chapter 13 of Linux System Administration: A User's Guide written by Marcel Gagne, published by Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0201719347. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced, in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the publisher. (c) 2002 Addison-Wesley Alternative Print Systems You'll get very little argument from the Linux community regarding the need for better and easier printing systems. While the lp /lpd printing system is good, works well, and has worked well for decades, a little simplification wouldn't hurt. Luckily, you ... (more)

Red Hat Previews Opteron Code

Red Hat has released a technology preview of its 64-bit Opteron code for the Linux community to play with. The real product, due later this year hopefully, will be a version of what used to be called Advanced Server 3. The preview, called GinGin64, is a rendition of Red Hat Linux 9. It's a 64-bit kernel and can't at this point access Opteron's 32-bit side without installing 32-bit shared libraries. Red Hat intends to ship full run-time libraries for 32-bit application support with the official code. Linuxgram is published weekly by G2 Computer Intelligence Inc. www.g2news.com 323 ... (more)