BrainShare Barcelona

I’m finalising my BrainShare Barcelona sessions – lots of late breaking data for ZENworks 7.

I’m re-writing the ZENworks Architecture session that was ably presented by Ron Tanner and Ty Ellis in Salt Lake City – hopefully I can get all of the information into an hour! I really want to cover the futures of ZENworks and how Novell is investing in making the transition (note – not migration) easy.

Another Microsoft Worm

I’m sitting in the airport in Denver – watching CNN and reading my mail. Simultaneously I get an email alert from my IDS showing a lot of unusual activity, also a Microsoft PR person is on CNN describing the impact of the latest worm.

This from SANS:

Another PnP Worm: W32.Zotob.E

CNN is reporting a worm outbreak which is affecting their network, ABCNews, NYTimes, as well as Capitol Hill. All statements so far make this look like a Zotob variant…

Symantec just released info on the W32.Zotob.E worm here.

Trend Micro is also released this: WORM_RBOT.CBQ

This is an exploit of a known vulnerability, and the patch is available from microsoft here: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-039

Interesting – firewall, IDS, host-based hardening – all seems to work for many people. Good practice leads to safe computing.

Microsoft Linux and Open Source Software Lab

An interesting article here – talking to Bill Hilf about Microsoft researching non-Windows server and desktop products:

Microsoft’s Linux and Open Source Software Lab serves as both a place to examine the threat posed to Microsoft products by open-source offerings and a venue for testing software from Microsoft and others that’s designed to span that divide. The lab is home to hundreds of servers and desktops that run dozens of different types of Linux and Unix.

Hilf has been pretty open about Microsofts investigation of Open Source and non-Windows technologies:


More on LinuxWorld

Interesting post on LinuxWorld that I found on Slashdot.

Bernard Golden made two really telling comments in his column:

Firstly how the show attendee has changed over the last two years:

The crowd at LinuxWorld looked liked mainstream corporate IT workers, in comparison to previous LinuxWorlds, where nose rings and “interesting” hair dominated. A large proportion of the attendees dressed like corporate IT workers. From what I heard, most went to the show to get practical open source information. The conservatively-dressed folks in the commercial vendor booths provided just that.

This is very true. I was at LinuxWorld in August 2003 when Novell announced the acquisition of Ximian – decidedly 75% hacker/geek audience. This year way below 40%.

Second – on the ‘banishment of the .org community’:

The .org pavilion was banished to an upstairs mezzanine. This caused many attendees to miss it. I felt that it sent a message that the .orgs are unimportant. I think the .org pavilion should have been in the middle of the main show floor; but the producers put a large kiosk of PCs there instead.

I think the show producers had a lot of commentary on this during the pre-show and early show hours. Read my earlier post on the swing to recognise small community projects as best of show.

Final note:

I saw a fellow wearing a shirt with a familiar IT vendor logo. He was actually an actor, hired to stand in the booth and introduce the promotional video. The actor looked like a middle-tier product marketing manager: average height, wire frame glasses, reserved manner…a real faux-techie.

I’m sure I know which vendor this was – and it’s not Novell.

LinuxWorld & Expo San Francisco

Well – it was a busy week (hence no blogging).

ZENworks 7 Linux Management was nominated for a ‘Best of Show’ award – this year it looks like all of the judges awarded to small, non-commercial projects. ‘Best of Show’ for Systems Management went to the OpenNMS project – a small, recently revived monitoring project. It looks pretty good.

Kudos still goes to the extended ZENworks team for building a strong and vibrant product. There was a lot of interest from the attendees at the show.

LinuxWorld again

It’s time for LinuxWorld again.

ZENworks Linux Management has done well in the last year or so – winning a Product Excellence Award for systems management at LinuxWorld in San Francisco, August 2004 and again in Boston, February 2005

Linux World 2004

The challenge is how ZENworks 7 Linux Management fares this time – we are again shortlisted for an award.

ZENworks 7 Linux Management is a really innovative product – it will be good to see reaction from potential customers at the show.

The Novell engineering teams in Provo, Cambridge and Bangalore really made this a groundbreaking product – adding OS deployment, policy management, inventory and remote control to the already strong software and patch distribution capabilities.

Techapalooza 2005

Deja vu.

Techapalooza 2005

Old-style SE training comes round again. Most of the Category Specialists from North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific are here in Provo this week for training. (EMEA were trained a few weeks ago).

I’ve been in ZENworks training all week – competitive, roadmap, new product – and now ZENworks 7 Linux Management training run by my good friend Doc Hodges.