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Open Source Challenger to Dropbox and Box.net: ownCloud

The file sharing, synchronization market led by Dropbox is a popular target these days. For many companies, it's a chance to horn in on a growing market and carve out a piece of the pie for themselves. For open source projects, it's a chance to return control of personal data to the user. For the folks behind ownCloud, it's both.

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Tier 3 Takes on Microsoft in the Cloud with an Open Source Platform

Could workloads and business processes based on Microsoft's .NET framework represent an entry point for new open source cloud computing platforms? Apparently Tier 3 believes that's the case. The company has taken VMware's Cloud Foundry PaaS-based cloud platform, which we covered here, forked it into a new Iron Foundry cloud computing platform, and contributed Iron Foundry to the open source community.

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Meshcentral.com - Now with Websockets!

A few months back, I had added support for web sockets in Meshcentral.com, up until now it's only been used for noVNC, the all-Javascript VNC client and nothing else. Web sockets allow for full two-way communication between the server and the web browser for almost all browsers except Internet Explorer (this will be fixed in...

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Do Users Want Automatic Updates to Firefox?

If you're a Google Chrome user, you may greatly appreciate the fact that updates to the browser--which many observers predict will eclipse Mozilla Firefox in global market share next year--are automatically pushed. In other words, Chrome users get transparent updates, which differs from how Firefox and other browsers approach moving users to new versions.

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What's in Store for SUSE in 2012

It's been a long, strange trip for SUSE. What started in 1992 as a small German company (SUSE was an acronym derived from "Software und System Entwicklung," or "software and systems development") with a derivative of Slackware Linux became a mighty Linux distribution in its own right.

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