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Linux author Don Burleson edits a popular Oracle database journal, so when he writes that 32-bit limitation of Intel-based servers being 'about to change,' it commands the interest of the entire Linux community. 'The impending availability of Intel 64-bit architecture has caused widespread excitement,' Burleson writes, 'and Intel-based servers will soon be able to compete with giant proprietary UNIX servers.' The main breakthrough, Burleson explains, is this: 'Oracle professionals now have a choice: They can use the Intel-based server on Oracle with Linux or Microsoft Windows.' There is a huge debate about which OS is best, he adds, noting that Linux advocates are rushing to make Linux accessible to preexisting Windows applications. (One example he gives is the WINE emulator -- that’s Wine as in Wine Is Not an Emulator).. WINE threatens Microsoft because you can run ... (more)

Mono Project Grows as Novell Hires 2 Volunteers

This month I will look deeper into Mono's 0.30 release System.Windows. Forms (SWF) implementation changes, and also discuss some other ways that Novell has helped Mono and open source. Mono Last month I mentioned some of the highlights of the Mono 0.30 release, including XML, security, and C# compiler performance improvements. This month I will go over some of the other improvements and announcements. However, just after the 0.30 release, a couple of compiler bugs were found that affected several people using Mono for "real" work, so there was a quick 0.30.1 release. The full release notes can be found at; the release itself is at Included in the release notes is an announcement that Novell has hired two longtime Mono volunteers. One will be working from Barcelona on System.Drawing, joining th... (more)

Linux on the Desktop: Bringing Linux into the Corporate Environment

Linux is coming to a desktop near you. The question being asked has gone from "Can it happen?" to "When and how do we get there?" This article is a high-level overview of some of the technical issues revolving around your corporate Linux desktop. Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt: The Current FUDBefore any corporate-sponsored Linux-based project gets under way, the current crop of FUD should probably be addressed. It might save some time later, and the mere fact that it comes up is a testament to the success of those who are spreading it. There is so much of it that there's no way this article can be remotely comprehensive on the topic. You'll need to evaluate what has come your way: ask the principals what they have heard and address it so that everyone understands that this is not another backroom project. For the purposes of this article we'll largely assume that we'r... (more)

ClickInsights: Social Media Marketing in 2010

How will social media marketing evolve in 2010? We have invited 2 Social Media Icons - Pam Brossman and Chris Garrett - to shed light on the following question: "What do you foresee as the biggest change that will happen in social media marketing in 2010? How should marketers and businesses adapt to this change?". Read on to get their insights. Chris Garrett Blog ChrisG Twitter chrisgarrett "Just having "cares" in your Twitter name is not enough" Chris Garrett's Bio Chris Garrett is an internet consultant, writer, web geek and co-author of the popular ProBlogger Book. Since 1994, Chris has helped thousands of individuals, non-profits, small businesses and blue chips make the most of the web. Chris Garrett's Tip I have never been very good with predicting the future so I am sure other people will have better and more accurate answers! That said, the biggest changes ... (more)

How Terms Have Changed Over Time

Meanings and terms often change or get adjusted over time, especially with Information Technology.  While never walking 5 miles to school in two-feet of snow, I did live during an era of TV’s without remotes and vinyl record players.  I tend to include many ‘remember when…’ type stories in my blogs so just chalk (or chuck) this one in the nostalgia pile.  A few are a stretch and most still hold their old definition but come along for the ride anyway.  When I was a kid: An Appliance was a fridge, oven, toaster, etc. You Breached a contract not a network and used a Buffer for shiny car polish. A Cloud was in the sky, Cache was money, and C is for Cookie – which is good enough for me. A Disk was made by Frisbee. An Engineer drove a train. A Firewall was an actual physical barrier in a building or vehicle. Googol meant the highest number before infinity. Bears went in... (more)

Private Clouds: Old Wine in a New Bottle

I recently read a Bank of America Merrill Lynch report about cloud computing, and they described private clouds as "old wine in a new bottle." I think they nailed it! The report points out that a typical private cloud set-up looks much the same as the infrastructure components currently found in a corporate data center, with virtualization added to the mix. While the virtualization provides somewhat better server utilization, the elasticity and efficiency available in the public cloud has private clouds beat by a mile. In short, the term "private cloud" is usually just a buzzword for virtualized internal environments that have been around for years. By replicating existing data center architectures, they also recreate the same cost and maintenance issues that cloud computing aims to alleviate. Despite their limitations, there is still a lot of industry talk about c... (more)

It's Official - Time-Poor Americans Can 'Do' Australia in Just One Week!

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Tourism Australia and Qantas sent 100 Americans to Australia for a week in the lead up to a new campaign which demonstrates that time-poor Americans can get a truly authentic and fulfilling Australian experience with just one week's vacation time. The campaign, called Aussie Week, begins this week, with television, online and radio specifically targeting the west coast cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. Michelle Gysberts, Vice President Americas, Tourism Australia said that though Australia is consistently listed on the top of popularity polls of desirable destinations for American travelers, many assume that they need more than a week to justify a visit. "Americans generally think nothing of jumping on a flight to Europe to spend their annual week's vacation, yet the flight time to Australia is practically the ... (more)

Migrating to Linux not easy for Windows users

(LinuxWorld) — Windows 95 works well enough for my needs, but I'm eight years behind the technology curve. While I realize there are still many who rely on Apple IIs and Tandy 100s for their daily computing chores, it's time for me to start planning a migration route. I was mulling the possibilities when the OfficeSuperGeek (tOSG) talked me into a CPU upgrade, gave me a suitable motherboard from his bonepile, dumped some Linux distributions on my desk and said, "Here... try these." What follows is an 18-month tour of recent and now not-so-recent Linux distributions. Before we proceed, let me set your expectations about this overview. It isn't scientific. It's based on my impressions as a technical writer, Linux neophyte and curmudgeon. It's an appropriate and fair look from my humble newbie perspective. If you are a hairy-chested Linux administrator or programmer, ... (more)

Xandros 1.0: Easy on the eyes, easy to install

(LinuxWorld) — A couple of weeks ago, I took a second look at Knoppix and how it could be used to do a quick Debian install. Warts and all, the Knoppix install script provides a quick and dirty way for experienced Linux users to have Debian installed without suffering from what can be a psyche-bruising experience. It seems there are a number of distributions interested in doing the same thing. According to, 12 of the 105 distributions they are currently tracking are Debian-based. That dozen includes Knoppix, Lindows, Libranet and Xandros. This week we're going to look at Xandros, the successor to Corel Linux, which has recently released its 1.0 version. A brief history of Xandros Corel needed a cash infusion a couple of years ago. After receiving it in the form of a $150 million dollar investment by Microsoft, they announced they were getting o... (more)

New Versions of Portable.NET and Mono Released - Mono passes the Vault Web server acceptance test

DotGNU is getting ready to make a big splash with the release of v0.1, including Portable.NET v0.6. Mono has released v0.28 with many new features, and Ximian has completed its contract with SourceGear. DotGNU Readies v0.1 Portable.NET has released v0.6, but the DotGNU CD is running a bit behind schedule. The CD is in the final stage of packaging and testing, but will miss my deadline by what looks like a few days, so the details will have to wait another month. The 0.6 version of Portable.NET has been released and will be included on the DotGNU 0.1 CD. The last couple of Portable.NET releases were practice runs for this release, and with the exception of WinForms and a few other hot spots, this is an incremental release. Outside of System.Windows. Forms, most of the work has focused on bug fixes, cleanup, and the addition of a few key features. The main runtime ch... (more)

The Best Recipe

About two years ago, I decided that it would be "fun" to learn to cook. I figured I would be a quick learner; after all, I liked to eat (passion for the subject), I had been a skilled cabinetmaker (possessed manual skills), and I enjoyed watching "Iron Chef" on the Food Network (had an available learning resource). Compared to cabinetmaking and software development, how hard could it be? When I told my wife, she adopted a Mona Lisa-type smile and told me what a good idea she thought it was. She was remarkably encouraging. So, I started on my journey to becoming a chef (the simple title of "cook" not seeming to properly express my culinary ambitions). Having seen that the TV chefs all had really great cookware, knives, and gadgets, I went and did likewise - and during the time that many of the dot-coms were failing for lack of revenue, I single-handedly kept cooking.... (more)