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Google’s Mind-Blowing Big-Data Tool Grows Open Source Twin

Cade Metz | Wired | August 21, 2012

[Mike] Olson is the CEO of a Valley startup called Cloudera, and [John] Schroeder is the boss at MapR, a conspicuous Cloudera rival. Both outfits deal in Hadoop — a sweeping open source software platform based on data center technologies that underpinned the rise of Google’s web-dominating search engine — but in building their particular businesses, the two startups approached Hadoop from two very different directions... Read More »

Govt Takes Forward Open Standards Plans

Lyn Whitfield | E-Health Insider | February 14, 2012

The Cabinet Office has launched a consultation on open standards for government IT. Read More »

Guest Blog: Don’t Confuse Open Source With Open Standards

Amy-jo Crowley | CBR | August 28, 2013

The European Commission has recently published guidelines which will make it easier for public authorities to switch to Open Standards. This move should be commended, but with a caveat. Open Standards do not equate to Open Source, and vendor lock-in is still a probability... Read More »

How A Flaw In VA Software Was Found

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee | Data Breach Today | December 11, 2013

Security analyst Doug Mackey says his discovery of a vulnerability in the Department of Veterans Affairs' VistA electronic health record system highlights the importance of software security testing. Read More »

How the DOD's choice of EHR will impact providers

Heather Caspi | HelthcareDIVE | February 19, 2015

As the Department of Defense prepares to select a new electronic health record system, some are advocating that it go with an open-source solution—not just to benefit of the DOD but to use the $11-billion program to benefit the healthcare industry at large.

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Innovation And Trust In Open Source

Peter Lieberwirth | Open Source Delivers | December 11, 2013

It has been a fascinating year in Internet security, privacy, and related technologies. NSA revelations have given us a glimpse through the looking glass, leading to questions about the trustworthiness of the core technologies used to power the Internet. Read More »

Italy Posts Benchmark Open vs Closed Software

Gijs Hillenius | European Commission | January 10, 2014

The Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale (AGID) on Wednesday posted the criteria and guidelines on how to compare open source and proprietary software. The document is to help public administrations to give priority to free and open source solutions, and to the re-use of software paid for by public administrations. [...] Read More »

Karen Sandler Addresses Open Source's "Identity Crisis"

For Karen Sandler, software freedom isn't simply a technical matter. Nor is it a purely ideological one. It's a matter of life and death. Sandler, Executive Director of the non-profit Software Freedom Conservancy, says software freedom became personal when she realized her pacemaker/defibrillator was running code she couldn't analyze. For nearly a decade—first at the Software Feedom Law Center, then at the GNOME Foundation before Conservancy—she's been an advocate for the right to examine the software on which our lives depend...

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Lessons from AWS Part III: Consumer Platform Drives Cloud Lead

Gabriel Lowy | Tech-Tonics | June 24, 2013

There has been a lot of discussion, including Part I of this series, about Amazon’s relentless leverage of scale to drive down pricing in cloud services.  What is much less talked about is how its consumer platform drives its cloud leadership. Read More »

Microsoft And Nokia's Plan To Shake Down Android Device Manufacturers

Matt Asay | ReadWrite | September 3, 2013

Microsoft shrewdly opted not to buy Nokia's mobile patents, thereby enabling another massive patent troll to prey on Android. Read More »

Military Health System and TRICARE Lose Control Over IT Budget

Bob Brewin | NextGov | April 30, 2013

The Defense Department has quietly shifted management and oversight of health information technology, including procurements from the Military Health System and the TRICARE Management Activity, to Frank Kendall, under secretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, Nextgov has learned. Read More »

Move Over, Cisco IOS: Dawn Of The Industry-Standard Switch

Paul Venezia | InfoWorld | June 24, 2013

Bring your own switch, load your own operating system, and save a bundle -- maybe Read More »

Nginx Takes The Slippery Road Away From Open Source

Simon Phipps | InfoWorld | August 23, 2013

The popular upstart Web server released a proprietary Plus version this week. What could possibly go wrong? Read More »

NHS Tears Out Its Oracle Spine In Favour Of Open Source

Jack Clark | The Register | October 10, 2013

Health authority parachutes in Riak, Redis to save on dosh & screwups. The UK government's quest to get public services to use more open source technologies seems to be taking hold, judging by the revamp of the NHS's very large Spine service. Read More »

Nine Reasons for Using Open Source Software

Bruce Byfield | Datamation | December 16, 2015

For years, I've wondered why anyone still bothers with proprietary software. Around the turn of the millennium, they might not have found an open source alternative, but today, that situation is rare enough that it comes as a surprise. Force of habit is a likely explanation, but often users simply don't know what they don't know. In fact, thanks to obsolete rumors, sometimes what users believe about open source is the exact opposite of the truth. By contrast, here are x reasons, both practical and philosophical, why I do all my computing with open source software...

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