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Is Open Source to Blame for the Heartbleed Bug?

Security experts weigh in on the vulnerability of OpenSSL and whether the open source process needs more scrutiny. Full Story »

Security and Quality Top Companies' Reasons for Using Open Source

Why should you use open source software? The fact that it's usually free can be an attractive selling point, but that's not the reason most companies choose to use it. Instead, security and quality are the most commonly cited reasons, according to new research.

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Web Giants Join Forces for Open Source MySQL Scalability Project

Engineering teams from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter have begun work on WebScaleSQL, an open source project designed to address the challenges of running MySQL at Web scale.


Cassandra Lowers the Barriers to Big Data

Apache Cassandra is a free, open source NoSQL database designed to manage very large data sets (think petabytes) across large clusters of commodity servers. Among many distinguishing features, Cassandra excels at scaling writes as well as reads, and its "master-less" architecture makes creating and expanding clusters relatively straightforward. For organizations seeking a data store that can support rapid and massive growth, Cassandra should be high on the list of options to consider.


Cloudera Gets $160M to Bring Hadoop to the Enterprise

Cloudera today announced that it has secured $160 million in new financing to advance its distribution of the open source Hadoop big data platform.


9 Hadoop Companies You Should Know

If you've got a lot of data, then Hadoop either is, or should be on your radar.


Open Source Challenges a Proprietary Internet of Things

The only limit to the Internet of Things isn't imagination or technology. It's interoperability. And the Linux Foundation thinks that's an issue it can help fix.


Linux Group Could Hasten 64-bit Android for ARM Mobile Devices

Linaro, the open-source development consortium for Linux on ARM architecture, is working on software, tools and drivers that could hasten the release of 64-bit Android.


Facebook Removes C++ Lint with New Analysis Tool

Facebook has released as open source a code analyzer tool, typically called a linter, that can work with the latest version of the C++ language, C++11.


Cisco Details Sourcefire Security Threat Integration, Open Source Direction

Having acquired the security firm Sourcefire last October, Cisco is using this week's RSA Conference as the showcase for how Cisco's security products are being integrated as well as detailing how it will cut an open-source path for the next-generation application-layer firewall/IPS.

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MapR's New Hadoop Distribution Promises No-Risk Upgrade

MapR's latest Hadoop distribution includes support for Hadoop 2.2 with YARN, but is also backward compatible with the MapReduce 1.x scheduler, promising organizations a risk-free upgrade path to the latest Hadoop architecture.


Red Hat and Hortonworks Expand Strategic Big Data Alliance

The two partners are working to make it easier than ever to bring Hadoop into the enterprise with an open hybrid cloud model and improved customer support collaboration.


OpenDaylight: Where's the Love?

Almost a year after OpenDaylight's introduction was deluged with skepticism, the open source SDN consortium is still struggling to improve industry perception despite meeting many of its initial goals.


DARPA Shows Off Clearinghouse Site for Open-Source Code and Information

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency debuted a new website dedicated to sharing open-source data and publications today, calling it the DARPA Open Catalog.


Concurrent Offers Performance Management for Big Data Applications

The primary sponsor of the open source Cascading application framework for big data has unveiled Driven, a big data application performance management product for developers and dev ops.