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AMD to buy ATI Technologies

  • New York Times (free registration required); By Andrew Ross Sorkin (Posted by dinotrac on Jul 24, 2006 4:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
AMD has agreed to buy ATI Technologies for a $5.4 billion in cash and stock.

The purchase, which gets AMD into the market for high-end graphics chipsets, as well as chipsets for the mobile phone market, is expected to make AMD more competitive with Intel.

The deal has special interest to Linux supporters as AMD has long been a favorite of the Linux community while ATI has been a something of a pariah, even though it does offer binary Linux drivers

In light of recent stories about the price-performance superiority of Intel's upcoming Core 2 Duo processors, the following line seems especially interesting:

"A.M.D.'s overall gross profit margins, which fell in the latest quarter to 56.8 percent from 58.5 percent in the prior quarter."

Looks like AMD has a little room to maneuver on price.

CLI Magic: The five Ws

The command line can tell you a lot, if you bother to ask it. Most of us learned the five Ws as a research rubric: who? what? where? when? why? (and usually, how?). By sheer coincidence, the five Ws can also illuminate important characteristics on your Linux system, its users, processes, and commands.

An 'alumni party' for open source

Portland conference - Software developers from around the globe will gather to share tips and war stories

With new software, medical histories can be kept at home

  • Philadelphia Inquirer; By Erika Engelhaupt (Posted by grouch on Jul 24, 2006 3:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's free software makes maintaining records easier. This could be vital in an emergency.
"After Hurricane Isabel [in 2003], we had cancer patients who didn't know what chemotherapy drugs they were on," said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, chief executive officer of the Patient Advocate Foundation, a nonprofit based in Newport News, Va.

[It is not clear from the article whether this vital software is Free (Libre) or merely free (gratis). Could someone track this down, please? -- grouch]

Ironing out Linux wrinkles

Anyone who has used Linux will know that sometimes things don't always work as you expect and finding good help is not simple. Usually the problems are simple enough and have more to do with differences between the way operating systems work than with anything else but getting them sorted is important. Linux Annoyances for Geeks tries to solve as many of these problems as possible and makes for informative reading.

New Top 100 List

  •; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Jul 24, 2006 1:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Community
Every year in July, PC World Magazine issues a list of products and services of which they think are the créme de la créme. Tho I don’t really agree with them on most points, it’s an interesting read. I’ll give some examples on why I think it’s not *the* ultimate list IMHO:

KDE Commit-Digest for 23rd July 2006

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: KDevelop gets new configuration framework functionality. The start of a Satellite tracks feature in KStars. Support for PDF data extraction, and speed optimisations in Strigi. New features in KPhotoAlbum (KPhotoAlbum is the new name for KimDaBa). Perspective grid support in Krita, with the implementation of a Bezier tool becoming feature-complete. More work on unit conversions in KRecipes. Porting of KRDC to KDE 4.

Red Hat's Country Head Honored at the LinuxAsia LFY Awards

The world's leading provider of open source to the enterprise , today announced that Venkatesh Hariharan, Head of Open Source Affairs in India, was honored as the "Indian Open Source Personality of the Year" at the LinuxAsia LFY Awards ceremony on February 9th, 2006 held in New Delhi. At Red Hat, Hariharan (popularly known as "Venky") is responsible for working with industry, academia, government and community to grow the open source ecosystem.

Shanghai securities company to use Turbolinux

A subsidiary of Shanghai's stock exchange will use Turbolinux Inc.'s server software to provide information to the securities industry, the company said Monday.

Novell unveils SUSE Linux Enterprise 10

Novell has unveiled the latest rendition of SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, a platform that includes SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.

City of Newport News Selects Open-Xchange Server

  •; By Press Release (Posted by sharonpr on Jul 24, 2006 11:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Smart Collaboration™ offers a cost-effective and reliable solution

Open-source Science

Online research communities aim to unite scientists worldwide to find cures for neglected diseases

Scientists from Sydney to San Francisco have created an online research collaboration to develop cures for tropical diseases, using the "open source" programming model that produced freeware like Linux and Firefox, the award-winning Web browser.

Microsoft, XenSource Partner on 'Longhorn' Interoperability

Microsoft Corp. and XenSource Inc. will cooperate on the development of technology to provide interoperability between Xen-enabled Linux and the new Microsoft Windows hypervisor technology-based Windows Server virtualization.

SWsoft Virtuozzo for Linux 3.0

  •; By Dave Cartwright (Posted by grouch on Jul 24, 2006 9:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNU, Linux
# Pros: Achieves high-performance virtual machines as a result of acceptable flexibility compromises; Minimal disk usage per VPS because it uses links instead of copying code where possible; Attractive price; Superb GUI management tool
# Cons: Understanding and creating templates can be a bit tricky until you’ve understood how they work

[Add one more "Con": not FOSS. Only you can decide if that's a deal-breaker. -- grouch]

Chance missed - again

The latest German c’t magazine by Hannover-based publisher Heise (see also Heise Online, mostly in German) has a comparison of several dedicated and virtual hosting offers.

New $5,000 Award Launched for Open Source Content Management Systems

Packt Publishing has launched a new award scheme today for open source Content Management Systems, offering a first prize of $5,000.

Sun: We're happy with Eclipse, honest...

The executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, Mike Milinkovich, recently told us that "We don't really have a relationship with Sun...I've made numerous entreaties to try to engage Sun with Eclipse, from Jonathan Schwartz down, and I've never had anything other than 'thanks for calling'."

[The quote is a repeat from an earlier story, but there are some more tidbits of information in this report. -- grouch]

Guinsaugon folk rise from the mud

DEEPLY scarred by a landslide tragedy, residents of Guinsaugon in Leyte are starting to pick up from what is left of their once thriving community like the legendary phoenix rising from its ashes.

US-canadian body suspends certification of open-source encryption ...

  •; By Jaikumar Vijayan (Posted by grouch on Jul 24, 2006 6:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Move criticized as a concession to proprietary technology vendors

A joint U.S. and Canadian organization that certifies encryption tools for use by federal government agencies has suspended its validation of OpenSSL cryptographic technology for the second time in less than six months.

Open Source Router Launched

Vyatta, a San Mateo, Calif.-based start-up is close to releasing an open source router platform, that runs on standard x86 hardware and can perform equally well as some of the more commercial products. Vyatta plans to target the corporate market with its own devices, but anyone can download the software, officially called, the Vyatta Open Flexible Router (OFR), and roll their own … router.

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