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Subject: The Linux Beacon, March 22, 2005
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 04:34:01 -0500 The Linux Beacon

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Volume 2, Number 12 -- March 22, 2005

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Mandrakesoft Rejiggers Its Linux Roadmap, Naming Conventions
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

One of the great things about the open source Linux operating system is the speed with which the many thousands of members of the open source community develop features for Linux and the other system and application programs that run on top of Linux. Open source software is seething with change, and it evolves right before your very eyes. While nerds love this constant change, this is exactly what commercial and consumer Linux customers do not want. They want stability. READ MORE >


Linspire Launches Five-0 Desktop Linux
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Get out the kettle drums, the brass horn section, the surf boards, the grass hula skirts, and buy that plane ticket to Hawaii because commercial desktop Linux distributor Linspire has launched Linspire Five-0, it's latest implementation of desktop Linux. Linspire says it has made over 1,200 tweaks to the commercial package to bring it to the Five-0 level and to continue to demonstrate that Linux does indeed have a place on real people's desktops. READ MORE >

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Bernstein Analyst Calls for Sun-Dell Partnership
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

One of the fun things about the computer business is thinking about the possibilities, and that is exactly what Toni Sacconaghi, the main IT analyst at Sanford Bernstein, has done in a recent research report. To amuse himself and Sanford's investment customers--and to get a little PR like this piece in this newsletter--Sacconaghi is proposing that we ponder "the unthinkable." That would be a partnership between Sun Microsystems and Dell. READ MORE >


Mad Dog 21/21: HP Sauce
by Hesh Wiener

Carly's gone. Now it's time for Charlie. For if ever there was a person who could suffer a bad marriage, such as that of Hewlett-Packard and Compaq, lived out in the spotlight of merciless, spiteful, and uninformed public opinion, yet still carry on with life and business, it is Britain's Prince Charles. Critics of the Prince might well say he's not as smart as Carly, but we ask you this: Which one's long since out of the bad marriage? And this: Which one's still got the job? READ MORE >


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   But Wait, There's More

ShaoLin Updates Linux High Availability Software . . . IBM Brings SUSE Linux Into Innovation Centers for Partners . . . Red Hat Hires New Marketing Chief . . . HP to Attack SMB Market with New Blade Packaging . . . Merrill Lynch Says Server Market Could Slow in 2005 and 2006 . . . IBM Buys Other Half of Informix with Ascential Acquisition . . . Fiorina Misses Out on World Bank Gig . . . 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
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Mandrakesoft Rejiggers Its Linux Roadmap, Naming Conventions

Linspire Launches Five-0 Desktop Linux

Bernstein Analyst Calls for Sun-Dell Partnership

Mad Dog 21/21: HP Sauce

But Wait, There's More

The Four Hundred
iSeries Top Brass Commit to the Platform and Growth

Soltis and Friends Give Their Vision for the iSeries

iSeries Users Sound Off, Sometimes with Praise, at COMMON

Re-Energizing ISVs Is a Tough Chore for IBM

The Windows Observer
Microsoft Gets Into the Collaboration Groove with Acquisition

Desktops to Have First Crack at Dual-Core Intel Chips

NEC Shows Off SAP Performance on Windows-Itanium Combo

Open Source Servers

The Unix Guardian
Fujitsu-Siemens Keeps Rolling on Sparc64, Itanium Roadmaps

Windows-Itanium Still Lags Big Unix on SAP Tests

Sun Modifies Its Packaging of Trusted Solaris

IDC Says Unix Server Sales Rebounded in Q4 2004

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