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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 databases. 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 Dark Side of Virtualization

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)