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8 Reasons to Consider Open-Source Databases for Your Business

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Over the past decade, the database market has undergone a transformation that affects both the IT and the finance departments. In fact, as data becomes increasingly vital to business success, some of the most enduring collaborations in many organizations are being formed between finance (which must keep data management on budget) and IT (which must manage the data effectively). These teams are increasingly working together to streamline IT operations and make IT more efficient, freeing up financial resources that can be applied to other areas of the business. In particular, the cost of infrastructure, especially of databases, has been seen as a capital expenditure that may be better spent elsewhere within the organization. Historically, expensive commercial databases have dominated the data management landscape, but this adoption of open-source database systems is growing rapidly. This eWEEK slide show explains why your company's should consider open-source databases, if it hasn't already done so.

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No single license to success

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OSI (Open Source Initiative) has tracked many licenses and approved some as well, maintaining a list of the nine most widely used and popular. Each license has its unique requirements and benefits from the reciprocity of GPL (GNU General Public License) to the permissive MIT. Each has its strong proponents and opponents. Some feel that without GPL’s compulsion human greed will end open source as we know it. Others feel that freedom is the key to success and such compulsion hinders creative use.

The reality is that the strength of open source is in its diversity, including a diversity of licenses. No single license has been nor will be the pivotal point to open source success. License diversity is very evident from the data gathered by the Black Duck Knowledgebase. A quick view of the top 20 licenses used in open source projects today shows an even spread.

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MariaDB With New Funding, Michael Howard as CEO

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Google Open Sources Dataflow Analytics Code through Apache Incubator

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Google is open-sourcing more code by contributing Cloud Dataflow to the Apache Software Foundation. The move, a first for Google, opens new cloud-based data analytics options and integration opportunities for big data companies.

Cloud Dataflow is a platform for processing large amounts of data in the cloud. It features an open source, Java-based SDK, which makes it easy to integrate with other cloud-centric analytics and Big Data tools.

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Telecoms, Linux-based ONOS, SDN, and NFV News

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How getting started in open source can help your career

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When contributing to open source projects and communities, one of the many benefits is that you can improve your tech skills. In this article, hear from three contributors on how their open source helped them get a job or improved their career.

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Linux and FOSS Events

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  • 11 steps to running an online community meeting

    Open organizations explicitly invite participation from external communities, because these organizations know their products and programs are world class only if they include a variety of perspectives at all phases of development. Liaising with and assisting those communities is critical. And community calls are my favorite method for interacting with stakeholders both inside and outside an organization. In this article, I'll share best practices for community calls and talk a little about how they can spur growth.

  • SCALE 14X Thursday: New Morning in Pasadena

    A SCALE staple is PostgreSQL Days, which have taken place for years at the Southern California event. This year it’s a two-day, two-track event of sessions designed for a general audience of web developers, sysadmins, DBAs and open source users. As usual, talks will have significant technical content. For those of you keeping score at home, PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source object-relational database system, with more than 30 years of active development and a proven architecture that has earned it a strong reputation for reliability, data integrity, and correctness.

    The cherry atop the SCALE 14X sundae on Thursday, as you might expect, comes in the evening when FOSS raconteur Bryan Lunduke brings his humorous “Linux Sucks” presentation, this time accompanied by a live broadcast and a book, to SCALE. Give him an hour, he says, and he’ll prove it.

Verizon Joins ONOS Open-Source SDN Project

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Verizon is the latest major service provider to join the ONOS open-source network virtualization initiative, joining other carriers like AT&T, NTT Communications, China Unicom and SK Telecom in the effort.

Verizon officials said Jan. 21 that they joined the ONOS (Open Network Operating System) in hopes of accelerating the development of open-source software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualization (NFV) offerings that their company and other carriers can use.

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Opinion: Open source for all mankind

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Thankfully there's a better way. Whether in reference to technology or a political ideology, open source is about self-determination. It’s about individuals developing products and projects, taking responsibility and being open to criticism and change. It fosters a healthy, meritocratic ecosystem of shared, mutually improving ideas. Crucially, the open-source attitude manifests a level of respect and equality between developer and user, government and citizen.

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Open source database player MariaDB appoints Michael Howard as CEO

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MariaDB is kicking of the year with a new CEO and millions in investment.

The open-source relational database company appointed Michael Howard to the CEO position, following the departure of Patrik Sallner who is now the CEO of OpusCapita.

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Manjaro ARM launched

Hi community, wonderful news in regard of architecture expanding within Manjaro Linux. It all started with a simple post on our developers mailing list. Somebody wants to do Manjaro for ARM … Just after one month of development our first alpha release is now ready. So what is this all about? Manjaro Arm is a project aimed to bring you the simplicity and customability that is Manjaro to ARM devices. These devices are growing in numbers and can be used for any number of applications. Most famous is the Raspberry Pi series and BeagleBoard series. Read more

Plasma 5.5.4 and Calligra Suite 2.9.11 now available

The 4th update for KDE's Plasma 5.5.x series is now available to all Chakra users. According to the release schedule, unless new issues occur, this will be the last update for this series before 5.6 gets released next month. Plasma 5.5.4 as usually includes a month's translations and bugfixes, with the authors highlighting the improvements for handling multi-screen setups. The Calligra Suite also receives a bugfix update to version 2.9.11, which mainly provides fixes for krita and kexi. Read more

Leftovers: Gaming

Phoronix on Graphics

  • VLC Now Has Zero-Copy Support For GStreamer Video Decoding
    It was just last week we got to write about VLC 3.0 features and early planning for VLC 4.0 while this weekend in Git there is another feature to add to the list. The latest VLC development code now supports zero-copy GStreamer video decoding. With the zero-copy comes increased efficiency and performance.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 710: Trying NVIDIA's Newest Sub-$50 GPU On Linux
    The GeForce GT 710 is a cut-down version of the Kepler GK208, the already low-end core used by the lines of the GT 720 and GT 730 graphics cards as well as the mobile GT 720M/730M/735M/740M graphics processors. This really isn't a graphics card for gamers or anyone needing any serious GPU performance but rather as an upgrade for an entry-level system, someone just wanting to upgrade from their integrated graphics, and other minimally-demanding use-cases.
  • Mesa 11.2 Is Set For Branching In Just Two Weeks, Release In Just Over One Month
    The race is on to see if any of the Mesa/Gallium3D hardware drivers (or core Mesa itself) will reach any new version levels for Mesa 11.2.
  • AMD Is Looking At A Interoperability Interface For OpenCL Outside Of Mesa
    AMD's Marek Olšák has begun exploring an interoperability interface for OpenGL within Mesa and having a non-Mesa OpenCL implementation (not Clover OpenCL Gallium3D). Likely as part of their HSA work and hopefully in providing better AMD open-source OpenCL support aside from the (currently limited) Gallium3D Clover state tracker, Marek is trying to hash out an interface for allowing interoperability with "MesaGL" and a non-Mesa OpenCL driver.