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These days, computing processing power has advanced to the point where we can collect a previously unimaginable wealth of information relating to virtually everything. And it can be reasonably concluded that such processing power will increase substantially in the years to come, just as it has in years past. As we enter the age of big data, it’s more important than ever that companies have the ability to process those vast amounts of data, analyzing it in such a way to derive actionable information that can be leveraged to improve business processes and better serve customers. It’s increasingly looking like open source data architecture—like Apache Hadoop—provides businesses with the tools necessary to process all amounts of data. Whereas in the past, companies were more likely to collect relational data, today’s information is so diverse that in a majority of cas... (more)

Governments Waltzing on OSS, Trusting Your Search Engine for Privacy, GPL Houses and Apache Cars

…all this and more in this week’s compendium of open source news!   Two Steps Forward, One Step Back Sounds like a Strauss Waltz? Almost. After 10 years the city of Munich’s love affair with open source may be coming to an end.  Despite saving $16 million by using the custom Linux distribution LiMux, the city is considering switching back to Windows due to user complaints.  Read more about the motives surrounding the discussion at Network World.    Governments on GitHub Governments across the globe have long been dabbling with open source software.  Use of Open Source products like... (more)

What Developers Need to Know About Open Source Vulnerability Management

As a resourceful developer, you're not writing code from scratch anymore. You probably have access to a vast amount of code you wrote at previous jobs, and a lot of your development probably relies at least in some part around third party or open source software. Every savvy developer knows their way around Sourceforge, Codeplex, or GitHub, and with access to readily available code that frees you up to tackle real challenges, there really is no downside to open source code. Sure, you're probably aware that many open source projects have license obligations tied to them. And lice... (more)

Leveraging Open Source and Avoiding Risks in Small Tech Companies

Today's software development is geared more towards building upon previous work and less about reinventing content from scratch. Resourceful software development organizations and developers use a combination of previously created code, commercial software, open source software, and their own creative content to produce the desired software product or functionality. Outsourced code can also be used, which can contain any of the above combination of software. There are many good reasons for using off-the-shelf and especially open source software, with the greatest being its abili... (more)

First Open Source GPU Could Change Future of Computing | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Researchers at Binghamton University recently became the first to create an open source graphics processor unit (GPU). The GPU they created, called Nyami, is appropriate for general purposes as well as graphics-specific work. Nyami is significant in the research, computing and open source communities because it marks the first time open source has been used to design a GPU, as well as the first time a research team was able to test how different hardware and software configurations affect GPU performance. The results of the experiments the researchers performed are now part of the... (more)