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Volume 1, Number 29 -- August 17, 2004

The Linux Beacon is taking a vacation on August 24 and will resume publishing on August 30.

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Heads Will Roll At HP Over Declining Server and Storage Sales
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

It is a fair guess that Hewlett-Packard's chairman and CEO, Carly Fiorina, was not happy last Thursday morning, as the company felt compelled to pre-announce its fiscal third quarter financial results. HP, like other companies, pre-annnounces financials when things are going better or worse than Wall Street expects, allowing them to take their kudos or lumps in installments rather than all at once on the day the financial results actually come out. HP is got a lot of lumps Thursday, because it missed its targets. READ MORE >


Motorola Picks Linux-on-Itanium for Cellular Switches
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

In a somewhat surprising move, telecommunications equipment maker Motorola announced this week that it has chosen a variant of Hewlett-Packard's Itanium rack servers and Carrier-Grade Linux as the foundation of two of its next-generation lines of mobile telecom switching equipment. The announcement is surprising mainly because Motorola's new CEO, Ed Zander, was ambivalent about Linux and a well-known Itanium-basher when he was president of Sun Microsystems two years ago. READ MORE >

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Support for SIP Expands Messaging Options for Stalker
by Alex Woodie

Stalker Software is due to start shipping a new release of its CommuniGate Pro messaging server software that supports a promising young technology called Session Initiation Protocol, or SIP. With the capability to initialize a number of different types of connections, including Voice Over Internet Protocol, secure instant messaging, and video conferencing, among others, SIP is positioned to open up a whole new world of mobile collaboration, Stalker says. READ MORE >


Mad Dog 21/21: 0110 Nights and a Night
by Hesh Wiener

The collection of tales variously called A Thousand Nights and a Night, The Arabian Nights, or A Thousand and One Nights is not one book but many, a compendium of folklore with written roots reaching back to the ninth century. The cultural sources of the stories flow from ancient India, Persia, Egypt, and various long-lost Arabian Empires. But The Nights is as modern as today in America or tomorrow in China. It is widely imitated. In fact, marketing strategy in the computer industry is based on The Nights model, with one key exception. READ MORE >

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  But Wait, There's More

HP Does vPars for Linux, Windows . . . Evans Data Survey Suggests Three Quarters of Linux Servers Never Hacked . . . IBM, Red Hat Get High Security Certification . . . Dell Offers Asianux Linux with Oracle 10g in China . . . Siebel Says It Will Support DB2 on Linux . . . Micro Focus Readies 64-bit Cobol for Power-Linux Combo . . . Pogo Linux Announces Linux Servers, Storage . . . READ MORE >

Reader Feedback and Insights

We value your feedback and insights. Feel free to send a letter to the editor. Letters may be printed, unless otherwise specified, and edited for clarity or length. READ MORE >

Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Managing Editor: Shannon Pastore
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Kevin Vandever,
Shannon O'Donnell, Victor Rozek, Hesh Wiener, Alex Woodie
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
Advertising Sales Representative: Kim Reed
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Heads Will Roll At HP Over Declining Server and Storage Sales

Motorola Picks Linux-on-Itanium for Cellular Switches

Support for SIP Expands Messaging Options for Stalker

Mad Dog 21/21: 0110 Nights and a Night

But Wait, There's More

The Four Hundred
Fast400 Founder Sues IBM

SSA Global Delivers First Product in ERP Convergence Strategy

California Software, Unisys Chase OS/400 Base

The Windows Observer
Windows XP SP2: Finally Open for Business

Leasing Greases IT Acquisitions, Pumps the Economy

Virtual Server 2005 On Track for General Availability

The Unix Guardian
IBM Announces pSeries Deals, Price Changes

SCO Tweaks SCOoffice, Offers Peek At Future OpenServer

Sun Considers Buying Novell, and Lots of Other Companies

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