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  • New OpenSUSE embraces 64-bit ARM

    Posted November 20, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    Joining Fedora and Ubuntu, the new version of the community driven OpenSUSE can now be run on AArch64 processors, further preparing the market for servers running on the new 64-bit ARM architecture.
  • Cray brings Hadoop to supercomputing

    Posted November 19, 2013 - 4:16 pm

    Helping scientific supercomputing take advantage of emerging big-data technologies, high-performance computing manufacturer Cray is releasing a set of packages promising to optimize the process of running Hadoop on the company's XC30 machines.
  • openSUSE 13.1 released

    Posted November 19, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    openSUSE 13.1 has been released, check out the new features and download it. Plus: A screenshot tour of Linux Mint 16 RC, and when will Google Drive arrive for Linux?
  • Big data application framework gets update, SQL interface

    Posted November 19, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    Open source big data application platform specialist Concurrent has released a new version of the Cascading application framework and simultaneously released Cascading Lingual 1.0, an ANSI SQL interface for Hadoop.
  • Tools we love: Fiddler

    Posted November 19, 2013 - 1:00 am

    Debugging and analyzing web traffic is hard. Fiddler makes the process much easier by giving you deep insight into HTTP/HTTPS traffic. This complete set of web debugging tools can expose redirect issues, boost site performance, and improve app security - all for free.
  • Does Linux Mint need better security?

    Posted November 18, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    A Canonical developer has accused Linux Mint of having a security problem. Is he right or has the whole issue been overblown by the media?
  • Linux Mint 16 release candidate available for download

    Posted November 15, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    The release candidate for Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon and Mate is available for download. Plus: Will preloads help grow the Linux user base? And see the top five Linux games.
  • Tools we love: Notepad++

    Posted November 15, 2013 - 1:00 am

    Notepad++ is an advanced text and source code editor for Windows. It’s also the most used piece of free software in our office. Everyone - from the developers to the marketers to the interns - uses Notepad++.
  • Best Linux distro for privacy protection?

    Posted November 14, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    Which Linux distro is best for protecting your privacy? Plus: A review of PCLinux OS 2013, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation versus Canonical.
  • How to run your small business with free open source software

    Posted November 14, 2013 - 1:20 pm

    From simple bookkeeping packages to full-blown ERP systems, open source software can provide free options for small businesses that don't have the budget for big-ticket enterprise applications.
  • Android market share moves past 80%

    Posted November 13, 2013 - 7:30 pm

    Android's market share has risen to more than 80%. Plus: Fedora 20 beta screenshot tour, and is it hard to switch to Linux?
  • Slideshow

    Just dating: The stories behind 12 computer system reference dates

    Posted November 13, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    There are reasons - sometimes good reasons - that all of those seemingly random dates were chosen for epochs
  • Suse Linux Enterprise expands regular support to 10 years

    Posted November 13, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Suse Linux Enterprise (SLE) version 11 and up will come with 10 years of general support instead of the seven years offered up to now, in a move that matches services from competitors.
  • Prize fighters: How prizes are killing hackathons

    Posted November 13, 2013 - 7:00 am

    More hackathon organizers are giving out big prizes, which some developers think is a bad idea
  • Facebook Open Compute Project picks switch specs

    Posted November 12, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    The Open Compute Project this week announced that it is considering four contributions for development of an open, operating system-agnostic data center switch it announced six months ago.
  • Fedora 20 beta released

    Posted November 12, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    The beta of Fedora 20 has been released. Plus: arkOS takes on Google, and Canonical goes after the Fix Ubuntu site.
  • Tools we love: The Responsinator

    Posted November 12, 2013 - 1:00 am

    The Responsinator is a dead simple tool for viewing a web page in all of the the most popular screen sizes all at once. This allows you to rapidly test your responsive design.
  • Quake Live won't support Linux

    Posted November 11, 2013 - 6:02 pm

    Quake Live will not be supporting Linux (or Macs). Plus: A review of Pear OS 8, and Mark Shuttleworth apologizes for Tea Party remarks.
  • Red Hat expands OpenShift's European availability, slashes prices

    Posted November 11, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    Red Hat is cutting prices on the commercial version of its OpenShift Online PaaS (platform as a service) and making it available in more European countries, moves aimed at gaining a stronger foothold in one of the enterprise software industry's hottest segments.
  • USENIX: Red Hat prepares for 64-bit ARM servers

    Posted November 8, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Enterprise open-source software vendor Red Hat is keeping an eye on the development of 64-bit ARM processors for servers, building up expertise in case the nascent platform takes hold in the data center.
  • Was the GIMP right to leave SourceForge?

    Posted November 8, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    The GIMP is no longer available for download on SourceForge. Were the GIMP developers right to leave SourceForge? Plus: Slackware 14.1 released, and a screenshot tour of GhostBSD 3.5 MATE.
  • Essential reading for choosing a NoSQL database

    Posted November 8, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Like most software engineers, I’ve spent a great deal of time mastering relational databases. Getting started with a distributed database (or NoSQL) can have your head spinning as you try to unlearn your relational ways and adapt to a new style of data storage and access. Here are some helpful resources to get you going and choose the right platform.
  • Is the diversity of Linux its greatest strength?

    Posted November 7, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    The diversity of Linux sets it apart from other operating systems. Plus: An easy way to customize Android, and a tour of Ubuntu Touch 1.0.
  • Open-source tools keep Twitter up and running

    Posted November 7, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    To prevent disruptions and scale up its service while keeping costs down, Twitter has drastically changed its core infrastructure and has adopted some open-source tools.
  • Facebook releases query engine to open source community

    Posted November 6, 2013 - 6:02 pm

    Facebook has released Presto -- a distributed SQL query engine optimized for running ad-hoc interactive queries on data sources up to petabytes in size -- to the open source community under the Apache license. It says Presto is 10x better than Hive.
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