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  • Open source router on par with Cisco, users say

    To avoid paying top dollar for Cisco routers, two IT pros tried Vyatta's Open Flexible Router. Is it a viable alternative to the proprietary norm? Find out from these two savvy users' stories. 

  • Now shipping: Red Hat-JBoss application stack

    Existing Red Hat customers can now reap the benefits of having JBoss middleware in their application stack. But IT managers who have already deployed custom open source apps will need to weigh JBoss' pros and cons before making a change. 

  • Dell downplays blades

    Execs at Dell Technology Day in New York City said that blade servers weren't a good fit for many data centers, and that traditional rackmount systems may deliver better density 

  • Open source IP case puts spotlight on patents

    A lawsuit is brewing in the open source community that has the potential to change the way users look at software patents. Tom Carey, a Boston intellectual property attorney, tells customers to be wary when considering open source software. 

  • Porting Unix apps to Linux: Tackling architecture and platform differences

    Worried about porting your Unix apps to Linux? Author Alfredo Mendoza offers tips on how to transition from 32- to 64-bit architecture and notes the crucial points in the porting process. 

  • Open source stirs up systems management market

    The systems management space has long been a boon to traditional proprietary vendors, but strong plays from open source companies are providing new opportunities even as Microsoft provides one of its own. 

  • Nagios offers open source option for network monitoring

    IT shops using HP or BMC monitoring tools might want to take Nagios for a test-drive. "Pro Nagios 2.0" author James Turnbull explains why. 

  • CTO clears air about clusters vs. virtualization, blades vs. racks and more

    Scali CTO Hakon Bugge discusses how to combine server clusters with virtualization technology and offers ways to develop a good virtualization strategy in this interview. 

  • OS middleware, Linux desktop high on HP's agenda

    According to HP's Linux leader, middleware and the desktop adoption are the next frontiers for Linux. Find out why HP wants to have a stake in the emerging Linux desktop market. 

  • Open source standard and new plug-in present problems for Microsoft Office

    ISO certification for OpenDocument Format and a new plug-in has turned up the heat on Microsoft Office. Supporters of open standards see the events as more fodder to attract MS users.