Stories by China Martens

Solaris on z mainframes under consideration

As IBM and Sun Microsystems laid out a new agreement to have more IBM x86 servers and blades run on Solaris, the two companies were already looking ahead to another partnership, which could see IBM mainframes support the Sun operating system.

Citrix to acquire Xensource for US$500M

Citrix Systems plans to acquire virtualisation vendor Xensource for approximately US$500 million to enable the application delivery software vendor to enter both the server and desktop virtualisation markets.

IBM, Novell strengthen desktop, server ties

IBM and Novell are beefing up their existing partnership on two fronts with Linux distributor Novell increasing support for IBM's Notes desktop collaboration software and its open-source Websphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE).

Cisco, Intel buy into VMware

Cisco Systems plans to acquire a 1.6 percent equity stake in virtualisation software player VMware, mirroring a step Intel took earlier this month.

User pressure leads SugarCRM to adopt GPLv3

SugarCRM Inc. is to adopt version 3 of the GNU general public license (GPLv3) for the next release of its open-source CRM (customer relationship management) software after coming under pressure from its user community to move away from its own Sugar Public License.

Intel joins One Laptop Per Child initiative

In an unexpected development, chip giant Intel has joined the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative. The nonprofit project aims to equip children in developing countries with specially designed low-cost notebooks powered by chips from Intel's rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

Oracle 11g for Linux to debut in August

While Wednesday marked the official unveiling of Oracle Corp.'s 11g database and a look at its new features, pricing and availability information was pretty thin on the ground. All the vendor would confirm is that the Linux version of 11g will ship this quarter, probably in August.

Bono found what he was looking for

Palm's financial future looked a little more secure this week as private-equity firm Elevation Partners said it will pump US$325 million into the mobile device manufacturer. Elevation is a $1.9 billion private-equity firm and one of its five partners is Bono, the lead singer of Irish rock band U2

More jobs likely to go at CA

Software vendor CA expects to continue restructuring its operations, which is likely to result in further reductions in its headcount, according to the company's chief financial officer.