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Open Source

Submission + - Big Data Is The Future Of IT, Says Hadoop Creator (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Hadoop co-creator Doug Cutting says Big Data is the long term future of enterprise computing. In this interview, he praises Oracle for the "honest appraisal" which led it to back the open source approach to Big Data, and talks about his other roles . Chairing the Apache Foundation is like "parenting", he says."
Open Source

Submission + - Canonical Adds Kill Switch After Ubuntu Privacy Row (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Canonical has responded to privacy concerns, and built a kill switch to a feature in the Quantal Quetzal version of Ubuntu, which gave Amazon access to users' search terms, effectively letting the online store add adverts to the list of responses. That's good — but there's a big drawback. To disable the Amazon privacy breach, users will also have to disable access to other online search results."
Firefox

Submission + - Firefox OS - Disruptive By Aiming Low (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "As Apple launches a new slightly-improved iPhone 5, Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich says if you want a really disruptive phone you should look to Firefox OS. It's a low-cost low-end device — and that's the point. It uses standards so should be resistant to patent infringement suits, it will fit on featurephone-grade hardware, and it will run HTML5 apps without the restriction of native apps in an app store. In other words, it's aiming for the next 2 billion smartphone users, people who can't afford the iPhone/Android model."
Firefox

Submission + - Nokia Researcher Puts Firefox OS On Raspberry Pi (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Mozilla's mobile phone operating system only exists in an early beta form, but Oleg Romashin, a researcher at Nokia, has already got it working on the Raspberry Pi and posted video to prove it. We don't think this indicates any alternate strategy for Nokia if Windows Phone doesn't pan out, but it does show that Firefox OS is portable, and the Pi is capable, and both can be played with — which will please both Mozilla and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. And the Firefox OS work in progress is available for download."
Cloud

Submission + - Microsoft Allows Linux Onto Azure Cloud (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Microsoft will allow Linux on its Azure cloud service as Azure moves to being an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering as well as just a Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering Windows in the cloud. Azure's new persistent virtual machines (VMs) recognise where the demand is in the cloud, and will allow Linux versions including SUSE, OpenSUSE 12.1 and Ubuntu."
Government

Submission + - Conflict Of Interest Derails UK Government Open Source Consultation (techweekeurope.co.uk) 1

judgecorp writes: "The UK government's consultation about the use of open source in public sector IT has been sent back to square one with discussion results scrapped because the facilitiator, Andy Hopkirk, is involved with Microsoft. Hopkirk is well regarded, but the open source community feel the debate dismissed RF (royalty free) standards in favour of the (FRAND) devinition which is more favourable to proprietary vendors."

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