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Linux cousins Part 2: Reviewing ReactOS, the Open Source version of Windows

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ReactOS is built with the primary purpose of providing full binary compatibility with applications (and device drivers) written for Windows Server 2003. That means you can literally take a piece of software built for Windows and run it on ReactOS, without too much trouble

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Open Source and Its Lost Ideals

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Mention the year of the Linux desktop, and you are guaranteed to get a laugh. The six words have become a catchphrase, with the implication that it will never happen. But, even more importantly, the laughter indicates a change in attitude.

Where once Linux advocates were out to change the world, for many today, using free software has become no more than a convenience, or at most a matter of identity. Around the turn of the millennium, a book called Revolution OS or a monthly publication subtitled "the magazine of the revolution" sounded perfectly reasonable, yet few today would ever talk about Linux and revolution in the same sentence without being ironic. What was once revolutionary has settled down to being a minority choice, with very few being concerned about the situation.

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Tor: a landmark for hidden services

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The Tor Project's .onion (hidden services) addresses have been formally
approved as a Special Use Domain Name by the Internet Engineering Task
Force (IETF), a body that sets standards for the Internet. IETF’s
recognition of .onion names is a landmark in the movement to build
privacy into the structure of the Internet. Jacob Appelbaum's official
blog post for the Tor Project
(https://blog.torproject.org/blog/landmark-hidden-services...)
about this development is available.

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College partners with Dell and Red Hat -- embraces open source and Linux solutions

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Red Hat
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While not all open source solutions are better than the closed source alternatives, opting for the former for underlying infrastructure is generally a good idea. This will provide a business with flexibility and stability while sometimes saving money too.

A Singapore school, the Yale-NUS College, had some needs revolving around the cloud, so it wisely chose two open source friendly companies to help -- Dell and Red Hat. The OpenStack cloud solution, a product that was co-created by the two aforementioned companies, has been a huge success for the college.

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Serving the Underserved with Open Source Mobile Infrastructure

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It’s an immensely exciting time for mobile communications as open source 2G technology matures and starts to make inroads, while multiple 4G implementations are under active development. This is perhaps one of the few areas in tech that has thus far not enjoyed the many and substantial benefits that open source brings. But, all that is set to change.

Adoption of open source mobile technology will likely continue in lower income and remote areas, where proprietary solutions are simply not economically viable. This is vitally important as a large section of the global population remains without access to mobile communications.

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Open source would not have prevented VW problems

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The recent VW emissions scandal has led many to suggest that such software should be open source to prevent car makers getting away with this sort of thing.

The argument is that if the code was public, then anyone would see that VW had tinkered with it to foil emissions testing.

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Also: US government says it's now okay to jailbreak your tablet and smart TV

Spark: Enterprise ready by 2016, open source central

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Open-source-driven innovation has been at the heart of IBM’s approach to innovation. Linux is probably the best known example of IBM’s investment in open and exemplifies how quickly innovation can be derived, and Big Blue is a specialist at leveraging this community while providing for it.

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GParted 0.24.0 Partition Editor Software Arrives with Support for ZFS Filesystems

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Curtis Gedak has had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of the GParted 0.24.0 open-source partition editor software for GNU/Linux operating systems.

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