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Novell beats desktop Linux drum hard

According to's Stephen Shankland: Linux on desktop computers will begin taking off in mainstream markets in the next 12 to 18 months, Novell President Ron Hovsepian has predicted.

April 10, 2006 by David Berlind


On drafting insects

DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, part of the Pentagon) has called for proposals to develop "insect cyborgs" that could be used for remote-controlled reconnaissance ("bugs"). According to DARPA, "Through each metamorphic stage, the insect body goes through a renewal process that can heal wounds and reposition internal organs around foreign objects.

April 10, 2006 by Ed Gottsman

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Red Hat to acquire JBOSS for $350M. Novell now clearly in play.

Via ZDNet News,  Reuters has the details: Linux distributor Red Hat said on Monday that it signed an agreement to buy open-source company JBoss for at least $350 million, a move that expands Red Hat's product line and adds to its growth potential. The transcation is 40 percent cash and 60 percent in Red Hat stock, with an additional $70 million owed, subject to financial performance....

April 10, 2006 by David Berlind


Webaroo's launches Web search 'to go'

Webaroo is launching a new permutation on Web search, with a free service that scours a subset of the Web without a live Internet connection. Of course, the simple twist is that Webaroo allows users to download onto a laptop or mobile device, such as a smart phone, focused and algorithmically derived portions of the Web, called ‘web packs,’ for PCs (no Mac yet) on a variety of topics, such as sports, news and localities.

April 9, 2006 by Dan Farber


On the record: Motorola's Toby Redshow

On the record: Following up on my post on remarks by the quotable Motorola CIO Toby Redshaw at Software 2006, Dan Bricklin did a podcast interview with him a few weeks ago, focusing on how his company uses wikis and blogs to further collaboration and innovation. Also, some bits on Redshaw's SOA initiatives.

April 8, 2006 by Dan Farber


In the minds of $1 billion CIOs

Two CIOs with $1 billion yearly budgets shared their thoughts on their brand of IT with moderator Erik Keller of Wapiti during a panel at Software 2006 this week. Toby Redshaw, corporate vice president, Corporate IT Strategy, eBusiness & Business Development at Motorola, said he brought down his IT spend from $1.

April 7, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Boot Camp, virtualization, Net neutrality, SAP and more...

This week on The Dan & David Show, we discuss all the fuss about running Windows on a Mac (David calls Boot Camp and the notion that it's a big win for Apple a joke), LinuxWorld (all about virtualization), Net neutrality (telcos checkmate the 'open' Internet), my wanderings at Software 2006 and SAP's stance on on demand and open source. David also gives advice on avoiding cell phone radiation.

April 7, 2006 by Dan Farber