Daily Links for Friday, December 11, 2009

Cloud

IBM: LotusLive paying subscribers go from 0 to 18 million in a year
ZDNet / Larry Dignan

That LotusLive tally at the beginning of the year was nil so the growth is stunning. I double checked with IBM to make sure that those 18 million client seats were actually paying with a price of more than zero. I was told there are no asterisks here.

Open Source

Red Hat Makes Move That Will Allow Open Collaboration With Partners to Drive Virtualization Innovation

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that, in an effort to openly collaborate with partners to drive the future of virtualization, it has open sourced its SPICE (Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environment) hosted virtual desktop protocol. SPICE is a core component of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Desktops product that is currently in beta. Through the Spice project, Red Hat will collaborate with its partners and the open source community to expand the development of the protocol in an effort to help break down barriers to virtualization adoption.

Ubuntu-ready Dell desktop looks like a nettop
DesktopLinux.com – eWeek

Dell announced new Ubuntu Linux-ready OptiPlex desktop PCs, including a power-efficient model claimed to be the “world’s smallest fully functional commercial desktop.” In addition to the 9.4 x 2.6 x 9.3-inch OptiPlex 780 USFF desktop, Dell announced a 13-inch Vostro V13 laptop that also offers Ubuntu.


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