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Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
If you've been following my series of posts on Microsoft's iPod-killer Zune and why fashion will be more important than technology to its success, then you may have seen the poll I ran last week (which is still open) where I asked who Microsoft should pick to be the equivalent of iPod's Bono. U2's Bono is probably cooler than cool and he transcends multiple generations of music lovers.
A story published last week by Heise Online has some interesting details that other organizations considering a move to desktop Linux might want to take a note of:The "LiMux" client is mainly based on Debian/GNU Linux 3.1, Desktop KDE, and OpenOffice 2.
Rodney Gedda of ComputerWorld Australia:The release of Notes 7.0.
Although Yahoo is apparantly denying it, Fortune is reporting that the largest Web property (audience-wise) is negotiating with Time-Warner for an acquisition of AOL. Wrote Fortune's Tim Arango and Adam Lashinsky:FORTUNE has learned from multiple sources that Yahoo (Charts) recently approached Time Warner (Charts) (parent of FORTUNE's publisher) about buying America Online - essentially trying to jump-start talks that broke down a year ago.
Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik responded to Oracle's attack on its business, slashing supports costs for Red Hat Linux by half, by saying that his company will not cut prices. The remarks were made during an interview on CNBC, after the Red Hat stock tanked by nearly 25 percent after the Oracle announcement of a competitive service.
I saw some of the Six Apart team on Friday, Ben and Mena Trott and Andrew Anker, post launch of their new, user-friendly blogging service, Vox. While an estimated 57 million blogs have been fired up, with a large portion now in hibernation or abandoned, blogging tools have been too obtuse and cranky for mere mortals, especially those who are over 30 and haven't drunk the digital lifestyle kool-aid.
You'd have to be hiding under a rock to not have heard about how President Bush has publicly referred to the Internet as "the Internets" and Google as "the Google." But as a Friday end-cap, before you wrap things up, be sure to check out CNN's coverage of GW's alleged gaffs.
For years, there have been a handful of companies trying to figure out how to erect a toll booth on the Web, if not the Internet altogether. In other words, they've been looking for some way to ensure that the Internet or some portion thereof can't work unless they get to collect a royalty on the majority of the Internet's traffic.
Some of the world's top crypto minds shared the stage at the Thirty Years of Public-Key Cryptography anniversary event at the Computer History Museum last night. NYT reporter John Markoff, who has covered Silicon Valley for 30 years, was master of ceremonies, and started off by saying the no technology has had a more profound impact than cryptography, and that the role of public-key cryptography has been under appreciated for its role in the Internet.