Socialtext Releases SocialPoint: Wikis for SharePoint

Socialtext, the first wiki company and leading provider of Enterprise 2.0 solutions, today released SocialPoint™, a best-of-breed wiki integrated with Microsoft Corporation’s® Sharepoint® to help IT managers within large enterprises develop a collaborative platform to facilitate work and information sharing across teams. Sharepoint is the fastest growing server product in Microsoft’s history, a popular enterprise solution for collaboration, file sharing and intranets. Enabling robust wiki use within Sharepoint supports the enterprise architecture strategy of many enterprises, while providing the most favored wiki by business users today.

PRESS RELEASE Socialtext Releases SocialPoint

An open source version of SharePoint is to follow soon.

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Zend, Microsoft in PHP Deal

Microsoft Corp. and Zend Technologies Inc. today announced a technical collaboration to enhance the experience of running the PHP scripting language on Windows Server® 2003. The parties expect to extend the collaboration to the next version of Windows Server, code-named “Longhorn.” The resulting technology enhancements and ongoing interaction with the PHP community is expected to enable customers to take advantage of the Windows Server platform. The cooperative effort seeks to provide customers with richer functionality and better integration, resulting in improved performance and increased reliability.

Microsoft and Zend Technologies Announce Technical Collaboration to Improve Interoperability of PHP on the Windows Server Platform: Companies seek to improve performance, reliability and stability of PHP on Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server “Longhorn.”

So it looks like .NET ain’t all there is on Win2k3 after all.  This is great news for folks like me who develop a lot of stuff in PHP but are interacting with an increasingly MSFT-oriented development community.  Knowing that PHP will run reliable on Windows Server platforms means I can drive CALI member webmasters to using the PHP tools I’m developing.

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Adobe Shouts About Soundbooth

Adobe introduced a beta version of “Soundbooth” on Thursday, intended for the average consumer who may not need the power and capabilities of its professional audio editing product, Audition. Eventually, the application will make its way into the Creative Suite product.”Adobe Soundbooth is a completely new, highly intuitive audio creation and editing toolset designed to accelerate the integration of sound into video and Flash workflows,” Adobe Dynamic Media vice president and general manager Jim Guerard said.

BetaNews | Adobe Intros New Web Audio Editing Tool

While note worthy, the public beta is limited in features. For example it lacks the ability to import/export MP3 files.

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Oracle Knocks Red Hat Off

Enterprise Linux binaries will be available for free from Oracle. There was no discussion, however, of supplying source code, which is required by the GPL.That may be because Oracle is not claiming to “distribute” Linux, but instead to be merely “supporting” it. In Oracle’s terms, Unbreakable Linux is a support program that provides enterprises with world-class, award winning, global support for Linux — not a distribution per se.Specifically, Oracle will be offering patches, fixes, updates, and back ports for (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) 3 and RHEL 4 for the x86 and x86-64 architectures, delivered via a subscriber network, the ULN (Unbreakable Linux Network). This will replace the functionality of Red Hat’s RHN (Red Hat Network).

Oracle adopts Red Hat Linux as its own

Well, this was going to happen sooner or later. I’m thinking that either Red Hat rebuffed an Oracle buyout or Oracle took a close look and realized that it was cheaper to add their own support to RHEL than it was to buy the company.  O the joys of open source!  Of course once the dust settles the big loser here could be Microsoft.  With more and more heavy weight support for Linux coming in from the likes of Oracle, waiting for Vista makes less and less sense.

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