the linux geek writes: ARM Inc. has released information about its upcoming Cortex A9 processor core, demonstrating a dual-core 2GHz model that outperform's Intel's Atom N270 while consuming less power. ARM-powered subnotebooks, frequently referred to as "smartbooks," are expected to appear in the first half of 2010. ARM suggests that most smartboooks will be clocked in the 1GHz range, but retain the dual-core design.
the linux geek writes: "In an attempt to calm nervous Sun customers, Oracle has published a full-page advertisement in the European version of the Wall Street Journal promising to spend twice as much money on both SPARC and Solaris development. Although this may reassure high-end SPARC customers, MySQL is conspicuously absent from the advertisement."