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Ibrahim Haddad

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A company's decision to contribute to open source projects is usually business-driven. This article offers a review of the top reasons that can influence your company to contribute source code to open source or to start new open source projects. 1.  Provide a reference implementation to a standard: Open source is a potential venue to launch reference implementations of a specification or standard, with the added benefit that such implementations can gain faster acceptance than if they were kept proprietary. Examples of companies that launched open source projects to provide a reference implementation to a standard include: Motorola, which open sourced its high-availability middleware stack, called OpenSAF, to provide a reference implementation to the Service Availability Forum specifications. For more information on OpenSAF visit www.opensaf.org/. And Ericsson, whic... (more)

Server Features in the Linux Kernel

There is a lot of ongoing work to make the Linux kernel a viable operating system option for platforms running mission-critical applications. However, there is still some work to be done with respect to supporting new features. This article addresses some needed features and mechanisms in the Linux kernel - features that are necessary in server nodes operating in mission-critical environments. Such environments include telecom, where reliability, performance, availability, and security are extremely important. The focus is on four features: a cluster communication protocol, suppor... (more)

OSDL's Data Center Linux

Data Center Linux (DCL), one of four OSDL initiatives, has the goal to accelerate Linux adoption in corporate data centers. DCL provides a center of gravity for developers, users, vendors, and the open source community to work together to improve Linux capabilities and feature requirements, accelerating the development and adoption of Linux in the data center. As is the case with the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) initiative, many OSDL member companies, organizations, and individuals are involved with the DCL initiative with a special focus on services, databases, and DCL mission-cri... (more)

At Last, You Have Alternatives: Switch to Firefox and Thunderbird

Firefox and Thunderbird are Open Source products that are made available by the Mozilla Foundation. Open Source development lets anyone who wants to to examine the source code, or if they wish, to modify it. There are a number of advantages to Open Source development, including the fact that many people look at the code every day, which results in better responsiveness as bugs are uncovered. This dynamic development community is able to provide continual feedback to make the product better, paving the way for a better browsing and e-mail experience for everyone. We met with Marc... (more)

D@TA Protection and the Linux Environment

Organizations that gather and store critical information have to protect it. While there are tried and true techniques for data protection, there are also new and innovative ones. These new practices and tools greatly enhance an organization's ability to protect mission-critical data. Linux and Open Source users are specially challenged when trying to take advantage of much of this new technology. We asked technology analyst Tom Petrocelli about what is new and interesting in data protection. Tom is president of Technology Alignment Partners (www.techalignment.com) and author of... (more)