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MongoDB’s Dwight Merriman: From DoubleClick to Database

MongoDB Dwight Merriman

About an hour or so after Jeffrey Hammond from Forrester Research gave his keynote address at All Things Open, in which he spoke of a survey which found that three out of four programmers use open source development tools, I had the opportunity to talk with an entrepreneur developer who’s definitely sold on FOSS. “The days of closed source software are kind of over,” he says, “except for special cases.”

Dwight Merriman is a likable […]

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Firefox Turns 10, Making Reglue Stick & Outlaws Ride

Firefox brings "click to play" to browser plugins.

FOSS Week in Review

Arguably it was a fairly miserable week in areas that are not exactly FOSS, but let’s not think about that now. Here’s what is on-the-radar worthy of mention as this week ends:

An anniversary worth celebrating: A while back, many in the FOSS world quaffed copious amount of Kool-Aid in celebrating the 10th anniversary of a particular vowel-laden distro. What unfortunately seems to be ready to fly inconspicuously under the radar […]

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Facial Recognition: It’s Hide Your Face Time

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Do you have any traffic tickets you neglected to pay? You know, the kind that eventually turn into bench warrants and cause you to be super careful when you drive, lest you get pulled over for yet another minor infraction and end up handcuffed in the back of a squad car, on your way to spend a few hours in the local hoosegow until your significant other shows up with bail? If so, don’t worry. […]

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Linux Distros & the ‘Except When We Don’t’ Syndrome

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When my colleague Ken Starks wrote on FOSS Force the other day about his gripe with Linux Mint’s handling of updates, I was a little amused because I had just dealt with this issue during the recent Bash crisis. I run Mint Maya with Xfce and I expected to find the Bash fix in Synaptic, but it wasn’t there. When I eventually found the update manager, I actually quite liked the set up. Having system […]

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Chillin’ With the Community at OLF

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Seems I’m never really able to completely discuss Linux festivals in one article. There are so many little nooks and crannies to explore and report. This year’s Ohio LinuxFest isn’t much different. The visual overload was intense, but I guess the “overload” word already gave you the understanding it was intense. It most certainly was.

From blinking BSD horns to standing room only keynotes and talks, Ohio LinuxFest hit the sweet spot between geek and […]

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all-day New Directions in Operating Systems @ The Village Hall at Hoxton Square
New Directions in Operating Systems @ The Village Hall at Hoxton Square
Nov 25 all-day
We are seeing the beginning of a new stage in innovation in operating systems and in virtualization. There is a new excitement over containers, distributed operating systems, security, and new languages are being used. Mobile,[...]
Dec
8
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all-day ODF Plugfest @ Unknown
ODF Plugfest @ Unknown
Dec 8 – Dec 9 all-day
OpenDocument Format is the world’s leading document standard for exchanging content across office applications. The ODF plugfests are an ongoing series of vendor-neutral events, bringing together implementers and stakeholders of the standard. The goal is[...]
Jan
12
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all-day linux.conf.au @ University of Auckland Business School
linux.conf.au @ University of Auckland Business School
Jan 12 – Jan 16 all-day
The first-of-the-year worldwide Linux conference once took place at venues in Australia and now moves next door to New Zealand. Held in Auckland on Jan. 12-16, 2015, LCA2015 draws open source speakers from around the[...]
Feb
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all-day SCALE 13X @ Hilton Los Angeles Airport
SCALE 13X @ Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Feb 19 – Feb 22 all-day
As the first-of-the-year Linux/FOSS expo in North America, SCALE 13x expects to host more than 100 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 130 sessions, tutorials, and special events starting on Thursday, Feb. 19 and running[...]
Oct
18
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all-day All Things Open @ Raleigh Convention Center
All Things Open @ Raleigh Convention Center
Oct 18 – Oct 20 all-day
Join the world’s top developers, technologists and decision makers as we explore open source, open tech and the open web in the enterprise. Two days of keynotes, talks, tutorials, workshops and networking opportunities in Raleigh[...]

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