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Corel fails to capitalize On Linux mania

Author: JT Smith

From a Boston Globe story: Riding on the penguin’s coattails is a tricky thing. Just ask Corel Corp. Last year, Corel placed a large bet by selling Linux versions of its software, including its marquee WordPerfect Office programs. It hasn’t paid off, at least not yet. The Ottowa software company’s finances are dismal.

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  • Linux

Update: Microsoft denies Linux report

Author: JT Smith

This Boston Globe story updates the denial by Microsoft that it was porting some applications to Linux.

Review: Visual SlickEdit in Linux

Author: JT Smith

Unix Review
asks
: “Do we really need another editor?” My skepticism subsided as I began using Visual SlickEdit 5.0. I found it to be a high-quality product, specifically tailored for programming. It allows you to work more efficiently and productively, and is worth installing.

Opinion: Memo to Gnome and KDE, both of you shut up

Author: JT Smith

Byron Sonne wants both Gnome and KDE to shut up. His opinion is on OSopinion. Check out another column at LinuxPlanet.

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  • Linux

VA Linux beats earnings expectations

Author: JT Smith

From a CNet story: VA Linux Systems surpassed analyst expectations today, reporting revenue of $50.7 million and a loss of 10 cents a share, a nickel better than analysts predicted. Analysts generally expected revenue between $42.7 million and $44.5 million, and those surveyed by First Call/Thomson Financial expected a loss of 15 cents a share. In the same quarter a year ago, VA had a net loss of 34 cents a share on revenue of $7.8 million. More at BusinessWire and from Reuters. The company’s CEO appeared on RadioWallStreet Wednesday. (Full disclosure: VA Linux owns NewsForge.)

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  • Open Source

Compaq to build Energy Department supercomputer

Author: JT Smith

The Energy Department has awarded Compaq Computer Corp. a $200 million contract to build the largest supercomputer in the world — a system with enough disk space to store 20 times the number of books at the Library of Congress, according to a story at Federal Computer Week.

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  • Linux

Clinton approves NTT-Verio deal

Author: JT Smith

The White House announced Wednesday that President Clinton will allow Japan’s Nippon Telegraph & Telephone to purchase the U.S. Web hosting company Verio, which had undergone an unusual high-level review due to espionage concerns, according to a story by the Industry Standard. The proposed $5.5 billion deal came under the scrutiny of a federal government national security panel due to concerns about potential spying because NTT, which is majority owned by the Japanese government, could have access to U.S. wiretapping activities.

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  • Linux

U.S. to release review of Internet wiretap

Author: JT Smith

U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno said Wednesday that details for a planned review of the FBI computer program designed to capture e-mail messages for criminal investigations will be released Thursday, according to a Reuters story. The Justice Department will post a statement on its Web site at 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday detailing the work and its expectations for the wiretap review, Reno said.

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  • Linux

OldNovellGuys(tm) stand up for themeselves

Author: JT Smith

The old-time users of Novell are fed up with all this talk of Linux, TCP/IP, CISCO routers and switches, etc., and they have decided to stick up for themselves, according to this story at the parody site segfault.

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  • Management

Adult entertainment industry looks to file-sharing

Author: JT Smith

Porn sites are generally supporting file-sharing services such as Freenet, according to an IDG story. “It could be a major benefit for us,” says David Schlesinger, VP for Internet marketing at Vivid Video, a leading maker of pornographic videos. “If surfers find a snippet from a movie, it might entice them into buying the whole tape. We can actually turn these shared files into mini-infomercials.”