Stories by Robert McMillan

Red Hat readies Enterprise Linux update

Red Hat plans to launch a major upgrade to its flagship Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system that will mark the first time the software has fully supported the Linux 2.6 kernel. The launch currently is scheduled to occur at an event that will coincide with the Linuxworld Conference & Expo in Boston next month, a spokeswoman for the company has confirmed.

Developers voice mixed reactions to IBM patent policy

IBM's decision to give open source developers unencumbered access to 500 of the company's 40,000 patents was greeted with cautious optimism on Tuesday by some of the open source developers it was intended to help.

HP drops Itanium development

Hewlett-Packard is getting out of the chip-making business. The company on Thursday announced that it reached an agreement with Intel that would see HP's Itanium processor design team move to Intel in January. The agreement effectively puts an end to the last microprocessor development effort within the company.

Sun submits mystery license to open source group

A Sun Microsystems engineer chartered with directing the engineering effort to open source Solaris has published a new software license that could be used for the open-source release of Sun's Unix operating system. Though Sun is vague on details about the license, called the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL), it is incompatible with Linux's software license.

Unix lawsuit agreement raises questions for SCO

The SCO Group may have a more difficult time making its case that Linux includes illegal source code than previously thought, according to documents published recently on the Web site. Earlier this week the site published for the first time a 10-year-old lawsuit settlement agreement that grants developers the right to redistribute much of the Unix source code that SCO claims to own and which may ultimately strengthen IBM's defense in a lawsuit between the two companies.

Top supercomputer race continues with NASA/SGI box

The space race may be over, but engineers at NASA's (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's) Ames Research Center Tuesday staked their claim in another type of challenge: the never-ending contest to build the world's fastest supercomputer.

SCO plans alternative to Groklaw website

After a year and a half of being flamed, dissected and dismissed on the website, The SCO Group has decided to set up a website of its own to cover the latest happenings in its many legal disputes.

Sun posts US$174 million loss in Q1

With US$190 million in charges on its balance sheet related to restructuring and its recent patent lawsuit settlement with Eastman Kodak, Sun Microsystems on Thursday posted a net loss of US$174 million for its the first quarter of its fiscal 2005 year, which ended September 26.

Novell to defend open source software with patents

Novell is prepared to use its portfolio of U.S. software patents to protect against patent lawsuits the open source software it ships, the company said in statements posted to the Web site and in an e-mail sent to customers Tuesday.

Sun, Kodak settle Java lawsuit

Sun Microsystems has agreed to pay US$92 million to settle a software patent lawsuit brought against it by Eastman Kodak, Sun announced Thursday.