Open Source

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  • How to Sponsor an Open Source Sprint

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 1:59 pm

    Does your favorite open source project need just a little extra functionality? Your company can encourage the developers to add the features you’ve been yearning for – for far, far less money than you imagine.
  • Enterprises cut costs with open source routers

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 5:21 pm

    Open source is everywhere -- operating systems, application software, development tools. So why not routers, too?
  • The fight over open source 'leeches'

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 11:33 am

    Your ear doesn't have to be pressed to the ground for long to hear angry grumblings in the open source community about leeches, vampires, or freeloaders. But are such "freeloaders" hurting open source -- or helping it?
  • The new economic imperative for open source app dev

    Posted May 20, 2009 - 10:02 am

    Ruby on Rails developers argue that community support and lack of licensing fees tilt the scale to open source in tough times.
  • Linux certifications: Hot or not?

    Posted May 13, 2009 - 9:28 am

    Employers want Linux skills, but they don't care much about certifications -- and for some, it is a red flag.
  • I want YOU: nerds for US Army

    Posted May 8, 2009 - 3:57 pm

    Drafting developers is one way to tell that the military is serious about going open source
  • True believers: The biggest cults in tech

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    Spend enough time around technology and it becomes a part of you. You began to identify with it, even develop a belief system around it. You may have attended regular meetings of others similarly afflicted, and openly despised members of other groups. Before you were even aware of it, you'd joined a cult.
  • Desktop Linux: Why it may have lost its chance

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 11:47 am

    After 18 years, Linux is still struggling to gain a foothold on the business desktop. Could it be too late?
  • Is desktop Linux too fragmented to succeed?

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 11:43 am

    If one desktop Linux distribution were to gain a significant lead over all the others, it could boost mainstream Linux adoption significantly. But so far, the ideal Linux desktop remains a moving target.
  • Can you cut information security in hard times and survive?

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 11:49 am

    Although some analysts actually expect security spending to rise this year -- at least as a percentage of total IT spending -- some CIOs are giving serious thought to the once-unthinkable idea of trimming security budgets as businesses look to cut costs during this global recession.
  • Has Microsoft lost its war on open source?

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 10:30 am

    When it comes to open source, Microsoft can't seem to decide whether to make love or war. But if it's war, Microsoft appears to lack the legal weaponry to defeat or even disturb its adversaries.
  • 5 Misunderstood Facts About ERP

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 9:48 am

    Think you know everything about ERP? Here are five things to consider:
  • Highly anticipated open-source releases coming in '09

    Posted March 31, 2009 - 1:32 pm

    There are plenty of remarkable open-source applications on the way this year. Quite a few projects are quietly (or not so quietly) working on major releases or significant upgrades that they aim to make available sometime during 2009. Here are 25 of the most notable.
  • Open source and SaaS offerings rethink the database

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 11:32 am

    The world of low-rent key-value storage silos is exploding. Here's a list of some of the more prominent new projects.
  • 16 ways IT can do less with less

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 3:55 pm

    Put the days of doing more with less behind you by cutting back on the overhead of IT. Now's the time to cut back on over-allocated services, curtail unnecessary capital expenditures, and clean house of legacy apps and orphaned software.
  • The Windows-versus-Linux server face-off

    Posted February 25, 2009 - 10:44 am

    Gartner research published this month found the server OS market shaping up as a battle between Windows Server and Linux.
  • Mark Shuttleworth's Five Lessons on Organizational Change

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 10:35 am

    Mark Shuttleworth is not your average IT manager. A few weeks ago, he posted a question on an Ubuntu list. Not an order. Not a policy decision. A question: "Should we think about...?" he asked. Collaboration, community and teamwork are part of his personal style. Here are the lessons he's learned about what it takes to get people to change.
  • 12 open source movers and shakers who Twitter

    Posted January 27, 2009 - 11:17 pm

    The recent news that, called by some an open source twist on Twitter, had received funding got me wondering about how active big names in the open source world are on Twitter itself.
  • Don't Fear the Penguin: A Newbie's Guide to Linux

    Posted January 27, 2009 - 11:12 pm

  • The future of open source

    Posted December 24, 2008 - 12:12 pm

    There's no question that the open source community is a passionate one -- and one with significant influence on technology directions and options. We're way past the days when people asked if Linux or Apache was safe to depend on in business. Open source is now a mainstream part of the technology fabric.
  • The Financial Crisis Cries for More Open Source

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 8:28 pm

  • Replacing high-end Unix with enterprise Linux? Not so fast.

    Posted November 25, 2008 - 11:17 am

    Migrating from high-end Unix-based systems to commodity x86/Linux platforms has been a popular idea for the last few years, at least in theory. But it turns out that not everyone thinks going full-on with Linux is the best solution -- at least not yet.
  • Why I'm Skipping Windows Vista: IT Speaks Out

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 3:07 pm

    Despite warnings to businesses about the dangers of skipping Windows Vista, many IT managers and CIOs are willing to take the risk.
  • Seven essential ways to cut your tech costs

    Posted October 14, 2008 - 2:52 pm

    Whether your business has just two people or two hundred, these tips can help you cut costs, save money, and let you focus on what's really important: the bottom line.
  • Is Sun Solaris on its deathbed?

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 3:09 pm

    Linux is enjoying growth, with a contingent of devotees too large to be called a cult following at this point. Solaris, meanwhile, has thrived as a longstanding, primary Unix platform geared to enterprises. But with Linux the object of all the buzz in the industry, can Sun's rival Solaris Unix OS hang on, or is it destined to be displaced by Linux altogether?
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