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Xandros, which focuses on Linux alternatives to Windows desktop and server products, has announced that the Xandros Server now supports high-performance computing utilizing 64-bit processors from Intel and AMD. Support for Intel EM64T and AMD64 processors will be provided to Xandros customers at no additional charge. Xandros Server is the first Linux server to provide a powerful platform for enterprise administrators and SMBs that have little or no Linux experience, the Ottawa, Canada-based company says. Built on top of Debian Linux, it provides a Managed Community architechure with workflow automation that takes the guesswork and complexity out of server configuration tasks. Xandros Server presents a simplified, centralized approach to remotely administering users and services through the all-graphical Xandros Management Console (xMC). It is compatible with any exi... (more)

Gartner Writes Off Opteron

At Gartner's big industry bash in Florida this week - despite the economy it got 6,000 people to come - two of its analysts, George Weiss and John Enck, trashed the chances of AMD's hybrid 64-bit Opteron chip having any impact on the market because it has failed to get the backing of the ISVs, the server vendors and customer set. They also claimed they had tracked down the part Intel's allegedly holding in reserve in case Opteron should make some progress, the one everybody's been calling Yamhill since the Mercury News uncovered it, the one Intel denies exists (wink, wink). They claimed it is really code named Anvil (Hammer, Anvil, get it?) and that they have spoken to several major applications developers that have tested a prototype. Maureen O'Gara's LinuxGram is published weekly by G2 Computer Intelligence Inc. and distributed by Linux Business Week Copyright 2002 ... (more)

Intel's Q3 Numbers, Q4 Promises Soft & Squishy Like Mud

Intel's touchstone Q3 results came in Tuesday short of expectations, casting a further pall over the already bleak computer landscape. The not-very-happy company put a smiley face, as best it could, on the situation, calling its performance "in line" and patting itself on the back for executing under difficult circumstance. But bottom line, it hasn't seen any pick-up in demand and after hours, the stock market drove its shares, which had risen earlier in the day, down two-three bucks. Its performance also nipped a four-day stock market rally in the bud. Regarded as far more important as a generic, if lagging, indicator was its forecast for the current quarter. It estimates that its Q4 revenues will fall between $6.5 billion and $6.9 billion, potentially lower than its followers thought, and that its gross margin, where the rubber hits the road, will only be plus or ... (more)

Sun To Use AMD Chip

Sun, which was oh so mysterious about its intentions a couple of weeks ago, said at its financial analysts meeting the other day that it will use AMD 1.2GHz Athlon XP-Ms, the parts that usually go in notebooks and laptops, rather than Intel chips on the 32-bit uniprocessor x86 blades it puts in its yet-to-be-delivered Sun Fire Blade Platform. Considering the way it feels about Intel, Sun has been known to smile one of those toothy enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend smiles at AMD. It’ll be AMD’s first crack at a blade. Sun intends to support Solaris x86 and Linux on the widgets. Its design also calls for 650MHz UltraSparc IIi-based blades as well. Sun is supposed to deliver the first AMD blade “mid-year” and add a two-way x86 blade in Q3. We’ll have to wait and see whether Sun, which is striking a pose of indifference, sticks with AMD, which, given its own circumstances... (more)

Opteron: The Price of Admission

Appro International, the other company besides Newisys known to be putting Opteron systems together, is going to turn up at the great Opteron launch in New York on Tuesday with three 2p 1Us, two 2p 2Us and what purports to be the first known Opteron blade, a dual-processor board. It says its newfangled homegrown HyperBlade design stuffs 80 blades, 160 processors in a rack, though whether the design is really and truly a blade design and not just a bunch of 1U boards shoved in a rack is a question. Blades are new to the company. It's got a likeminded similarly dense Xeon-based HyperBlade it also intends to start selling next month. Appro is using three different Opteron motherboards in its 1Us and 2Us. It planned to use a fourth but now says it was told that the Tyan mobo it was expecting won't be available until June. Which evidently means that Tyan isn't going to m... (more)

BP Does Linux-on-Itanium

A few hours before AMD's Opteron bowed, Intel and HP wheeled out a win for their Itanium chip. Seems BP has deployed a Linux-based HPC cluster of 259 Itanium 2-based HP rx5670 systems for seismic imaging research. The 4-teraflop widgetry includes more than a thousand processors with 8,000GB of memory. It's supposed to be one of the most powerful commercial systems in the world. It's also supposed to give BP a three-fold price/performance improvement over its old RISC-based equipment. Linuxgram is published weekly by G2 Computer Intelligence Inc. 323 Glen Cove Ave.; Sea Cliff, NY 11579, USA; Tel: 516 759-7025 - Fax: 516 759-7028 Send press releases to: [email protected] Subscription price per year: $195/£140 individual reader. Corporate Subscription available at quantity discounts. E-mail: [email protected] (c) Copyright 2003 G2 Computer Intelligence, Inc. ... (more)

Itanium Watch

At the Windows Server 2003 launch, Intel president Paul Otellini, anxious to prove that Itanium had legs, worked some design-win numbers into the conversation. Okay, it's true, he said - if not exactly in these words - that the poor miserable misbegotten Merced only captured two OEMs, but look here, the Itanium 2 has got 20 for two- and four-way boxes and five for eight-ways, and the upcoming Madison is good for 40 OEMs on two- and four-ways and 10 on eight-ways and above, and when 2004-2005 rolls around, well, we're looking at 80 design-wins for two- and four-ways and 15 on eight and up. Meanwhile, AMD is threatening to sell more of its new 64-bit chips by the end of the year than Intel has since it started flogging Itaniums. Linuxgram is published weekly by G2 Computer Intelligence Inc. 323 Glen Cove Ave.; Sea Cliff, NY 11579, USA; Tel: 516 759-7025 - ... (more)

Mad Hatter to Sip China Tea out of China Cup

That hole Alice nipped down after the White Rabbit before tying up with the Mad Hatter has come out in China - just like our parents used to tell us it would if we kept on digging in the garden when we were kids. Just imagine Sun Microsystems as Alice. In an announcement overshadowed Monday by Sun’s new Opteron alliance with AMD that Sun claims - well, some at Sun anyway - could be a lot more far-reaching than the AMD deal, Sun said that the Chinese were going to make Sun’s newfangled Linux-based Java Desktop System, otherwise known as Project Mad Hatter, the foundation of the Chinese desktop standard. Well, now, every time people start talking like this these days we get this mental picture of a bunch of ancient Chinese elders with their wispy beards and black silk robes gossiping and nodding off over their bowls of tea. Lotta talk, no action. Linux and the open sour... (more)

Linux Standard Base: Enough Support?

Ask some end users what Linux Standard Base (LSB) is and most likely they either won't know anything about it, or know a little bit but not enough to qualify as understanding what all the buzz around LSB is about. Ask three ISVs and only one will likely understand the implications of LSB for their business. And only a very, very few will say that they have started the process of making some of their applications LSB-compliant. Are these statistics bad? Yes, they are for ISVs. Although users will benefit from LSB, they are not the direct focus of the Free Standards Group (FSG), an independent, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to promoting the use of LSB and the development of open standards. ISVs, Linux distributors, and system vendors, however, are in the FSG spotlight because they are the parties that will have to boost LSB to give it a favorable outcome and... (more)

Geez, What Did Intel Do To Tick Off Merrill Lynch?

Merrill Lynch is advising IBM to devote a substantial part of its manufacturing capacity in East Fishkill to AMD's chips on the theory that it could be a "significant opportunity" if IBM is "willing to take some risks." The broker says that despite the "complicated strategic questions" that would doubtlessly arise ' like the impact it could have on IBM's proprietary, if declining, Power architecture ' the 64-bit x86 Opteron, which Merrill calls an "attractive alternative to Intel's Xeon" chip, could "remake the competitive server landscape." It could, for instance, put a serious dent in the 80% and rising profits margins that Intel reaps from the Xeon and its four-figure prices. In Merrill's opinion the Opteron ain't just another Intel clone. It scales to high-volume two-way and four-way configuration "more elegantly" than Xeon, it says. The broker also thinks that d... (more)

AMD vs Intel: "My Dual-Core's Better Than Your Dual Core"

AMD figures its dual-cores will perform at least 20% better than Intel's dual-cores because they're better integrated. See, like most married people, Intel's Smithfield-style dual-cores, which are more like two processors inhabiting the same package, don't really communicate with one another, at least not directly. Not that people think only of performance in making their buys. There's speculation that dual-cores will eat into Intel's tidy dual-processor business, dual processors now accounting for something like 60%-70% of all x86 servers going out the door. Of course that means they'll also cannibalize some of AMD's business too.   ... (more)