Operating Systems - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/2086 en Psych! Microsoft didn't really open-source MS-DOS http://www.infoworld.com/t/open-source-software/psych-microsoft-didnt-really-open-source-ms-dos-239111?source=rss_operating_systems <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Open_Source_hp.jpg" alt="Psych! Microsoft didn't really open-source MS-DOS" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>Geeks of a certain age howled with delight at yesterday's news: At long last, out of the blue, Microsoft open-sourced its first significant product, MS-DOS! Cue up your Duran Duran vinyl and party!</p> Open Source Software Operating Systems Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239111 at http://www.infoworld.com Oracle broadens legal fight against third-party Solaris support providers http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/oracle-broadens-legal-fight-against-third-party-solaris-support-providers-235160?source=rss_operating_systems <p>Oracle is continuing its legal battle against third-party software support providers it alleges are performing such services in a manner that violates its intellectual property.</p> <p>Last week, Oracle sued StratisCom, a Georgia company that offers customers support for Oracle's Solaris OS, claiming it had "misappropriated and distributed copyright, proprietary software code, along with the log-in credentials necessary to download this code from Oracle's password-protected websites."</p> The Industry Standard Oracle Intellectual Property Operating Systems Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:24:06 +0000 admin 235160 at http://www.infoworld.com Technology of the Year 2014: The best hardware, software, and cloud services http://www.infoworld.com/t/data-center/technology-of-the-year-2014-the-best-hardware-software-and-cloud-services-234193?source=rss_operating_systems <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 192px; height: 145px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/toy-2014-hp.jpg" alt="Technology of the Year 2014: The best hardware, software, and cloud services" width="192" height="145" align="right" /></div><p>A bumper sticker philosopher once said, "The best things in life aren't things." We can't be sure the deep thinker had cloud computing in mind, but the same thought occurred to us as we drew up <a href="http://www.info</p> Application Development Big Data Business Intelligence Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Data Management Microsoft Windows Mobile Technology Networking Open Source Software Security Storage Virtualization Application Development Open Source Software Business Intelligence Cloud Computing Data Center Data Management Mobile Technology Networking Operating Systems Security Storage Virtualization Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 234193 at http://www.infoworld.com Xen Mirage: The less-is-more cloud OS http://www.infoworld.com/t/operating-systems/xen-mirage-the-less-more-cloud-os-233823?source=rss_operating_systems <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Cloud_Performance_hp.jpg" alt="Xen Mirage: The less-is-more cloud OS" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>The less, the better. That's the philosophy underscoring Mirage, a new operating system created by the Xen Project, the same folks who gave us the Linux Xen hypervisor.</p> Cloud Computing Open Source Software Cloud Computing Operating Systems Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 233823 at http://www.infoworld.com Midori and M#: Microsoft's open source bridge to better security? http://www.infoworld.com/t/operating-systems/midori-and-m-microsofts-open-source-bridge-better-security-233406?source=rss_operating_systems <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/microsoft_road.jpg" alt="Midori and M#: Microsoft's open source bridge to better security?" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Application Development Microsoft Windows Open Source Software Microsoft Development Environments Microsoft Windows Open Source Software Operating Systems Fri, 03 Jan 2014 18:09:32 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 233406 at http://www.infoworld.com Massively upgraded FreeBSD 10 to be released next week http://www.infoworld.com/t/operating-systems/massively-upgraded-freebsd-10-be-released-next-week-233347?source=rss_operating_systems <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Open_Source_hp.jpg" alt="Massively upgraded FreeBSD 10 to be released next week" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>The last release candidate build of the latest major revision of FreeBSD, <a href="http://www.freebsd.org/releases/10.0R/schedule.html" target="_blank">version 10.0</a>, is out, with a final release date for the OS set for Jan. Open Source Software Open Source Software Operating Systems Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 233347 at http://www.infoworld.com Samsung's takes baby steps in touting Tizen OS to developers http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/samsungs-takes-baby-steps-in-touting-tizen-os-developers-229816?source=rss_operating_systems <p>The open source <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9242721/Tizen_mobile_OS_could_reach_printers_cameras_smart_TVs" target="_blank">Tizen mobile operating system</a> is one of the most visible examples that Samsung isn't completely dependent on the Android mobile OS.</p> Mobile Technology Open Source Software Samsung Mobile Development Open Source Software Operating Systems Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:05:49 +0000 admin 229816 at http://www.infoworld.com Firefox OS 1.1 needs more of a boost to soar http://www.infoworld.com/t/mobile-technology/firefox-os-11-needs-more-of-boost-soar-228474?source=rss_operating_systems <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/firefox_question_hp.jpg" alt="Firefox OS 1.1 needs more of a boost to soar" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>The Mozilla Foundation's HTML5-powered mobile platform, Firefox OS, just got a 1.1. HTML5 Mobile Technology Firefox Mozilla Smartphones Mobile Technology Operating Systems Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:36:32 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 228474 at http://www.infoworld.com HP to end support for OpenVMS http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source-software/hp-end-support-openvms-220579?source=rss_operating_systems <p>Hewlett-Packard looks to end support for OpenVMS, a system long valued for its reliability and break-through features, in 2020.</p> <p>There's an entire generation of people who were born, graduated college and are well into their IT careers, who may <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9030242/As_OpenVMS_nears_30_users_dredge_up_videos_from_DEC_s_heyday_" target="_blank">have no idea that this OS</a>, introduced in October 1977 by Digital Equipment Corp., even exists. That alone puts a limit on the operating system's life expectancy.</p> Open Source Software Operating Systems Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:47:05 +0000 admin 220579 at http://www.infoworld.com Despite Schmidt comments, merger of Chrome OS, Android still possible, analyst says http://www.infoworld.com/t/android/despite-schmidt-comments-merger-of-chrome-os-android-still-possible-analyst-says-215008?source=rss_operating_systems <p>Although Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said this week that <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9237781/Schmidt_Chrome_OS_and_Android_will_remain_separate_operating_systems" target="_blank">Chrome OS and Android will remain separate operating systems</a> "for a very, very long time," one analyst still thinks the two will eventually merge.</p> <p>Despite Schmidt's comments, Patrick Moorhead, analyst at Moor Insights &amp; Strategy, said he believes "Google has a long-term integration plan between Chrome and Android."</p> Google Chrome Android Operating Systems Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:05:28 +0000 admin 215008 at http://www.infoworld.com Four new mobile OSes -- caught on tape! http://www.infoworld.com/t/smartphones/four-new-mobile-oses-caught-tape-213683?source=rss_operating_systems <p>Tired of the same old iPhone-vs.-Android mobile wars, with Windows Phone and BlackBerry skirmishing on the sidelines? Then Mobile World Congress, starring new combatants Firefox OS, Ubuntu Touch, Tizen, and Sailfish, was the show for you.</p> Mobile Technology Open Source Software Firefox Mozilla Ubuntu Smartphones Tablets Open Source Software Operating Systems Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 213683 at http://www.infoworld.com The best hardware, software, and cloud services of the year http://www.infoworld.com/t/data-center/the-best-hardware-software-and-cloud-services-of-the-year-210362?source=rss_operating_systems <div id="ifw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 192px; height: 145px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/TOY192x145.gif" alt="Google" width="192" height="145" align="right" /></div><p>Around the office, the Technology of the Year package is known by the acronym TOY, and many of the winners this year are perfect examples of why someone's subconscious chose this title.</p> Applications Application Development Big Data Business Intelligence Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Data Center Data Explosion Data Management HTML5 Microsoft Windows Mobile Technology Networking Open Source Software Storage Virtualization Application Development Applications Business Intelligence Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Data Center Data Management Mobile Technology Networking Operating Systems Storage Virtualization Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 210362 at http://www.infoworld.com Unhappy with Windows 8? Here are your options http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/unhappy-windows-8-here-are-your-options-210192?source=rss_operating_systems <p>Over the holidays I visited my father-in-law, a former disaster recovery manager for a bank, who mentioned he had recently bought a Windows 8 computer. "It was the worst mistake I ever made," he groaned.</p> Microsoft Windows Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Laptop PCs Operating Systems Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 210192 at http://www.infoworld.com Windows XP countdown clock ticks under 500 days http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/windows-xp-countdown-clock-ticks-under-500-days-207724?source=rss_operating_systems <p>Windows XP has fewer than 500 days left to live, according to Microsoft and third-party countdown clocks. The 11-year-old operating system will exit support April 8, 2014, when Microsoft serves users with their final security updates.</p> <p>Microsoft offers an XP countdown clock where it's least needed: On Windows 7. On Saturday, the retirement countdown clocks offered by Microsoft and others flipped from 500 to 499 days, or a shade under 17 months.</p> Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:43:42 +0000 admin 207724 at http://www.infoworld.com The Apple family tree: Apple platforms through the years http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/73606/the-apple-family-tree-apple-platforms-through-the-years-206783?source=rss_operating_systems <!--paging_filter-->Apple's platform legacy is more than just Apple II, Mac, and iOS. 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It meant that pilots no longer had to carry a briefcase stuffed with 45 pounds of charts, checklists, handbooks and other materials.</p><p>But the iPad doesn't have a lock on United's business. When it is time to update the hardware, in perhaps two to three years, United will be investigating at least three operating systems for its tablet platform, said Jon Merritt, senior manager, flight operations IT.</p> Cloud Computing Microsoft Windows Mobile Technology Apple Microsoft Microsoft Windows iPad SaaS Tablets Operating Systems Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:48:21 +0000 admin 205779 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft extends Windows Server 2008 support by 18 months http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/microsoft-extends-windows-server-2008-support-18-months-203211?source=rss_operating_systems <p>Microsoft has extended mainstream support for Windows Server 2008 by 18 months, and again reminded customers that the still-strong Windows XP will retire in April 2014.</p> Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows 7 Windows Server Windows XP Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:06:46 +0000 admin 203211 at http://www.infoworld.com Software updates: The good, the bad, and the fatal http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/software-updates-the-good-the-bad-and-the-fatal-201896?source=rss_operating_systems <p>A big part of IT management is handling upgrades and updates of all systems, critical and otherwise. Just about every aspect of IT, every piece of hardware and software, will need to be updated at some point along the line. It may be applying a <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/the-firewall-threat-you-dont-know-196161">firewall firmware upgrade</a> or installing patches to an operating system or application stack. In every single one of those cases, there will be some degree of chance that the update blows up everything.</p> Computer Hardware Data Center Networking Systems Management Computer Hardware Data Center Networking Operating Systems Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Paul Venezia 201896 at http://www.infoworld.com Windows 8 tablets will replace laptops -- by being laptops http://www.infoworld.com/t/tablets/windows-8-tablets-will-replace-laptops-being-laptops-201541?source=rss_operating_systems <p>Last week's Advice Line explained <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/tablets/no-tablets-wont-replace-pcs-anytime-soon-201058">why tablets won't replace PCs any time soon</a>. It created quite a stir, with one camp in agreement, a second pointing out that early PCs lacked a lot, too, and a third complaining I was ignoring Windows 8, which will address just about every tablet limitation I listed.</p> <p>I agree with all three camps.</p> Tablets Consumerization of IT Operating Systems Wed, 05 Sep 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Bob Lewis 201541 at http://www.infoworld.com