• July 23, 2003 23 Jul'03

    Linux routers, part 2: Router functionality lives in Linux kernel

    So your IT shop has decided to check out Linux routers. Options abound. Where do you start looking? Tony Mancill, author of "Linux Routers: A Primer for Network Administrators" from Prentice Hall PTR, tackles that very question in this second part ...

  • July 22, 2003 22 Jul'03

    Who owns Unix? Open Group seeks to clarify

    Who owns Unix? To read much of the recent news coming out of Lindon, Utah, you might think that it's SCO Group, the company currently suing IBM Corp. over Big Blue's alleged donation of Unix code to the Linux community. But you'd be wrong.


  • July 16, 2003 16 Jul'03

    Making a pitch for OpenOffice

    A site expert describes five common objections to replacing Microsoft Office with and explains why she sees those objections as bogus.

  • July 10, 2003 10 Jul'03

    Dos and don'ts: Deploying Linux in a mixed environment

    Training and patience are paramount when deploying Linux in a heterogeneous environment, one expert says.

  • July 08, 2003 08 Jul'03

    MySQL appliance for Linux arrives

    Pogo Linux and MySQL have partnered on the first MySQL appliance optimized for Linux. Analysts are high on MySQL, but are hesitant on the uptake of appliances in most enterprises.

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  • July 03, 2003 03 Jul'03

    Vendor lock-in, part 2Combating lock-in with open source

    Is vendor lock-in always a curse? After all, the backing of a vendor can be helpful and reassuring -- if you can trust the vendor not to stab you in the back, that is. In part two of our three-part series on vendor lock-in, ...

  • July 03, 2003 03 Jul'03

    Vendor lock-in, part 1Proprietary and lock-in not necessarily synonymous

    The first time you tried to connect one of your old Tinker Toys to a new plastic Lego block, you experienced vendor lock-in. Being locked in to one vendor's IT Tinker Toy can be disastrous if the vendor fails to deliver sound products and services. ...

  • July 02, 2003 02 Jul'03

    Is Linux security right for you? Expert offers guidance

    Securing an enterprise Linux environment can be a tough assignment for Unix or Windows veterans, says author and software engineer Scott Mann. Linux security requires more up-front and ongoing self-education and do-it-yourself work than other ...

  • June 27, 2003 27 Jun'03

    Quick Takes: Tool connects databases to remote Linux devices

    Pervasive.SQL has developed a tool that connects databases to remote Linux devices, leading off this edition of Quick Takes.

  • June 26, 2003 26 Jun'03

    Linux a snug fit for storage

    Pogo Linux Inc. targets midsized companies with its server and storage products. Its focus is those firms whose needs and budgets are better suited for Linux-based products. Founded in 1999 and profitable for three years, Pogo Linux has shifted its ...

  • June 25, 2003 25 Jun'03

    Dell details new Linux-on-Itanium 2 server

    The new Itanium-2 based PowerEdge 3250, which supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux, is targeted at high-performance computing centers.

  • June 17, 2003 17 Jun'03

    Windows to Linux basics: Analysts say transition from Windows to Linux isn't easy

    Analysts describe some of the hardship and early learning that Windows administrators will need to absorb in order to initiate a move to Linux.

  • June 16, 2003 16 Jun'03

    Windows to Linux basics: Experts say a little Linux learning is enough for Windows shops

    Of course, Linuxphiles believe that Windows administrators need to learn about Linux. But do Windows experts think that's a lot of hooey? A little hooey perhaps, but there's a grain of truth there, too, according to Windows experts Serdar Yegulalp, ...

  • June 10, 2003 10 Jun'03

    Analyst: Virtualization will stall Linux

    International Data Corp. analyst Dan Kusnetzky predicts that virtualization will decrease the importance of the operating system in IT infrastructures.

  • June 06, 2003 06 Jun'03

    The Wrong Choice: After picking NT, Trampoline firm leaps to Linux

    Super Tramp Trampolines took a leap of faith and moved its systems and data to open-source from NT 4.0, which had quickly maxed out running commercial applications.

  • June 05, 2003 05 Jun'03

    Linux security: The seven deadly sins

    An author speaking at this week's Enterprise Linux Forum outlines the seven deadly sins of Linux security.

  • May 29, 2003 29 May'03

    Linux and mainframes, part 1: Odd couple or perfect match?

    At first glance, Linux and the IBM mainframe are an odd couple. The teenage operating system and senior citizen computer are worlds apart in their origins and pricing philosophies, among other things. Yet they do make a good team, according to Maria...

  • May 28, 2003 28 May'03

    Gauging the enterprise-readiness of open-source financial apps

    Linux is the de facto platform on Wall Street, but for businesses outside the financial services space, it's hard to find open-source financial applications.

  • May 21, 2003 21 May'03

    The Wrong Choice: Locked in by license restrictions

    An IT professional found he was handcuffed by licensing restrictions, a wrong choice he had made years prior.

  • May 20, 2003 20 May'03

    Sun unveils low-end servers, alliances with Red Hat, Oracle

    Sun announced new low-end x86-based servers that run on both Solaris x86 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems.

  • May 14, 2003 14 May'03

    AMD exec: Opteron makes enterprise Linux compelling

    Advanced Micro Devices stepped up the 64-bit computing race late last month when it introduced its Opteron processor, a 64-bit compatible 32-bit chip that AMD, analysts and users have touted a natural fit for Linux. Not only does Opteron present a ...

  • May 06, 2003 06 May'03

    How could DRM on Linux impact admins?

    There's a storm brewing over digital rights management (DRM) technology in the open source community, and Linux founder Linus Torvalds' recent acceptance of DRM usage seeded the clouds. In the aftermath of the storm, open source software could bear ...

  • May 06, 2003 06 May'03

    Free Linux/OSS support, part 5: Why sys admin Darren Spruell became a convert

    IT admin Darren Spruell points out the significant support costs that companies can achieve by turning to the free support found online.

  • May 01, 2003 01 May'03

    First stops on the road to free support

    Where do IT professionals find open source support? Well, Google is the first place most start, but there are any number of other sites that offer help.

  • April 23, 2003 23 Apr'03

    Open-source security shines in Samba case

    Recently discovered flaws in Samba demonstrate how the code-review process used by the open-source community exposes security flaws and how developers now focus on security first.

  • April 22, 2003 22 Apr'03

    Enterprises using Linux may take liking to Opteron

    An Illuminata analyst said Linux shops, in particular those doing high-performance computing, could be among the early adopters of AMD's new 64-bit compatible Opteron processor.

  • April 16, 2003 16 Apr'03

    Making sense of GNU/Linux network protocols

    To exchange information over a network, computers must communicate using a common language, or protocol. When you work with a network you do not need to know all of the rules of each protocol, but you should know the characteristics of the protocols...

  • April 08, 2003 08 Apr'03

    One-on-one with Richard Stallman, part 2Free software is a social movement

    The SCO lawsuit: a big problem for the free software world, or something that only the lawyers at Cravath, Swaine and Moore are thinking about? Ask Richard Stallman -- founder of the free software movement -- and he's likely to tell you there are ...

  • April 03, 2003 03 Apr'03

    The Wrong Choice: Firms balk, considering Linux too 'bleeding edge'

    Two large companies consider Linux for important enterprise applications but, in the end, go with other platforms.

  • April 02, 2003 02 Apr'03

    Dos & don'ts: Smoothing out patch-management woes

    Gibraltar Software CTO Mark Allen shares some advice on developing a strategy for patching critical systems and applications.

  • March 26, 2003 26 Mar'03

    SuSE brings Enterprise Server to Itanium 2

    SuSE Linux AG announced its first server product for the Itanium processor family.

  • March 24, 2003 24 Mar'03, StarOffice gaining momentum, expert says

    Solveig Haugland scoffs at those who believe that Microsoft Office will rule forever. " and Sun Microsystems' StarOffice will become as widely used or more so than Microsoft Office is now," she predicted in a recent interview with ...

  • March 20, 2003 20 Mar'03

    Linux vs. Windows TCO: Complex issues, no easy answers

    Figuring out the total cost of ownership (TCO) for Linux versus Windows for any given application is not a simple matter.

  • March 19, 2003 19 Mar'03

    HP to support Red Hat enterprise line

    Hewlett-Packard and Red Hat announced an agreement where Hewlett-Packard will support Red Hat's high- and low-end enterprise servers and workstations on HP's Intel-based servers.

  • March 14, 2003 14 Mar'03

    BMC exec: More shops 'moving key applications to Linux'

    IT shops' interest in enterprise Linux was lukewarm 18 months ago, but now it's hot, according to Lori Allen, BMC Software Inc.'s Linux solutions vice president. In meetings with IT directors around the world, she's seen a rapid increase in the ...

  • March 14, 2003 14 Mar'03

    The Wrong Choice: Company rejects Linux, learns a lesson

    Charged with implementing an application server that ran on both Linux and Windows 2000, webmaster Joe Sechman immediately chose Linux. Unfortunately, Sechman, who works for a large organization he preferred not to name, couldn't persuade his ...

  • March 13, 2003 13 Mar'03

    Perceptions: Is Linux suitable for business desktops?

    John H. Terpstra, advisor and Samba Team co-founder, interviewed 15 pro-Linux and 15-pro-Microsoft IT professionals about the viability of using Linux for business desktops. His findings were first published on ...

  • March 10, 2003 10 Mar'03

    SuSE CEO on SCO suit, UnitedLinux and more

    SuSE Linux AG is a leader among pure-play Linux distributors that serve the enterprise. The Nuremberg, Germany-based company introduced its new CEO, Richard Seibt, in January. Seibt took over as chairman of the executive board and chief operating ...

  • February 27, 2003 27 Feb'03

    The TCO question: Can Linux beat Microsoft? Part 1

    Many businesses are embracing Linux because of its reported stability and security, its growing viability and its freedom from licensing fees. But others caution that "open-source" doesn't necessarily mean "free," especially when it comes to paying ...

  • February 17, 2003 17 Feb'03

    CoroSoft emerges from stealth just as interest in Linux management booms

    Racks of low-powered Linux standard servers, and the emerging blade server market, represent an interesting and fast-growing market for systems and applications management firms.

  • February 14, 2003 14 Feb'03

    Dell coaxing penguin inside data center

    Dell's enterprise Linux vision has a tinge of red to it. It's no secret Dell's open-source strategy is tightly woven around Red Hat Linux, a relationship that was forged in 1998 and continues today as both vendors hope to ingrain Linux deeply into ...

  • February 14, 2003 14 Feb'03

    Red Hat: Linux served at vertical data center dinner tables

    Major Linux vendors like Red Hat are finding success penetrating data centers in vertical markets like the financial industry. Financials often grow their own applications in-house and it's easier to port those C and C++ programs and entire solution...

  • February 14, 2003 14 Feb'03

    Red Hat: Debating enterprise Linux momentum futile

    The days of defending Linux momentum in the enterprise may rapidly be coming to a close. Red Hat executive Mark de Visser gets to the heart of the matter with, pointing out that moving from a proprietary Unix system to ...

  • February 13, 2003 13 Feb'03

    Analyst recognizes Linux on most enterprise agendas

    Linux is an enterprise staple for some basic infrastructure needs like print, file and e-mail serving. It's also making waves in high-performance computing circles. But, there's still some work to do to get Linux to mainstream status inside ...