CRN Applications and OS News

  • Advice To Linux: Kill The Penguin
    If Linux wants to be taken seriously by the business desktop market, it has to first take itself more seriously. What do I mean by that? Basically, kill the penguin and all of the marketing cuteness! The "crafty" names of some Linux applications simply come across as immature to the business world.
  • Nix Shortsightedness
    Sometimes it takes me a little longer to react to developments than my more passionate counterparts here at CRN, but that doesn't mean I'm any less opinionated.
  • Company fills in software portfolio with recent acquistions

    IBM Once Again Looking To Software For Growth
    When Lou Gerstner reshaped IBM in the 1990s, the former chairman and CEO transformed a company that relied on hardware for most of its sales and profits into a services powerhouse.
  • Security Spin Cycle
    Security solution providers have relied on alerts to help identify critical holes and vulnerabilities in the systems, they design and build. Now, with security threats coming in and the lead time from the threat announcement, to the exploit release getting shorter, those trusted alerts are being called into question.
  • Adobe: No Linux Flash Player Till 2007
    Impatient Linux users will have to wait till the end of the year for even a preview release of Adobe's Flash Player 9. The company's lead Flash for Linux engineer reported this week that Adobe won't release any alpha versions of its Flash port, holding out instead for a full-featured beta scheduled for release sometime late this year.
  • Snapshot of an outstanding technology implementation

    Relieving The Burden of IT
    Snapshot of an outstanding technology implementation
  • Linux Goes Mainstream
    He'll be the first to admit it: Troy Webb has struggled trying to do business with channel newbie and Linux stalwart Red Hat.
  • Linspire Makes Linux Download Service Free
    Linspire, the innovative Linux house founded by Internet entrepreneur Michael Robertson, has jettisoned the $20 annual subscription fee it was charging for its basic Click 'N Run open-source software download service. Users can now download any of the 20,000 titles offered by the service free of charge.
  • Google Apps For Your Domain could end up being karmic payback for Microsoft.

    Googling Microsoft
    Google isn't sayingyetthat it's going to add the Writely word processor and Google spreadsheet to its upcoming business productivity bundle. But it doesn't take a genius to know that's what they'll do. And then Microsoft better watch out.
  • Company changes course after years of selling products direct

    SAS Institute Shakes Up BI Space With Reseller Effort
    After decades of spurning the channel in favor of direct sales, SAS Institute is launching its first reseller program, giving participants access to parts of a product line regarded as a gold standard in the analytics market.
  • Fee-based version of mail, scheduling, page creation wares to debut by year's end.

    Google Tests Services Suite For Businesses
    Google is making a collection of toolse-mail, instant messaging, and web page creation tools--to businesses. Google Apps For Your Domain to take on Microsoft's proposed services bundle.
  • Review: Diamond's Graphics Upgrade
    Diamond Multimedia is looking to help system builders double their monitor sales with the BizView BV200 Multi-View graphics adaptor. The BV200 is an ATI-powered graphics card designed to drive dual monitors. The card plugs into a PCI card slot and comes with a Dual DVI-Out cable.