The Unrelenting Enterprise Linux Charge

A survey of nearly 400 IT developers and professionals indicates that use of Linux in at least some servers is still on the rise, reports Evans Data.

While Linux servers represent about US$8.3 billion of a $53.6 billion server shipment market today, the open source Latest News about open source operating system will rise to an estimated $12.4 billion share of a $57.5 billion market by 2011, Gartner Latest News about Gartner Research Vice President George Weiss told LinuxInsider.

Does the Wii run Linux?

Blogger Kiyoshi Saruwatari claims that Nintendo's upcoming Wii console runs on the open source Linux operating system. According to Saruwatari, who claims to be a Nintendo insider, the company reduced development costs by leveraging open source software and incorporating a Linux kernel into the Wii software platform. A wide variety of additional features like web browsing, video playback, file management, and emulation all run on Nintendo's custom Linux operating system, which uses a proprietary interface. Unlike the other specialized software components, the actual games will not run under the Linux platform, and can be played without booting Linux if the user holds down the "A" button while the Wii is starting up.

Terra Soft moves past Apple with first Cell-based supercomputing cluster

The announcement last year that Apple was moving to Intel-based hardware might have seemed like a fatal blow to Terra Soft Solutions, a company best-known for the Yellow Dog Linux distro. However, Kai Staats, CEO of Terra Soft, says that the move may be a blessing in disguise. The company has moved on to bigger and better ventures -- including construction of the first Cell-based supercomputing cluster.

Monster's Linux Device Brings Intelligence To Home Control

Rich Green has seen the future of home automation and it looks like a Monster.

Green is president and CEO of home integrator Rich Green Ink, director of CEDIA's new technology council and the go-to man for CEDIA members looking for the next hot trend. He didn't hesitate a second when asked what was the most important product or technology trotted out at the recent CEDIA Expo, the country's biggest show dedicated to integrated home technologies.

Nokia: No Linux phones yet

Nokia has still no plans to adopt Linux as a platform for its mobile phones, at least for now.

Jarkko Sairanen, vice president and head of corporate strategy at Nokia, told ZDNet Asia in an interview Tuesday that there are areas "we believe Linux needs some further work to be really mature as a platform for small portable devices".

Oracle To Bring Siebel CRM To Linux

When Oracle releases Siebel 8 later this year, the venerable CRM application will, for the first time, run on Linux servers.

The independent Siebel Systems, bought by Oracle for over $5 billion last year had not pledged to support Linux.

Still, this news is kind of a no-brainer for Oracle watchers. The Redwood Shores, Calif. company has said it has moved the bulk of its internal systems to Linux already. It has also said it is moving its internal CRM system to Siebel. Ergo, Siebel had better run on Linux.

SGI Expanding the Reach of Linux

Steve Neuner, the director for Linux engineering at SGI, has been pushing Linux up the scalability ladder for the better part of the 21st century. In August of this year, SGI announced that they were able to run a single system image of the Linux OS over 1024 processors on an Itanium-based Altix 4700 supercomputer. How was this feat accomplished? This week at the Gelato Itanium Conference and Expo (ICE) in Singapore, Neuner presented a session that described the Linux kernel modification that helped to make this possible. HPCwire caught up with him before the conference to ask him about the Linux improvements and where the future of single system image scalability is headed.

Linux, PDAs and consumer goods drive IT growth

Internet-related investments in Linux servers, PDAs, digital storage and new portable consumer products will be the highest growth areas in the global IT market in the next year, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The OECD's biennial IT Outlook report predicts the worldwide IT sector to grow at six per cent in 2006, with growth fairly evenly-balanced across the world's industrialised nations.