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Volume 4, Number 25 -- July 12, 2007
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IBM Says AIX 6 Beta Program Off to a Good Start
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

As it promised would do back in May, IBM this week opened up a beta testing program for its future AIX 6 operating system for its Power and PowerPC servers and workstations. AIX 6, which was known as AIX 5.4 during its earlier development phase, was supposed to roughly coincide with the launch of the Power5 processors but it made its debut in May as a future product when Big Blue shipped its first Power6-based server, a variant of the System p 570 midrange server that has been retrofitted to accept the new chip. READ MORE >

Oracle Says 11g Database Is Better, Cheaper, and Faster
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Charles Phillips, president of database and application software supplier Oracle, made a prediction at the launch of the company's 11g relational database in New York City yesterday. "What normally happens in this process is that, initially, there will be many articles written about how no one needs another version of the database. The pundits are already writing that, and it is typical." But software companies add features to software and change it to address new demands, and Oracle is no different. READ MORE >


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IBM Charges 20 Percent Premium for Software Running on Power6 Cores
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Last July, in an effort to cope with the complexity of software pricing in a world increasingly dominated by multicore processors spanning a number of different architectures, IBM's Software Group created a performance-based pricing scheme for 350 different pieces of software. Now that the Power6 machines have been shipping for a month, Big Blue is setting so-called Processor Value Unit (PVU) pricing for boxes based on the Power6 chip. And the good news is, IBM is actually giving customers a pretty good deal--especially compared to the deal as X64 customers are getting. READ MORE >


As I See It: The All-American Exhausting Vacation
by Victor Rozek

If you can overlook the mosquitos and the natural grandeur, spending a day in Yosemite is a lot like spending a day at Disney's It's a Small World attraction. In both locations you will find crowds, long lines, and examples of people who wear exotic clothing and don't speak English. They come from all points of the compass, speaking a Babel of languages from melodic to staccato, and although their history and customs are as varied as wild flowers, they have at least one thing in common: They get more vacation time than the locals. READ MORE >



 

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The Four Hundred
Small Form Factor Disks Go Mainstream, the System i Has Gone Fishin'

Project Costs Tell the VoIP Story

IBM to Break Petaflops Barrier with Blue Gene/P

As I See It: The All-American Exhausting Vacation

The Linux Beacon
Red Hat Starts Fiscal 2008 with Modest Profit, Big Revenue Growth

Top 500 Supers: Moore's Law Is Alive and Well

IBM to Break Petaflops Barrier with Blue Gene/P

As I See It: The All-American Exhausting Vacation

Four Hundred Stuff
InfoManager Provides Another Option for System i OLAP

Robot/LPAR Streamlines Tape Backups of Partitioned i5/OS Servers

ROBObak Delivers Online Backups for Remote Offices

Lotus Quickr Now Available from IBM

Big Iron
The IBM Mainframe Base: Alive and Kicking

Top Mainframe Stories From Around the Web

Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

Four Hundred Guru
Comment Your Binder Language

Load a Spreadsheet from a DB2/400 Database: Part 2

Admin Alert: More Info on SAVSYSINF, Green-Screen Printing, Performance PTFs, and Batteries

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Microsoft's Software Assurance Customers On the Fence, Forrester Says

Microsoft's GPL v3 Stance Puts Future of Novell Pact in Doubt

A Potpourri of Fixes Marks A Slow Patch Tuesday

Hype Machine Prepped for Windows Server 2008 Launch

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
IBM Says AIX 6 Beta Program Off to a Good Start

Oracle Says 11g Database Is Better, Cheaper, and Faster

IBM Charges 20 Percent Premium for Software Running on Power6 Cores

As I See It: The All-American Exhausting Vacation

But Wait, There's More:


AMD Sets 'Barcelona' Quad-Core Opteron Launch for August . . . The Final GNU GPL v3 License Is Released . . . InfiniBand Gear Maker Voltaire to Go Public . . . Small Form Factor Disks Go Mainstream . . . Shhhhh: Vendors Team to Share Gov't Secrets with SISA . . . Oracle-SAP Suit: TomorrowNow Acted Improperly, Admits SAP . . .


The Unix Guardian

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