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(July 2, 2003) - On August 5, SYS-CON Media will be launching the premier issue of Linux.SYS-CON.com at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo? being held August 4 - 7, 2003, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Linux.SYS-CON.com, spearheaded by editor-in-chief Kevin Bedell and deputy editor Alan Williamson, is aimed specifically at CIOs and IT managers seeking guidance and insight on the implications of Linux adoption in the enterprise. Each month Linux.SYS-CON.com will show them why and how Linux and open source can benefit their organizations, and will help bring Linux "out of the back room and into the boardroom," as Bedell puts it. The editorial advisory board of Linux.SYS-CON.com includes Linux luminaries such as Oracle's Wim Coekaerts, IBM's Scott Handy, Ximian's Miguel de Icaza, and Mandrake's Ga?l Duval. The launch issue is full to bursting with articles, insight... (more)

The Consumer Electronics World Embraces Linux

(July 2, 2003) - Six consumer electronics (CE) giants have come together this week to form the CE Linux Forum, with a view to providing a platform for discussing and formalizing the requirements for the extensions necessary to produce Linux platform geared to consumer electronics devices such as cellphones, PDAs, set-top boxes, Internet radios, residential gateways, and telematics equipment in automobiles. CELF, as the forum will be known, currently comprises Sony, Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic), NEC, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung, Sharp, and Toshiba, with IBM po... (more)

Key Features in the Linux 2.6 Kernel Will Favor Enterprise

(July 7, 2003) - Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, has announced via e-mail that the Linux kernel 2.6, due for release in the fourth quarter of this year, will include a variety of features for enterprise applications. There will be what he terms "the usual scalability stuff” – in other words, much better behavior across a lot of loads over lots of CPUs and huge amounts of memory. There will also be support for new hardware architectures, including the latest AMD 64-bit Opteron CPUs and PowerPC 64 CPUs. What else? Torvalds promises improved scalability to 16 CPUs or more, using ... (more)

'Super-Linux' Cluster Declared Third-Fastest Computer On Earth

(July 7, 2003) - A supercomputer capable of 7.6 teraflops – that’s 7.6 trillion calculations per second – has just been rated as the third fastest computer in the world: in fact it’s a Linux cluster with 2,304 2.4 GHz Dual Intel Xeon processors – making it also the fastest computer on earth with “Intel inside.” The Linux Networx Evolocity system, known as just MCR, is so fast that just 18 months ago such a performance would have earned it the absolute No. 1 slot as the fastest supercomputer on earth. Built in 2002, the MCR system is located at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab... (more)

Japan Government Payroll Computer System Will Use Linux, Not Windows

(July 9, 2003) - Fujitsu announced today that it has won a $1.6 million contract to design the Japanese government’s payroll computer system using Linux rather than Windows as the OS. It won the contract together with IBM Japan and Oki Electric Industry. By adopting Linux, government official Masanobu Arao said today, it is estimated that the Japanese government will halve the network's operating costs, particularly its maintenance costs, since until now the government has relied on expensive mainframe computers for its backbone system - whereas Linux is free. The three companie... (more)