Open Source

Amazon’s Closed Approach to Open Source Costs It Talent

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Amazon’s unwillingness to contribute to the open source projects it relies on is costing it potential talent as some tech professionals avoid the company, says the Register. Insiders describe Amazon as a “black hole” where improvements and fixes for open-source software are kept close to the vest, a policy that comes “right from the top.” Amazon contributes far less software code and research papers to open source projects than either Microsoft or Google, its main rivals. The secrecy goes so… continue…

What to Expect from Big Data in 2014

Hadoop will continue to reign; more clients will demand the latest in encryption; and a lot of analytics firms could fail. continue…

AllSeen Alliance Wants to Standardize Internet of Things

The new alliance of major companies proposes an open-source framework for uniting devices and services. continue…

Valve Joins Linux Foundation

Posted In Cloud
Valve touts the move as a sizable investment in the advancement of Linux gaming. continue…

Open-Source a Double-Edged Sword for Analytics Firms

Open source is the road to success for many a tech firm, but it will inevitably ding others that specialize in proprietary software. continue…

Is Hadoop THE Answer for Big Data?

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Are companies and Big Data professionals who embrace Hadoop putting themselves at risk by being at the mercy of Google? In March 2013, after about four years, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office granted Google 10 foundational patents related to MapReduce, a programming model for processing large datasets with a parallel distributed algorithm on a cluster of computers. MapReduce is also the basis for the Hadoop framework. Rather than transfer, assign, or license these foundational patents to the Apache Software… continue…

Ubuntu Edge Project Fails to Meet Fundraising Goal

Posted In Cloud
The crowdfunded smartphone effort ended up bringing in a little under $13 million, well short of the $32 million it needed. continue…

Groklaw Shutting Down Is a Huge Deal

The specter of government surveillance led to the Website’s closure. continue…

CouchDB: Roll Your Own, Or Go With a Service?

If you’re going to be self-hosting—unless you’re working on a really small system—don’t use the basic CouchDB for anything. continue…

Analyze Your Disk Graphically

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
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Shuffling around disk space is always a tricky business. You want to retain necessary files while at the same time archiving the ones that are redundant, out of date or no longer needed. A huge disk space demolisher is the common .iso file. Every time you try a new version of Linux and don’t immediately delete it after it’s installed — boom, there goes another gig or two. It’s easy enough to write some automated scripts that would go through… continue…