Here’s an interesting bit of news from the blurred line between open and closed source software. Ubuntu sponsor Canonical has announced that it is reselling IBM’s DB2 Express-C database as both a standalone software package and as a software appliance with VMware. While Express-C is free as in beer, it is not free as in speech.
February 22, 2008
February 8, 2007
Sun announced today that it would make a “preview” version of its Office to ODF plugin in “mid February,” with the full version to follow “later this spring.” Plugins will be available for use with both Sun’s StarOffice as well as the open source OpenOffice.org office suite. The announcement comes five days after Microsoft announced the immediate availability of its Office to ODF plugin at SourceForge.
February 6, 2007
The new virtualization product release can host more than 1,000 virtual images on a single copy of z/VM. The new software can be used to replace many physical servers with “virtual” ones running in a single mainframe. The latest z/VM release is designed to help clients prepare for data center growth by offering support for larger memory configurations which are designed to help clients eliminate the need to spread large virtual-machine based workloads across multiple copies of z/VM. In addition to enhancing memory utilization, the new software plans to deliver increased CPU capacity with support for up to 32 Processor Units–up to a 33% increase over the previous release of z/VM. Combined with Linux on System z, the software can make more informed choices about how memory is managed allowing z/VM to run more virtual servers in the same amount of memory.
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January 27, 2007
IBM launches Java 6 software development kit for Linux and AIX programmers.
US based tech giant IBM has released an early edition of their Java 6 software development kit for Linux and AIX programmers.
IBM claims that this software development kit would make it easier for programmers to take full advantage of a number of new features in Sun Microsystems’ latest update to the Java environment.
The newer version from Sun provides enhanced diagnostics information, improved data sharing between Java Virtual Machines, and enhanced operating system trace backs for fault control.
IBM is also making available an online discussion forum for developers to discuss their issues on this application and technology.
This new release support platforms like Linux on x86 and on AMD, Linux on 32- and 64-bit PowerPC, and AIX on 32- and 64-bit PowerPC.
IBM has developed software designed to let people keep personal information secret when doing business online and donated it to the Higgins open-source project.
The software, called “Identity Mixer,” was developed by IBM researchers. The idea is that people provide encrypted digital credentials issued by trusted parties like a bank or government agency when transacting online, instead of sharing credit card or other details in plain text, Anthony Nadalin, IBM’s chief security architect, said in an interview.
“Today you traditionally give away all of your information to the man in the middle and you don’t know what they do with it,” Nadalin said. “With Identity Mixer you create a pseudonym that you hand over.”
For example, when making a purchase online, buyers would provide an encrypted credential issued by their credit card company instead of actual credit card details. The online store can’t access the credential, but passes it on to the credit card issuer, which can verify it and make sure the retailer gets paid.
“This limits the liability that the storefront has, because they don’t have that credit card information anymore,” Nadalin said. “All you hear about is stores getting hacked.”
Similarly, an agency such as the Department of Motor Vehicles could issue an encrypted credential that could be used for age checks, for example. A company looking for such a check won’t have to know an individual’s date of birth or other driver’s license details; the DMV can simply electronically confirm that a person is of age, according to IBM.
The encrypted credentials would be for one-time use only. The next purchase or other transaction will require a new credential. The process is similar to the one-time-use credit card numbers that Citigroup card holders can already generate on the bank’s Web site.
IBM hopes technology such as its Identity Mixer helps restore trust in the Web. Several surveys in past years have shown that the seemingly incessant stream of data breaches and threats such as phishing scams are eroding consumer confidence in online shopping and activities such as banking on the Web.
To get Identity Mixer out of the lab and into the real world, IBM is donating its work to Higgins project, a broad, open-source effort backed by IBM and Novell that promises to give people more control of their personal data when doing business online. Higgins also aims to make the multiple authentication systems on the Net work together, making it easier for people to manage Internet logins and passwords.
“We expect Higgins to get wide deployment and usage. You’ll get the ability by using Higgins to anonymize data,” Nadalin said.
Higgins is still under development. A first version of the projects work is slated to be done sometime midyear, said Mary Ruddy, a Higgins project leader. “We were thrilled to get this donation to Higgins, IBM has done a lot of good work.”
Linux on the Playstation 3 (PS3)? IBM thinks so. A tutorial now available on IBM’s developerWorks site provides the rundown on how to deploy Linux on the latest game station from Sony. But there’s more than a Linux endorsement story at work here.
The approach is also a showcase for IBM’s Cell broadband processor, which IBM and partners Sony and Toshiba spent billions to develop.
A key part of the technology’s long-term success rests in the hands of developers who can work with the Cell platform. That means training time.
“This was posted as an informational technology piece for developers looking to broaden their horizons on programming Cell BE-based blades and other Cell BE-based systems,” Kathy Mandelstein, IBM’s director of worldwide developer programs, told internetnews.com. “IBM collaborated with Sony and Toshiba in the development of the Cell BE technology discussed in this tutorial.”
Furthermore IBM does not officially endorse the installation of Linux on the PS3.
“All developerWorks articles should simply be taken as informational technology pieces,” Mandelstein said. “However, we think Linux on the PS3 is an excellent way to gain familiarity with Cell BE technology.”
Though the PS3 is a consumer device, IBM sees business value in explaining how to get Linux running on it.
“That article is the first in a series, and as the series continues, it will cover programming and optimization, intrinsics, assembly, that sort of thing, and any knowledge gained will be directly applicable to programming Cell BE-based blades and other Cell BE-based systems,” Mandelstein explained. “But the reader won’t be able to run the examples in parts 2, 3, 4 and so on if he or she doesn’t already have a system running Linux. This is why the installation article came first.”
The IBM tutorial specifically notes that Yellow Dog Linux (YDL) is the distro of choice for installation on the PS3, though there are other Linux distributions that currently will run on Sony’s hardware as well.
“I’m aware that Fedora, Gentoo and Ubuntu are running on the PS3 with varying degrees of polish, and are being actively worked on by the community,” Mandelstein said. “I fully expect other distros will follow. There is a lot of Buzz about Linux on the PS3.”
IBM’s BladeCenter H Cell BE processor-based systems are shipping with Fedora Core.
“But even before that, IBM worked with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center on Linux support for the Cell BE architecture, and submitted patches to the Linux kernel mailing list, that sort of thing,” Mandelstein explained.
The Linux kernel first included support for the Cell process with the 2.6.16 kernel release which came out in March of 2006.
“So, basically all of the code needed for the kernel to run on Cell BE-based systems is already in the kernel — and then also in the patches that the Barcelona Supercomputing Center has posted to their site.”
January 4, 2007
It runs Linux? How do I get it on there?
It is unusual for gaming consoles to allow foreign operating systems to be installed on them. Since consoles are usually sold at a loss, they are usually locked down to prevent games from running on them without the publisher paying royalties to the console developer. Sony decided to open up the PS3 console a little bit, and allow third-party operating systems to be installed, with the caveat that they do not get accelerated graphics.
Because of this, you can now install Linux on the PS3. You have to jump through a few hoops, but it definitely works. Terra Soft Solutions has developed Yellow Dog Linux 5 in cooperation with Sony specifically for the PS3. It even offers, uniquely among distributions so far, support for those using it on PS3. Yellow Dog Linux (also known as YDL) has been an exclusively PowerPC-based distribution since its inception, so it was not surprising that Sony contracted it to develop the next version of YDL specifically for the PS3.
See below for instructions on installing the initial release of YDL 5 onto the PS3.
December 20, 2006
Groklaw reports that SCO has file its response to IBM’s big win in the SCO legal case against IBM for donating SCO-owned code to Linux and other deserving operating systems.
IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a mainframe milestone as more than 390 IBM business partners now offer nearly 1,000 applications for System z customers running Linux, a 100 percent increase over the last year. IBM recently reported a 30 percent year-to-year growth of mainframe customers running Linux and this surge is giving IBM’s channel partners the opportunity to capitalize on the mainframe’s continued growth.
December 19, 2006
Using partitioning and virtualization, Baldor Electric says it can run all of its SAP apps globally in 24 secure partitions on a single box. “The migration of our SAP application servers to Linux on the [IBM] zSeries produced an immediate increase in performance, and has made it easier to manage and maintain our systems,” said Mark Shackleford, the firm’s IS director.