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Open Computing Accelerated Sharply in 2013

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Open computing has been steadily growing in enterprise acceptance and, in 2013, that trend accelerated sharply. Many factors contributed to the upward trajectory of open computing in the last year. However, there were three notable developments that, in retrospect, were the critical game-changers.

Here’s a look at the three key developments in open source in 2013....

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Rackspace: OpenStack Bet Is Paying Off

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In July 2010, Rackspace's Jim Curry helped to found the open-source OpenStack platform. It's an effort that now has the support of many of the world's leading IT vendors and is a key technology option for deployment of public and private clouds around the world.

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10 predictions for open source in 2014

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Jack Wallen lists 10 reasons why he believes 2014 will be a banner year for Linux and open source.

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The rise of Drupal and the fall of closed source

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The story of Drupal's beginning sounds like a story ripped from the pages of a cyberpunk novel. It was in a small apartment during college that Dries Buytaert created what would become one of the most widely-used open source content management frameworks. As a forum for his friends, early-Drupal was used as a communication tool for monitoring the group's fragile Internet connection, which was expensive and being spliced between them.

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OpenStack Follows the Trajectory of GNU/Linux, Joined Into Linux Protection Programme

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IBM is a big backer of OpenStack [5], but it’s not alone; almost all the large OEMs are embracing OpenStack (very recent examples in [6-15]), even Oracle [16-18]. Foes of OpenStack are Microsoft-funded groups like Gartner, who keep saying about OpenStack [19] what they used to say about GNU/Linux (Gartner was proven wrong, as usual).

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10 disappointments for open source in 2013

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Jack Wallen highlights 10 of the most disappointing developments for open source in 2013.

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When FRAND meets FOSS: Bottom Up or Top Down?

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The workshop report makes for interesting reading. Fourth in a series of public-private exchanges jointly convened by the EC and EPO on the topic of ICT standardization and Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), the “main highlights” are of particular note.

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Unvanquished Advanced Open-Source Gaming In 2013

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Throughout 2013 there's been monthly alpha releases by Unvanquished and these updates have been heavy with new features. Details in full can be found via their web-site while some of the big items include many advancements to their OpenGL 3 renderer, new game models and other in-game assets, game-play improvements, visual improvements, multi-threading / SMP suport, SDL 2.0 support, and the first bits of their engine upgrade branch were merged.

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Honey Badger Hedge Fund: Hackers Predict Stock Market With Open Source Mojo

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Andrew Delikat, Tae-Hwan Jo, and Brian Weidenbaum built their Honey Badger stock picker at Hack Reactor, a 12-week bootcamp for programmers. All three had backgrounds in economics and technology, and they joined the program to shore up their programming skills. Hack Reactor students work 11 hours a day, six days a week on projects meant to further their understanding of computer science — such as massive peer-to-peer systems that set new records for solving weird math puzzles.

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OpenShot video editor will be big in 2014

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I've been following the progress of OpenShot, an open source video editor, for the past few years. I think it achieves just the right balance between ease-of-use and a rich feature set. When I heard about the OpenShot Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, I was one of the first to contribute. By the deadline, their intended fund raising goal was more than doubled at $45,000+. This success also meant that OpenShot 2.0 will become available on Windows and Macintosh. Considering that video consumers constitute more than 50% of all Internet traffic and that every passing year this figure continues to rise, a free, high-quality video editing program for Linux, Macintosh and Windows is sure to cause quite a stir. The possibilities are endless for new authors of documentaries, narrative films, and personal video projects.

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