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Congratulations to Nobel Prize Winners, and a Nod to Mass Collaboration

The Nobel Prize for physics was announced today, which went to François Englert and Peter Higgs for the Higgs boson discovery of the subatomic particle that helps define the fabric of the universe, known to many as “the God particle.” This was a highly-anticipated announcement by the science and technology community and is one to be celebrated. Professor Higgs first put forward the idea of the existence of the particle in 1964 while at the University of Edinburgh, but it wasn’t until last year that its discovery was confirmed through the work of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. What happened in those nearly 50 years between theory and confirmation? Many things, including the tireless work of passionate, dedicated scientists. I’d also propose that advances in new technologies and an increasing movement towards collaboration helped bridge idea to...

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IBM Bets Big Again on Linux: $1B for Linux on Power Systems

Linux is a thoroughbred in the world of computing and as sure a thing as you can get. With a community of tens of thousands of developers from more than 200 companies supporting the Linux operating system, it is constantly being updated with changes that are shared across a wide variety of industries and with users in diverse environments.

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Building Linux: History in the Making

One of the greatest impacts Linux is having on the technology industry is in the way it’s built. We often tout Linux’s success stories - from running Facebook, Amazon and Google to powering eight out of 10 financial trades to running the world’s supercomputers and mobile devices, and more. But these successes are the results of a massive collaborative development effort that is 22 years in the making and today is being studied and leveraged by everyone from software developers to business executives in industries ranging from networking to financial services to life science and more.

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Hyperloop: The Promise is in the Project’s Approach

Entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk this week shocked and awed us with an innovative design for what transportation could look like in the not too distant future. He proposes a solar-powered, aluminum pod that moves with pressurized air through a tube at about 800 miles per hour. Crazy? Maybe but so have been many of the ideas proposed by the smartest people in history before their concepts became part of our everyday lives. What’s most interesting to me and what I think reinforces a common theme among entrepreneurs and inventors of our time is how Musk is approaching this project: Hyperloop is a new mode of transport that seeks to change this paradigm by being both fast and inexpensive for people and goods. Hyperloop is also unique in that it is an open design concept, similar to Linux. Feedback is desired from the community that can help advance the Hyperloop design and bring it from concept to reality. - - Hyperloop Alpha, Page 6 The approach sounds familiar. Twenty-two years ago this month Linux creator Linus Torvalds posted his...

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Bloomberg TV: Most of Modern Society Running Linux

Last week I had the pleasure to appear on Bloomberg West in an interview with Cory Johnson. It’s refreshing to see mainstream broadcast media embrace and understand the Linux story so well. Cory knew what he was talking about.   We covered these main ideas: Companies like Netflix are leveraging open source to decrease IT costs and increase scale and nimbleness. Netflix not only heavily uses open source and runs its infrastructure on AWS, they also aggressively open source tools they develop internally. Ten years ago mainstream would have found this outrageous and...

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