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Subject: The Linux Beacon, January 11, 2005
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 04:17:13 -0500 The Linux Beacon

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Volume 2, Number 3 -- January 11, 2005

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Linux, Unix, and Windows Fight for ERP Supremacy
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

The gravy train that the Windows platform has been enjoying while attacking the vast installed base of Unix servers in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) application software market may be jumping tracks, and a new train appears to be rolling in: the Linux platform. Companies are increasingly turning to Linux to run SAP, Oracle, and PeopleSoft ERP application suites, according to a survey by Peerstone Research. READ MORE >


Mandrakesoft Delivers Corporate Server and Desktop Linuxes
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Franco-American commercial Linux distributor Mandrakesoft has been fleshing out its portfolio of Linux offerings throughout 2004, and last week it added two more products to the mix. While some Linux customers want to always be on the cutting edge, others (particularly corporations with large numbers of users) like a platform that is stable for a longer period of time. That's what Mandrakesoft's Corporate Server and Corporate Desktop Linuxes are all about. READ MORE >

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Competition Heats Up for Entry and Midrange Servers
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Several months ago, in our sister publication, The Four Hundred, I presented a comparison of entry and midrange boxes running Windows, Linux, Unix, and OS/400. I should have published our original analysis earlier in 2004 in this newsletters, but never got around to it. But as 2005's IT budget cycle is just ramping up, it's important for you to see how Linux is stacking up to the rest of the server market, so I have updated our analysis. READ MORE >


Subscription Pricing: A Tough Path to a Better Pricing Model
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

It has taken a little time--like a few decades--but the IT industry is finally coming around to one of the oldest ideas in the industry: that it is too hard to sell a big, expensive piece of technology, but it is relatively easy to get a company to subscribe to that same product and spread those acquisition costs over the long haul. After all, we are all used to paying monthly for most things: our cars, our homes, our bills. We're conditioned to pay this way by life itself. READ MORE >


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  But Wait, There's More

Novell Puts Open Enterprise Server in Beta Test Mode . . . SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 Ready for HP Integrities . . . Dataram Delivers Clone Memory for HP Integrities . . . Linux-Based OpenPower 720 Tops TPC-H Data Warehousing Benchmark . . . Lumen Debuts S2D Terminal Services for SLES 9 . . . Bull Gives OSDL Open POSIX Test Suite for Linux . . . BZ Research Says JBoss Is Most Popular Java Server, and Eclipse Most Popular Java Tool . . . READ MORE >

Reader Feedback and Insights

We value your feedback and insights. Feel free to send a letter to the editor. Letters may be printed, unless otherwise specified, and edited for clarity or length. READ MORE >

Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Managing Editor: Shannon Pastore
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Kevin Vandever,
Shannon O'Donnell, Victor Rozek, Hesh Wiener, Alex Woodie
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Delroy
Advertising Sales Representative: Kim Reed
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Linux, Unix, and Windows Fight for ERP Supremacy

Mandrakesoft Delivers Corporate Server and Desktop Linuxes

Competition Heats Up for Entry and Midrange Servers

Subscription Pricing: A Tough Path to a Better Pricing Model

But Wait, There's More

The Four Hundred
Borman Out, Shearer In As iSeries General Manager

Q&A with Mark Shearer, the New iSeries GM

RFID Specialist Stratum Global Spins Off from LANSA

The Windows Observer
Oracle, Unisys Optimize 10g for ES7000-Windows Combo

More Windows Flaws Found

Revelation: Why HP's Commitment to Itanium Is Unwavering--Really

The Unix Guardian
Unix Is the Touchstone for Big Iron

SCO Bleeds Red Ink, Delays Future OpenServer

IT Spending Predicted to Increase Modestly in 2005

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