CRN Applications and OS News


  • Best Buy Dips Toes Into Home Automation Pool
    While VARs are cautious when a retail chain such as Best Buy enters a new market, companies in the home integration market hope the chain's decision to offer Exceptional Innovation's control systems in two of its Magnolia stores will create exposure for the emerging market. Read how VARs are responding, and take a tour in our slide show.
  • Microsoft pledges to distribute 70,000 coupons of SUSE Linux Enterprise


    Historic Microsoft, Novell Pact Aimed To Boost SUSE Linux Business
    Strange bedfelows indeed, but Microsoft and Novell announced on Thursday a historic pact that will enhance Windows and Linux interoperability, provide a patent covenant from Microsoft for SUSE Linux users and drive sales and marketing of both companies to push SUSE Linux as the Linux of choice in Windows environments
  • Cash Flow Dries Up During CA's Second Quarter
    CA's announcement late Thursday that cash flow plummeted during its second quarter topped off a day that by most measures was an interesting one for partners of the Islandia, N.Y., vendor.
  • Virtual Mac Machine Adds Vista Install
    Parallels has updated its virtualization software for Intel-powered Macs by stealthing the virtual hardware from outsiders and has added a one-step wizard that walks users through the process of installing an operating system to a virtual machine.
  • Former CA Chief Kumar Gets Prison Time
    Former CA CEO Sanjay Kumar on Thursday was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in a $2.2 billion accounting scandal that rocked the Islandia, N.Y.-based software vendor.
  • 6 Virtualization Contenders
    The virtualization market is red hot, and 2006 has been a banner year for a number of startups. Here are a half-dozen virtualization software contenders for VARs to watch.
  • Google Gets Wiki With JotSpot Buy
    Google said Tuesday it has acquired JotSpot, a software company focused on popularizing wikis beyond the geek crowd by making them easier to use.
  • Oracle: In The OS Biz
    Oracle's move to support Red Hat Linux better and cheaper than Red Hat itself took the Oracle OpenWorld crowd by storm last week. By pledging quality paid-support options for Red Hat Linux, Oracle has filled a gaping hole in its software stack: For better or worse, Oracle is now in the operating system business.
  • Review: An Alternative: Google Desktop
    System builders reluctant to bundle Linux-based products now have a completely new model they can offer: Google's free hosted productivity tools, which provide unlimited access to files.
  • Briefs: October 30, 2006
    After slightly more than two years on the job, Hewlett-Packard U.S. channel chief John Thompson is leaving that post to take a newly created worldwide position in the HP Personal Systems Group.
  • New Linux support option undercuts Red Hat's service


    Oracle Puts The Whammy On Red Hat
    In one fell swoop, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison last week both blessed Red Hat and blew it out of the water as he unveiled Oracle's own Linux support offering.