Operating Systems

HP leapfrogs Red Hat to become top contributor to OpenStack

OpenStack has a new top contributor: HP.

By Brandon Butler | 20 September, 2014 02:44

Tags: HP, public cloud, internet, cloud computing, Red Hat, OpenStack

Red Hat acquires FeedHenry to get mobile app chops

Red Hat wants a piece of the enterprise mobile app market, so it has acquired Irish company FeedHenry for approximately €63.5 million (US$82 million).

By Mikael Ricknäs | 19 September, 2014 01:08

Tags: business issues, middleware, software, Red Hat, Mergers and acquisitions

Microsoft heads back to the desktop

Microsoft has flopped on smartphones and tablets. At the same time, its Windows 8.x has continued to be such an abject failure, with a mere 13.4% share of the PC market, that it's trailing even legendary fiasco Vista in market acceptance.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 18 September, 2014 21:07

Tags: Windows 8, Windows PCs, Microsoft, bing, Windows, software, operating systems, Windows 9

The kill switch is here: iOS 8 enables it by default

With the release of its new mobile operating system, Apple has become the first smartphone maker to enable by default a kill switch that can lock and secure a stolen phone.

By Martyn Williams | 18 September, 2014 07:55

Tags: Criminal, Apple, consumer electronics, legal, iPhone, smartphones, software, operating systems

How IT should prep for iOS 8

Although Apple has incrementally improved business and enterprise functions with every iOS release, three releases were particularly significant for business users and the IT professionals that support them: iOS 2 (called iPhone OS 2 at the time), which introduced support for Exchange ActiveSync and configuration profiles; iOS 4, which introduced Apple's mobile management and app encryption APIs and helped launch the MDM/EMM industry; and last year's iOS 7, which ratcheted up enterprise security and management capabilities.

By Ryan Faas | 17 September, 2014 22:58

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, software, operating systems, Apple iOS

Micro Focus buying Novell, Suse Linux owner for $US1.2 billion

In a move that will collect a lot of infrastructure software under one roof, mainframe software provider Micro Focus has started proceedings to merge with Attachmate Group, owners of Novell and Suse Linux, for about $US1.2 billion.

By Joab Jackson | 17 September, 2014 01:28

Tags: business issues, attachmate, micro focus, Mergers and acquisitions

Apple issues third OS X Yosemite public beta

Apple yesterday released the third public beta of OS X Yosemite, shipping the preview a few days earlier than expected.

By Gregg Keizer | 17 September, 2014 00:27

Tags: Apple, computerworld, software, operating systems

Microsoft sets Windows 9 reveal for September 30

Microsoft has issued invitations for a September 30 event where it will unveil the next version of Windows, according to multiple online reports.

By Gregg Keizer | 16 September, 2014 23:05

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Mojang Unchained: Why Microsoft wants Minecraft maker

Microsoft today announced it would pay $2.5 billion for Mojang, the developer of the very popular Minecraft game, a move that some analysts saw as a purchase of the massive community that's evolved around the game as much as an acquisition of the game itself.

By Gregg Keizer | 16 September, 2014 06:17

Tags: business issues, Microsoft Windows, Mojang, Microsoft, Mergers and acquisitions

Samsung's first open-source conference kicks off, with Tizen on its mind

The inaugural Samsung Open-Source Conference opens Tuesday morning in Seoul, with keynotes from well-known figures in the open source world and a hackathon focused on Tizen, the company's in-house mobile operating system.

By Jon Gold | 16 September, 2014 06:01

Tags: samsung, open source, Google, Networking, Samsung Electronics, wireless, software, mobile, ubuntu

Former Red Hat CTO now head of Google Cloud

Brian Stevens, the former chief technology officer for Red Hat, is now managing Google Cloud.

By Joab Jackson | 12 September, 2014 03:49

Tags: business issues, personnel, Google, internet, cloud computing, Red Hat, Infrastructure services

Red Hat Satellite orbits the Amazon cloud

Red Hat Satellite, the software for managing fleets of servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux, can now also manage copies of RHEL that run in the cloud as well.

By Joab Jackson | 11 September, 2014 02:32

Tags: software, Red Hat, system management

Are Microsoft's 'Chromebook killers' better for the enterprise?

A wave of inexpensive Windows laptops meant to compete with the Google Chromebook is coming, but analysts say enterprises should carefully consider their requirements before choosing a low-cost device from either company.

By Adam Bender | 09 September, 2014 09:32

Tags: Windows, HP Stream, business, enterprise, cheap, inexpensive, cost reduction, Google, low-priced, Chrome OS, Cloud, Microsoft, chromebook

Microsoft plans critical IE update next week

Microsoft has announced it will issue just four security updates to customers next week, with the usual patches for Internet Explorer (IE) as well as others for Windows, the .Net Framework and Lync, the company's communications server software.

By Gregg Keizer | 05 September, 2014 05:20

Tags: patches, applications, Microsoft Windows, security, Microsoft, browsers, software

Container party: VMware, Microsoft, Cisco and Red Hat all get in on app hoopla

When a sports team makes the finals a sense of excitement builds in their home city and people who didn't follow the team all season long come out of the woodwork to jump on the bandwagon and cheer on their local squad.

By Brandon Butler | 04 September, 2014 06:30

Tags: Microsoft, cisco, internet, cloud computing, Red Hat, VMware

IE users in no rush to discard old versions after Microsoft's support-stoppage mandate

Users of Internet Explorer (IE) were in no hurry last month to discard older versions, even after Microsoft told them that their browsers will drop off the support list in early 2016.

By Gregg Keizer | 03 September, 2014 23:38

Tags: net applications, Windows Apps, Microsoft, beca, software

Microsoft China uses 'Windows 9' as official name of next edition

Microsoft's China division today briefly touted "Windows 9" in a post to the Weibo micro-blogging service, bolstering the speculation that the company will stick to a numerical name for its next OS.

By Gregg Keizer | 03 September, 2014 07:39

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Windows 9

Linux kernel developer arrested in Russia

A prominent Linux kernel developer has been jailed by Russian authorities after protesting publicly in Moscow's Manezh Square against the conflict in Ukraine.

By Jon Gold | 03 September, 2014 06:22

Tags: Parallels, Linux, Shell, Microsoft, twitter, software, operating systems

Apple's OS X Yosemite gets big start thanks to public beta

Apple's not-yet-shipped OS X Yosemite has gotten a jump on grabbing users, thanks to the company's free beta program, data released Monday showed.

By Gregg Keizer | 03 September, 2014 02:50

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, software, operating systems, apple mac

China orders Microsoft to explain Windows, Office practices within 20 days

Chinese antitrust regulators today ordered Microsoft to explain compatibility and bundling issues with its software and gave the U.S. company 20 days to comply.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 September, 2014 02:20

Tags: antitrust, Windows Apps, Microsoft, legal, wall street journal

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