Dell Plays It Safe With Dr. Evil
The company bets on DataSafe and a faux villain at CES.Hey, is that Steve Ballmer sharing the stage at CES with Michael Dell?!?" pondered the Puss. The Kitty, who was in the City of Lost Wages to attend the International Consumer Electronics Show, soon realized it wasnt the glabrous Microsoft CEO but rather a Dr. Evil impersonator blithering about as Dell touted his companys new DataSafe backup application. "I can do a better impersonation of Austin Powers nemesis than this guy," groused the Grimalkin. "And I wouldnt be caught dead in such fake rubbery ear and scar prosthetics, either." As Dell went on to chide his tech rivals for not offering free recycling programs to consumers and challenged the telecom industry to step up in-home fiber installations, the clarion call of the KattPhone broke the Rumormongers Mike Meyers reverie. "Im the Katt Man, need the infothrow me a frickin bone here," said Spence to the caller, who turned out to be an old Penguinista pal. The pal claimed that Linux watchers are wondering if JBoss founder Marc Fleury, currently on paternity leave, might be planning to fly the coop. Several comments from the outspoken Fleury, many of them in a November eWEEK interview with Senior Editor Darryl K. Taft prior to Fleurys leave, have fueled speculation that Fleury might be so disillusioned with Red Hats commitment to JBoss since it acquired his company that he might not return. "Well, the Jokers always wild," laughed the Lynx, recalling Fleurys infamous 2004 ServerSide Java Symposium keynote, which found Fleury in full Batman villain attire.
The pal also noted that Oracles Unbreakable Linux support scheme hasnt seemed to have had much impact on Red Hats earnings so far. In fact, Red Hat seems to be pushing right along, opening a new development center in Brno, Czech Republic, and announcing a radical new test version of Fedora, which should be available by Jan. 23, the pal said.