Stories by Jon Gold

Qualcomm, Intel and Brocade join group pushing 2.5G, 5G Ethernet

The NBASE-T Alliance -- a recently formed umbrella group of networking industry players dedicated to keeping standard Ethernet cabling relevant -- announced a dozen new members on Monday, including big names such as Intel, Qualcomm and Brocade.

Riverbed goes private in US$3.6 billion deal

Riverbed Technology is the latest major tech company to bow out of public trading, announcing a US$3.6 billion takeover by private equity firm Thoma Bravo on Monday. The price is the highest ever paid by Thoma Bravo, and works out to $21 for each share of Riverbed currently in circulation.

VCs bet $33M you'll want to use Avi Networks' white box hardware for app delivery

Avi Networks, a network startup formed by ex-Cisco executives and backed by $33 million in venture capital, came out of stealth Wednesday with the announcement of a system designed to boost the performance of enterprise applications accessed via the cloud and mobile devices.

Tech ad watch: Apple shows us unrealistically interesting things to do with iPad Air 2

There's always something funny about tablet ads that show people doing all sorts of unique and creative things with their iPads Apple's latest, released on Sunday, includes:

Network slowdowns are the biggest issue for IT, survey shows

The single most common issue faced by the IT pros surveyed recently by Kelton Research is network slowdowns or outages, which outstripped application performance problems, availability and even the dreaded "unanticipated change request."

Why there's no open-source standard-bearer for the network

Open-source software plays an increasingly prominent role in many areas of modern business IT it's in servers, databases and even the cloud. Vendors like Red Hat, Canonical and others have managed to graft open-source principles onto a profitable business model. The former company became the first open-source-centered business with $1 billion in annual revenue in 2012.

Public Cloud storage can be efficient, but the potential is still limited

Public Cloud storage can be a cost efficient alternative to rolling your own, but observers warn that it isn't a cure all.

Jolla's open-source tablet might actually stay the course

The Jolla Tablet, an open-source device that promises privacy, ease of use and comparable hardware to late-model Android tablets and iPads, has demolished its funding goals on IndieGoGo in just the first few days of its campaign.

Debian general resolution against systemd coupling fails, sponsor steps down

Debian developers voted down a proposal that would have weakened the Linux distribution's integration with a controversial system software package on Tuesday, in a victory for systemd supporters.

Prominent developers pulling out of Debian as voting deadline nears

Four prominent members of the Debian community have stepped down or reduced their involvement in the project as a result of an increasingly bitter argument over the future of the widely influential Linux distribution.

In Pictures: The 10 mightiest supercomputers on the planet

China retains top spot for fourth consecutive Top500 list

Google launches fiber Internet for Kansas City's small businesses

Small businesses in selected neighborhoods in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri now have the opportunity to get in on Google's fiber Internet service, the company announced today.

In Pictures: Pi, translated - The evolution of Raspberry Pi

It’s only been two years, but the Raspberry Pi has already come a long way.

LibreOffice defends handling of spreadsheet bug

A new version of LibreOffice's Calc program has broken many spreadsheets, users say, and a perceived unwillingness by developers to address the problem has sparked an ill-tempered argument.

The Document Foundation offers LibreOffice migration, training certs

The Document Foundation on Wednesday announced the availability of new certifications for IT pros working with its LibreOffice productivity suite, aimed at growing the products' heretofore-limited user base and making them more attractive to the enterprise.

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