Stories by Robert McMillan

IBM program aimed at cultivating Linux ISVs

IBM is readying a number of new marketing programs that the computer giant hopes will encourage another 6,000 independent software vendors (ISVs) to port their software to the Linux operating system over the next three years. At the Linuxworld Conference & Expo in Boston on Tuesday, the company will unveil its IBM eServer Application Server Advantage for Linux initiative, code-named Chiphopper, which is designed to ease the job of making Linux software run across all of IBM's servers.

HP launches first Opteron blades, workstation

Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD's) Opteron processor will get a vote of confidence this week when Hewlett-Packard (HP) adds four new systems to its Opteron product portfolio, including the company's first blade servers to be based on the 64-bit processor. HP's announcement comes as AMD is readying two new Opteron models, the 252 and 852, which are expected to be available within the next month.

After Fiorina: Who's next?

Almost as quickly as Carly Fiorina's tenure as chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of the board at Hewlett-Packard (HP) came to an end, the speculation began about who may be plucked to replace her. The company announced Wednesday that the board has begun an "immediate" search for a replacement, and although Fiorina was the first CEO in HP's history to be selected from outside of the company, her replacement will probably be the second.

OASIS revamps IP policy to avoid hidden patent charges

After more than two years of review and deliberation, a key Web standards consortium has revised its intellectual property policy, forcing contributors to declare whether they plan to collect royalties on work they submit to the organization's technical committees.

HP, EMC to settle storage dispute out of court

HP and EMC have elected to settle a longstanding patent dispute out of court, ending a lawsuit that HP inherited with its July 2001 acquisition of storage management company StorageApps.

OSDL Panel: Challenges ahead for utility computing

Utility computing may be one of the hottest topics in the technology industry these days, but there is much work to be done before it will ever achieve widespread acceptance, a panel of industry experts agreed Wednesday.

Sun flips switch on new grid products

Sun Microsystems has expanded on its plan to offer grid-like computing resources at the rate of US$1 per CPU per hour, saying that it plans to offer a complete line of Sun Grid products, including storage at the rate of US$1 per gigabyte per month. It will also offer grid-based desktop and developer products in the year ahead.

OSDL members fund open-source law center

Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has raised US$4.25 million to fund a new organization that will provide free legal services to open-source developers. The organization, called the Software Freedom Law Center, is expected to eventually employ as many as 15 full-time lawyers.

Sun to unveil new Grid group, products

Sun Microsystems has formed a new business unit chartered with developing a line of grid computing products that the company plans to unveil at an event being held next Tuesday at the company's Santa Clara, California headquarters.

SGI to sell pre-configured Altix 350 clusters

Silicon Graphics (SGI) on Monday plans to unveil a new product line designed to make it easier for users with medium-sized computing needs to set up clusters of the Mountain View, California, company's Altix 350 servers.

IBM goes silent on Linux desktop effort

More than a year after IBM's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sam Palmisano challenged his company to move to the Linux desktop by the end of 2005, IBM has significantly toned down its rhetoric on the subject of open-source clients.

Sun lays groundwork for OpenSolaris community

Dennis Clarke once collected cars, but gave it all up for open-source Solaris. A year ago, he took US$13,000 in exchange for the last of his collection -- a red 1989 Corvette -- to pay for bandwidth on the Web site he maintains,, which is dedicated to providing open-source applications for Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system.

Novell, Red Hat ready for OS battle

Linux distributors upgrade open source servers Red Hat and Novell will ratchet up their one-on-one competition in the Linux operating system wars next month when each company delivers significant upgrades to their respective server-based products.

Novell puts weight behind Windows e-mail client

Novell has thrown its weight behind a fledgling effort to develop a Windows version of the Evolution groupware client, a move that the Waltham, Massachusetts, software company hopes will give Windows desktop users an open-source alternative to Microsoft Outlook.

Oracle releases critical security patch set

Oracle on Tuesday brought out the first release of its Critical Patch Update, which contains software patches for security vulnerabilities in a wide variety of Oracle products. The software is the first such release since Oracle decided last November to begin releasing security patches on a quarterly cycle.

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