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Subject: The Linux Beacon, March 28, 2006
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2006 08:12:46 -0500 IT Jungle--The Linux Beacon

Volume 3, Number 12 -- March 28, 2006
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Torvalds Releases Linux 2.6.16 Kernel
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

The wait is over, and the new Linux kernel, release 2.6.16, was put out by Linux creator and steward, Linus Torvalds, last week at While the support for the "Cell" Power-derived processor created by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba is interesting, what is more applicable to enterprise Linux customers is the improved support for NUMA clustering and support for new file systems. READ MORE >

AMD Says It Can Still Beat Intel Cores with Opterons
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

While Intel was hosting its semi-annual Developer Forum in San Francisco a few weeks ago, Advanced Micro Devices was also a few blocks away in an undisclosed location, giving briefings to journalists, analysts, and PC and server makers who wanted to hear how AMD was going to counter Intel's low-powered Core processors for PCs and servers. AMD is pretty confident that it can continue to beat Intel and gain market share. READ MORE >

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by Timothy Prickett Morgan

The Fujitsu-Siemens partnership dabbed its toe into the market for Opteron-based servers last fall with a two-socket rack server and a blade server that made use of the HyperTransport interconnect to lash blades together into symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) clusters. And now, Fujitsu-Siemens is pushing the extent of that SMP support to the current limit of HyperTransport technology. READ MORE >

The X Factor: X64 Chip Price War Looms
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

After getting their respective Xeon and Opteron roadmaps in order for 2006 and 2007, Intel and AMD are heading for a price war. Will they be smart enough--or stupid enough--to do it, and what does a price war mean for the server market? READ MORE >



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But Wait, There's More:

Evans Data Poll Says J2EE Hits Tipping Point in the SMB Space . . . IDC Makes Predictions for Software as a Service for 2006 . . . Sun Grid Compute Utility Opens for Public Business . . . HP Sets zx2 'Titan' Chipset for Entry Integrity Machines . . . Sun Releases OpenSparc T1 Specs, As Promised . . . Tango/04 Supports Unix and Linux with VISUAL Message Center . . .


Reader Feedback and Insights

We value your feedback and insights.  Feel free to send a letter to the editor.  Letters may be printed, unless otherwise specified, and edited for clarity or length. READ MORE >

Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Kevin Vandever,
Shannon O'Donnell, Victor Rozek, Hesh Wiener, Alex Woodie
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
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