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Firefox Releases Mac-Intel Compatible Browser

Mozilla on Thursday made it easier for Mac users to browse the Web with Firefox. The open source software developer released a new version of its browser with more Mac support and several security fixes. Firefox 1.5.0.2 adds native support for Apple's Mac OS X running on Intel's processors, accordin...

Intel Partners With Red Hat to Push Linux

Intel and Red Hat on Tuesday announced a global program designed to help customers plan for, accelerate and optimize their deployments of Linux solutions. The firms said the program will initially focus on developing and disseminating tools for platform virtualization and grid computing. "The Red ...

Microsoft Eyes Linux, Unix with Vintela Investment

In a competitive move against IBM and HP, Microsoft came as close as it might ever get to supporting Unix and Linux when it bought a minority share of platform integration solutions firm Vintela. Vintela technology will allow companies to use Microsoft Windows software management tools to manage Uni...

Unisys, SAS Unveil Linux Business Intelligence Support

Unisys has joined forces with the SAS Institute to make Linux enterprise-ready for business intelligence in a move that demonstrates the server maker's commitment to meeting customer interest in open-source software and services. The effort is aimed at helping organizations migrate from the propriet...

NEWS BRIEF

IBM, Intel Open Blade Specs

IBM, in collaboration with Intel, has made available the design specifications for the IBM eServer BladeCenter platform. The specifications should allow hardware vendors to create BladeCenter-compatible products and participate in the blade server market. According to IBM, the design specifications ...

Intel Builds New Chips with 65 Nanometer Process Technology

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, said Monday that it has built fully functional 70-megabit static random access memory (SRAM) chips with more than half a billion transistors using 65 nanometer (nm) process technology.

NASA, Intel and SGI Plan Linux Supercomputer

Silicon Graphics (SGI) announced that NASA has chosen the company's Altix as the foundation of Project Columbia, a collaboration between SGI and Intel that is expected to foster scientific breakthroughs in space exploration, global warming research and aerospace engineering. For the project, NASA pl...

INDUSTRY ANALYSIS

Linux on Intel: Think Dead Man Walking

Last week, I talked about the cell processor expected from Sony and IBM. This week I want to think out loud about what happens in the industry if Toshiba launches a PC based on this processor into the Asian market and IBM promptly follows suit with a series aimed at the American and European markets...

Intel, Proxim Deliver WiMAX Products

Intel, the world's largest chip maker and Proxim, a major wireless networking equipment maker, said on Thursday they will join hands in delivering WiMAX solutions for fixed and portable broadband wireless access. Intel said the agreement includes the development of base station and subscriber unit a...

NEWS BRIEF

Intel Opens BIOS to Industry

Intel announced today it is working with CollabNet to release the Foundation code of Intel's next-generation firmware technology under the Common Public License (CPL) later this year. More than 20 years old, the BIOS -- the Basic Input-Output System -- is one of the oldest software technologies in t...

OPINION

Wintel Doesn’t Matter: Gaining Strategic Advantage with Linux

The publication in the Harvard Business Review of an article by Nicholas Carr titled "IT Doesn't Matter" raised much controversy. Carr's fundamental argument is that every widely used business technology conferred significant strategic advantage on early adopters but lost that potency as it m...

OPINION

Baffled Certainties: Betraying Lintel for Wintel

I've been trying to imagine what the computing universe will look like in late 2008. The exercise not only highlighted the degree to which Linux has become the focal point for anti-Microsoft feeling, but also underscored the risk that the Linux community now faces from commercialization. My belief i...

MontaVista Linux To Support Intel’s Next-Gen Wireless Processor

In a move that highlights the accelerated adoption of Linux into the consumer electronics marketplace, MontaVista Software has announced that its Linux Consumer Electronics Edition (CEE) now supports the recently unveiled next-generation Intel processor for wireless devices, code-named Bulverde. The...

OPINION

Wintel Monoculture, Lamarckian Biology and Bill Joy

In an interview with Bill Joy headlined "Joy after Sun," Fortune Magazine mentions Joy's famous "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us" article from Wired, which concluded that "robotics, nanotech and genetic engineering were emerging so quickly that, if we weren't careful, they could endanger the human sp...

LINUX PICKS AND PANS

Newest RoboLinux 11 Update Goes Far Beyond Typical Linux

RoboLinux is one of the most advanced desktop Linux distributions you can find. The latest release is even better, making it potentially THE best Linux variety available today for desktop users. The Oct. 9 release of RoboLinux 11.13 is an upgraded build of the project's Ubuntu-based distribution. Bu...

Open Source Processes Driving Software-Defined Everything

Some of the world's largest, most regulated, complex and centuries-old industries have several essential things in common with today's rapid development, bleeding-edge innovation. They are all dependent on open source software, and they are building open source into the fabric of their R&D model...

Lenovo Expands Linux-Ready Computer Line

As the next step in its Linux expansion program, Lenovo has launched Linux-ready ThinkPad and ThinkStation PCs pre-installed with Canonical's Ubuntu technology. The company also now brings Linux certification to its ThinkPad and ThinkStation Workstation portfolio, along with easing deployment for de...

LINUX PICKS AND PANS

New MakuluLinux Distro Puts a ‘Shift’ in Your Computing Routine

MakuluLinux Shift is a well-designed Linux distro that blends several mainstream design concepts with performance features not found elsewhere. One of Shift's unique traits is its ability to modify key design elements effortlessly. Hence, its name. A few other Linux distros have mechanisms to alter ...

New Open Source Initiative Consolidates Security Goals

The Linux Foundation on Monday announced the formation of the Open Source Security Foundation as the latest initiative to improve software security. This cross-industry collaboration brings together industry leaders to improve the security of open-source software by building a broader community with...

LINUX PICKS AND PANS

Austrumi Linux Is Loaded With Language Laziness

Austrumi Linux is an unusual distribution. With a little more polish, it could be a good tool for running the Linux operating system on any computer you touch without changing anything on the hard drive. There lies the reason for my disappointment. That hope for polish is still missing.

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