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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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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Our first Linux Business Partner RSS feed to Business Partners launched giving Business Partners real-time notification of Linux announcements as they work. They can refer to the announcements in feed readers or include them in MyYahoo or other customized portals and integrate them into their own community Web sites. Check this out! http://www-1.ibm.com/partnerworld/pwhome.nsf/weblook/pat_linux_rsslanding.html
You can download a feed reader here:
Our Business Partner web homepage highlights the feed.
This is a great benefit to our Business Partners - they get the latest information delivered how they like it in a timely manner.
Love this stuff! If you are an IBM Business Partner you will definitely benefit from this tool.
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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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Did you see that on Nov 17th Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Database 10.2 for Linux on POWER?
They announced support for the Enterprise and Standard Edition of Oracle DB.
Now application developers and customers can use scalable applications that utilize Oracle DB, and still take advantage of the capabilities of POWER5 based servers. This includes full application 64-bit implementations, Advanced POWER Virtualization with micro-partitioning, and the Virtual I/O Server. Using APV and VIOS, you can consolidate a firewall server, Web server, application server, and database server into one POWER5 system. This can even be done on a small System p5 or OpenPower server!
Oracle also announced the availability of Oracle Database 10g Client Release 2 and Oracle Clusterware Release 2.
Oracle Clusterware can be used when creating a Linux cluster solution. Linux clusters are becoming popular as a method to provide a high-performance, low-cost data warehousing solution.
Information on this announcement, including some of the features and advantages, can be found in the awareness white paper:
Oracle Database 10g Release 2 for Linux on POWER - Awareness document
(click on the Full text white paper - View Arcobat link)
Oracle provides downloads at the Oracle Database 10g Downloads Web site:
Select Oracle Database 10g Release 2 (10.2.0.1.0) for Linux on Power New! (17-Nov-05)
This will give you access to downloads for the following:
- Oracle Database 10g Release 2 (10.2.0.1.0) Enterprise/Standard Edition for Linux on Power
- Oracle Database 10g Companion CD Release 2 (10.2.0.1.0) for Linux PowerPC
- Oracle Database 10g Client Release 2 (10.2.0.1.0) for Linux PowerPC
- Oracle Clusterware Release 2 (10.2.0.1.0) for Linux PowerPC
You can also follow links from here to the following installation guides and general Oracle Database 10g documentation:
- Release Notes for Linux on POWER
- Quick Installation Guide for Linux on POWER
- Installation Guide for Linux on POWER
- Client Installation Guide for Linux on POWER
The Oracle Database 10g home page includes additional information including Oracle white papers and data sheets:
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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: