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  • Open source and the cloud - the quick and the dead (Nov 23, 2009, 21:33)
    451 CAOS Theory: "Savio Rodrigues has published a post arguing that cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure pose a threat to the monetization of open source by specialist vendors."

  • Linux reboots are a thing of the past with Ksplice (Nov 23, 2009, 20:03)
    Ghacks: "Even though the Linux operating system is very stable and rarely needs a reboot, there are times when an update (such as a kernel update) will make this a requirement. At least that used to be the case."

  • GE and EC both concerned about open source risks (Nov 23, 2009, 18:03)
    Peter Judge: It seems that a lot of large organisations still have a fear of open source - even organisations that are already big users.

  • Configuring Strong Wi-fi (802.1x) Authentication in Linux (Nov 23, 2009, 17:33)
    LinuxPlanet: "Setting up proper wireless encryption is easier than ever on Linux. WEP is broken and has been for a long time, but WPA and WPA2 are still going strong. Eric Geier shows how to configure your Linux client to connect to a proper wireless encryption and authentication server to set up a secure wireless connection."

  • Trust Linux! (Nov 23, 2009, 14:03)
    Physorg: "A team of researchers has implemented support for 'trusted computing' in a commercially available version of the open source operating system Linux, breaking new ground in the global drive toward more secure computing environments."

  • Mozilla earned $78.6 million in 2008 (Nov 23, 2009, 12:33)
    Netstat -vat: "Mozilla gives its software away for free, yet year after year they keep making money. For the 2008 year, Mozilla is just now disclosing how much revenue it generated and it was another growth year for the open source group."

  • Microsoft Azure to capture open source revenue streams (Nov 23, 2009, 12:03)
    rand($thoughts);: "When Amazon decided to offer MySQL via Amazon RDS, they did so without purchasing MySQL support from Sun. I've confirmed that Microsoft Azure is supporting MySQL on Azure without paying Sun for a MySQL Enterprise subscription"

  • Asking the right questions about Office 2010's OOXML support (Nov 23, 2009, 00:03)
    An Antic Disposition: "...the gist of it, as I can surmise from this account, is whether Office 2010 will "support the complete ISO-approved version of OOXML". Microsoft's spokesperson says it will. Mogens Kühn Pedersen, chair of the Danish Standards Committee, says it will not."