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Readers: What’s Your Cloud Strategy?

I get press releases every week about some new (or old!) company and their so-called cloud solution. Some folks are clearly abusing the popularity of the "cloud" buzzword, and others are actually doin

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gets Open Source, Publishes on GitHub

I've been harping for a while here on TechCrunch about the benefits of open source software. I <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2011/08/21/linuxcon-open-source-is-an-ecosystem-not-a-zero-sum-game/

Canonical Metal-as-a-Service: Not Quite As Cool As It Sounds

<a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/tag/canonical">Canonical</a>, the corporate sponsor of the <a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/tag/ubuntu">Ubuntu</a> Linux distribution, has been doing a l

State Of The Linux Kernel 2011

The <a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/tag/linux-foundation">Linux Foundation</a> provides a vendor neutral home for long-term collaboration on the Linux kernel. They provide Linux creator Linus

Self-Hosted File Sync Solution ownCloud Goes Commercial

People love Dropbox and similar services, but companies -- especially large enterprises in regulated industries -- have an understandable aversion to file sync services: they allow company data on ser

Linux For The Real World

The recent <a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/tag/linux-foundation">Linux Foundation</a> report about the <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/02/14/need-a-job-learn-linux/">Linux jobs</a> m

Introducing Dotsies: The Space-Saving Font

When last I met with Craig Muth it was in lovely Columbus, Ohio and he was a down-to-earth hacker working on memorize.com, a site dedicated to making the world a better place. Clearly a useful and nob

With Many Eyeballs, All Bugs Are Shallow

In his seminal work The Cathedral and the Bazaar, Eric Raymond put forward the claim that "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow." He dubbed this <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus'_Law

Canonical Announces Ubuntu for Android

Canonical's <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/01/09/i-want-my-ubuntu-tv/">Ubuntu TV</a>, unveiled earlier this year, was the first in a series of announcements about "Ubuntu on devices". The n

Nature Publishing Group Officially Launches New Interactive Textbook

Last spring I wrote about Nature Publishing Group's plan for a <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2011/05/24/would-you-like-a-49-electronic-college-textbook-with-lifetime-updates/">$49 electronic te

Need a Job? Learn Linux

The <a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/tag/linux-foundation/">Linux Foundation</a> today posted their first ever Linux Jobs Report, created in conjunction with tech job site Dice.com. The report

Can Startups Learn Anything From Linux?

<a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/tag/linux">Linux</a> is the world's largest collaborative software development project. People from all over the world have influenced the Linux kernel code, an

Mark Shuttleworth Unveils New Head-Up Display for Ubuntu 12.04

Every time I write about <a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/tag/ubuntu">Ubuntu</a> and its (not-so) new Unity interface, I see lots and lots of comments decrying it as useless, an abomination, th

Linux Foundation Expects More Enterprise Gains in 2012

The <a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/tag/linux-foundation">Linux Foundation</a> is sharing the results of their latest invitation-only survey of enterprise Linux users. Their last such survey,

Science Data Sharing Site figshare Relaunches, Adds Features

figshare, originally launched in January 2011, is re-launching today with some new features. figshare aims to be a repository for scientific figures, raw datasets, videos and more. The retooled servic

I Want My Ubuntu TV!

<a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/ces2012">CES</a> is upon us, and is no doubt chock full of the usual suspects of consumer electronics OEMs, ODMs, and more. One interesting new attendee this ye

VMware Cloud Foundry PaaS adds support for .NET

VMware, whose core products specialize in virtualizing Windows and Linux workloads, is making some interesting maneuvers in the Platform as a Service (<a href="http://www.beta.techcrunch.com/tag/PaaS"

Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2

Today Red Hat announces the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2, the latest iteration of their flagship Linux distribution. I don't usually cover every point release of every Linux distributi

Diveboard Aims To Make Logging Scuba Dives Fun And Educational

When I earned my PADI open water diver certification, I had every intention of making scuba diving a regular hobby. Then I <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2010/06/01/please-join-us-in-welcoming-j

openSUSE 12.1 Released

openSUSE, the community developed Linux distribution sponsored by SUSE, has released version 12.1 today. At first glance, openSUSE 12.1 is pretty much in line with recent releases from Fedora and Ubun
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