Forecast: Three of Top 10 PC Vendors Will Exit the Market by 2007

Stamford, Conn. — A new report from Gartner, a Stamford-based technology market research and analysis firm, forecasts that three of the top 10 PC manufacturers will exit the market by 2007, driven out by slow growth rates and reduced profit margins. Gartner forecasts the growth of PC unit sales to average 5.7% annually from 2006 through 2008 — half the 11.3% average of 2003 through 2005. At the same time, revenue growth will average only 2% annually from 2006 through 2008, less than half the 4.7% average of 2003 through 2005, Gartner predicts. The top 10 worldwide PC vendors, by unit shipment, are Dell, HP, IBM, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens, Toshiba, NEC, Apple Computer, Lenovo Group and Gateway. Of these, only Dell has consistently been profitable in the past several years, Gartner said.

New Netscape based on Firefox 0.9.3 includes IE rendering engine

Forgive me, first thing that popped into my head. I’m bored.

Morpheus: Microsoft is our enemy, Firefox, but when you’re on the internet, you look around. What do you see? Business men, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still IE users. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to switch to a browser that doesn’t come included on their desktop when they bring their computers home from Best Buy and pop in the “2000 Free Hours!” AOL CD. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on Microsoft that they will fight to protect it. Were you listening to me Firefox, or were you looking at the woman surfing the hot lesbo porn?
Firefox: I was…
Morpheus: Look again.
Woman has turned into Bill Gates, introducing new “standard” to break non-IE browsers.
Morpheus: Freeze it!
Firefox: What is it?
Morpheus: IE-only standards. That means that anyone we haven’t converted over is potential audience for crappy sites who only QA against IE. On the internet, you see this everywhere. We have survived by being standards-based, by working to be compatible. But these false “standards” are the gatekeepers.
Firefox: Whoa.
Morpheus: I won’t lie to you, Firefox. Every single company or product that has stood their ground, everyone who was fought Microsoft has been crushed or aquired. But where they have failed, you will succeed.
Firefox: Why?
Morpheus: I saw Microsoft crush Netscape’s market share. Men have come up with fantastic innovations only to find them incompatible or MS copies already included in the next version of Windows. Yet their programs are still based on factory-style programming and decisions made by pointy-hairs. Because of that, they will never be as secure or as functional as you can be.
Firefox: What are you trying to tell me, that I can block pop-ups?
Morpheus: I’m trying to tell you that when you’re ready, you won’t have to.

This was posted on Slashdot under the new Netscape thread. Found it pretty amusing, thought I’d post it here for all to enjoy.

All joking aside, this could be a good thing. Hopefully they will realize that making it so “blinky” is unnecessary, but it’s a good step in the right direction. If you want to download the new Netscape, it is available from a fast mirror that was discussed in the Slashdot thread.

Cingular Announces More Divestures

Cingular announced that it has sold 10 MHz of spectrum to MetroPCS in Detroit and Dallas, in addition to reannouncing its deal from last week with Alltel. These deals bring Cingular closer to meeting the required divestures as specified in the FCC and DOJ rulings on the conditions of the merger of Cingular with AT&T Wireless.

I really am not surprised by the announcement. I doubt that Cingular would be interested in selling these assets to Verizon or Nextel because they are major competitors who would benefit greatly from the additional spectrum. The article also mentions that Cingular is interested in selling spectrum in the Knoxville, TN area, and that Sprint PCS might be interested. I think that Sprint PCS will probably make an offer, but if SunCom makes even a remotely attractive offer for the Knoxville spectrum, I would imagine they will get preference, simply because Cingular doesn’t view SunCom as any kind of threat to their customer base.

Should be interesting to see how things progress over the next few months with the remaining required divestures. Would be great if somehow Verizon picked up some of these properties.


Cingular Sells AT&T Wireless Assets

Cingular Wireless agreed to sell Alltel Corp. former AT&T Wireless properties, including licenses, network assets and subscribers in certain markets, for $170 million in cash. Cingular, a joint venture of SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp., said Friday the transaction will allow it to meet a substantial portion of the divestiture obligations imposed by the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission as conditions of their approval of Cingular’s merger with AT&T Wireless. The FCC approved the deal, valued at $41 billion, in late October. In addition, Cingular Wireless and Alltel will swap significant partnership interests, with Cingular receiving interests in such markets as Wichita, Kan.; Kansas City; Milwaukee; and several in Texas. Alltel, in turn, will gain more ownership in markets it manages in Michigan; Louisiana; and Toledo, Ohio.

Should be interesting to see what happens with the rest of the required divestures.


OSNews: Fedora Core 3 vs. SUSE 9.2 Professional

OSNews has a good review of Fedora Core 3 vs. SUSE 9.2 Professional. I face a similar situation as the reviewer, finding myself using Windows XP because of the superior battery life it provides in conjunction with my new Dell 600m laptop.

If anyone else has an opinion either way, please feel free to post it. At this point, I’m still up in the air – mostly because I haven’t purchased a copy of the new version of SUSE yet. I found my experience with Fedora Core 3 thus far to be frustrating, mostly because I can’t get my Intel 2200BG miniPCI wireless card working despite many hours of dinking with it.

CodeWeavers’ Crossover Office works well in both. I was playing around with their new version 4.0 the other day on my friend’s laptop, and iTunes support doesn’t look like it’s completely there yet. It is working a lot better than it was in the beta version they released, though.

I’ll try to post more when I get ahold of a copy of SUSE 9.2 Professional.


CodeWeaversTM Adds Support For Apple iTunes� In New CrossOver OfficeTM 4.0

CodeWeaversTM Adds Support For Apple iTunes� In New CrossOver OfficeTM 4.0
New Release also supports Adobe FrameMaker� and Oracle JInitiator�; Application Allows Dozens of Windows Programs to Run Natively in Linux.

SAINT PAUL, MN – (November 16, 2004) – CodeWeavers, Inc., the leading Windows-to-Linux software developer, today announced the release of CrossOver Office 4.0, the latest upgrade to the world’s leading and most reliable Windows-to-Linux application solution. CrossOver Office 4.0 includes new support for iTunes�, Apple’s exciting digital jukebox and download store program, as well as for Adobe FrameMaker� and Oracle JInitiator�.

Since its initial release in 2002, CrossOver Office has significantly impacted the growth and practicality of the Linux operating system among desktop computer users. CrossOver Office enables many leading Windows applications including Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and Visio; Intuit Quicken; Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash; and Apple QuickTime to operate natively under Linux with no secondary emulator needed.

With new iTunes support, CrossOver Office 4.0 users can download and organize songs from the iTunes Music Store. Soon they will also be able to plug their iPod into their Linux PC for music transfers and other jukebox-related tasks.

“Version 4.0 addresses the strong desire of our loyal users for iTunes support,” said Jeremy White, CEO of CodeWeavers. “iTunes has been our number one, most requested application. We remain confident that by the end of 2005, the majority of Windows applications will be supported by CrossOver Office. Until then, we’re pleased to be able to bring iTunes to Linux users through Version 4.0.”

CrossOver Office Version 4.0 with iTunes support is now available in two full-release versions: CrossOver Office 4.0 Standard, the home user edition of the product; and CrossOver Office 4.0 Professional, the multi-license edition for business or educational use. All CrossOver Office users receive six months of free upgrades and technical support. CrossOver Office Professional users receive twelve months of free upgrades and Level Two support from date of purchase.

gaim 1.0.3 released

version 1.0.3 (11/11/2004):
Bug Fixes:
* Jabber authentication fixes (Michael Plump)
* Yahoo buddy idle reporting is more accurate (Evan Schoenberg)
* “Allow All” privacy setting works on Yahoo (Peter Lawler)
* Fix a crash when dragging a buddy to the conversation entry area
* Fix a crash removing chats from the buddy list
* Correctly display buddy pounces for aliases with symbols in them
* Correctly follow the per-conversation logging option

They just released it to the mirrors, so enjoy. gaim continues to impress me with its aggressive release schedule!