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June 27, 2013  11:40 AM

Intel: the only Hadoop is secure Hadoop

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
Intel, Open source, Security

Intel's MD of worldwide professional services Aaron Davies-Morris has been speaking at the Hadoop Summit 2013 in San Jose about his firm's drive to work with the open source Hadoop Java-based programming framework. Hadoop's key feature hinges around its support for the processing of large data...

June 24, 2013  8:16 AM

LibreOffice is getting better, even better

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
libreoffice, office, Open source

The group responsible for overseeing the development of the LibreOffice free and open source "Office"-style productivity suite of applications has confirmed its latest release. The Document Foundation says that 98 bug reports and improvements have been included in LibreOffice 4.0.4, with the 4.1.x...


June 22, 2013  8:04 AM

Comic Relief uses open cloud big data on MongoDB

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
MongoDB, Open source

Comic Relief has confirmed its use of 10gen's open source non-relational NoSQL database, MongoDB, to create a computing for this year's event which raised £75 million. The charity enlisted cloud services firm Armakuni to build the platform so that it could handle 10,000 concurrent call centre...


June 20, 2013  12:20 PM

Reconnix: barriers to open source are rife

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
Open source

More than half of UK private and public sector organisations will spend at least 20% of their IT budget on open source applications and software within the next five years, this is the claim arising from an Open for Business study, conducted by IT service provider Reconnix, A total of 61% of...


June 16, 2013  10:35 AM

Experimental coding project opens up Sony SmartWatch

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
Open source, Sony, watch

Sony has pushed its Bluetooth SmartWatch project to a more open status with an invitation to software application developers to now design, develop and code applications and ancillary firmware and/or other extensions to the...


June 14, 2013  8:58 AM

Apps & the City from London-based app developer

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
Open source

London-based software development company AppShed has detailed plans to migrate its app development platform towards an Open Source footing. The firm says he announcement acknowledges the growing acceptance and use of open source software amongst commercial organisations. The initial phase will...


June 9, 2013  12:22 PM

Can PostgreSQL break Salesforce’s love/hate Oracle bind?

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
Open source, Oracle, salesforce

Salesforce's Marc Benioff makes little secret of his true feelings for Oracle's Larry Ellison. As a former Oracle employee, Benioff famously split off to start up Salesforce from a rented apartment in San Francisco with the intention of breaking many of the traditional perceptions of not only...


June 4, 2013  2:01 PM

NHS cancer diagnostic pathology thriving in open source

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
medical, NHS, Open source

Many cancer laboratories in the UK are using antiquated reporting software. Given the massive universe of both biological and human physiological data that needs to be processed as part of cancer research, this is a surely unquestionable issue that needs to be addressed. Free Diagnostic...


May 26, 2013  1:23 PM

Free World of Tanks game blasts XBox One away

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
Games, Open source, XBOX, Xbox One

Given all the brouhaha surrounding Microsoft's new Xbox One his week, it is comforting to see that free and open source online computer game development (and publishing) is alive and well. NOTE: Xbox One second hand games have been rumoured to be subject to price hikes/fixes --...


May 20, 2013  9:35 AM

How to keep sexism out of open source

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater
Open source, Programmers, Python

Any number of surveys will give you broad brush summary stats detailing the dearth of women in professional IT roles. Computer Weekly has long sought to champion the wider redress of this imbalance and has regularly


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