CRN Applications and OS News

  • Linspire Releases 'Freespire' Desktop Linux OS
    Open source developer Linspire on Wednesday launched the Freespire 1.0 desktop Linux operating system, a free Debian-based OS combined with proprietary drivers, codecs and applications.
  • Review: Give The Windows GUI A Face-Lift
    Tired of that same old Microsoft Windows graphical user interface? Stardock aims to enable PC users to get the Windows GUI to look and work the way they want with its Object Desktop 2007 software.
  • Microsoft Dumps Virtual PC For Mac
    Microsoft said it's dropping any plans to update its Virtual PC virtualization software to enable it work on Apple's new Intel-based Macs.
  • Citrix To Acquire Orbital Data
    Citrix Systems said Monday it plans to acquire Orbital Data, a San Mateo, Calif.-based maker of software that optimizes application delivery over WANs.
  • Company exec insists license renewal policy changes will benefit partners

    Citrix Direct Move Ruffles VARs' Feathers
    Some partners are upset that Citrix Systems is taking its license renewal fulfillment business direct, even though the software vendor claims its new policies will benefit its channel.
  • No Slowdown In HDTV Sales, Says Sony
    Strong sales of high-definition TVs and other consumer electronics are projected to continue the second half of the year, according to an executive for Sony Electronics Inc.
  • Good Riddance, Gates
    It's the dog days of summer, and what news there is ain't perky. AOL is going to chop a quarter of its workforce in the next six months, Citrix decides to cut its partners out of its license renewal program. Vista and Office 2007 are still on the (distant) horizon.
  • Briefs: August 7, 2006
    Tom Ducatelli, Tech Data's senior vice president of sales, resigned last week, effective immediately. Ducatelli "has decided to pursue new opportunities outside Tech Data," the distributor said in a statement.
  • Microsoft remains coy about future e-commerce deliverables

    Whither Commerce Server?
    Microsoft will continue to offer e-commerce functionality beyond the newly shipping Commerce Server 2007, but the company is still being coy about how it will be delivered to customers.
  • Linspire Five-O A Good Option
    System builders differentiate their offerings from those of tier-one vendors by providing customization and bundled services. While this strategy works well with high-end desktop PCs, the story is different at the low end of the market.
  • IBM Offers Free RFID Training Tools
    IBM this week introduced free online resources which can help solution providers get an edge on the emerging market for radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.