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29 Nov 2012
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List of Free and OpenSource Software in Oracle Solaris 10, 11.1 at OTN [28676]
230+ FOSS Packages

Oracle Solaris 11.1 contains number of Free and Open Source packages. The Oracle has a web page which contains 230+ important FOSS packages with their versions available in this latest Oracle Solaris release.
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24 Nov 2012
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Why Use Expensive Iron and Proprietary Software When White Boxes and FOSS Will Do? [28593]
FCI President Howard Fosdick Finds Them Quite Good Enough

Generic computers and open source software are all Howard Fosdick, President of FCI, needs for his operations. He uses inexpensive stock hardware and software, which is easily replaceable and delivers 100% availability, along with high security and good privacy. Fosdick runs resource-heavy apps like enterprise DBMS and website generators with a few GB of memory and a low-end dual core processor: essentially a five year old machine; cheap enough to keep several on hand. Fosdick advises against ever keeping all one's data on a single machine, and the same with software. File interchange is the most important inter-machine demand Fosdick makes of his iron.
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08 Oct 2012
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Bossie Awards 2012: The Best Open Source Networking and Security Software [27726]
A Large and Growing Range of Offerings

In its Best of Open Source Software (BOSSIE) 2010 awards, InfoWorld has recognized a number of tools for building a network, running a network, and ensuring that the network is secure. Nominees include:

  • DD, WRT, HTTPS, Everywhere, True Crypt, FreeOTFE, Eraser, Darik's Boot and Nuke, Vyatta, Open vSwitch, Elastix, Anti,Spam SMTP Proxy Server, iSpy, OpenNMS, Cacti, Wireshark, Snor, Sagan, Suricata, Snorby, Nmap, Metasploit, BackTrack, Burp Suite, dc3dd , Ophcrack, John the Ripper, GnuPG, FindBugs

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08 Oct 2012
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Bossie Awards 2012: Now for Something Completely Different [27729]
The Year's Best in Open Source Games and Geek time-wasters

InfoWorld's Best Of Open Source Software (BOSSIE) 2012 awards the best among open source games and geek time-wasters, jocularly labeled the "Now for something completely different category." The winners in this group include:

  • Open Remote, 0 A.D., XBMC, Stella, BZFlag, Calibre, Arduino, Assault Cub, Freeciv, Warzone 200, Naev, Lightworks

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01 Oct 2012
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Bossie Awards 2012: The Best Open Source Databases [27728]
Much More than MySQL

MySQL is far from the only game in town InfoWorld proclaims in its announcement of the Best of Open Source Software (BOSSIE) 2012 Awards for Open Source Databases. This year's 11 nominees include:

  • Hadoop, Cascading and Scalding, MySQL and MariaDB, Adminer, Cassandra, MongoDB, Couchbase, Neo4j, Riak, Redis

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01 Oct 2012
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Bossie Awards 2012: The Best Open Source Desktop Applications [27732]
Given the Choices, Hardly Any Reason to Pay for Desktop Apps

The ballots are in and InfoWorld has announced the 16 winners in BOSSIE 2012, the Best of Open Source Software awards for desktop applications:

  • Ubuntu, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, OpenOffice Templates, AbiWord, Scribus, Chromium, Firefox, GIMP, Inkscape, CamStudio, Audacity, VLC, KeePass , 7-Zip, WinDirStat

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