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  • Supply chain security moves to front burner in 2013

    Posted December 10, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    The onslaught of sophisticated cyber espionage against the U.S. and its allies has roused both lawmakers and private sector firms to tackle supply chain security.
  • How to use Facebook's open sourced data center design to cut costs

    Posted November 2, 2012 - 9:39 am

    When Facebook open sourced its data center and server specifications it paved the way for enterprises of all sizes to save money by following the social network's radical hardware designs. The Open Compute Project Foundation has formalized Facebook's designs into specs, which are freely available. Here are tips for implementing them.
  • Hadoop creator outlines the future of big data platform

    Posted October 28, 2012 - 9:00 pm

    Doug Cutting, creator of Hadoop and founder of the Apache Hadoop Project, says big data is not hype and it's not a bubble. He lays out his vision of how Hadoop will become the Holy Grail of big data systems
  • 5 key forces driving open source today

    Posted October 15, 2012 - 10:56 am

    From the rise of foundations to emerging revenue models, the open source movement is primed for even greater impact on tomorrow's technologies
  • Windows, Mac, and Linux version naming schemes explained

    Posted September 10, 2012 - 9:45 am

    What is a Pangolin, and what makes it Precise? How does Windows' most popular version earn its "XP" tag -- the "eXPerience," its "eXPonential" improvements over Windows ME?
  • Installing Linux on Windows 8 PCs: No easy answers

    Posted July 30, 2012 - 4:40 pm

    Linux desktop users are in for a long, hard slog.
  • Hadoop becomes critical cog in the big data machine

    Posted June 19, 2012 - 10:18 am

    As more and more companies use Hadoop to handle big data, anticipation for forthcoming Version 2.0 grows
  • Is OpenStack the new Linux?

    Posted June 7, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    Or is this open source 'cloud operating system' just a launching pad for a million new cloud businesses? Either way, the excitement is contagious
  • Open source search applications move toward the enterprise

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 11:41 am

    With the explosion of unstructured data, companies are looking for more options for enterprise search. Here's a look at the benefits and limitations of open-source search-enabled applications.
  • Open-source cloud frameworks: A work in progress

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 11:38 am

    Here's a look at the growing list of open-source platform-as-a-service providers and how IT managers can decide where the technology fits best in their organizations.
  • FREE book: Joomla! Programming

    Posted May 1, 2012 - 5:12 pm

    ITworld is giving away 5 copies of 'Joomla! Programming' to some lucky readers. Enter now for your chance to win!
  • Open source medicine puts health above profits

    Posted April 12, 2012 - 11:54 am

    There is an open source revolution brewing in health care where noble motivations prevail over profit.
  • This week in pictures: Some love for Linus Torvalds

    Posted March 23, 2012 - 3:47 pm

    Also: More MegaUpload madness, open source payday, researchers battle eel fraud, and much, much more!
  • Nonprofit open source organizations booming

    Posted March 22, 2012 - 8:00 am

    The free software and open source community is thick with non-profit foundations and associations. Here's a look at how these organizations are doing, and how their top workers are compensated.
  • Joomla jumps to the enterprise

    Posted March 20, 2012 - 7:51 am

    A new and more diversified technology focus for Joomla -- the same open source CMS that small businesses know and love -- is making waves in the enterprise.
  • What's the best Linux server for you?

    Posted March 12, 2012 - 9:50 am

    Trying to chose between Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu, and a host of other competitors? Whatever your size, there's a distribution that fits.
  • Big data tools and vendors

    Posted February 21, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    While big data systems offer flexibilities of scale at far more affordable prices then ever before, long-time data experts are also quick to point out that these newfangled big data systems are making use of techniques and processes that were once part of the data warehousing hype that once garnered IT's attention.
  • Eight features Windows 8 borrowed from Linux

    Posted February 9, 2012 - 4:24 pm

    Microsoft has always been accused of stealing left and right from the open source community. Is this holding true today?
  • Spotlight on open source

    Posted February 6, 2012 - 11:38 am

    If you're not paying attention to open source, you're just not paying attention. Open source is everywhere -- operating systems, browsers, mobile, and more. This collection of resources will get you up to speed in a hurry.
  • The small world of big data

    Posted February 2, 2012 - 2:34 pm

    The evolution of big data, Hadoop, and related technologies is interesting, but not just from a purely esoteric standpoint. Understanding how these technologies fit together will give users a better idea of which solution is right for them.
  • How to work with firehose data

    Posted January 27, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Some data comes in at a constant, and even massive, rate. How can IT systems contend with such data flows, while still analyzing that data? PostgreSQL expert Josh Berkus outlines the important guidelines.
  • How open source licenses affect your business and your developers

    Posted January 24, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    For most of the 2000s, copyleft licenses (in particular the GPLv2) were the most popular choice for new open source projects. In the last few years, developers and companies seem to be trending away from the GPL in favor of permissive licenses for open source projects. What's behind that, does it impact your business and what licenses should you choose for new projects? Let's take a look.
  • 2011: When cloud computing shook the data center

    Posted December 28, 2011 - 7:16 am

    In a year of surging private cloud activity and major build-outs in public cloud capacity, the cloud's promised simplification remains elusive
  • Five open source technologies for 2012

    Posted December 28, 2011 - 7:05 am

    Next year, if all goes according to plan, Red Hat will become the first open source software company to generate more than US$1 billion a year in revenue. It will be a watershed moment for the open source community, who have long seen their approach of community-based development as a viable, even superior, alternative to traditional notions of how software should be written.
  • Linux loses its luster as a darling among developers

    Posted November 14, 2011 - 11:39 am

    The simplicity of Apple's OS X development tools, if not their price, is enticing enough to cause some developers to leave Linux behind. Insider (registration required)
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