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Linux Business

Submission + - Desktop Linux Success in Six Steps (5thwind.com)

roomisigloomis writes: This blog post is interesting in that the author talks about what he sees as the way desktop Linux will be successful. It all hinges on open standards and cooperation from OEMs, developers and everybody else but, hey, stranger things have happened. After reading this, I got to thinking that the year of Linux on the desktop isn't just pie in the sky. It might be real.
Operating Systems

Apple's Leopard Will Exclude 800MHz G4 Processors 371

goombah99 writes "According to AppleInsider, Apple is about to announce that Leopard will not support 800 MHz G4 PowerPC processors. Previously developers had been told that it would require at least an 800 MHz G4. But AppleInsider alleges only 867 MHz G4s and higher will now be supported because of speed issues, and testers have been told that the new OS 'cannot be installed' on lesser machines. This cutoff in minimum requirements means that all those original iMac flat screens and Titanium PowerBooks are now forked to the Tiger (10.4) Update Path."

Submission + - Book Review: Does IT Matter? (5thwind.com)

roomisigloomis writes: Mr. Carr says that IT will become a purely infrastructural concept as its cost continues to drop. Further, because IT will become a commodity, it will provide no competitive advantage to any organization, just as electricity provides no such advantage today though it did at its introduction into the business world during the Industrial Revolution. Today, it is just a cost of doing business. To paraphrase the book, there were once Vice Presidents of Electricity; today, there are none. Can we expect the role of CIO to go the same way? According to this book, we can.

Submission + - Will Open Data Standards Become the Norm? (5thwind.com)

roomisigloomis writes: Technology vendors these days say they want to be partners with their clients. However, most of them try to lock their "partners" in through proprietary data formats. Is this the way to treat a partner?

In the next three years, I see a couple of things happening:

        * More companies will move to using open data standards
        * Competition among software vendors will shift to business process support or business process modeling

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