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Will Oracle Let OpenSolaris Whither and Die?

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OS When Oracle began the acquisition of Sun, few doubted that MySQL was the main asset of interest. With MySQL still breathing six months later, users hoped Sun's other projects would survive as well. Some are beginning to think OpenSolaris will be allowed to die a slow and quiet death.

OS Review: Haiku Alpha 2

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OS A little less than a year ago we reviewed Haiku Release 1 Alpha 1 and it was pretty damned impressive. With one glaring problem: No WiFi. Nearly a year later, we finally get our grubby little hands on Alpha 2…

Windows 7 Is Superior to OS X, Linux, and to All Platforms

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OS Windows 7 is superior to Apple’s Mac OS X, the open source Linux and to all operating systems on the market, noted Kevin Turner, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer during the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2010.

OpenSolaris governing board threatens dissolution

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OS In an act of desperation, the OpenSolaris governing board (OGB) has issued an ultimatum to Oracle. The company must nominate a contact person able to take decisions regarding OpenSolaris by the 16th of August or the board will dissolve and relinquish control of OpenSolaris to Oracle.

[Tip] PostgreSQL Tip of the Day - mass modification of sequences

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Someone posted a dilemma to the pgsql-sql list today that involved many if not all of his sequences getting out of sync with their respective "serial" columns. In other words, something like "SELECT max(id) FROM sometable" yields 42, but the sequence nextval for is currently set to 36. This is obviously bad (for reasons left as an exercise for the reader).

An OS for Personal Computing

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OS GNU/Linux has lots of features for the desktop and the server side. However, there are problems with Linux-based operating systems. This article introduces you to an operating system called Haiku.

Dell in talks with Google over Chrome OS

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OS Dell Inc is in talks with Google Inc over the use of the Chrome operating system on its laptops, a top company executive said on Monday.

Solaris, OpenSolaris, and the Oracle wall of secrecy

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OS Sometimes, Google's search engine does a better job of telling us about IT vendors than the vendors' own public relations and marketing machines. So it is with the next commercial and development iterations of Oracle's Solaris Unix operating system.

The New OS/2 Rumours Could Be Interesting

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OS Some rumours have emerged that IBM is considering an OS/2 comeback and I'm filled with the same mixed feelings that always emerge whenever the subject is raised. Would I want OS/2 back on my desktop now?

Impressions – HaikuOS R1 Alpha 2

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OS HaikuOS has been in development for so long though that the R2 Alpha1 release is fairly stable and represents a major milestone. Let’s see what I discovered…

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Security Leftovers

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