• December 01, 2004 01 Dec'04

    Network architect: Building an affordable SAN on Linux

    Been using a crystal ball predict your company's future storage capacity needs? Well, that's cheaper than buying big proprietary software to do the job, according to Todd Sanders, chief network architect for Centrepetal Solution Strategies

  • November 30, 2004 30 Nov'04

    Gartner: Big Blue tops Linux market

    A new Gartner vendor survey has Big Blue seeing green with news that IBM is atop the Linux-server space, while competitors like Sun and HP have slipped.

  • November 23, 2004 23 Nov'04

    Sleepycat database has Internet purring

    With the spotlight on open source DBMSes, Berkeley DB, an embedded open source database, is creating its own niche and is finding it has the potential to be one cool cat.

  • November 10, 2004 10 Nov'04

    Golden's Rules: Data warehousing at 75% off with open source, part 2

    In the first part of this column, Bernard Golden set the scene for a discussion of open source data warehousing. In part 2, one of the largest travel companies in the world finds a commercial product overkill when it comes to data warehousing and ...

  • November 02, 2004 02 Nov'04

    Maddog weighs in on the state of the Linux

    Jon "Maddog" Hall is the executive director of Linux International, a nonprofit organization based in Amherst, N.H., that is comprised of developers and contributors worldwide.

    Hall joined Linux International as a volunteer in 1991 and has ...

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  • October 27, 2004 27 Oct'04

    Linspire attorney: Microsoft's anti-Linux FUD, suits 'follow the money'

    An attorney for Linspire, the company sued by Micrsoft for using the Lindows name, speaks out about Microsoft's use of scare tactics to keep customers from moving to open source.

  • October 27, 2004 27 Oct'04

    Mainframe Mishap: Are you sure you want to hit delete?

    There's a reason why we get that sick feeling in the pit of our stomachs when we're about to hit delete -- bad things can happen. Fortunately, this one didn't result in disaster, but it did leave one poor guy with a feeling of dread he's never been ...

  • October 25, 2004 25 Oct'04

    Red Hat hit by phishing scam

    Red Hat was forced to release a security warning for many of its Linux operating systems after an e-mail phishing scam was discovered that asked users to download a patch containing malicious code. Could this be the beginning of a string of attacks ...

  • October 18, 2004 18 Oct'04

    Linux, remember your training

    Users and experts agree that companies that want to use open source must first budget for proper training and have a plan before they go jumping blindly onto the Linux bandwagon.

  • October 18, 2004 18 Oct'04

    Windows, Linux and open source software: Migration & interoperability learning guide

    This guide introduces you to Windows, Linux and open source software, explains best practices and pitfalls to avoid for migration & interoperability and provides troubleshooting help and advice. You'll find migration articles, tutorials, tips, tools...

  • October 14, 2004 14 Oct'04

    Network architect: Hardening Linux networks with open source tools, part two

    A network architect gets granular about using a few lesser known OS tools to build a secure infrastructure.

  • October 06, 2004 06 Oct'04

    Mandrakesoft finds footing with new roots

    The past few years have been a roller coaster ride for Paris-based Mandrakesoft, which filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2003, emerged in March 2004 with a nine-month plan to repay its creditors, thanks in part to the company's first ...

  • October 05, 2004 05 Oct'04

    Open source advocates dismiss Gartner piracy report

    A Gartner report is claiming that 80% of PCs with pre-installed Linux being shipped to emerging markets will eventually run a pirated version of Windows. Some open source advocates, including Jon "Maddog" Hall, are wondering where Gartner got its ...

  • October 04, 2004 04 Oct'04

    Desktop apps ripe turf for open source

    Two new reports on open source validate office suite application alternatives like and StarOffice and their push into the mainstream against market giant Microsoft Office.

  • October 01, 2004 01 Oct'04

    Column: IT pros' compelling reasons for choosing OSS

    IT managers from major corporations such as Black & Decker talk about why they use open source and why they think it'll only continue to get better.

  • September 30, 2004 30 Sep'04

    Eclipse Foundation: 'Who's the JBoss?'

    At three years of age, the Eclipse Foundation is already an open source powerhouse with more than 60 member organizations, more than 600 available plug-ins, 30 open source projects and more than 2 million lines of code.

    The latest news is ...

  • September 30, 2004 30 Sep'04

    Microsoft migration alliance has merit, but won't sway diehards

    Microsoft's expanded alliance gives users the tools they need to move from the mainframe to the Windows platform. But can it actually persuade folks to switch?

  • September 23, 2004 23 Sep'04

    IBM pushes new design to reduce Linux blade server heat

    IBM is touting a cooling design that it says lets data centers pack more powerful Linux blade servers into smaller spaces while making it easier to keep things cool.

  • September 16, 2004 16 Sep'04

    Q&A: An insider's view of CICS' development

    In 1968, Bob Yelavich, a then 10-year IBM veteran, was asked to compile a list of products that could be allocated resources for marketing and education. Yelavich's manager knew IBM was going to start selling software separately. The list included ...

  • September 10, 2004 10 Sep'04

    Beowulf founder: Linux is ready for high-performance computing

    Beowulf clustering turns 10 years old, and, in this interview, creator Donald Becker talks about how Beowulf can handle high-end computing on a par with supercomputers.

  • September 08, 2004 08 Sep'04

    Cray Canada CTO answers IT pros' HPC questions

    IT pros pepper Cray Canada CTO Paul Terry with their questions on Linux clusters and high performance computing.

  • September 01, 2004 01 Sep'04

    Filling in the gaps among Linux clusters, part 2

    While Linux clusters can handle the demands of high performance computing, they're still lacking in some key features, said Eric Pitcher, vice president of technical marketing for Linux Networx, a cluster systems provider in Bluffdale, Utah. In part...

  • August 30, 2004 30 Aug'04

    Linux clusters can have their day vs. supercomputers, part 1

    Linux clusters can meet the demands of high-performance applications and have advantages over supercomputers, even supercomputers priced to compete with them, says Eric Pitcher, Ph.D., and vice president of product marketing for Linux Networx, a ...

  • August 24, 2004 24 Aug'04

    Filling in the gaps among Linux clusters, Interview with Eric Pitcher

    Is the price right for a Linux cluster? Would it meet all of your company's needs? Get the scoop in part two of this interview with Linux Networx executive Eric Pitcher.

  • August 24, 2004 24 Aug'04

    Linux clusters can have their day vs. supercomputers, Interview with Eric Pitcher

    In part one of this interview, cluster expert Eric Pitcher makes the case for Linux clusters against supercomputers.

  • August 17, 2004 17 Aug'04

    Open source making its mark

    Open source databases are beginning to put pressure on Oracle, Microsoft and IBM, according to a Forrester Research report.

  • August 05, 2004 05 Aug'04

    LinuxWorld roundup: MySQL supports IBM Power line

    MySQL announced this week at LinuxWorld that it has built a version of its open source database for the IBM Power processor line. Also included are announcements from Computer Associates and IBM.

  • August 04, 2004 04 Aug'04

    Perens: Companies finding desktop space for Linux, part 1

    SAN FRANCISCO -- While others predicted that enterprise adoption of Linux desktops would take off in 2004, open source advocate Bruce Perens took a longer view. He sticks by his earlier prediction that Linux will run on 30% of enterprise desktops by...

  • August 02, 2004 02 Aug'04

    LinuxWorld: IBM delivers 64-bit blade server for Linux

    The window is wide open for Linux developers as IBM's 64-bit blade server makes its debut.

  • July 22, 2004 22 Jul'04

    Emic CEO: Do you really need a cluster? How to find out

    At LinuxWorld on Aug. 3 in San Francisco, Emic Networks Inc. of San Jose, Calif., will be announcing Emic Application Cluster 2.5, due out in about 6 months, and its new membership in the Novell PartnerNet for Technology Partners program.

  • July 15, 2004 15 Jul'04

    Starwood Hotels rests easy with SAP on iSeries

    A Gartner study concludes an exclusive SAP and iSeries operation makes this data center dramatically more efficient than its competitors.

  • July 08, 2004 08 Jul'04

    Open source leading state's IT overhaul

    Massachusetts CIO Peter Quinn has a plan to reform the state's IT operations, and open source software plays a leading role.

  • July 01, 2004 01 Jul'04

    Mississippi deal a landmark for Linux in government

    Linux is the OS running a public safety information-sharing initiative in Mississippi, a project that could serve as a model for a similar nationwide program.

  • June 30, 2004 30 Jun'04

    Minister spreads good word about Linux to nonprofits

    If you're already a penguinista, Pastor Parris is preaching to the choir. But for those who aren't converted to open source, this minister is spreading the gospel of Linux and practicing what he preaches.

  • June 24, 2004 24 Jun'04

    Romancing the Penguin, part 2 (The Lovers)

    Now that you've met the cast of characters in this continuing drama (ok, it's just four weekly quizzes) it's time to get to the romance part. (Sigh) Just who is romancing the penguin? Many companies have turned their attention to Linux and are ...

  • June 21, 2004 21 Jun'04

    Who wrote Linux? The second installment of tall tales

    Here are two more tall tales from readers who want to know who really wrote Linux.

  • June 16, 2004 16 Jun'04

    Romancing the penguin -- Do you speak geek?

    In this week's action-packed adventure, you find yourself surrounded by jaguars, panthers and vicious penguins. Can you speak their language and survive in the IT jungle?

  • June 13, 2004 13 Jun'04

    ITIL worship: The new set of best practices

    The IT Infrastructure Library might seem like an unyielding set of best practices, but data center managers say its benefits go way past helping to meet compliance regulations.

  • June 11, 2004 11 Jun'04

    Richard Petersen's Red Hat Linux quiz

    Take Richard Petersen's pop quiz on Red Hat Linux!

  • June 09, 2004 09 Jun'04

    Who wrote Linux? I did! No, Harry did! Or was it the monkey?

    Now that there's money to be made from Linux, creators of the Linux kernel's code are showing up faster than long-lost relatives at a billionaire's funeral. First, SCO said that a bunch of Linux code belongs to them. Now, some folks are saying that ...

  • June 02, 2004 02 Jun'04

    Thin Linux clients deliver Internet to library patrons

    A Connecticut public library shaved thousands off its IT budget using a Linux thin-client implementation to bring Internet access and search capabilities to its patrons.

  • May 27, 2004 27 May'04

    Author dissects inclusion of IPsec in Linux 2.6 kernel

    The IPsec (Internet Protocol security) improvements in the Linux 2.6 kernel will take networking to a new level, said author and IT instructor Richard Petersen. In particular, IPsec removes third parties from virtual private network (VPN) creation, ...

  • May 25, 2004 25 May'04

    Questions: quiz

    This quick quiz tests your knowledge of

  • May 14, 2004 14 May'04

    Quick quiz: Fedora

    This quiz tests your knowledge of Red Hat and Fedora IPsec and server management issues. Don't worry. We've got crib notes for you in chapters 17 and 20 of the book Red Hat: The Complete Reference Enterprise Linux and Fedora Edition by ...

  • May 10, 2004 10 May'04

    Survey: Linux moving out Unix; support improving

    A recent Forrester Research survey of North American enterprises returned encouraging numbers about Linux and open source use.

  • April 29, 2004 29 Apr'04

    Management central to securing Linux

    After performing more security assessments than he can count, Gijo Mathew has seen every worst practice imaginable. He's even seen an IT shop replace virus-violated data with an unpatched backup that succumbed to the same virus. A security ...

  • April 21, 2004 21 Apr'04

    Proactive planning vital to Linux migration

    Experts lay out eight steps to a successful Linux migration.

  • April 20, 2004 20 Apr'04

    Linux resolves city's woes with Unix

    Bloomington, Ind. put the boot to its HP-UX servers and workstations and rolled out the welcome mat for Linux and lower costs.

  • April 19, 2004 19 Apr'04

    Learning guide: Desktop Linux

    What's that saying about shutting a door and opening a window? On enterprise desktops, many people are shutting their Windows and opening their doors to a penguin -- Tux. Find out how to invite the penguin to your desk in this handy learning guide.

  • April 19, 2004 19 Apr'04

    Linux, open source insurance firm announces offerings

    Open Source Risk Management creates two protection programs, one for companies in line to be sued by SCO Group and another for enterprise developers contributing code to the Linux kernel.

  • April 15, 2004 15 Apr'04

    GPL warrants heightened attention

    Vendors and enterprise developers must read the fine print in the General Public License that governs Linux, otherwise their business could be in jeopardy.

  • April 13, 2004 13 Apr'04

    Friedman: Expectations rising over Linux desktop

    TORONTO -- Commercial vendors and Linux distributors are listening to the masses -- and fueling the hype -- with plans to shore up a viable Linux desktop solution for the enterprise. IBM, for one, has made noise about moving to Linux on its desktops...

  • April 12, 2004 12 Apr'04

    Cray CTO: Linux clusters don't play in HPC

    Supercomputer vendor Cray Inc. shoots down the notion that Linux clusters offer the same price-performance as a supercomputer.

  • April 08, 2004 08 Apr'04

    PolyServe thinks outside box with new NAS cluster

    PolyServe Inc. has moved network-attached storage off a box and onto a Linux-based cluster with its new NAS Cluster software.

  • April 06, 2004 06 Apr'04

    Take command of your Linux commands

    If you think xargs are Star Trek aliens and cron is their home planet, then you don't have command of your Linux commands. But don't call on that incompetent engineer Scotty to help you. Instead, check out these tips from Dan Barrett, author of ...

  • April 01, 2004 01 Apr'04

    Quick Takes: Linux Professional Institute certifies training center

    The Training Camp is designated an LPI approved training partner, leading off this week's edition of Quick Takes. Also included are items from, Lindows Inc. and JBoss Inc.

  • April 01, 2004 01 Apr'04

    Research: Strong growth for Linux messaging market

    Research firm the Radicati Group Inc. likes the prospects of the Linux messaging market.

  • March 30, 2004 30 Mar'04

    Red Hat CEO: Business of Linux validated

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Red Hat Inc. sits atop the heap of Linux distributors. As the 11-year-old publicly traded Raleigh, N.C.-based company steams toward adolescence, it has nearly $1 billion in cash in the back with which to beat back Novell Inc.'s ...

  • March 24, 2004 24 Mar'04

    Quick quiz answer page: Samba server types, security modes

    Did you ace the quiz? Here are the answers...

  • March 23, 2004 23 Mar'04

    Apache upgrades, plugs three security holes

    The latest release of the Apache Web server closes three potentially worrisome security holes.

  • March 15, 2004 15 Mar'04

    Mainstream means more malicious code for Linux

    It's not FUD, it's fact: Linux is every bit as susceptible to malicious code as Windows. Experts say the only difference between the two as attack vectors is the greater prevalence of Windows in enterprise data centers and on desktops. F-Secure Corp...

  • March 10, 2004 10 Mar'04

    Linux answers some messaging challenges

    Escaping enterprise messaging application and services lock-in isn't impossible, not if you exchange Exchange for Linux. So says Julie Hanna Farris, whose faith in Linux and open ...

  • March 03, 2004 03 Mar'04

    Update: SCO sues AutoZone, DaimlerChrysler over Linux use

    SCO Group ended the suspense early today when it announced it had filed suit against auto retailer AutoZone and manufacturer DaimlerChryslter for their use of Linux.

  • March 01, 2004 01 Mar'04

    Company bypasses network-attached storage for Linux clusters

    A couple of years ago, Dynamic Graphics Group might have chosen network-attached storage (NAS) and not Linux for its new storage and delivery platform. But the company's IT gurus -- Todd Moore and Brian Kohles -- quickly discovered that NAS cost ...

  • February 27, 2004 27 Feb'04

    Consolidation sparks mainframe revival

    Two recent deals with German firms, one for the implementation of 20 z990s, reflect how the econmic demand to consolidate servers is driving sales of IBM's premier mainframe.

  • February 24, 2004 24 Feb'04

    How to be a 'security warrior,' part 1

    In computer warfare, security admins must go into battle riding on a strong vehicle and armed with effective tools, according to security expert Anton Chuvakin. Fortunately, the security warrior who's protecting Linux has both.

    Chuvakin's ...

  • February 20, 2004 20 Feb'04

    Open source saves hospital's old PCs from dump

    An Iowa medical center rescued 100 PCs from certain death using open-source software from the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP).

  • February 20, 2004 20 Feb'04

    Author: Hacking has its boundaries

    What evil lurks in the hearts of hackers? Joe Grand knows, and he believes that systems administrators should know, too. Those who can't think and act like a hacker are doomed to be outsmarted by one, says Grand, an author, electrical engineer and ...

  • February 09, 2004 09 Feb'04

    Tux taking off in pop culture

    When it comes to one penguin, many geeks are letting their love floe. Tux may have surpassed Tennessee Tuxedo as the most popular penguin on the planet.

  • January 22, 2004 22 Jan'04

    IBM: Courts will clear us of SCO's charges

    IBM is not going to indemnify Linux users because, the company says, the courts will find the SCO Group's lawsuit is baseless. Big Blue addressed the issue this week at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo.

  • January 22, 2004 22 Jan'04

    LinuxWorld notebook: Users can wait on 2.6

    Think enterprise Linux likes the bleeding edge? Not so, according to users attending this week's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. They are in no rush to embrace the 2.6 version of Linux. Also, people may think companies like Linux for the cost, but ...

  • January 15, 2004 15 Jan'04

    Red Hat warns of problem in Apache

    Linux distributor Red Hat issued an advisory warning administrators of a buffer overflow problem in the Apache Web server. The alert was one of four sent out Wednesday by Red Hat.

  • December 31, 2003 31 Dec'03

    Commentary: Novell can add Linux's missing link

    This commentary suggests the Novell Inc.'s purchase of SuSE Linux AG will provide the network infrastructure software Linux needs to be a complete enterprise platform.

  • December 22, 2003 22 Dec'03

    Red Hat-Sistina combo makes Linux storage-friendly

    A storage analyst said Red Hat's planned acquisition of Sistina Inc. accelerates the Linux distributor's push deeper into enterprise data centers.

  • December 11, 2003 11 Dec'03

    Debate raging over DDoS attack on SCO

    SCO Group says hackers are flooding its Web site with traffic, overwhelming its servers and keeping it offline. Some posters to Groklaw doubt that's the case.

  • December 08, 2003 08 Dec'03

    Linux nudges aside Unix for financial services company

    First Trust Corp. has put Linux at the heart of its business, pushing aside long-standing Unix systems to realize substantial cost savings and a performance increase.

  • November 19, 2003 19 Nov'03

    McBride: Don't blame us, blame IBM

    SCO Group CEO Darl McBride predicted doom for the GPL and that Linux's days as a free OS were numbered during a keynote presentation Tuesday.

  • November 18, 2003 18 Nov'03

    Fury brims over Red Hat support changes

    Some loyal Red Hat Linux users aren't about to pay for enterprise-grade Linux and are hunting down new distributors. Red Hat, meanwhile, says there have been misunderstandings and that options exist for everyone.

  • November 06, 2003 06 Nov'03

    The Wrong Choice: Australian fisheries agency throws NT back in the water

    In this interview, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority declares its NT servers DOA and explains how Linux saved its DBMS woes.

  • October 23, 2003 23 Oct'03

    Red Hat sews Posix threading into new release

    Red Hat Inc.'s inclusion of a native Posix threading library in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 makes the platform a winner for Java and database admins.

  • October 23, 2003 23 Oct'03

    Highway patrol gives Linux a green light

    The Missouri State Highway Patrol hums along on Red Hat Linux, as aging Windows NT systems are given a life sentence.

  • October 22, 2003 22 Oct'03

    Certifications a must for Linux admins

    Seemingly everyone in the Windows world has a certification or three but there aren't too many people with Linux certs. Getting one would be a good career move, experts advise.

  • October 01, 2003 01 Oct'03

    Samba upgrade enables simple NT 4.0 migration

    Administrators are one command away from seamless NT 4.0 migration, server consolidation and other cost savings with Samba 3.0.

  • September 30, 2003 30 Sep'03

    Not Microsoft-only anymore: Why NetIQ now loves Linux

    NetIQ is no longer Microsoft monogamous. The company announced its new NetIQ AppManager WebConsole to manage Linux and Unix environments this week.

  • September 24, 2003 24 Sep'03

    How Webmin can ease DNS management

    Working for an Australian ISP in the mid-1990s, Jamie Cameron was swamped with users' DNS record-change requests. Surely, he thought, there has to be a better way to handle DNS changes than editing BIND configuration files. With that thought and a ...

  • September 24, 2003 24 Sep'03

    Truth and lies about Linux scalability

    In this interview, Peter Honeyman, director of the Linux Scalability Project (LSP), refutes claims that Linux lags behind in scalability. Honeyman also talks about the evolution of Linux's scalability and enhancements that are coming in the 2.6 ...

  • September 22, 2003 22 Sep'03

    Sun CEO: Linux is for 'hobbyists,' not enterprise

    Scott McNealy is apparently still kicking and screaming about Sun's entry into Linux and open-source, telling attendees at the SunNetwork conference last week that the operating system is for "hobbyists" and not enterprise IT shops. McNealy said ...

  • September 18, 2003 18 Sep'03

    Linux security learning guide

    Here's a collection of resources to get you up to speed on Linux security.

  • September 17, 2003 17 Sep'03

    Linux clustering finding its way into enterprise

    Linux clusters are known for their presence in high-profile, high-performance computing arenas. But Linux clusters are not just for HPC anymore. In this interview, Linux Networx chief operating officer Dean Hutchings explains how an enterprise could...

  • September 16, 2003 16 Sep'03

    Los Alamos Linux cluster to keep watch on nukes

    One of the world's largest Linux clusters, a 2,816-processor system built by vendor Linux Networx, will soon be used at Los Alamos National Laboratory to run simulations of nuclear detonations. The cluster will help scientists understand how the ...

  • September 11, 2003 11 Sep'03

    Oracle's Linux roadmap: Standardize on 'unbreakable' Linux distros

    Oracle laid out its Linux road map Wednesday at OracleWorld, and the destination is clear: Standardize on Red Hat or SuSE Linux on Intel servers.

  • September 05, 2003 05 Sep'03

    Being a dominant data center platform takes time -- even for Linux

    Experts say Linux's improving scalability and reliability make it a viable data center platform. Economic issues and potential patent fights, however, could slow its evolution.

  • September 04, 2003 04 Sep'03

    Linux rescues Oracle implementation for lighting manufacturer

    Lithonia Lighting, a Georgia manufacturer of commercial lighting equipment, switched to Linux to cure a memory-mapping problem Windows experienced during an Oracle implementation.

  • September 03, 2003 03 Sep'03

    The Wrong Choice: Farm-products chain says Wintel is a saddle sore

    Blue screens of death and constant middle-of-the-night phone calls led a chain of retail stores to regret its Unix-to-Windows migration.

  • August 28, 2003 28 Aug'03

    Why use CIFS with Linux? Why not?

    In this interview, Samba Team member Chris Hertel explains the benefits and limitations of the Common Internet File System (CIFS) for an enterprise Linux shop.

  • August 26, 2003 26 Aug'03

    Perens: IT pros must lobby for open-source

    Open-source pioneer Bruce Perens urges IT managers to lobby for the protection of open-source software from the infringing threat of software patents and legal liability.

  • August 14, 2003 14 Aug'03

    Nab hackers with Snort on Linux

    Stocking a Linux security toolbox? Don't forget Snort, says Rafeeq Ur Rehman, author of Intrusion Detection with Snort from Prentice Hall PTR. Snort's stability and cross-platform compatibility makes it Rehman's enterprise open-source ...

  • August 06, 2003 06 Aug'03

    LinuxWorld: Red Hat pads fund to fight SCO, files complaint

    Red Hat kicked LinuxWorld off with a bang when it announced it has filed a complaint in federal court against SCO Group for its "unfair and deceptive" actions. Also, it pledged $1 million for a fund intended to help the open-source community fight ...

  • July 31, 2003 31 Jul'03

    LinuxWorld preview: New 2.6 kernel bringing new level of competition from Linux

    Experts headed to LinuxWorld this week offer their Linux predictions for the next six months, and gauge the operating system's growth during the past half year.

  • July 24, 2003 24 Jul'03

    Linux routers, part 3: Expert describes optimal Linux routing setup

    Linux routing is only a good fit for an organization if its network manager is a good tailor, says Tony Mancill, author of "Linux Routers: A Primer for Network Administrators" from Prentice Hall PTR. In this, the final installment of a three-part ...