Vista 500 writes: "Calling all Windows fans! The Linux guys over at tux500.com think they can actually raise enough money to sponsor an entire car in the Indianapolis 500. I don't think their "community" can do it. But I think the Windows using community can pull together and get Microsoft to do something similar: put a Microsoft Vista sponsored car in the race! Visit Vista 500 and sign up to show your support!"
linuxrocks123 writes: "It looks like Dell is joining Microsoft and Novell in their Linux patent pact. Dell is selling SuSE on servers, backed by Microsoft's Linux patent certificates. No response from Red Hat yet, but Dell claims to still be selling Red Hat servers despite the deal."
swissfondue writes: "Nik Cubrilovic of Omniweb and occasional Techcrunch writer switches to Windows Vista after a partition crash on his Mac OS X volume.
He likes it: "I didn't expect it to be like this, I didn't want Vista to be this good" and he gives following main reason: "the interface is much much smoother and neater". Basically he finds Vista to be very much like Mac OS X, but with better performance.
With Vista's tractor beam now fully functional; is there any hope for the Mac Jedi?"
REDMOND, Wash. and WALTHAM, Mass., May 7/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Novell Inc. today announced that Dell Inc. is the first major systems provider to join the business collaboration that was formed by Microsoft and Novell in response to customer demand for greater interoperability and intellectual property (IP) assurance. As part of the agreement, Dell will purchase SUSE Linux* Enterprise Server certificates from Microsoft and establish a services and marketing program to migrate existing Linux users who are not Dell Linux customers to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
"We're focused on delivering solutions that help simplify customers' IT operations," said Rick Becker, vice president of solutions at Dell Product Group. "Our customers have told us they want interoperability and expect technology vendors to work better together. Dell is the first major systems provider to align with Microsoft and Novell in this collaboration, and we intend to lead in this space. This move is a huge success for the industry and, more specifically, for customers who haven't purchased Linux through Dell and who want to migrate to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for the IP assurance and interoperability benefits."
Under the agreement, Dell will establish a customer marketing team for migrating Linux users who are not Dell Linux customers to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. The marketing effort will focus on three areas: Interoperability Workshops, Migration Proof of Concepts and Migration Services.
"Dell's embrace of the Novell-Microsoft agreement reflects a growing market reality: The two platforms of the future are Linux and Windows(R), and customers want them to work better together," said Susan Heystee, vice president and general manager of global strategic alliances at Novell. "Novell continues to grow our SUSE Linux Enterprise business because we are addressing customer needs. Dell recognizes this, and we are proud to have them as a customer and marketing partner to help spur continued adoption of SUSE Linux Enterprise."
"The Microsoft-Novell agreement was a result of our customers demanding more of our industry in interoperability and IP protection," said Susan Hauser, general manager of strategic partnerships and licensing at Microsoft. "Customer response to our agreement with Novell has been overwhelmingly positive. Dell has recognized this demand, and it is the first mover in its space to provide these benefits to its customers.""
AnuradhaRatnaweera writes: "Engadget reports that "the discussions [between Microsoft and Yahoo] are in fact no longer active, and it was concluded that competing is apparently marginally more productive than merging for the two mammoth businesses.""
khenriks writes: "Today Comcast and Zimbra have announced (with screenshots) that their next-gen email, voice, and instant messaging platform will be based on Zimbra. Comcast Triple Play has now moved to the web and will give consumers an easy way to manage their communications needs from one portal. Open Source, Linux and related software have been taking IT shops by storm and now it's time mainstream consumers benefited from this technology shift. Zimbra which launched on/. has also been covered here, here, here, here, here, here and here."
Dan Pritchett writes: NoteScraps.com just released a 100% WPF and managed code random information manager for Vista and XP. NoteScraps is a place to store and find all the random notes that you will never remember and may never need until the time when you desperately need them. Easy to use — because it doesn't do much — it just works. It lets you take notes and find notes. That's about it!
Tim Sneath (Microsoft Windows Vista Technical Evangelist), Rob Relyea and lots of other WPF and Vista bloggers are already in love.
Tim Sneath says: 'I love this little application: it's a joyous example of how the subtle use of WPF can add greatly to an application experience. NoteScraps is a handy little tool for jotting down little nuggets of unstructured information — when you're on the phone and someone needs to give you a reference number or an email address, when you're just jotting down a short list of to-do items, when you're just scribbling down a quick reminder. You can launch it with a keyboard shortcut or directly from the system tray, and then you simply start typing to create your note.'
GeekinOz writes: "IT vs. Sales in the salary earning stakes.
Why are geeks losing out? Here's our in-depth answer: 32 Reasons Nearly All Geeks are Severely Underpaid
"Why are sales professionals still rewarded with the biggest pay packets? Are sales professionals better qualified or smarter than IT professionals? No, there's no such thing as a sales degree. Do they work longer or harder? Of course not. So why then is IT not the best paid profession?""
goombah99 writes: Samsung unveiled a prototype of their touchscreen phone. It's look, single button front, full-face touchscreen are the essentially identical to the iphone. The screen resolution is sufficiently worse that video viewing will be less of a pleasure, it's thicker, and it lacks Wi-Fi. But it has a slide-out full thumb-board, a 5 mega pixel camera, supports 3G (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access). Web connectivity however lacks the elegant full screen approach with a gestural interface of the iphone. Price, battery life and availability are not known. Read Here and here for first impressions. My impression is that hardware wise it's at the same level as the iphone so, as always, it's the apple polish of the interface that will be the deciding factor. Simultaneously, Microsoft revealed a workmanlike update of it's mobile version.
freebsd now has support for openbsd's pf firewall.
i use freebsd, openbsd, and gentoo linux. i still like freebsd the most, but portage is nicer than ports. my annecdotal evidence for desktop usage of gentoo and freebsd puts freebsd in the lead.