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Nationwide, a diversified insurance and financial services organization, announced it has completed deployment of a virtualization solution running SUSE Linux from Novell on IBM mainframe computers to help the company reduce the total cost of ownership of its IT environment. Running two IBM System z900 servers on Linux, Nationwide is deploying hundreds of virtual servers onto the mainframe systems to help it reduce the costs of data-center floor space, power, and Web hosting. A study in 2005 suggested the savings could be tens of millions of dollars over the next three years. Prior to the deployment, Nationwide determined that 78 percent of its distributed servers were using ten percent of the computing capacity, leaving a vast amount of its server capability untapped. Consequently, the company spent valuable resources and time maintaining costly servers that took up ... (more)

As Google Kicks Off at $85, Lindows "Postpones" Its Own IPO

In April, San Diego-based Lindows, Inc., publicity-conscious developer and vendor of Linux-based operating systems, announced that it has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the initial public offering of its common stock. Yesterday it called a halt to the IPO, although its registration statement remains on file with the SEC. Rather than withdraw it completely, Lindows "may proceed with a public offering at a later date," it said. The stock market isn't the only "fickle" element in the decision. As we reported earlier in the week, wit... (more)

SCO & Linux: "OS Agnostic" Anderer Comes In From the Cold

S2's CEO, strategic consultant Mike Andererer - author of the infamous memo of October 12, 2003 to Chris Sontag, Vice-President and GM of SCOsource, copied to SCO Group CFO Bob Bench - has emerged from the shadows to share with readers of NewsForge his thoughts on the whole episode. Here is how Perens characterized the leaked memo: The e-mail details how, surprise surprise, Microsoft has arranged virtually all of SCO's financing, hiding behind intermediaries like Baystar Capital. SCO spokesperson Blake Stowell has admitted that the email is real, but called its implications a "mi... (more)

SCO Underwhelms Australian IT/IS Management

So, in the real world of e-commerce, far away from Lindon, Utah, in places like Australia where Linux is alive and well and running—for example— the nation’s entire domain name registry, what effect has SCO Group’s recent pronouncements and posturings and shots across the bow of the Good Ship Global Enterprise had thus far? According to reports this week, the CTO of AusRegistry, Chris Wright, has been following developments closely…and has concluded that SCO’s tactics of attempting to unsettle commercial users of Linux about the legality of continuing to use it without a UnixWare... (more)

LindowsOS Gets a Worldwide Boost

LindowsOS wil henceforth come pre-installed on 5 different desktops and 3 notebooks - ranging from entry- level to performance level - manufactured by ProSource PC, according to an announcement just made by Roger Fuhrman, Linux Group Leader at ProSource PC, and Larry Kettler, VP of Sales at Lindows.com. "This partnership signals the changing landscape of the computer market," Kettler remarks. "LindowsOS is helping to bring choice into a market that has been monopolistic even at the reseller level," he adds. "Consumers can expect to see overall price points drop over the next few... (more)