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Charles Babcock is an editor-at-large for InformationWeek and author of Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution, a McGraw-Hill book. He is the former editor-in-chief of Digital News, former software editor of Computerworld and former technology editor of Interactive Week. He is a graduate of Syracuse University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism. He joined the publication in 2003.
Articles by Charles Babcock
posted in November 2006
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been asked to re-examine its grant of Blackboard's 44 claims in the patent.
The new version has monitoring tools designed to help administrators stop database problems before they get serious.
Red Hat is adding management capabilities into Red Hat Enterprise Linux designed to put Xen on more of an equal footing with VMware, the commercial market leader in virtualization. The second beta of the next version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux is due Tuesday.
It's threatening to sue Linux users, which are in all likelihood its own customers as well.
When Microsoft signed a patent agreement with Novell, owner of SuSE Linux, it thrust itself onto the horns of a dilemma. It seemed to be saying that Linux contains patent exposures. If you're a Linux user, Microsoft may sue you for using its intellectual property, unless you use SuSE.
Sun hopes to alleviate open source "give back" worries
The new subsidiary, CodeGear will provide JBuilder, Borland Developer Studio, and the Turbo product line. The main company, Borland, will focus on application lifecycle management.
The Apache Software Foundation still plans to develop an open source Java implementation of its own.
Winston Damarillo's latest venture intends to enable as many open source startups as possible. "The best open source technology projects stay small and nimble," he says.
Microsoft mimics with virtual versions of Windows, SQL Server--but only for 30 days
A conversation with Diane Greene, president of VMware, is an unusual experience among powerhouse software companies. She is the organizing force behind a company that is a market leader, but there's little of the weighty, driven executive about her.
Over the last six months, the list of software appliances available for download from VMware's Web site has increased from near zero to 330.
The object-relational database system has added rapid application development features and a Zen framework to make it easier to build user interfaces for Web applications.
Windows Server software is available in a virtualized format for what Microsoft is calling its Test Drive Program.
Instead of employees being given their own computers, they would be served their Microsoft Office applications from a virtual machine in a data center.
In a brief eight-day period, two of the software industry's behemoths, which agree on little else, seemed to agree on one thing: Something needs to be done to slow the growth of Red Hat. It's almost as if they're miffed that Red Hat didn't have the good sense to remain a third-world supplier of raw materials, the way they intended.
Microsoft and Novell will work more closely with each other under the new deal.
Vendors tout added capabilities and new constituencies
Microsoft and Novell will work much more closely with each other under the new deal.
While it won't do everything, IBM says its new tool can manage and virtualize about 80% of a heterogeneous data center.