OpenSolaris is Dead. Long Live Solaris 11 Express

A post at the alasdair on everything blog leaked a memo sent to the Oracle engineering time on August 12th, stating in no uncertain terms that Oracle will not be releasing further builds of OpenSolaris. Specifically: "All of...

TEDx Talks Bring TED Conference to Your Backyard

I'm lucky enough to live in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, where the Flatirons loom majestically over the CU campus and the granola flows like a cold keg of beer. Boulder has a relatively small but vibrant and active high tech...

Why OpenStack matters to the rest of us

RackSpace's well-coordinated public announcement of OpenStack last week was a refreshing, if not surprising, bit of news. Since the open source movement gained momentum, there has regularly been a viable free alternative in most...

Snort and Suricata Creators Exchange Heated Words

Serious accusations from two highly talented experts in intrusion detection leave the rest of us wondering just where IDS is headed. Matt Jonkman and Martin Roesch have been bickering. Jonkman's claims that IDS technology has...

Vendor Commitment to Open Source Remains Strong

Fellow NetworkWorld blogger Alan Shimel asks an interesting question about licensing in the cloud model. Might the lack of software distribution stall out development efforts? Other worries about acquisitions destroying valuable open...

Writing an operating system book using virtual machines

I was struck by Alex's article on software development using virtual machines. His tl;dr conclusion was that "using a VM to develop software has a lot of advantages, but it is not quite ready for prime time yet." I've just finished...

Lower compliance costs with open source tools

Compliance is difficult and expensive. This is a lesson that enterprise technology leadership has learned through painful years of vendor webcasts promising the moon but delivering buggy products and subpar support. Patch management...

Red Hat announces Enterprise Linux 6 Beta Availability

Red Hat Enterprise Linux, now a staple in data centers of all shapes and sizes, enters its 9th year of availability this month with the announcement of version 6. The release is more than three years in the making. Nick Carr, Red...

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