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My recent switch to a single-boot Ubuntu setup on my Thinkpad T60 simply floors me on a regular basis. Most recently it's had to do with the experience of maintaining the software. Fresh from a very long Windows 2000 experience and a four-month Windows XP experience along with a long-time Linux sys admin role puts me in a great position to assess Ubuntu. Three prior attempts over the years at using Linux as my daily desktop OS had me primed for failure. Well, Ubuntu takes Linux where I've long hoped it would go - easy to use, reliable, dependable, great applications too but more on that later. It has some elegance to it - bet you never heard that about a Linux desktop before. There are many night-and-day differences between Windows and Ubuntu and, for a guy that does 80% standard office tasks and the rest of the time I'm doing Linux admin tasks, it was nearly all i... (more)

Linux Developers Will Have to Swear Their Contributions are Clean from Now On

The Open Source Development Labs, where Linux creator Linus Torvalds and Linux 2.6 production kernel maintainer Andrew Morton work these days, is changing the way Linux is developed from here on out to track who's contributing to the code and that the code they submit is clean. Code submitters are going to have to sign a so-called Developer's Certificate of Origin (DCO) affirming that they wrote the code they're tossing into the pot - either in whole or in part - and that they have a right to submit it under an appropriate open source license. The OSDL's announcement first thing Monday morning made much of the move ensuring that developers get proper credit for their contributions and OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen told us that it had "nothing" to do with SCO, which when we repeated that remark to SCO sent SCO back on its haunches to brace itself while it had a rollicking goo... (more)

Achieving High Performance at Low Cost

Advances in clustering technology have redefined the price-to-performance curve for many High Performance Computing (HPC) application areas. The use of specialized high-speed interconnects and fast commodity processors have pushed the envelope to where it is today. Not all applications need this level of hardware (and cost) to achieve leading-edge price to performance. Indeed, there have been several technological advances that may invite a step back from the traditional edge-of-technology approach to HPC clustering. These advances include the following developments: Introduction of low-cost high-performance multi-core processors Introduction of high-density motherboards and packaging solutions Introduction of optimized Linux Gigabit Ethernet performance Of particular importance is the fact that these advances are in the commodity sector where high demand and econ... (more)

CA Lawyer Bounced after Being Identified with Government's Mystery 'Executive E'

Computer Associates general counsel Steven Woghin was canned last Thursday right after legal papers filed in court by the SEC mentioned an "Executive E," a person the agency said instructed other CA executives to lie to the company's outside law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, which was hired in 2002 to investigate CA's tainted accounting practices. Executive E is now an object of the government's long-running investigation of what the government has described as broad-based "conspiracy" inside CA. CA evidently knew Woghin was compromised when, using other innocent excuses, it removed him from his job of dealing with the parallel SEC-Justice Department probe of the company's books a couple of weeks ago and shifted him to a lower-profile role. Woghin's own lawyer told the press that the government had not identified Woghin as being Executive E. Last Thursday, whe... (more)

OOXML vs ODF: A Letter to the Gnome Foundation

OpenDocument Fellowship member Russell Ossendryver has written an Open Letter to the Gnome Foundation enjoining it to halt its apparent support for Microsoft's OOXML as a standard and to put its efforts behind enhancing adoption of the genuinely open standard, the OpenDocument Format (ODF), which was approved by the world standards bodies as ISO/IEC standard 26300 on 2 May 2006. The full text of the letter, posted yesterday, was as follows: "A Letter to the Gnome Foundation It appears that the Gnome Foundation is participating in ECMA TC 451 regarding resolving comments and contradictions for DIS 29500. Given the technical shortcomings in the specification and the disregard for process that the backers of DIS 29500 have displayed during the process, Gnome’s participation in this activity is to the detriment of interoperability among office suits. Efforts should... (more)

Government and Open Source Software

For the past several years, US Government agencies have shown an increased interest in open source software, and with the advent of the Obama administration's call for transparency and openness several organizations believe open source software is part of the answer.  So what is the allure of open source to the government? Is it the promise of reduced cost? Is it access to the source code and the knowledge that it can be modify at any time if desired? Is it hope that the government will no longer by locked into a specific vendor?  Most people will be surprised that the reason for so much interest by the government in open source software is really based on the government acquisition process and how the open source business model relates to this process. In order to understand the government's interest in open source software, one must understand the government acqui... (more)

Monitoring: Via the Cloud or Open-Source Tools?

As today’s fast-paced IT industry changes, with the development and growth of virtualized infrastructure and cloud computing, both open-source network and cloud-based monitoring tools are attracting growing interest. But which to choose? Advocates of open-source technology praise the flexibility and reasonable costs of these tools, making them a viable alternative to software offered by large enterprise technology companies. And there are dozens of different open-source projects that target the issue of network monitoring. One program, Snort, developed by Sourcefire, counts 270,000 registered users and millions of downloads. Users can tailor the tools to their specific networks and apps. And open-source tools have a social media-type feature that enables others in the open source community to exchange experiences and make suggestions about how to make the tools bet... (more)

How to manage Eucalyptus / Walrus with CloudBerry S3 Explorer

Note: this post applies to CloudBerry Explorer 1.9 and later. Eucalyptus is an open source software framework for cloud computing that implements what is commonly referred to as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Eucalyptus software provides users with the ability to run and control isolated collections of virtual machine instances with many EC2/S3-compatible tools. Walrus is a storage service included with Eucalyptus that is interface compatible with Amazon S3. Walrus allows users to store persistent data, organized as buckets and objects. We are proud to announce CloudBerry Explorer support for Walrus. Full description of installation / configuration of Eucalyptus is outside of this article scope, and we suggest that you check out Eucalyptus website for more details. To register your Walrus accounts go to File | Walrus Accounts in the program menu. This will... (more)

Now There’s a Xen Cloud Platform

Citrix' little friend Xen.org, where the open source hypervisor lives, has put out Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) 1.0, an open source server virtualization platform developed as part of the Xen Cloud Project introduced in 2009. The widgetry is supposed to be for SMBs, universities and researchers who want to build private clouds as well as open source enthusiasts, who want to experiment with cloud computing. XCP is a single, tested installable image using the Xen hypervisor, network and storage support, a management stack and tools. It supports Windows and Linux as guest operating systems and integrates with the open source OpenStack Bexar release so it can cover everything from bare metal to cloud orchestration software. XCP 1.0 includes an enterprise-class Xen API Management tool stack with disaster recovery support, security, real-time performance monitoring, support ... (more)

The Changing Landscape of SCM

It’s 1998. I’m just starting my job at Rational Software, supporting ClearCase. During my training and through my first few months handling customer issues, I developed a deep understanding of the complexities of SCM and the heavy-handed centralized control that ClearCase provided its customer base. Wrappers, triggers and script automation were the key to a tightly controlled, centralized development environment.  In the developers’ eyes, dealing with the version control tool was just a part of doing their job. Developers like to code, not “waste time” with tools or infrastructure. They are creators and want to create their masterpiece. Check-in, Check-out, Merge, etc. are not ways developers want to spend their time, especially if they are forced to deal with poor performance from an SCM tool, whether it’s by the tool itself, or the myriad of wrappers that were forc... (more)

The Future is NAO

NAO: A humanoid programmable robot with a mind of its own. This little robot (57 cm) may have big plans to walk into the life of every human being. Created by Aldebaran Robotics with the launch of Project NAO in 2004, this robot has slowly been gaining popularity in the technological world. Academic systems have been using NAO programming for research and education purposes, since its versatile platform can be used to explore a variety of research topics in technology. All NAO have an internal inertial sensor which keeps it stable, and allows it to pick itself up if it falls over. It also has its own multimedia system, including multiple microphones, speakers, cameras (920p) , IR sensors, and tactile and pressure sensors. It can be programmed with a variety of languages, including C++, Python and Java. Its battery provides NAO with enough power to be able to be auto... (more)

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The textured-hair category is inarguably the hottest in the haircare space today. This has been driven by the proliferation of founder brands started by curly and coily consumers and savvy consumers who increasingly want products specifically for their texture type. This trend is underscored by the latest insights from NaturallyCurly's 2018 TextureTrends report, released today. According to the 2018 TextureTrends Report, more than 80 percent of women with curly and coily hair say they purcha...
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