Bear in mind that the cell consists of an Altivec equiped PPC based main processorcontrolling an eight way on-board grid. Getting Linux and MacOS X to run on themain processor is apparently relatively easy, but getting beyond that to tapping thethe enormous potential offered by the grid correspondigly difficult.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
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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The point is that we who report on the open source world, as well as those of you who live in it, have a natural impatience. We see the glass as half-empty all the time. But it's also half-full.
These numbers lead to an interesting question. Since "everyone knows" that Pentiums arefaster and cheaper than powerPC chips, how come they seem capable of only about two thirdsas much work even when run at a nearly a third more cycles per second?
Software patents are still in the news. The European patent directive continues to lumber forward, despite overwhelming opposition from groups on all corners -- excepting the big software companies that will win big if sofware patents become law in Europe as well as the U.
There's an untold story here, by the way: all the other hardware vendors are reporting their results usingLinux. Put Debian with mySQL on this machine, and you'd probably break a $1.20 -and an Apple X-serveusing lots of RAM could probably break one dollar because its X-RAID array is so cheap.
One of the things hampering the whole open source movement today is our failure to count and report our successes. As I put it in something I wrote for Linuxinsider almost two years ago: In management you get what you measure; in volume sales, you get what the press reports.
Well, it looks like it was premature to call the broadcast flag dead for the year. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), rumor has it that an amendment reviving the broadcast flag will be introduced Tuesday in the Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science sub-committee to be tacked on to an appropriations bill.
There's a simple bottom line to all this, and a very unsimple consequence. The bottom line is thatorganizations whose technical staff plan services around both their own measurement issuesand the needs of proxy cache users can do much better on counting and verification than organizationswhose staffs treat measurement as something that happens after they've done their jobs.
For now, I'd say take the GPL at its word and change only if a court says so.
It's been a little more than a year since Jonathan Schwartz confirmed that Sun was going to open source Solaris, and it looks like the big day has finally come: OpenSolaris is now available to everybody under an honest-to-goodness OSI-approved open source license. (Actually, several licenses, if you count the other open source tools that make up OpenSolaris...