Redmond retirement ratchet spells doom for Win2k
Windows 2000 has been given nine months to live, as far as OEMs are concerned, and Microsoft is pressuring the PC companies to stop offering dual install Win2k/WinXP systems immediately. Microsoft operating systems magically become more expensive and difficult to obtain as soon as there's a new rev out, but so long as the previous version is still available on new PCs via OEMs, business customers have a relatively simple way to stick with their current OS, rather than having to do an expensive rollout of the replacement.
First legal Linux program runs on Xbox
The first Linux program to run legally on Xbox has been released, says the Xbox Linux Project. It is not clear to us what the program, which was created without the Xbox SDK, actually does, and just maybe all it does is put Tux on the Xbox screen, but still, it's progress.
Worm blocks access to The Register
Having trouble accessing The Register lately? It may not be your crap porn filter, or the ebone shutdown spilling over into DNS error reports at several ISPs. You may need deworming.
EU calls for open source e-government
A report published by the European Commission is encouraging EU governments to share open source software resources as a way to cut down on e-government costs.
UKBetting buys Sports.com's gamblers
UKBetting has swooped on the gambling operations of stricken sports site, Sports.com. It's paying £670K - £100K in cash and the rest in assumed debt ( of 'no more' than £570K) - for SCG Enterprises, the bookmaking arm of Sports.com.
Tiscali lobs LLU brickbats at EU
European Union reforms designed to extend the availability of ADSL and consumer choice through Local Loop Unbundling are failing.
Cracking MS SQL Server passwords
The inner workings of the undocumented pwdencrypt() hash function in Microsoft SQL Server have been revealed in a paper by security researcher David Litchfield of Next Generation Security Software (NGSS).
Bloodbath in W.Europe PC market
PC sales in Europe's seven biggest economies slumped maybe as much as 10 per cent in the first half of the year, according to market research firm Context. And it ain't going to get any better in the second half, with "the cost associated with Microsoft's new licensing system is diverting funds away from hardware purchases".
Dancing at the Microsoft Palladium
LettersRe: MS to micro-manage your computer MS DRM OS, retagged 'secure OS' to ship with Longhorn? Why Intel loves Palladium More on AMD and Palladium MS Palladium protects IT vendors, not you - paper European antitrust chief concerned over MS Palladium Palladium tech up for discussion, says MS security chief
EC disposal rules whack small PC builders
In coming months, the member countries of the EU will enact waste disposal laws conforming with the European Commission's Waste from Electrical and Electronic (WEEE) directive.
Palm ‘mulled Linux’ for next-gen OS
ExclusivePalm Inc was considering Linux as the foundation of the next-generation PalmOS as recently as last spring, sources tell us. Palm eventually acquired Be Inc's development team last August, but internal discussions on the viability of a Linux-based handheld OS were taking place up to fifteen months ago. These were squashed by the lawyers, who concluded that Palm couldn't reconcile the GPL with the in-house view of intellectual property.
Bugs delay flagship MS phone
The Sendo Z100 has been delayed again, with a spokesperson for Sendo citing integration issues as the cause. The Z100 was originally slated to ship last autumn [Feb 01 prediction], then delayed to first quarter of this year [Nov 01 prediction] - which we said here might be a touch optimistic - was subsequently delayed to June [March 02 prediction]. The latest prediction sees it coming in during "September/October", a spokesperson told us today, although industry sources have been briefed that it's most definitely now a Q4 product.
Show us the bugs – users want full disclosure
End-users overwhelmingly support the full disclosure of security vulnerabilities, according to a recent survey by analysts Hurwitz Group, which demonstrates widespread frustration about vendor responsiveness to security issues.
MS ‘retires’ corporate Windows Update in favour of SUS
According to the date on the relevant pages, Microsoft started talking about SUS (Software Update Services) on 20th June, but it's only today we've had the press release from the UK arm. Granted, it might have been announced somewhere else during the past couple of weeks, but it doesn't seem to have made it to the main press release pile at microsoft.com. Which is a pity, because it says here "Formerly known as Corporate Windows Update or Federated Windows Update, SUS is a security patch management tool targeted at small to medium sized enterprises..."