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Miro

July 3rd, 2015

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Creativity will never reach its peak without competition. Just like online video companies. And if every tool for videos are not open sourced, free speech will be hindered. Thats why Miro came out to be. It was designed to give more freedom to video producers and its viewers. Miro was designed to work without hitch with numerous video hosting websites and video search engines. It is always best to have competition rather than monopoly. It is always best to have options in choosing a service that would work well for your specific need. What Miro does is it converts a media RSS feed to a channel. RSS is an open source program that works with so many web tools. Blogs benefit so much from RSS feeds.

Though people and businesses are benefiting from the many deployed open-sourced programs the world over, security still prevents most from shifting to their use as with big businesses. The many security issues that are inherent of open-systems due to the dispersal of development that may span the globe is quite alarming and without proper measures to address this. Enterprise software have inherent need for strong security and up-time, that is quite opposite of open-source development due to frequent and dispersed support facilities. These factors are deterring some companies from adopting them so more has to be done to address the security issue. Read the rest of this entry »

• In no way guess a particular order of execution – thread execution order cannot be established and restricted by the OS scheduler. You cannot predict the sequence of threads flowing from one execution to the next, not even what thread comes next.
• If possible, use thread-local storage – to keep coordination to a minimum, use exclusive memory location.
• For better concurrency, you can change the algorithm – when programmers are given 2 or more choices of algorithm, they can rely on the asymptotic order of execution because it is almost always that the theoretic metric is connected with an application’s operation.

Following these rules, it will be easier to create strong concurrent solutions with less threading problems.

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Hello everybody out there using minix -

I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I’d like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons)among other things).

This is the first post that Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux, made about his new project on an online discussion board in 1991. This project, the Linux kernel, would grow through the contributions of thousands of developers and would cause him to be named one of the heroes of the past 60 years by Time magazine, alongside Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II.

Advantages of Open Source

June 5th, 2015

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.

Top 10s

May 29th, 2015

open4.jpgWith hundreds of softwares and programs available out there, which ones are the most popular and possibly most useful? Your answer would surely depend on your particular needs and specific background. For instance, artists need graphic softwares more than computing programs. Similarly, those in research would find good use for database programs that make data collection and retrieval much easier.

But which softwares take the top spots in the list? Open Source Alternative gives a list of the Top 10 Open Source programs and Top 10 Commercial softwares.

Top 10 Open Source
1. OpenOffice Draw
2. Dia
3. Gimpshop
4. Partition Image
5. Paint.NET
6. InfraRecorder
7. Ghost for Unix (G4U)
8. Kivio
9. Quanta Plus
10. Avidemux

Top 10 Commercial
1. Photoshop
2. Visio
3. Norton Ghost
4. Nero Burning Rom
5. AutoCAD
6. Dreamweaver
7. Illustrator
8. Final Cut Pro
9. Publisher
10. Premiere Pro

Photo credits: Gary McCord


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The open source and free software market is rising high with its continued user appreciation. The free software products like Linux and others are moving from the boundaries of servers, to personal desktops and laptops. But the idea of free software and open source projects and softwares is ever so unclear to many of the people who use them. Somehow, we interchange both terms. We use free source and open source side by side, leading us to believe that these things are available for free. The word “free” is actually a misnomer. “Free burgers” should not be confused with “free speech”. Thats why, some of the softwares from both communities are available for free. Just download it. But not all of its utilities. These communities work hand in hand to offer options and freedom for developers but with different approaches. Different prospective and different philosophy.


Vyatta Community Edition 5 (VC5) user rejoice! Based on the latest news Vyatta is adding intrusion preventors for SSL and VPN in VC5. Also included are features for URL filtering and Web caching.

Open-source routing vendor Vyatta is adding SSL VPN, intrusion prevention, Web caching, URL filtering and other features in Vyatta Community Edition 5 (VC5), the latest version of its software. In VC5, Vyatta supports OpenVPN, an open-source version of SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network) software. SSL joins IPSec (Internet Protocol Security), PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) and L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol) as VPN alternatives included in the routing platform. Frequently used to secure Web-based transactions, SSL is a relatively lightweight encryption system that works more easily with NAT (Network Address Translation) than do alternatives such as IPSec.

Another positive development for open source. See the whole story here.

Want to quickly find and fix potential problems across all of the servers in your farm? Then don’t forget to take a look at SharePoint Health Analyzer. SharePoint Health Analyzer is a feature in SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 that allows administrators to schedule regular, automatic checks for potential configuration, performance, and usage problems in the server farm. Any errors that SharePoint Health Analyzer finds are identified in status reports that are made available to farm administrators in Central Administration. Status reports that are produced by SharePoint Health Analyzer explain each issue, list the servers where the problem exists, and outline the steps that an administrator can take to treat the problem. In some cases, errors are repaired automatically as soon as they are found, and farm administrators are informed of the repairs. Read the rest of this entry »

The Battle Continues

May 1st, 2015

open2.jpgWith the growing competition from the open source software suppliers, Microsoft is ready to cooperate for sharing some source licenses which will be made available soon. This move is believed to face a much bigger competition from its rivals such as Sun Microsystems. Microsoft’s liberal motion appear to be geared toward keeping a solid grasp on the public division, which awards the largest software contracts in any country not only in the US but in Europe. Furthermore, they want to keep this contracts for greater stability of the company and to still stay in power as number one in the software industry.