Posts Tagged ‘open source’

MariaDB and the Future of MySQL

Sunday, June 1st, 2014


As you may know by now, since the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle in 2009 for $7.4 billion, there has been some uncertainty in the industry on the future of MySQL which Sun Microsystems itself acquired for $1 billion in 2008. Even as Oracle professed to provide the same level of support and development effort for the future of MySQL, many within the open source community remained pessimistic. One such pessimist was the father of MySQL, Michael “Monty” Widenius, who forked the MySQL code the day the Sun Microsystems acquisition was announced. (more…)

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OUYA: The ‘Open’ Video Game Console for Users and Developers

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

OUYA Game Console

OUYA Game Console


Amazingly, OUYA, the open video game console platform raised $8,596,474 in funds on KickStarter. OUYA is based on the Android 4.0 operating system. The idea is to create a low cost console (currently $99) available for consumers that also allows developers to publish their Android games/apps to OUYA without requiring the purchase of an expensive SDK and paying licensing, retail, and publishing fees. Anyone is free to develop and publish games that can be easily downloaded and tried for free; if the user likes the app or game, he/she may purchase the full version. It’s actually quite innovative in the sense that the traditional closed living room gaming experience is now open to any developer without the traditional costs associated with developing games for known platforms like Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox, or Sony Playstation. (more…)

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Run Windows & Linux on the same PC at the same time!

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

I’m currently writing this blog from a 1 GB Lenovo NetBook running Ubuntu Linux 8.10 inside virtualization software installed on Windows XP Home Edition. I have been experimenting with different hosted virtualization software to compare and contrast – I have been very impressed! However, I would not recommend installing virtualization software on a netbook! I did get it working, but currently, most virtualization software does not “officially” support the processors netbooks use (in my case, an Intel Atom processor). Also, the performance on a netbook, when running anything more than the command line, is impractical. (more…)

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