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A controversy arose when Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst told attendees at a conference he didn’t know how to make money with Linux. A strange admission for a Linux company CEO, to be sure. On another note, Linux geeks pondered how to attract more women — to their profession.

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Anyone who has made the switch to a 64-bit operating system will know most applications aren’t 64-bit native yet. But things have been changing fast in the past year as users move to newer hardware and computer vendors push 64-bit systems with larger amounts of RAM by default. Microsoft has previously stated it expects the majority of Windows 7 installations to be 64-bit and now the company is apparently ready to move other software in that direction as well.

Microsoft Office 14
Microsoft Office 14

ZDNet’s Ed Bott has done some digging around and reportedly found references to both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Office 14 inside the ‘migwiz.xml’ file that comes with post-beta builds of Windows 7. This appears to indicate that fully native 64-bit builds of Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Visio, and Word are on the way as an option when Office 14 goes live. In addition, the file points out the ability to upgrade from either Office 2003 or 2007 to Office 14 in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors.

Regardless of how much or little effect this will have on the suite, performance-wise, it could encourage more software developers to start developing their own 64-bit applications too. The fact that these codes are to be implemented in the final release of Windows 7 later this year also confirms Microsoft’s plans to release Office 14 in early 2010, according to Bott.


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acer-aa-one

The Aspire One will have another model added to its lineup shortly, with Acer planning the launch of an 11.6-inch wide unit. This model differs widely from other Aspire One units, from the much larger screen size to the hardware under the hood. It’ll be the most “powerful” netbook Acer offers, using the same basic components as their newest 10.1-inch models. The netbook itself is based off the Atom Z530 and uses the Intel “Poulsbo” chipset with an integrated GMA500 graphics core. 

The 11.6-inch screen nevertheless is going to be more power-demanding than before, which the low-TDP chipset helps to offset. All in all, Acer is estimating that with the (optional) high capacity battery, runtimes of 8 hours can be expected. As far as the screen size goes, it’s a nice in between, larger than the older netbooks which many considered to be on the small side and not as bulky 13-inch and larger units. Acer has no plans to incorporate 3G into this system as a native option, which some netbook manufacturers have been considering (and even deploying) as a selling point.