Microsoft IE7 Beta Release Interview on Geek News Central 2006-01-31 #142 this Interview took place with a Microsoft IE7 Product Manager on the release of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2. I spent 20 minutes talking with Margaret Cobb about the the IE7 beta released today, we cover a lot of the product changes and security enhancements. This release is targeted at developers but my bet is that a lot of people will be running the IE7 Beta tonight. Impression and thoughts below.
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Unilever has dropped plans to move its global IT infrastructure onto a Linux platform by 2006, saying the cost benefits originally used to justify the risk of the migration are no longer there.
The consumer goods giant, which manufactures brands such as Domestos, Dove and Flora, announced plans back in 2003 to cut Ã‚Â£66m from its IT budget by switching from a Unix server platform to Linux running on Itanium. The aim was to eventually migrate the company’s massive SAP systems onto the Linux platform.
But in an exclusive interview with silicon.com, Unilever CIO Neil Cameron, said the cost benefits of migrating en masse to an open source platform are no longer as clear cut as they were two years ago because of security and support issues.
I remember when I first heard about MEPIS. It seems as if I blinked, and all of a sudden everyone was talking about it. It’s still less than two years old, and even MEPIS founder Warren Woodford says in this interview that he is surprised by the astronomic popularity of MEPIS.
MEPIS is quirky. It has an installer button on the desktop. It’s meteoric growth in the early phases was accomplished by one guy, Warren Woodford, working in the small city of Morgantown, West Virginia, with no staff, almost no budget and zero marketing expenditures. And what’s the deal with those pyramids?
In this interview, Warren explains the secret to his distro’s rapid and widespread proliferation. Give desktop customers what they want: a simple, reliable set of applications that are easy to acquire, install, and use. Give it away for free. Always. Show respect to the command-line community who created the base packages in the first place. Join the Debian Common Core Alliance, and play nicely in the sand box with them. Believe that the community will buy MEPIS CDs and t-shirts. Sell a subscription to your distro. Get a retail distributor like Technalign. Leverage this growing popularity by selling SOHO servers and other products into the corporate world. And most important, do it all out of podunk Morgantown, West Virginia, so that you can keep your costs down and actually make money at competitive price margins. Who needs the high rents of Redmond?
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In the beginning was Slackware, and it was good. But that was just the beginning. Ever since then, Linux distros have exploded at dazzling pace. And at the center of much of that creative explosion is Debian. It is simply everywhere. Mepis, Knoppix, Linspire, geez you name it, and if it’s not SUSE Novell or Red Hat, there’s a good chance that the spirit and code of Debian lives at the heart of that distro. Desktops, enterprise, hackerdom, you name it, you’ll probably find numerous Debian fans there.
On Tuesday, August 9, 2005, many of the major Debian-derivative GNU/Linux distros banded together to create the Debian Common Core Alliance. Essentially, the DCCA is a group of Debian heavy-weights who got tired of reinventing each others’ efforts, and decided to implement the Linux Standards Base in a set of binary packages that will be common to their distros. The benefits are obvious. Applications designed to work on one distro will work on another. The Alliance members will save bunches of money on not duplicating each others’ work. Customers of the DCCA members will have the option of getting support for DCC code from a broader array of vendors. And perhaps most importantly, it now becomes just that much harder for Steve Ballmer to whine about an absence of a “center of gravity” in GNU/Linux distros.