“Coinciding with the third anniversary of the launch of the AMD Opteron(TM) processor and AMD64 technology launch, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today it has seen an increase in its overall x86 server processor market share. Based on the 2006 first quarter numbers from Mercury Research, the AMD Opteron processor now accounts for 22.1 percent of the worldwide x86 server processors shipped in the first quarter, up from 16.4 percent in the 2005 fourth quarter. These new numbers, combined with today's introduction of 12 new platforms that meet the AMD Validated Server guidelines, demonstrate strong demand and momentum for AMD Opteron processor-based solutions across various commercial customer segments.”
Personally, I find AMD processor machines are really very very fast and it’s a treat to watch its running like anything with any processes, compilation etc.
I find more customers/users switching/using AMD as another popular RedHat Linux 3.0 ES supports AMD64. Havent got a chance to use the AMD based Solaris machines but heard that they are also very good.
"Microsoft's confirmation of plans to alter Office 2007's PDF support followed a report in Friday's Wall Street Journal chronicling a breakdown in talks between the two companies about Microsoft's plans to embrace Adobe's PDF technology. Adobe has threatened to take legal actions against Microsoft in Europe, according to the WSJ report."
Converting word docs to pdf is one real requirement in any software development environment, when you have many documents, technical papers to write, its pretty easy to type in Microsoft Word and convert it to PDF. Seems it might not be possible in Office 2007.
On the side note, I have to tell that the openoffice.org on Linux & Solaris really sucks, hmm I shouldnt be that harsh, I can say that its not as good as windows office. Though I have openoffice on my linux workstation, I hardly use openoffice and always switch to my windows pc to check all documents, powerpoints etc.