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How OpenStack differs from Amazon and must rise to the occasion

OpenStack innovates in the open

This is a condensed version of the blog post: A tale of two expanding clouds: Amazon and OpenStack. Read more there about the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong. Comments welcome. » Read more

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Enter the 2013 open source holiday giveaway, win a 3D printer and much more

2013 Open Source Holiday Gift Giveaway

UPDATE: The contest has closed and winners are in the process of being notified and shipped their gifts. We will have an update about the winners in early 2014.

Enter our 2013 open source holiday gift giveaway by filling out this entry form by December 11. Read the official rules for more details.

See what you could win and find out more about the contest below.


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An open source, infinitely scalable Relational Database Management System (RDBMS)

Open wires

InfiniSQL is a massively scalable relational database system (RDBMS), composed entirely from scratch (not built upon some other technology). There is reproducible benchmark data described on InfiniSQL's blog proving that it can perform over 500,000 complex, multi-node transactions per second with over 100,000 simultaneous transactions—all on only 12 small server nodes.

The limitation of 12 nodes was budgetary: this is an open source project entirely funded out of pocket, and not part of an institution. If I had access to more servers, I'm positive that scalability would grow much higher. But those kinds of details are on the blog. The bottomline is that this is a very high performance system, and in its infancy. » Read more

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SuiteCRM challenges current commerical open source model

open source content management solution

Greg Soper, CEO of SalesAgility, believes there's a substantial gap in the market that SuiteCRM can fill and has a public commitment to SuiteCRM being a collaborative, community driven open source project. He says, "We've been developing SugarCRM Community Edition for seven years and we know there's an appetite for great open source applications. But there's no fully functional open source CRM application. Once you go beyond a certain function point you come across the "Commercial Open Source" model where you need to pay to access the functionality and the code is proprietary. That's SuiteCRM's opportunity. We've busted that apart. We're saying: here's all the functionality you need and it's all open source."

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Which office suite do you use?

open source software for the office

Office software suites offer a host of tools to help you get things done: email, a word processor, notepads, spreadsheets, as well as, presentation, finance, and publisher applications.

Which office suite was your first? Do you love or hate the one you're using now? From your experierce, how would you compare and contrast a proprietary suite to a free and open source one?

If you don't use a suite of office apps, all packaged nicely together, what tools to do you use in tandem to get work done? Would you say it's just as nice or better?

 

 

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Your visual how-to guide for SELinux policy enforcement

SELinux policy guide

We are celebrating the SELinux 10th year anversary this year. Hard to believe it. SELinux was first introduced in Fedora Core 3 and later in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. For those who have never used SELinux, or would like an explanation...

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How did the Outreach Program for Women work out for the Linux kernel this year?

free and open source opportunities for women

The Linux Foundation became a sponsor for the FOSS Outreach Program for Women earlier this year, choosing seven interns to hack on the Linux kernel from June through September. And, the results are in: the intern group ranked among the largest contributors to Linux kernel 3.12.

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Why I love OwnCloud: answer to Dropbox lock-in

open source in the cloud

I recently covered the release of Dropbox platform and my thoughts on the impending cloud storage lock-in. I was also fortunate enough to run across what the guys over at NimbusBase are doing over the weekend. They seem to be the answer to the open API for mobile and web applications, providing a cross-cloud storage layer and a GPL reference implementation while they do it. I also penned a few thoughts on their model.

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Open source engine Docker teams up with the Fedora Project

Docker teams up with the Fedora Project

Docker (previously dotCloud) made a big splash this year when they open-sourced their software for creating "lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers" that powers their Platform-As-A-Service offering.

Developers are excited because Docker offers an easier to use alternative to Chef and Puppet for managing server environments. Instead of wrangling with configuration files, Docker allows developers to simply take an image of their system and share it with their team. When a team member makes a change to their local environment, they just create a new image (a Docker container) and share it with the team. Its like git for disk images.

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Participation value and sustainability through the lens of American Idol

open source communities

Whether in the US or abroad, most everyone is familiar with American Idol. While not an open source project or community, American Idol is a good example of the power of participation, and how understanding this power and providing value can be profitable. American Idol has perfected the art of inspiring millions of people to work together toward one end goal—and the show has made millions. So, how do you get people to participate in something for free and make money from it?

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