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A new study finds those letters you worked hard for after your name might not be working hard for you.

The debate inside Sun over whether to take Java open source is coming to a head as the JavaOne conference looms May 15. One of new Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz’s first chores will be to manage the scrum and gauge the future of Java.

OnForce, the online, IT services clearinghouse, appointed Kevin Gilroy president this week. Founder Jeffrey Leventhal moves to Chairman of the board.

IBM’s System z9 Business Class system offers a new database specialty engine and SOA capabilities.

Security vendor WatchGuard sweetens its partner program with steeper margins and deeper support.

The managed services vendor has launched a vendor certification program, saying that companies whose products don’t integrate with managed services platforms risk losing business.

Electronics distributor Avnet reports a 73 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by strong sales from its electronic marketing division.

Tech Data will leverage its own support and third-party application relations to bring the solution to market.

McAfee loses a strong channel leader in David Roberts, who resigned this week, but officials say they are confident, mostly because of the team Roberts built and leaves behind.

Xandros is going after the SMB space, and Microsoft’s Small Business Server suite, with its own channel-friendly package. (Linux-Watch)

Ingram Micro, the world’s largest electronics distributor, reports a 45 percent rise in quarterly profit on solid revenue in every region and a move into consumer electronics and services.

The remote-access tool I’m OnCall allows tech support workers to take over a user’s PC through encrypted Web connections.

Intel’s new vPro platform of hardware and software alliances has the potential to open many doors to MSPs and offer SMBs capabilities previously out of reach.

News Analysis: Sun’s leaders say the change of CEO reflects the company’s success, while some customers have different reactions.

Case Study: Channel partners Engage and Siemens help distribution company switch their PBX system to VOIP.

IBM updates its high-end Intel server line with a new name and a greater emphasis on virtualization.

On its first birthday, the PC company’s immediate challenge is getting its brand known.

As vendors and distributors race to the SMB, D&H; Distributing finds itself in an enviable position: already there.

Microsoft plans to rerelease the problematic MS06-015 update on April 25 to correct an issue that has caused system hangs, Windows crashes and the appearance of strange dialog boxes.

First, Linux ran on the Mactel, then XP, and now all three of the major desktop operating systems—OS X, XP and Linux—can run on an Intel-powered Mac… if you’re very, very careful. (Linux-Watch)

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