Mega Patch Tuesday
Last month, you could've slept through Patch Tuesday, there was so
. But now that you're all rested, you can handle tomorrow's
Patch Tuesday with its eight
, six of them critical.
Once again, remote code execution (RCE) is the theme of the day, as all patches
address this stubborn bugaboo. If you have Windows XP, Vista, Windows 2000 or
Windows Server 2003 or 2008, get your spackle ready -- cuz it's time to patch!
IBM Not Done with Microsoft Yet
IBM once owned the PC business. It, along with Philip "Don" Estridge,
created the IBM PC and in the process made DOS the dominant OS. It tried to
maintain dominance with OS/2, but Microsoft lost interest (as it lost control)
and went with Windows instead. The rest is antitrust history.
IBM would like nothing better than to reassert itself on the desk. Its answer?
A set of open source productivity apps all delivered through virtual
Linux servers. IBM has made headway with a similar approach in Europe and
many internal Big Blue users are on open source clients.
Are you ready for a fully open desktop environment? Answers should be sent
in an open and honest manner to email@example.com.
But Microsoft Says Commercial Software
week, we discussed whether open source can support one of the tenets of
capitalism: profit. One guru, Stuart Cohen, argued that the only way to make
money on open source is to sell support -- but the software is so darn good,
it doesn't need much support.
Meanwhile, IBM is arguing that its new open source desktop is just the ticket
for this bad economy. Imagine my surprise when Microsoft publicized that one
of its customers claims open source is the one that chews up precious support
dollars. That's why Speedy Hire (the U.K. equivalent of Rent-a-Center), dumped
open source and paid for Office, SQL Server and Dynamics AX instead. The
company claims the move will save about a million-and-half dollars over the
The rationale is pretty compelling. Open source may be cheap, but the little
things -- different UI elements and incompatibilities -- are what rack up so
many help desk dollars. Make sense? If so (or if not), please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mailbag: All Eyes on Windows 7
As the beta for Windows 7 approaches,
one reader looks forward to trying it out, while another wonders about its multi-core
I'm hoping Windows 7 will be better than Vista and will work with much
less RAM. I'm hoping to be able to get a copy of the beta version of Windows
7 to run on one of my test machines I have at the house.
I'm a contractor working for the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps building
systems to send to troops around the world. We have access to an MSDN subscription
and I've already gotten calls about getting the beta version of Win 7 when
it comes out to test for possible deployment later on. Time will tell.
With all the talk lately about Windows 7, the one piece I don't recall
seeing anything about is (better) support for multiple CPU cores. Do you have
any information about this? My understanding is that even Vista, developed
during the launch of multi-core CPUs, didn't have great support (outside of
the server, anyway). Any information about how Windows 7 fares?
What do you think? Leave a comment below or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.