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'It seems,' writes Maureen O'Gara, 'IBM doesn't want the court to look too deeply into Project Monterey and whether Dynix and AIX might infringe SCO copyrights.' IBM has asked the court to limit the scope of its own Ninth Counterclaim.
IBM, Sony and Toshiba engineers used the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) recently in San Francisco to hike the skirt on the vaunted and mysterious multi-core Power-derived ~4GHz chip code named Cell that they've been designing for four years and show a bit of ankl...
A petition posted and distributed to the press Tuesday by Bruce Perens, the long-retired co-founder of the flagging Open Source Initiative, called for a boycott of Oasis, the standards organization, on the theory that the Oasis patent policy threatens to undermine the open source devel...
'In a move that'll make Red Hat none too pleased,' reports Maureen O'Gara, 'Turbolinux says that IBM Japan has added its recently released Turbolinux 10 Server to its list of officially supported operating system for the xSeries models 206, 306 and 346.'
The latest start-up, Palamida Inc, has managed to combine the commercial launch of its software IP asset manager for large corporations with a $5 million round of funding from marquee investors.
Sybase has launched its Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) database for Linux on IBM's OpenPower-based servers. Sybase executives are pitching ASE for Linux on OpenPower as suited for transaction-heavy environments such as financial services.
AMD unwrapped its two latest Opterons this week, as expected, positioning them as a major update.
AMD demoed dual-core Opterons at LinuxWorld Expo last week in a Cray XD1 supercomputer, an HP xw9300 workstation, an HP ProLiant DL585 and a Sun Fire V40z.
HP has set up a $3 million open source utility performance center (HPC1) in France for prototyping and deploying complex IT solutions involving its products and services. HP apparently got the University of Oslo to can its Sun-based e-mail system in favor of a Linux/HP system. Not to b...
Novell has hired William Hewitt, the group VP who used to be responsible for PeopleSoft's demand generation and field marketing, as its chief marketing officer.
In a footnote in its motion for reconsideration of the latest discovery order that the court imposed on IBM in the SCO case, IBM says that in the last year and a half it has produced documents from the files of 174 people and SCO has produced files from 63 people and complains that now...
MySQL AB has rolled out a new subscription-based pricing model for its open source database that combines software, support and alerts. It is called MySQL Network and was announced at LinuxWorld last week. The company said the subscription model was designed for large IT departments.
IBM's lawyers have told the magistrate who wrote the discovery order in the SCO vs IBM case that the company is going to do what it's been told and turn over to SCO all the information in the Configuration Management Version Control (CMVC) system and Revision Control System (RCS) about...
Novell has tied up with Aurema Inc, which does mainframe-style cross-platform workload management, to create ARMTech for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Aurema's debut on Linux. It's the first workload manager supported by a major Linux distributor, according to Aurema VP of product de...
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has replaced its executive director. The incumbent, Bradley Kuhn, has shifted over to the newly created $4 million Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) set up by FSF general counsel Eben Moglen and some OSDL member companies to protect FOSS against IP t...
AMD says it's going to port Xen, the open source virtualization pack, to AMD64 in collaboration with XenSource Inc, the start-up founded to support the technology. The port of Xen, which lets a single machine run multiple operating systems, is supposed to be available this half.
Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) released the first cut of a Desktop Linux (DTL) Capabilities paper this week, roughly a year after it set up a DTL working group. OSDL is focused on the enterprise desktop, figuring to repeat the original path that the PC took that gave Microsoft con...
'Showing you how anxious Hewlett-Packard's board was to get rid of Carly,' reports Maureen O'Gara, 'its first-quarter numbers, posted after the market closed on Wednesday, were better than people expected. Earnings were flat, but revenues were up 10%.'
Two researchers, one of them a professor from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Linux convert, the other the director of security research and training at Security Innovations and a Microsoft follower, turned up at a session at the RSA Conference in California the other day wit...
Novell has set up an Exchange- and Domino-competitive open source project called Hula meant to create a collaboration server based on code from Novell's NetMail collaboration server, which claims four million users. It says Hula will provide calendar and mail functionality currently la...
Novell says the NetWare+SUSE Open Enterprise Server it sent to open beta in December has been downloaded 7,000 times, the largest number in Novell's history. It's supposed to be available in early March and will be priced the same as NetWare now.
Sun has been showing off a StarOffice 8 beta, claiming greater interoperability with Office and a better look-and-feel. Sun said it added productivity by increasing wizards and tools and supporting some Lotus and WordPerfect versions. StarOffice 8 also introduces a new database engin...
'Complicating SCO's currently unenviable position,' reports Maureen O'Gara, 'it's gotten a notice from the Nasdaq SmallCap Market telling it that it's in danger of being delisted on February 25 because it hasn't filed its 10-K with the SEC yet for the fiscal year ending October 31.' O'...
IBM says it's going to invest $100 million over three year to up the Linux support and technology in its Workplace software portfolio. It says it was inspired by the high double-digit growth last year in the number of people deploying IBM collaboration software on Linux - stuff like ...
HP's board has hired Russell Reynolds Associates to search for a new CEO to replace Carly Fiorina. HP's new non-executive chairman Patricia Dunn remarked that 'As we expect this search to be managed with the highest level of confidentiality, we will not comment further until we are rea...
The days of the seminal Open Source Initiative (OSI) may be numbered unless it can think of something else to do with itself besides recognizing open source licenses. 'It didn't help OSI's cause when its new president Russell Nelson, who just replaced OSI co-founder and open source t...
Sun president Jonathan Schwartz apparently feels vindicated. According to his blog posting last Friday, 420,895 Solaris 10 licenses were downloaded in the first 10 days or so since the operating system started to ship commercially on January 31.
Red Hat has finally trotted out the long-awaited Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (RHEL 4), its commercial version of the Linux 2.6 kernel, calling it 'a defining milestone in the evolution of Linux as the backbone of the enterprise.' It's supposed to put Linux - and Red Hat - on a par with ...
Unisys' ES7000 system has become one of the rare boxes to be Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4-certified for both 32- and 64-bit servers with up to 32 processors. RHEL 4 is the first commercial Red Hat distribution to be based on the 2.6 Linux kernel.
Embedded software house Wind River Systems put out a reference design release of its Platform for Network Equipment Linux Edition the other day. It is said to be the first Wind River platform to include a complete Linux reference file system with a set of networking middleware and appl...
Voltaire has contributed its iSER protocol sources to the Linux community. iSER is a new IETF standard extension to iSCSI that supports multiple RDMA-based transports like Infiniband and Ethernet RDMA. Besides boosting iSCSI performance, the protocol is supposed to leverage its managem...
This year it looks certain that a new participation record will be set, as more than 4,000 votes have already been recorded in just the first seven days of voting, as more than 50,000 SYS-CON Media readers are estimated to cast their votes in this year's Readers' Choice Awards. Highlig...
The Fedora Project is going to host its first annual Fedora Users and Developers Conference (FUDcon) on February 18 at Boston University.
'It looks like there's chance the $5 billion SCO vs IBM case might get heard after all despite IBM's attempts to get it squelched,' reports Maureen O'Gara. 'The federal court judge responsible for the case has thrown out all three of IBM's motions for partial summary judgment, includin...
HP is about to expand its commitment to the Opteron, adding its very first Opteron workstation - to go up against Sun and IBM - an Opteron version of its two-year-old Xeon-based DL380 two-way - that's gonna irk the dickens out of Intel - and two 2p Opteron blades - also a first for the...
Intel has also changed its tune on 64-bits. Its reorganized new Digital Enterprise Group, again sounding a bit like AMD, says that everything from the Celeron through the Xeon will be 64-bit, including the upcoming dual-cores. Intel's doubtful the world is ready for this, but the move ...
Chris Stone, late vice-chairman of Novell responsible for its acquisition of SUSE and Ximian, has surfaced on the shiny new advisory board of Virtual Iron Software Inc, a start-up virtual computing platform outfit in Acton, Massachusetts that has also joined OSDL intending to participa...
Sun has started what it calls the Solar Edge Elite program to drive reseller Solaris-on-Opteron sales to its largest customers.
The Open Source Development Labs has delivered its Data Center Capabilities 1.1 (DCL 1.1) specification, an expansion on its initial cut last February, and has also put out its Carrier Grade Linux Requirements Definition 3.0 (CGL 3.0) for evaluation by developers.
Dell earnings dropped 11% to $667 million, or 26 cents a share, in its fiscal fourth quarter ended January 28 because of a $280 million tax charge that worked out to 11 cents a share. Dell has $14.1 billion in the bank.