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Sony Interview: Cell, a revolution that will change computing history

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:: Today's osOpinion contribution:

:: A Historical Look at Jean Louis Gassée

Win - MS: Simple Hack Upgrades XP Home to XP Pro
Windows German computer magazine C’T is reporting a procedure that will let you change Windows XP Home Edition to Windows XP Professional just by changing two bytes in an installation file (implying, at least to us, that it can only be done on a fresh install, not an existing one).
Published May 31, 2005 - 07:20 PM
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Apple - Mac: Citrix GoToMyPC mulls GoToMyMac
Software Citrix Systems' GoToMyPC remote PC access software division is mulling the launch of an Apple Macintosh version, which could enable users to access Macintosh computers remotely, even from non-Macintosh machines.

The company has for some time owned the rights to the domain name www.GoToMyMac.com, ComputerWire has learned.
Published May 31, 2005 - 06:09 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Says IE 7's Tabs Just "Catch-up"
IE Microsoft on Thursday divulged a few more details about its upcoming Internet Explorer 7, and admitted that its implementation of tabs -- one of the most-requested new features -- will be just "catch-up" to rivals such as Firefox and Opera.

Tony Schreiner, a Microsoft developer with the IE team, posted a lengthiest-yet description to the Redmond, Wash.-based company's blog of how tabs will be implemented in the upcoming IE 7. The browser is expected to roll into beta sometime this summer.
Published May 31, 2005 - 04:38 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Review: FreeBSD 5.4
FreeBSD One of the oldest Unix-like operating systems, FreeBSD, continues its advancement with the sixth release in the FreeBSD-5 series. Its developers have added nothing major, but have made many modifications, fixing a number of problems introduced in previous releases. FreeBSD 5.4 is the best release since 5.1, but it still may not be ready for prime time.
Published May 31, 2005 - 04:22 PM
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Apple - Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.2 update to patch dozens of Tiger glitches
OS X The second update to Apple's Tiger operating system will continue to focus on stability and reliability, delivering dozens of bug fixes to the month-old operating system.

The first pre-released builds of the software -- Mac OS X 10.4.2 -- began to surface on the internet over the Memorial Day weekend, according to several published reports. The most prominent build appears to be Mac OS X 10.4.2 build 8C21, which reportedly weighs in at just over 43MB in Combo Update form.
Published May 31, 2005 - 02:07 PM
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Nokia Makes Donation to GNOME Foundation
Gnome Nokia, which recently launched the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, announced today a developer device program at the GNOME user and Developer European Conference (GUADEC). The developer device program will donate the proceeds from the sales of 500 Nokia 770 devices to the GNOME Foundation.
Published May 31, 2005 - 12:41 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux drives worldwide server sales boom
market Share Huge demand for Linux servers has help push the overall server market to new heights, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker.

Factory revenue in the worldwide server market grew at 5.3 per cent year over year to $12.1bn in the first quarter of 2005, marking the eighth consecutive quarter of positive overall revenue growth. Linux server sales enjoyed their eleventh consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, with year-over-year revenue growth of 35.2 per cent and unit shipments up 31.1 per cent.
Published May 31, 2005 - 12:25 PM
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Win - MS: Ballpark pricing and launch details for the Xbox 360
XBox Microsoft's J Allard recently gave an interview to TheStreet.com, in which he talked up the Xbox 360. Among the hints he dropped were that the price of the new console would be "in the neighborhood" of the first Xbox's launch price of US$300.

That's quite a bit lower than the ~$450 price that's being tossed around for Sony's upcoming Playstation 3, but then again, with all the pre-release one-upsmanship going on between the two companies one wonders if MS lowballed the price to steal some of Sony's thunder.
Published May 31, 2005 - 11:42 AM
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Sony Interview: Cell, a revolution that will change computing history
Benchmarks Ken Kutaragi, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, is not only the father of the Sony Playstation but also the visionary behind the Cell processor. In an interview series conducted by The Nikkei Business Publication ending on May 11, 2005, Ken Kutaragi revealed a brief but fascinating overview of the birth and vision of the Cell project team. The following are a few key excerpts from that four-part interview:
Published May 31, 2005 - 11:27 AM
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Watch for Roadcasting Rage
Wireless Stuck in traffic and sick of Howard Stern, you may soon be able to tune in to the music collection of the person in the car in front of you.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing an ad hoc networking system for cars that would allow any driver to broadcast music to any other vehicle within a 30-mile radius.
Published May 31, 2005 - 11:14 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft snubs IBM's Power offer
Microsoft Industry hype surrounding Microsoft Corp.’s decision to go with IBM’s Power processors over Intel for its next generation Xbox, won’t translate into Windows for Power servers in the near future, despite a pledge by IBM Corp. to support the operating system.

IBM’s iSeries chief scientist Dr Frank Soltis said a port to the Power architecture is a requirement for it to run natively on the iSeries and, as such, is entirely “up to Microsoft.”
Published May 31, 2005 - 10:25 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux named "platform for the future" by PalmSource keynote speaker
Linux The developer of PalmOS, PalmSource, Inc., has made a commitment to Linux with its recent acquisition of Linux smartphone software vendor China MobileSoft (CMS). This week at "Mobile Summit," PalmSource's annual developer event, keynote speaker Dr. Dave Nagel expanded on Linux's importance to PalmSource.

"Linux is our platform for the future," said Dr. Nagel, noting that CMS's (re-named PalmSource Asia) Linux-based products will make their way into PalmSource's offerings worldwide.
Published May 31, 2005 - 10:23 AM
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Win - MS: Ruling on Microsoft is delayed
MS Law Puppet The Fair Trade Commission will postpone its decision on whether Microsoft violated anti-trust regulations by including programs such as MSN Messenger or Windows Media Player in its Windows operating platform.

"We decided to accept the company's request for more time to appeal," a Fair Trade official said yesterday. "We will wait until the end of June for Microsoft to present a statement defending its position, and will most likely make a decision on the matter in July."
Published May 31, 2005 - 10:18 AM
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Other OS: A Historical Look at Jean Louis Gassée

Contributed by: Thomas Hormby
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"Though Jean Louis Gassée may not be as well known a technology figure as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Steve Ballmer for example, he certainly is an icon amongst operating system aficionados. Thomas Hormby submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews, which looks back at JLG's career at Apple, his decision to break away and create Be, the company's eventual demise and then later how he became affiliated with Palm and PalmSource."
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Published May 30, 2005 - 09:21 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: X Factor - understanding the X windows system
X was originally created in the mid-80s by a research group from MIT. Its goal was to create a windowing system quite unlike any that had been conceived before. Thus X's design differs greatly from that of other windowing systems, having designed-in support for many elements which are unique features which in fact are nowadays often being hacked into other windowing systems.
Published May 30, 2005 - 03:06 PM
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Win - MS: Big fines loom for Microsoft in Europe
Microsoft Law Time runs out for Microsoft this coming Wednesday to comply with an antitrust ruling by the European Commission, or the software giant will face possible fines up to $5 million a day.

The Commission, which polices competition in the 25-nation European Union, fined Microsoft (up $0.17 to $26.07, Research) a record 497 million ($654.9 million) on March 24, 2004, and ordered it to change the way it does business.
Published May 30, 2005 - 02:14 PM
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Stallman: Nokia's Patent Announcement Next to Nothing
Thoughts Last year IBM took a significant step forward in cooperation with the free software community, by offering blanket licenses for 500 of its patents to all free software developers. These are but a fraction of IBM's software patents, but still it was a substantial step. These 500 patents, at least, are no longer a danger to free software developers.

Since then, various other companies have been exploring how little they can give to the free software community and still pose as our supporters.
Published May 30, 2005 - 12:15 PM
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Win - MS: Big News on USA Microsoft: Slavery to It Is Ending
Microsoft Mass-produced computers can KILL Microsoft and free the world's computer users. They'll be too cheap to accommodate MS Windows -- MS's bread and butter. Computers will go the way of TVs and VCRs -- cheap offshore (non-USA) production. They'll be cheap, simple, general-purpose (FREE SOFTWARE), all-electronic (no disk drive) -- in other words, real electronic computers, finally.
Published May 30, 2005 - 12:05 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Desktop Linux Dominates Discussions
Linux Use of Linux on personal computers may not have made major inroads against leader Microsoft, but it has become prominent in conversations with information technology executives, Red Hat Chief Executive Matthew Szulik said Wednesday.

'It is a dominant element in most of my discussions,' Szulik said in a meeting with reporters here Wednesday.
Published May 30, 2005 - 12:00 PM
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Win - MS: Windows rapidly approaching desktop usability
Windows Every year or so I like to see how Microsoft is doing in its attempt to make a desktop operating system as usable as Linux. Microsoft Windows XP, Home Edition, with Service Pack 2, is a tremendous improvement over previous Windows versions when it comes to stability and appearance, but it still has many glitches that keep it from being competitive with GNU/Linux for everyday users, including a tedious installation procedure, lack of productivity software included with the operating system, hardware compatibility problems, and a price so much higher than any of the Linux distributions I've tested lately that I don't feel this product is a good value for most home or small office users
Published May 27, 2005 - 07:27 PM
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