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Sun previews beta of Staroffice 8; IBM releases 64-bit eServers based on Xeon and other news briefs

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Sun previews beta of Staroffice 8

Sun has previewed the beta of the next version of its desktop productivity suite, Staroffice 8, which is expected to be released this summer. One of the key enhancements in Staroffice 8 is better interoperability with Microsoft Office. Sun also unveiled Release 3 of its Java Desktop System, due next quarter, which is based on the Linux 2.6 kernel. The previews took place at the LinuxWorld Conference in Boston.

IBMreleases 64-bit eServers based on Xeon

IBM has released five servers based on Intel's new 64-bit Xeon DP processor. The eServer xSeries and Bladecenter systems use some high-performance features from IBM's eServer mainframe product line, such as calibrated vectored cooling. The new machines also boasta larger integrated 2Myte Level 2 cache.

AMD extends Opteron line with faster model

AMD has extended its Opteron server processor family with the faster 852 and 252 models. The chips run at 2.6GHz, faster than the existing 2.4GHz line. Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Sun have all announced new server platforms built around the new chips, which are designed for one-way to eight-way x86-based servers and workstations for 32-bit and 64-bit computing. The processors will be equipped with AMD's Powernow technology with optimised power management.

Flaws found in IBM DB2 Universal Database

Flaws have been found in IBM's DB2 Universal Database that can be exploited to cause denial of service attacks, reveal sensitive information, read and manipulate file content or compromise vulnerable systems. IBM posted an advisory last week which said it has issued a Fixpak for DB2 versions 8.x. IBM's advisory said the vulnerabilities were discovered on 10 December. IBM released patches in October to address other vulnerabilities in DB2 on Linux, Unix and Windows platforms.

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