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.
For Scalix's first trick, it offered an Exchange-compatible e-mail and calendaring server for a fraction of the cost of what it takes to run Exchange. (The company's founder, Julie Farris [right], says savings typically run from 30 to 70 percent.
One of the best kept secrets in the server business is how Dell is a contributor to the open source community. Dell?
Ever since merging with Cambridge Technology Partners, Novell has been going through one of the most dramatic transformations ever undertaken by a current or former tech titan. The company has placed huge bets on open source and is also trying to leverage its Novell Directory Services legacy into an enduring franchise in the category of identity services.
Meet Bruce Perens. Perens is a household name in the open source community.
In a blog entry that I penned in late January, I wondered what Intel's forthcoming Vanderpool -- a hardware-based virtualization technology that will find its way into Intel's chips -- meant for virtualization solution provider VMware. Since writing that, the folks at VMware have been waiting to respond.
Although I'm at LinuxWorld this week and doing some late nite editing of the audio interviews that were recorded earlier today (for publication as podcasts), I couldn't help but notice some news coming out of Microsoft today -- namely that a beta or test version of Internet Explorer will make its appearance this summer as a separate piece of software from any forthcoming version of Windows.
ZDNet is covering the latest news from RSA Conference 2005 in San Francisco. Bonus links: CEO John Thompson knocks Microsoft's security efforts and as expected says the upcoming merger with Veritas Software will provide businesses with an optimal product for corporate compliance.
As I write this blog, Computer Associates CEO John Swainson is giving the afternoon keynote speech at LinuxWorld in Boston. According to a source who was present at a Computer Associates' breakfast this morning, CA is almost definitely going to follow suit with IBM in not only making its patents available for royalty-free deployment in open source software, but also in using its patents to defend the open source community from law suits.