FlorianMueller writes: When the EU Commission launched its antitrust investigation against IBM last week, some were wondering whether there would still be mainframes around when the case is settled. But not so fast: eWEEK Europe just conducted a poll on mainframe spendings, and 30% of the respondents even plan to increase their mainframe capacities. At a recent presentation of the new mainframe generation, an IBM executive boldly said: "Western civilization runs on this system." So does IBM, owing 25% of its revenues and more than 40% of its total profits to the mainframe business. Mainframe software is a $24.5 billion market, twice as big as the Linux market. 200-300 billion lines of legacy code (much of it in COBOL) are still in use. So it's not just Microsoft and patent activists who take an interest in this.
Gary W. Longsine writes: The Register has a fascinating (or nearly incomprehensible, depending on your tolerance for multiple simultaneous sweeping generalizations and caffeine level) article about F#, Microsoft's new programming language, apparently inspired by Objective Caml. Is there room for F# in the crowded field of programming languages?
Barence writes: "Linus Torvalds has warned that Windows 7 is set to ride a wave of popularity, simply because it is not Vista. The Linux founder admitted he could see Windows 7 making "angels sing again". "Windows 7 being better than Vista is saying a lot. Microsoft may have a huge PR advantage as people will compare it to Vista and think it is good... like they did with Windows 95 compared to Windows 3.1. Maybe Microsoft did this on purpose.""
LinuxWatch writes: "It's been long promised, but there it is now," began Linux creator Linus Torvalds, announcing the 2.6.25 Linux kernel. He continued, "special thanks to Ingo who found and fixed a nasty-looking regression that turned out to not be a regression at all, but an old bug that just had not been triggering as reliably before. That said, that was just the last particular regression fix I was holding things up for, and it's not like there weren't a lot of other fixes too, they just didn't end up being the final things that triggered my particular worries." Linus added...
sjvn writes: "Some people are still under the delusion that Linux is written by unwashed hackers living in their parents' basements whose only social life is playing D&D and having flame wars over IRC (Internet Relay Chat) about whether vi or EMACS better and debating Picard versus Kirk. Nothing, nothing could be further from the truth according to the Linux Foundation's latest survey."