Colin Barker

Colin Barker is based in London and is Senior Reporter for ZDNet. He has been writing about the IT business for some 30-plus years. He still enjoys it.

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350,000 Linux deployment planned for Brazil

The Brazilian Government has ordered 350,000 low-cost PCs that should, if deployment proceeds as planned, be one of the largest thin-client roll-outs of Linux systems ever carried out.Two companies, Canada-based Useful and the Brazilian company, ThinNetworks announced on Wednesday that they planned to deploy the systems to Brazilian schoolchildren using shared hardware.

February 20, 2009 by


Intel plots the dynamic, scalable datacentre

Intel’s upcoming new chip architecture, code-named Nehalem had a design based on a straightforward principle of modern system design. To run a computer you need a microprocessor and to run a very powerful computer, you need a lot of microprocessors stuck together.

February 20, 2009 by


Intel to remove up to 300 jobs in Ireland

Intel is going to cut its workforce in Ireland by between 200 and 300 jobs despite assuring workers there that their jobs were safe.The company confirmed to the Press Association on Wednesday that it was intending to make the cuts despite the fact that it had earlier said that no more redundancies were planned.

February 19, 2009 by


Citrix will offer free XenServer, reports say

On Wednesday it appeared that Citrix was about to declare that it was offering its flagship virtualisation software, XenServer, for free, a move that might immediately revitalise the company’s presence in the virtualisation market.Citrix said on Thursday that they would be making an announcement about XensServer but would not give any details.

February 19, 2009 by


ZManda puts SME backup in the cloud

ZManda on Monday launched cloud computing-based backup and recovery software for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).ZMands Cloud Backup (ZCB) is designed to be easy to configure and use, the company said, and will provide backup and recovery for Microsoft Exchange and SQL Servers, based applications.

February 17, 2009 by


The British Library needs you

From Monday to Wednesday this week, the British Library in St Pancras is host to a conference on the Digital Lives Research Project.The project has been, and continues, under the auspices of some mainstream cultural and educational institutions and is intended as a major piece of research about our own history and the way in which we record it and store it, digitally.

February 10, 2009 by


VMware opens client virtualisation

EMC's virtualisation company, VMware has launched an open source virtual desktop client, VMware View Open Client. It is intended for use by EMC/VMware partner companies who want to give their clients the benefit of open source software running virtual machines and the company believes that a marriage of open source and virtualisation could be attractive to many companies.

February 5, 2009 by


Dell sponsors small business again

Dell has called for entries to this year's Dell Small Business Excellence Awards, an international competition to find technology innovations which is now in its sixth year.The competition is open to innovators from any country and is sponsored by the US National Federation for Independent Business and globally by the International Council for Small Business and Endeavour, a global non-profit organisation "supporting emerging market entrepreneurs".

February 3, 2009 by