These days, computing processing power has advanced to the point where we can
collect a previously unimaginable wealth of information relating to virtually
everything. And it can be reasonably concluded that such processing power
will increase substantially in the years to come, just as it has in years
As we enter the age of big data, it’s more important than ever that
companies have the ability to process those vast amounts of data, analyzing
it in such a way to derive actionable information that can be leveraged to
improve business processes and better serve customers.
It’s increasingly looking like open source data architecture—like Apache
Hadoop—provides businesses with the tools necessary to process all amounts
of data. Whereas in the past, companies were more likely to collect
relational data, today’s information is so diverse that in a majority of
…all this and more in this week’s compendium of open source news!
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Sounds like a Strauss Waltz? Almost. After 10 years the city of Munich’s
love affair with open source may be coming to an end. Despite saving $16
million by using the custom Linux distribution LiMux, the city is considering
switching back to Windows due to user complaints. Read more about the
motives surrounding the discussion at Network World.
Governments on GitHub
Governments across the globe have long been dabbling with open source
software. Use of Open Source products like... (more)
As a resourceful developer, you're not writing code from scratch anymore. You
probably have access to a vast amount of code you wrote at previous jobs, and
a lot of your development probably relies at least in some part around third
party or open source software. Every savvy developer knows their way around
Sourceforge, Codeplex, or GitHub, and with access to readily available code
that frees you up to tackle real challenges, there really is no downside to
open source code.
Sure, you're probably aware that many open source projects have license
obligations tied to them. And lice... (more)
Today's software development is geared more towards building upon previous
work and less about reinventing content from scratch. Resourceful software
development organizations and developers use a combination of previously
created code, commercial software, open source software, and their own
creative content to produce the desired software product or functionality.
Outsourced code can also be used, which can contain any of the above
combination of software.
There are many good reasons for using off-the-shelf and especially open
source software, with the greatest being its abili... (more)
Researchers at Binghamton University recently became the first to create an
open source graphics processor unit (GPU). The GPU they created, called
Nyami, is appropriate for general purposes as well as graphics-specific work.
Nyami is significant in the research, computing and open source communities
because it marks the first time open source has been used to design a GPU, as
well as the first time a research team was able to test how different
hardware and software configurations affect GPU performance. The results of
the experiments the researchers performed are now part of the... (more)