Now that the rumors have turned out to be true, what is this going to mean for Linux -- if anything? Well, let's look at the facts that we have so far.
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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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Niagara rocks. You want low power use for a laptop? How about an eight way 1.4Ghz SMP core with TCP/IP and cryptographydone in hardware - at 65 watts flat out. There are some serious software issues, but get past them and you've goteight to ten Xeons in the box - at 65 watts.
What is the biggest problem faced by the open source community? Is it marketing or our business model?
That's 250 people, many of them presumably experienced kernel level Unix developers, working on thekernel for over three years now. Sounds impressive, but what have they been doing? Has anyone seenresults remotely commensurate with that level of effort?
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.
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.