People now understand that while Linux is about Open Source, Open Source
isn't just about Linux. Today the Open Source frontier has moved well up the
software stack into the application domain. Firefox is picking up market
share in the browser space, for example, and MySQL is gaining on proprietary
Like Open Source software, we are now seeing the beginnings of a movement up
the hardware stack. Though in its infancy, it's only a matter of time before
the Open Source hardware domain experiences a growth spurt similar to its
Open Source software counterpart. While we sleep, the adoption of Open Source
hardware should open up the playing field and ultimately revolutionize the
technology landscape as we know it. This transformation will be most evident
in the appliance world of audio and video devices, mobile and VoIP phones,
games and entertainment servers, ... (more)
The value proposition of server virtualization in the data center is
compelling. Businesses are consolidating their sprawl of underutilized
Windows, Linux and Solaris systems, reaping the benefits of saving precious
space and energy.
Data center infrastructure capital costs are almost equal to the annualized
costs of purchasing and operating IT hardware1 and virtualization is bringing
relief on both these fronts.
However what works for the Fortune 500 may not be of any value to the
"Fortunate 100,000." Virtualization by necessity adds complexity.
Consolidation also introduces a n... (more)