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16 Sep 2010
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OpenIndiana Launched [23489]
New Distribution of OpenSolaris

The Illumos Foundation this week launched OpenIndiana. Described as a continuation of the OpenSolaris operating system, OpenIndiana aims to be an alternative to Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris 11 Express and is expected to be binary and package compatible with both of these Oracle OSes. The first development build of the open source OS, which is now available for testing, is based on OpenSolaris build 147.
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01 Sep 2010
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InfoWorld Announces Its Bossies Awards for 2010 [23435]
The Best Open Source Software for Business

For some years now, InfoWorld has been assessing open source applications and naming "best of" winners in its Best of Open Source Software (Bossie) Awards program. The report of this year's winners includes VirtualBox as well as an informative history of open source applications and their evolution. The article notes that "open source" does not mean the same thing to everyone in the field, citing the examples of MySQL and Android to make its point.
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19 Aug 2010
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Free Administration Guide on GNU/Linux [23402]
Described as a Must-read for Serious Linux System Admins

"The GNU/Linux Advance Administration" is a 500+ page free eBook that covers Linux network, server and data administration, Linux kernel, security, clustering, configuration, tuning, optimization, migration, and coexistence with non-Linux systems. Produced by the Free Technology Academy (FTA), the complimentary book explains how to install and configure several computer services, as well as how to optimize and synchronize the resources using GNU/Linux.
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28 Jul 2010
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"The State of Enterprise Open Source Software After the Oracle Acquisition of Sun Microsystems" [23327]
Jaspersoft Survey Finds Optimism on the Future of MySQL and Java

Jaspersoft conducted a survey of its 130,000 registered users and customers to determine the perception of how MySQL and Java programming language could be expected to fare under Oracle's stewardship. Given the importance of both technologies to the future of open source, Jaspersoft thought the survey would provide some indication of user attitudes toward open source trends in the enterprise. The results were published in the paper "The State of Enterprise Open Source Software After the Oracle Acquisition of Sun Microsystems."
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12 Jul 2010
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Open-Source Solutions Make Inroads in the Enterprise [23305]
Accenture Survey Finds Enthusiasm Among Blue Chip Corporations for Open Source

In his recent post on ReadWrite Enterprise entitled "Study: Open-Source Making Significant Traction in the Enterprise" Alex Williams reports on a survey conducted by Accenture that revealed more than two-thirds of the enterprises surveyed indicating plans to increase their investment in enterprise-capable open-source software in the coming year. Nearly 40% of respondents reported plans to migrate mission-critical software to open source within the coming year, Williams writes.
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05 Jul 2010
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Hudson 1.365 Released [23269]
Corrects Critical Security Vulnerability

Hudson 1.365 is out and it contains a critical security fix, correcting the vulnerability reported by InfraDNA, which pointed out attackers could read arbitrary files in the server file system whose path names are known, by sending malicious HTTP GET requests. For those unfamiliar with Hudson, it monitors executions of repeated jobs, such as building a software project or jobs run by cron. Among those things, Hudson focuses on are building/testing software projects continuously and monitoring executions of externally-run jobs.
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