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HP's Brian Aker: Open Cloud Gains Importance Post-PRISM

Since the National Security Agency's PRISM surveillence program was leaked to the press in June, the public and corporate backlash has some analysts estimating billions of dollars in losses for the IT services industry. In this context, developing an open source alternative to commercial cloud platforms becomes even more important, argues Brian Aker, a fellow in the HP cloud services division. 

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All About the Linux Kernel: Cgroup’s Redesign

Over the past few months, big changes have been underway on the cgroup Linux kernel subsystem and its related, but independent, system and service manager Systemd. Developers aren’t building shiny new features, though, as much as overhauling cgroups (control groups) to impose more structure in an area of the kernel that’s become problematic.

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The People Who Support Linux: Attorney Uses Linux to Aid Firm’s Data Analysis

Employment attorney Ahmed Minhaj first started using Linux back in 2001 because he appreciated the philosophy behind Linux and other open source projects. He was also looking for an alternative to the buggy and unstable Microsoft Windows and MS Office.

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Kevin Kelly: How Linux Will Shape the Future of Technology

The operating system of the future is still to be determined but LInux will play an important role in creating it, says Kevin Kelly, a founding editor and Senior Maverick at Wired Magazine. Just as no one could predict what the Internet would look like 20 years ago, we can't begin to imagine future technology. But  Kelly envisions the Technium, a global interconnected super organism. The Technium is one step up from the Internet of today but can hardly be compared with it.

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SUSE's George Shi Explains Linux Enterprise 11 SP3 Role in Mission-Critical Computing

Earlier this month SUSE announced the general availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11, Service Pack 3 -- their operating system for servers running mission-critical workloads in physical, virtual and cloud environments. 

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20 Years of Top500 Data Show Linux’s Role in Supercomputing Breakthroughs

Today the Linux Foundation released a short analysis paper on 20 years of data collected by the Top500.org supercomputer list. Released each June and November, the Top500 list has ranked the world’s fastest supercomputers since 1993.

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Raspberry Pi’s Eben Upton: Open Source Lessons from Wayland

In less than two years the Raspberry Pi has sold more than 1 million units and become widely used and adored among DIY hackers and embedded professionals alike. It began in 2006 as a modest idea to provide a low-cost educational computer for students to tinker with.

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OSCON 2013: Find a Nonprofit Home for Your Open Source Project

Whether your open source project is just getting started or has been around for years, it may be time to consider the benefits of migrating to a non-profit organization.

Several excellent nonprofits exist solely to support open source projects, offering a range of services including everything from basic fiscal sponsorship to business and legal resources, infrastructure and tech support, quality control and project management, community building and more. 

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All About the Linux Kernel: Bcache

The 3.10 Linux kernel release late last month brought a raft of new features worth celebrating for Linux developers and sysadmins alike. This release was especially satisfying, though, to kernel developer Kent Overstreet who saw years of hard work pay off with the inclusion of the Bcache patch set in 3.10.

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Adobe CFF Engine Release Improves Linux, Android Mobile Text Experience

Linux and Android users may have recently noticed that the text on their mobile screens is a bit easier to read. That's because devices that render fonts using the FreeType open source library now have access to Adobe's CFF Engine. In June, Adobe joined with Google and FreeType to add its CFF font rasterizer technology, previously availalble only to Windows and Mac users, to the FreeType Project.

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