Misc. news from around the web

By Julio Franco
May 27, 2003
  1. Microsoft loses big deal in Munich, despite Ballmer's 90% discount, according to Heise, Munich seems set to select SuSE Linux and OpenOffice for all its 14,000 desktop systems.

    Intel’s 865 (Springdale) chipsets may account for only 15% of its chipset shipments in the second quarter, given that cheaper 845-based motherboards still enjoy greater popularity, first-tier board makers estimated.

    Kazaa & iMesh in 'serious' security alert - P2P file sharing network users were urged to install a patch to fix a 'serious' security vulnerability that has been discovered by Random Nut.
    As a somewhat related note, CNet takes a closer look to alternative P2P networks, namely eDonkey and Bittorrent that are getting closer to mainstream usage even though Kazaa still dominates the scene and recently seemed to broke the mark of the most downloaded program ever.

    From PlayStation to supercomputer - The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois has assembled a supercomputer from an army of Sony PlayStation 2 devices using Linux platform.

    AMD Opterons suffering from motherboard shortage? "Resellers from North America, from Europe and from Asia have all written to the Inquirer in the last week to complain of a scarcity of third party boards for the top-end 64-bit chips."
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