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AMD's 12-Core Chip Cuts Software Licensing Costs 217

Posted by Soulskill
from the fewer-boxes-fewer-problems dept.
CWmike writes "AMD released on Monday its 12-core chip code-named Magny-Cours, doubling the number of cores over the previous-generation Opteron chip. While a doubling of performance is nice, another key benefit delivered by a chip with a dozen cores may be in reducing software costs. For Matt Lavallee, director of technology at MLS Property Information Network, a company that supplies real estate data, upgrading to the 12-core Opteron chip from his current quad-core chips will allow him to cut the number of servers — and his software licensing fees. While the 12-core chip costs a little more than an eight-core chip, it's 'nowhere near as much as a SQL server costs,' said Lavallee, who has been beta-testing the new chips. MLS operates 60 servers, and Lavallee said he could theoretically cut the number of servers by half but will likely reduce his server count by a third with the chip upgrade." Reader adeelershad82 adds that AMD is hoping the new Opterons will compete with Intel in the high-volume server market.
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+ - XMonad 0.4 released

Submitted by Shachaf
Shachaf (781326) writes "XMonad, a tiling window manager written in under 1000 lines of Haskell, recently released version 0.4. New features include a rule system, user-specified workspace tags, and serialisable layouts, as well as many new extensions (the contrib library is several times the size of xmonad itself). See a guided tour or just get started; make sure to /join #xmonad on irc.freenode.net."

Comment: Re:Ooooo... Graphical installer! (Score 1) 98

by Shachaf (#12462138) Attached to: PC-BSD 0.5a Beta: BSD For Dummies
They had a reason for the GPL. From their FAQ:

Why the GPL License for PC-BSD Installer?

All custom software developed for PC-BSD, The GUI Installer, Package Manager, Package Creator, were developed using the QT libraries. (www.trolltech.com) QT is one of the most powerful, solid C++ library sets available today, but it does not allow releasing under the BSD license, only under the GPL, or their own custom license QPL. For this reason, we have chosen to go the GPL approach. This was not intended to *pollute* the BSD license, just as a user running KDE on BSD doesn't intend to pollute the license either.


So they had to either write a GTK installer (and using KDE as the desktop, this wouldn't make sense), pay Trolltech for a QT license, or release under QT with the GPL.

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