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Microsoft Gets More 'Facts' for Anti-Linux Campaign

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Win - MS: Microsoft Gets More 'Facts' for Anti-Linux Campaign
Microsoft Microsoft is expanding its 'Get the Facts' campaign against Linux by talking about the reliability of Windows versus Linux systems, a company executive said on Tuesday, the day the Open Source Business Conference kicked off in San Francisco.

Get the Facts is a marketing effort by Microsoft that compares Windows favorably with Linux and other open source software products. Microsoft launched the campaign in mid-2003 and has gradually expanded its scope to now include: total cost of ownership, security, indemnification and, the latest addition, reliability.
Published Apr 06, 2005 - 10:54 AM
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TiVo to Insert New Ads into Recordings
TiVo and Comcast are jointly developing an advertising system that inserts up-to-date commercials into previously recorded programming. The announcement follows news that TiVo has begun testing new advertising format that will appear as users fast forward through commercials on its digital video recorder service
Published Apr 06, 2005 - 10:51 AM
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Win - MS: IBM, others push for further Microsoft antitrust investigation
Microsoft Law Five major players in the computer market have set up a group to push the European Union to further limit Microsoft monopolistic power.

According to a report in today's Wall Street Journal, Big Blue, Realnetworks, Oracle, Nokia and Red Hat are pushing for more competition in the operating system arena, outside the desktop market.
Published Apr 06, 2005 - 10:47 AM
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Unrolling AltiVec, Part 1: Introducing the PowerPC SIMD unit
Benchmarks AltiVec? Velocity Engine? VMX? If you've only been casually following PowerPC development, you might be confused by the various guises of this vector processing SIMD technology. In this first installment of a three-part series, Peter Seebach gives you the basics on what AltiVec is, what it does -- and how it stacks up against its competition.
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 08:23 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Keeps Up Presence at Open-Source Events
Microsoft Determined to have its presence seen and its voice heard by its core customer constituencies amid the growing open-source chorus, Microsoft is coughing up cash and sponsoring targeted open-source conferences.

The Redmond, Wash., software maker is a platinum sponsor of the OSBC (Open-Source Business Conference), being held in San Francisco on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 05:54 PM
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Apple - Mac: Research firm hints at possible Apple innovations
Apple According to a series of recently performed checks, UBS said Apple's future product developments and innovations could possibly include: more innovation around photo-capable iPods; multimedia iPods; a digital media hub; and even an iTunes-like movie/video download service.

In the research note, the analysts detailed their expectations for each of these possible innovations in an attempt to address public speculation about what directions Apple may be headed.
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 05:25 PM
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Discs Are So Dead 
A few years ago, the future of high-capacity discs would have been guaranteed nonetheless, thanks to high-definition television. Digitizing hi-def video, after all, produces a ton of data, which is tough to move around on networks.

That's where compression and bandwidth come in. Both Apple and Microsoft are developing new codecs, compression-decompression algorithms that squeeze hi-def video and then unpack it for viewing
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 04:14 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Security Top Reason IT Pros Consider Linux
Linux Security concerns are the main reason IT managers consider switching from Windows to Linux on the desktop--but the cost of migration and compatibility issues remain significant barriers, according to a new study.

Concerns about Windows security vulnerabilities and the high cost of keeping Windows secure were named as the top motivations for moving away from Microsoft's ubiquitous operating system in the online survey of nearly 1,700 IT professionals by analyst house Quocirca
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 03:48 PM
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[PPC] emulator CherryOS "on hold"
Software CherryOS developer MXS caused quite a stir late last year with the announcement of CherryOS, an application that would emulate the Macintosh operating system on a Windows PC. Soon after news of CherryOS hit, fans of the open source PearPC cried foul saying that CherryOS had copy code from the open source project and were selling it as commercial software. A note on the developers Web site on Tuesday says, "CherryOS is On Hold - until further notice."
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 03:46 PM
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Google to archive video clips for video blogging
Google Inc. will begin archiving personal video clips as part of its ever-expanding search service, company co-founder Larry Page said Monday.

"We're going to start taking video submissions from people" in the next few days, Page told a crowd at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association show at San Francisco's Moscone Center. Later, in response to a reporter's question, he called the move an "experiment in video blogging."
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 02:24 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Longhorn shoehorn more corn brainstorm
Windows Microsoft pulled the X64 version of Windows XP out of its long sojourn last week but many of us are still tapping our fingers against the windows pane wondering whether the long long Longhorn wait is going to be worth it. For the graphics interface, of course. Will it be out before all of our eyes finally fail? Is the question.
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 02:09 PM
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Is Moore’s Law dead at 40 or is this just a mid-life crisis?
Benchmarks Today, the Intel CPU is barely hitting 3.8 GHz,forcing the Intel marketing machine to give up its long rigid stance that the megahertz is king.

The constraints on current CPU fabrication technology means that processor manufacturers really can’t squeeze anymore GHz out of a CPU without a ridiculous amount of power consumption, heat output, and exotic cooling techniques. This has forced the processor manufacturers to abandon vertical scaling and embrace horizontal scaling by adding more processing cores in parallel.
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 12:21 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux Growth Hits Windows Roadblock
market Share Windows is standing ground despite the growing popularity of Linux among small and medium sized businesses. The key findings in an independent study published by Yankee Group are that Linux is more likely to be run parallel with Windows rather than displace its installed base. Although, the open source Windows alternative is gaining momentum.
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 11:35 AM
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The LAMP Alternative to J2EE or .Net
Software When you think of enterprise web applications, it's only natural to think of J2EE and .Net. After all, these are the technologies most developers choose when implementing mission-critical apps. But as Friendster found out, the open source LAMP platform is a mature alternative that has a lot to offer, particularly for projects on a tight budget.
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 11:27 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun inches closer to open source Solaris
Solaris Sun Microsystems has unveiled a board of stewards that will guide the developer community for the Solaris 10 operating system towards self-governance.

The board contains five members, two of whom were elected by the OpenSolaris pilot community: Al Hopper, an engineer consultant with Logical Approach and Rich Teer, independent Solaris consultant and author of "Solaris Systems Programming".
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 11:22 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft meets most EC demands
MS Law Puppet Microsoft has accepted most of the conditions set by the European Commission to bring the software vendor into compliance with last year's anti-trust ruling.

Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, told the FT: "There were 26 areas where the Commission wanted changes to be made and we were able to say yes to 20 of those requests. Even on the remaining six, significant progress was made. I am hopeful that we will get closure within the next two to three weeks."
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 11:12 AM
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Apple - Mac: Power Inside, the Cell PC, and the Future of Mac OS X
OS X Imagine [if] Apple and IBM come together to design a hardware reference platform that anyone can license at a reasonable price, one based on the Cell processor. The computer could ship with Linux, which costs the computer makers nothing.

Apple could work with manufacturers to either license OS X for factory installation or include a coupon with every new Cell PC offering a special price on Mac OS X and the iLife suite.
Published Apr 04, 2005 - 06:23 PM
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Which Is A Better Deal, Windows Or Linux?
Software It's a question that evokes strong emotions from both Microsoft and legions of open-source supporters worldwide. Yet the discourse rarely is an apples-to-apples comparison or takes into account the true role that an operating system plays within the overall IT environment.

Only about a quarter of 509 companies that the Yankee Group recently surveyed had all of the cost-of-ownership data needed to properly compare Windows and Linux, senior Yankee Group analyst Laura DiDio concludes.
Published Apr 04, 2005 - 06:20 PM
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Win - MS: Companies still not ready for XP SP2
Windows It is only nine days until Microsoft start to classify Service Pack 2 as a critical update to their flagship operating system, but a report published by AssetMetrix has shown that less than 25% of corporate Windows XP deployments have the software installed.

Of the 136,000 PC's that AssetMetrix surveyed, less that 24% of them had been upgraded to Service Pack 2. This is despite the fact that the security focused upgrade was released eight months ago, which many would assume would have given corporations plenty of time to prepare their systems.
Published Apr 04, 2005 - 06:07 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun to Update Solaris, Name OpenSolaris Board Members
Solaris Sun Microsystems Inc. is already hard at work on the feature-set for the next version of its Solaris operating system, which is taking place on a parallel track to the development of updates for Solaris 10, released at the end of January.

The plan is for new features and technology from the next version of Solaris to be delivered through the Software Express for Solaris program, which gives customers regular snapshots of future software features currently under development at a very early stage, as happened with Solaris 10.
Published Apr 04, 2005 - 05:39 PM
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