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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)

Wind River To Support Sun's Open Source UltraSPARC T1 Multithreaded Processor

Wind River Systems announced that Wind River Platform for Networking Equipment, Linux Edition, will be optimized to support Sun’s UltraSPARC T1 processor. The combination of a Wind River run-time platform on an open source, 64-bit, multi-threaded architecture will offer significantly increased performance throughput for high-end ATCA applications and will enable telecommunications equipment providers (TEMs) and network equipment providers (NEPs) to build next generation compute intensive communications server platforms. This new support will result in higher service availability, faster time-to-market, reduced development costs and lower total cost of operations. Working with Sun Microsystems to deliver this solution, Wind River reaffirms its commitment to meeting the demands of NEPs and TEMs by offering commercially available Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) solutio... (more)

Sun Reveals Open Source Plans for Niagara Chip

While it was busy launching its new Niagara-based servers in New York Tuesday, Sun Microsystems said it would open source the UltraSparc T1 processor that was code named Niagara. It's calling the project OpenSparc. At this point it's more a statement of intent than a fait accompli. The program isn't supposed to kick off until late in the first quarter after Sun addresses key issues such as implementation and governance. Back in 1999 Sun released its complete MicroSparc IIep design for free under the Community Source License, also used for Java to try to make its chip designs more popular. Companies that used and sold the embedded chip were supposed to pay Sun 3% of the average selling price by way of royalty but would have saved hundreds of thousands in licensing fees. Again Sun it apparently hopeful of triggering a few derivatives. It claims the idea behind OpenSparc i... (more)

Sun Charts New Territory For Open Source With OpenSPARC Project

Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the OpenSPARC project to open source its new breakthrough UltraSPARC(R) T1 processor design point. Sun also announced plans to publish specifications for the UltraSPARC-based chip, including the source of the design expressed in Verilog, a verification suite and simulation models, instruction set architecture specification (UltraSPARC Architecture 2005) and a Solaris OS port. The goal is to enable community members to build on proven technology at a markedly lower cost and to innovate freely. The source code will be released under an Open Source Initiative (OSI)-approved open source license. With this ground breaking move to open source the UltraSPARC T1 code, Sun hopes to spur innovation for massively-threaded systems and “system-on-a-chip” design through increased participation in processor architecture development and ... (more)

Inside View: Parasoft Insure++ 7.0 for Linux

My first encounter with Parasoft Insure++ and Parasoft Corporation was in the mid-'90s when I was working for a small company developing parsers and translators for languages used in semiconductor chip design. Like developers on almost any development project, we ran into a "runaway" memory situation -typically called "leaks," ours was more like a "flood" - that took quite a bit of time, effort, and frank conversations to debug by hand. After that incident, we started looking at memory debugging tools, Insure++ (in version 2.1 back then) being one of them. In the course of a diligent evaluation, we were favorably impressed with the robustness and accuracy of Insure++ memory analysis. There was, however, a problem: the tool was slower than our application would tolerate for meaningful debugging. A Parasoft salesman was completely unfazed when I told him, "We won't b... (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)

SYS-CON i-Technology Podcast: iTVCon Internet TV Conference Launched, Sun Open Sources, Java Company Hires Exec

SYS-CON Events has announced the first "iTVcon Internet TV Conference & Expo, to be held in New York. Calls for papers, delegate registration, and information about sponsorship and exhibit opportunities can be found at the conference website, www.itvcon.com. SavaJe Technologies has announced the appointment of for PalmSource executive Lamar Potts as Senior Vice President of Business Development. SaveJe the developer of an open, Java-based operating system for mobile phones. Talk continues to reverberate from Sun Microsystems’ back-to-back announcement that it will open-source its Solaris OS and that it will also certain elements of its chip design. FOSS.in was held in Bangalore, from November 29th to December 2nd this year. ... (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)

After IBM's PC Unit Goes Chinese, Will Carly Now Sell HP's PC Business?

SYS-CON Live Coverage of HP - via Google News Reuters is carrying a report that quotes Gartner Research analyst Martin Reynolds, saying that "IBM was smart to get of this early." The "this" in question? The PC business. Reynolds was commenting on the day that IBM disposed of its PC division in a complex inter-company deal with China's top PC manufacturer, Lenovo Group Limited. His belief is that, with the IBM-Lenovo deal now public knowledge,  Hewlett-Packard Co will be under pressure to sell its personal computer business: "HP is now on the spot to show why their PC business is a strategic part of the company," he told Reuters. IBM, Reynolds believes, has achieved with the PC unit sale "more freedom to focus on its IT consulting, chip design and services businesses" - while the remaining PC manufacturing giants like Dell and HP are left to compete over increasingly... (more)

Novell: Once a Bridesmaid, Always a Bridesmaid

Novell's attempt to dominate the news coming out of LinuxWorld last week left Linux watcher Prudential Equity unmoved. It still thinks Red Hat is king of the hill and that "Novell will likely be a distant #2 provider." It says, "Novell is making positive headway, but still faces the difficult task of supporting a billion-dollar-plus run-rate as they transition to a new business model." Intel, which was a solidly Red Hat shop, has been throwing Novell a few crumbs. Intel has been replacing its RISC-based servers in chip design with Linux machines. Meanwhile, Red Hat is raising expectations that its international position is deepening. ... (more)

IBM Taps Global Network of Innovation Centers to Fuel Linux on Power Systems for Big Data and Cloud Computing

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)