Windows & Linux Edition
Volume 1, Number 40 -- November 20, 2002
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Microsoft Pushes .NET Server to April 2003
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Only a week ago, we told you that Microsoft had killed off the "Longhorn" edition of its Windows server operating system and that the "Whistler" kicker to Windows 2000, now called Windows .NET Server 2003, looked like it was slipping. This past weekend at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates ended all the speculation by saying that Whistler would ship in April 2003, with Release Candidate 2 (RC2) shipping to customers in the next few weeks. READ MORE >

Intel Debuts Faster Buses, New Chipsets for Xeon DPs
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Intel this week announced four new "Prestonia" Pentium 4 Xeon DP processors that support the faster 533 MHz frontside bus that it has been promising to server makers so they can build more balanced systems. Intel also announced a new two-way chipset for servers to make use of these chips, a variant of it for workstations, and another chipset for uniprocessor workstations based on its plain vanilla Pentium 4 chips. READ MORE >

IBM Hopes Express Packaging Is the Fast Track to SMB Sales
by Dan Burger

IBM, a company that struggles to stand out in the small and midsized business (SMB) market, is about to step out and "Express" itself. Big Blue last week launched a new family of so-called Express software products that would benefit SMBs that think IBM is too pricey compared with alternative middleware and database solutions. The first round of Express products is aimed at Unix, Windows, and Linux platforms, but could show up on IBM's iSeries and zSeries platforms. READ MORE >

OpenMFG Takes Open Source Ethos to ERP
by Alex Woodie

Developing and distributing software in an open source environment has worked for IT infrastructure elements such as operating systems, database management systems, and email servers. But does it work for more complex applications, such as ERP systems? A startup company called OpenMFG says it absolutely does, and it may, in fact, be better. Last month, the Norfolk, Virginia, company launched its quasi open-source OpenMFG suite, which, in addition to being open source for people who purchase the software, is much less expensive than traditional ERP. READ MORE >

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Microsoft Pushes .NET Server to April 2003

Intel Debuts Faster Buses, New Chipsets for Xeon DPs

IBM Hopes Express Packaging Is the Fast Track to SMB Sales

OpenMFG Takes Open Source Ethos to ERP

Timothy Prickett Morgan

Managing Editor
Mari Barrett

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

Publisher and
Advertising Director

Jenny Thomas

Advertising Sales Representative
Kim Reed

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