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Oracle Magazine
July/August 2013

COMMENT: Time Capsule


Time Capsule



“Just a Hobby”

“I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.” —21-year-old Finnish university student Linus Torvalds, in a post on the comp.os.minix Usenet group asking for feedback on his kernel. That kernel became Linux, the largest open source development project in the history of computing.



Braveheart wins the Oscar for best film. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland, Ohio. And in Sweden, two Swedes and a Finn release MySQL. Eighteen years and more than 100 million copies downloaded or distributed later, it’s the world’s most popular open source database.



The Cathedral and the Bazaar

In an essay, open source software advocate Eric Raymond contrasts the “cathedral” model, where source code is available with every release but development between releases is restricted to an exclusive group, and the “bazaar” model, where the code is developed online in public view.



Apache Software Foundation

Four years after developing the Apache HTTP Server, a group of developers forms the nonprofit Apache Software Foundation, a community of free and open source software developers and users. Today, the foundation provides organizational, legal, and financial support for more than 140 open source software projects such as Apache Hadoop, OpenOffice, and Struts.

Your Turn

 Without communities of dedicated developers, open source is a nonstarter; code doesn’t write itself. So, developers, it’s your turn to open your time capsule. What was the first programming language you worked with? Any COBOL or Fortran veterans out there? Visit Facebook/OracleMagazine and let us know.




Code Rush

Filmed during Netscape Communications’ final year as an independent company, Code Rush is a PBS documentary focused on a group of Netscape engineers facing an impossible deadline to release the open source version of Netscape’s internet software. Learn more and watch the film at .





Duke digs open source Java and gets the source code via the Open Java Development Kit (OpenJDK), a free and open source implementation of Java Platform, Standard Edition.

What is your favorite
open source software?

 We asked our Facebook fans, and here’s what they said:

Mozilla Firefox 54%
Linux 38%
MySQL 6%
OpenJDK 2%




Oracle Unbreakable Linux Support

Eight years after releasing the first commercial RDBMS for Linux, Oracle introduces the same enterprise-class support for Linux that it provides for its database, middleware, and applications products. Penguins join Oracle CEO Larry Ellison on stage at Oracle OpenWorld for the announcement.


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