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PostGres-XL released to tackle big data analytics and more

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Sometimes it's best to go with what you know. For countless developers, database managers, analysts, and others who need to store data in a traditional relational database system, PostGreSQL is that system. But as the demands on databases grow, so too must the software which underlie them.

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Red Hat CTO: 5 Business Benefits of Open Source Software

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"Too many CIOs are still clueless about how often open source is being used in their own organizations," said a recent post that labeled open-source as both 'frightening and fantastic'. A survey of 820 CIOs reported that 62% of respondents think that more than half of purchased software will be open source in five years. If you are a CIO who is looking to migrate to open source, then keep reading. Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Brian Stevens, CTO of Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions and the first billion dollar open source software company. Red Hat uses a community-powered approach to provide reliable and high-performing cloud, virtualization, storage, Linux® and middleware technologies to customers.

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OpenStack Cloud Rebels To Mimic Linux Strategy

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OpenStack is up against some pretty big odds, taking on the likes of Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft to determine the future of cloud computing. And it thinks of itself as the Rebel Alliance up against the Death Star. Or at least one prominent OpenStacker speaking at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta does.

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HP Joins OpenDaylight Open Source SDN Project

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HP (HPQ) has added its name to the list of official backers of OpenDaylight, the open source software-defined networking (SDN) project supported by the Linux Foundation. HP is now a platinum member of the project.

The Linux Foundation, which sponsors OpenDaylight as a collaborative project, is welcoming the addition of HP to the line-up of vendors helping to lead OpenDaylight -- which already includes Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Ericsson, IBM, Juniper, Microsoft and Red Hat as platinum members -- as a sign of industry convergence around OpenDaylight as the SDN platform of choice.

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Sauerbraten-Forked Tesseract Makes Its Initial Release

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Tesseract is a open-source game project we covered when the project was in its infancy back in early 2012 as a very interesting fork of Cube 2 / Sauerbraten.

Over the past two years Tesseract has been under heavy development. In that time, Tesseract has become much more visually advanced compared to Sauerbraten and has been working on features like OpenGL 3 and Occulus Rift support.

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Things that drive me nuts about OpenGL

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Here's a brain dump of the things that sometimes drive me crazy about OpenGL. (Note these are strictly my own opinions, not those of Valve or my coworkers. I'm also in a ranty-type mood today after grappling with OpenGL for several years now..) My major motivation to posting this: the GL API needs a reboot because IMO Mantle/D3D12 are going to most likely eat it for lunch soon, so we should start talking and thinking about this stuff now.

Some are minor issues, and some are specific to tracing the API, but all these issues add up to API "friction" that sometimes make it difficult to encourage other devs to get into the GL API or ecosystem.

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4 words to avoid when negotiating the use of open source at your job

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If you work in an organization that isn’t focused on development, where computer systems are used to support other core business functions, getting management buy-in for the use of open source can be tricky. Here's how I negotiated with my boss and my team to get them to accept and try open source software.

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Pushing open source to the limit

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Sahoo chose MySQL as TradeMonster's database, which might seem an odd choice given the extreme high availability and performance demands. Partly, he says, the decision was based on the fact that "with trading applications, three-fourths of activity is read-only." More important, however, was the complex caching technology and fault tolerance Sahoo and his team built around the MySQL core (which is replicated using Microsoft SQL Server, one of the few pieces of commercial software in the mix). The back end has been so bulked up that Sahoo says it's prepared to scale as much as 7,000 percent...

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App.net's open source failure

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When they launched, you'll recall I was skeptical about the model, not least because of the company's attitude to open source. The folks over there have continued with their self-confident tone all along, with a "wait until renewal, that'll show you" attitude and a general disdain for anyone questioning their approach. I and other skeptics were firmly put in our place -- but seems we made a decent call of it after all.

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Open source everywhere at Plovdiv military prosecution

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Open source solutions are used in all parts of the organisation at the Military Prosecutor's office in the Bulgarian province of Plovdiv. The public administration's IT staff by default uses the Debian free software distribution, which has found its way to all kinds of computing devices, large and tiny.

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