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One of the great aspects of running the Open Source business at Unisys is the opportunity to meet so many noteworthy people in the open source world. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to create a “guest blog” spot where some of those people could contribute an article for the benefit of all of us. So, for the first of such contributions, I’ve asked a friend of mine, John Carrow, who is currently the Senior VP for Strategic Client Development at Unisys, if he would like to submit such an article. John joined Unisys as the CIO and VP of Worldwide IT in 1996 and led the global IT activities of Unisys for ten years. Before joining Unisys, John served as the first CIO for the City of Philadelphia. For his work in that role, he was selected as Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine. Needless to say, John knows a lot about technology, particularly how... (more)

Massive Midphase National Survey Finds Recession Affecting Nearly 60% of Small to Medium Sized Online Businesses

CHICAGO, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Midphase, Inc, a premier provider of turnkey web hosting solutions, found that nearly 60% of their SMB customers had been affected by the recession with 58% indicating a revenue drop from between 5% to over 60%. One of the main reasons cited by 46% of this group is the challenge in finding new customers. Midphase surveyed over 3,000 of their customers and currently hosts over 120,000 websites. "We feel this is a true cross section of American Internet users," says Marc Bollinger, Midphase General Manager. The statistics indicate that many people are dealing with the recession by creating new revenue streams specifically through online businesses. The Midphase survey found that 60% of respondents are supplementing their existing income with a web presence. This fact is supporting by the finding that 47.7% claim that their web pres... (more)

SUSE Appliance Program Embraced by ISVs and Developers

WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell today announced overwhelming support for the SUSE(R) Appliance Program, the first, complete, end-to-end solution that enables Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to rapidly build, update, configure and go-to-market with fully-supported software and virtual appliances. Appliances are transforming the way ISVs market and package software as they simplify the installation and configuration of software, eliminating unexpected costs and making the sales process frictionless. Since the launch one month ago, more than 2,000 ISVs have signed up for the SUSE Appliance Program and thousands of people have registered for SUSE Studio Online, the Program's free, Web-based tool that builds complete software appliances in a matter of minutes. SUSE Studio Online allows for mass customization, enabling each ISV to build a... (more)

Parvus Offers ISIS XL Rugged PC/104+ SBC With Intel Z520PT Industrial Temp Package Atom Processor

SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- (Marketwire) -- 09/16/09 -- Parvus today announced the ISIS XL, a rugged PC/104+ Single Board Computer (SBC) module fitted with Intel's highest speed industrial temp package Atom processor (Z520PT) and Intel® System Controller Hub US15WPT for maximum reliability from -40 to +85C operation. Designed specifically for extended temperature and harsh environment operation common to military and aerospace deployments, the highly reliable ISIS XL CPU board delivers the benefits of Intel's x86 architecture in a robust, ultra-compact fanless design with exceptional performance-per-watt. The card also features an Atmel Trusted Platform Module (TPM) device compliant with TCG v1.2 to enable customers to deploy trusted computing solutions compliant with hardware security initiatives currently mandated by the US Government. "Parvus/Eurotech CPU cards and s... (more)

Rorke Data en FalconStor stellen HyperDrive tentoon op IBC 2010

FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), de leverancier van oplossingen voor gegevensbescherming met de naam TOTALLY Open™, en Rorke Data, een Avnet-bedrijf en distributeur in de verticale markt van media en entertainment, zullen HyperDrive™ demonstreren tijdens de beurs IBC 2010 in de RAI in Amsterdam van 10 tot 14 september. FalconStor en Rorke hebben een samenwerkingsverband gesloten voor het maken van HyperDrive, een zeer performante SAN-oplossing op bestandsniveau, specifiek ontwikkeld voor de media- en entertainmentsector door Rorke Data. De complete oplossing voor gegevensopslag integreert Galaxy Aurora RAID, het bekroonde opslagplatform van Rorke, en FalconStor® HyperFS™, het zeer performante bestandssysteem. Elk product was ontworpen om het nog beter te doen dan de opslagspecificaties gesteld voor snelle overdracht en lage latentie voor multistreaming inh... (more)

After Ubuntu, Windows Looks Increasingly Bad, Increasingly Archaic, Increasingly Unfriendly

My recent switch to a single-boot Ubuntu setup on my Thinkpad T60 simply floors me on a regular basis. Most recently it's had to do with the experience of maintaining the software. Fresh from a very long Windows 2000 experience and a four-month Windows XP experience along with a long-time Linux sys admin role puts me in a great position to assess Ubuntu. Three prior attempts over the years at using Linux as my daily desktop OS had me primed for failure. Well, Ubuntu takes Linux where I've long hoped it would go - easy to use, reliable, dependable, great applications too but more on that later. It has some elegance to it - bet you never heard that about a Linux desktop before. There are many night-and-day differences between Windows and Ubuntu and, for a guy that does 80% standard office tasks and the rest of the time I'm doing Linux admin tasks, it was nearly all i... (more)

Dual Booting Linux on a Mac

What happens when you turn a perfectly good Apple PowerBook into a tri-boot system with Mac OS X, Yellow Dog Linux, and Ubuntu Linux? Read on to find out. Mac OS X is built of two components: Darwin, the BSD-based Unix underpinnings, and Aqua, the beautiful graphical user interface we Mac heads have all grown to love. However, there are other operating systems and other work environments that can be installed on an Apple system, based on popular open source Linux applications. If you're looking for Intel-based versions of Linux, there are dozens and dozens, but the PowerPC chip cuts those options down quite a bit. I decided it'd be interesting to install the most popular Linux for PowerPC - Yellow Dog 4.0 - and an up-and-coming Debian-based Linux distro that's getting quite a bit of buzz in the community: Ubuntu Linux. Unlike Microsoft's VirtualPC application, thes... (more)

Product Review — Running Windows on Linux

Regardless of how fast, stable, and geek-chic desktop GNU/Linux has become, we still live in a Windows world. Many vendors, either through lack of vision or funding, will produce only a Windows version of their software or drivers. If you're a gadget geek like me, you likely end up in the same old quandary of "I want that gadget, but it only has Windows drivers." If you're even more like me, you'll elect not to take the high road and search for ways to run that bad boy on your desktop GNU/Linux box. There are a handful of products that will enable Windows applications to run on GNU/Linux, all with varying degrees of success. Regardless of which products are on the market, they'll fall into two categories: those that require you to have a licensed copy of Windows, and those that don't. Win4Lin and VMware fit into the first category, which I affectionately call "virtua... (more)

Sun-Google: What's It All Mean? "Really Disruptive," Says Founder of the AJAX Office Project

Paolo Massa (pictured), founder of the AJAX Office project, writes: A few days ago I got a phone call, it was Jason Stamper from London.  He wanted to know about my forecast: Ajax Office available in less than one year. The article ended up in Computer Business Review and then got slashdotted. Wow, I have never been slashdotted before. But let me be clear about it: I opened a project called AjaxOffice on Sourceforge because I was thinking about writing some code (I played with Javascript and the DOM model and you can create magic and this is easy enough). I was thinking that a community would possibly gather around the project. In the process I set up a wiki and start collecting many similar projects and useful packages (some of them are Free Software). But I received many e-mails saying that the project is just vaporware, that I just want to get credit for somethin... (more)

Twelve New Programming Languages: Is Cloud Responsible?

Do we need programming languages? You may think that the answer is no. But, if you go by the recent trend you may need to change your mind. Consider for example the following questions: Why is Google working two (GO, DART) new programming languages? Why has IBM (X10), Cray (Chapel) and Red Hat (Ceylon) working on creating a new programming language of its own? Why did the attendees of a recent conference in London select 5 (HTML5, DART, Scala, Clojure, Node.js) new languages as the most important software development trends for 2012? What does Neil McAllister mean when he says that these 10 (DART, Ceylon, GO, F#, OPA, Fantom, Zimbu, X10, Haxe, Chapel) programming languages that could shake up IT? Why did Anders Hejlsberg of Microsoft, the creator of Turbo Pascal, Delphi and C# launch TypeScript? Are new programming languages getting created just to satisfy the creativ... (more)

Wal-Mart To Sell $399 Ubuntu Linux-based Laptop with Google Operating System

Everex, whose $199 gOS-based gPC desktop sold out at Wal-Mart in record time late last year, has now introduced a gOS-based 2lb ultra-mobile laptop that it plans to sell at Wal-Mart for $399 starting January 25. Dubbed the CloudBook, the thing uses a 1.2GHz VIA C7 processor and promises an average five-hours operation off a lithium-ion battery. It's equipped with a 7-inch TFT display (800 x 480 native resolution), 30GB internal storage, 512MB memory, digital video output, a 4-in-1 card reader and a 1.3MP webcam. The Ubuntu Linux-based gOS operating system from Good OS LLC ( includes so many Google applications like Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google News Google Maps and YouTube that it's often referred to as the Google operating system. It also includes Firefox, Skype, Facebook and OpenOffice 2.3. ... (more)