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+ - Some Analysts Still Don't Get It->

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jennifercloer
jennifercloer writes "Mike Gualtieri writes, "the real end to Linux's hope for world dominance came when mobile platforms iOS and Android cleaned clocks in the mobile market. Sure, Android is built on top of Linux, but Linux is only one of many piece parts of the Android mobile operating system. It is not Linux."

Say what?

In as much as any operating system using the Linux kernel is "Linux," then Android certainly is Linux. Sure, Android ships a lot of different pieces compared to Ubuntu or Fedora, but it's still Linux."

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+ - What We Know For Sure on Linux's 20th Anniversary->

Submitted by jennifercloer
jennifercloer (1746880) writes "Jim Zemlin writes: Linux continues to prevail and today is the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing. This is because of one fundamental principle: Freedom. Richard Stallman helped us understand long ago what freedom means as it relates to software: the freedom to use the software for any purpose, to change the software to suit your needs, to share the software with friends and neighbors, to share the changes you make to the software. These ideas today are the fundamental building blocks for making the world’s best software and enabling innovation across industries and around the globe.

So what do we know for sure today, on the 20th anniversary of Linux? That we are on the right side of history. That products and technologies come and go but freedom endures. And because of that, we know that Linux will be the fabric of computing for decades to come."

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+ - Who Says You Can't Make Money from Open Source?->

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jennifercloer (1746880) writes "Linux Foundation head honcho Jim Zemlin goes on a bit of rant today but with logical examples: "Where the argument gets really interesting is when you widen the net — it is almost impossible to make money WITHOUT open source. With more than 75% of global exchanges relying on Linux for their trading platform, investors can’t even make money off of Microsoft stock without trading it on a Linux platform.""
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+ - Opensource Hadoop alternative released->

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fgv (538436) writes "LexisNexis is releasing an open source data-intensive computing platform that it says outperforms Hadoop and even handles workloads that Hadoop presently cannot. The technology (and new business line) is called HPCC Systems (http://hpccsystems.com). The HPCC platform is programmed in C++ and data workflows and queries can be coded utilizing a high-level data-oriented declarative language called ECL without the rigidity of the MapReduce paradigm."
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+ - LA Times defends software patent troll->

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dkegel
dkegel writes "Remember PanIP, the outfit that was suing e-commerce sites back in 2002 and dropped their suit after the Patent Office invalidated the patents? Well, the LA Times has written a sympathetic story casting him as the underdog.
It seems that the LA columnist isn't aware of the debate over software patents.

I emailed him just now explaining it a bit, linked to ./'s articles and wikipedia's articles on the lawsuits, and suggested he do a followup article showing the other side of the story.

(A few more emails to the guy might help drive the point home, but please don't send him hate mail, he's just a journalist trying to do his job, and vitriol would probably make him think that the Evil Conspiracy Against The Inventor was real and still active.)"

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+ - A Who's Who of Open Source Augmented Reality Apps->

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jennifercloer
jennifercloer writes "Augmented Reality (AR) is one of those nebulous computing terms that can mean entirely different things to any two vendors. AR covers everything from games to computer vision to mash-ups of Web services — but the most useful applications are those mobile browsers that grab your current location and overlay relevant information about the things around you. Layar, Google Goggles, and Wikitude, for example, can place photos, Web pages, or a multitude of other information about your surroundings right at your fingertips. But if you care about open source, have no fear: there are plenty of alternatives to the proprietary AR app vendors. Let's look at what they offer, where they differ from proprietary AR, and where the field seems to be going."
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