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Within the world of Big Data & the IoT, there's a significant sub-culture of what @CloudExpo & @DevOpsSummit faculty member Lori MacVittie has recently termed "passive tethering." Her example was a little barcode reader she carries around that scans food items for gluten. The device ho...
A couple of days ago, I noted the fundamental enterprise IT change driven over the past generation by user impatience – nobody likes waiting in line. We can point to Moore's Law, Metcalf's Law, and a general business trend toward disintermediation and decentralization as well, taking n...
At first glance, the ecosystem in the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) world can seem a bit complicated. There are several ways to get software: project websites where you can download it directly, use a software management tool that your Linux distribution provides, or you may als...
Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) has been released today bringing highly interesting new features, specially in the Cloud Computing and Virtualization area. The new Ubuntu server distribution includes two complementary cloud tools, OpenNebula and Eucalyptus, so providing the technology r...
Today, we are an early cohabitant of “The Cloud”, thanks in no small part to our adoption of all of the cool cloud enablers mentioned above. But to understand how cool cloud computing really is, you first have to understand that the cloud is still in its infancy, and already, it’s a c...
Hans Reiser’s children Rory, 8, and Niorline, 7, represented pro bono by Morrison and Foerster, the big-time San Francisco law firm, have sued their father for the wrongful death of their mother, seeking unspecified damages for being deprived of her “love, support, companionship, comfo...
VMware, which seems to be as far from open source as you can get these days, has joined the Linux Foundation, promising to make more contributions to the Linux community. It's cultivating the Linux crowd as adoption of Linux expands as a result of its position as a platform for cloud c...
You have perhaps heard that while we were on vacation Linux file system ace and convicted wife killer Hans Reiser took the cops to where he had buried her body. Two days later when Reiser was supposed to be sentenced to 25 years to life for first decree murder the judge disclosed that ...
In order to describe itself as an 'open source' company, need a company merely be 'a company that will help you make the switch to open source in your company' - or does it have to be one that lets users feely download, compile, and use the software in question? Where is the dividing l...
John C Dvorak's PC Magazine article called 'How to Kill Linux,' introduced the world to what he called 'the lopped-off head approach' - the head being that of Linux, and the beheader being Microsoft.
This year it looks certain that a new participation record will be set, more than 16,000 votes have already been recorded, as more than 20,000 SYS-CON Media readers are estimated to cast their votes in this year's Readers' Choice Awards.
Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, the publisher of the popular Mandriva Linux distribution, has announced an agreement to purchase several assets from Lycoris, a major North American Linux distribution for home users.
EnterpriseDB, based in Edison, New Jersey, has announced what it calls an 'enterprise class' open-source database strategy that leverages PostgreSQL with Oracle compatibility. In an exclusive SYS-CON.TV interview, Andy Astor, co-founder and CEO said the company will offer 'enterprise c...
The Cuban government daily 'Juventud Rebelde' is reporting that Cuba, which already has 1500 computers using Linux, is working on a legal framework that would allow the replacement of the Windows system throughout the Cuban government.
'Commit reporting has been done before,' Micah Dowty tells LinuxWorld Magazine's founding editor Alan Williamson in this exclusive interview at the recent Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, 'but one of the things that makes CIA really unique is that it brings projects to...
Yakov Fain reaches Lesson 11 in his popular 'Java basics' series. This time he deals with how and why Java programmers working on large projects that have lots of classes usually organize them in different packages; and explores the new element introduced in Java 5.0 called static impo...
When I was a kid, all I wanted to be was a rock star. I wanted to play guitar, get up on stage, and have everyone scream while I cranked out some hard rockin' tune. I wanted to see lighters held up in the crowd as I finished my last set - dripping with sweat, completely tired, and no e...
Google is giving people the ability to upload video files and send them across the Internet.
At the Open Source Business Conference taking place today in San Francisco, Sun's President and COO, Jonathan Schwartz emphasized that 'free' equates not to 'no revenue' but instead to 'more opportunity to create revenue.'
Now that Yahoo! Mail has matched the Gmail offer of 1GB storage to its free e-mail customers, Google is doing the obvious thing and pulling ahead again, reopening 'the one-gig gap' between its Gmail service and all-comers.
The emergence of commodity supercomputing has driven clusters based on the Linux operating system into engineering and scientific research organizations that couldn't afford their own supercomputing resources before. But Linux clusters have the potential to become a hot topic in tradit...
The Alexis de Toqueville Institution (ADTI), which becamse infamous last year for spuriously claiming that Linus Torvalds wasn't the true father of the Linux Kernel, is back with a report certain to raise hackles: it will argue that open-source software is on an inevitable collision co...
Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation, contends that the FSF's views have been misrepresented elsewhere by Maureen O'Gara and hastens to set the record straight: 'The idea that the GNU General Public License would never stand up in court is sheer fantasy,' he writ...
Google yesterday launched Code.google.com, a site for external developers interested in Google-related development. 'It's where we'll publish free source code and lists of our API services,' Google said as it unveiled the site, adding: 'We really care about free and open source softwar...
Sun is creating three new licenses for Java. Henceforth there will be a Java Research Licence, a Java Distribution License, and a Java Internal Use License.
'Web services is what enabled eBay to become what it is today,' said Matt Ackley, as he opened Web Services Edge 2005 - International Conference & Expo with a tremendously well attended keynote devoted to the role of Web services in e-commerce called 'Enabling the Level Playing Field.'...
'We do plan to ease the commercial use restrictions on the Java source code, but I will not comment any further on that,' said Sun's Matt Thompson last week, in a Technical Exchange panel discussion called 'Empowering Software R&D with Open Communities' held in the Hyatt Regency Harbor...
'Linus has this bad habit of fixing security holes quietly,' admitted kernel maintainer Alan Cox during a talk given in Brussels last week during this year's FOSDEM (Free & Open Source Software Developer's European Meeting).
Saying that its support of the open source scripting language PHP does not reflect any dissatisfaction with Java, IBM is partnering with Zend Technologies to create Zend Core, a bundling of IBM's Cloudscape database based on Apache Software Foundation Derby and Zend's open source PHP e...
Have you ever needed to set up a firewall in a network without anyone knowing it was there or so that it wouldn't require you to change your network? Welcome to the world of stealth firewalling. We dedicated one chapter in our book, Troubleshooting Linux Firewalls, to it but honestly t...
Starting yesterday, stock of The SCO Group has started trading under the symbol SCOXE instead of SCOX - the extra 'E' being a flag to the world that Nasdaq has served notice on SCO that it is not in compliance with the exchange's listing requirements having failed to file its annual re...
This year it looks certain that a new participation record will be set, as more than 4,000 votes have already been recorded in just the first seven days of voting, as more than 50,000 SYS-CON Media readers are estimated to cast their votes in this year's Readers' Choice Awards. Highlig...
Was Carly Fiorina fired today because she was a bad CEO or because she was a woman? Should HP have hired someone from the inside? How about that Compaq merger? Who should the new CEO be? Take the opportunity to participate in Roger Strukhoff's 'instant survey' that asks these questions...
If you have ever met Robin Miller or 'Roblimo' as he prefers to be called, you immediately realize that he's one of the endearing 'characters' that make Linux colorful. Roblimo is editor-in-chief for the Open Source Technology Group, which includes Linux.com, slashdot.org, and SourceFo...
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has quickly taken centre stage as the primary development style of the next decade and beyond. Businesses of all types are preparing for the SOA revolution that promises consistency of process, reduction in duplicate work, ease of maintenance, servic...
Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR) today announced the immediate availability of Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7, previously code-named 'Blackstone,' the fastest, easiest way to build and deploy powerful Internet applications. Developers are already embracing the latest version of the ColdFusion app...
eBay, The World's Online Marketplace, has more than 114 million registered users, 10,000 developers, and over 700 live, third-party applications.
On February 16th at Web Services Edge 2005 in Boston, Mass., Mr. Farquharson will present the topic: 'B2B Policy Enforcement: The Third Rail of SOA Implementation.' In this presentation he will discuss XML Virtual Private Networks (XML VPNs) and their potential to mitigate security pol...
SYS-CON Media, the world's leading i-technology media company, announced that its 2005 Readers' Choice Awards polls opened today, February 1, 2005, and will remain open for six months, until July 31, 2005. More than 50,000 readers are expected to cast their votes to select the best so...
What happens when you turn a perfectly good Apple PowerBook into a tri-boot system with Mac OS X, Yellow Dog Linux, and Ubuntu Linux? Read on to find out.