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New IDC Survey on Linux spending. Here's a new pronouncement from IDC; it seems their latest survey shows continued growth for Linux, up to 9% of total information technology spending in 2002. "Many of the hurdles to Linux adoption are being addressed by platform vendors, and we expect that competition among operating systems as well as among Linux vendors will increase dramatically. Only a few vendors have significant mindshare in the Linux market, indicating major untapped opportunities for hardware and software vendors alike."
The widespread economic woes may be creating hard times for many Linux companies, especially those who are exploring unproven revenue generating tactics. However, these same hard times may actually increase adoption of Linux and open-source software due to the freedom from licensing and upgrade fees, not to mention Linux's proven high reliability and lack of viruses.
Intel Itanium and Linux used in TeraGrid. Intel announced that its Itanium family of processors will be used to build a distributed scientific computing system expected to be the largest of its kind in the world. The computing system, dubbed the "TeraGrid," is part of a $53 million award by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to four facilities. The goal of the project is to build a Distributed Terascale Facility (DTF) that will be used to solve complex scientific problems such as genetic modeling, research on alternative energy sources, and atmospheric simulation. The system will consist of clustered IBM servers at distributed sites, all running the Linux operating system. The TeraGrid will be connected by a Qwest high-speed optical network.
Linux for Chemistry project update. A new packaging of chemistry related software for Linux is now available from the Random Factory.
Just published: Perl for the Web. New Riders has just published Perl for the Web by Chris Radcliff. Happily, the entire book is available on the web as well; no license is specified for the online version.
ATI to ship FIRE GL 8800 cards with Linux drivers. ATI's FIRE GL 8800, a new mid-range 3D worstation video card, is expected to ship in October.
Linux Stock Index for August 09 to August 15, 2001.
LSI at closing on August 09, 2001 ... 27.85
The high for the week was 28.08
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Section Editor: Forrest Cook.
August 16, 2001