Christopher Tozzi


Christopher Tozzi has covered the channel for The VAR Guy on a freelance basis since 2008, with an emphasis on open source, Linux, virtualization, SDN, containers, data storage and related topics. He also teaches history at a major university in Washington, D.C. He occasionally combines these interests by writing about the history of software. His book on this topic, For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open Source Software Revolution, is forthcoming with MIT Press.

Linksys Sees Value Open Source Market for WRT Wireless Routers 1
The wireless router world remains safe for open source -- at least for users of certain Linksys Wi-Fi devices, which will still allow the installation of open source firmware like DD-WRT after new FCC rules take effect next week.
Mozilla Steps beyond Open Source with Gigabit Internet Funding in Austin
Mozilla has built its name on open source software. But its latest Gigabit funding initiative, which piggybacks on Google Fiber, extends the organization's reach into networking and hardware by supporting the development of robotics, big data and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.
Containers and Persistent Data Storage on Docker and CoreOS 1
As containers from Docker and other vendors grow in popularity, so does the need for enterprise-ready data storage solutions that work well with containers. Here's an overview of the challenges on this front, and how developers are solving them.
Open Source History: Why Did Linux Succeed? 80

One of the most puzzling questions about the history of free and open source is this: Why did Linux succeed so spectacularly, whereas similar attempts to build a free or open source, Unix-like operating system kernel met with considerably less success? I don't know the answer to that question. But I have rounded up some theories, which I'd like to lay out here.

5 Security Tools for Containers and Microservices

Containers and microservices from vendors like Docker and CoreOS offer innovative solutions for running apps and storing data in the cloud without the overhead of traditional virtualization. But they also present special challenges when it comes to security and protecting the data inside containers.

Mozilla and Linux Foundation Advance New Trends in Open Source Funding
Who pays for open source development? Increasingly, large organizations like Mozilla and the Linux Foundation. That's the trend highlighted by recent moves like the expansion of the Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) project.
Capture the Flag and Bug Bounties: New Trends in Data Security
How do you improve data security? Facebook thinks that making programmers better at identifying and preventing security flaws is a key part of the answer. That's what it moved to do this week by open-sourcing its Capture the Flag (CTF) platform for hosting security competitions.
What's New in the Newest Ubuntu, Red Hat and Fedora Linux Releases
The past few weeks have been good ones for the open source ecosystem. Three major Linux-based operating systems -- Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora and Ubuntu have debuted in final or beta form. Here's a look at what's new in all of them.
At Birth, Open Source Was About Saving Money, Not Sharing Code 15

Open source is all about sharing, keeping code open and providing universal access. That, at least, is the received wisdom that has helped guide open source programmers and companies for the last two decades. But a look at the history of open source projects such as Linux suggests that sharing and openness were not actually the primary motives of their founders. Here's why.

7 Open Source Big Data Analytics and Storage Tools

Open source developers have built a burgeoning ecosystem of data analytics and storage solutions to address the data deluge over the past several years. Here's a look at several of the most popular open source tools for big data storage and analytics.

Milestones in Free and Open Source Software History, 1969-2015 1

As the twenty-fifth birthday of the Linux kernel approaches, it's high time to take a look back at this and other major developments in the history of open source software. Here's The VAR Guy's overview of milestones in open source history, from the introduction of Unix to today's Microsoft-Linux lovefest.

Sources of Data Deluge: Why We Now Store and Analyze More Data than Ever

This is the age of big data. That's no secret. But have you ever wondered where all of today's data actually comes from? Here's a look at the sources of the data deluge, which has made data analytics a more important part of the channel than ever before.

Linux Foundation: Open Source Programming and DevOps Jobs Plentiful
Open source can help you make money, especially if you have skills in programming or DevOps, which is emerging as one of the hottest areas of interest for hiring managers seeking open source admins and developers. That's according to the latest Open Source Jobs Report from the Linux Foundation, which is out this week.
Linux Foundation Offers Badges to Certify Open Source Code Quality

Which open source projects can users trust? That's a question the Linux Foundation hopes to help answer by the introduction of "badges" from the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) project, which recognize open source platforms deemed to be safe and stable.

NoSQL Databases, Explained: How They Help Solve the Data Storage Deluge 1

NoSQL databases have emerged as a key tool for organizations battling the data deluge. What does NoSQL actually mean, and which advantages does it deliver for data storage needs? Here's everything you need to know about NoSQL.

IoT Past and Present: The History of IoT, and Where It's Headed Today
May 3, 2016

Thanks for the pointer. I am unable to find proof that the Electrolux ever actually made it to market, though. A February 1999 Wired article (

Open Source and Android: A History of Google's Linux-Based Mobile OS
April 29, 2016

Re: the GPL, there is a bigger story I want to tell about the tendency to treat the GPL as an omnipotent solution to all of open source's problems. The quotes are examples of...

Richard Stallman Talks GNU, Linux, Terrorism and French Politics
April 19, 2016

I think few people would disagree that Torvalds and Stallman do not care about freedom "on the same level." Certainly Stallman cares more. But Torvalds's statements (e.g.,...

Understanding LXC and LXD, Canonical's Open Source Container Solution
April 18, 2016

The article says LXC has only started to become more widely known recently thanks to LXD. But it does not say LXC is newer than Docker. On the contrary, it points out that...

Another Ubuntu Linux Tablet? Yes, But This Time, It's not ARM-Based
April 4, 2016

Nothing as it appears in the article, because our copy editors do their jobs very well :) On the Indiegogo page the line reads "worlds first," not "world's first." I quoted...

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