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We do odd things to the Linux kernel to have it perform the way we want it to. With other operating systems it's not as easy and we have to ask permission.

August 9, 2005 by Dan Farber


War of the words between CRM overlords

This past May, I wrote about how Bruce Cleveland who heads up Siebel's ASP-delivered CRM offering (officially "CRM OnDemand") had emerged from his bunker, apparently ready to take on (with a vengeance) CRM ASP poster-child Marc Benioff and his outfit (see Siebel's on-demand chief now available on demand).

August 9, 2005 by David Berlind

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HP's Fink offers a challenge to IBM and Sun

Hewlett-Packard’s red-shirted Martin Fink, with a title that may give a hint of a cultural problem with HP--vice president and general manager of the NonStop Enterprise Division, Open Source & Linux Division—got off to a slow start with his presentation at LinuxWorld, adding little to the canon of useful information about Linux and open source. He gave a history of Linux, offered a rehash of press releases, videos and customer testimonials for Linux and HP.

August 9, 2005 by Dan Farber


Oracle's Charles Phillips: On demand is the future

Oracle President Charles Phillips restlessly paced back and forth across the stage at LinuxWorld going through the standard company slides on how Oracle blesses Linux and is 100-percent behind open source OS. He didn’t pace like caged animal—more like a man in a hurry to move through the presentation and get on with more important business.

August 9, 2005 by Dan Farber


Kai Fu Lee: I need to follow my heart

A friend (a native speaker) helped me translate (a bit roughly) a Chinese document written (thanks to Ed Frauenheim of for the pointer) by Kai Fu Lee, the former Microsoft executive who signed on with Google to head its research labs in China, and is now at the center of a legal dispute between the two giants (with roots in different eras) over his defection from Redmond.

August 9, 2005 by Dan Farber


IT productivity? Let the good times roll

Dana Gardner, formerly with the Yankee Group and the Aberdeen Group, recently launched Interarbor Solutions, a consultancy focusing on enterprise applications, software infrastructure, RSS and other topics. Dana has agreed to post some of his insights on Between the Lines.

August 9, 2005 by


Mozilla Foundation wants at making RSS usable by mere mortals

I ran into Chris Hofmann, director of engineering for the Mozilla Foundation, at a Red Hat press conference (support in Red Hat's Certificate System for smart card detection in the September releases of  Firefox and Thunderbird 1.0) and asked him about other projects that Mozilla could undertake, such as blogging and wiki projects.

August 8, 2005 by Dan Farber


The double-edge of the FCC's DSL ruling

One thing we know for sure is that technology mono/duo/polies (aka: technopolies) are really bad for end users.   But, in an FCC ruling that could stifle competition in the business of internet service provision, I have mixed feelings.

August 8, 2005 by David Berlind