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IBM

Submission + - OS2 Open Source Petition (os2world.com)

Kim Haverblad writes: "More than two years ago on September 25, 2005, OS2 World.Com sent IBM a letter with a petition that contained 11,613 signatures requesting IBM to release the source code of Operating System 2 (OS/2 Warp) — or at least release the source code that IBM owns — to the public under an open source license. Sadly IBM was ignorant enough to not answer the first letter and this is why we sent a second letter to IBM.

On November 19, 2007, OS2 World.Com sent the second letter to IBM where we insisted on implementing the stipulations contained in this petition because we believe that OS/2 is an important part of the history of the Operating System, and furthermore, it still contains values that the computer science field considers unique.

The petition can be found at following url: http://www.os2world.com/petition"

Operating Systems

Submission + - Petition to open OS/2 source, round/2 (os2world.com) 1

The_Wilschon writes: On September 25, 2005, OS2World.com sent a petition with 11,613 signatures to IBM, asking them to release some or all of the source code to OS/2. Oddly, given IBM's embrace of the Open Source movement, the letter was ignored. So, on November 19 of this year, OS2World.com sent a second letter. They have also opened up a second petition round in order to show even more support to IBM for their requests. In particular, the System Object Model (SOM), Workplace Shell (WPS), and OS/2 kernel could both spur new OS/2 development and provide some fresh ideas to the Free Software world.
Portables

Submission + - Solid-State Notebook has Full Linux OS Detailed (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: "The Asus Eee PC 701 is a solid-state hard drive notebook computer that uses a custom Linux operating system that boots in about 15 seconds. Though the hard drive is only 4GB, thanks to not relying on any Windows OS there is more than enough space for the applications necessary for most mobile users. The hardware features a small 7" LCD screen with an 800x480 resolution, Celeron-M 900 MHz CPU, 512MB of system memory and an integrated webcam and microphone all at just about 2 lbs. A full review of the Eee PC 701 is now available that details the functionality of the hardware in general as well as showing 100+ screenshots of the custom Linux OS."
Supercomputing

Submission + - Supercomputer Simulates Mouse Brain

ougouferay writes: "The BBC is reporting that a team of researchers from the IBM Almaden Research Lab and the University of Nevada have used a BlueGene L supercomputer to model a mouse brain consisting of 8000 neurons and 6300 synapses.

The team have reported observing "biologically consistent dynamical properties", neurons form spontaneously into groups and synapses firing in ways similar to patterns seen in nature."

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