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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 2007
If nothing else, the mutual pats on the back represent a considerable thaw in the often-chilly relations between Sun and IBM.
The litigation is intended to prod commercial companies to adhere more closely to the open-source GNU General Public License.
PayPal is currently processing $1,571 worth of transactions per second in 17 different currencies on about 4,000 servers running Red Hat Linux.
It must be maddening to believe you command developer loyalties and lead legions worldwide, then watch developers flock to the Linux kernel. Maddening, that is, if you're Microsoft. Why does Microsoft say its patents cover Linux, while at the same time reaching out to other open source code projects? It's the Linux kernel development process.
The suite integrates assets from HP Open View, Peregrine, Mercury, and Opsware.
The Linux kernel is surrounded by hundreds of interested parties. How is it that none of them gains a commanding influence over the kernel's development priorities? HP, IBM, Oracle. Google, eBay and Intel each has a primary stake in Linux and employs kernel developers. Does this mean money talks when it comes to Linux? If not, why not?
The creator of Linux is excited about solid-state drives, expects progress in graphics and wireless networking, and says the operating system is strong in virtualization despite his personal lack of interest in the area.
Hyperic, Zenoss, GroundWork, and Qlusters are expanding what they can do.
Customers attending Oracle OpenWorld found different things to like in Oracle's smorgasbord of new software announcements and recent enhancements.
Oracle is promising new Java-based applications with business intelligence built in and in some cases new collaboration mechanisms.
The company will commit R&D dollars to its Xen-based hypervisor -- xVM -- for generating virtual machines and its Sun xVM Ops Center for managing them.
The company aims to make it much easier for business analysts and programmer analysts in the enterprise to change existing business processes and construct new ones.
Over the past 18 months, VMware Server has been downloaded to 3 million users, and 70% of them were employed at small and medium businesses.
"How fast will the consolidation occur?" HP's Mark Hurd asked. "It could happen fast, if the right alignment of players occurs."
The virtual machine server has been certified to work with the Oracle database, Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Applications.
IBM Rational Developer for System z v7.1, IBM Rational Business Developer Extension v7.0, and IBM Rational Transformation Workbench v3.1 all target Cobol developers.
The partnership will help business analysts build dashboards, scorecards, and other quick-read reports that indicate how the business is doing.
It's been 10 years since Slashdot emerged from Rob Malda's personal Chips & Dip site. Also known by his Slashdot signature, Cmdr Taco, Malda was a student at Hope College on Lake Macatawa in Michigan, an institution of The Reformed Church In America, at the time. The setting sounds a little like the Prairie Home Companion's Lake WoeBeGone. The result was an enduring fixture of the open source community.
The 5.1 version of Red Hat's Enterprise Linux also increases support for virtualization on HP Itanium servers and for Microsoft's hypervisor.
The company sees its Live Partition Mobility and Live Application Mobility applications as key to any customer using Unix in their network.
In the past, Spring has relied heavily on XML annotations, but the new version also will invoke Java-oriented annotations.
Microsoft talked a lot about software modeling this week, but it never mentioned the U word, that is, Unified Modeling Language, also known as UML. That may be because Microsoft has always said UML is too complex. Or maybe it's because UML underlies its competitors' best modeling efforts.
Created by DEC, now sold as HP's OpenVMS, it's used by the Deutsche Borse in Germany, the Australian Stock Exchange, and Amazon.com.
Oslo promises to integrate applications in new ways, but all the pieces aren't here yet.
Created by DEC, now sold as HP's OpenVMS, it's used by the Deutsche Borse in Germany, the Australian Stock Exchange, and Amazon.
The Software Freedom Law Center accused Monsoon of holding back its Hava TV modifications of BusyBox from other developers, violating the terms of the GPL.
Microsoft is boasting of Windows future ability to cross heterogeneous systems, generate composite applications, and even link different organizations.