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Sony to power Vaio notebooks with Transmeta chip

Author: JT Smith

Sony Corp. will use processors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Transmeta Corp. in certain models of its popular Vaio notebook PCs due out by year’s end, the EE Times reported. Sony expects to sell two million Vaio notebooks this fiscal year, double last year’s unit sales, said a company spokesman.

Open Source library ICU released

Author: JT Smith

IBM announces version 1.6 of the Open Source International Components for Unicode. Submitted by Steven R. Loomis

Opinion: Common desktop standard is bad news

Author: JT Smith

“I’m also not against the commercialization of Linux, but I want it to be in an open and honest fashion … To me, the GNOME Foundation is really nothing more than an attempt by large vendors to impose their agendas on the Linux community and stifle both innovation and community involvement.” From an opinion piece by Kevin Richard at LinuxPlanet.

Category:

  • Linux

Review: Debian GNU/Linux 2.2

Author: JT Smith

LinuxPlanet
reviews
Debian GNU/Linux 2.2, and likes what it sees.

Category:

  • Linux

Linux culture clash: Developers vs. corporations

Author: JT Smith

From a story at TheStandard.com: “Hardware and software companies are tripping over one another to praise the virtues and business prospects of Linux. But profiting from this free, open-source operating system means navigating the freewheeling culture of unpaid developers and programmers. And within that culture, increasing ‘corporatization’ is exposing tensions between those who are taking Linux mainstream and those who want to cling to its anti-establishment roots.”

Category:

  • Linux

Transmeta hopes to raise $200 million in IPO

Author: JT Smith

One of the chip maker’s biggest investors includes Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, whose Vulcan Ventures investment vehicle currently holds a 7 percent stake equal to 3,954,333 shares, Reuters reports. Transmeta, based in Santa Clara, Calif., has applied for a Nasdaq listing under the symbol “TMTA” and will have the IPO jointly managed by Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Deutsche Banc Alex Brown.
In other news: Transmeta has begun shipping its latest notebook chip, the Crusoe 5600 processor to computer makers, CNet
reports
.

Category:

  • Open Source

Captive chimps seek cooking lessons

Author: JT Smith

From a BBC story: A group of captive chimps in Spain have started to purée their food. This is the first known case of chimps preparing food purely to please their palettes. “They’ve started this behaviour in this case because they’re captive and have more time and are bored,” said chimp expert Dr. Jane Goodall.

Category:

  • Management

Intel releases Linux application development kit

Author: JT Smith

Intel Corporation and its Dialogic subsidiary have announced the availability of its Linux application development kit. With platform support for this mainstream operating system, Dialogic enables the Linux developer community to create robust voice-based Internet and e-Commerce applications like voice portals, multimedia messaging and Web-enabled contact centers, said a press release on LinuxPR.

Examining the /proc filesystem

Author: JT Smith

“If logs are a peek at your system’s private diaries, then the /proc filesystem (or pseudo-filesystem, since it doesn’t really exist) is a means of looking into the very soul of your system.” — from Linux’s Tell-Tale Heart, Part 6 at Linux Journal.

Category:

  • Linux

Informix, Compaq, SuSE team up on e-business platform

Author: JT Smith

Informix Corporation has announced that the Informix Dynamic Server.2000 database engine running with SuSE Linux on Compaq Computer Corporation Alpha processor is now available for customer shipments, according to LinuxPR. This new release of IDS.2000 is an effort to bring the power and memory capacity of Compaq’s 64-bit Alpha system to the Linux market place.