Why Is Greene Gone?
we talked about Diane Greene's departure as the head of VMware. I suspected
intrigue and it seems I was correct. Our
is now showing a rift between the independent-minded Greene and
EMC execs, who actually own the company.
We don't have all the details, but a sticking point appears to be just how
separate VMware should be from the EMC mother ship. Greene seemed to want total
freedom, while EMC was looking for a bit more oversight.
It will be interesting to what changes happen now. Will there be more integration
between EMC storage and VMware? Will the branding change at all? And if EMC
takes more control, will it damage the relationship with Microsoft?
If you have any answers, or just more questions, send 'em to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Xen and Gone?
A random blogger recently made a rather stunning
prediction: That Xen is as good as dead. His logic? Citrix, which bought
Xen, is so wedded to Microsoft that it will kill Xen in favor of Hyper-V.
I interviewed Citrix chief Mark Templeton for the premiere issue of Virtualization
Review magazine (you can check out the article here).
The interview came just as Microsoft and Citrix were announcing a multiyear
cooperation agreement over virtualization. The deal calls for both companies
to support each others' hypervisors, Hyper-V and Xen, and work on interoperability.
I asked Templeton how can he support Microsoft's Hyper-V and still give his
full weight to Xen. It's a delicate balancing act, but Templeton explained that
he would leave it up to customers. He also made it clear that he wouldn't be
at all shy about pushing Hyper-V.
That is the kind of talk that got Brian Madden, the blogger, speculating that
Xen was ultimately dead.
Virtualization Review Editor Keith Ward took on the issue in his
My take? Citrix and Microsoft have had complementary and competitive products
in the thin client space for years. And Xen, more than anything, is an open
source tool that helps Citrix build relationships with the likes of Sun, IBM
and Novell. I don't think it's going anywhere.
Windows, Take 7
If you're a news junkie, you probably know all about the memo
from Microsoft VP Bill Veghte. But news reports don't have the good, old Barney
attitude and analysis. The memo was a lesson in both candor and obfuscation.
Here's what I picked up:
Bill says Vista is basically awesome, and that we should all move to it as
quickly as possible. He also says that some customers may experience
compatibility problems. "Some" and "may"? This is the very
definition of understatement. The memo skips over Blue Screens and doggish performance.
He does concede that there may be apps you need that won't run on Vista, and
here customers can downgrade to XP. Here's the rub: If you buy a new computer
and want to use XP, you have to buy the more expensive versions of Vista --
either Vista Business or Vista Ultimate. Lower-income families and companies
are stuck with Blue Screens and doggish performance. On the corporate side,
if you have a volume agreement, you have the privilege of sticking with XP.
Then Bill gives some advice on moving to Vista (taking upgrade advice from
Microsoft is like getting liposuction advice from a plastic surgeon: the answer
is always yes). He argues that with service pack 1 and more drivers and app
upgrades, the time is right to move to Vista.
Bill then gives a glimpse of Windows 7. Actually, he says two things about
it that are actually interesting. First, he says Microsoft plans to ship Windows
7 in about a year-and-a-half. Given that it's not in wide testing, I'm more
skeptical than a Zimbabwean voter.
Second -- and this is the first such official proclamation -- Veghte stated
that Windows 7 is based on Vista. For those avoiding Vista and waiting for Windows
7, this means you're simply avoiding Vista to wait for the next version of Vista.
It's also the case that Microsoft is betting its OS future on a good, old-fashioned
Is that your future? Let us all know by writing to me at email@example.com.
Mailbag: Lost in Licensing, Leave Yahoo Alone!, More
Confused about Microsoft
licensing? You're not alone. Robert is, too -- and he thinks that's all
part of the plan:
I agree with your conclusion: Microsoft's volume licensing is complex
and made so intentionally. While I've attended several MS workshops on licensing,
in the end I find myself asking the Microsoft salesperson what I should purchase
after explaining my needs. The move to sell the software disks separate from
the license has always elicited a raised eyebrow from my clients and invariably
generates an ambience of distrust of the corporation's marketing division.
My target community has always been the non-profit sector. While discounts
are available to this market, that does not change the situation.
Count Hans as one of those who think Microsoft would be better off trying to
improve itself than
buying up Yahoo:
I think Ballmer should be more concerned about his company (Microsoft)
producing bug-free, high-quality products rather than trying to bully his
way into another company. In my opinion, Ballmer, Icahn, et al should pursue
other ventures such as may be currently on the drawing board at MS.
Readers chime in on Internet
Explorer security, and why it is the way it is:
Until IE is severed from the OS, it will never be more than a convenient
gateway for malicious coders into the core OS.
There's a good reason why IE was built into the operating system: help
files, which are fundamentally hypertext. Before HTML became popular, help
files (.HLP) were often produced using a set of Word macros (or you needed
some other way to make some weird markup in an .RTF file). A .HLP file was
hard to produce and check, so a lot of applications shipped without online
When HTML became popular, it became much easier to make hypertext files,
and MS suddenly found lots of people using and making them. When it introduced
the newer compiled HTML help files (CHM), the developers could use their choice
of HTML editor and have all the links checked, eliminating many problems with
the old .HLP files. Third-party developers could reasonably make online help
-- even if they rarely do. But in order to use HTML as your online help format,
you need to make sure there's an HTML reader, and that it works as expected.
So you almost need to embed some sort of HTML reader into the OS.
And finally, at least two of you weren't offended by that Nick
I will keep this short and simple. I understand political correctness;
don't offend people. But where do you draw the line? Did anyone die as a result
of your joke? No. I laughed and enjoyed it. Tell an apple what it is: an apple.
I agree with you 100 percent. Chris needs to learn that the truth may
be painful, especially if you are a fan of crap TV and bullsh*t celebrities.
They are scum.
Tell us what you think! Leave a comment below or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.