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HP says it should be able to manage revenue growth of 2%-4% next year, which is not the 4%-6% it's been talking about lately or the 5%-7% it was throwing around in June, numbers that nobody apparently believed, certainly not the Wall Streeters who figured, and still figure, that the best it can do is maybe a bit above 1%. HP is also predicting long-term secular growth of 7%-9%. HP trotted the latest expectation, which it blamed on the spending environment, out at its analyst meeting in San Francisco this week when it also said that it would realize $3 billion in merger cost savings in fiscal 2003, which ends next October, a year ahead of time. It told the gathered throng that it was already 80% of the way there, achieving $2.4 billion in annualized savings. It got there by offering up 12,500 people as living sacrifices, 2,500 more than it said it would fire, and b... (more)

"Microsoft is Using Lawsuits as a Battering Ram to Smash Linux," Says Robertson

In the Stockholm City Court, in the Swedish capital, a magistrate yesterday issued a restraining order under the terms of which Lindows.com must cease distributing Lindows in Sweded. The case was handled in the absence of the parties, and Ulrika Carlehall, the magistrate, basically agreed to the claim raised by Microsoft against Lindows.com for trademark infringement and to its request that the city court prohibit Lindows.com from using the marks LINDOWS, LINDOWS.COM and LINDOWS.OS "as marks for products or services regarding operative systems" - under a penalty of three million Swedish kroner ($400,000). Microsoft had proposed that the penalty be five million. San Diego, CA-based Lindows.com confirmed that CEO MIchael Robertson would be in Stockholm today all day until 1:00 PM and that those interested in speaking with him could register to do so.  Microsoft has requ... (more)

Message to the Linux and Free Software Community Regarding the SCO Denial-of-Service Virus

On January 26, 2004, a new virus became rampant. I have reports that the virus payload has two purposes: to send an email spam for a mail-order "Viagra" vendor, and to perform a denial-of-service attack on SCO's web site. Denial-of-service attacks via virus have been a common trick of email spammers. They were first used to take out some of the anti-spam blacklist sites. Several of those sites had their (non-spam-related) business so heavily disrupted that they closed the doors of their anti-spam projects rather than be attacked again. The Open Source developers are a target of spammers. We are the creators of most high-profile anti-spam technology. For example, SpamAssassin started out as, and remains today, an Open Source project. The predominant mail delivery programs of the Internet are Open Source projects such as Sendmail and Postfix, and thus most efforts to ... (more)

SCO Sues DaimlerChrysler & AutoZone

After weeks of threats and repeated delays, the SCO Group has finally sued two Fortune 500 end-user companies, DaimlerChrysler and AutoZone. SCO is suing the carmaker, which is already one of its Unix licensees, for not certifying, as SCO says it's required to do under its agreement, that it is not running Linux binaries anywhere in its establishment or, if it is, that it has built a Chinese wall between its Unix and Linux developers, or any of the six other similarly-minded oaths SCO is now demanding its users take. It's not that DaimlerChrysler refused SCO terms, it just ignored them, missing SCO's 30-day deadline. So SCO is suing it in state court in Michigan. SCO is suing AutoZone, the premier auto parts chain and former SCO user, worth about $5.5 billion in annual sales, for violating SCO's contested "Unix copyrights by running versions of the Linux operating sys... (more)

Linspire/Lindows Under Attack Again from MS Lawyers

All is fair in love and Linux, it seems. Certainly, Microsoft isn't giving up on its quest to eradicate the name "Lindows" from the planet and has just taken the newly-named Linspire back to court. Once more it demands fines of 100 000 Euros a day  if - in accordance with Microsoft's legal action in Finland, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Canada - Lindows, Inc. doesn't remove the word "Lindows" from its Web site. In characteristic fashion, the accused themselves are publicizing the charges:"Microsoft has filed a new complaint against Lindows, Inc. in Dutch courts," says a company news release, "despite a product name change and corresponding website name change to Linspire. Microsoft has asked the court to levy a 100,000 Euro per day fine against the operating system competitor." The release goes on to outline The Story So Far, according anyway to Lindows: On A... (more)

Celebrating Pi Day with a Raspberry Pi: element14 announces winners of the Pi Day “Raspberry Road Test” Challenge

element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, powered by Premier Farnell [LSE:PFL], has today announced the three winners of its global “Raspberry Road Test” challenge. Peter Fenech, Gizmo B73 and Jodi Curtis are the proud owners of the amazing credit card sized computer, the Raspberry Pi that launches today on Pi Day. The challenge, launched last week, invited Raspberry Pi fans around the world for a chance to win one of the mostly hotly desired gadgets of the year by submitting their answers to the question - “What innovation will you create using the amazing Raspberry Pi computer”? Several entries were received during the week on element14’s RoadTest group with a range of innovative ideas on what users would create with the Raspberry Pi. The “Raspberry Road Test” challenge engaged several lik... (more)

Renesas Electronics Unveils Next-Generation Microcontroller and Microprocessor Roadmap

RENESAS DEVCON, Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today disclosed details of its roadmap for next-generation microcontrollers (MCUs) and microprocessors (MPUs). Among the new developments, Renesas announced plans to use the company’s 40 nanometer (nm) MONOS (metal oxide nitride oxide silicon) embedded flash technology with its RX family of high-performance, general-purpose 32-bit MCUs. Renesas is also expanding the RX Family to include the lowest power, lowest cost 32-bit MCU for the embedded market, integrating as little as 8KB of flash memory. Renesas also announced plans to introduce a family of ARM-based high-performance embedded MPUs. The new RZ Family will be deployed for a wide range of application areas that require high-speed data processing in excess of 300 MHz. Together, these new products... (more)

Coverity at LINUXCON Europe 2013: Comparing Open Source and Commercial Static Analysis Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Coverity, Inc., the leader in development testing, today announced it will present at LINUXCON Europe 2013: What: "A Comparison of Open Source and Commercial Static Analysis Solutions – A Case of Apples and Oranges" When: Monday, October 21, 2013, 3:20 PM GMT Where: Edinburgh International Conference Centre Who: Zack Samocha, Senior Director of Products for Coverity The presentation will discuss the most common defects found in open source code, based on the Coverity Scan® service analysis of more than 300 million lines of code in more than 600 open source projects, including Linux, Python and ANTLR. It will also examine and compare the defects found in Jenkins using a variety of open source and commercial static analysis solutions. In 2006, the Coverity Scan service was initiated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Securit... (more)

The i-Technology Right Stuff

Related Links: Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?" Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical order. Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not (yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do to vote is to go to the Further Details page of any nominee you'd like to see end up in the top half of the poll when we close voting on Christmas Eve, December 24, and cast your vote or votes. To access the Further Details of each nominee just click on their name. Happy voting!   In alphabetical order the nominees are:   Tim Berner... (more)

The Top 250 Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem

In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1–4, 2010) being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem. I have increased it from the 'mere' 150 I identified back in January of this year, to 250, testimony – as if any were needed! – to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites of the companies themselves. Omissions to this Top 250 list should be sent to me via Twitter (twitter.com/jg21) and I will endeavor to include them in any future revision of this newly expanded rou... (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)

CloudEXPO Stories
The use of containers by developers -- and now increasingly IT operators -- has grown from infatuation to deep and abiding love. But as with any long-term affair, the honeymoon soon leads to needing to live well together ... and maybe even getting some relationship help along the way. And so it goes with container orchestration and automation solutions, which are rapidly emerging as the means to maintain the bliss between rapid container adoption and broad container use among multiple cloud hosts. This BriefingsDirect cloud services maturity discussion focuses on new ways to gain container orchestration, to better use serverless computing models, and employ inclusive management to keep the container love alive.
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks. We're in the midst of a wave of excitement around AI such as hasn't been seen for a few decades. But those previous periods of inflated expectations led to troughs of disappointment. This time is (mostly) different. Applications of AI such as predictive analytics are already decreasing costs and improving reliability of industrial machinery. Pattern recognition can equal or exceed the ability of human experts in some domains. It's developing into an increasingly commercially important technology area. (Although it's also easy to look at wins in specific domains and generalize to an overly-optimistic view of AI writ large.) In this session, Red Hat Technology Evangelist for Emerging Technology Gordon Haff will examine the AI landscape and identify those domains and approaches that have seen genuine advance and why. He'll also ...
Is advanced scheduling in Kubernetes achievable?Yes, however, how do you properly accommodate every real-life scenario that a Kubernetes user might encounter? How do you leverage advanced scheduling techniques to shape and describe each scenario in easy-to-use rules and configurations? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Oleg Chunikhin, CTO at Kublr, answered these questions and demonstrated techniques for implementing advanced scheduling. For example, using spot instances and cost-effective resources on AWS, coupled with the ability to deliver a minimum set of functionalities that cover the majority of needs – without configuration complexity.
The term "digital transformation" (DX) is being used by everyone for just about any company initiative that involves technology, the web, ecommerce, software, or even customer experience. While the term has certainly turned into a buzzword with a lot of hype, the transition to a more connected, digital world is real and comes with real challenges. In his opening keynote, Four Essentials To Become DX Hero Status Now, Jonathan Hoppe, Co-Founder and CTO of Total Uptime Technologies, shared that beyond the hype, digital transformation initiatives are infusing IT budgets with critical investment for technology. This is shifting the IT organization from a cost center/center of efficiency to one that is strategic for revenue growth. CIOs are working with the new reality of cloud, mobile-first, and digital initiatives across all areas of their businesses. What's more, top IT talent wants to w...
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like "How is my application doing" but no idea how to get a proper answer.