Stories by Juha Saarinen

MS stokes open source file

In one of his many memorable public performances, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer got up on stage at a conference and shouted “Developers! Developers! Developers!” for a good 10 minutes, to underscore how important programmers are for the software giant, and how well it looks after them.

Red Hat's move damages Linux

I shouldn't be grizzling about Red Hat's moves to “enterprise-ify” Linux once again, but I can't help it. A few weeks ago, I and many other users registered with the Red Hat Network (RHN) received an email explaining that that was it. No more support for the Linux distribution that's arguably the most popular in the world.

Get double the P4 cache soon -- for the same price

AUCKLAND (11/03/2003) - Customers and resellers thinking about buying new Pentium 4 CPUs may be wise to hold off until next week because new Intel Corp. CPUs will give twice the L3 cache for the same money.

Lower Hutt's Rocklyte goes GUI

I’ve been following the efforts of Paul Manias and his Rocklyte Systems software company with interest as he is beavering away at creating an alternative graphical user interface for Linux.

SCO continues to play with fire

I read Matt Cooney’s story about SCO’s plans to charge local users with interest and a great deal of vexation.

Red Hat throws itself out of the ring

At the risk of having this column renamed Red Hat Watch, I am once again compelled to write about developments at the successful open source company.

Red Hat clamps down on trademark use

New Zealand vendors of Linux distributions have received requests from Red Hat to remove from their websites all trademarks, including names and meta tags, referring to the US company.

Trust no one OS

In the IT security business, the silly season covers the entire year. That’s because the favoured marketing tool in the area is fear. Nothing sells security software and/or services as well as foreboding doom, be it from the dreaded Hacker X or some other nefarious internet entity.

OSS vents spleen at SCO

New Zealand open source advocates have attacked legal action in the US which has thrown the Linux market into confusion.

Catching the high-speed bus

Data sets in the enterprise are growing larger everyday, and the move towards 64-bit computing will exacerbate the trend. Even with today’s 32-bit computer systems, the bottleneck for data is no longer the CPU, but the interconnection points — buses — between the system components.

Dance with elephants … part II

Last year, I wrote about OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt’s hard line stance against incorporating any of Sun’s licensed code for elliptic curve cryptography into the open source OpenSSL technology, which is widely used to secure, for example, web pages on the internet.

Red Hat subs model gives pause

I’ve been using Red Hat Linux for a long time now, since version 4.2, in fact. Over the years, I’ve seen the fedora-ed distribution grow increasingly professional and polished, and always felt able to recommend it to anyone starting out with Linux for that reason.