Stories by Robert McMillan

Hewlett-Packard separates PC unit again

Hewlett-Packard's new chief executive officer Mark Hurd hasn't taken long to shake things up at the company. On Monday HP announced that it had split its recently merged printer and personal computer groups into two separate divisions, undoing one of the last major decisions made by Hurd's predecessor, Carly Fiorina.

Sun stumbles with grid rollout

Sun Microsystems has delayed the rollout of the Sun Grid, an Internet-based "utility" service that has been under development since late last year. A lack of computing resources has pushed back the public launch of Sun Grid, originally slated to go live in the first few months of 2005, to as late as July, Sun executives said.

IBM woos Linux ISVs

IBM is readying a number of new marketing programs that the computer giant hopes will encourage another 6,000 independent software vendors (ISVs) to port their software to the Linux operating system over the next three years. At the Linuxworld Conference & Expo in Boston Tuesday, the company will unveil its IBM eServer Application Server Advantage for Linux initiative, code-named Chiphopper, which is designed to ease the job of making Linux software run across all of IBM's servers.

Novell backs Outlook rival

Novell has thrown its weight behind a fledgling effort to develop a Windows version of the Evolution groupware client, a move that the Waltham, Massachusetts, software company hopes will give Windows desktop users an open-source alternative to Microsoft Outlook.

Dell slams expected IBM-Lenovo deal

IBM executives looking for a buyer for their company's PC business most likely did not spend time in Round Rock, Texas. Speaking at a press conference at OpenWorld on Tuesday, Dell founder and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell said that his company's U.S. facilities give them an edge against other North American vendors.

HP server group sees profit in Q4

Hewlett-Packard Co.'s troubled Enterprise Storage and Servers group bounced back to profitability during its most recent financial quarter, and the company as a whole saw revenue rise 8 percent to US$21.4 billion, the Palo Alto, California, company reported Tuesday.

No extra licenses needed for multicore chips

Customers who use the dual-core processors that Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) are expected to begin shipping next year will not need to buy extra licenses for Microsoft software, the software maker will announce Tuesday.

Sun posts US$174 million loss in Q1

With US$190 million in charges on its balance sheet related to restructuring and its recent patent lawsuit settlement with Eastman Kodak, Sun Microsystems on Thursday posted a net loss of US$174 million for its the first quarter of its fiscal 2005 year, which ended September 26.

Iomega readies removable storage NAS device

Iomega has unveiled a new entry-level network attached storage (NAS) device designed to work with both conventional advanced technology attachment (ATA) drives and the Rev removable hard drives that it began shipping earlier this year.