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Posted May 12, 2005

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» In an interesting turn of events, Dell Computer founder Michael Dell, invested $99.5 million in Linux vendor Red Hat through his investment group, MSD Capital. The company, along with 100 investors, purchased $600 million Red Hat debentures in January 2005, according to regulatory filings made with the SEC. MSD's purchase was the largest in the group and could potentially be converted in 3.9 million shares of Red Hat common stock.

Will this lead to Dell Computer playing favorites among the distros, and how much of an impact will favoritism from this Top-5 vendor have on the Linux market as a whole? Could Dell Computer be shopping around for an operating system with the goal of making the leap to systems vendor? We'll be watching this one closely over the long haul.

» In a tangent on the SCO saga, it's been a rough week for Groklaw's Pamela Jones. As if threats from Darl McBride weren't enough, rogue journalist Maureen O'Gara decided to do some investigative reporting and answer the question once and for all: Who is the real PJ? Linux Today has a concise wrap-up and spot-on editorial.

» Speaking of SCO, Sun announced plans to buy SCO. The company formerly known as SCO, that is. Tarantella is the last remaining part of the company once known as the Santa Cruz Operation. Sun, which picked up the company for $25 million in cash and stock options, plans to use the technology for its thin client and mobile strategy by building a bridge to legacy content. The analysts are still weighing in on the savviness of the move.

» Sun also began singing to the tune of open source Java with an ear to the Apache project's Harmony. In a sharp reversal on its firm stance to keep Java code under tight wraps, Sun last Friday told the Apache Software Foundation it could sponsor a rebuild of the Java 2, Standard Edition (J2SE) runtime platform from the ground up. The full-scale implementation based on v5.0 will be regulated under the open source Apache License 2.0. It will include a community-developed modular runtime and an interoperability test suite.

» For more on Sun, check out the latest ServerWatch Server Vendor Snapshot, which looks at the systems vendor through a wide-angle lens.

» Novell grew its Linux security portfolio this week with the purchase of security vendor Immunix. Immunix is known for its Linux Security Modules (LSM) framework, which is a key part of how the Linux kernel 2.6 implements security policies. LSM is used by loadable kernel modules and provides security hooks that control operations of various kernel objects.

Novell then unveiled AppArmor, a new product based on Immunix technology. AppArmor complements Novell's Security Manager, a product the company announced in February. It provides a policy-based approach for application behavior enforcement and is intended to protect against malicious activities.

» The executive shuffle continues at Novell. Go-to guy in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region Richard Seibt announced his resignation Monday. Seibt, EMEA president since February 2004, came on-board after Novell announced its intent to acquire Germany-based SUSE Linux. Taking his place is Ron Hovsepian, who last week was named Novell's president of worldwide field operations.

» It's official. The release of the next version of Debian is imminent. Debian/Sarge is frozen. Only critical bugs are being fixed from this point on, and they will be approved manually and rolled in via the unstable version, where possible.

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