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

Opinion: Microsoft can claim that it controls the horizontal and the vertical, but it doesn’t. No one can.

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

Opinion: Welcome to the new economy, where middle-aged IT workers are too old for new jobs.

There aren’t any huge technology business shows left, but the right trade show is still the right place for resellers and other IT professionals.

Ignore the smoke Microsoft is blowing about Longhorn. Windows 2000 support is ending now, not in 2007, which means VARs need to look nowfor viable new desktops for their customers.

Thunderbird, Mozilla’s open-source e-mail client, has some useful features that are worth experimenting with while waiting for a more advanced version to arrive.

Opinion: Like it or not, ready or not, SP2 is landing on customers’ machines. And the results will (mostly) not be pretty. Brace yourself for a lot of phone calls and a lot of incompatibilities.

Opinion: The new Linux Small Business Suite could give Microsoft’s Small Business Servers a run for their money.

Opinion: In a surprising development, the IEEE’s next-generation 802.11n standard has firmed up much faster than expected, which means resellers and integrators can start deploying the next versions of pre-802.11n standard equipment with confidence.

Opinion: With the release of Open Enterprise Service, Novell Linux Desktop and the upcoming ZENworks 7, Novell resellers finally have all they need to not only keep existing customers but to win back their old ones from the server to the desktop.

Opinion: Veritas is making moves toward SMB resellers with elaborated partner programs, and there will be more changes soon in light of the Symantec merger.

The company may be down after the court’s ruling that it lacks “competent evidence” in its case against IBM, but analysts and lawyers say it’s too early to tell how it will all end up.

Opinion: Don’t forget to write. Resellers are happy that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is history for many reasons, but what comes next?

Opinion: As the founder of Novell and the modern reseller system grows older, his Canopy empire is falling apart—and the war between SCO and Linux continues.

Opinion: Things may be looking up for Apple and its customers at Macworld, but life isn’t getting any sweeter for disenchanted Apple resellers.

Opinion: Yes, using old software and hardware that still works makes a good deal of sense, but don’t let that keep you or your customers from upgrading when it becomes truly necessary.

Opinion: If Symantec and Veritas get their joint channel act together, Computer Associates is going to have a serious challenge on its hands.

So, whom can you trust in the business world? Sadly, the answer is no one, until you’ve checked out them and their goods, according to eWEEK.com senior editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

Opinion: Thin clients—yes, thin clients—are finally coming into their own as customers grow more concerned with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.

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