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IBM Dons Red Hat for Cloudy Future

IBM's deal to acquire Red Hat caught everyone by surprise when it was announced less than two weeks ago. While concerns spread quickly about what it would mean for the largest enterprise Linux platform, IBM and Red Hat executives assured employees and customers that Red Hat would continue to operate...

IBM, Maersk Announce Global Blockchain Shipping Venture

IBM and A.P. Moeller-Maersk on Tuesday announced a joint venture to create a platform based on Hyperledger Fabric 1.0, with the goal of creating huge efficiencies in the global supply chain. IBM and Maersk have teamed up to provide a more efficient method of standardizing shipping logistics using bl...

IBM Touts Top-Notch Security in Next-Gen Linux Mainframe

IBM on Tuesday launched LinuxOne Emperor II, the second generation of its open source mainframe computer system. The new model has a layer of security and privacy not seen in a Linux-based platform before, the company said. "We saw in our success stories for Emperor that security was a recurring the...

IBM Launches Enterprise-Strength Blockchain as a Service

IBM on Monday unveiled the first enterprise-ready Blockchain as a Service offering based on The Linux Foundation's open source Hyperledger Fabric version 1.0. IBM Blockchain, which lets developers quickly establish highly secure blockchain networks on the IBM cloud, is a transformative step in being...

Cisco, IBM Bet Big on OpenStack

OpenStack, a free and open source cloud controller package that has been struggling to gain acceptance in the enterprise, took a giant stride forward when IBM and Cisco opened up their wallets last week. IBM announced it would buy hosted OpenStack private cloud provider Blue Box Cloud. Cisco announc...

The Ghost of SCO Dogs IBM Again

Like Carrie, whose hand emerged from the grave to grab Sue by the ankle in Sue's nightmare, SCO has reemerged from its grave to revive its lawsuit against IBM, 10 years after the case was first filed. A court has granted SCO's motion for reconsideration and reopening the case. The case had several t...

The Ghost of SCO Dogs IBM Again

Like Carrie, whose hand emerged from the grave to grab Sue by the ankle in Sue's nightmare, SCO has reemerged from its grave to revive its lawsuit against IBM, 10 years after the case was first filed. A court has granted SCO's motion for reconsideration and reopening the case. The case had several t...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

Discordant Notes Surround IBM’s Symphony Move

Following last month's excitement over the ongoing OpenOffice.org saga, it seemed like things on that front were quieting down at last. It was just early June, of course, when Oracle decided to donate OpenOffice to the Apache Foundation rather than to LibreOffice -- a move at least one blogger equat...

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IBM and TurboHercules: The Patents, the Pledge and the Blogosphere Brawl

No sooner did the Novell v. SCO case draw to a close than another one seems to have come to take its place. This time, of course, IBM is the big name involved, while TurboHercules, a French company that makes a mainframe emulator, plays the little guy. At issue are Hercules, the open source mainfra...

IBM Locks Horns With Tiny French Firm Over FOSS

Advocates of free and open source software were on the warpath Wednesday following the eruption of a bitter legal battle between IBM and a tiny French firm. IBM has asserted that Hercules -- an open source mainframe emulator from Paris-based TurboHercules -- infringes on numerous IBM patents, and it...

IBM, Canonical Put Windows 7 in Their Crosshairs

IBM and Canonical have launched a Microsoft-free desktop software suite for U.S. companies, claiming the package will offer substantial cost reductions compared to a Windows 7 migration. The IBM Client for Smart Work package was launched late last month in Africa as part of the company's "Microsoft-...

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IBM + Sun: Bad for FOSS?

An assortment of topics made for interesting conversation on the Linux blogs in the past few days, not the least of which was the collection of video contestants that have been posted for the Linux Foundation's "I'm Linux" contest. Close to 100 entries were received in the contest -- now called "We'...

OPINION

Sun-IBM Deal Just Doesn’t Add Up

Someone has floated a trial balloon, through a leak to The Wall Street Journal, that IBM is in "talks" to buy Sun Microsystems for $6.5 billion. The only party that would leak this information is Sun itself, and it smacks of desperation in trying to thwart an unwanted acquisition, or to positively i...

IBM Takes Dead Aim at Microsoft With Virtual Linux Desktop

IBM has teamed with Virtual Bridges and Canonical to offer a new Linux-based virtual desktop solution. The three companies announced the general availability of Virtual Linux Desktop Thursday, calling it a cost-effective alternative to Microsoft's desktop software. VLD runs open standards-based e-ma...

WEEKLY RECAP

IBM Nixes Standards Shenanigans; Plus: Flying Lipstick-Wearing Pigs!

IBM has had enough of the silliness that goes on at some of the standards bodies it belongs to. So Big Blue now has a new policy: No shenanigans. Setting standards for hardware, software, communications protocols, document formats -- is a job that's way too important to be done in the dark, says IBM...

TECH BLOG

IBM’s Homeward Bound Linux PC Push

IBM fired the opening salvo at this year's LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, and to the surprise of no one, it was aimed squarely at Microsoft. Sure, it was the low-hanging fruit -- Microsoft's an easy target. It's kind of like taking pot shots at John McCain at an Obama fund-raiser. But here, the amm...

IBM Fuels New Blue Biz Initiative With Linux

IBM plans to launch an initiative that centers on a Linux-based platform and a Web-based marketplace tailored for small and medium-sized businesses. Set for later this year, the rollout will provide users with a range of products and services from independent software vendors. It will also allow the...

Google’s Schmidt Joins IBM’s Palmisano for Some Cloud Seeding

Two technology industry heavyweight CEOs -- Google's Eric Schmidt and IBM's Sam Palmisano -- took the stage together at IBM's PartnerWorld conference in Los Angeles Thursday to talk up their companies' cloud computing efforts, first publicly introduced last fall, which they say are still going stron...

EnterpriseDB Wins $10M in IBM-Led Funding Round

IBM has bought into New Jersey-based startup EnterpriseDB, an open source rival of MySQL and Oracle. EnterpriseDB closed a $10 million round of Series C venture capital financing with IBM, as well as Charles River Ventures, Fidelity Ventures and Valhalla Partners, the company said at the Open Source...

IBM Expands Linux App Virtual Environment for SMBs

It's long been acknowledged that small and medium-sized businesses provide the engine of growth for the economy, and IBM has been targeting this area for some time now. Big Blue's latest whack at the SMB market is in the virtualization arena. IBM is including PowerVM Lx86 with all copies of its Powe...

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