There are actually two loony tune headlines I can think of thatmight make some sense: "Intel to fab PowerPC for Apple" and"Apple to sue IBM for commercial malfeasance." Both depend, ofcourse, on things I don't know - specifically on what's in thedetails of Apple's contracts with IBM and Freescale.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
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Personally I expect Linux on Cell to blow Wintel into history -but history is behavioral,and if we don't change, it'll just repeat on us, right?
Last month I wrote about the U.S. Court of Appeals putting the kibosh on the FCC's broadcast flag rule.
By using the GPL, by giving away code and hoping amateurs will enhance it, corporations can wash their hands of failed products and still provide competition to hated rivals. In other words, licensing is strategy.
Enterprise analysts are cheering Novell's delivery of a "mixed source" solution. It's an application stack combining the JBoss open source application server, the proprietary Oracle database with its Real Application Clusters, and Novell's own SUSE Linux, all running on H-P hardware.
There's nothing wrong with loading three differentdatabase engines on the same machine if you've got the I/O and processor bandwidth to handlethem -you can trust Unix to do its job pretty much no matter what you throw at it.
The end result is to largely shut open source software out of the media playing arena, and thus, if you believe in the convergence of media playing devices and computering devices, out of the general purpose home computer arena.
Only a qualified success? there's a phrase you'd expect from Barbara Boxer's therapist, not ajournalist talking about Microsoft's failure to take an Intel technology much beyond PowerPoint.
Before dismissing Jesús Villasante's attack on corporate open source as mere carping from "Old Europe," let's ask if there is some justice in it. (The picture is from the conference program.
Rodi is a small-client P2P application, written in Java, that improves on BitTorrent by allowing both content searches and full anonymity. It's released under the General Public License (GNU).