On Monday, Perens plans to announce the TAPR Open Hardware License, a document written by John Ackermann designed specifically to govern hardware designs that can be modified and redistrubuted. Perens plans to submit the license to the Open Source Initiative for its as an open-source license.
Sun Microsystems, whose proximity interconnect technology seeks to speed up computers by letting one chip talk directly to another instead of sending signals over a wire, has acquired related technology from a small company.
Through an intellectual property agreement with the company, Polychip, Sun acquired all patent rights to the technology from pioneers David Salzman and Thomas Knight, Sun said last week.
"Sun and Polychip determined that continued development of the technologies by Sun will provide the best application of the technology for the market," Sun said in a news release.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. … Read more
Sun Chief Executive dangled a tantalizingly large number in front of financial analysts on conference call Tuesday: the number of threads that its forthcoming 16-core Rock processor can handle.
That number was 256, which is 64 times that of Intel's current Itanium and Xeon or of IBM's Power.
But Sun fans should be careful before they trumpet the figure. John Fowler, Sun's executive vice president in charge of servers, said later that day that's not the number of threads available to software running on the machine. (A thread is an independent sequence of software instructions; servers, … Read more
Sun Microsystems has said it's considering releasing Solaris, already an open-source project, under the General Public License (GPL) as well. And Sun has said it likes the direction of a proposed GPL 3, a new version 3 of that open-source license.
Connecting the dots could mean that Sun plans to use GPL 3 for Solaris; and Eweek reported this week that the server maker plans to do excactly that, citing sources close to the company.
Sun called the story incorrect but didn't rule out the possibility. "It just ain't so. This is primarily due to the … Read more
The Eclipse Foundation, the open-source programming tool project that's had a sometimes-fractious relationship with Java creator Sun Microsystems, has joined the Java governance system Sun established years ago.
The foundation announced the move Friday, noting in a press release that Eclipse is used in several Java projects administered by that governance system, called the Java Community Process. Eclipse initially was established as a Java programming tool project by IBM, which has been a Java ally but didn't always see eye to eye with Sun about the technology's fate.
The move shouldn't raise eyebrows, said Mike Milinkovich, … Read more
Sun Microsystems has released version 1.0 of its Looking Glass software, a Java-based 3D user interface.
Although Sun holds most sway in the server market, Looking Glass was an attempt to show it had some chops in the desktop market as well. The user interface lets windows be turned on edge when not needed or flipped so notes can be recorded on the backs. In addition, music collections appear as a shuffling stack of CDs and users can switch among different tasks by rotating a virtual 3D cube with different jobs on different faces.
Versions of Looking Glass can … Read more
A Merrill Lynch survey of chief information officers finds them warming to Sun Microsystems' UltraSparc T1 "Niagara"-based servers, lower-end models introduced a year ago that are designed to gracefully juggle multiple tasks simultaneously.
According to the December survey, 41 percent of CIOs who already are Sun customers want to buy Niagara servers in the next 12 months, compared to 8 percent in July. And among CIOs in general, the purchasing intention increased from 3 percent to 12 percent over the same period.
The survey questioned 100 CIOs, about three quarters of them at companies with annual revenue … Read more
Solar power may be making great strides in mainstream usage, but energy efficiency doesn't necessarily translate to fiscal conservation. The "Ultimate Outdoor Webcam" by DigitalXtractions, for example, runs on the sun's rays but costs $450 plus another $150 or $250 for a solar panel, according to The Raw Feed. But here's the kicker: Not only do you have to pay those exorbitant prices up front, but you also must shell out $60 a year for a "data subscription" that includes Web hosting. We think we'll keep a USB port open for the &… Read more
One of the worst things about alternative energy is trying to figure out what it's going to cost you. Electricity from the grid is easy: you plug stuff in and get gouged with a bill at the end of the month.
With solar, you buy a few thousand dollars of equipment and get it installed at one point in time. To compare it to grid electricity, you have to estimate how much power it will produce over the lifetime of the system, divided by the number of months. You then have to add in federal and state rebates, mortgage … Read more
Sun Microsystems has begun offering Solaris and higher-level server software in a virtual machine that will run on VMware's virtualization software. The Solaris Enterprise System bundle--which Sun has made little noise about since its announcement in 2005--combines the operating system with software for calendars, e-mail, Web sites, Java server software and other tasks.
The download option dovetails with efforts by VMware and Microsoft to encourage easier trials of software. Virtual machines are essentially separate compartments on a computer that can run their own software; software … Read more