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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 0.7 released, now with GNOME support

Submitted by Shachaf
Shachaf (781326) writes "xmonad, the tiling window manager written in ~1000 lines of Haskell, has recently released version 0.7. Notable improvements include GNOME support and, as always, many new contrib modules (the contrib library is more than 7 times the size of the window manager itself). Make sure to ask the friendly community in #xmonad at irc.freenode.net if you have any questions!"
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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."

Microsoft Recalls Small Business Server 237

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the another-day-another-delay dept.
dasButcher writes to tell us VarBusiness is reporting that hot on the heels of many other delays, Microsoft has recalled their Small Business Server 2003 R2. The operating system started shipping to OEMs, distributors, and systems builders in July but was immediately recalled after a recent audit.

40 Percent of World of Warcraft Players Addicted 525

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the thats-probably-a--bit-generous dept.
Heartless Gamer writes "MMORPGs and game addiction. If you're suffering from dry eyes, headaches, back aches, erratic sleep patterns, it may be more than just your average hangover: according to Dr. Maressa Orzack, you could be suffering from video and computer game addiction. A clinical psychologist, Orzack is founder and coordinator of Computer Addiction Services at McLean Hospital in Newton, Mass., and is also an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Computer Addiction Services is one of the few outpatient clinics in the U.S. that provides specific treatment for game addiction." but I'm feelings much better now.

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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