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Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corporation announced today they have entered into an agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, with Oracle purchasing Sun stock with cash for $9.50 per share, a premium of nearly $3 per share over previous market value.

Sun’s stock (JAVA) jumped nearly 33% after news of the purchase was released.

Larry Ellison, Oracle’s chief executive, described Java as “the single most important software asset we have ever acquired.”

By purchasing Sun, Oracle is elevated into the ranks of Dell, HP and IBM, giving them the ability to sell hardware as well as more fully exploit some important Sun software. It also puts them in a better position to compete with Microsoft by giving them control of both a major server operating system and some major business software begin run on it.

In their joint press release, Sun and Oracle cite “substantial long-term strategic customer advantages to Oracle owning two key Sun software assets: Java and Solaris.” Sun’s Solaris operating system is the most widely utilized platform for Oracle databases, which is Oracle’s largest business sector. With the acquisition of Sun, Oracle can optimize the Oracle database for some of the unique, high-end features of Solaris.

There is some worry for proponents of the major open source projects that Sun heads up, like OpenSolaris, MySQL, VirtualBox, OpenOffice and Java itself. It will remain to be seen what Oracle intends to do with these projects and how, if at all, they’ll integrated them into their product offerings.

IBM previously expressed interest in purchasing Sun, for $7b, but withdrew the offer after reviewing Sun’s books and finding out how much they’d been paying their senior employees.

Sun’s Board of Directors has already unanimously approved the transaction and it is anticipated to close this summer, subject to stockholder and regulatory approval.

Microsoft this week plans to update the Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy mechanism for Windows XP Professional, which the software giant claims is the most oft-pirated version of Windows. After the update, WGA notifications for XP will be the same as they are for Windows Vista service pack 1, said Alex Kochis, senior product manager in the Windows Genuine Advantage group, in a Tuesday blog post.

That means users whose copies of XP fail validation will see a black background the next time they log in. Although users will be free to switch to their background of choice, the black screen will return every 60 minutes until they validate their copy, and they’ll also see a watermark with a logo that reads “Ask For Genuine Microsoft Software.”

According to Kochis, this will make it easier for XP users to install and stay up to date with the latest release of WGA notifications. “Our research has clearly shown that customers value the ability of Windows to alert them when they may have software that is not genuine, but they also want the ability to stay up to date with the least effort required on their part,” he wrote.

WGA is designed to combat piracy by installing software on users’ PCs that periodically checks to see if their version of Windows is authentic before allowing them to download updates. However, WGA has been a source of frustration for many users since it was launched in 2005, due to several incidents in which genuine users have been mistakenly identified as pirates.

Prior to the release of Vista service pack 1, Vista copies that failed WGA validation would enter a reduced functionality mode in which certain features were disabled, but Microsoft changed to the black screen nagging approach when it released Vista SP1.

News source: CRN

This just in from Bink, seems he had a pretty interesting weekend attempting to Slipstream XP SP3.

“So I build a new Windows XP ISO with SP3 integrated, this is a Volume License editions (VOL) which only accepts Volume License Keys (VLK). When I want to install it on a clean machine, I noticed that setup prompts for a product key and it does not allow me to continue, which should be a new feature in XP sp3. OK so I fill in the VLK but it does not accept it, I try another one from a customer of mine, does not work either. Angry

I found out that the problem is when you do the XP Sp3 slipstream process on a WIndows Vista machine, the API gives a different response and screws up the PID process. This is a bug and Microsoft knew about this in December, still the bug remained and made it all the way to RTM, nice work Microsoft.

So XP SP slipstream only on XP or 2003 machines!!!”

News Source: Bink

With Service Pack 3 for Windows XP just over the horizon, we’ve managed to get our hands on the internal schedule for the release of the highly anticipated update to the aging operating system. As you can see in the list below, most of the stages will occur before the end of the month, though forced automatic updates won’t land until June. This delay should give system administrators an ample amount of time to prepare for the upgrade or simply come up with an excuse for when things go awry.

  • April 14, 2008: Support is available for the release version of Service Pack 3 for Windows XP
  • April 21, 2008: Original Equipment Manufacturers, Volume License, Connect, and MSDN and TechNet subscribers
  • April 29, 2008: Microsoft Update, Windows Update, Download Center
  • June 10, 2008: Automatic Updates

View: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview

Microsoft Dot Net Framework 1.0 Redistribuable
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms994395.aspx

Microsoft Dot Net Framework 1.1 Redistribuable
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms994356.aspx

Microsoft Dot Net Framework 2.0 Redistribuable
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa480242.aspx

Microsoft Dot Net Framework 3.0 Redistribuable
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa480198.aspx

Microsoft Dot Net Framework 3.5 Bootstrapper

:. Download Page

Microsoft Dot Net Framework 3.5 Redistributable

:. Download Page

Microsoft Dot Net Framework 3.5 Full Package

:. Download Direct File

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Silent Installation Commands

Microsoft Dot Net Framework 1.0 + Language Pack – Silent Parameters

Framework

“dotnetfx.exe /q:a /c:”install /l /q””

Language Pack
“Any setup name” + “parameters” (Current parameters: /q:a /c:”inst /l /q”)

LangPack.exe /q:a /c:”inst /l /q”

Microsoft Dot Net Framework 1.1 + Language Pack – Silent Parameters

Framework

“dotnetfx.exe /q:a /c:”install /l /q””

Language Pack
“Any setup name” + “parameters” (Current parameters: /q:a /c:”inst /l /q”)

LangPack.exe /q:a /c:”inst /l /q”

Microsoft Dot Net Framework 2.0 + Language Pack – Silent Parameters

Framework

“dotnetfx.exe /q:a /c:”install /l /q””

Language Pack
“Any setup name” + “parameters” (Current parameters: /q:a /c:”inst /l /q”)

LangPack.exe /q:a /c:”inst /l /q”

Microsoft Dot Net Framework 3.0 + Language Pack – Silent Parameters

Framework
“Any setup name” + “parameters” (Current parameters: /q | /norestart)

“Dotnetfx3.exe /q /norestart”
“Dotnetfx3_x64.exe /q /norestart”
“Dotnet3setup.exe /q /norestart”

Language Pack
“Any setup name” + “parameters” (Current parameters: /q:a /c:”inst /l /q”)

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➡ Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 almost supports Microsoft .Net Framework 3.0 Parameters.

💡 These command are pretty useful if you plan to install the softs in silent mode without disturbing end user.

.: Download 3.5 Service Pack 1below

Dot Net Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (Full Package)

More info about .Net Framework 3.5 SP1

List of changes and fixed issues in .Net Framework 3.5 SP1

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A serious Gmail account hacking backdoor, has been found in the popular Gmail archiving software G-Archiver. This application, in all its innocence, allows you to download and backup all emails from your GMail account. But apparently the developer included the code to send an email to his email ID with all usernames and passwords!

G-Archiver has posted this explanation of what happened: “It is urgent that you remove the current version of G-Archiver from your computer, and change your Gmail account password right away. What happened was that a member of our development team had inserted coding used for testing G-Archiver in the debug version and forgot to delete it in the final release version.”

Hopefully, G-Archiver will release a new version very soon.

I am not sure, how far we can use this program and trust it ❗

Link: Details at WinVistaClub.

Microsoft Corp. today announced the public availability of Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta, the new Web-based extension of Microsoft Office that lets people access their documents online and share their work with others. Office Live Workspace was among the first entries in the new wave of online services in Microsoft’s software plus services vision previewed last fall.

Office Live Workspace is now available worldwide in English. People can sign up for free at http://workspace.officelive.com and will be granted immediate access to the service. Microsoft is also unveiling a number of new Office Live Workspace features, such as an activity panel, notifications, direct links and multifile upload.

“Today’s announcement moves us further down the path of bringing a software plus services experience to people at home, work and school,” said Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division. “By combining the rich client experience of Microsoft Office with flexible, intuitive service offerings, we’re providing seamless computing experiences for our 500 million Office users worldwide.”

Announcement: PressPass @ Microsoft

Microsoft: Vista SP1 will break these programs

By Suzanne Tindal
Special to CNET News.com

Published: February 21, 2008, 6:19 AM PST

Microsoft has published a list of programs that will not work or that will suffer from reduced functionality after the installation of Vista Service Pack 1.

The list of programs consists mostly of security applications, such as Trend Micro Internet Security 2008. However, programs such as The New York Times Reader application also feature on the list. Users are advised to install updates from the application vendor to fix the problem.

“Windows Vista Service Pack 1 contains many security, reliability, and feature updates for Windows Vista,” the company said. “A program may experience a loss of functionality after you install Windows Vista SP1. However, most programs will continue to work as expected after you install Windows Vista SP1.”

Further Reading at:

http://www.news.com/Microsoft-Vista-SP1-wi…_3-6231449.html

Click here – to know what programs will loose functionality in Vista.

I guess it’s time to take decision for using the good OS. Who will wait for the patches again from vendors. ❗

Most if not all the attention surrounding Windows Vista Service Pack 1 has been around performance, reliability and compatibility, but you probably didn’t know SP1 also makes short strides in terms of Vista’s power efficiency. And by short, I really do mean short because we’re talking about improvements in the magnitude of only a couple percents. That in the context of 5 hours battery life is a mere additional 6 minutes. Having said that, some is better than none.

The first of two improvements is in the display subsystem. Starting from SP1, the VSync in the Desktop Window Manager (DWM), intended to give a glitch free experience, no longer runs continuously. Instead, the interrupts are disabled after a short timeout period where no screen updates has occurred. The catch is that a screen update can be anything from a blinking cursor to a flashing network icon, so the chances of a screen idle might be a lot less than you would imagine. The second improvement is in the audio subsystem and only concerns those with HD Audio codecs. Whereas in the RTM, the sound card would never idle even if there was no activity, in SP1, the default idle timeout for has been changed to 30 seconds; after the time, the OS will switch the audio device to a D3 power state, meaning the device should not consume any energy at all.

:. Even though you install this service pack, if your system is not fast enough. you will be  doomed! 😡

Microsoft has announced an update available to consumers next week which will detect two cracks commonly used to activate pirated copies of the operating system. One of the cracks refered to as Grace Timer, extended Vista’s activation grace period, upto 2099. The other called as OEM BIOS, modified system files and the PC’s BIOS to mimic the product activation done by computer-makers at the factory. If the sniffer detects an activation hack, it will pop up a warning that includes a link to the removal tool. Although SP1 will block these two cracks, “it’s important to note that this update does not disable the exploits it finds,” says Alex Kochis. “It simply alerts customers that exploits exist.” However, MS will release a separate crack-removal tool at the same time that it rolls out the detection update.

!! This is a crap I say 😈