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Lucene and Solr 4.0 Released

The Apache Software Foundation's full-text search engine Lucene and the search platform built atop of it, Solr, have had their 4.0 versions released with better indexing, fuzzy searching, and easier clustering and sharding.

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Hardware Startup Creates Open Source Kickstarter Alternative

Selfstarter was created as an open source alternative to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. The company that created it had its own project rejected from Kickstarter under new rules which took effect last month...

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Review: Free, Open Source VirtualBox Lags Behind VMware and Parallels

Our Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion shootout took a deep dive into the two most successful commercial virtualization products for the Mac, but many of you had questions about VirtualBox, the free and open source desktop virtualization software currently offered by Oracle. Both Parallels and VMware offer plenty of features for home and business users, but is VirtualBox an acceptable alternative for the cash-strapped? 

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Three New Widgets in jQuery UI 1.9.0

The jQuery UI update gets Menus, Spinners and Tooltips, along with more API redesigns for existing widgets and improved widget accessibility...

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Blender 2.64 and Your Guide to Making Movies with It

As Susan covered last week, Blender, the very flexible 3D animation application, was updated to version 2.6.4 a few days ago. "This release was targeted at improving Blender for the Mango open movie project, along with integrating branches and patches from the past years," noted the Blender Foundation. In the graphics and animation software arena, you can find plenty of expensive, proprietary applications, but few are as powerful as Blender. 

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