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Job hunters everywhere with skills on Linux and other open source everywhere should be glad to know that it’s hiring season right now! Linux skills in general. This is a great news specially since the recession, people have been feeling extra hopeless in landing a good job. Last week, Linux headline was “Top 5 Tech Jobs Point to Opportunity for Linux Pro’s”

Web Developers, Web engineers, data modelers are only just a few positions that are promising. All of which have one thing in common: Understanding and Knowledge in Linux. And it could be argued that a deep competency in Linux could put candidates for these jobs at the top of the list. So 2013 is very promising for Linux pro’s. So if you understand how to develop software collaboratively and participate in an open source community, then it’s time to get serious and start sending out resumes because this job will see the highest salary increase of any sector in the future!

 

 

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 8.10.32 PMChamilo, and open source e-learning and collaboration software with a mission of helping improve software tools for education, is holding an international Chamilo User Days event this October in Madrid. The event, called Chamiluda Madrid 2013, aims “to give more opportunities for e-learning and Chamilo experts to meet, share ideas and good practices.”

Chamilo is still needs to be able to come up with a final list of speakers for the event, which is why they have launched a call for papers. All Chamilo users are invited to send in paper suggestions for a “chance to present their ideas, use cases or developments”. Topics that will be entertained and considered include:

1. Specific use case of one Chamilo tool (or combination of tools)
2. Exceptional installations that prove Chamilo is high-load ready
3. New education with technology tendances likely to affect the future of Chamilo
4. Any entertaining topic related to Chamilo that might make people laugh *and* think

Selected entrants will get the financial benefit of one free ticket to the Chamiluda Madrid 2013.

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Not sure what all the hype about open source is about? Nope its far different from the open house affairs real estate brokers throw.

If you really want to understand what open source is, the best place to look is the Open Source Initiative (OSI) site since it is their mission to “to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source.” And that includes getting you to understand why open source is more than a hype and why it is more than just about people who don’t want to pay for their software! After all, open source is different from freeware.

And in case you get into the open source spirit and wish to have an open source license your own program/app, OSI is also the best place to learn more about the license approval process. Of course, there are many kinds of licenses under open source so you might want to read on the ones that are widely use to get an idea of the limitations or restrictions you can put on your own license.

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Creating a multithreaded application requires 4 major steps and of the four, the design and implementation part is not often discussed. The following rules will give you a better chance of writing the best and most useful threaded application:
• Identify accurate independent computations – simultaneous execution is not possible unless the executable similar operations can run independently of one another.
• Concurrent implementation should be at the highest level – during the analysis phase of the threading methodology, identify the hotspots – code segments that require the longest execution time – and if they can run parallel you will be able to get its maximum performance.

All About UBUNTU

August 20th, 2014

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Ubuntu is an open source operating system designed for desktops, laptops and even servers. It is distributed by Linux based on Debian GNU/Linux. Ubuntu is owned by Mark Shuttleworth, an entrepreneur from South Africa where the name Ubuntu originated. In case you are curious about the concept of Ubuntu, it is rendered as We are people because we are people. Ubuntu wants to make this OS available for everyone thats why they made it a free software. It aims to give its users an up-to-date yet stable OS. Ubuntu supporters testifies that even the average users will enjoy Ubuntu due to its usability, easy installation and the user-friendly interface.

enterprisedb-banner-cloudIt is clear that free open source software can cut any business’ cost significantly. However, many companies and businesses still stick to expensive commercial database software instead of switching to open source software due to the question of reliability and performance, because if it fails in that, then the fall out could possible entail bigger losses.

Still, the tide is changing with EnterpriseDB CEO Ed Boyajian quoted as saying that the “situation is changing very, very fast” and that “open source use is getting stronger”. However, he does acknowledge that “in the database space it can be very costly to move from one platform to the other” which is why they have made a version that is compatible with Oracle technology. This means that applications can then run on both on Oracle and Postgres, so that no rewriting of code has to take place.

With transitions costs cut by this, and the significantly cheaper price of EnterpriseDB, there is now a reliable open source database software available for enterprise needs. Still, it’s up to the business execs to decide whether the financial rewards is worth the investment that switching will still require.

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WordPress, Mozilla Firefox, and Open Office are just some of the most commonly used open source software nowadays. WordPress is considered to be one of the most popular blogging spot catering to hundreds of users. This blog platform is widely used for varying purposes including that of related to business. Online shops are very much evident in WordPress and nonetheless, appear to be an effective means of advertising products and services. On the other hand, Mozilla Firefox is a commonly used web browser involving about 20% of the total users. It is known for not only paving way for convenience in browsing but also, its reach makes it possible for users to attain every detail of information needed. Open Office, as well, is widely used. One can create spreadsheets, documents, and presentations through it. Nonetheless, its usage can now be considered as high quality and great as that of the more popular, Microsoft Office.

Advantages of Open Source

May 21st, 2013

Open source is advantageous to its users mainly because it involves minimal cost thus allowing free use and even modifications. It as well involves convenience in distribution making it possible for the majority of the online community to enjoy its involved benefits that can contribute to the ease in one’s daily consumption of the Internet. Another is that open source is known for involving a secured usage. It is often said that the wide reach of such source leads to risks, viruses, and lack of security but actually, the opposite happens with open source. This kind of source goes with secured usage mainly because there are numerous users that enable easy access and fixing of arising issues allowing anyone to easily fix bugs or remove viruses. With all those being said, definitely open source will continuously be appreciated and supported by the majority and nonetheless, its benefits and usage will always be considered vital and essential.

Free Open Source Software

May 21st, 2013

Free Open Source Software, also referred to as the FOSS, is a product of the most commonly used software namely free software and open source software. There are several confusions brought by the rise of FOSS and it helps to first understand how the two involved software individually works. Taking one at a time, free software, in simple terms, is software that is free of cost. Online users are given that freedom to easily access, edit, download, and use such kind of software. Usually, its access is attained through readily available source codes that make its usage possible. On the other hand, open source software can be considered more specific in a sense that source codes are made available but involving a license. This license is primarily owned by the host thus giving them the right to decide on whether allow other users to access and use the involved software. These two types collaborated then led to the existence of the Free Open Source Software.

Open source and closed source seem to be continuously compared. What exactly are the differences of these two types of source? There are four bases of comparison namely software development, profit, security, and reach. Definitely, software development with closed source is considered to be of great quality knowing that competitors are inevitable. On the other hand, open source involves shared software thus reducing the involved quality. Open source paves way for greater profit mainly because of the fact that more incumbents are present more specifically, its usage is more open to the online community resulting to more earnings and profit for the host. Security of open source is as well considered to be of greater consideration. Comparing to closed source, open source is believed to be “safer” because it allows more users to use, edit, and fix any arising problem. Lastly, the reach of open source, without a doubt, is wider thus not limiting the maximization of its involved benefits.