Wednesday, January 19, 2005

IT compensation on the rise in '05

Advice by Katherine Spencer Lee, Robert Half Technology

JANUARY 18, 2005 (COMPUTERWORLD) - Although not a complete return to the dot-com boom, 2005 looks to be a promising year for IT professionals. Economic optimism is slowly returning, and CIOs across the U.S. have begun to initiate projects previously put on hold. As a result, starting salaries should see a moderate increase over 2004 levels.

According to the newly released Robert Half Technology 2005 Salary Guide, average base pay for IT professionals overall will rise 0.5% this year, with larger increases expected in high-demand specialties such as information security and quality assurance. This compares to a 1.6% decline in starting compensation that was projected last year.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Bill Gates: Computer Programmer or Tiger Beat Heartthrob?





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Monday, January 17, 2005

EV1Servers sponsors FedoraForum.org Hosting

Monday January 17, 2005 (03:00 PM GMT)

Adam Doxtater writes "Dallas, TX | January 17th, 2004

Since the inception of FedoraForum.org on April 26th 2004, it has proven to be a self-sustaining community of avid volunteers which have formed around Fedora Linux (a branch of Red Hat Linux). Its founder Ewdison Then, one of the leading minds in the Open Source community, has nurtured its growth to over 15,000 members in less than a year. This is success that many can only dream of, but with success of that magnitude comes some rather large financial responsibility as bandwidth surges higher and hardware requirements become more demanding.

Robert Marsh, CEO of EV1Servers, a popular hosting and server co-location company, has graciously taken the initiative to assist FedoraForums.org and the Open Source community by sponsoring the non-profit site. EV1Servers became the hosting partner of the Fedora Forum community on January 15th, 2004. On January 16th, 2004 Fedora Forum was implemented on the new EV1 Servers setup. This was made possible by EV1Servers through their continued support of the Open Source community and dedication to its community leaders. ...

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Red Hat readies Enterprise Linux 4

Ingrid Marson
ZDNet UK
January 17, 2005, 14:20 GMT

Red Hat is taking on rivals such as Novell with the latest version of its Linux distribution for businesses

The next version of Red Hat's Enterprise Linux distribution is planned for release next month, and is likely to fully support the Linux 2.6 kernel and include various security features.

According to sources close to the company, the release is planned for 14 February to coincide with the LinuxWorld conference in Boston. A UK spokeswoman from Red Hat was unable to confirm the release date on Monday.

Red Hat has previously indicated that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 would be based on version 2.6 of the Linux Kernel. A beta version of the product, released in September 2004, was based on the Linux 2.6 kernel. ...

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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Oracle answers on Linux

The world's business software giant offers answers to the 10 most frequently asked questions about Linux.
1. What is Oracle's strategy on Linux?

Oracle is fully committed to supporting the Linux operating system. In fact, Oracle was the first commercial database available on Linux. By supporting Linux with Oracle's industry leading products, we are enabling customers to deploy enterprise-class solutions on the lowest cost hardware and operating system infrastructure. We believe that Linux is more attractive today than it ever was, as customers are looking for open, cost effective solutions.

Over the past few years Oracle and its customers have learned a tremendous amount about running Oracle on Linux for enterprise class deployments.

Combining this knowledge with the opportunity to drastically reduce IT infrastructure costs has provided the catalyst for Oracle to move to the next step, which is to provide Oracle customers with seamless and complete technical support for the Linux operating system in addition to support for the Oracle stack. ...

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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Web Hosting Provider Hostway Announces Support Red Hat Enterprise Linux

HostReview.com
Wednesday, January 12, 2005; 05:03 PM

PHP5 is the latest incarnation of the popular open-source scripting language. Hostway's decision to offer its customers PHP5 is a natural progression of the company's long-standing support for PHP.

The move to offer both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora Core follows Red Hat's decision to branch their delivery channels into Community and Enterprise releases.

"It's our aim to bring the latest innovative tools and technologies to our customers," said Paul Halfpenny, Product Manager at Hostway UK. "PHP5 is now an enterprise level Web development language, enabling users to build sophisticated and dynamic websites, and in turn offer visitors a rich and engaging online experience. By offering both Red Hat-managed distributions of the Linux operating system we reinforce our commitment of ensuring choice for customers of any size or need." ...

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Linux misperceptions the greatest challenge: Novell

12 January, 2005
by Liam Lahey

A recent AMI-Partners Inc. report which stated "user challenges and a dearth of applications continue to hinder the growth of Linux servers and on the desktop" prompted one Novell executive to counter that point-of-view.

As reported in eChannelLine on Jan. 10, AMI-Partners said the open source technology has gained legitimacy from vendors such as Red Hat, HP, Novell and IBM. The end result: Small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) across the planet are expected to invest increasingly in Linux and open source technologies over the next five years.

AMI-Partners, a NYC-based consulting firm specializing in IT, Internet, telecom and business services market intelligence, trends, and strategy with a focus on global SMBs, said growth would be particularly strong in Asian and European markets where public government endorsements and policies are boosting visibility for Linux and open source.

The "Worldwide SMB Linux Forecast" stated that on a worldwide basis the number of Linux-owning SMBs is projected to rise from 1.2 million to 2.7 million businesses -- a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18 per cent. ...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

AMI-Partners Predicts Significant Growth for Linux Servers and Desktops

AMI-Partners Predicts Significant Growth for Linux Servers and Desktops in SMB Market, Driven by APAC GEOS and Channel Partners

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- Jan. 10, 2005 -- User Challenges and a Dearth of Applications Still Hinder Growth, But Linux Gains Legitimacy from Vendors Such as Red Hat, HP, Novell and IBM

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) are expected to invest increasingly in Linux and open source technologies over the next five years. Growth will be particularly strong in key Asian and European markets where public government endorsements and policies are boosting visibility for Linux and open source. On a worldwide basis the number of Linux-owning SMBs is projected to rise from 1.2 million to 2.7 million businesses -- a compounded annual growth rate of 18%.

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Linux SMB growth attributed to channel push

10 January, 2005
by Liam Lahey

Though user challenges and a dearth of applications continue to hinder the growth of Linux servers and on the desktop, the open source technology has gained legitimacy from vendors such as Red Hat, HP, Novell and IBM. The end result is that small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) across the planet are expected to invest increasingly in Linux and open source technologies over the next five years, according to NYC-based Access Markets International (AMI) Partners Inc.

AMI-Partners, a consulting firm specializing in IT, Internet, telecom and business services market intelligence, trends, and strategy with a focus on global SMBs, said growth will be particularly strong in Asian and European markets where public government endorsements and policies are boosting visibility for Linux and open source.

On a worldwide basis the number of Linux-owning SMBs is projected to rise from 1.2 million to 2.7 million businesses -- a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18 per cent.

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China‘s Linux Software Developer Red Flag Joins OSDL

HostReview.com
Tuesday, January 11, 2005; 01:08 PM

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux in the enterprise, today announced that Red Flag Software Company, Ltd., the leading developer of Linux software in China, has joined OSDL and will participate in the lab‘s Desktop Linux (DTL), Carrier Grade Linux (CGL), and Data Center Linux (DCL) working groups.

"Linux is a huge success in China and there is enormous potential for widespread Linux adoption across all market sectors," said Chris Zhao, executive president of Red Flag Software Company, Ltd. "Red Flag is joining the internationally-recognized OSDL organization so that our contributions to Linux and open source development can benefit the global Linux community. Together with OSDL and its members, we intend to share our expertise and technology to further promote Linux in China, in Asia, and around the world." ...

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Saturday, January 01, 2005

Novell Launches OES Beta

By Jay Wrolstad
Enterprise Linux IT
December 28, 2004 12:03PM

OES will reduce enterprise costs by enabling Linux to run business applications while providing network resource - and identity-management services, according to Novell. Customers can establish a foundation for a complete Linux-based server-to-desktop alternative to current enterprise offerings. ...

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