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    Big data showdown: Cassandra vs. HBase

    Posted April 2, 2014 - 11:25 am

    Bigtable-inspired open source projects take different routes to the highly scalable, highly flexible, distributed, wide column data store.
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    Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

    Posted March 31, 2014 - 9:03 am

    Newest release also features support for ARM processors.
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    Cassandra lowers the barriers to big data

    Posted March 24, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Apache Cassandra is a free, open source NoSQL database designed to manage very large data sets (think petabytes) across large clusters of commodity servers. Among many distinguishing features, Cassandra excels at scaling writes as well as reads, and its "master-less" architecture makes creating and expanding clusters relatively straightforward. For organizations seeking a data store that can support rapid and massive growth, Cassandra should be high on the list of options to consider.
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    First look: Docker is a better way to deploy your apps

    Posted March 5, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    An open source Linux container engine taking the world by storm is the newest, leanest, and cleanest way to get your app from development to production.
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    Storage on a budget: GlusterFS shines in open source storage test

    Posted February 24, 2014 - 10:13 am

    But beware of tradeoffs when it comes to documentation, management tools and failover.
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    Ubuntu 13.10 takes aim at Microsoft, Apple, Google

    Posted January 6, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    Ubuntu is moving into the rarified class of operating systems that cover x86/x64 clients and servers, ARM-based tablets/smartphones, and commodity cloud instances. Meaning that it's taking on everybody from Microsoft to Red Hat to Apple and Google.
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    Ubuntu 13.10: The good, the bad and the ugly

    Posted December 9, 2013 - 9:26 am

    The newest release of Ubuntu, dubbed Saucy Salamander, doesn't offer much in the way of new features – except for the introduction of Ubuntu Touch for mobile platforms.
  • Review

    Firefox OS sputters on the ZTE Open

    Posted December 2, 2013 - 2:45 pm

    The open source challenger is meant to be simple, but it crosses the line into the less than functional
  • Review

    Apache OpenOffice 4 vs. LibreOffice 4.1

    Posted November 6, 2013 - 5:34 pm

    Not so fast, LibreOffice -- OpenOffice has a shiny, new, and improved major release of its own.
  • Review

    Salt keeps server automation simple

    Posted October 17, 2013 - 3:45 pm

    Salt brings simplicity, flexibility, and high scalability to Linux and Unix server infrastructure management -- it does Windows too.
  • Review

    Apache OpenOffice 4.0 review: New features, easier to use, still free

    Posted September 23, 2013 - 8:18 pm

    Lagging slightly behind Microsoft Office in features, Apache OpenOffice has a lot of functionality and flexibility.
  • Review

    Bitbucket vs. GitHub: Which project host has the most?

    Posted September 18, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    The right choice boils down to a number of factors -- you might even consider using both.
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    Ubuntu impresses in Linux enterprise server test

    Posted September 9, 2013 - 9:49 am

    Introduced in 1991, Linux boasts an estimated 67 million users worldwide according to linuxcounter.net. Free versions abound, but companies adopting Linux as part of critical infrastructure typically require more support than a community of unpaid, albeit enthusiastic, volunteers can provide.
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    Apache OpenOffice 4 vs. LibreOffice 4.1

    Posted August 7, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    Not so fast, LibreOffice -- OpenOffice has a shiny, new, and improved major release of its own.
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    LinuxMint 15 review: A smooth alternative to Ubuntu

    Posted August 5, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    The crafters of the LinuxMint distro are in a ticklish position. Mint is based on Ubuntu, which in turn, is based on Debian, which in turn, has the moveable feast of the Linux kernel as its underpinning. All three have changed underneath LinuxMint, but LinuxMint 15 pulls off a new cut without missing a step (save a missing KDE version).
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    5 free Linux text editors for programming and word processing

    Posted August 1, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    A programmer looks at the current versions of five well-known text editors and offers his take on how well they perform.
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    Puppet Enterprise 3.0 review: More strings pulled

    Posted July 16, 2013 - 11:31 am

    Version 3.0 of Puppet Labs' configuration automation tool shines with speed boosts, orchestration improvements, and deeper support for Windows servers.
  • Review

    Top open source network management tools

    Posted July 8, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    Zenoss Core edges Nagios Core, NetXMS and OpenNMS in four-product roundup
  • Review

    LibreOffice 4 liberates you from Microsoft Office

    Posted July 1, 2013 - 11:55 am

    If your needs don't include macro and programming compatibility, this office suite might just wean you away from Microsoft.
  • Review

    Ubuntu 13 challenges Windows 8

    Posted July 1, 2013 - 10:31 am

    The latest version of Ubuntu, Raring Ringtail, is billed as business and user-friendly. There are still significant obstacles to its widespread adoption in the enterprise, but if your employees only access applications via the browser, and your company doesn't use complex spreadsheet macros or document formats, then Ubuntu 13 might be worth considering.
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    4 free, open source management GUIs For MongoDB

    Posted June 12, 2013 - 11:54 am

    MongoDB is certainly one of the most popular open source, document-oriented NoSQL databases. Developed and maintained by 10gen, MongoDB is available in both a free version and a paid-for enterprise version, which adds features such as Kerberos security, SNMP access, and live monitoring features. However, neither the free version nor the enterprise version comes with a management GUI.
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    OX Text review: An in-browser word processor with big ambitions

    Posted May 17, 2013 - 6:44 am

    OpenXchange's new word processor, OX Text, is the first in a set of Linux-based productivity apps. Can it compete with Google Docs and Office 365?
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    Dell's Linux laptop has good hardware, decent toolkit

    Posted May 6, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Our Linux pros check out the decked-out XPS 13 'Developer Edition' laptop, preloaded with Ubuntu and other tools.
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    Where's the beef? Fedora releases 'Spherical Cow'

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 11:12 am

    After being delayed seven times due to reported problems with the new installer, Fedora 18 has arrived.
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    NoSQL showdown: MongoDB vs. Couchbase

    Posted March 21, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    MongoDB edges Couchbase Server with richer querying and indexing options, as well as superior ease-of-use
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