Hey there - Did you read about Open Invention Network? Check this out on CNN: http://money.cnn.com/2005/11/10/technology/linux.reut/index.htm
IBM has partnered with Sony, Phillips Red Hat and Novell to create Open Invention Network. (OIN) Quoting the article linked above, "If OIN's approach to managing intellectual property wins acceptance, it could overcome a big stumbling block to wider corporate adoption of Linux and pose challenges for major opponent Microsoft Corp. (Research), which has argued that relying on "open source" software poses legal risks."
Ok, so not so sure that there is a stumbling block to corporate adoption of Linux - you have seen the growth rates but clearly this is another step of broadening the market for Linux.
Hope you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather and note that more change is in the air! Stay tuned!
Highlights for Linux on POWER
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Long time, no blog. Yes, I'm guilty. I admit it. I've been hunkering down, focusing on some project work, ramping up for the new year and trying to focus on coming up with some creative new initiatives.
I spent a few days down in Austin, TX meeting some of my remote colleagues face-to-face. Robert, Hayden, Tiffany, Helen, Kathy and others. I had a great time overall. It was great to see the IBM campus, get lost on Loop 1 several times, meet people I've only seen in email, and accomplish much more in-person than we could have ever done through email or phone calls. Put everyone in the room, lock the door, and let the brains and neurons heat up.
To summarize Austin in a few sentences:
1.) LOTS of driving, loooooong commutes
2.) Mediocre food and restaurants (but I didn't explore much)
3.) Very friendly people in every corner of the city
4.) Great weather all around! What? No snow?!
I'm from the Northeast, we invented bad weather, bad driving, bad attitudes and bad spending habits. Austin was a breath of fresh air, literally and figuratively.
As for the new initiatives, I can't tell you what they all are yet, but they will be really interesting and engaging for everyone in the community; developers, users and other supporters. We're still building that "Linux on POWER Ecosystem" I've mentioned previously, and putting a lot of resources behind it to keep it "moving forward". We believe in it, and we're committed to it.
As Helen mentioned, there's a new'ish portal open now for public use at OpenPowerProject, which has lots of links to resources and access to remote machines you can use to test-drive PowerPC/POWER architecture. There are a few new universities coming online along with the two pillars that have been there since the beginning; Augsburg and Peking. University of Portland is also online and we're working on at least two more in Russia and India.
There's also quite a few new public events happening out in the community: OLS, linux.conf.au, Linux Kongress and others. We're trying to see what we can do (budget allowing, of course) to help support the community at these events, through either face-to-face meetings, BoFs, or outright presentations. If you've got any ideas we haven't thought of, throw them my way (email@example.com).
The other initiative that's getting off the ground, is the Linux on POWER Advisory Council. This has been a bit slow to get moving, and the legal entanglements aren't speeding things up, but it looks like all of the proposed candidates have accepted and are routing their paperwork back to us so we can get started.
The purpose of the "LoPAC" as I affectionately call it, is to help us oversee the various materials, collateral and initiatives we're targeting to deliver or publish in the community to make sure we're conveying the right message.
There's a lot more to it that I can't go into, but you can be sure we're taking their ideas, and the suggestions of the broader community, to heart. Each candidate represents a country of interest, including the US, Uk, Germany, Japan and Brazil. We may add additional countries and members if the need grows, but this should work for now. Baby steps.
The holidays are upon us, and that means working double-time to get things done, closed-off, signed-off, and in-progress before the new year begins. 2006 promises to be a very "interesting" (and I say that lightly) year with IBM, Linux, technology in general, and the rest of our friends and competition.
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Did you see that Redhat said that with the emphasis on XEN work, they MAY also move to a model where you do not get charged per instance. That's good...and what Novell SUSE is doing now. This could close a sore point for RH users.
But remember, you could probably always make a volume agreement with Redhat..but what if you were a small company, 1 server and want to run 4 partitions. This could save you money! Unless you are in Europe where there is alreay a 10 -1 promotion for Redhat Linux. URL for promo:
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Wow...some people drink funny stuff...or are starting to do reporting like CNN. So at http://www.computerworld.com/softwaretopics/os/story/0,10801,105786,00.html?source=NLT_ES&nid=105786
SUN is more open and more of an OS than Linux. The argument is that Open Solaris is an OLD OS that is only made with one stem. On the otherhand, Linux has lots of distributors and they create the Linux DISTRIBUTION differently and hence create all different version so Linux OS. Wow...The linux kernel has the same root in all of the various distributions and the flexibility lets people use and build what they want. Now you are saying that is bad...funny, ISVs can write to the same API and get the same functionality, users have choice of which distribution to use and there are THOUSANDS of contributors to advance the kernel and surrounding suppport code.
Open Solaris (yeah right!) has how many people contributing? and I bet the whole opensource community is dropping support for Linux and moving to extend Solaris. And I am sure you can just compile Solaris is the GCC compilers to run on any platform..and I bet Redhat and Novell will soon create Open Solaris distributions and provide support for them...and Open Solaris will integrate XEN and have all device drivers you want...
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"The p5 servers have already delivered benchmark performance more than double that of HP Itanium II-based servers and as much as three times the performance of HP PA-RISC and Sun UltraSparc-based systems." Oh yeah!
In addition to the performance we have virtualization. For anyone who doesn't know about virtualization - it allows you to run multiple operating systems per processor. This will enable you to replace several smaller servers (even running differant OS) on one more powerful, higher performing server. Efficiencies that benefit you as an IT manager, that's a novel concept, huh?
Now, about Linux....yes that is my focus. So now we have systems for many workloads. We have Linux based systems to support your infrastructure with workload solutions for file and print, web serving and more. We have application based Linux servers for DB2, Websphere and even Sybase. High performance computing on Linux is a growing focus with solutions in Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Computational Chemistry. Check out these solutions: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/linux/power/solutions/index.html
Yahoo - more products supporting Linux to meet your growing demand!
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Did you see that Novell made a great step forward by offering a license and single price for all the Blades in an IBM BladeCenter chasis. This is a tremendous possible saving for customers with bladecenters. Regardless of blade type, POWER, intell, etc, a single license charge supports the full population. Not to try and sell you on anything...but check it out if you have a bladecenter..you might save up to $17,000 for your company.
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Did you happen to catch the latest interview with Linus Torvalds? Very interesting....talks about enforceing trademarks of Linux which he owns. He says this is nothing new from his standpoint. Also comments (although he ducks saying he will leave this to the lawyers) on a possible re-write of the GPL...
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Hey! Just wanted to do a quick introduction and encourage you to comment on our blogs. We encourage the input!
If you are a Linux enthusiast I would like to suggest that you visit OpenPowerproject.com. This site allows Linux users and developers to test and port applications through remote access to OpenPower servers. Have some fun!
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If you look at the Novell site http://www.novell.com/products/linuxenterpriseserver/powerpromo.html
it tries to tell you that SUSE is better the RH for Linux on POWER...why? Price and licensing. That is kind of true for sure, but is not why it is better for POWER..unless you think Price is the main driver. Also on the site is a paper by an analyst that is also kind of high level and content free.
Isn;t it about time that someone just points out that the base kernel is the same but there are differences like RAS support, default performance setting (for those who never bother to change the defaults and run slower than they can), admin tools, maintenacne techniques, switching costs,and support! These should be explained in a table with RH and SUSE as the columns..then we would have something.
.....and I might just do that..but the lawyers would go nutz and RH and SUSE would claim foul...wonder what we should do to get a valid comparison??
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I am currently at the pSeries Tech University in Florida..with no hurricanes in site. I find it quite interesting that the number of sessions on Linux on POWER is now in the majority. But even more so, it the attendance. We have some great speakers and great topics, but the attendance in these sessions if very high..all of them.
The people are no longer asking "what is Linux", but they are asking more "how do I do ....." kinds of questions and my company is doing Linux on POWER and what else can we look forward to in the future.
This trend is encouraging that the message and value of Linux on POWER is being understood. One question today was when should I use POWER when "good enough" is what I want? I said it all depends on the application. If you need to run a Firewall or DNS server, POWER is great but well beyond good enough. However if you are running a mission critical DB or Web app server, good enough servers may not be what you want..get a real server, get POWER.
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Just last week we (IBM) enabled the ordering of RHEL AS4 (update 1 level) with any new pSeries server or OpenPower server. Previously, the order was only good for delivery of RHEL AS3. With this ordering we (IBM) has also expanded the orderable options to include 1-3 year and support.[Read More]