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2008 was a great year. The United States got a new president. I got a college degree, complete with the associated crushing personal debt (a nice complement to the crushing national debt incurred by my country). More importantly, however, new features were introduced to Ubuntu and Linux. Although it comes a bit belatedly (today being the first day of 2009), here’s a list of my favorite innovations in 2008:
As you may have heard, Psion allegedly holds a trademark on the Netbook term and is sending cease and desist letters to some IT companies. But here’s a new twist on the Netbook soap opera: Apparently, Intel owns and uses the Netbook URL (www.netbook.com), which redirects to Intel’s home page. Does a showdown loom between […]
As Hewlett-Packard, Apple and other companies prepare to launch new home servers, The VAR Guy offers this concern: Do consumers really want anything branded as a “server”? Many consumers don’t understand server jargon. And those who actually understand a server’s purpose think they are complex, difficult-to-manage boxes that are locked away in a closet or […]
As you may have heard, Ubuntu is leaping from desktop computers all the way to Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Although Ubuntu Server Edition 8.10 on Amazon EC2 remains in beta, the Amazon relationship could energize Canonical’s server strategy, WorksWithU believes. Here’s why.
Watch the video above from Cisco Systems and Tata Communications, and you’ll see the “start” of the TelePresence revolution. But where is next-generation video conferencing heading next? Right into the living room, thanks to Cisco, OnForce, LifeSize Communications — and a range of managed service providers. Here’s how the market may unfold, and the roles […]
Small, nimble software companies — some of them promoting open source, many of them leveraging closed source — continue to attack big, legacy network and systems management platforms.
The latest assault involves ManageEngine taking aim at the big four systems administration tools: Hewlett-Packard Co. OpenView, IBM Tivoli, CA Unicenter and BMC. ManageEngine’s strategy is summarized in a simple marketing message, stating:
“90% of the features of the Big 4 at 10% of the price.”
Psion (the mobile device maker that eventually fell off a cliff) may wind up haunting netbook makers. Apparently, Psion Teklogix holds a trademark on the netbook term and is sending cease and desist letters to some folks. The story first surfaced on jkOnTheRun, a blog that covers mobile devices.
Linux-based Netbooks — many of them with Ubuntu pre-installed — continue to sell fast. But could there be a potential legal snag with some of those Netbooks? Apparently, Psion claims to hold a trademark on the Netbook term. So what does that mean for Netbook-named products from Lenovo and others? Here’s some speculation from WorksWithU’s […]
For a long time, ndiswrapper, which uses Windows wireless drivers to make wireless cards work on Linux, was a vitally important component of many Ubuntu systems. In many cases, it was the only way for users to access wireless Internet. Unfortunately, the ndiswrapper project’s pulse has seemed to go from faint to non-existent over the […]
The VAR Guy often crows about his successful predictions. But some of his blog posts — including a few about emerging open source solutions like Google Android and Ubuntu Server Edition — missed the mark badly in 2008. Time for The VAR Guy to take a break from holiday meals. Instead, he needs to eat some crow for these five open source statements that were off target in 2008.
As you develop your marketing, sales and PR strategies for managed services in 2009, you can embrace a range of closely related Web 2.0 technologies — blogs, podcasts, RSS feeds and so on. Which Web 2.0 technologies are right for managed service providers? Here are six tips to get you started.
NetEx, which specializes in high speed data transport over TCP, plans to offer its data transport acceleration technologies to managed service providers, according to a press release from the company. NetEx’s solution, called HyperIP Data Transport, provides application acceleration for remote data replication and large file transfer requirements.
What’s the biggest secret to Red Hat’s success in a down economy? Plenty of pundits think it’s Linux and JBoss open source middleware. But The VAR Guy has another theory: One of Red Hat’s smartest moves is promoting a particularly influential magazine article. The VAR Guy suspects the magazine article — which is updated annually — helps Red Hat to sign millions of dollars in new business every year. Here’s the scoop.