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Avnet develops an SMB Linux stack with support from IBM and Novell to introduce the open-source OS into SMBs’ Windows environments.

The company is offering resellers $20 per seat to encourage customers to migrate e-mail systems from Microsoft Exchange to Lotus Notes and Domino on Linux.

Priced at $60,000 and designed to streamline the process, Lakeview’s MIMX line of recovery and availability software and Avnet Managed Service built for it, are packaged for the SMB.

The performance-based test is the first to focus on enterprise Linux server security, the software company said.

For the first time, a major Linux desktop vendor has partnered with one of the big distributors, Ingram Micro.

Despite advantages in price (it’s hard to beat free) and, often, greater capabilities, many companies are still reluctant to use anything but commercial anti-spam software.

IBM and Red Hat will bring additional resources and product access to solution providers in emerging markets to accellerate the growth of “open standards” technology.

New approach will be designed to drive sales of broader range of products and reward midmarket sales.

IBM shifts contract for staffing to Analysts International after Keane leaves the picture, as study shows HR is the fastest-growing BPO segment. Meanwhile, Wipro joins Empower in an effort to sell Linux devices.

Microsoft places the long-awaited first beta for the Windows “Longhorn” client into the hands of beta testers, who will rigorously put Vista through its paces.

Officially, there’s no word yet, but insiders say that the group will be ready to make major announcements by LinuxWorld in early August.

Linux might thrive on dispersed development, but Intel has centralized its push to support the operating system in an effort to see where it should go next.

Review: The channel has largely declined to pitch thin-client computing to customers because the technology and the margins were too weak. But Sun’s new effort at a thin-client platform, Sun Ray, may change some minds.

Open source isn’t just about better software, says Berkeley political scientist Steven Weber. It’s about fostering creativity and challenging the status quo.

News Analysis: While the company’s channel partners weren’t screaming for IP protection, they say the announcement puts them much more at ease.

Opinion: Microsoft offering indemnification to its partners shows that its encouragement of IP lawsuits, like SCO’s, has come back to bite it.

The company undertakes to protect its OEM and ISV Royalty partners from the legal costs of IP-violation lawsuits.

SCO expands its focus beyond litigation to product sales, with agreements that will supply preconfigured, customized white boxes to resellers.

Small, but well-regarded, MEPIS Linux is expanding beyond its enthusiast market to the business market with a business desktop, server, and a new channel and support partner.

Tools and services are available that can help administrators maintain Linux’s software management strengths without completely sacrificing flexibility. But each distribution contains or is compatible with different tools. stray from your Linux distribution without getting lost.

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