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CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the LinuxCon North America conference today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced it is tapping into its global network of over 50 IBM Innovation Centers and IBM Client Centers to help IBM Business Partners, IT professionals, academics, and entrepreneurs develop and deliver new Big Data and cloud computing software applications for clients using Linux on IBM Power Systems servers.  Last year IBM committed $1 billion in new Linux and open source technologies for its Power Systems servers including the opening of five new Power Systems Linux Centers in Beijing, China, New York, New York, Austin, Texas, Montpelier, France and Tokyo, Japan.  Today over 1500 ISV applications are available for Linux on Power, fueled in part by work performed at these centers. IBM is adding Power Systems Linux services to its Innovation and Client Centers t... (more)

McNealy: "Sun Does Not Favor Mega-Mergers"

According to Sun, its mergers and acquisitions – unlike Oracle's, Adobe's, and AT&T's – aren't quick fixes aimed at instantly growing its customer base. They're "thoughtful, strategic acquisitions that complement and enhance our historic strengths." Sun Microsystems, McNealy claims in a memo sent to Sun's customers this week, takes a different approach from the rest of the industry giants. But hold on. Sun has completed no fewer than nine acquisitions during the past three years. McNealy points out as much in his memo. So what's so different between its approach and the approach of, say, Adobe/Macromedia, Oracle/PeopleSoft, HP/Compaq, and the pending AT&T/SBC deal? According to McNealy, it's this: "Our team ... looks to acquire companies that will give Sun a strategic advantage in terms of intellectual property, new technologies, and human capital. We are looking ... (more)

Silicon Laboratories Deploys CEVA-Teak in GSM/GPRS Phone Chips

CEVA has announced that Silicon Laboratories has licensed and deployed the CEVA-Teak DSP core in the AeroFONE single-chip phone, the industry’s most integrated, highest performance, easiest-to-use solution for GSM/GPRS handsets. Existing cellphone IC solutions in the industry integrate some of the standard components that comprise the functionality of a handset, including digital baseband, RF transceiver, logic and analog functions. However, Silicon Laboratories’ breakthrough innovations in chip design and integration has enabled them to take this process one step further, without compromising performance. By additionally integrating the analog baseband, power management unit (PMU), battery interface and charging circuitry into their single-chip phone, Silicon Laboratories has achieved a level of integration that no other solution in the market  can matc... (more)

Sun Creates Independent OpenSPARC Advisory Board, Includes New Linux Distribution

Sun Microsystems announced the creation of an independent OpenSPARC Community Advisory Board. The board is chartered with setting the direction for OpenSPARC, a community that fosters the creation of tools and derivative chip designs based on Sun's breakthrough UltraSPARC T1 processor. The community now includes a new GNU/Linux distribution, Gentoo Linux, which is supporting UltraSPARC T1 in the latest release of its popular open source operating system (OS), and the first published derivative of the chip design from Simply RISC. "To grow we can't just rely on upgrading our installed base, we have to go after new customers, and that's what open source helps us do," said John Fowler, executive vice president of Sun's systems group. "OpenSolaris is clearly a runaway hit, and the OpenSPARC program helps us accelerate our adoption rate into the new, emerging Web 2.0 mar... (more)

Yawn, Vista Starts Moving Out

Yawn, Vista Starts Moving Out Ignore for the moment that Microsoft IPO'd 20 years ago this past March. On Thursday, the day that Vista finally went to volume-license business accounts, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer turned up at the Nasdaq to ring the opening bell to celebrate Microsoft's 20 years as a public company and brought along friends from AMD, Dell, HP, Intel and Lenovo for a press conference to help boost the partial availability of Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007. The consensus seems to be that corporate users won't hurry to deploy the stuff and that it will take 12-18 months before the rollouts start. They need to test it and probably get new hardware. Microsoft contends that analysts are vastly underestimating how many copies of Vista will deploy. It says 200 million people will be running Vista, the unfinished Long Horn server or the new Office by t... (more)

Think Linus Torvalds Will Defer to Sun on GPLv3? The Answer May Hinge on a Bottle of Wine

Linux creator Linus Torvalds thinks the last GPLv3 draft is better than earlier drafts, but he still doesn't like it much, preferring the existing GPLv2 that the Linux kernel is currently licensed under. He has problems with the GPL 3's ban on so-called "tivoization" - Tivo shuts down if users mess with its DRM software - and deals like the Microsoft-Novell pact. " All I've heard are shrill voices about 'tivoization' (which I expressly think is OK)," he wrote Sunday on the Linux development mailing list, "and panicked worries about Novell-MS (which seems way overblown, and quite frankly, the argument seems to not so much be about the Novell deal, as about an excuse to push the GPLv3)." However, he told the mailing list that he might move to GPLv3 if Sun puts OpenSolaris under the GPLv3 like it's been saying it wants to so it can have a standard license. "I have yet... (more)

Written Statement of Kevin J. O'Connor, Chairman of the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property, at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Intellectual Property Enforcement

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a written statement by Kevin J. O'Connor, Chairman of the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property, at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Intellectual Property Enforcement: -- Introduction Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Specter, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the Department of Justice's efforts to protect intellectual property rights through criminal enforcement. As America continues its transformation into an information- and innovation-based economy, the protection of America's creative assets is a top priority of the Department of Justice. Intellectual property embodies America's cultural heritage, consumer confidence and trust in brands for products ranging from prescription medicines to spark plugs, and most of the assets of our vibran... (more)

60 GHz Wireless Standard Promises Ultra-Fast Applications

Ultra-high-speed wireless connectivity - capable of transferring 15 gigabits of data per second over short distances - has taken a significant step toward reality. A recent decision by an international standards group could help bring this technology to market soon. Short-distance 60 gigahertz ( GHz ) technology could offer many benefits to bandwidth-hungry applications such as high-definition video and high-capacity data storage. The new standard would support extremely fast wireless peer-to-peer connectivity, PC connectivity and High-Definition Multimedia Interface ( HDMI ) cable replacement. Among the many potential 60 GHz applications are virtually wireless desktop-computer setups and data centers, wireless home DVD systems, in-store kiosks that transfer movies to handheld devices in seconds, and the potential to move gigabytes of photos or video from a camera to ... (more)

AMD Pushes Out Six-Core Chip

MD has a 45nm six-core chip now just like Intel that will appear in HP, Cray, Dell, SGI, IBM and Sun systems this month. How the Istanbul chip and its adopters fare in a lousy make-do market remains to be seen. AMD pushed the doohickey out Monday five months early in an effort to compete with the next Intel generation, the hyper-threaded quad-core Nehalem. HE, SE and EE versions of the thing won’t be shipping until next quarter. It’s eight months behind Intel’s six-core Dunnington Xeon, a hot little pre-Nehalem Penryn-style chip and the last Intel part with a front-side bus. AMD says its new Istanbul chip offers 34% better performance-per-watt over Opteron’s previous quad-core Shanghai. Unlike Intel’s six-core, the part fits into the Shanghai platform so it takes little effort to incorporate and can pass for a value play. It also uses DDR-2 memory rather than DDR-3, wh... (more)

Citrix Offers Technology Preview of Linux Virtual Apps and Desktops Delivered from XenApp and XenDesktop

Citrix today announced a limited technology preview of virtualized Linux apps and desktops that integrates with XenApp and XenDesktop and extends the FlexCast Management Architecture (FMA) to enable additional use cases in industries such as automotive, manufacturing, oil and gas and financial services. When used with Citrix HDX, the company’s market-leading user experience technology, customers will get unmatched performance and bandwidth efficiency for people accessing Linux desktops from any device, over any network. In the future, the HDX technology for hosted Linux apps will continue to evolve to enable even the most demanding GPU-based graphics applications. People interested in participating in the Citrix Linux Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) Tech Preview to test and provide feedback on this project may submit an application at http://now.citrix.com/LinuxPreview... (more)

IBM Award to Help Establish Multicore Supercomputing Center at UMBC

BALTIMORE, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/23/07 -- The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a new collaboration to create The Multicore Computing Center (MCC), a unique facility that will focus on supercomputing research related to aerospace/defense, financial services, medical imaging and weather/climate change prediction. IBM awarded UMBC a significant gift to support the development of this new center, which researchers describe as an "orchestra" of one of the world's most powerful supercomputing chips. The MCC will bring to UMBC a high-performance computational test laboratory based on the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.), jointly developed by IBM, Sony Corp., Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) and Toshiba Corp. This ground breaking processor is used in products such as SCE's PlayStation3 and Toshiba's Cell/B.E. Re... (more)