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[News] Building GNU/Linux Clouds with BSD-licensed Software

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Opening the Cloud

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| [R]elying on cloud computing comes with drawbacks, including privacy, 
| security, and reliability concerns. So there is now growing interest in 
| open-source cloud-computing tools, for which the source code is freely 
| available. These tools could let companies build and customize their own 
| computing clouds to work alongside more powerful commercial solutions.    
| [...]
| Rich Wolski, a professor in the computer-science department at the University 
| of California, Santa Barbara, who directs the Eucalyptus project, says that 
| his focus is on developing a platform that is easy to use, maintain, and 
| modify. "We actually started from first principles to build something that 
| looks like a cloud," he says. "As a result, we believe that our thing is more 
| malleable. We can modify it, we can see inside it, we can install it and 
| maintain it in a cloud environment in a more natural way."      



Windows Azure: Why Microsoft Better Get It Right

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| All of the cloud offerings thus far have been
| Linux-oriented and required Linux-oriented skills. This has been fine for the
| first generation of cloud developers: they're early adopters most likely to
| have advanced skills.


Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google

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| "Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux," he said. "How
| are we doing? Forty is less than 60, so I don't like it. ... We have some
| work to do."

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