Tech Wars: Google vs. Sun, AMD vs. Intel, Vista vs. XP

Google's new Android mobile operating system will run Java apps--but it won't use Sun's Java Micro Edition to do it. To get around Sun's licensing restrictions, Google's built its own Java virtual machine, called Dalvik. This sets the stage for a showdown, analysts say. Is a legal battle in the works? Give us your prediction.

A new survey says that Microsoft Windows Vista's biggest problem is XP. What do you think is keeping businesses from moving to Vista? Join the discussion.

Chip maker AMD is ramping up its ongoing struggle against industry leader Intel. Can AMD take over, or is the company doomed to be in second place? Let us know which side you support, and why.

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Google, Sun May Clash Over Android's Use of Java

neosmith20 says: Google rocks! I think that Google will make its Dalvik the new standard. Soon enough Google will take over everything. At least it is trying to make it a better place to live vs. other companies that just want consumer's money and limit us on what we can do with the products we get from them.

Jim H433 says: Yep, Google is now officially just like Microsoft: Don't let the industry standards get in the way of your product.

noblankspace says: This is completely about licensing, or rather the curious paradox that an "Open Source" language requires licensing. Why does Sun's "Open Source" Java require companies to pay Sun royalties? The answer? Because it is not a true Open Source language.

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Vista's Biggest Problem Remains Windows XP, Survey Says

chuckchuck says: Why would someone spend money on a new OS that is bulky, and that requires the purchase of a powerful new PC and new software to run on it--to do exactly everything you're doing now without spending a penny? There is still little reason for consumers and businesses to waste thousands of dollars on a "worthless" upgrade.

amyjones09 says: Vista's biggest problem is people that are afraid of change.

RastaMon says: Despite its strengths, Vista is incredibly inefficient. An OS should be relatively transparent to the user in terms of system resources required. OS upgrades should be more efficient than the previous versions, not less. In this respect, Vista has failed completely and miserably. It can slow down even fast machines.

Leice2003 says: I disagree that Vista is a worthless upgrade. It is truly an upgrade from XP just as XP was truly an upgrade from 2000. I think the reason that its a hard sell is because a Vista upgrade will cost more money in hardware and software. It's not compatible with most of the existing hardware and software. When XP came out, it didn't have such an impact on the hardware and software as Vista has. Most people are not going to buy a new OS and new hardware.

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Cash in Hand, AMD Targets Intel

MasterGuru says: Intel/nVidia will continue to dominate for some time. Look for a rebound later from AMD with other cash infusions and perhaps that new plant in the Middle East, combined with smaller chip sets. These things take years and plenty of money. Unfortunately for AMD, Intel is already there.

lespaulrokker says: No matter what percent of the market AMD has, I will always use its processors. I can get one for $160 that is faster than one from Intel that would cost me over $900.

TechyGuy says: AMD is in no position whatsoever to target Intel's market share. If anything, this article should have been "Cash in Hand, Intel targets AMD." Even though AMD has merged with ATI, nVidia currently holds the GPU market share, so AMD buying ATI will probably hurt AMD-ATI in the future.

art209 says: I certainly wish AMD well. I would hate to think where the CPU market would be now without Intel having competition.

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