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Linux Gaming Is Cleared for Takeoff
October 16, 2013
Close to a third of all websites use Linux, according to W3Techs, and Linux system users are arguably second only to Mac users in their devotion to their platform of choice, yet Linux gamers have traditionally been the red-headed stepchildren of the gaming community. Xbox 360 was the top-selling console for the 32nd straight month in August, NPD's video games sales figures indicate.
castAR Makes the World Your 3D Playground
October 16, 2013
Do you remember the scene in an early Star Wars movie where R2-D2 and Chewbacca played a holographically generated, Jedi 3D board game while killing time in their light freighter? Full-color, three-dimensional game pieces were projected onto the board. Chewbacca wasn't a particularly good loser, and R2-DR2 blipped and beeped a lot.
MediaFire's Derek Labian: Cloud Storage Is an Everyday Need
October 15, 2013
Security and privacy concerns may be far outweighed for many users by the convenience and appeal of the cloud, but users need to view cloud access as more than just another storage utility on the desktop. That's according to Derek Labian, CEO of cloud storage service MediaFire. Instead, cloud users need to focus on cloud performance and application functionality, Labian suggests.
Which Distro Is Best for Beginners?
October 14, 2013
Well it was a relatively quiet week here in the Linux blogosphere, where all the code is strong and the UIs good-looking. Yes, we had the good news about Tor and its NSA resistance, and yes, the Unu three-way gaming device and the Lenovo Android laptop both generated some excitement of their own. Truth be told, though, Linux fans have been overloaded with good news lately.
Multipath Router: Everybody Gets to Stream!
October 09, 2013
The Multipath Router -- a project seeking crowdfunding on Indiegogo -- could change the way we connect to the Internet. Remember when Internet service was delivered to the home and workplace through copper voice phone lines terminating in a squeaking analog modem? Speeds using that clunky old system were restricted to a lethargic 56,000 baud, or 56 kbps -- slow, in other words.
MongoDB's Eliot Horowitz: The Database Renaissance Has Begun
October 08, 2013
NoSQL technologies are giving the database landscape a new look as they steadily push a shift from the relational database model. Young entrants to the alternative technology, such as MongoDB, have been gaining traction despite an admitted need to mature with more needed features. "For MongoDB as a part of the NoSQL space, it is a matter of maturity," said Eliot Horowitz, CTO of MongoDB.
Intel's Quarky Arduino Adventure
October 07, 2013
With all the cornucopia of Valve-related announcements for gamers over the past few weeks, it may be difficult to imagine that the Linux world could have any more good news in store. That supremely encouraging gaming news, surely, was enough to last us a few good months here in the Linux blogosphere. Well think again! Our friends at Intel have been busy at work with the interests of a different set of users in mind.
Coverity's Zack Samocha: Software Quality and the Open Source Advantage
October 01, 2013
Software quality is a topic close to most developers' hearts, whether they work with open source or proprietary code. Assessing quality, however, isn't always a simple matter. As a result, several efforts have sprung up to tackle the challenge, including the Coverity Scan project. Coverity began work in 2006 on the open source project, which is a joint endeavor with the Department of Homeland Security.
Valve: The Linux Steam Engine That Could?
September 30, 2013
Valve cofounder Gabe Newell has made no secret of his disdain for Windows 8 and his newfound love for Linux as a gaming platform over the past year or so. It seems fair to say, however, that few here in the Linux community expected the colossal bear hug of support Valve gave our favorite operating system last week. First, it announced SteamOS; then it was the hardware side.
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.

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