Monday
Oct102005

Tight squeeze for mobile TV

As if my mobile telephone service wasn't bad enough...  The premise, however, is that 40 percnet of the subscribers decide to use their phones for mobile TV.  I know  that I'd find watching TV with a screen size like that on my phone would not be very satisfying.  That said, I can easily believe a rather stunning uptake on mobile TV, and will be waiting to see if there really is a degradation of service.

Link: Tight squeeze for mobile TV | Tech News on ZDNet.

According to a recent report from Analysys, an independent research group in the United Kingdom, capacity on a third-generation, or 3G, wireless network could be exceeded as early as 2007 if 40 percent of subscribers view even eight minutes of video per day.

"Streaming video consumes 10 times the bandwidth over a network that voice traffic consumes," said Alastair Brydon, one of the authors of the report. "So watching 10 minutes worth of video per day will have a significant impact on the network. Right now, the 3G networks are empty, so it's not a problem. But if the service proves popular, then it could be a big problem." ...

Monday
Oct102005

Red Hat's Earnings and Stock Soar

When folks refer to Univa as "the Red Hat of Globus", I look at returns like this and cross my fingers.

Link: Red Hat's Earnings and Stock Soar.

Monday
Oct102005

Enterprise Software Industry: The Impending Structural Change

A somewhat dense article by S. Sadagopan of Satyam, but worthwhile read. 

Link: SandHill.com | Management | New Era, New Thinking.

The next big thing that could engulf the enterprise software industry could be the change in the industry structure - one that could keep all in the industry quite engaged for years to come. ...

With globalization and a flat world increasingly beginning to force
enterprises to become more competitive the business climate began to
slowly change - the new rule of the game demanded agility as the key
driver for success in general - the game changed and began to favor the
fast moving against the slower one and big size did not necessarily
confer advantages on business entities by default. The technology world
has to keep pace - the announcement of arrival of SOA & Web
Services are beginning to show promise of containing the demon Viz. complexity - that has been just controlled but not eliminated.  ...

Monday
Oct102005

GPL impedes more than it helps

An interesting 'blog post / article in ZDNet regarding the nature of the GPL license and its effect on Linux adoption.

Link: � Linux: GPL impedes more than it helps | Paul Murphy | ZDNet.com.

In other words, Linux growth didn't slow because of competition - something else must have caused it and we need to understand what that was before we can work up a plan to do something about it.

What I think happened is that when the external pressures driving growth virtually disappeared, the internal impediments to growth became more important. Specifically:

   

1. GPL and related licensing issues, combined with considerable FUD over patents and copyrights, caused software developers and venture capitalists to think twice before committing cash or established source code bases to Linux solutions;

      
   

2. IBM's endorsement of Linux, the SCO law suit in response, and Red Hat's negative market stance as the Sun killing would be Microsoft of the Linux era combined to destroy the automatic assumption among key innovators in the United States that Linux was "the place to be" -eventually moving many of them to the BSD and Solaris camps where they're now driving the fastest installed base expansions in the history of computing.
...

Monday
Oct102005

Altiris System Curbs App Conflicts

Link: Altiris System Curbs App Conflicts.

Altiris Inc. this week will bring the weight of its experience as a desktop management provider to application virtualization.

Altiris' new SVS (Software Virtualization Solution) is initially intended to streamline the software-testing process and help eliminate application conflicts when updates and patches are rolled out. SVS follows similar products from Softricity Inc. and AppStream Inc.

Although their techniques differ, all three offerings work to simplify application deployment by isolating application components from the operating system and delivering just enough of the components to perform the desired tasks. ...