The success of consumer IT products like the ASUS Eee PC will help provide the leverage needed to get hardware vendors on board with open source, according to Dirk Hohndel, Intel’s chief technologist for open source.He believes the install base of Linux-based desktops could potentially double this year, based just on Eee PC sales..Speaking at open source conference Linux.conf.au in Melbourne yesterday, Hohndel said commercial pressure will be the incentive for traditionally Windows-centric hardware vendors to begin offering open source drivers and Linux-based systems to their customers.
a federal judge extended the duration of sanctions imposed on Microsoft by a 2002 consent decree agreement. The sanctions were initially scheduled to expire last month, but have been extended until November 2009….Microsoft failed to provide protocol specification documents to competitors as required by the consent decree agreement. The protocol documentation, which was supposed to be made available by February 2003, still hasn’t been fully published by Microsoft
Tens of millions of internet users across the Middle East and Asia have been left without access to the web after a technical fault cut millions of connections.The outage, which is being blamed on a fault in a single undersea cable, has severely restricted internet access in countries including India, Egypt and Saudi Arabia and left huge numbers of people struggling to get online.Observers say that the digital blackout first struck yesterday morning, with the Egypt’s communications ministry suggesting it was caused by a cut in a major internet pipeline linking it to Europe.
Reports that Google (GOOG) is considering building a data center in Malaysia are the latest sign that the search giant is pitting Asian governments against one another in a battle for a major data center project.The Prime Minister of Malaysia has announced that Google (GOOG) is interested in building a data center in Malaysia. The announcement comes just days after the economic minister in Taiwan said Google is “leaning toward” developing a major data center in Taiwan. Various other reports suggest Google has also scouted locations in Japan, South Korea, India and even Vietnam
(when are we going to stop saying “even Vietnam”?Microsoft is Buying Yahoo?
Microsoft Corp. has pounced on slumping Internet icon Yahoo Inc. with an unsolicited takeover offer of $44.6 billion in its boldest bid yet to challenge Google Inc.’s dominance of the lucrative online search and advertising markets.
(they deserve each other)