Windows 7 goes RTM!

Best of the blogs: Pardon? We've just started hearing about Microsoft's forthcoming follow-up to Vista and already it's reached RTM, a veritable marketingspeak milestone? "It's true. Windows 7 was just released ... to manufacturers," Randall Kennedy begins this Enterprise Desktop entry. It's not the same, of course, as the official RTM, as in released to manufacturing. "But, hey, it sounds good!" Seriously, though, Microsoft has sent Windows 7 code base to key partners -- which is not to say that we'll be booting the OS, even in a test version, anytime soon. But we could see a beta in 12-14 months and have a usable iteration in 18 months, all of which, Kennedy suggests, lends credibility to the notion that IT shops could simply skip Vista altogether. "Frankly, this is a good thing. Microsoft needs to be shown that, at least in enterprise computing circles, they can't simply force-feed their customer base a new version. Release software that provides no compelling reason for us to upgrade and we'll ignore it. Period." Related: Save Windows XP.

Show of the week: Macworld 2008.

Analysis: Sun Microsystems' acquisition of MySQL ought to clear up any doubts about the company's open source intentions. "Sun has toyed with the idea of a database offering of its own for at least two years," Neil McAllister writes in Sun's billion-dollar baby. In a market that is decidedly mature, that's neither a trivial task, nor is Sun the first to try. Red Hat, as far back as 2001, gave its own branded version of PostgreSQL a run, only to abort the mission a year later. CA tried open-sourcing Ingres before spinning that off into a separate company. And while it's tempting to view the acquisition as a publicity stunt, McAllister asserts, "there may be method to Sun's madness. The considerable goodwill that MySQL has cultivated among enterprise customers could have benefits for Sun that technology alone never could." Related: Users say Sun needs to fix what's broken at MySQL.

The news beat: Security vendor Secunia has determined that Red Hat and Firefox are more buggy than Microsoft products, though Mozilla did a better job of quickly patching zero-day flaws last year. The fact that Oracle bought BEA on Wednesday did not slow down it's spending spree at all and, instead, the database giant acquired Captovation for its document-capture software. ASP introduced $0.99 subscription pricing, calculated on a per-log-in basis, as well as a new Cloud Computing Architecture it described as "development as a service." And keeping the consolidation rolling, Arbor Networks nabbed Ellacoya Networks and its broadband optimization wares.

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