• Is Best Buy For Real?
    With a partner program in the works and a determination to make it fly, Best Buy appears ready to shake things up in the IT channel. VARs, meanwhile, are waiting to see if the electronics retailer's partner aspirations are genuine.
  • This Microsoft utility lets the OS use a basic Flash drive as part of its own system cache.

    Boost Vista Performance with ReadyBoost
    This Microsoft utility lets the OS use a basic Flash drive as part of its own system cache.
  • New Technology, SMB Driving Distribution Growth
    Though sales through distributors have passed their dot-com heyday, many product categories are now experiencing double-digit growth thanks to a robust small-business market and an influx of new technology for that space, according to the Global Technology Distribution Council.
  • GPL 3 'Last Call' Draft Issued, Adoption Date Set In June
    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) issued a "last call" draft of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3 today, the final iteration in a two-year drafting process expected to close with the revised license's adoption next month.
  • Ricoh Dumps Global Imaging
    A week after Xerox closes its acquisition of Global Imaging, Ricoh terminates it relationship with the giant printer and copier dealer -- a move that raises some questions for Global customers, competitors.
  • Review: Printing At Warp Speed
    SMBs looking for affordable, speedy color printing should consider the Xerox Phaser 6360, a single-pass color laser printer that offers high-speed performance at a value price.
  • 2007 CRN Channel Champions: Peripherals
    Take a look at which peripherals vendors grabbed CRN Channel Champions honors this year in multifunction printers, network color laser printers, flat panel displays and UPS/power management.
  • HP's Gain, IBM's Pain
    To say Hewlett-Packard is putting rivals IBM and Dell to shame is not overstating it. The latter two companies are just not the factors they once were in the market.
  • Novell, Dell Still Talking Linux Preloads On PCs
    Novell believes it can hit a pricing sweet spot with Linux on the enterprise desktop and remains in talks with top OEMs -- including Dell -- about preloading SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 on PC clients.
  • VARs help government agencies extend their reach as they boost their bottom lines via scanning and imaging solutions

    Government Arms Up With ... Scanners?
    While scanners are rapidly becoming as ubiquitous as fax machines and copiers, agencies are using this basic technology not only to rid government offices of cumbersome stacks of paper but also to improve a slew of business operations.
  • ShadowRAM: April 30, 2007
    This week in ShadowRAM: Microsoft infuriates blogosphere and sends warning to Vista beta users, SAP-Oracle friction heats up at Sapphire, CA looks to clear its name and relaxing on the ranch with Craig Barrett.
  • Distributors Fine-Tune Financing Programs
    Distributors are mobilizing to get the word out about new credit and leasing programs, including incentives and higher credit limits to spark the interest of their VAR customers.