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These days the size of almost all the resources available to a programmer (memory volume, CPU speed, etc.) are on the rise except for one: the time required to complete a project, which is shrinking. So it's important to work with tools that are convenient and make you productive. It's...
On June 26, 2006 the Eclipse Foundation announced the availability of new releases of 10 Open Source projects. This simultaneous release event, named Callisto, garnered a lot of attention for the 10 projects involved. But, meanwhile, on the same day and without much fanfare, not even a...
Sun Microsystems recently announced its intentions of finally publishing Java under an Open Source license. But what does that actually mean? We'll take a quick look at what it means to be 'Open Source,' how the Java language specification compares to other more formal language standar...
Surely with its army of kernel hackers and proofreaders, the Linux kernel should be close to perfect. The reality is that most kernel hackers focus on only a piece of the kernel - VM, disk I/O, a particular driver, or some part of the network stack - and mistakes are made through overs...
If ever there was a topic that someone was qualified to discuss, it would be me talking about how open source companies need to balance the interests of their community while making money. In fact, our company is named Funambol because it is based on the Latin words funis (rope) and am...
In an environment with more than a few Linux servers, managing users, groups, and other information securely across those systems is critical. Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) and the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) give administrators a way to accomplish this withou...
This year, Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas, became the first community hospital in the country to adopt Open Source-based electronic health records (EHR). The implementation reflects the emergence of Open Source alternatives in healthcare applications as well as the growing...
These days, average home computer users spend more time surfing the Web and writing e-mail messages than doing just about anything else. Even if you're not much of a surfer, there are still numerous other applications that aren't really Internet applications per se but that still make ...
I recently read an article in the 'mainstream' media that gave me pause. The author made an assertion that the current trend towards Open Source might just be a passing fad. I thought about this and looked critically at the software industry, thinking about whether there was merit in t...
The market for electronic communications retention, retrieval, and supervisory systems is growing at a rapid pace. This growth is driven by a number of factors including the need for better regulatory control over corporate communications, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, enhanced electronic...
It's important not to get too carried away with 'the latest tech trend.' Technology changes more rapidly than any other sector, and this year's 'must have' technology is quickly made obsolete, or so it seems. However, every so often something significant comes along that truly changes ...