Open source management software has become a viable alternative to commercial products, and a recent rash of partnerships proves it, one analyst says.
Steve Bale, general manager of EnterpriseDB International, discusses the amalgam of open source and private enterprise and the new opportunities this trend offers VARs.
When the city of Madera, Calif., needed a new voice system, it turned to open source technology -- not just for the IP telephony but for an entire network-infrastructure overhaul and loads of other functions. All the renovations cost less than half the estimated price of deploying a commercial VoIP system alone. This smart, budget-wise use of open source across the network wins the city a 2007 Enterprise All-Star Award.
Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms. Here's how to get DirectX 9.0c on Linux with Wine.
The creator of Linux is excited about solid-state drives, expects progress in graphics and wireless networking, and says the operating system is strong in virtualization despite his personal lack of interest in the area.
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"So my local Jack In The Box has been displaying it’s penguin pride lately. From the other screens I saw flashing by it seems that the tv system is driven by a dual-core Dell running Fedora. From the badge I’d venture to say that its all packaged by RippleTV, good idea taking advantage of open source."
Can something you give away for free turn into a gold mine? That's the multimillion-dollar question Google Inc. is betting on with its push into open-source software.