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Volume 4, Number 26 -- July 11, 2007
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Microsoft's Software Assurance Customers On the Fence, Forrester Says
by Alex Woodie

If a recent survey by Forrester Research is accurate, Microsoft could be facing a customer exodus from Software Assurance, the multi-year software maintenance program that has stirred controversy in recent years. A report released by the analyst group this week suggests more than three quarters of current Software Assurance contracts will end this year, but less than one quarter of customers plan to renew the contracts at the same level. READ MORE >

Microsoft's GPL v3 Stance Puts Future of Novell Pact in Doubt
by Alex Woodie

Microsoft issued a statement last week that it does not consider itself bound by GPL v3, the new open source license that was designed, in part, to put a kibosh on the types of partnerships Microsoft has signed with Novell and other Linux distributors. With Novell intent on supporting GPL v3, it appears to put important elements of the Microsoft-Novell deal on a collision course. READ MORE >


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A Potpourri of Fixes Marks A Slow Patch Tuesday
by Alex Woodie

It was a relatively quiet Patch Tuesday yesterday as Microsoft issued six patches for 11 vulnerabilities affecting products ranging from clients to servers and from the .NET runtime to Excel and the Vista firewall. None of the fixes for the July Patch Tuesday addressed so-called zero-day problems, in stark contrast to the array of zero-day patches Microsoft issued earlier this year. But it's still a good idea to get the patches loaded up quickly. READ MORE >


Hype Machine Prepped for Windows Server 2008 Launch
by Alex Woodie

Microsoft will officially launch Windows Server 2008 in Los Angeles on February 27, 2008, the software giant announced this week from its Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver, Colorado. In addition to launching the product once codenamed "Longhorn" server, Microsoft will introduce SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 in a triple-launch event that Microsoft is already calling "the most important enterprise launch in company history." READ MORE >



 

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But Wait, There's More:

Microsoft Moves Systems Management Tools Forward . . . Shhhhh: Vendors Team to Share Gov't Secrets with SISA . . . Dell to Improve Support for Small Businesses with Vostro Line . . . AMD Sets 'Barcelona' Quad-Core Opteron Launch for August . . . The Final GNU GPL v3 License Is Released . . . Devon IT Offers SafeBook for Less Than $600 . . .


 

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Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Shannon O'Donnell,
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The Four Hundred
Small Form Factor Disks Go Mainstream, the System i Has Gone Fishin'

Project Costs Tell the VoIP Story

IBM to Break Petaflops Barrier with Blue Gene/P

As I See It: The All-American Exhausting Vacation

The Linux Beacon
Red Hat Starts Fiscal 2008 with Modest Profit, Big Revenue Growth

Top 500 Supers: Moore's Law Is Alive and Well

IBM to Break Petaflops Barrier with Blue Gene/P

As I See It: The All-American Exhausting Vacation

Four Hundred Stuff
InfoManager Provides Another Option for System i OLAP

Robot/LPAR Streamlines Tape Backups of Partitioned i5/OS Servers

ROBObak Delivers Online Backups for Remote Offices

Lotus Quickr Now Available from IBM

Big Iron
The IBM Mainframe Base: Alive and Kicking

Top Mainframe Stories From Around the Web

Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

Four Hundred Guru
PHP on i5/OS: A Whole New Stack

Performance of Function Subprocedures

Admin Alert: Meditations on Full System Backups

System i PTF Guide
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The Unix Guardian
Sun Gets Serious (Finally) About Supercomputing

Top 500 Supers: Moore's Law Is Alive and Well

HP Promotes Transitive Tool to Port Solaris Apps to Integrity Servers

As I See It: Dare to Be Rich

Four Hundred Monitor
Four Hundred Monitor's
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Microsoft's Software Assurance Customers On the Fence, Forrester Says

Microsoft's GPL v3 Stance Puts Future of Novell Pact in Doubt

A Potpourri of Fixes Marks A Slow Patch Tuesday

Hype Machine Prepped for Windows Server 2008 Launch

But Wait, There's More:


Microsoft Moves Systems Management Tools Forward . . . Shhhhh: Vendors Team to Share Gov't Secrets with SISA . . . Dell to Improve Support for Small Businesses with Vostro Line . . . AMD Sets 'Barcelona' Quad-Core Opteron Launch for August . . . The Final GNU GPL v3 License Is Released . . . Devon IT Offers SafeBook for Less Than $600 . . .


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