The primary barrier to Linux growth is the cost of moving from a Windows ecosystem to a Linux ecosystem. Developing nations, however, have less existing IT infrastructure.
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Like many companies in the digital networking or security business here at Interop in Las Vegas, Borderware is one of those vendors that started off with one carrier-class solution (a straight firewall appliance that competed with outfits like Checkpoint) and then, as distinctly separate efforts that leveraged the in-house expertise that went into the first solution, built similar solutions but for other vertical categories.
Here in the bowels of the Mandalay Bay’s convention center, where Interop is taking place (not only has Networld+Interop trimmed its name, it has moved from the Las Vegas Convention Center to the Mandalay Bay and announced a new New York City-based December edition), Cisco CEO John Chambers, as usual, gave the kick-off keynote for the event.
Lydia Parnes, director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, kicked off the CNET Antispyware Workshop saying that in defining spyware “it all depends.” And, a year after the FTC held a spyware workshop, the spyware and adware companies and their anti counterparts are still battling and consumers are caught in the middle.
Microsoft's Metro document format, which the company plans to include in the next version of Windows, is designed to allow for the printing, viewing and archiving of files--without requiring the program that created them. Sound familiar?
Sun has set tomorrow as the date to draw a proverbial line in the sand on behalf of the entire IT industry. That's the latest proclaimation from Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz, who says in his blog that it is time for the industry to take responsibility for not only the quality of products but the "integrity of those products after they're put into operation....
A recent decision by the WIPO Arbitration Center took the domain name walmartfacts.biz away from Jeff Milchen, a self-described Wal-Mart critic.
In a previous blog entry, I talked about why I thought Microsoft wouldn't have trouble convincing Windows users to upgrade to Longhorn. As I also claimed that older versions of Windows are the biggest competitor to Longhorn, the Talkbacks started discussing Linux, believed by many to be a credible alternative to Windows.
CNET News has an interactive map showing municipal broadband projects across the US. I've written before about the need to educate legislators and municipal officials about the benefits of municipal broadband.
When you think of the history of personal computing, three figures stand out--Gordon Moore, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. They represent the major platforms of personal computing today, but their ascendancy was preceded by a cultural, social and political movement that is closer to the open source movement than Itanium, Windows or Macintosh.