Who is responsible for the term "virtualization?" Really? Seriously, it's been a fast, wild ride, from the early days of mainframe-v to VMWare and Connectix on the client/server side, to Microsoft's Hyper-V push, Xen and KVM and OpenStack and CloudStack.
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As I sign off from my duties at ZDNet, and more than 20 years following open source, I am struck with the realization that open source has, in many respects, really taken over the world.
Oracle no doubt got the bang for the big bucks it paid for MySQL via its Sun acquisition. But the original developers of MySQL won't let it die and as developers and customers begin to defect to their increasingly popular MySQL Fork -- MariaDB.
The open source pioneer will take on Apple's iOS and Google's Android with a Firefox OS for mobile devices, supporting open web standards, especially HTML5. The first devices will appear mid-year, but not in the US, at least initially.
Linux leader Red Hat has shipped another minor update to its 6 enterprise line to better equip its distribution for massive scale out, big data environments. Along the same lines, the company also announced this week it will contribute its Red Hat Storage Hadoop plug-in to the Apache Hadoop project
The core founders of the KVM open source hypervisor announced public access to the beta of a new cloud application hypervisor and more than $25 million in funding
Linux founder Linux Torvalds claimed that Carmen Ortiz zealously prosecuted 24-year-old hacktivist Aaron Swartz starting in 2011 and that this led in part to his untimely death by suicide.
Facebook's Social Graph -- the database underlying its Graph Search engine unveiled yesterday-- is just one of many graph databases being employed for complex, connected data. Neo4j is another leading graph database that is open source and used by Cisco, Adobe, Squidoo and Intuit.
Some say Macromedia-developed Flex framework and Adobe Flash are now irrelevant. But not current steward of Flex, Apache Software Foundation, which this week elevated the Flex SDK to a top level project and updated the code for Flash 10.2-11.5 and Java 7
Microsoft's Open Technologies subsidiary will attempt to bolster the company's cloud platform by launching a catalog of open source VMs that allow developers and users to more easily build, share and deploy Linux configurations on Azure