HP Sues Oracle Over Itanium Processor Development Pullout

Oracle is one of the world’s biggest company and database vendor. It also became one of the world’s largest server manufacturing company when they purchased Sun.

Oracle HP Lawsuit

On March 22, 2011, Oracle issued a statement (read here) that they will be stopping development for Itanium based processors and continue developing for newer processors. This looked directly in line with increasing the footage in the server business. However, it looks like HP is not taking the development nicely and and are now suing Oracle over the stoppage of development on Itanium processors.

According to a new blog post from HP, they stated that they have filed a lawsuit on June 15, 2011 in the Superior Court of the State of California, for the County of Santa Clara, seeking Oracle to reverse its decision. HP says that discontinuation of the software development on Itanium processors violates a legal agreements made by Oracle to HP and their 140,000 customers.

In addition to that HP also stated that, Oracle’s decision is unlawful in the sense that they are trying to lure customers who use HP Itanium based platforms to their own Sun Solaris based platforms.

Oracle is not new to court cases and have been fighting a court battle with Google over and Java which is getting murkier by the day and is almost close to being decided. Back in September 2010, HP had also sued former HP CEO Mark Hurd over joining Oracle, Oracle in turn had threatened to walk out of their Partnership. However, the hatchet between the two was buried when HP dropped their case against Hurd.

The new case would once again pit these two companies against each other and keep their lawyers busy, but will they once again bury the hatchet and sleep together?

In the past, Oracle also has been notorious for killing lot of Open Source Software. The most recent tussle being between FSF and Oracle over OpenOffice and the Document Foundation.

Oracle has been trying to arm-twist a lot of people and companies to fall in line, but are they the one who have to mend their ways? Well, I can’t say for certain, but this HP lawsuit will definitely make for a nice little battle.

Full Statement from HP on suing Oracle:

HP believes that Oracle’s March 22 statement to discontinue all future software development on the Itanium platform violates legally binding commitments Oracle has made to HP and the more than 140,000 shared HP-Oracle customers. Further, we believe that this is an unlawful attempt to force customers from HP Itanium platforms to Oracle’s own platforms.

As a result, on June 15, HP filed a civil lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of California, for the County of Santa Clara, seeking Oracle to reverse its decision. HP believes that Oracle is legally obligated to continue to offer its software product suite on the Itanium platform and we will take whatever legal actions are available to us necessary to protect our customers’ best interests and the significant investments they have made.

HP remains committed to a long-term mission-critical server roadmap, including Intel’s Itanium processor. Similarly, Intel has repeatedly reinforced its ongoing commitment to the Itanium roadmap.

Asus Unveils The First MeeGo Powered Netbook – X101

Asus has just unveiled a new Eee PC netbook at the Computex the X101. The X101 is the first ever netbook to ship with MeeGo as its default operating system.

The netbook is powered by an Intel Atom N435 processor clocked at 1.33GHz. The X101 is insanely thin at only 17.6mm and weighs only 950g. It will pack a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1024×600.


ASUS evolves the Eee PC further with new models that take netbooks to ever-greater heights. The new Eee PC X101 has been designed from the start to be the perfect ultraportable for modern mobile users, with its Intel ® MeeGo operating system incorporating full support for a wide range of social networking services.

The X101 will also pack in 2 USB ports, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and Bluetooth. Asus will provide users with an option to replace the traditional hard disk with an SSD. The netbook is powered by a 2600mAh battery.

Asus will ship the X101 netbook in two variants one with Windows 7 as its default one, and the other one with MeeGo OS. The MeeGo model of the X101 is expected to cost around $200 only!

Sadly, Asus did not mention anything about the release date of the X101 netbook.

Intel Launching More than 10 New Tablets at Computex 2011

With the explosion of the many new tablet platforms in the past year, there has been one clear winner – Apple. Even Google is expected to have a winner on its hands with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. RIM and HP are trying to get some piece of the tablet market as well, with the Playbook and webOS tablets.

If there has been a clear loser since the whole tablet revolution, it has been Intel. Well, Microsoft hasn’t done very well either, but with Windows 8, it plans to enter the tablet market in full force. Whether or not it will be too late to the party is something I would like to discuss in another post.

Coming back to Intel, it has been clearly hit hard by the recent smartphone and tablet disruption. Almost all smartphones and tablets use processors designed by ARM. While Intel has a monopoly in the X86 PC processor market, it doesn’t have any significant marketshare in the tablet arena.

With the world shifting to tablets and smartphones, and PC sales declining rapidly, Intel is trying very hard to gain a foothold in the tablet segment. According to a report by WSJ, It will be showcasing more than 10 new tablets at Computex 2011, which starts May 31.

More than 35 of Intel’s chip-based tablet models are on track to be shipped through the year, according to Intel’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Navin Shenoy. Its new tablets will be powered by the Oak Trail platform which offers better power management, coupled with faster performance. It willl likely launch Android, MeeGo and Windows based tablets.

Apple iMacs Refreshed With Faster Processors, Thunderbolt Port And FaceTime HD Camera

Apple has just updated their beautiful iMacs with the latest cutting-edge hardware from Intel and AMD graphics cards, FaceTime HD camera and a Thunderbolt port.

The newer iMacs still comes with a 21.5-inch and 27-inch screen, with an IPS LCD screen like its predecessor.

The base model of the newer gen iMac comes with a quad-core Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon HD 6750M, 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD. The top of the line 21.5-inch iMac comes with a 2.7 GHz Core i5 processor, 1TB HDD and an AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB memory.


The base model of the 27-inch iMac comes has the exact same specs as the top of the line 21.5-inch iMac. The top of the line 27-inch iMac features a faster 3.1GHz Core i5 quad-core processor, and a slightly powerful AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics card.

The base model of the 21.5-inch costs $1,199, while the lowest rung 27-inch iMac costs $1,699. The top of the line 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac’s cost $1,499 and $1,999, respectively. All the new iMac now feature a Thunderbolt port and a FaceTime HD camera, which were earlier seen on the newer gen MacBook Pro(s).

Users who want more performance, can easily customize their iMac to their wish, and can include SSDs with up to 256GB of storage and up to 16GB of RAM. Readers interested in purchasing the newer gen iMacs should head over to Apple Store.

Nokia Biggest Contributor to Android Codebase After Google, Individuals

Earlier this year, Nokia, the biggest phone manufacturer in the world decided to join forces with Microsoft to create their next lineup of smartphones. The decision surprised many as people thought that Nokia would play it safe and develop phones using both Windows Phone 7 and .

Android Contributors

In the process, Nokia made their flagship OS a secondary in the company and Android as a competitor. However, this news might come as a big surprise to many people.

According to research done by Libre Software Research (via Carlodaffara), Nokia is the biggest contributor to Android source code after Google and some other independent committers. In fact Nokia has more commits in the codebase than Motorola, and Intel.

Having a look at the name of the domains, it is very surprising that Nokia is one of the most active contributors. This is a real paradox, the company that states that Android is its main competition helps it!. One of the effects of using libre software licenses for your work is that even your competition can use your code, currently there are Nokia commits in the following repositories:

  • git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/external/dbus
  • git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/external/bluetooth/bluez

The research shows that 90% of the commits to Android codebase was done by Google employees using email addresses ending with google.com or android.com, while users with a nokia.com email address had more than 762 commits.

Apparently Nokia was the one who funded the dbus; a message bus system for applications to talk to each other and bluez; the official Bluetooth protocol stack for Linux which were later on taken up by Google for Android.

This is definitely an irony that Nokia contributes so much to a system it calls it’s competition. However, that is how the Open Source community works, no bias, just code.

Note: The research conducted by Libre Software took 171 GIT repositories into consideration and did not include the Linux Kernel in it’s analysis.

Intel Porting Android 3.0 Honeycomb to its Tablets

Intel may be the closest thing to a monopoly when it comes to the computer industry, but it has made no major headway when it comes to the mobile industry. ARM dominates the mobile processor market with its low power, efficient processor architecture designs. Almost all new smartphones are powered by an ARM processor. Intel has been trying to increase adoption of its Atom processors, but so far, they have only been majorly used in netbooks, not in smartphones or tablets.

Intel even partnered with Nokia on MeeGo, aiming to bring Intel processors to the mainstream, with MeeGo smartphones and tablets, but Nokia recently ditched Intel and MeeGo to go with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform.

Well, in its earnings call today, Intel President and CEO, Paul Otellini announced that Intel was working on porting Android 3.0 Honeycomb to the x86 architecture.

“We’ve received the Android code the Honeycomb version of Android source code from Google, and we’re actively doing the port on that,” Otellini said.

“We expect to be able to ramp those [Honeycomb-based] machines over the course of this year for a number of customers. I would be very disappointed if we didn’t see Intel-based phones for sale 12 months from now”, he stated.

Intel is also working with “first tier notebook vendors” to build Intel powered tablets running the ported version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It will have tablet platforms which will run Windows, Android and MeeGo ready over the course of the year.

Nokia Officially Bringing MeeGo To The N900

Despite the hoopla with Nokia and Microsoft partnering and disregarding the previously rumored talks of Nokia slowing development of MeeGo down, it would appear that Nokia has actually decided to dedicate another team to work at officially bringing MeeGo with a Handset UXto the Nokia N900.

Jukka Eklund, who is the Product Manager for MeeGo at Nokia, sent out an e-mail to the MeeGo development mailing list outlining the changes and plans for the near future;

Hi there,

I am thrilled to announce a little thing we started at Nokia. Basically we want to have MeeGo running in N900 device, so that it’s really usable as your daily development device. Basic Handset UX should work, phone calls, SMS, web browsing. So we are concentrating on a few selected features and polish those to be "perfect". It might mean that we leave out some things in MeeGo 1.2 trunk for this edition, but that is not the default intention.

We are doing this fully on the open, and I hope this is an interesting project where we all in the community work towards the same goal: have a great MeeGo edition in the N900. This work is naturally based on the great work done already by N900 adaptation team lead by Harri and Carsten.

The wiki is up here: http://wiki.meego.com/ARM/N900/DeveloperEdition. It will populated with more information as we go, thanks for the patience.

Developer Edition product manager
IRC: jukka

The amount of developers and resources being put into the project are not being disclosed and while the existing N900 adaptation team is an integral partof the project, some are celebrating the rebirth and are taking this as a revitalization of Nokia’s MeeGo work while others, more notably, Intel folk are showing their concern in taking such a task seriously. Intel’s Senior Staff Software Engineer, Adriaan van de Ven rebutted with his thoughts;

I would like to urge you to push on this; we’ve been bitten rather badly
in MeeGo in the past in this respect (promising of features as part of
architecture choices, but then never getting those open sourced),
  and I’m sure that you, as the lead of this new project, can fix a
bunch of these; after all it sounds like you’re serious about MeeGo.

The team hopes to bring MeeGo 1.2 to the unwashed masses in form of a Developer Editionwith the functionality of calls, SMS and web browsing. Whether or not this means Nokia plans on healthy development of MeeGo or simply providing minimal resources to keep the project alive is really and truly unknown. Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, previously stated that Symbian is here to staybut also mentioned MeeGo being a disruptive technologyfor future trends and investments. The future of MeeGo is currently blowing in the proverbial wind.

Apple Refreshes The MacBook Pro Line-Up With Faster Processors And ‘Thunderbolt’ Port

It was just a few hours ago that we reported about the leaked specs of the upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro. Now, Apple has updated its online store with the next generation MacBook Pros.

As rumored, the new MacBook Pros sport a faster Core i5 or Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor from Intel. While the 13MacBook Pro sports an Intel 3000HD graphics card, the 15and the 17MBPs sport an AMD 6490M or a HD6750M graphics card, depending on the configuration you pick.


The hard disk storage capacity has been bumped across the range with SSDs of varying capacities being optional. Sadly, the number of USB ports remain the same as found on the older MBPs 2, and no they are not USB 3.0 ports. Apple lists the battery life of the new MacBook Pros at 7 hours. The ‘iSight’ camera has been renamed to Facetime HD’ as well.

As reported earlier, the new MacBook Pros sport a Thunderbolt’ I/O port, which is Apple’s implementation of Intel’s Light Peak technology.The new Thunderbolt port incorporates a Native Mini DisplayPort and can output videos to DVI or VGA using the suitable adapter. The port can also be used to hook up the MacBook Pro(s) to an HDMI monitor/LCD.

Along with the new MacBook Pros, Apple also released a developer preview of the next version of OS X Lion. Users can have a look at all the new features OS X Lion’ will bring here. OS X Lion’ is expected to be released sometime in summer 2011.

Next Generation 13” MacBook Pro Specs Leak; Sports A Thunderbolt Port!

The announcement of the next generation of iPad may be garnering all the limelight, but Apple’s range of premium laptops the MacBook Pro(s) are also due for an update. Now, a seemingly unpopular blog fscklog.com have managed to get their hands on a leaked document which contains the specs of the upcoming 13MacBook Pro.

According to the leaked document, the 13MacBook Pro will feature the latest Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor from Intel running at 2.3GHz. The Nvidia discrete graphics card currently found in the 13MacBook Pro has been replaced with the Intel HD Graphics 3000 IGP with 384MB of dedicated memory.

The hard disk space has also been bumped to 320GB (5400RPM). Other than this, there are no other major changes in the next generation 13MacBook Pro from Apple.


The iSight’ camera has now been renamed to Facetime HD’, with the HD moniker hopefully meaning that Facetime will soon support 720p or higher resolutions for video chatting. One new feature which the 13MacBook Pro will get is the Thunderbolt’ I/O port, which in all probability is Apple’s implementation of Intel’s Light Peak port.

Intel’s Light Peak port is capable of connecting to multiple devices and provide a staggering bandwidth of up to 10Gbps. The Thunderbolt I/O’ port should make its way to other higher spec’d MacBook Pros as well.

Intel Halts Shipment of Sandy Bridge, Serious Flaw in Chipset

Intel’s Sandy Bridge chipset has been a real head turner with all the performance breakthroughs. However, as it is always with breakthroughs and mad scientist experiments, they go horribly wrong and destroy the world. Well, Sandy Bridge has not reached that danger level yet, but its shipment sure had to be halted due to a flaw in the chipset.

The flaw lies in the SATA port that degrades over time compromising devices attached to it. In case you were wondering, SATA drives house hard drives and DVD ROMs. The flaw is not in the microprocessor itself in case you were wondering. However, to resolve matters pertaining to already shipped units, Intel has shredded off the responsibility of repairing them and has dumped it on the device manufacturer instead. You can catch the complete report on this matter from this Intel newsroom announcement. The losses due to this flaw will amount to US $1 billion.

A design flaw caught after the product goes into production is a serious blow to the lineup and attracts double losses, monetary as well as confidence of users. Intel has been quick in detecting the flaw and responding to it. What remains to be seen is how device manufacturers are retaining the trust of their customers. Sandy Bridge has broken a barrier in microprocessor design and it will be a big setback to the industry if the chipsets are not rectified fast.