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.
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This week on the Dan & David Show, the discussion centers around Oracle's OpenWorld conference, attended by more than 40,000 adherent. The big bombshell was Oracle's support offering for Red Hat Linux.
Nick Carr puts Larry Ellison's move on Red Hat in perspective. Oracle is taking advantage of the "cheap input" produced by the open source community, Nick says: His attack on Red Hat would never be called neighborly, but it is, as Business Week's Steve Hamm puts it, "a ruthless and brilliant act of capitalism.
I was listening to Gillmor Gang last night while I was getting snowed on at my son's football game. Part II (and for the record, I hate these insipid multi-part shows as much as everyone else) of the Black Box Gang discussed Sun's new mobile data center.
In his keynote at OracleWorld, Michael Dell debuted a JibJab-like video (see it on YouTube) that is definitely worth watching.Here's the intro:Dell the JourneyClad in body armor and armed with his trusty sword, an animated Michael Dell leads down-trodden customers from Proprietaryville to the bliss of Global Standardopolis.
IE8 already, more Vista delays, big holiday gadget budgets, WinTel/AppTel to usurp living rooms, and Zillow under the tree?
IE8 already? Internet Explorer 7 is hardly out the door (in fact, Secunia has already found a second vulnerability in the newly-released browser) and Microsoft is already dropping hints about IE8, also known as IE Next, according to Mary Jo Foley.
Sure, IT matters -- and technology is cool. Except when it's just plain scary. Fom DRM to PattyMail, floating nuke plants to IT Frankensteins, here are the techno bogeymen that haunt us.
I was talking to Goldman Sachs sage Rich Sherlund about Oracle's move to basically hijack Red Hat's Linux by rolling its own binary distro based on Red Hat and starting a support price war that Oracle can win. Rick said that "Larry is driving now," and didn't want to end up in a situation again where an operating system vendor was in control (Microsoft) of a growing software stack.
It’s been interesting to watch NetSuite and salesforce.com grow up over the last few years.
Either our sister site's Sylvia Carr (over at Silicon.com) heard it wrong, or Dell CTO Kevin Kettler has had a momentary lapse of reason.