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Valve Beta Boosts Linux Gaming Full Steam Ahead
September 26, 2013
Valve Software will later this year beta test 300 hardware boxes running its Linux-based SteamOS, a standalone operating system for entertainment appliances in consumers' living rooms. The prototype box for the Steam platform, which is optimized for gaming in the living room, is completely upgradable and open. Beta testers are encouraged to hack or mod the box.
AlienVault's Barmak Meftah: Time to Put Hackers on the Defensive
September 24, 2013
As CEO of AlienVault, Barmak Meftah faces enemies every day who play out their attacks from faraway lands using seemingly unbeatable weapons. One of the weapons AlienVault uses with the support of the open source community is a global report called the Open Threat Exchange that tracks threats to computer networks. The results make it possible to identify trouble spots and take corrective action.
World With New Limits: The Coming End of Moore's Law
September 23, 2013
Here in the tech community, declaring the birth or death of an era is a tried-and-true path to social fame. For that reason, proclamations to that effect are pretty dang common. Those of us here in the Linux community are pretty accustomed to such announcements by now -- just witness the never-ending "year of Linux desktop" and "death of desktop Linux" rotation that seems to besiege us year after year.
Goodbye, Encryption; Hello, FOSS
September 16, 2013
Few would deny that the world has changed since the National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance program was revealed, and not for the better. Here in the Linux blogosphere, FOSS fans have been mulling the implications ever since the unsettling news broke back in June, but just recently things have taken on an even darker cast. Turns out not even encryption techniques can hold the NSA at bay.
Microsoft and Ballmer and Nokia, Oh My!
September 09, 2013
The days of summer may be dwindling at last here in the Linux blogosphere, but that doesn't mean things are cooling off. No indeed, the unseasonably scorching temperatures have been matched only by the sizzling nature of the news -- in particular, Ballmer is out, and Microsoft is purchasing Nokia! More than a few Linux bloggers have been stuck in the doldrums, truth be told.
Linux at 22: Another Year, Another Step Closer to World Domination
September 03, 2013
It seems like only yesterday that we here in the Linux blogosphere were celebrating Linux's 20th birthday, but now here we are, two years later. Linux has reached the ripe old age of 22, and its creator -- Linus Torvalds -- marked the occasion in characteristically understated fashion. Specifically, echoing his original message from 1991, Torvalds published a similarly worded note late last month.
Ode to Groklaw: A Requiem for What Was Lost
August 26, 2013
It's not often we here in the Linux blogosphere must cope with death -- figuratively speaking -- in the projects and products we love. After all, when it's open source, what may "die" one day will likely be reborn the next as something new thanks to the beauty of forking, among other things. Just recall Fuduntu -- it may have closed its doors earlier this year, but soon afterwards Cloverleaf was born.
Failed Funding Effort Blunts Canonical's Ubuntu Edge
August 23, 2013
Canonical raised more than $12 million over 30 frantic days of crowdfunding its ambitious Ubuntu Edge superphone project, but it was still short some $20 million by the time the effort closed on Wednesday. The company's target was $32 million. "We raised $12,809,906, making the Edge the world's biggest ever fixed crowdfunding campaign," wrote Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth.
Open Source Meets Textbook Publishing - Much Cash Freed Up
August 22, 2013
There's no denying the growing impact of open source software in today's business landscape, but for those who want additional proof of the open approach's viability, there's OpenStax College. Since 2012, the initiative has been producing peer-reviewed open source textbooks under a Creative Commons license. This year, the organization expects to save some 40,000 students about $3.7 million.
Who's Afraid of Linux Malware?
August 19, 2013
There once was a time when Windows users could feel relatively safe and secure as they made their online excursions around the World Wide Web. Those days ended relatively quickly, of course, followed soon afterwards by a similar waning of confidence on the Mac side. For those of us who prefer Linux, however, the Age of Innocence -- as one might call it -- has lasted much longer.
1 Small App, 1 Giant Feather in Linux's Cap
August 13, 2013
What a difference a day makes, as the old saying goes -- or, perhaps more aptly here in the Linux community, what a difference an app makes. Which app, you may ask? Why that would be Microsoft Office for Android, of course -- the arrival of which a few weeks ago has caused no shortage of jubilation in the Linux blogosphere. "It looks like Linus has won," noted a recent article.
Cloudera's Mike Olson: Hadoop vs. Closed Source Is Not a Fair Fight
August 06, 2013
For many database practitioners, Hadoop is turning the tables on the relational database model. The rise of Big Data is driving what some see as a much-needed change in the platforms that process the massive infusions of aggregated raw data. Take for example, Cloudera founder and Chief Strategy Officer Mike Olson. His open source company harnesses Apache Hadoop-based software and services.
Canonical's Edgy Endeavor
August 05, 2013
Fans of Ubuntu will have to be forgiven if they've been a little distracted lately. After all, exactly two weeks ago Canonical launched its crowdfunding campaign for the new Ubuntu Edge smartphone. It's not just any crowdfunding campaign, of course -- it's a big one. Really big -- to the tune of $32 million. No one ever said Mark Shuttleworth lacked ambition.
Mozilla, BlackBerry Team Up on Peach Fuzzing
August 01, 2013
Politics may make for strange bedfellows, but there's no comparison to the match-ups that occur in the business world. Consider this: Mozilla, which has been flexing its muscles of late and pushing into the smartphone business and foreign markets, has teamed up with the flailing and failing BlackBerry, which is hemorrhaging market share, to conduct research on bugs in browsers.
Unfaithfully Yours: The Linux Version
July 29, 2013
The dog days of summer may best be endured at a leisurely pace, but for those of us here in the sweltering Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, that simply hasn't been an option. Far from being the lazy month many typically expect, July has brought not only a fiery debate over codes of conduct among kernel programmers but also the launch of Canonical's ambitious Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding campaign.
Linus, Sarah and the Linux Civil Code
July 22, 2013
Anyone who has ever spent five minutes in the Linux blogosphere is probably already well-aware of Linux creator Linus Torvalds' propensity for speaking his mind in the plainest of terms. It was just slightly more than a year ago, after all, that he dropped an "F-bomb" on Nvidia, though that's by no means been the only example over the years.
Tizen Rising: Can a $4M App Challenge Do the Trick?
July 15, 2013
It's no secret that humans tend to be motivated by cash, and developers are no exception -- heck, even Microsoft knows that! Little wonder, then, that Linux developers took in the latest from the Tizen project with such interest. "Tizen is a brand new ecosystem, with a brand new store," the announcement read.
The Linux Desktop Beauty Pageant, Round Eleventy
July 08, 2013
Well the Fourth of July may have come and gone for another year here in the Land of Stars and Stripes, but for Linux fans, every day is Independence Day. Freedom from the dictates of a few giant software behemoths is what we celebrate each and every time we use our computers, not to mention the world of user choice that comes along with that freedom.
Concurrent's Chris Wensel: The Open Source Path Is a Rocky Road
July 02, 2013
Big Data and open source software may be the next great unholy alliance in computing's current promised land, but open source is a broken business model that needs a better vehicle for supporting projects such as programming suites that build database applications. So argues Chris Wensel, founder and CTO of Concurrent. Wensel started the company in 2008 to focus on the open-source Cascading Project.
Android's Audacious Desktop Debut
July 01, 2013
Well temperatures have climbed discouragingly of late here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, with the result that there's been standing room only down at the frostily air-conditioned Broken Windows Lounge. Linux Girl's most dreaded month is upon us, so it's time to hunker down with a chilly beverage and while away the dog days of summer chewing the fat with fellow FOSS fans.

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