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Latest Posts

The dangerous assymetry of open source

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.

October 26, 2006 by Dan Farber


Why mobile data centers matter

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.

October 25, 2006 by Phil Windley


Dell's Global Standardopolis parody

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.

October 25, 2006 by Dan Farber


Ellison's Red Hat hijacking maneuver

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.

October 25, 2006 by Dan Farber


Zune's social features fall short

Next month, Microsoft will release the Zune Music player and marketplace which were announced earlier this year. Of course, the hype has been about Zune being an iPod killer, if you listen to some people and even today there were stories about Zune as a potential threat to the iPod.

October 25, 2006 by Phil Windley