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Carnegie Mellon is Saving Old Software from Oblivion

A prototype archiving system called Olive lets vintage code run on today’s computers. Researchers’ growing dependence on computers and the difficulty they encounter when attempting to run old software are hampering their ability to check published results. The problem of obsolescent software is...
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Programming Snapshot: Implementing Fast Queries for Local Files in Go

To find files quickly in the deeply nested subdirectories of his home directory, Mike whips up a Go program to index file metadata in an SQLite database. ...the GitHub Codesearch [1] project, with its indexer built in Go, at least lets you browse locally available repositories, index them, and...
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What Comes after Moore's Law?

The literal meaning of Moore’s Law is that CMOS transistor densities double every 18 to 24 months. While not a statement about processor performance per se, in practice performance and density have tracked each other fairly well. Historically, additional transistors were mostly put in service of...
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Atari has launched an Ubuntu-based Atari VCS gaming and media streaming console aimed at retro gamers. (Image courtesy: Atari VCS)

Atari Launches Linux Gaming Box Starting at $199

Attempts to establish Linux as a gaming platform have failed time and time again, with Valve’s SteamOS being the latest high-profile casualty. Yet, Linux has emerged as a significant platform in the much smaller niche of retro gaming, especially on the Raspberry Pi. Atari has now re-emerged from...
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The key to open source compliance is knowing what’s in your code, right down to the exact versions of the components, says Ibrahim Haddad.

Good Compliance Practices Are Good Engineering Practices

Ibrahim Haddad: It is true that open source software has to a large extent simplified the process of software procurement. The traditional procurement model for proprietary software has always been heavy on the front end, as it involves trial and evaluation, negotiation related to possible...
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Becoming a 10x Developer

So when I first heard the concept of the 10x engineer, I was confused. How could someone be so talented that it overshadows the power of teamwork? In my experience, individual excellence is necessary, but not sufficient, for greatness. Focusing purely on individual achievement misses the larger...
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A Look Into the Kubernetes Master Components

This blog post looks at the most important control plane components of a single Kubernetes master node — etcd, the API server, the scheduler and the controller manager — and explains how they work together. Although other components, such as DNS and the dashboard, come into play in a production...
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FOSS Project Spotlight: LinuxBoot

Linux as firmware. The more things change, the more they stay the same. That may sound cliché, but it's still as true for the firmware that boots your operating system as it was in 2001 when Linux Journal first published Eric Biederman's "About LinuxBIOS". LinuxBoot is the latest incarnation of an...
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If you write code that goes into public source repositories, you can benefit from the practical PGP guidelines provided in this series.

Protecting Code Integrity with PGP — Part 1: Basic Concepts and Tools

In this article series, we take an in-depth look at using PGP to ensure the integrity of software. These articles will provide practical guidelines aimed at developers working on free software projects and will cover the following topics: PGP basics and best practices How to use PGP with Git...
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The Most Popular Linux Desktop Programs Are...

LinuxQuestions, one of the largest internet Linux groups with 550,000 members, has just posted the results from its latest survey of desktop Linux users. With approximately 10,000 voters in the survey, the desktop Linux distribution pick was: Ubuntu. While Ubuntu has long a been popular Linux...
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