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Why did Gentoo Linux fade into obscurity?

Also in today's open source roundup: DistroWatch reviews the Gentoo Linux live DVD "Choice Edition," and Google will kill Chrome apps for Linux

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Linux at 25: An ecosystem, not only an OS

InfoWorld celebrates the 25th birthday of Linux -- and the new generation of open source projects Linux enabled

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New Lever language builds on Python's convenience, aims for PyPy speeds

Open source language aims to be as easy to use as Python, but with easier concurrency, user-customizeable syntax, and PyPy-level speeds

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Uproar: MariaDB Corp. veers away from open source

A new release of the MaxScale database proxy -- essential to deploying MariaDB at scale -- features a proprietary license

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Free at last! PowerShell goes open source, heads to Linux

Microsoft believes that open-sourcing its command-line automation and scripting environment will drive its cross-cloud management platform and Linux-native apps

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It's time to say goodbye to Linux 4.6

If you're using a version of Linux based on the 4.6 series of the Linux kernel, the software's lead maintainer has a message for you: It's time to upgrade.

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Also in today's open source roundup: Google releases the Duo video calling app for Android, and the Wall Street Journal reviews Duo

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Review: 6 slick open source routers

DD-WRT, Tomato, OpenWrt, OPNsense, pfSense, and VyOS suit a wide range of devices and networking needs

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Will Google replace Android with Fuchsia?

Also in today's open source roundup: Is it wrong to run Microsoft software in Linux? And DistroWatch reviews Zenwalk Linux 8.0

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Save the whale: Docker rightfully shuns standardization

The Open Container Project wants to standardize Docker the old-fashioned way: by committee. The pushback from Docker delivers a compelling counterpoint

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New R extension gives data scientists quick access to IBM's Watson

Data scientists have a lot of tools at their disposal, but not all of them are equally accessible. Aiming to put IBM's Watson AI within closer reach, analytics firm Columbus Collaboratory on Thursday released a new open-source R...

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4 secrets to creating a superior API

You can boost adoption of your API with a few tweaks -- here’s how

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Can Copperhead OS fix Android's security problems?

Also in today's open source roundup: Adblock Plus responds to Facebook's efforts to stop ad blocking, and Netflix releases an Android app for Internet speed tests

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PyPy directs Mozilla money to Python 3 support

PyPy runs Python faster, but its Python 3 support has lagged; a fresh infusion of cash from the Mozilla Foundation will be put toward fixing that problem

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Defining the 'open' in open source

An open source project is about community. I’m happy to use it, fix it, contribute to it and benefit from its openness. But should I feel the same way when companies exploit open source for commercial reasons?

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Linux Foundation takes in Open vSwitch virtual networking project

Plenty of networking projects are already under the Linux Foundation's banner, but Open vSwitch's feature set is both enterprise-friendly and enterprise-relevant

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15 Android apps that are worth buying

Also in today's open source roundup: Is Bedrock Linux the one distro to rule them all? And Linux computers that don't track you

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White House software code-sharing policy gains steam

Government departments will share custom code, and some will be released to the public as open source software

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