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May 17, 2007  7:38 AM

Channel news: NY sues Dell; Symantec plugs Norton holes; error tanks Apple stock

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Sales practices at Dell draw New York suit The New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, said the suit came after more than 700 complaints by Dell customers. [NYT]

Symantec plugs dangerous flaw in Norton security software Attackers could exploit a flawed ActiveX control in Symantec Norton Internet Security and Norton Personal Firewall to run malware on targeted machines. []

Engadget knocks $4 billion off Apple market cap on bogus iPhone email At 11:49 AM EST [Wednesday]  Engadget posted saying that the iPhone and Leopard operating system launches would be seriously delayed. They based the story on an internal Apple email that was forwarded to them…Apple’s stock promptly tanked on massive selling, going from $107.89 to $103.42 in six minutes (11:56 – 12:02). This wiped just over $4 billion off of Apple’s market capitalization. A lot of people lost a lot of money very quickly. [TechCrunch] Continued »

May 16, 2007  6:59 AM

Channel news: NY AG accuses Microsoft of fraud; IT workers nervous about secuirty;

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N.Y. attorney general accuses Dell of fraud Suit accuses Dell of fraud, false advertising and deceptive business practices. [CNET]

IT rank and file nervous about inadequate security IT’s rank and file are just as concerned about being used as the company scapegoat in the event of a major security breach as CIOs — maybe more so. Many believe that when under pressure, the stressed-out CIO will point the finger at them.

Oracle buys Agile Software The business software maker made yet another acquisition with a $495 million deal to buy Agile Software. [NYT] Continued »

May 15, 2007  6:58 AM

Channel news: Windows pre-loaded on Macs; Malware rides Windows updates

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Hell freezes over: Windows now pre-loaded on Macintosh hardware The other shoe has finally dropped. When Apple transitioned its hardware to Intel processors, many pundits wondered when Macintoshes would come pre-loaded with Windows. Well, Apple still isn’t ready to make that move. But a big IT distributor is. [TechIQ]

Malware piggybacks on Windows updates Blog: Who says there’s no such thing as a free ride? Ask the Trojan that’s been piggybacking on a Windows update component to do its dirty deeds. [CNET]

EMC overhauls ControlCenter It’s been two years coming, but EMC ControlCenter 6.0 promises some major improvements, including a simpler user interface and consolidated reporting.
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May 14, 2007  2:41 PM

Security vendors ally to build open-source NAC client

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Six vendors are joining forces to develop an open source client for 802.1x authentication process. Called a supplicant, the lightweight application is designed to reside on non-PC devices such as PDAs, MP3 players, storage devices and other hardware that’s easy to connect to a network, but hard for a security system to authenticate.

An 802.1x supplicant authenticates a network device before it receives an IP address, which helps prevent unauthorized machines from launching attacks. Most businesses do not use any authentication now, said Brian Smith, TippingPoint’s chief architect.

Symantec, TippingPoint, Trapeze Networks, Extreme Networks, Identity Engines and Infoblox announced today that they have formed the Open Secure Edge Access Alliance. Founder Jon Oltsik, a senior analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group, and other group members say their product will help spread 802.1x technology and make their customers safer.

Microsoft built support for 802.1x authentication into Windows XP, but machines that run other operating systems must rely on third-party supplicants, usually sold by Cisco and Juniper. And the vendors in the OpenSEA Alliance view those two companies as competitors.

“It would be weird for someone like TippingPoint to go to Cisco and say, ‘Can we resell your supplicant?’” Smith said.

The alliance’s open source supplicant will allow its member vendors to provide their own solutions, Smith said. He also believes that the backing of six vendors will help some customers get over their reluctance to use open source security products.

There is no timeline for when the supplicant will be available, but the OpenSEA Alliance plans to make a demo available at Interop Las Vegas later this month, Oltsik said.

We’ll have a full story tomorrow, with more information on the alliance and how its supplicant will affect the channel.

May 14, 2007  7:08 AM

Channel news: Microsoft accuses open-source of 235 patent violations

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Microsoft puts a figure on open source ‘patent infringements’ Microsoft’s top lawyer says open source software violates exactly 235 entries in the firm’s vast patent portfolio. General counsel Brad Smith released the figure to Fortune as part of Microsoft’s long-running campaign to seed doubts over the legality of Linux and other open source efforts. [TheReg]

Microsoft unveils hardware for Web phone push Microsoft Corp. introduced on Sunday phones, headsets and other devices to work with its software that aim to replace the traditional office phone and deliver e-mails, instant messages and phone calls over the Internet. [Reuters]

Death of disk-drive business unfounded: Barron’s Reports of the disk-drive business’ demise have been greatly exaggerated, according to a report in Barron’s. [eWEEK]

U.S. rep. sounds IT wake-up call Tennessee Congressman Bart Gordon demands more reliable data on the effects of offshoring on the tech work force, and urges science and technology workers to acquire skills that will differentiate them from foreign competitors. [eWEEK]

SanDisk and Microsoft BFFs around software-stuffed memory Microsoft and SanDisk have inked a deal to create USB flash drives and memory cards with built-in software and user preferences to replace SanDisk’s existing U3 Cruzer line. [TheReg]

A nod to journalistic integrity is seen in an editor’s return The International Data Group removed the chief executive of its largest-circulation computer magazine, PC World, and reinstated its top editor. [NYT]

Pirate Bay plundered by hackers Bloggy data pillage. [TheReg]

May 11, 2007  6:44 AM

Channel news: AMD lays off 430; IT hiring picture dims

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AMD lays off 430 amid heavy losses It’s been a rough start to the year for Advanced Micro Devices, and now 430 former employees are looking for work. [CNET]

Report: Supply of IT pros down, though demand is up According to a new report, demand for IT employment is high, but the supply of workers is lacking, and one of the reasons listed is that “tech just ain’t cool.” [eWEEK]

Risk management: Think policy first, technology second Auditor on your tail? Gartner analysts have six hot technologies that’ll impress the inspector — but with one caveat: Have good policies in place before you buy. [] Continued »

May 10, 2007  2:38 PM

Red Hat’s vision of the desktop Linux

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SAN DIEGO – With interest in desktop Linux at a bit of an uptick in recent weeks — not least because of Dell’s announcement that it will ship laptops and desktops with Ubuntu — Red Hat shed a bit of light yesterday on the role it sees for Linux beyond the server.

Or rather, visions; the messages from Red Hat yesterday were split between short-term pushes in developing countries and a long-term vision in areas, such as North America, where personal computing is already the norm.

In developing countries, the company is working with the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project to provide cheap laptops, running an easy-to-use, Linux-based system, to children in developing nations. Meanwhile, the company announced yesterday the Red Hat Global Desktop, a slightly stripped-down version of its Enterprise Linux which Intel-based systems builders in developing nations will be able to pre-install on desktops.

In developed areas, Red Hat has little interest in competing against Microsoft head-to-head with a “Windows clone,” said Red Hat’s CEO Matthew Szulik. But the company’s chief technology officer, Brian Stevens, outlined a vision for an online desktop predicated around integrating various Web-based applications, such as and MySpace.

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May 10, 2007  9:46 AM

A sales pitch homerun

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Network consultant firm Evolve Technologies is swinging for the fences with a creative and original sales event. Teaming up with Microsoft, Global Wireless Data and Palm, the networking reseller is taking small business owners to the ballpark.

Sitting in the stands at RFK Stadium on May 17, watching the Nationals-Braves game, participants will reportedly use provided mobile networking tools to play “General Manager for a day”. Evolve’s event organizers hope that this firsthand experience will succeed in proving to their customers’ the usefulness and viability of mobile technology.

Consultants, value-added resellers and sales engineers who are struggling to drive interest in their respective technologies, and even those who aren’t, should take a page from Evolve’s book. Getting up and selling to the customer’s CFO with charts, graphs and a practiced sales pitch is all well and good. But, as Bruce Campbell will tell you in his Old Spice commercial, nothing beats experience where the customer feels the need and then sees how your technology or strategy fills that need.

~Eric Pierce

May 10, 2007  7:00 AM

Channel news: NEC pushes SAN scale; VMWare makes Vista virtual; Microsoft releases net monitor

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NEC pushes the bar on nondisruptive SAN scalability With the launch of its D-Series storage systems, NEC is challenging the incumbent players on nondisruptive SAN scalability. []

VMware’s latest virtualization software supports Vista The company adds new features to the latest version of its Workstation virtualization software, including support for multiple monitors and USB 2.0 devices. [eWEEK]

Microsoft releases beta for network monitor A beta of Microsoft’s latest network traffic monitor is available for download. Windows Vista support and improved wireless tracking are among the new features.[] Continued »

May 9, 2007  3:16 PM

Red Hat to develop cheap Linux for developing nations, U.S. market

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Red Hat announced today that it will be releasing a desktop Linux distribution, named Global Desktop that is designed for small businesses and local governments in developing nations.

The announcement was one of several it made at the Red Hat Summit conference, which started today in San Diego, including a partnership with IBM under which Red Hat Linux will run on System Z mainframes.

Red Hat also announced a partnership with Intel Corp. under which Red Hat would develop systems-management software that would allow customers to create “virtual appliances” to add security or manageability to networks with systems running Intel vPro processors — which are designed to provide security functions such as remote systems monitoring and reboot that are built into the chips on a PC rather than in software that runs on top of the OS.

The more egalitarian Global Desktop will be distributed exclusively through whitebox OEM systems builders using Intel chips. It is essentially a slightly stripped-down variant of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Desktop with most applications, such as developer tools, removed, said Scott Crenshaw, vice president of Red Hat’s enterprise Linux platform business.

The operating system would also have a shorter support life span — two years, as opposed to the seven years for RHEL Desktop. Primary support for systems sold with Global Desktop would go to the system builders, which would then be able to escalate to Intel and Red Hat as needed. Red Hat declined to say how much Global Desktop would cost to systems builders.

Global Desktop will not be available in the U.S. when it rolls out in June, but Crenshaw said it is “very likely” to be expanded later.

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