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March 7, 2006 by

Word of the day: Orthogonal

or·thog·o·nal:Adj.[from mathematics] Mutually independent; well separated; sometimes, irrelevantto. Used in a generalization of its mathematical meaning to describe setsof primitives or capabilities that, like a vector basis in geometry, spanthe entire `capability space' of the system and are in some sense non-overlappingor mutually independent. For example, in architectures such as the PDP-11or VAX where all or nearly all registers can be used interchangeably inany role with respect to any instruction, the register set is said to beorthogonal.Ah, the PDP-11 or VAX, such memories of room-sizedcomputers with monstorous gigabyte hard drives.  Anyway.I used the word "orthogonal" today to describe the "innovationpack" planned for Lotus Notes and Domino in mid-2006.  This isthe set of capabilites including a blog template, RSS feeds, and Noteson a USB key that were announced at Lotusphere.  They're "orthogonal"because they are not a 7.1 or 7.5 fact, no core code is disturbedat all.  This is critical to those organizations who have testingrequirements in order to deploy a "new" piece of software.  The"innovation pack" is separate from the core Notes/Domino codestream.  Apparently, the "orthogonal"nature of this deliverable taught several people in the room a new SATword.Other notes from today's Lotusphere Comes to You in Chicago:- About 120 customers and partners attended.  Speakers included KevinCavanaugh, Rob Ingram, David Marshak (demonstrating Sametime 7.5 live!),and Joe Linehan. - In my session on Notes/Domino directions, all of the attendees were onND6.x or 7.  A number of Linux and iSeries customers represented,as well as some pSeries and Solaris.  Oh yeah, there were Windowsusers, too. - Today was my first visit to the IBM offices at 71 S. Wacker, Chicago. This is the address that has been on my business card since August,but until today, I had never been there.  Nice place, very sleek. The A/V equipment is first rate (except the wireless microphone setup). But now I can no longer point out that as a telecommuter, I've neverbeen to my own office.  Though I still didn't go looking for wheremy snail mail is stored.

October 28, 2005 by

Use of Solaris for Domino servers

As I travel around to user groups and Notes/Domino7 launch events, I often ask the attendees at these events different profilequestions about Notes deployments.  I ask about versions in use, Iask about use of instant mesaging, and I ask about server platforms.One interesting thing I've noticed inasking about server platforms in the last two or three months is that I'mnot drawing many hands for Sun Solaris.  Among my (mostly American)audiences, Windows continues to be the server platform I see most frequently. iSeries and Linux tend to be the next two.  And while I seethe other platforms with some frequency, I haven't seen a hand for Dominoon Sun Solaris at any meeting I've done in the last two or three months.Now, market watchers shouldn't necessarilyread anything into this.  But I am kind of curious whether there isa reason for this lack of show.  Since IBM sells a platform-agnosticlicense, it's sometimes hard to track how servers are deployed in the realworld.  I know of a customer in the Netherlands that consolidated110 Windows servers down to two Sun Solaris boxes, so it's definitely deployed. I'm just wondering why I am not seeing more of it.

December 19, 2003 by

IBM to trumpet iSeries Linux software

IBM, the loudest backer of the Linux operating system, plans to announce Monday that its business partners added more than 300 software packages in 2003 that run on a foundation of Big Blue's WebSphere e-commerce software and its iSeries midrange servers. Among the new software packages is S2 Systems' OpeN/2 software for processing electronic payment transactions.

February 1, 2002 by

SuSE, IBM deepen Linux partnership

NEW YORK--German Linux seller SuSE has deepened its partnership with IBM, the companies announced Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here. The two companies will work to optimize SuSE's higher-end Enterprise Server product for IBM's four server lines. In addition, the companies said Thursday that the Enterprise Server product is available for IBM's iSeries special-purpose servers for mid-sized companies and for its pSeries Unix servers. SuSE has had a two-year partnership with IBM; all three of the companies using Linux on the mainframe that IBM trotted out to business partners at the show were using SuSE's version of Linux. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News


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