Study: Linux and Windows Costs Equal

Marking what could have been a summer-long hiatus in its "Get the Facts" campaign, Microsoft is re-igniting the flames on the argument over whether enterprises spend less to manage Windows systems than Linux systems.

This morning, the company touted a study it commissioned from independent analyst Mercer Management Consulting, which made the case that companies that implement migration programs away from UNIX systems based on the need to adopt new applications -- what Mercer calls "transformational migrations" -- now tend to choose Windows over Linux.

5 Ways to Contribute to Open Source Projects Without Coding

Maybe you've seen many good Open Source projects that are no longer maintained. One of the many reasons for that may be lack of contribution. In fact, there are many one-man projects out there. Most of any program's users are just that, users, not developers. Nevertheless, average users still can contribute to Open Source programs to make them better.

World’s first miniature computer to protect and manage laptops

Yoggie Security Systems has today announced the launch of the Yoggie Gatekeeper, a revolutionary credit-card sized computer that brings all corporateclass security applications within the reach of mobile and remote workers. For the first time ever, mobile workers can access the Internet from hotspots, airports and hotel rooms, safe in the knowledge that their laptop is protected by the Yoggie Gatekeeper, which provides the same level of security enjoyed by counterparts within the corporate network – all through a device that fits in the palm of your hand.

Is the future of desktop Linux going thin?

While the thin-client approach makes Linux PCs easier to manage, there are still kinks to iron out with desktop Linux operating system (OS), according to market analyst Gartner.

Last month, thin-client software provider released its 2X TerminalServer for Linux, an open source terminal server that lets Linux desktop users run both Linux and Windows applications over dial-up and LAN (local area network) connections.

Novell Introduces New Virtualization Solution

Novell today announced the industry's first enterprise Linux-based virtualization solution built on Xen*, optimized for Intel* Virtualization Technology. SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell(R) running on Dual-Core Intel Xeon* platforms will provide customers with a low-cost, high-performing virtualization solution that has the ability to host Linux* environments without the need to modify the guest operating systems. With the integration of Intel Virtualization Technology within Xen, Novell also announced plans to offer enterprise support for virtualized SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and Red Hat* Enterprise Linux 4 running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, allowing Red Hat customers to migrate to Novell service and support while still running Red Hat Enterprise Linux in a virtualized environment.

Alan Cox's Exploding Laptop

22nd September 2006. This used to be Alan's laptop, an IBM Thinkpad 600 with third-party batteries we bought separately: ie possibly not IBM's. Last night it exploded.

Technology Innovation One Scoop At A Time

For the world's best-engineered ice cream, go to the Union Court dining area at Boston University. What you'll find is a vending machine that can make 96 varieties of ice cream to order from 12 flavors, two base mixes--premium and low carb--and three dry-ingredient mix-ins.

The ice cream, concocted by startup MooBella, isn't necessarily the world's best--that's subjective--though it's quite good. It's certainly the best freshly made ice cream you'll get from a vending machine because, well, it's the only freshly made ice cream available from a vending machine. "Really good ice cream isn't found everywhere you would want it to be," says MooBella president Bruce Ginsberg.

gtkpod V0.99.8 Released (Graphical Frontend For iPod)

gtkpod is a platform independent GUI for Apple's iPod using GTK2. It allows you to import your existing iTunes database, to add songs, podcasts, video and cover art and to edit ID3 tags. gtkpod also features international charset support for ID3 tags, detects when adding already existing songs, and more.