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  • 4 strange places to find open source

    Posted November 7, 2011 - 9:00 am

    Open source is about more than code: it's about unlocking all possibilities. Here are four unusual projects made possible by open source.
  • Open source jobs: What's hot, where to look, what to learn

    Posted October 18, 2011 - 8:00 am

    Some of the best career opportunities today are in open source, and your imagination is the only thing that stands between you and success in this hot market.
  • Open source roars on OS X Lion

    Posted September 27, 2011 - 9:10 am

    The battle for the desktop may have turned into more of a heated argument, thanks to energy shifting to mobile platforms, but that doesn't mean that open source hasn't staked out some territory. Brian Proffitt offers this update on the state of open source apps available on the latest version of OS X.
  • Linux at 20: New challenges, new opportunities

    Posted August 29, 2011 - 6:14 am

    The rise of cloud computing and mobility could elevate the open source OS to a level of unprecedented dominance
  • Crash course in PostgreSQL, part 1

    Posted August 24, 2011 - 9:00 am

    PostgreSQL is more than an RBDMS, it's an object-relational database management system a traditional relational database with an object-oriented database model. This open source hybrid is easy to set up and learn.
  • Hadoop can work alongside an RDBMS

    Posted August 22, 2011 - 6:07 am

    Hadoop, the open-source software used for crunching petabytes of data, isn't replacing conventional database management systems but is instead being used to tackle different problems.
  • Natty Narwhal netbook: The ultimate network administrator toolkit

    Posted August 12, 2011 - 10:00 am

    Netadmins need to be everywhere and know everything about their networks. A netbook running Ubuntu's Natty Narwhal can make that easier to pull off.
  • 10 essential MySQL tools for admins

    Posted August 1, 2011 - 10:15 am

    The MySQL community is a hotbed of free, open source tools to enhance the performance and health of your MySQL systems
  • Torvalds's Git: The 'it' technology for software version control

    Posted July 26, 2011 - 5:08 pm

    Developers are taking a strong liking to the distributed system, though Subversion and others remain in the game
  • Horse-powered high-speed Internet

    Posted June 28, 2011 - 5:57 pm

    Rugged Vermont terrain slows telcos trying to string fiber to meet a state deadline of 2013. Making it work sometimes means using tools that may nuzzle your leg while you do the job.
  • 4 money-saving, open source business intelligence suites

    Posted May 25, 2011 - 8:05 am

    Before committing to something that will be sucking rivers of money out of your pocket, take a look at some of these good open source BI offerings. Most of them have free-of-cost community editions and enterprise version free trials so you can try before you buy. It may be that the free versions will meet your needs.
  • The 5 best reasons to root your Android phone

    Posted May 24, 2011 - 8:00 am

    Rooting an Android phone isn't as hard as you may think. And the payoff is worth it. Here are 5 features that will make you want to get ever-so-slightly dangerous.
  • Open source's people problem

    Posted May 9, 2011 - 11:15 am

    More companies are turning to open source, but they're also struggling to develop in-house open-source skills while keeping training costs down.
  • Open source unchecked

    Posted May 9, 2011 - 10:46 am

    More than two-thirds of respondents to Computerworld's recent open-source survey reported that they don't have a written open-source governance plan. Yet experts say that, without one, hidden costs can multiply.
  • Make open source mapping and location tools work for you

    Posted May 3, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    Looking to build a map for your company's Web site or a location-aware mobile app? These open source tools can help.
  • Making money in open source: Drupal future looks bright

    Posted April 27, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    Who says there's no money in open source? Demand for Drupal talent is growing, and opportunities abound for developers, designers and artists, and related disciplines such as database and system administration.
  • Two open-source cloud standards: What it means to you

    Posted April 20, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    It's unlikely that hordes of VMware, Citrix or Microsoft Hyper-V users will flock to open-source virtualization or cloud-computing platform as an alternative to the hypervisors and virtualized infrastructure-management software they've already chosen, analysts say. So where does open source fit in the cloud world? Think lock-in and migration flexibility.
  • Joomla or Drupal: Which CMS handles security best?

    Posted April 19, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    Drupal and Joomla contributors and developers weigh in on the security pros, cons, and concerns for these two popular open source content management systems.
  • State Street modernizing with cloud, Linux technologies

    Posted April 14, 2011 - 5:44 pm

    State Street Corporation says technology must evolve to meet the increasingly demanding needs of financial services.
  • Big data mining: Who owns your social network data?

    Posted March 9, 2011 - 11:35 am

    An attractive application of Hadoop and other big data technologies is to analyze users' social activities, sometimes without their express knowledge.
  • Ubuntu Linux for beginners: Tips for getting started

    Posted February 24, 2011 - 4:28 pm

    So, you want to try out Ubuntu, do you? We've got answers to all your Ubuntu setup questions -- and some you didn't think to ask.
  • Joomla vs. Drupal: An open source CMS shootout

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 8:59 am

    Choosing a Web content management system often comes down to one question: Joomla or Drupal? Developers weigh in on the strengths, weaknesses, and unique features of each platform.
  • A year later: Has Oracle ruined or saved Sun?

    Posted February 10, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    The company irks open source advocates but is steadfast in upgrading Sun-derived technologies
  • Geek 101: Demystifying custom Android ROMs

    Posted February 8, 2011 - 2:30 pm

    If you've sniffed around blogs or articles about mobile phones, you've probably seen mention of "custom ROMs" or "mods." What do they do for a phone? As with rooting, a ton of information is out there; it's far from cohesive, however, and it's spread out all over the Internet. But look no further: We'll walk you through everything you need to know about custom ROMs. Tomorrow, we'll run Part II, which covers kernals, choosing the right ROM, and custom themes.
  • 5 open source security projects to watch

    Posted January 20, 2011 - 9:31 am

    In this edition of 5 open source things to watch, we take a look at security products that will guard against threats without robbing your kitty.
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