Windows & Linux Edition
Volume 1, Number 34 -- October 9, 2002
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IBM To Sell Linux-Only Regatta Servers?
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

IBM this week announced that it has delivered the AIX 5L Release 5.2 version of its Unix operating system for its pSeries RISC-Unix servers. While most Linux customers don't care much about what IBM does or does not do in the pSeries line, my sources at the company say that IBM might be readying a set of Linux-only Power4-based "Regatta" servers to take on the Unix installed base--including Big Blue's own AIX base. This would be a very interesting development, indeed. READ MORE >

Red Hat Debuts Linux 8.0, Database 2.0
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Red Hat has introduced a new version of its Linux operating system, Linux 8.0, that is designed for PC, workstation, and entry servers that includes a new graphical user interface technology called Bluecurve that seeks to create some common ground between the rival Gnome and KDE Linux GUIs. The company has also announced a new commercialized version of the open source PostgreSQL database, called Database 2.0, that it hopes will give it a revenue stream outside of the Linux operating system sales and technical support that has been the core business for Red Hat to date. READ MORE >

Standards and Commoditization Strategy Doing Well for Dell
by Alex Woodie

Continued cost cuts and an unexpected increase in sales combined last week to force Dell to revise its earnings projections upwards for the current quarter, which ends November 1, 2002. Last week the leading supplier of computers by volume upped revenue expectations for the quarter by $200 million, to $9.1 billion, citing a 2 percent to 4 percent sales increase it says is underway. If Dell makes those numbers, it will be the fourth time over the last five quarters that Dell has beat expectations. READ MORE >

Regal Finds Linux Perfect Tool for a Dirty Job
by Alex Woodie

You think your factory floor is tough on terminals? Try spraying Coke and real butter-flavored popcorn on them, and see how they function. Regal Entertainment Group, the nation's largest chain of movie theaters, knows that the concession stand is no place for a greenhorn point-of-sale system. That's why it's rolling out IBM SurePOS terminals to all of its theaters. While these systems are nearly impervious to grime on the outside, Regal appreciates that Linux keeps things clean and simple on the inside. READ MORE >

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IBM To Sell Linux-Only Regatta Servers?

Red Hat Debuts Linux 8.0, Database 2.0

Standards and Commoditization Strategy Doing Well for Dell

Regal Finds Linux Perfect Tool for a Dirty Job

Timothy Prickett Morgan

Managing Editor
Mari Barrett

Contributing Editors
Dan Burger
Joe Hertvik
Shannon O'Donnell
Victor Rozek
Hesh Wiener
Alex Woodie

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Jenny Thomas

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