Linux On A Stick

Booting Linux Operating Systems from USB drives keeps getting easier and more robust. Here's a look at the Test Center's favorite four flash-drive bootable Linux distributions: CrunchBang, Linux Mint 6 Felicia, Xubuntu and Pendrivelinux2008.

First Glances: Servers Based On Nehalem Processor

While all eyes were on Santa Clara for Intel's launch of 17 new processors led by the Xeon 5500, code-named Nehalem, server vendors were busy preparing full lines of new servers based on the CPU.

Nehalem-Based Workstations Hit The Market

While much of the focus of Intel's official release of its 'Nehalem' Xeon 5500 processor has been on a host of new server introductions, workstation vendors also have found the processor a great base on which to build their newest models.

The E-Book Wars: What Kindle Wrought

The February launch of Amazon's Kindle 2 put e-books, e-reading devices and apps on the map. Here's a look at all that's happened since, from iPhone app agreements to the latest lawsuits.

2009 Channel Best Sellers: Vendor Heavyweights Show Their Muscle

HP and Cisco are in the 2009 Channel Best Sellers, of course, but there's plenty of room for other vendors in 20 different product categories too. Here are the manufacturers with the top market share, as well as the biggest share gainers from last year's sales through distribution.

20 Hot Products From 2009 Channel Best-Sellers

From APC to Western Digital, here's a look at 20 of the best-selling products through distributors in 2008, according to The NPD Group.

Answer The Call: 20 Must-See Products At VoiceCon 2009

VoiceCon is ready to hit Orlando, Fla., next week. Dozens of vendors are expected to show off their latest VoIP, video and unified communications wares. Here are 20 products you should check out as you stroll the VoiceCon show floor.

Is Security More Resilient In A Down Economy? 10 Perspectives

Now known as "The Great Recession," the weak economy has taken its toll on all IT sectors. But, despite the grim economic outlook, some categories seem to weathering the storm better than others.

Inventors Hall of Fame Honors Sultans Of Silicon

Intel's Gordon Moore and silicon transistor creator Gordon Teal head the 2009 class of inductees as the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation honors 16 semiconductor pioneers on May 2.

Dell's Long Road To Channel Distribution

Now that Dell's partnerships with Ingram Micro and Tech Data are official, it's worth taking a look back at how the company earned its less-than-stellar channel reputation and how the computer manufacturer is trying to fix it.

10 Hot Test Center Products Of The First Quarter

Many terrific products have made their way through the CRN Test Center lab recently. Here's a quick look at 10 favorites that we reviewed over the first three months of 2009.

Stimulus Plans And Country Music: Scenes From Synnex's VAR Event

Hundreds of VARs with public sector business on the brain gathered at Synnex's Red, White & You conference in Dallas last week. Here's a look at what they learned, from GSA strategies to, uh, mechanical bull riding.

Enter Axcient: Storage Startup Slips Out Of Stealth Mode

A new data backup and recovery vendor targeting SMBs has a hybrid approach to storage that pairs on-premises appliances with cloud-based archiving. The best part? Axcient is strictly channel.

12 Vendor Financing Programs To Help Ease The Credit Crisis

A number of vendors are helping VARs ease the credit crunch through a series of special financing programs for solution providers.

Getting Cozy With Dell's Adamo

The Dell Adamo is the computer manufacturer's debut in the high-end computing and design market. Take a closer look at the Adamo's carefully thought-out and sleek design.

Color Me Flepia: Fujitsu Launches E-Reader

Giving Amazon.com's Kindle a run for its money, Fujitsu rolls out Flepia, the world's first color e-book.

Windows 7 Final Release: Deployment Strategy

Here's an in-depth look at Microsoft's tools for deploying Windows 7 in the enterprise.

25 Big Easy Scenes From XChange

The XChange Solution Provider conference brought some of the industry's best and brightest to New Orleans for several days of networking, education and fun. Here's a look at what you missed.

Sneak Peek: Security In Windows 7 Final Release

The Test Center takes an in-depth look at the security enhancements and offerings to come in Windows 7's final release. Many of these features will only be available in the Enterprise version of Windows 7.

General Dynamics Gets Rugged With New Notebook

General Dynamics Itronix unveils its GD8000 notebook, made to withstand the elements.

20 Scenes From Microsoft Convergence In New Orleans

Convergence, the annual gathering of Microsoft Dynamics software customers and channel partners, landed in New Orleans last week with 7,000 attendees (including 2,000 channel partners). While attendance took a hit with the recession, here are 20 scenes from the show and the diehards who made it.

2009 CRN Channel Champions Awards

CRN hit the Big Easy to name this year's Channel Champions. Here's a look at the winners.

The Future Of Servers: Unified, Consolidated, Virtual

Even without next week's unveiling by Cisco of its server strategy, VARs and their customers face big shifts in the way servers will develop in the future. We talked to some of the leaders in the server business to understand these shifts.

New Nokia Devices Let The Music Play

In its continued attempt to one-up the Apple iPhone, Nokia on Wednesday added a trio of new music-centric devices to its handheld roster.

A VAR's Katrina Tale

Jim Perrier refused to let Katrina take down the solution provider business he built from the ground up in New Orleans a quarter century ago.

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