7 open source innovations on the cutting edge

Think open source doesn’t innovate? Think again. Here are seven projects that are exploring exciting new directions in computing -- for free

By Neil McAllister |, InfoWorld |  Open Source, open source projects, slideshow

Open source innovation: Ksplice

Updating operating systems can be a tricky affair. Whether the goal is to update device drivers or fix vulnerabilities in core services, successfully patching a running OS typically requires a reboot -- and nothing is more disruptive than that, especially for high-traffic servers. With Ksplice, Linux users have an alternative. Originally developed by a group of MIT alumni, Ksplice is a technology that allows software maintainers to create special binary patches that can be inserted directly into a running OS kernel. No reboot is necessary; the system experiences only a momentary pause as Ksplice suspends operations, applies the patches, then resumes normal processing, almost as if nothing ever happened.

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