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May 15, 2014
The 22-member Faculty Council voted 20 in favor, with 1 against and 1 absention. From the announcement, the award was carefully evaluated by an international honorary doctoral committee, which included Prof. Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
When Raphaël Hertzog and Roland Mas wrote and published the Debian Administrator's Handbook in 2004, it was in French, their native language. In the decade since, the book has been translated into English - and from English into several other languages - and grown to be what few other GNU/Linux distributions have: a comprehensive manual for those who want to learn all about the distro, written by people at heart of the action.
Atlantis ILIO's in-memory software-defined storage platform now supports VMware Horizon 6 and VMware Virtual SAN.
Canonical's Juju had been a great high-end cloud DevOps tool for Ubuntu on OpenStack. Now, Canonical is porting it to CentOS and Windows. And with IBM's help, that's only the start.
If you run a publicly accessible Web server for your own use (and let's face it, if you're reading Linux Journal, there's a very good chance you do), how do you go about limiting the risk of someone accessing your site and doing bad things? How about SSH, an even bigger concern? In today's world, it's imperative to think about your exposure and take steps to limit as much risk as possible.
The wattOS team is pleased to announce the release of the new version of wattOS - release 8 - (also known as R8). After 5 years of being an Ubuntu-based distro, we have made the change to Debian. Specifically Debian 'Wheezy' as the base, with some backports thrown in (for example a newer kernel), and in a couple of small places a little 'Jessie' where warranted. But for the most part, its Debian 'Wheezy' as a base to build from. The additional tweaks include the addition of the expected things to make it easy to use as a live CD or install CD.
Sanbolic's newest storage offering integrates legacy and scale-out storage from local servers and the cloud into a centralized environment. Sanbolic has unveiled a new contender in the software-defined storage (SDS) market. Compatible with a range of operating systems, virtualization and cloud platforms, the product aims to integrate legacy and scale-out storage infrastuctures into a single resource.
This week we have a look at OpenStack Summit news, the new OpenStack marketplace and Intel's view on OpenStack from the chip level.
When Raspberry Pi co-creator Eben Upton helped come up with the idea of an inexpensive Linux-powered single board computer (SBC), he honestly thought, "We would sell about 1,000, maybe 10,000 in our wildest dreams. We thought we would make a small number and give them out to people who might want to come and read computer science at Cambridge." He was wrong.
One of the software applications that became available on the recently-released ROSA Desktop Fresh R3 is the first beta edition of ROSA Software Center, which will replace the current graphical software management suite in the next edition of the distribution.
Krautscape is an action-packed racing game with bird-like flying cars, focused on competitive multiplayer gameplay. It looks fantastic and it's really great to see them bring out a Linux version as we are still short on racing games.
May 14, 2014
There seems to be no shortage of interesting OpenStack installer projects and at that OpenStack Summit this week I learned about another one. Currently known as Project Staypuft - in homage to the Ghostbusters movie monster - Staypuft is essentially an installer for an installer (Foreman). During an OpenStack Summit session, Red Hat staffers explained that Staypuft lets Foreman do installation and help to manage the lifecycle as well. There is a strong Puppet tie-in with Staypuft, but for reasons I don't quite understand, Red Hat isn't using PuppetDB for the data.
In this guide I am going to explain what torrents are, the legality of using bittorrent clients and the places where you can find torrents. I am also going to give a brief overview of the KTorrent client.
With audio and video applications, you often need more than one package, and the assembled collection of multimedia packages in AV Linux is huge. The range of software offerings is a bonus. You do not get lightweight ware that leaves you yearning for more powerful features. The audio-visual tools are mature. Many of the productive apps are custom builds that enhance what you can do with them.
Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On OpenSUSE 13.1 (LAMP). LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache2 webserver on an OpenSUSE 13.1 server with PHP5 support (mod_php) and MySQL support.
What is exactly happening with the Live version for Windows and Mac OS X? The companies that build these systems didn't shy away from “borrowing” features they liked from Linux, so why aren't they also taking the idea of a Live CD?
KDE is pleased to announce that Plasma Next Beta 1 has been released. Plasma Next is the codename for the new version of our beautiful desktop workspace built on KDE Frameworks 5. It features the same familiar layout you will be used to but with a simplified and more slick look from the new KDE Visual Design Group. For the first time our desktop ships with its own font, the Oxygen Font. Internally much has been rewritten in QML to make it smoother to render and easier to develop. The source has been split into over 20 sources making it easier for distributions to package. We need as many testers as possible to iron out the many bugs we know still exist. Many distributions have started making packages so you can easily test it, listed on the unstable packages wiki page. The easiest way to try it out is to download the Neon5 ISO and boot from it on a USB drive, Neon5 has the latest daily builds of Plasma code. Please test it out and let the Plasma team know what to work on.
Open Government Week is always a time for reflection on what has changed in the previous 12 months, and this year is no exception. Open Raleigh is nearing it’s second year as a program. Open Raleigh shares this milestone with the Open Data Institute (ODI) which is also nearing a second birthday. The Open Data Institute has had significant influence over the development of the Open Raleigh program and over open data as a movement. The ODI was one of the first institutions to suggest an open data strategy and philosophy that stresses inclusiveness and collaboration.