Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

  • CEO: Sun's open-source software will help sell blades

    Sun Microsystems's focus on releasing software products such as Java and its Solaris operating system as open-source technologies leads to a question that Jonathan Schwartz, the company's president and CEO, asks rhetorically: "How do we make money on this?"

  • IBM announces the Power6 chip

    IBM Monday officially announced its Power6 chip, saying that the next-generation microprocessor for its Unix and Linux systems offers double the performance of the earlier Power5+ device while consuming roughly the same amount of electricity.

  • HP offers new approach to IT

    Hewlett-Packard believes most IT managers are out of the loop on the really big strategic decisions made by their companies, even if technology is central to just about everything their firm does.

  • Sun, Fujitsu team up on server development

    Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu Ltd. want corporate users to see the two companies as being joined at the hip when it comes to their jointly developed Sparc Enterprise server line. But that only applies to engineering and product development. Otherwise, the two vendors will be competing for customers.

  • IBM may rival India's top offshore IT firms in staff

    IBM this week said it has added about 35 developers and engineers who will work on autonomic computing technologies to its India Software Laboratory operation. That barely amounts to a ripple among the 53,000 employees IBM now has in India -- a total that represents 15 percent of its global workforce of 356,000 people. But it's another indication of India's growing importance to IBM.

  • Flash memory not ready for main PC storage technology

    Flash memory is a wonderful thing: It's shock-resistant, it doesn't have moving parts, it uses battery power more efficiently than disk drives do and its price is crashing. Even so, it isn't likely to replace hard drives on mainstream PCs anytime soon.

  • AMD upgrades Athlon chips, outlines road map

    Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) last week unveiled a performance upgrade for its Athlon 64 X2 dual-core high performance processor, the 6000+, with a clock speed of 3 GHz and 2 MB L2 cache. AMD has also disclosed plans to release desktop chips later this year based on the quad core design code-named Barcelona. Division marketing manager for desktop at AMD, David Schwarzbach, discussed the moves in an interview with Patrick Thibodeau.

  • 'Windows Vista Capable' barely hits the mark

    Configuring a PC around the minimum hardware requirements of an application or operating system is lot like agreeing to live in a basement apartment. Sure, it will work as a place to live -- if you don't mind damp and dim living conditions.

  • Sun's John Fowler touts the Intel deal

    The agreement by Sun Microsystems and Intel to work together on product development, announced Monday, will bring improvements in how Solaris operates on Intel's chips, according to John Fowler, Sun's executive vice president for systems. Those improvements will arrive in OpenSolaris, the open source version of the company's operating system. Under the new agreement, Sun will begin selling Intel-based systems while the two companies work to optimize Solaris on Intel's platforms. Fowler talked about the agreement and what it means after the deal was unveiled. Excerpts from that interview follow: