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Week from 1-1-2001 to 7-1-2001  

1/7/2001: Apple might gain access to thousands of free applications

    ... For his new operating system MacOS X. At least this would be the consequence of the appearance of a version for MacOS X of the popular servant of windows of X Windows XFree86. With him, the users of the imminent operating system of Apple would have access to any application X Window, in which the users of Linux and other UNIX are more than accustomed.
    The new version is completely compatible with Aqua, the piece of news interface for defect of MacOS X (that it has much of UNIX in his structure, certainly). With the new version it turns out to be possible to change in real-time from Aqua (much more advanced than any other windows servant and with characteristics that will revolutionize the market) to XFree86 (with an enormous base of available applications). It is still not a "transparent execution" of X Window, but almost.
    This joined the imminent appearance of the new processors G4, can do of 2001 one year in which the definitive blast-off of the Apple becomes true. Also, one still speculates on the possibility that MacOS X is carried towards the architecture PC, since in these moments the technological base of the new operating system (called Darwin) can be executed so much in a PC in the same way that does it in a Mac, and the piece of news XFree86 has been designed to work on Darwin, with what inside very little we might execute the same applications in a PC and in a Mac without any problem.

More information in:
www.theregister.co.uk/content/39/15842.html
www.publicsource.apple.com/projects/darwin/
www.mrcla.com/XonX/
www.apple.com/macosx/
Computers Apple Macintosh with hardware PC?? AND PC with Mac OS??

News written for: Miquel Tarazona

 


His publicity in CsH

1/6/2001: Linus proclaims: "OK, already coarse; the kernel 2.4.0 is there out"

    With his inimitable style of ironic humor and making a show of a praiseworthy modesty, Linus Torvalds (the original creator of the operating system Linux and holder of the above mentioned "commercial mark") has announced the availability of the kernel definitive 2.4.0. And it seems that the years of waiting have been worth it.
    This kernel (the nucleus of the operating system) is an important evolution with regard to the previous versions family officially stable of the nucleus, them 2.2.x; in Linux, the "stable" versions are pairs, and "of development" odd. The advanced users usually use development versions, but the programmers of commercial distributions of Linux prefer to insure themselves and use versions you give birth, with more or less patch.
    Between the numerous progress we have: USB support with connection in warm, IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and tens new technologies; I multiprocess with up to 16 microprocessors; support for IA64 (Itanium); and thousands of other small progress, updates and patches. Torvalds it sums up learnedly: "It is better".
    The commercial distributions (Network Hat, TurboLinux, suse...) will use this nucleus as soon as possible, although they all make sure that they will prove it calmly, and even that they will wait to the minor appearance of some review (2.4.1, for example); but it is already a question of a question of weeks, not of years.
    In another things order, from CsH we want to congratulate all the programmers who make possible the existence of this EXCELLENT operating system, which does not have anything that to envy to any other, is UNIX, Windows or MacOS (good, perhaps MacOS X...); starting by his economic price (free it is not great: truth?) and ending for his public code, which allows to modify it to taste of the user.
    And thank you also to Linus Torvalds for beginning all this and for trying to be "a 'simple' technician" worried by the stability and the reliability, the place of an unthinking pitcher of new versions with debatable progress. Enjoy a beer, Linus and company: you have earned it.

More information in:
www.kernel.org
linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2001-01-05-001-04-NW-LF-KN
news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-201-4388550-0.html
www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2671621,00.html
New year, new nuclei: Linux and Windows are renewed
Presented the Beta of Network Hat Linux 64 bits for Itanium

News written for: Juan Herrerías

 

1/6/2001: Micron offers memory DDR at SDRAM price

    In an attempt of promoting the sales of the memory DDR, the manufacturer Micron offers modules of memory DDR PC1600 (to 100 x 2 MHz) at the same price of sale as his SDRAM PC133.
    The sale realizes by means of the shop online of
Crucial, Micron daughter company, what allows to the users to gain access to a memory that of another form, according to Micron words, only would be free for the integrators. The memory sells principally for updates of the different teams that already mount DDR.
    It would be desirable that the offer was extensible to the DDR PC2100 (to 133 x 2 MHz), necessary if the mike is an Athlon with 266 MHz bus (using the current chipsets), but this memory Micron considers it to be a product still "in final compatibility tests" (in any case, it sells it in this direction, but without the habitual guarantee).
    In any case it is the whole intentions declaration and one shows more of support towards a new technology that seems that it costs that I had just come to the final users.

More information in:
www.micron.com/news/2001_releases/01_03_01.htm
www.crucial.com/index.asp?module=184-pin%20DIMM
Micron presents his new memoirs
DDR-SDRAM: the memory of the future?
To the sale the first badges DDR for Athlon and Duron

News written for: Miquel Tarazona

 

1/5/2001: Motorola G4 Bonus, a need for the Apple of the future

    The PowerPC G4 Bonus, the new microprocessor of Motorola destined for the computers Apple, is in his final straight line... but Motorola thinks that it will have still to be waited to the summer to purify the last mistakes in the manufacture. Meanwhile, it is probable that there is used the PowerPC G4 7410 in replacement of the current model, the G4 7400.
    The G4 7410 turns out to be very similar to his predecessor, with a high yield and scarce heat to be removed. Designed in 0,18 microns technology with copper interconnectors (what allows him to have a size the half that the original G4 and low dissipation of heat), originally it was destined for other types of devices (communications, networks, storage...) but it can be the key to overcome soon 500 MHz that is anchored the current one G4.
    Nevertheless, to come to 750 MHz and more, the G4 Bonus turns out to be essential. This mike will have diverse advantages, like two units AltiVec instead of one, but the most important thing his potential is to come at least up to 1 GHz.
    Undoubtedly, Motorola has been working hard not to lose the sale of his mikes to Apple (threatened by the G3 of IBM and perhaps even for Intel and AMD). And the fact is that it does not import that the PowerPC G4 are much more advanced than the mikes of Intel or AMD (up to the rapids double at the same clock speed), the question is that most of the people only are fixed in the MHz and GHz... and in that they go much behind.

More information in:
e-www.motorola.com/webapp/sps/prod_cat/prod_summary.jsp?code=MPC7410&catId=M950644686128
www.theregister.co.uk/content/39/15801.html
mot-sps.com/news_center/press_releases/PR000926C.html
Computers Apple Macintosh with hardware PC?? AND PC with Mac OS??

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship

 


His publicity in CsH

1/4/2001: Finally, a Celeron with 100 MHz bus !

    Finally it has finished for the Celeron the long waiting: Intel has just announced the availability of this processor to 800 MHz, although the authentic innovation resides in that it is a question of the first Celeron with 100 MHz bus instead of 66 MHz.
    This results from an enormous importance since the last Celeron models, with speeds over 700 MHz, were suffering an important bottle neck on having had to use such a narrow bus. An analogy of this would be that of a highway: it is not very important if it happens of 4 has ó 5 rails to have 3, but if his breadth happens to be 11 times minor the retention is guaranteed...
    The worst thing is that this delay in adopting the 100 MHz bus owed exclusively to marketing reasons, since it finds it hard exactly the same to make processors with one or another bus; the difficult thing technically is to reach high speeds internally, the bus only worries the manufacturers of basic badges (and even for these, a number not problematic at all is 100 MHz). Pero Intel did not want to affect to the sales of Pentium III, so it was supporting the Celeron "drowned" much underneath of his possible yield.
    The increase of yield due to the new bus is spectacular, although the AMD continues enough below Duron, whose design is more advanced, has major cache memory, uses a 200 MHz bus and also it is more economic. But despite this, that nobody the Celeron waits for any more progress in before...: the next millenium?

More information in:
www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20010103bb.htm
www.anandtech.com/showdoc.html?i=1393
Intel prepares his future while it supports the Celeron in the past
Is Intel against its own Celeron?

News written for: Juan Herrerías

 

1/3/2001: New year, new nuclei: Linux and Windows are renewed

    The newly inaugurated year is going to provide interesting innovations to us at operating systems level. On the one hand, Microsoft hopes to disembark at the end of year with his new operating system Whistler, that he is born with the vocation (and obligation) of unifying two current families of Windows: the family based on the nucleus 9x and that of the Windows 2000 (or NT 5.0, much stabler and advanced). At present the Microsoft Whistler finds in the beta phase 1.
    This intentions declaration would suppose the end of the sale and the official technical support of Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0, coinciding with the Whistler appearance. A polemic decision and of little taste for the users, especially the companies, for the economic effort that he would suppose and a little time of the one that would prepare to migrate to the new platform. New year, new Windows... loves or not, do absence or not.
    On the other hand, Linus Torvalds has announced the availability of the definitive, first and only official pre-version of the nucleus (kernel) 2.4 of Linux (only available for testeadores). Let's remember that this new nucleus, with big advances and progress, takes a considerable delay since proper Linus announced in June, 1999 that "the version 2.4 is on having fallen down".
    Meanwhile, most of the distributions have chosen to include betas of 2.4, good as basic or optional nucleus; the definitive version is waited in the short term. We will keep you informed...

More information in:
gartner11.gartnerweb.com/public/static/hotc/00094655.html
www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2669508,00.html
Presented the Beta of Network Hat Linux 64 bits for Itanium
Linux in the center of the news

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship (Ody)

 

1/2/2001: New products Intel Inside (and they are not microprocessor)

    Although it looks like a lie, Intel not only makes microprocessors; hurried up by the scarce sales of PCs and the strong competition, in price and yield, of AMD, Intel glides to promote to the maximum his "other products of consumption" for the environment PC.
    The very same CEO (President) of Intel, Craig Barrett, it will present on Friday in Las Vegas some new products that will take advantage of the well-known slogan "Intel Inside", between which a portable music breeding animal is in diverse formats, including of course immensely popularly MP3.
    Other products are focused to achieve the more portable Internet one: ChatPad is a small device to order and to receive messages of e-mail (a species of Internet "search"), and WebTablet is a flat screen size pad of notes to sail along Internet.
    The diversification seems to be the only possible way so that a company as big as Intel could be supported afloat in the current situation, especially considering his enormous investments in factories and publicity. And also, the new inventions keep on needing a classic PC to be useful, and there work with microprocessors StrongARM... also Intel Inside, skylight.

More information in:
www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2669479,00.html
www.theregister.co.uk/content/2/15747.html
The computer companies worried by the descent of the sales

News written for: Juan Herrerías

 


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