Zabbix, an Enterprise-class Monitoring Solution for Everyone

FLOSS, Software

Zabbix, an example

In these days I’m participating in the RECAS School of Cloud Computing by the Physics Faculty of University & Politecnico of Bari, and our teachers are showing us some technologies involved in their cloud infrastructure.

Zabbix is a monitoring solution deployed here, and illustrated to us by Vincenzo Spinoso, that has replaced old-school solutions like Nagios, Munin and such that caught my eye. I liked it so much, the documentations is so rich, I think I’ll dump my Munin installations and migrate everything to it ASAP when I’ll get back at the office…

Convince your company to contribute to Debian Long Term Support

Debian, FLOSS

The press picked up the recent press release about Debian LTS but mainly to mention the fact that it’s up and running. The call for help is almost never mentioned.

It’s a pity because while it’s up, it’s not really running satisfactorily yet. As of today (2014-06-19), 36 packages in squeeze need a security update, yet squeeze-lts has only seen 7 updates.

debian-lts-periodsAs usual what we lack is contributors doing the required work, but in this specific case, there’s a simple solution: pay people to do the required work. This extended support is mainly for the benefit of corporate users and if they see value in Debian LTS, it should not be too difficult to convince companies to support the project.

With some other Debian developers, we have gone out of our way to make it super easy for companies to support the Debian LTS project. We have created a service offer for Debian-using companies.

via Raphael Hertzog website…

scientific publications have to make transition to open science

FLOSS, ITB CNR, on the Web

“An inherent principle of publication is that others should be able to replicate and build upon the authors’ published claims. Therefore, a ondition of publication in a Nature journal is that authors are required to make materials, data and associated protocols available to readers promptly on request.”

Nature, Availability of data and materials Magazine last June 12nd published an interesting (and promising) article on Nature Methods, one of the most respected scientific publications in the world, shifting with decision to an ‘open science’ model for its articles approval process…

Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.
Tesla Motors, Inc.

All Our Patent Are Belong To You

FLOSS, Hardware

PostGres-XL released to tackle big data analytics and more


Postgres-XL is a clustered, parallel SQL database designed for both online transactional processing (OLTP) and big data analytics. I spoke with Frank Huerta, TransLattice’s CEO, and Mason Sharp, Chief Architect, to learn a little bit more about Postgres-XL and what it means for the open source community.

An article by Jason Baker over the open-source licencing of Postgres-XL on → > Business