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Is Oracle Making an Offer Customers Can’t Refuse?

On the first day of OpenWorld, Oracle unveiled a slew of products designed to position the company as the preeminent cloud vendor: a high-end server; an upgraded flagship database, version 12c, which will be released early next year; and a range of new or upgraded applications for the cloud. Given O...

The Fox in the FOSS Henhouse

Oracle's proprietary posture may have soiled the welcome mat and vilified its good standing in the FOSS community as CEO Larry Ellison has pushed the balance point between servicing his customers and nickel-and-diming them to turn a higher profit. Clearly, since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems -- a...

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Mageia Linux: A Delightful OS for Work or Play

If you fancy game playing, the latest release of the Mageia Linux OS will be a fun experience. Even if you never open a game, Mageia 2 is a solid distribution well suited to newcomers and seasoned Linux users alike. Mageia is a fork of the now defunct Mandriva distro. It was developed by a team of f...

Oracle’s Short-Term Software Gains May Have Long-Term Costs

Oracle reported earnings for its first fiscal quarter in 2013 last week, telling a tale of two product lines: Its software operations fared respectably, while its hardware slumped dramatically. Hardware systems product revenue was down 24 percent. "These are tough times, and companies are still not ...

Microsoft Scrambles to Head Off IE Exodus

The latest Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability, which was discovered by researcher Eric Romang, is causing quite a flap in the security community. It has caused even more excitement at Microsoft. Although Redmond says few users have been affected, it has responded relatively swiftly to the prob...

IT Security Police: ‘Step Away From That IE’

Internet Explorer is too dangerous to use, according to warnings from throngs of security experts, including Germany's Federal Office for Information Security. The German government agency issued an alert that advises citizens to avoid using Internet Explorer and use an alternate browser until a pat...

Anonymous Dumps Trove of 1 Million Stolen Apple IDs

The hacktivist group Anonymous has published 1 million universally unique identifiers belonging to Apple devices. These were among more than 12 million UDIDs stolen from the laptop of FBI Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl, the group said. Anonymous deleted personal data, including the names, mobil...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Java Patch May Be Just a Finger in the Dam

Oracle acted swiftly last week to close a zero-day vulnerability in its Java technology, but given Java's track record, that patch is just one hit in a long game of wackamole played with hackers. A number of security companies discovered the vulnerability over the weekend of Aug. 25. They noticed th...

EXPERT ADVICE

Speeding Up Your PC, Part 3: Getting Crucial Updates

Lots of people think that updates aren't really that important. In the past, updating a program often involved implementing small features or fixes that, most of the time, didn't seem worth the bother. While this may still be true for some applications, there's no doubt that updates are crucial fo...

Google May Slough Off Big Chunk of Motorola Workforce

For employees at Motorola Mobility, there were probably better ways to start the business week. On Monday, Google announced that it was cutting about 4,000 jobs at its mobile phone business division, and that it will close or consolidate about one-third of its 90 locations around the world. This rep...

Flame Malware Ignites Gauss in Lebanon

The fallout from the Flame malware that was identified in May continues. Ongoing research into the malware has led antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab to discover a new malware platform, which it has named "Gauss." This platform has several similarities to Flame, Kaspersky said. "There's no doubt Gauss c...

Titanic Apple v. Samsung Patent Clash Begins in Earnest

In what promises to be a closely watched trial, Apple and Samsung headed to federal court on Monday. Apple has alleged that Samsung Electronics essentially produced illegal knockoffs of its popular iPhone and iPad products, and it is demanding $2.5 billion damages. Samsung has countered that Apple's...

LINUX PICKS AND PANS

GanttProject Packs Prodigious Planning Power

GanttProject is an impressive project management tool that can be a useful alternative to similar applications locked onto other OS platforms. For enterprise and small-business users, GanttProject's cross-platform access and easy data portability make it a winning choice for Linux users. Compared to...

Oracle’s Cloud Rolls In

Oracle on Wednesday announced what it described as the industry's broadest cloud strategy, outlining a vision of offering customers a soup-to-nuts cloud solution. The development has been seven years in the making, involving relentless engineering and innovation, key strategic acquisitions, and bill...

OPINION

Dell’s Scrappy ‘Copper’ ARM-Based Server Initiatives

Dell's recent launch of its "Copper" initiatives and ecosystem, which aim to develop commercial ARM-based servers, proves one point: IT industry watchers love a fight, especially when it pits a youthful, upstart technology against an established heavyweight vendor. There are numerous others to choos...

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