Linux distributor RedHat’s revenue for the third quarter rose 44 percent to US$73.1 million, exceeding analyst expectations. Diluted net income jumped to US$24.6 million (12 cents per share) doubling the US$12.4 million (6 cents per share) from last year. With the addition of approximately 12,000 new customers, the success of RedHat is a clear indication of the increasing demand for commercial Linux technologies. RedHat’s subscription business model has been tremendously successful, and close relationships with companies like IBM, Dell, and HP have stimulated RedHat server deployment. RedHat Certified Engineer (RHCE) was honored with the top spot on CertCities.com’s 10 Hottest Certifications for 2006, and analyst estimates inidicate that RedHat has about 53 percent of the Linux training market in North America. RedHat CEO Matthew Szulik says that interest in Linux is increasing because consumers are less risk averse than they used to be:
Sun hardware bloggers weigh in on Niagara
December 8, 2005 5:07 PM PST
When Sun launched OpenSolaris, its open-source version of the Solaris operating system, it unleashed a gaggle of bloggers to give tours of the software project. Now that Sun launched its T2000 server, based on the 72-watt UltraSparc T1 “Niagara” processor, hardware specialists are getting a turn.
Dennis Sheahan pointed out that Sun switched the T2000 server from using 550-watt power supplies to 450-watt models after discovering even a full load wouldn’t require that much electricity. The 450-watt power supplies are more efficient, consuming less power when running in the T2000’s usual 340-watt range, he said.
Sheahan also said Sun called the initial Niagara prototype servers “Fireball”, calling the first system he sad “without exception one of the ugliest I have ever seen.”
Hugo Rivera debunks some myths and shows that Niagara’s relatively small 3MB cache is big enough.
In another blog, Ravindra Talashikar discusses how well the Niagara systems respond as more work is added–in industry terms, how linearly the system scales. His conclusion: very well.
Dave Dagastine gloats over top Java software benchmarks, results that stem in large part from the T2000’s hardware-based encryption that’s 10.7 times faster than an IBM p5-510 Unix server.
It’s not all about the hardware, though. Ruud Van Der Pas describes programming tricks using OpenMP software to move applications to a world with many parallel execution threads.
Posted by Stephen Shankland
By Eric Auchard
Fri Dec 9, 5:31 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO – news), the world’s largest Internet media site, had agreed to acquire Del.icio.us, a popular Web site that helps users share links to their favorite Web sites, the site’s founder said on Friday.
Joshua Schachter, the founder of Del.icio.us, confirmed a posting on the New York-based start-up’s site that the company had been acquired by Yahoo. A Yahoo spokeswoman confirmed that the agreement to buy Del.icio.us had closed on Friday.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
“We are joining forces to build my vision of creating a way for people to remember things together,” Schachter told Reuters in a phone interview. “It is a shared memory site.”
Del.icio.us (http://del.icio.us/) provides a simple way for hundreds of thousands of Web users to share and categorize their favorite Web page bookmarks as Web pages.
It is considered one of the leading examples of the “Web 2.0” phenomenon which refers to a new generation of collaborative sites that has grown up on the Web in recent years and which depend on user-contributed information.
The acquisition of Del.icio.us marks the second major acquisition by Yahoo of a leading “social networking” site. Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo acquired popular photo sharing site Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/) earlier in 2005.
Del.icio.us has only nine employees. Venture backers include Union Square Capital, Amazon.com and BV Capital, among others. Some 300,000 users have shared more than 10 million of their favorite links to Web sites, Schachter said.
As a sideline to his day job at New York investment bank Morgan Stanley, the Web developer has been responsible for creating two cult crazes on the Internet.
Schachter was co-developer of Memepool (http://www.memepool.com/), a kind of daily diary of links to interesting Web sites that has been running since 1998.
Schachter plans to move to Sunnyvale to join Yahoo’s search products group, the same division where Flickr is based.
“Just like we’ve done with Flickr, we plan to give del.icio.us the resources, support, and room it needs to continue growing the service and community,” Jeremy Zawodny, an engineer in Yahoo’s search group, said on a Yahoo company blog. (http://www.ysearchblog.com/archives/000223.html)
Del.icio.us joins a growing stable of properties where Yahoo seeks to encourage hundreds of millions of its users worldwide to rely on the opinions of others — — their writings, photos, videos and Web links — to search the Web.
The company is working to integrate a range of different user-contribution functions across the Yahoo.com network, from Yahoo news to travel to search
Debian is currently the fastest growing Linux distribution for web servers, with more than 1.2 million active sites in December. Debian 3.1 was declared stable in July and it appears that both the anticipation of this release becoming stable, and the release itself, have generated new interest in Debian, after some years where it had lagged behind its more active rivals. This growth is particularly noticeable at some of the larger central European hosting locations, including Komplex, Lycos Europe, Proxad and Deutsche Telecom
Google gets Microsoft treatment on book search efforts
Friday December 09, 2005 (09:00 AM GMT)
By: Jay Lyman
Microsoft and Google have engaged in a bit of role reversal when it comes to making it possible to search print books online. This time around, Microsoft and an open technology community are fighting against Google, a rival seen as aggressive, arrogant, and set on doing its own thing for the sake of its cause.
Despite throttling down its aspirations for Google Print, renamed Book Search, the Internet search wunderkind is still the scorn of many at the publishing and technology crossroads.
Google claims it is taken aback by portrayals of the issue as a battle between Google’s aspirations and opposition to openness. The company typically embraces openness with its own development, the Summer of Code, donations to universities, and other open source support.
IDC analyst Sue Feldman, who knows the issues around the digitization of printed books and other materials from her time working on copyright and permissions for publishing groups and with Cornell University, said Google is paying the price for being first out with its idea to make searching for books as easy as searching for keywords
“When you have a good idea, you just assume it’s good and go ahead and do it,” she said in describing the situation.
Google is also competing with the Yahoo- and Microsoft-supported Open Content Alliance (OCA), a coordinated multimedia archive effort of technology, nonprofit, government, and other organizations rooted in open source ideas.
Microsoft, whose history is marked more by following and tweaking than by leading, is quick to point out the significance of its membership in the OCA and the need for support from a number of players to put book search results online. “We see it as an important part of our strategy,” said MSN product manager Justin Osmer. “The more companies involved in addressing this challenge of digitizing printed content the better, and the OCA provides a great framework for us all to agree on the processes we will take to make digitization happen.”
While it hasn’t joined the OCA, Google said it supports the organization’s effort. “It’s wonderful,” said Google senior product manager and IP counsel Alex Macgillivray. “Our reaction in a word is positive. The way people have characterized it is weird to us.”
When asked why Google had not joined the OCA, Macgillivray said the company was talking with the alliance, but added it was only “a partial solution to how do you index the world’s books.
“They definitely have a different approach and different technology,” he said. “We’re really focused on making more of the world’s information findable. We don’t see it as going out on a limb. We think it’s a tremendous opportunity to be first here.”
For its part, Microsoft’s Osmer said the company, through the OCA and its own efforts, wants to work with copyright holders to find a beneficial way to get books digitized. “We will clearly respect all copyrights and work with each partner providing the information to work out mutually agreeable protections on copyrights,” he said.
That is strikingly close to what Google has said, although its unabashed approach and grand visions may have struck a nerve in the publishing community. Basex CEO and chief analyst Jonathan Spira said despite similar approaches from competitors, it is Google’s arrogance and attitude that has earned it much of the criticism around Google Book Search.
“They basically took the attitude that we know what’s best for you. Take your medicine,” Spira said, noting that Google now says its scaled-back plan to start with public domain books was what the company had in mind all along.
Spira indicated Google, which just donated $3 million to a World Digital Library campaign from the US Library of Congress, had failed to convey the value of putting books online to copyright holders, adding, “They seem to be failing in their ability to communicate that.”
Google’s Macgillivray, who attended the OCA kickoff party, said that Google remains undeterred by the criticism. He claimed that even Google’s opponents have been favorable to the idea of digitizing books. “The overwhelming emotion is support and even some of our critics don’t disagree with Google that this is a huge public benefit. Just because some people out there may make negative comments, that won’t stop us from delivering value to our users.”
Searching, suing, and staking out first place
“Questions of intellectual property are really messy,” IDC’s Feldman said. She said that authors want their works available to as many people as possible, but that the matter of compensation is equally, if not more, important. “That part, very often, is missed with the idea that information should be free.”
Feldman noted that the issues include who decides what content goes online, how it gets there, and how that might influence an Internet user’s view of history, but said none of those were being addressed since the fight moved to the courts.
“We haven’t caught up with a mechanism,” she said, referring to compensation and accountability for copyright holders. “Instead, we have a bunch of people suing each other.”
Suggesting some kind of monetization platform run by a third party, Feldman said the more large organizations behind the effort to digitize more printed content, the better.