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Channel news for the morning of Feb. 12, 2007

Twelve Microsoft patches to include fixes for OneCare, ForeFront
Patches are being readied to plug security holes in Windows, Office, Visual Studio, Windows Live OneCare, Defender and ForeFront. Per usual, Microsoft will release the mega-fix Tuesday. []

Sun x86 servers turn heads: Too bad you can’t get one
Users are impressed with Sun’s foray into low-end hardware. But analysts and bloggers say the engineering-centric firm needs to improve logistics. []
IBM aims to lower cost of using Linux, Apple PCs
IBM said on Sunday it will offer an open desktop software system for businesses that puts the cost of managing Apple or Linux computers on a more equal footing with Microsoft’s Windows software, improving the economics of Windows alternatives. [Reuters]

The countdown clock is officially ticking: Windows 7 due in 2009
The countdown clock officially is ticking. The goal is Windows 7 in 2009. [All About Microsoft]

NetApp CEO to vars: Sell more software or risk ‘being left behind’
Network Appliance opened its kimono a bit to solution partners at its annual partner summit, held this week in San Francisco, to talk about some upcoming product and program changes. Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of NetApp, used his keynote address to push solution providers to look beyond NetApp hardware sales to make storage and services a bigger part of their sales. [ChannelWeb]

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