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Programming Lessons From Linux Geeks in the Trenches

There's nothing like the school of hard knocks to teach a person a thing or two, and geeks are no exception. "If you are writing a program that touches more than two persistent data stores, it is too complicated" is one such lesson, for example. "If Linux can do it,...

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Fedora 14 to Use Upstart Not Systemd

Various problems have caused the Fedora project to defer the switch to systemd by half a year to Fedora 15. Earlier plans were to use systemd as an alternative to SysV Init and Upstart...

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Are You Building a Community or a Club?

I've never been much for clubs. When I was young, I made a lousy cub scout. I wasn't a real "joiner" in high school or college either (just enough to get by) and I still don't get actively involved in many professional associations today. But I'm a sucker for a...

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Why Linux Is Poised for Domination

For over a decade, Linux watchers have predicted that one day the open source operating system will become the dominant player -- and yet that day never seems to arrive. Already, of course, Linux has a very healthy share of the server market and a growing place on the desktop,...

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German Researchers Accelerate Hadoop

The addition of a kind of query planner speeds up execution of map/reduce functions in Hadoop. Because it hooks into the distributed framework like a plug-in it does not require changes to source code or applications...

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