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February 20, 2014
OpenStack Object Storage (code named Swift) has a fairly frequent release schedule for improvements and new capabilities but naturally, there is always significant gravity around integrated releases for any OpenStack project. Even though the Havana release was very big for OpenStack Swift, with new support for global clusters, the upcoming Icehouse will be the biggest release yet for the OpenStack Swift project.
February 19, 2014
As hypervisors changed data-center computing, so software-defined networking will change data-center networking. The open source OpenDaylight project is leading the way.
Based on the figures in LinuxQuestions' Members Choice Awards, 84% of Linux desktop users prefer a classic desktop. By contrast, innovations like GNOME 3 or Ubuntu's Unity lag far behind. Which raises the question: what accounts for the popularity of the classic desktop, and what are the implications for the design of graphical interfaces?
What is civic hacking?Seventy people gathered together one sunny Oakland afternoon to volunteer and improve their city. There were no rakes or yard tools normally seen at volunteer-day events though. No paint brushes, no trash bags, no canned soup bins. These seventy people were laden with laptops and were volunteering to improve the city’s website.
The people behind the scenes who work tirelessly to make your Linux distribution run smoothly are the packagers. The vast majority of Linux packagers are volunteers who dedicate their evenings and weekends to create and maintain the gears of the Linux distributions they love.
Minimizing the amount of time required to boot a computer system is important regardless of whether you are turning on your home computer or restarting a server that provides services to thousands of users. This article discusses the various system startup and shutdown mechanisms that are used on different Linux distributions. It explains how to integrate new services, customize existing startup configurations, and examine the behavior and performance of system startup configurations.
Webmail is undoubtedly an essential part of any mail server. While native email client software has typically more features compared to webmail services, accessing IMAP or SMTP server ports via an email client from outside of the trusted network can sometimes be tricky. Moreover, while you need a designated workstation, laptop, or mobile device to use an email client, you can use webmail services from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. This tutorial will focus on setting up RainLoop webmail on an Ubuntu server running Apache.
Several stories recently have spread misinformation about how Google licenses Android and its services. Here's the real story on how Android licensing works with open source and Linux.
A Phoronix reader has sent in an IRC log today where Ubuntu VDPAU support was asked about and Maarten Lankhorst of Canonical responded. While the VDPAU state tracker inside Gallium3D has stabilized greatly and can be used by the Nouveau driver as well as the R600/RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers, it will not be enabled. The Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix is widely supported by Linux multimedia software for offloading the video acceleration of popular video formats onto the GPU. This works really well in the open-source world with the AMD Radeon Linux driver stack since last year when they provided open-source support for UVD, the AMD Unified Video Decoder block found on most modern Radeon GPUs.
Announcing Bridge Linux 2014.02. Not many changes, a few bug fixes and updates. Note: editing the GRUB configuration file may be required due to a bug where GRUB finds the wrong disk UUID. To fix this, run 'sudo blkid' and edit the new GRUB configuration file with the correct UUID from your partition. Update overview: bug fixes with locale switching in the installer; updates to the post-install script; fixed autologin issue on tty.
The iPac-9X25 is a web-enabled single-board computer that can “run an embedded server and display the current monitored or logged data,” says EMAC. Primary targets include embedded data acquisition and control applications that can make use of its industrial temperature (-40 to 85°C) support, low-power ARM9 CPU, dual Ethernet ports, and abundance of serial connectivity.
AT&T is joining forces with IBM to cash in on the hot Internet of Things megatrend, with plans to initially target cities and utility companies, the companies announced today.
What if commercial software developers for popular Windows products sold Linux versions to a waiting market of open source users? Think in terms of paying a subscription fee to use a Linux version of Adobe's Photoshop image manipulation software, for starters. Is porting commercial products like Photoshop as a paid product for Linux a viable idea?
Planet unveiled a Linux-based, 16-channel network video recorder called the NVR-1620, with dual HDD bays, dual displays, and up to 2560 x 1920 resolution. Taiwan-based Planet has a long track record of making networking and surveillance appliances. Its latest NVR-1620 network video recorder supports 16 IP video channels, and up to 16 devices can be networked for 256 total channels accessible via a central monitoring site. In addition, most mobile platforms, including Android, are supported for remote viewing.
It appears that Satya Nadella is everything Steve Ballmer is not, or so it seems at first blush. It’s hard to remember what Microsoft was like before Ballmer, at least for me. He didn’t lead at Microsoft. Most times he reminded me of a charging storm trooper, shooting first and asking questions later.Ballmer rarely asked questions. You did what he said or you did the unemployment line. Friends at Microsoft have told me of such abrupt firings, even at the executive level. No one was warned or privy to the change ahead…the next day there would be a new name plate on someone’s door. The attitude from above? Deal with it.
Init is dead, long live it's one true successor : systemd