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Despite an open letter written the other day and signed by Linus Torvalds and Alan Cox, the two prime developers of Linux, in which they come out squarely against patents because they are inimicable to Linux development, the European Parliament on Wednesday pretty overwhelmingly passed a piece of controversial legislation called the Directive on the Patentability of Computer-Implemented Inventions that would create pretty much the same kind of software patent model in Europe as the US has, something that's anathema to the open source and free software mob. It would standardize patent law and enforcement across Europe. The bill was loaded down with Linus-approved amendments, however, and under those circumstances it remains to be seen whether it survives what somebody rightly called the European Union's Byzantine lawmaking procedures. One of amendments, opposed by th... (more)

Oracle Reportedly Hiring

Oracle is reportedly recruiting executives to replace the ones it expects to leave or get fired when it takes over Sun, which will be integrated into Oracle, not run as a free standing subsidiary. Sun chairman Scott McNealy (pictured below) is expected to be offered a seat on the Oracle board. Oracle might sell off at least parts of Sun’s storage operation like, say, tape which reportedly holds little fascination for it although Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has said otherwise. The HP Xeon-based Exadata data warehouse machine, Oracle only adventure in hardware before Sun, and a report... (more)

Oracle To Hire More Than It Fires at Sun: Reports

Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo Oracle CEO Larry Ellison got out ahead of his own announcement Wednesday of his plans for Sun and told both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times that he intends to hire more people at Sun than he fires. He also struck a go-it-alone pose, seeming to burn his bridges with the IBMs and HPs of the world that sell Oracle’s software on their systems. “It took us a while to decide that we would be better off with all the pieces, and not working with partners,” he told the Journal. He’s definitely dumping Sun’s resellers. “Sun has wonderful engineer... (more)

Maritz Goes to EMC, Gelsinger To Run VMware

Paul Maritz, the CEO of EMC subsidiary VMware for the last four years, is stepping down and will be replaced by president and COO of EMC Information Infrastructure Products Pat Gelsinger (pictured below), the 30-year Intel veteran who might have wound up as CEO there if he had stayed and Paul Otellini retired. Gelsinger will start running VMware September 1 for the experience ahead of EMC deciding who’s going to replace CEO Joe Tucci. The news was confirmed late Tuesday after rumors that Maritz had been ousted depressed VMware stock price by 5%. As it turns out Maritz is gonna b... (more)

CA Follows its Mentor, Oracle, to China

The chief architect of Computer Associates' uniquely cross-company Linux Technology Group Sam Greenblatt took a flying trip to the Orient a few days ago and, following in the footsteps of CA's role model in the Linux arena, returned with an "understanding of cooperation" with the China's Institute of Software and Academy of Sciences - for which read the government-backed Red Flag, the native Unicode-based Chinese Linux distribution that derives from Red Hat. Sam is quite taken with China's Linux support. He says the country, whose Bamboo Curtain still makes it hard for Western o... (more)