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Its 20,000-node cluster uses outdated MariaDB - for very good reasons

Established 80 years ago this year, Los Alamos National Labs remains most famous for its central role in developing the first atomic bomb. But that belies the breadth of scientific research it has undertaken since, encompassing physics, chemistry and biology, and addressing the threat of COVID-19.

Despite the breadth of subjects the US Department of Energy institution researches, its thousands of scientists have one need in common: data. One of the people ensuring they get it is Steven Senator, deputy group leader of the lab's high-performance computing division.

LibreOffice 7.4.7 Community
The Document Foundation, Thursday, May 11,2023
The Document Foundation releases LibreOffice 7.4.7 Community, the seventh and last minor release of the LibreOffice 7.4 line, which is approaching the end of life [1]. The new release is immediately available for Windows (Intel and Arm processors), macOS (Apple and Intel processors), and Linux.

LibreOffice offers the highest level of compatibility in the office suite market segment, with native support for the OpenDocument Format (ODF) - beating proprietary formats for security and robustness - to superior support for MS Office files, to filters for a large number of legacy document formats, to return ownership and control to users.

LibreOffice Technology Platform

Products based on the LibreOffice Technology platform - the transactional engine shared by all LibreOffice based products, which provides a rock solid solution with a high level of coherence and interoperability - are available for major desktop operating systems (Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS), for mobile platforms (Android and iOS), and for the cloud.

Open-source computing is facing an inflection point when it comes to enterprise use cases.

The recent surge in artificial intelligence presents a challenge to open source and could potentially topple generations of open-source work.

'No one wants to bet against open source,' said industry analyst John Furrier (pictured, left). 'However, open source is in trouble right now because of the AI wave. We're seeing a lot of signals where there are pressure points coming in this tornado of open source that puts a lot of things at risk.'

The organizational model, project model, licensing model and human equation are all areas of concern for open source in the face of the AI surge. However, startups, companies and non-profits will all leverage the value of open source, and finding a balance between using open source and making money will be important, Furrier added.

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