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Red Hat to update Docker container tech for enterprises

Red Hat is looking to advance the Docker Linux container application for wider enterprise use.
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Outreach program leaves Gnome Foundation in cash crunch

The Gnome Foundation does not have any cash reserves as expenses on a women outreach program had to be made ahead of actually receiving payments from sponsors.

Tip of the Hat: Heartbleed exposes an open source failing

Computerworld offers a Tip of the Hat to The Register's Chris Williams for his insights on how a lack of oversight of open source technologies contributed to to the creation -- and the two-year spread -- of the Heartbleed bug.

Mozilla steps up damage control as pressure for CEO Eich's ouster mounts

Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, went into damage control mode over the weekend in response to criticism that its new CEO had donated to a California anti-gay marriage ballot proposition in 2008.

Oracle doubles speed of MySQL query handling

For the next release of its open source MySQL, Oracle is making a number of changes designed to vastly boost the speed of the open source relational database management system.

Google, Facebook, others join to upgrade MySQL

Facebook has joined a number of other Internet services heavyweights, such as Google and LinkedIn, to better equip the MySQL relational database management system for large- scale work.

Open Compute Project chief Frankovsky quits Facebook

Open Compute Project Foundation leader Frank Frankovsky, who founded the project with colleagues at Facebook to help foster scalable data centers in large enterprises, has left the social-networking company for an optical storage startup.

NoSQL vendor Basho restaffs barren executive ranks

NoSQL database vendor Basho has restaffed its executive ranks, following a recent exodus of its CEO, chief technology officer and chief architect.

Xen hypervisor moves into ARM space

Getting a jump on competing hypervisors, the open source Xen is preparing for the day when ARM processors will run virtual machines.

Mozilla stops work on Persona sign-on to shift resources to Firefox OS services

Mozilla last week announced it was abandoning in-house development of the single sign-on "Persona," a failed alternative to website passwords, and would hand the project to volunteers.

Open Source In Depth

Career Watch: The rise of people architecture

In managing human resources, people architecture is gaining popularity, says IT workforce analyst David Foote. He explains what it is and why it's on the rise.

4 reasons companies say yes to open source

Open source is free and widely available, but its benefits don't stop there. Enterprises are embracing it for its agility, a quality they value above all in these times of marketplace upheaval.

How to extract custom data from the Google Analytics API

Not happy with the Google Analytics interface? We show you how to use a programming language like R to bypass Google Analytics and retrieve the data you want.

5 free Linux text editors for programming and word processing

When you're a programmer who also needs word processing abilities, nothing beats a solid text editor. We look at the current versions of five of the best known. Insider (registration required)

Matchbox computers: Small is beautiful (and powerful)

Matchbox computers -- small but powerful open-source devices -- are a good way to build your own system and/or carry it with you. We look at the phenomenon and offer a slideshow of examples.

OX Text review: An in-browser word processor with big ambitions

OpenXchange's new word processor, OX Text, is the first in a set of Linux-based productivity apps. Can it compete with Google Docs and Office 365?

Free (with strings attached): Keeping track of open source code

Many IT organizations aren't applying good governance practices to open-source software. Experts say the software should be documented and tracked to ensure it always runs smoothly.

Sizing up open source: Not so simple

Choosing open-source software is more complicated than picking traditional software. Is your IT department prepared to contribute code fixes to the community?

Open your data to the world

Not having an API is becoming like not having a website, but the interface has got to be easy for outside developers to work with.

Choosing an open-source CMS, part 3: Why we use WordPress

In the third part of a three-part series, we look at two organizations that have chosen WordPress as their content management system.