IGnatius T Foobar writes: "The Linux distribution that rose to the top of the heap and was going to be *the* consumer grade Linux on which users, ISV's, and OEM's could focus, fell from grace and became the Linux that likes to alienate its existing users. So what went wrong?"
IGnatius T Foobar writes: "The Windows 8 developer preview shows Microsoft's promise of a half-baked piece of garbage that is clearly designed to force-feed Windows Phone down the throats of PC users."
IGnatius T Foobar writes: Jim Shrager is a clinical professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the University of Chicago and a consultant to many companies, says that Microsoft should voluntarily break itself up. Its problem is that the company has become too unfocused.
IGnatius T Foobar writes: As part of Attachmate's acquisition of Novell, Novell announced it would sell certain intellectual property assets to CPTN Holdings LLC, a consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft Corporation, for $450 million in cash. Since the SCO lawsuit determined that it is Novell, not SCO, who owns the Unix copyrights, this means that now Microsoft owns them. Is it time for the Linux world to brace for another round of lawsuits?
IGnatius T Foobar writes: "Third-party solutions to unlock Microsoft Outlook from Exchange Server are nothing new, but this one aims to solve the problem in an open-standards way. The folks from Bynari have worked with the developers of the open source Citadel collaboration server, to build an Outlook connector that uses the open-standard iCalendar and vCard data formats, allowing Outlook's calendar and address book to work with any open source server, and still interoperate with open source clients. In an era where Microsoft is fighting harder than ever for its proprietary data formats, this is a nice step in the right direction. Could this be the piece of the puzzle that really begins a mass migration away from Exchange?"
IGnatius T Foobar writes: "Microsoft has developed a small plug-in device that investigators can use to quickly extract forensic data from computers that "may have been used in crimes." It basically bypasses all of the Windows security (decrypting passwords, etc.) in order to eliminate all that pesky privacy when the police have physical access to your computer. Just one more reason not to run Windows on your computer."
IGnatius T Foobar writes: "In what will hopefully turn out to be the end of Exchange lock-in, the folks at Bynari have released a new version of their Outlook connector product that allows Outlook to connect to IMAP servers using standard data formats — iCalendar for calendars, vCard for contacts, etc. This is in contrast to their older product which spoke IMAP but still stored the data in proprietary Outlook formats. This is advantageous because both Outlook and standards-based clients (including webmail and web calendaring) can now be first class citizens in the same organization. There are already several open source groupware systems that use this data model natively. Will this finally be the end of Exchange dominance forced upon organizations who are required to support Outlook?"
IGnatius T Foobar writes: "Open source has more than a few "Exchange killer" messaging and collaboration packages to choose from. Some are better than others, and some are "free-er" than others. It's disappointing that some of the ones that look good end up requiring a paid upgrade to a commercial version if you want the full feature set. Happily, the folks at Citadel.org have announced that their system is now end-to-end GPLv3 across the entire code base, making the entire platform available to everyone on the same terms."
IGnatius T Foobar writes: "In this article, Linux Journal discovers the Citadel groupware server, and boldly declares that this is the one — though not as widely known as some other solutions, Citadel is the ideal open source replacement for Microsoft Exchange."