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Unisys, Red Hat Partner on Enterprise Linux

Unisys and Red Hat have announced plans to offer an integrated Linux platform to enterprise customers. According to the companies, the partnership spans an array of initiatives, including joint marketing, Customer Support, the continued development of open-source roadmaps and training. This announce...

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What Does the Penguin Say?

Linux users love to chat, and few topics are so prevalent among Linux users as distributions. A big one is a distro's suitability for beginners. Drawing in eager new users is the only way to grow the Linux community. Successful recruitment often hinges on making sure that newcomers start with a dist...

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The Great OpenStack-Amazon API Debate

The discussion and debate over open source cloud software's compatibility with cloud leader Amazon's proprietary APIs was just beginning when the 451 Group released "The OpenStack Tipping Point" in April. With the advancement of the OpenStack software and community -- along with lingering questions ...

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FOSS and the Enemy Within

Oracle's proprietary posture may have soiled the welcome mat and vilified its good standing in the FOSS community as CEO Larry Ellison has pushed the balance point between servicing his customers and nickel-and-diming them to turn a higher profit. Clearly, since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems -- a...

The Fox in the FOSS Henhouse

Oracle's proprietary posture may have soiled the welcome mat and vilified its good standing in the FOSS community as CEO Larry Ellison has pushed the balance point between servicing his customers and nickel-and-diming them to turn a higher profit. Clearly, since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems -- a...

Nexus Hits the Mainstream

Ever since the Galaxy Nexus, the Samsung-built Android phone that will usher in Ice Cream Sandwich, was announced in Hong Kong in October, the device has been making the headlines. On Thursday alone, there were stories about its launch in Canada, Verizon Wireless' excluding Google Wallet from the de...

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Why Open Source?

The question "Why open source?" really encompasses two questions for the enterprise to consider: "Why use open source software?" and "Why should I develop my software in a community-based, open source way?" Who should care about the answers to these questions? Well, virtually everyone. As of 2008,...

AT&T 3G May Not Be Enough to Save Nexus One

The Nexus One smartphone is now compatible with AT&T's 3G network in the United States. Though the unlocked device can be used with SIM cards from most GSM operators worldwide, frequency differences meant its 3G compatibility was previously limited to T-Mobile's network in the U.S. The Android-based...

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Software Appliances: Lean, Mean Deployment Machines

Today's enterprises are clamoring for software applications that run in a wide variety of environments -- everything from physical to virtual to cloud. If you are a software vendor, how do you make it easy to give them what they want? You could hand customers your software on a CD and let them figu...

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Linuxy New Year’s Resolutions

So 2009 is here at last, and not a moment too soon! Finally we can put another Holiday Season behind us and get back to work. Some of us, of course, are still recovering from the seasonal merriment; others are still pondering gifts they received. To wit: On Digg, Rekzai earned more than 3,340 Diggs ...

Home-Brewed Entertainment the Open Source Way

One of the biggest trends in consumer marketing today is to appeal to the do-it-yourself mentality. Don't think so? Just visit home improvement outlets such as Home Depot and Lowe's for some clues. Then count the number of auto parts stores on your drive to the office. Also consider the iPod and oth...

When a Wiki Goes Corporate

Wikis are finally becoming a useful tool for collaboration and information sharing in the workplace. However, like all business tools exposed on the Internet or corporate intranet, IT managers have to view their deployments with a stern eye regarding who can use them and what corporate information m...

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MuleSource Gets a Little Bit Commercial

MuleSource, a provider of open source service-oriented architecture infrastructure software, has jumped into the SOA governance pool with the community release this week of Mule Galaxy 1.0. Galaxy, an open source platform with integrated registry and repository, allows users to store and manage an i...

Open Source for Business: Now More Than Ever, Part 2

The use of business-class open source applications in the workplace is on the rise. Price competition and a growing inventory of applications have keenly gained the attention of small and medium-sized businesses, open source developers say. Ultimately, there always has to be a paradigm shift to crea...

Dell Puts Preinstalled Linux on the Table

Dell's new IdeaStorm Web site, which invites the public to post ideas and product suggestions to Dell, has exploded with interest in desktop Linux. Thousands of site community members have asked Dell to preinstall several different versions of Linux on desktop and laptop computers, prompting Dell to...

Linspire Launches Free Version of Desktop Linux

Linspire on Monday announced plans to offer a no-cost version of the firm's operating system called Freespire. Kevin Carmony, Linspire's President and CEO, unveiled the Freespire project in his keynote address at the 4th Annual Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego. In his remarks, Carmony explained how...

IT Insiders Consider the Cost of Linux

Major vendors, like HP and IBM, are embracing Linux. Does that mean that Linux is no longer, practically speaking, free? Some technology experts -- even those keen on Linux -- have widely differing opinions. In an interview with the Australian IT press, Steve Vamos, the managing director for Microso...

Linux Distro Numbers Differ, Depend on Metrics

Red Hat can claim it is the top distributor of Linux software. But the Debian Project can retort that it is really the leading distributor because it is the fastest-growing outfit in the Linux market. Which organization is right? That depends on one's source of information. A report by resear...

The Linux Foundation Tackles Safe Open Standards for AI Voice Assistants

Organizations are beginning to develop, design, and manage their own voice assistant systems that are independent of today's general-purpose voice platforms. The desire to manage the entirety of the user experience is driving this transition. The Open Voice Network is dedicated to supporting this tr...

Stale Open Source Code Rampant in Commercial Software: Report

Open source software is now the foundation for the vast majority of applications across all industries, however many of those industries are struggling to manage open source risk. Organizations, regardless of industry, must do a better job maintaining open source components given their critical natu...

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