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IBM's Monterey Claims Success With Merced UPDATE: U.S. Relaxes Encryption Controls Internal Switch, Copper Chip Pump IBM Unix Servers Thin-Client Device Shipments Soar Scaling SendmailIBM's Monterey Claims Success With MercedWhile Intel Corp.'s IA-64 chip is still a year away from being a commercialreality, IBM Corp. and other members of the Monterey/64 consortium willignite the operating systems wars for the chip when they announce todaythey have an early version of their operating system working on the chip.

Click on the link below for the full story U.S. Relaxes Encryption ControlsThe Clinton Administration today loosened export controls on mass marketencryption software, winning immediate approval from industry groups.

In a statement released today, the White House said encryption product ofany key length may be exported without a license, after review, tocommercial firms in any country, except for seven that are considered bythe U.S. government to be terrorist states. The banned countries are: Iran,Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sudan, North Korea and Cuba.

Click on the link below for the full story Switch, Copper Chip Pump IBM Unix ServersMuch of the increased performance in IBM Corp.'s recently introducedhigh-end Unix servers comes from its new copper-based chip technology andan internal switch that more than doubles data transfer speeds between theCPU and memory.

Click on the link below for the full story Device Shipments Soar The hype created more than two years ago over thin-client technology mayfinally have some weight behind it.

Shipments of thin-client devices, the desktop workstations that rely onservers for their applications and processing power, reached 305,000 unitsin the first half of this year -- 83 percent more than in the first half oflast year and only 63,450 units less than in all of 1998, according to astudy by International Data Corp.

Click on the link below for the full story SendmailUsing sendmail in large-scale production environments is a dream for ITprofessionals. Sendmail is free, open source, extremely flexible, andincludes commercial support from if you want it. On thedownside, many myths have propagated regarding sendmail's lack ofscalability. At O'Reilly's Open Source Convention in Monterey, CA, lastmonth, Nick Christensen attempted to dispel some of those myths.

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