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Oracle Delivers Solaris 11.2 with OpenStack, Integrated SDN Features

 Just before summer began, Oracle unveiled the beta version of Solaris 11.2, which is only the second point release of Solaris since version 11 of the platform appeared in 2011. The really notable thing about the beta was that Oracle...Show More Summary

Chrome Extends Lead Over Firefox, Tops 20 Percent Share

Back in April, a seminal moment arrived in the browser wars as Google Chrome moved past Firefox to take second place in desktop browser market share, according to web traffic stats from Net Applications. Specifically, Chrome grabbed 17.5 percent of desktop brower traffic, while Firefox sat in third place with 17.2 percent. Show More Summary

Spotted in the Wild, Perfect Linux, and Six Cool Distros

Today in Linux news, Christine Halls strolls down memory lane to a time when real men still wrote their own drivers and backups were for sissies. has six cool distributions for your older PC and a couple of favorites were spotted out in the world doing real work. Show More Summary

Google Confirms That Chromebooks Are Selling Well in Schools

While market predictions for PCs have been generally bleak, Chromebooks--portable computers based on Google's Chrome OS platform--have been doing well in sales terms. That's especially true in schools, where many districts are purchasing the low cost systems that run cloud applications for students to use. Show More Summary

Mozilla's Developer Network Site Has Leaks

Mozilla's website dedicated to developers has suffered from a database error that has exposed email addresses and encrypted passwords of registered users for about a month, the company announced.  About 76,000 Mozilla Development Network...Show More Summary

Text Editors, Note Takers, and Program Languages

Today in Linux news, Jack Germain has a look at the perfect note taker. The Linux Voice has a comparison of text editors for programmers and the Linux Journal introduces their current issue on program languages. In other news, XBMC becomes Kodi and has 10 reasons to take the Linux Foundation's Introduction to Linux edX course. Show More Summary

Free Introduction to Linux Course, Through edX, Is Online

Today, the Linux Foundation "Introduction to Linux" course, which previously cost $2,400, is becoming available for free on the web. You can get the details and register here. The Linux Foundation has provided a very complete summary...Show More Summary

Cash and Development Resources are Heading Fast for Hadoop

June and July brought lots of big news surrounding enterprise analytic data management powered by the open source Hadoop platform. Cloudera, focused on supporting enterprise Hadoop, announced in June that it raised a staggering $900Show More Summary

New Fedora Security, Linus Cartoon, and the Open Source Forest

Today in Linux news a new Fedora security team has been announced. Matt Asay says critics of Open Source Software can't see the forest for the trees. today published a cartoon saying when Linus curses, folks listen. That and a few more tidbits are inside to close out the month. Show More Summary

Apache Spark Gets Billed as the Next Big Data Thing

People in the Big Data and Hadoop communities are becoming increasingly interested in Apache Spark, an open source data analytics cluster computing framework originally developed in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley.  According to Apache, Spark can run programs up to 100 times faster than Hadoop MapReduce in memory, and ten times faster on disk. Show More Summary

Android Nails Down Record Share, Still Needs to Crack the Business Market

Android's march to the top of the smartphone field has been much faster than many people realize. It was only back in 2008 that analysts were bemoaning the fact that nearly no Android phones were seen at Mobile World Congress. This week,...Show More Summary

LibreOffice 4.3 Released, KDE Naming, and Zorin Reasons

Today was quite the busy news day here in Linuxville and the top story must have been the release of LibreOffice 4.3. Seems it brought significant changes and got lots of coverage. has a list of the top eight alternative operating systems and Bruce Byfield looks at KDE's continually confusing callings. Show More Summary

Mozilla, Amazon and Others See Growth Ahead in India

As players in the technology arena look for global regions poised for growth, they are increasingly focused on India. In fact, Mozilla officials have recently noted that India is going to have a big impact on everyone's use of digital technology. Show More Summary

Smartphone Shipments Grow as China and Emerging Markets Do Well

Judging from the latest global smartphone sales numbers, players like Mozilla who are focused on markets outside the U.S., including emerging markets, may have the wind at their backs. As just one example of why that's true, SamsungShow More Summary

openSUSE Rolling, New UT Video, and SteamOS Review

The big news today in Linuxdom is openSUSE's announcement of moving Factory to a "rolling release" model. In other news, a new Unreal Tournament development video shows Team Deathmatch. has a review of SteamOS and LXer has a blurb about new Minimal Linux Live. Show More Summary

Bright Computing Draws $14.5 Million to Expand Focus on Linux Clusters

Bright Computing, a startup that works with companies that manage Linux clusters and is closely involved with Hadoop for mining Big Data, has picked up $14.5 million in Series B funding. Hadoop and other Big Data tools have been rapidly...Show More Summary

Chris Beard Named CEO of Mozilla

Brendan Eich, formerly CTO of Mozilla and famous as the creator of JavaScript, famously stepped down from his briefly held spot as CEO of the company back in April, and Chris Beard (shown) has been serving as interim CEO ever since.Show More Summary

Tor Bounty, Plasma 5 ISOs, and Best Desktops

Today in Linux news, the Kubuntu team have released ISOs with the Plasma 5 desktop for all to test. Russia has offered 3.9m roubles to anyone who can crack the Tor network. And Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has a round-up of the best in Linux desktops. Show More Summary

Mozilla confirms interim CEO as new top hire

Chris Beard accepts role after taking over for beleaguered Brendan Eich in April.

The Innovation Ecosystem Around OpenStack is Finally Ramping Up

OpenStack has already earned support across the IT industry from users, developers, cloud providers, and vendors, but many deployments are still new, and we have yet to see how people will innovate around the platform. Everybody from...Show More Summary

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