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IBM has found something else to do with Linux. Its Lotus software operation is going into the hardware business – it’s concocted a Linux-based server appliance for e-mail, calendaring and its OpenOffice-based Symphony software for SMBs called IBM Lotus Foundations Start. And it comes complete with VMware hypervisor so it can run Windows software if needs be. Just so there's the appropriate level of detachment VMware's supposed to support any Windows users under pilot they're running and IBM remarks that "even if the Windows operating system crashes, the business can still access the core capabilities of Lotus Foundations without rebooting." Its operations are designed to continue uninterrupted. ISVs can port Domino application to the thing. And it can be maintained remotely. The Linux is a 100MB kernel stored on a solid-state chi and IBM says that if two disks fai... (more)

Samsung-Google Galaxy Nexus Phone Outlawed in US

California District Court Judge Lucy Koh Friday enjoined the Android Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone that Google co-developed because, she said, Apple is likely to prove it at trial that it infringes four Apple patents including the Google nose-pulling Siri unified search patent. Without a preliminary injunction, she said in her 101-page ruling, Apple was “likely to lose substantial market share in the smartphone market and to lose substantial downstream sales of future smartphone purchases and tag- along products.” The harm to Samsung is outweighed by the “irreparable harm” to A... (more)

Linux Standard Base Saved from Near-Death Experience

Related Links: Version 2.0 of Linux Standards Base (LSB) Available The extraordinary effort of a few people, rallied by a dedicated new Free Standard Group executive director, has saved the fabled Linux Standard Base from a near-dead experience. The latest specification, which was in rocky shape earlier this year when it was actually due - try January - nine months ago - has finally been whipped into something they're calling LSB 2.0 - and the standards group has gotten the key Linux distributions and Linux hardware vendors to sign off on the thing. LSB 2.0 is distinguished by an ... (more)

Sun To Launch 'Java Desktop System' Today

Last September as part of Project Mad Hatter Sun Microsystems said publicly that it was gonna go into the plain vanilla Linux desktop business. Then subsequently it said it wasn't. Now, on the threshold of its Sun Network confab tomorrow, it appears a Linux x86 desktop - reportedly dubbed the Java Desktop System - is back on the menu. However, it is widely believed the thing will be a typical Sun bait-and-switch for its latest darling, Solaris x86. ISVs that got a copy of the desktop code last week to certify their own software on it say it's practically a model of Franciscan sim... (more)

From the SYS-CON Archives: Sun Buys MySQL, Gets Oracle for an Enemy

Sun, Oracle’s sometimes best friend, turned into an Oracle competitor this morning when it said it was buying MySQL, the open source database that’s part of the famous LAMP stack. It’s paying a billion dollars. MySQL was supposed to go public this year but picked the easier monetization route. Sanford C. Bernstein estimates MySQL’s financial position at breakeven on $60 million-$80 million on trailing 12-month revenues although over 100 million copies of the database have been downloaded. Sun is paying $800 million cash for MySQL’s stock and assuming about $200 million in options... (more)