Volume 3, Number 37 -- October 3, 2006
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Intel Previews Quad-Core Chips, Talks Up Massively Cored RISC
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Chip maker Intel hosted its semi-annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco last week, and its future quad-core chips for desktops and servers were the centerpieces of the event. Intel also previewed a future 80-core RISC processor, which appears to be a variant of the i860/i960 family of RISC chips that was used in the Paragon supercomputer in the early 1990s. READ MORE >

Red Hat's Q2 Profit Drop Disappoints Wall Street
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Last week, after The Linux Beacon went to press, commercial Linux distributor Red Hat announced its financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended August 31. With revenue growth of 52 percent, its sixth consecutive quarter of adding at least 10,000 new customers, and its 18th consecutive quarter of revenue growth, you would think that Wall Street would be happy. But radically increased expenses, due to the development of Enterprise Linux 5 and the integration of JBoss, knocked down net income by 34 percent. READ MORE >

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OpenSparc Project Taps Advisory Board, Sees Linux Momentum
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

While there are several hundred open source software projects in the world, there are very few open hardware projects. The OpenSparc project, launched by Sun Microsystems to create an open source community centered around its "Niagara" Sparc T1 processors, is probably the most famous, and Sun yesterday reported significant progress in building out that community. The company also talked up the rapid adoption of Linux that the commercialized T1 servers have seen in the past few months and the surprisingly high number of downloads of the Sparc T1 hardware specifications. READ MORE >

Chip Makers Embrace Co-Processors, Again
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

If chip makers could put enough transistors on a chip, you could bet that by now they would have hard coded operating systems, middleware, and applications onto their circuits. Perhaps someday we will see such a feat, but in the meantime, the current crop of chip makers are looking to move beyond the familiar central processors with their cache hierarchies and memory and I/O buses to do what might be called asymmetric processing. READ MORE >



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But Wait, There's More:

VMware Extends ESX Server to 64 Bits, Betas New P2V Converter . . . Platform Computing's OCS Extends Clustering with Open Source Tools . . . IBM Wants Judge to Toss Out SCO Lawsuit . . . Intel and AMD to Duke It Out in Court in April 2009 . . . LTO Tape Drives a Smashing Success . . . InfiniBand Gets iSCSI Tweaks to Support Storage . . .



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Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Kevin Vandever,
Shannon O'Donnell, Victor Rozek, Hesh Wiener, Alex Woodie
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