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Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun announces OpenSPARC Innovation Contest->

Submitted by keithjr
keithjr (1091829) writes "As part of an earlier promise to put for $1 Million open-source rewards program, Sun Microsystems has announced the OpenSPARC Community Innovation Awards Contest. There will be seven categories for submissions, with each category's winner receiving $20,000, as well as a Grand Prize of $35,000 for the best overall. The contest period will run from January 28th, 2008 until June 30, 2008."
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Sun Microsystems

+ - Dvorak Slams Sun's MySQL Acquisition

Submitted by keithjr
keithjr (1091829) writes "In keeping with what has become an almost humorous tradition, tech writer John Dvorak has put forth an opinion article expressing his dissatisfaction with the latest hot topic: Sun's acquisition of MySQL. Dvorak writes, "Sun Microsystems Inc. gobbling up MySQL is perhaps the worst single event I have ever witnessed in the history of tech mergers and acquisitions." He even goes as far as to imply that the deal was brokered by Oracle via proxy, stating " I'm close to being convinced that Oracle wanted to buy MySQL to kill the product, but knew that it couldn't pull off the stunt itself. It would be too obvious, especially to European Union regulators. So it sent in a stooge to do the job." Evidence to back up this dubious claim of a "Puppetmaster Oracle" is, unsurprising, lacking."
Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun Releases OpenSPARC T2 to Open Source Community->

Submitted by keithjr
keithjr (1091829) writes "As promised during the UltraSPARC T2 Launch, Sun has announced the release of the RTL (register transfer level) source code for the OpenSPARC T2 to the open-source community. The source code can be found a Opensparc.net. Sun also announced five Universities are official OpenSPARC Technology Centers of Excellence: the University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Texas, Austin; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and Carnegie Mellon University."
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Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun UltraSPARC T2 Processor Announced->

Submitted by keithjr
keithjr (1091829) writes "During a public webcast today, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz, joined by several members of the Sun technical and marketing staff, unveiled their latest multithreaded System-on-Chip product, the UltraSPARC T2. The new processor sports 64 threads over 8 cores, with a nominal power consumption of 95 Watts. 10Gbps Ethernet, PCI Express I/O, and cryptographic acceleration are all integrated on-chip. Like its predecessor, the T2's Verilog RTL source code and test benches will be released to the OpenSPARC community under the GPL, along with a Programmer's Reference Manual and Microarchitecture Specifications."
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Networking

+ - Brookline, MA launches municipal Wi-Fi->

Submitted by keithjr
keithjr (1091829) writes "The city of Brookline, MA plans to open the first border-to-border Wi-Fi network open to commerical and residential use. The wireless canvas, touted as the first of its kind, has been free for preview by Brookline residents. Upon launch, it will be available with a subscription fee. The multi-use service network will also serve as a means of relaying public safety information among city departments, as well as providing Internet access. Free Internet service will also be available in various parks and hotspots throughout the town. The official "wirecutting" information can be found at the Brookline Wireless official website."
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