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Stu101 (1031686) writes "It's seems that Novell, limbering along as they are, have been approached by a less than reputable VC firm with an offer to buy the company for just shy of $6 a share. It could mean a bidding war for the second biggest Linux distro. What if Microsoft went for it ? We would lose a lot ot forward moving development on the Linux platform potentially. Also there is the question of the Unix IP rights rearing its head.
Novell has acknowledged the offer and has even emailed it's customers letting them know they are looking at it! Interesting times ahead." Link to Original Source top
Stu101 (1031686) writes "I work for a medium sized organisation that has approximately 20 large sparc boxes (Running Solaris 7,8 and 9)
We have been asked to Migrate them. That's all fine and well but there are only 1 solaris admin, and 2 linux geeks that make up our team. We already have way way too much to do. The major issue with migrating is also that we run Oracle in very specific configs, with little documentation and just don't have the time to migrate and test each one to the level required.
The original plan was to migrate to Oracle Enterprise Linux on HP (by rebuilding each machine), but with Solaris now getting what is in effect a second chance, the way I see it, Staying with Oracle will make our lives much easier.
To add to the complication, we want to virtualise a lot of these machines
The only problems I foresee (and this is where the questions come) is:
* If we try and keep sparc, we cannot as far as I am aware run multiple versions of Solaris in Zones. Is this true?
* We would like to move to commodity X86/64 hardware but again, after some researching we cannot find a way to migrate from Solaris on Sparc to Solaris on HP without rebuilding the entire machine and exporting the databases. There seems to be no way to run sparc on HP x86 without a lot of work.
Has anyone been in the same situation before, and if so, how did you deal with it ?" top
Stu101 (1031686) writes "I, like many of your readers enjoy the Blog of Helios However this last blog post shows how desperate the Windows people are getting. Getting violent and trying to start a fight because open source is stealing their jobs (alledgedly). I find it terrible. However, it wasn't the (non violent) linux geek lying on the floor in the end." top
Stu101 (1031686) writes "I'm lost as to where to go. I am no programmer or business expert. I have some exceptional ideas for a business that derives a lot of social benefit and is money saving to those using it too. However I am no coder, and money, pffft, you have to be joking. However, I recently used the theory of one of my ideas (manually) to save the company I work for over $12,000 a year, increasing every year, for about 2 hours work. This is the kind of return that can be gained, and that's just one company (they gave me a lousy $50)
The really stupid thing is that these ideas have the possibility to be big. The startup costs could never be defined as big either, maybe $5,000 tops. They have the possibility to make me not necessarily rich, but enough so I can quit this hellhole of a day job. Also there is no one, but no one in this market yet, which is a rarity. (If there is, my half day of searching was flawed) as well as having significant barriers to entry if not first into the market.
Where does one go to find people who are willing to help build a company and provide input and support into it. I know there are V.C. companies but these ideas are, at present, just that, an idea. How does one turn an idea into a money making, earth saving website ?
Are there any "ethical" VCs out there? For example, if it worked I would want to donate 25% of the profits to charity. Money is not the over riding concern to me, whereas to a VC it is the beginning and the end. To them I would just be an idea to use and sell on." top
Stu101 (1031686) writes "Hi !
Ok, its probabily been covered elsewhere but its kinda unique because my boss who is an uber MS fanboy went to a Novell sponsored day out. He has come back shouting out loud Linux is the saviour etc;)
I am quite excited about this. Its the first time ever our company has even considered even a limited deployment, moving to anything except MS platforms. However I don't really want to implement it because although graphically it is one of the best examples of a well put together KDE system, I don't want to implement anything that is PRO MS if I can help it. I don't know a lot of linux but I believe in free software as in no MS kill switches etc.
So how do I persuade him to move to the likes of Kubuntu when he is so pro ms (We are at present a Novell/MS shop almost exclusively) running at present 100 MS XP licenses/W2K3 MULPS and 20 odd w2k3 servers) I really want to move at least test Linux in our environment but since the "M$ assrape" I am not so keen on Novell. To add insult to injury most of our users only use office apps and internet explorer. The financial savings would pay for another IT guy.
Any ideas gratefully received"