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Volume 1, Number 4 -- February 17, 2004

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Linux 2.6: Let's Take a Look Under the Hood
by Justin Ward

It's been a few weeks since the new Linux 2.6 kernel came out. Linux 2.6 was created explicitly to be faster, to support more systems and peripherals, and to be better than the Linux 2.4 kernel in most features. But what makes the 2.6 kernel tick, and tick so much better than the old one? A new scheduler, new filesystem code, and better multiprocessor support are just the starting points. The kernel has been expanded in all directions with this new release, offering better support for mainframes, midrange machines, desktops, and embedded systems alike. READ MORE >


Companies Want to Cut Down on OS Platform Sprawl
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

One of the major drivers of the server business these days is server consolidation. By this, vendors generally mean that companies have installed dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of individual servers to run distinct workloads, and now that servers are less expensive, they are consolidating some of these workloads onto bigger ones. Having fewer physical servers lowers the absolute cost of server administration for companies. But if research from Unisys is any indication, platform consolidation may be the next big thing. READ MORE >

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OctigaBay Takes Opteron-Linux to New HPC Heights
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

A relatively new upstart is entering the fiercely competitive high performance computing (HPC) server market. OctigaBay Systems, a two-year-old startup founded by VCs and experts in HPC and telecoms systems, is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and its new OctigaBay 12K machine, which runs Linux and can scale to 12,000 64-bit Opteron processors in a cluster, presents an interesting challenge to IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Cray, Sun Microsystems, and SGI as they chase the HPC dollars. READ MORE >


As I See It: Censoring the Self
by Victor Rozek

At a recent dinner party, I met a woman whose husband was a former CEO with a hospital management firm. Over cocktails, I asked her how he was adjusting to retirement. She didn't have to think long about her answer: "He's hurt and disappointed that the team of top management people he put together abandoned him after he left the company. One day everybody was friendly and solicitous; the next, it was almost as if he didn't exist." READ MORE >

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   But Wait, There's More

U.S. Tech Workers Experiencing Angst . . . Play the Tech Worker Challenge . . . PeopleSoft Rejects Oracle's Bid, DoJ Frowns on Deal, Too. . . SCO Ups the Ante in IBM Unix-Linux Lawsuit to $5 Billion . . . HP Says It Will Hit High End of Estimates in Q1 . . . GST's AIT Drives Can Now Connect to Linux Servers . . . READ MORE >

Reader Feedback and Insights

We value your feedback and insights. Feel free to send a letter to the editor. Letters may be printed, unless otherwise specified, and edited for clarity or length. READ MORE >

Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Managing Editor: Shannon Pastore
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Kevin Vandever,
Shannon O'Donnell, Victor Rozek, Hesh Wiener, Alex Woodie
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
Advertising Sales Representative: Kim Reed
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Open Systems
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Linux 2.6: Let's Take a Look Under the Hood

Companies Want to Cut Down on OS Platform Sprawl

OctigaBay Takes Opteron-Linux to New HPC Heights

As I See It: Censoring the Self

But Wait, There's More

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