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February 25, 2008 | Vol 3 Issue 4


In This Issue:

>> Is IBM Truly Committed to Open Source?
>> Software That Depicts Real-Time Events in Three Dimensions May Offer Distinct Advantages 

Feature Article - Operating Systems
Is IBM Truly Committed to Open Source?
The answer appears to be a resounding "yes."

By Barry L. Kline

Open-source software (OSS) was the purview of hackers and other "computer radicals" when I was first introduced to its wonders. Back then, forward-thinking geeks smuggled OSS into corporate America, where it was put to good use for replacing Windows file/print servers and for intranet/Internet infrastructure. Installing OSS had to be a clandestine operation, given that the pointy-hair management types were unwilling to believe that a free product could perform as well as, if not better than, the proprietary software it was destined to replace. Thus, there was little or no management buy-in (pun intended) or approval for its utilization.


Feature Article - System Administration
Software That Depicts Real-Time Events in Three Dimensions May Offer Distinct Advantages

IBM announces new 3-D technologies that promise to reduce costs and help better manage energy resources.

By Chris Smith

One of the greatest compromises humans have had to accept (other than our inability to fly) is having to watch replicated images in two dimensions (i.e., pictures, movies, and TV).


For some reason, which may date back to the Spanish Inquisition and threats of expressing our deeper beliefs, we have told ourselves that two-dimensional images are just fine and, if we could just see them in color, or just see them a little sharper, then we would feel quite happy-perhaps even blessed.


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