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  • Linux sends NASA rovers to Mars, among other things

    When the Mars rovers blasted into space nearly two years ago on a multimillion-mile voyage to the Red Planet, Linux was there to help them get off the ground. 

  • Geeks weigh in on the best movies of 2005

    From the historic dawn of Darth Vader to a much-hyped movie that ultimately spelled box-office Doom, IT geeks say 2005 was a mixed bag when it came to the types of far-out films they like best. 

  • Gifts for geeks: What to get the geek on your list

    It's nice to have people on your list who are fully satisfied with the latest Seinfeld DVD set or the complete Calvin and Hobbes. For those less easy to please -- and I'm talking about geeks, of course -- here are some tips gathered from my personal ... 

  • IBM elevates Novell and Red Hat to highest tier partner status

    IBM further showcased its longstanding commitment to Linux today when it announced that key commercial Linux vendors Novell and Red Hat had been promoted to its highest partner level. 

  • Sun's server gambit for Solaris

    Sun Microsystems unveiled two new servers touting high performance, low power and low prices. Experts debate whether the move will bring new customers into the Solaris fold and turn around Sun's Unix fortunes. 

  • Open source enters BPM market

    Business process management (BPM) vendor Intalio has taken its product suite into open source waters with the purchase of FiveSight. 

  • Geek humor: Dating design patterns

    What if everything you knew about design patterns, or elements of reusable object-oriented software, was a lie? 

  • Covalent tosses Salesforce for SugarCRM

    Covalent had been a customer since the beginning. But when license fees got out of control, the company's founder and COO looked to open source for a solution. 

  • IDC: Server revenues up, shipments slowing down

    IDC's server tracking report said virtualization strategies are affecting volume server sales. IT pros are purchasing more robust hardware to handle more complex workloads. 

  • Vendors ranked on license flexibility, simplicity

    A recent Forrester report has ranked several of the top vendors by how flexible and how simple their licensing policies are.