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While it was busy launching its new Niagara-based servers in New York Tuesday, Sun Microsystems said it would open source the UltraSparc T1 processor that was code named Niagara. It's calling the project OpenSparc. At this point it's more a statement of intent than a fait accompli. The program isn't supposed to kick off until late in the first quarter after Sun addresses key issues such as implementation and governance. Back in 1999 Sun released its complete MicroSparc IIep design for free under the Community Source License, also used for Java to try to make its chip designs more popular. Companies that used and sold the embedded chip were supposed to pay Sun 3% of the average selling price by way of royalty but would have saved hundreds of thousands in licensing fees. Again Sun it apparently hopeful of triggering a few derivatives. It claims the idea behind OpenSparc i... (more)

Saama Technologies Joins Open Source BI Provider Pentaho's Partner Program

Pentaho Corp., a leading provider of Open Source Business Intelligence (BI) software, hasannounced that Saama Technologies has joined the Pentaho Partner Program. This partnership brings Saama's deep BI expertise and track record of customer success to Pentaho's popular open source BI suite. With nearly ten years of experience across more than five hundred successful BI implementations, Saama Technologies has amassed a wealth of business and technology expertise related to the successful implementation of business intelligence. The experts at Saama have delivered a wide range of BI... (more)

Apple Computer Begins Great Intel Microprocessor Trek

Apple began its historic move to Intel Tuesday when it started selling its first Intel box, an iMac desktop fitted with Intel's mobile 65nm Yonah chip, the new 32-bit Core Duo, and priced, reasonably enough by Apple's lights, at $1,299 for a 1.8GHz chip and a 17-inch display or $1,699 for a 2GHz chip and a 20-inch display. Apple also announced its first Intel laptop, the Yonah-based MacBook Pro, which hits market next month priced at either $1,999 or $2,499 depending on whether it's got a 1.6GHz chip or the 1.8GHz chip. According to chip expert Nathan Brookwood, Apple has taken pre... (more)

Open Source Storage Plans 64 GB Server Powered By AMD Opteron

A small server maker- Open Source Storage Inc.- is aiming to launch a 64GB server powered by Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s dual-core Opteron chip. Open Source Storage Inc. already ships a high-end system capable of supporting up to 32GB of memory—the OSS RS 32—and is planning to begin shipping the 64GB server next month, CEO Eren Niazi said in an interview. The Santa Clara, Calif., company has several test systems at customer sites, Niazi said. OSS, which also offers a line of storage products, aims its servers at the high-performance computing space, focusing on the op... (more)

SimplyMEPIS 6.0-beta1 Linux Development Released

MEPIS has announced the beta1 development release of SimplyMEPIS 6.0. The ISO image is available for download and testing in the mepis 'testing' subdirectory at the MEPIS Subscriber's Site and public mirrors. Beta1 includes many package updates. For example, Warren Woodford, founder of MEPIS, says "Thanks to the hard work of Jonathan Riddell and the Kubuntu team, the latest Ubuntu Dapper updates to KDE and Cups greatly improve print support. Yea team!" Beta1 provides a 2.6.15.6 kernel based on Ubuntu kernel version 2.6.15-21.32. MEPIS kernels are source-identical with Ubuntu kerne... (more)