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Is Dell Taking a Shine to Chrome?

Dell reportedly is talking with Google about the possibility of using the search giant's Chrome OS on its laptop computers. Dell wants to be a "leader" when it comes to implementing Chrome and Android, said Amit Midha, Dell's president for Greater China and South Asia, who confirmed that talks betwe...

Another Linux-Compatible Mobile OS Is in the Oven

Targeting a market already replete with numerous contenders, a consortium of six Japanese firms announced plans to build a new mobile operating system that will be compatible at least with Linux and Symbian -- and possibly with Android too. NTT Docomo, Renesas Electronics, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic Mo...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

A Big, Linuxy ‘Thank You’ to Matthew Katzer

Sometimes there's nothing like a good lawsuit to force people to acknowledge just how much something is worth. Take FOSS, for example. Sure, there are estimates made of its value from time to time -- the latest, in fact, just recently put the kernel alone at $1.4 billion -- but for many people out t...

Google’s Curious Chrome Gambit

Why is Google promoting two open source operating systems that can both be run on netbooks -- Android and Chrome? Is this part of a larger strategy, where Google will direct the two along different paths -- Chrome for netbooks and Android for the smartphone? Or could the Internet search giant just b...

HTC Promises at Least 3 More Android Phones in ’09

HTC was the first mobile device maker to introduce a smartphone for the Android platform. Now it might be the second, third and fourth as well. Peter Chou, CEO of the Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC, told the Wall Street Journal that it will bring out at least three new Google Android smartphones...

Open Handset Alliance Gains New Batch of Android Boosters

Fourteen more companies have joined the Open Handset Alliance, throwing their support behind Android -- the open source mobile platform developed by Google. The most notable new member is Sony Ericsson, which, interestingly, is also a member of the Symbian Foundation. This surge in membership will...

Terra Soft to Merge With Japanese Cell Developer Fixstars

Terra Soft Solutions, the developer of Yellow Dog Linux, has been acquired by the Japanese software firm Fixstars Corporation, a developer of Cell Broadband Engine solutions. The new company, now known as "Fixstars Solutions," is operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of Fixstars and will maintain i...

WEEKLY RECAP

The Downside of Ambition: Mozilla’s Crash, Teen Hacker’s Arrest

To kick off the final version of its newest Web browser, Firefox 3, Mozilla created a lot of hoopla about its goal to set a new world record for the most copies of an application downloaded in a single 24-hour period. That really wasn't very difficult, because there was no official record for that b...

Adobe Opens Formats to Shine Flash on More Screens

Adobe Systems has assembled a group of industry leaders in an effort to put its Flash-based rich Internet solutions and content on most every screen -- PCs, mobile phones, MP3 players, televisions and any other consumer electronic device that might have a screen worthy of delivering content. The eff...

Making Sure Linux Doesn’t Get Lost in Translation

The worldwide open source community shares a common overall goal: better software through collaboration and peer review. It's difficult enough to achieve this task even when most of the participants share a common language. Building bridges between different parts of the world -- especially between ...

Ecma Approves MS Office Format, IBM Dissents

Microsoft's Open XML office software format, pushed by the tech giant to compete with the Open Document Format, cleared a standards hurdle this week, winning approval from the Ecma international standards body. The vote was not unanimous, however, as ODF supporter and Ecma member IBM gave Microsoft'...

Linux Developers Lean Toward IBM’s Power Platform

IBM announced this week that 372 new Linux on Power applications were released in 2006, yielding a total of 2,500 tested Linux-based solutions available for the Power processor platform. In addition, Big Blue announced the latest Linux on Power application, the Sybase Unwired Accelerator, which offe...

IBM Power.org Opens Hardware

IBM says it is pleased with the better-than-expected results from its Power.org effort, which seeks to open some of the silicon hardware of the PowerPC processor to developers similar to how developer communities collaborate on software in the open-source world. Pointing to growing membership, impro...

INDUSTRY ANALYSIS

Apple: Up the Market Without a CPU

For the last three weeks I've been talking about the impact the new Sony, Toshiba and IBM cell processor is likely to have on Linux desktop and datacenter computing. The bottom line there is that this thing is fast, inexpensive and deeply reflective of very fundamental IBM ideas about how computing ...

INDUSTRY ANALYSIS

Grid vs. SMP: The Empire Tries Again

Two weeks ago I looked at IBM's forthcoming cell processor architecture and last week speculated about the impact it might have on the x86 desktop. This week, I want to go beyond that and look at the impact the cell architecture will have on the battle for server dominance over the next five years. ...

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...

INDUSTRY ANALYSIS

Fast, Faster and IBM’s PlayStation 3 Processor

Three years ago, IBM, Sony and Toshiba announced a partnership aimed at developing a new processor for use in digital entertainment devices like the PlayStation. Since then, the product has seen a billion dollars in development work. Two fabs, one in Tokyo and one in Fishkills, New York, have been c...

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Linux and the Asian PDA Markets: The Fight Begins

Asia's PDA markets have long been dominated by local players that have developed their own proprietary operating systems, with support for local languages serving as one of their strongest selling points. But Palm and Microsoft have targeted the Asian PDA market, and regional players increasingly ar...

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Linux and the Consumer Electronics Marketplace

While Linux continues to make inroads into the personal computer and network markets -- thanks to a heavy push by big firms like IBM -- a handful of firms in the consumer electronics (CE) industry are also pushing hard to standardize on the open-source OS. More than 75 companies now have joined the ...

Linux and the Consumer Electronics Industry

While Linux continues to make inroads into the personal computer and network markets -- thanks to a heavy push by big firms like IBM -- a handful of firms in the consumer electronics (CE) industry are also pushing hard to standardize on the open-source OS. More than 75 companies now have joined the ...

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