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OpenSolaris, Still Open-Source Software Ready to Serve

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serverwatch.com: If Oracle's recent Solaris licensing changes have you singing the blues, OpenSolaris might provide you with a fresh tune to whistle while you work.

OS of the Future: Built for Security

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eweek.com: Led, somewhat ironically, by Microsoft Windows, operating system vendors and some other software vendors have been making their products more secure by default. They also have been providing tools and best-practice guidelines for application developers to improve security.

Oracle's OpenSolaris 2010.03 Is M.I.A.

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phoronix.com: OpenSolaris 2010.03 was supposed to have been released earlier this month. However, March is coming to an end and there still is no sign of OpenSolaris 2010.03. Oracle, which now owns Sun Microsystems, has also not provided us with any comment on the situation nor have they addressed the OpenSolaris community.

License change leaves Sun Solaris users at a crossroads

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infoworld.com: Recent changes to Solaris licensing could further encourage Solaris 10 users to consider Linux -- and result in fewer new users considering Solaris at all. If you're a Solaris customer, don't overlook this license change.

Windows breeds fear and ignorance in computer users.

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It’s become increasingly apparent that this otherwise upstanding member of society is simply not a candidate for Linux. And he’s not alone. He would argue that he’s not naturally curious about technology and just needs to get things done, but I’d go a step further and condemn him to what I suspect is a vast majority of computer users who are technology-averse.

And I put the blame squarely on Windows.

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Windows Up, Mac OS X Down, Linux Down

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  • Windows Up, Mac OS X Down, Linux Down
  • IDC: Windows dominates Linux in servers, not just the desktop
  • Linux is doing just fine on servers

Sabayon 5.2 To Ship With 2.6.33 Kernel… and BFS!

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Gentoo

With Sabayon fever reaching boiling point I have some cool news to break to you all, which, as you have guessed from the title is that Sabayon 5.2 will ship with 2.6.33 Kernel with Con Kolivas 1 (ck1) 2.6.33 desktop performance patches (including BFS).

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Symbian’s Mobile Operating System Now Officially Open Source

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opensourcecritic.com: Following their announcement back on the 4th of February, 2010… Symbian has released the first fully open source version of their mobile operating system, the Symbian^3 (S^3) platform.

Oracle Solaris, Linux, and OpenSolaris

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Linux

blogs.zdnet.com: As the pennies start to fall in the Oracle/Sun merger we’re seeing a lot of fear and ignorance getting expressed. Meanwhile lots of other people are happily spreading FUD.

Oracle Explains Unclear Message About OpenSolaris

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eweek.com: A posting on the company Web site implied that OpenSolaris may soon be "end-of-lifed." However, there's no need for app developers and IT managers to worry: Oracle says it is not killing off the freely down-loadable community version of Sun's Unix-based Solaris enterprise operating system anytime soon.

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    Samsung has been getting pretty serious about its Smartwatches and has certainly excelled with its latest creation, the Tizen based Gear S2. The company has had a little dabble with Android wear in the past, with the Galaxy Gear Live, and since has been focusing on Tizen. According to a report from Fast Company stating that “no more Samsung Android Wear devices are in development or being planned.” This is according to a Samsung executive. The report goes further to say that Samsung executives are going with Tizen because it’s “far more battery-efficient than Android Wear” and “the standard OS on other Samsung products from TVs to refrigerators.”
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Leftovers: OSS

  • Linksys Sees Value Open Source Market for WRT Wireless Routers
    The wireless router world remains safe for open source -- at least for users of certain Linksys Wi-Fi devices, which will still allow the installation of open source firmware like DD-WRT after new FCC rules take effect next week. Here's the back story: Last fall, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) introduced new regulations that required device manufacturers to ensure "that third parties are not able to reprogram the device to operate outside the parameters for which the device was certified." Those rules go into effect June 2.
  • Keynote: How Enterprises are Leveraging Open Source Analytics Platforms
    In this Keynote, Luciano Resende, Architect, Spark Technology Center at IBM, will showcase Open source Analytic platforms. Luciano will also discuss how they are being leveraged by different organizations to upend their competition, as well as enable new use cases.
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