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Intel to ship Galileo Gen2 open-source computer in August for $60

Intel's answer to the popular $25 Raspberry Pi credit-card sized PC, the Galileo Gen2, is set to be available in August for around $60.
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Microsoft backs open source for the Internet of Things

Microsoft has joined what began as a Linux Foundation effort to create an open platform for the Internet of Things. It's a move that may be a telling sign regarding Microsoft's plans for home automation, and even for the Xbox.

CoreOS Linux ending the upgrade cycle

Hoping to simplify life for system administrators, CoreOS has launched a commercial Linux distribution that continually updates itself, eliminating the need to perform major upgrades.

Hadoop analysis now tackling IoT to improve transit

For the Internet of Things, collecting data is only half the battle, and public transit agencies know that as well as anyone.

Tip of the Hat: An inside look at the fall of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich

Brendan Eich's ignominious departure from Mozilla this spring wasn't, as most of us think, due only to his opposition to gay marriage.

Mozilla and Spreadtrum get closer to $25 Firefox OS smartphone

The Mozilla Foundation and chip maker Spreadtrum have partnered with two Indian vendors to launch ultra-low-cost smartphones in the next few months. Spreadtrum said the phones could cost just US$25.

Google unleashes Docker management tools

Google has underlined its support for the newly emerging Docker container technology, releasing a number of new tools to help users make the most of the open-source virtualization software.

Mesosphere aims Twitter clustering tool at the enterprise

Apache Mesos, a software package for managing large compute clusters that's been credited with helping Twitter to kill its Fail Whale, is being primed for use in the enterprise.

Tizen developers gather this week; Omlet messaging platform to add some edginess

The emerging Tizen OS has attracted few radical types, just as other open source platforms like Android did in their early days.

AT&T wants cool apps from open-source developers

AT&T wants to tap the open-source community to develop cool applications for connected wearables, mobile devices, home appliances and cars.

Open Source In Depth

Field Notes: Clueless CIOs aside, open source is 'frightening and fantastic'

There's a reason the theme song at this year's Open Business Conference was 'Happy.'

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.