More than ever, the future of open source lies not on desktop compters but in the cloud. And in a major reflection of this shifting trend, Dropbox, the cloud-based file syncing company, last week signed on for licensing protection from Open Invention Network (OIN), a company that traditionally has focused on defending against Linux patent trolls in the desktop and server realms but now is looking toward the cloud.
Canonical's Ubuntu Linux is looking more and more different from other open source operating systems every day. And it will diverge even further from the rest of the pack when Ubuntu 14.04 debuts in April 2014, bringing with it the widespread availability of a totally new display server called Mir.
VMware may still be a dominant force, but open source virtualization continues to evolve. That was clear last week in the latest release of QEMU, the emulator that provides the basis for many open source virtualization solutions across desktops, servers and the cloud.
Canonical still wants you to power your TV with Ubuntu Linux—but it's more focused for now on smartphones. That's what Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon reported in recent comments on the status of Ubuntu TV, an initiative Canonical unveiled a while ago but has since put on the back burner but has not abandoned, according to Bacon.
How long will vendors support open source operating systems? Longer than ever, if moves like SUSE's extension of the life span for its enterprise Linux distribution and Canonical's rethinking of the Ubuntu release cycle are any clue. And for the open source ecosystem, those are big changes.
Once upon a time, data was just data. Then distinctions developed as network data and Big Data came along, complicating data analysis. Now, VSS Monitoring wants to erase the difference between these types of information—at least for business intelligence and analytics purposes—with a new platform called Big Data Visibility.
Has virtualization entered a new era? Ravello Systems, which develops a drag-and-drop solution for running applications in the public cloud using a hypervisor called HVX, thinks so as it pushes enterprises to adopt what it calls "Virtualization 2.0." Will its approach prevail over open source Docker and SDN to become central to the cloud of the future?
The biggest news surrounding Dell's Ubuntu Linux offerings has been about the Project Sputnik XPS 13 laptop for developers. But in a sign of the healthy internal interest in open source support within the company, a Dell engineer recently posted instructions for loading Ubuntu on other hardware. They're unofficial, but they certainly don't hurt in keeping the Linux-friendly dream alive for fans of Dell's laptops.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.5, the latest version of one of the world's most popular open source operating systems for servers, is out. And it's all about the open hybrid cloud, the company says, with major updates to networking, virtualization and security introduced to help enterprises build better and bigger clouds.
The channel is continuing to bring the power of Hadoop, the open source platform for Big Data, up to speed with the database and storage tools necessary to leverage that power. This week, Concurrent unveiled two major software releases with important implications for Big Data analytics and application programming.
Is NoSQL old already? In a sign of the continuing rapid evolution of database technologies to meet the future challenges of the cloud and Big Data, FoundationDB has announced $17M in new funding, which will support development of its platform for distributed storage that combines NoSQL with ACID transactions.
The open source cloud storage wars are here, and show no sign of stopping soon, as GlusterFS and Ceph vie to become the distributed scale-out storage software of choice for OpenStack. The latest volley was fired this month by Red Hat, which commissioned a benchmarking test that reports more than 300 percent better performance with GlusterFS-based storage.