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  • Red Hat’s OpenShift Adds Full Java Lifecycle Offering

    Red Hat’s OpenShift Adds Full Java Lifecycle Offering

    Red Hat’s OpenShift platform as a service offering has been in public beta for a while now. It offers a fairly simple way for people to jumpstart “cloud” development efforts by abstracting out all the messy business of setting up application and database servers. Instead, you simply publish your source code to OpenShift, and their platform does the rest. Supported languages… Read More

  • Ubuntu Developer Summit Kicks Off, Mark Shuttleworth Shares Plans for Ubuntu 12.04 and Beyond

    Ubuntu Developer Summit Kicks Off, Mark Shuttleworth Shares Plans for Ubuntu 12.04 and Beyond

    The Ubuntu Developer Summit, starting today in Florida, is a gathering of Canonical employees, industry partners and Ubuntu community members to “define the focus and plans for [the] up-coming version of Ubuntu”. That version, 12.04 codenamed “Precise Pangolin”, will be released in April of 2012 and will be the next Long Term Support (LTS) release of the distribution. Read More

  • Linux Foundation, Canonical and Red Hat Weigh In On Secure Boot

    Linux Foundation, Canonical and Red Hat Weigh In On Secure Boot

    There’s been some hubbub lately about Secure Boot, a hardware-verified, malware-free operating system bootstrap process that aims to improve the overall security of computers. Part of the UEFI specification which is slated to replace the aging BIOS with which many of us are familiar, Secure Boot can forbid the loading and execution of unsigned operating systems. Microsoft is requiring… Read More

  • Linux Foundation Announces Long Term Support Initiative for CE Manufacturers

    Linux Foundation Announces Long Term Support Initiative for CE Manufacturers

    The Linux Foundation is rocking out in Prague this week and they’ve got some interesting news to share. In addition to adding five new European members and the one year anniversary of the Foundation’s Yocto Project, they’re announcing their “Long Term Support Initiative” to foster a stable kernel release suitable for use in consumer electronic devices. It aims… Read More

  • Vodafone and Canonical Release a Webbook in South Africa

    Vodafone and Canonical Release a Webbook in South Africa

    Vodaphone and Canonical today announced the Vodacom “Webbook”, the fruit of a joint effort to develop a low-cost mobile computing solution for South Africa. Most of the specs are about what you’d expect for such a device, with one extremely interesting twist: it’s powered by a Freescale IMX 51 processor (Cortex A8) CPU in order to lower cost and power consumption. Read More

  • Doxie Go: Wireless Scanner (mostly) Cuts the Cord

    Doxie Go: Wireless Scanner (mostly) Cuts the Cord

    Doxie, the cute but functional document scanner, last made waves with its ability to send scanned items to Evernote, Dropbox, or your iPhone. That functionality was handy, but you still needed to dig out your Doxie scanner, attach it your PC or Mac, and then perform the scan. Doxie’s cutting the cord today with Doxie Go: a cordless self-contained scanner that saves scans to its… Read More

  • The Linux Foundation Announces First Ever Automotive Linux Summit

    The Linux Foundation Announces First Ever Automotive Linux Summit

    The Linux Foundation announced today the first ever Automotive Linux Summit. Taking place in Japan on November 28, 2011, it will be an opportunity to address the growing need for carmakers and Linux developers to collaborate on the future of cars as devices. Nissan and Toyota will both be there, along with Intel, NEC, and a host of other mobile solutions developers. Read More

  • The World Welcomes Oneiric Ocelot: Ubuntu 11.10

    The World Welcomes Oneiric Ocelot: Ubuntu 11.10

    The Ubuntu Linux distribution has come a long way since it’s first release in 2004. It started out as a nicely packaged Linux desktop, built from a specific set of packages cultivated from the nearly thirty thousand packages available in the Debian distribution. Regular six-month releases ensured that Ubuntu would always be close to the cutting edge of Linux and free software development. Read More

  • LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org: One Year After the Schism

    LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org: One Year After the Schism

    When I first started using Linux, way back in the last century, one of the biggest challenges was the lack of a decent productivity suite of the sort to which every Windows user is accustomed. The only real option was StarOffice, which worked but was unbearably slow to load and cumbersome to use. Sun Microsystems bought StarDivision, the makers of StarOffice, in 1999 and released the source… Read More

  • Eucalyptus Systems, Nebula and Virtual Bridges Join Linux Foundation

    Eucalyptus Systems, Nebula and Virtual Bridges Join Linux Foundation

    The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux, is adding three new companies to its membership list: Eucalyptus Systems, Nebula and Virtual Bridges. These companies “are important additions to The Linux Foundation membership,” according to The Linux Foundation’s vice president of marketing and developer programs Amanda McPherson. Read More

  • Canonical Releases Windows Version of Ubuntu One

    Canonical Releases Windows Version of Ubuntu One

    Canonical, the commercial backer behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, have been hosting a file synchronization service called Ubuntu One for a couple years now. A free account gets you 5GB of storage, and the client side controls have been baked into the last couple of releases of the Ubuntu distribution. It works pretty much like Dropbox or similar services, but has been — until… Read More

  • LinuxCon: Open Source is an Ecosystem, not a Zero Sum Game

    LinuxCon: Open Source is an Ecosystem, not a Zero Sum Game

    Linux and open source development is not a zero sum game. This was the explicit message from Ubuntu Technical Architect Allison Randal’s keynote speech at LinuxCon, but the sentiment had been articulated in a number of ways all week long from everyone here. The processes by which a company makes great open source software improve the world for everyone. “Free software is a… Read More

  • LinuxCon: All About Clouds

    LinuxCon: All About Clouds

    Almost every single keynote at LinuxCon, and certainly every private conversation I had with folks here, involved “cloud” in some way. As Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst observed in his keynote, there’s no single definition of “cloud”. There’s no doubt that Amazon has really pioneered the default cloud offering, but there’s a lot of work going on to… Read More

  • Red Hat CEO At LinuxCon: I Have No Idea What’s Next

    Red Hat CEO At LinuxCon: I Have No Idea What’s Next

    Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, just delivered a terrific opening keynote presentation for LinuxCon. Whitehurst isn’t just a businessman, he’s also a geek. He used Linux and open source before joining Red Hat, and the opportunity to be CEO of the world’s most successful open source company was a dream come true for him. After a quick summary of some of the major milestones… Read More

  • Infographic: Linux Then and Now

    Infographic: Linux Then and Now

    Following up on yesterday’s 20 Years of Linux, the Linux Foundation is releasing today an infographic highlighting some of the remarkable changes in Linux and the larger computer industry over the last twenty years. The Linux kernel had 250,000 lines of code in 1995, but had 14 million lines of code in 2010. Linux users are using it increasingly at home and at work today, rather than just… Read More

  • Jim Zemlin on 20 Years of Linux

    Jim Zemlin on 20 Years of Linux

    Jim Zemlin, executive director of the non-profit Linux Foundation, has been using Linux for about as long as I have, which is roughly half the time that Linux has been around. I recently spoke with Jim about the Linux Foundation’s upcoming LinuxCon, the history of Linux, and what might be in store for the next twenty years. Read More

  • Review: The Cask Widge

    Review: The Cask Widge

    Happy International Beer Day! I just finished celebrating by brewing ten gallons of smoked stout, and I’m looking forward to a draught of blonde ale from my kegerator later today. I’ve been homebrewing for about two years, and it’s a fun, practical hobby. Variety is the name of the game, both in terms of beer styles to produce but also in terms of the methods used to… Read More

  • Shocked By News Corp Phone Hacking Revelations? Please. [TCTV]

    Shocked By News Corp Phone Hacking Revelations? Please. [TCTV]

    Rick: “How can you close me up? On what grounds?”
    Captain Renault: “I’m shocked – shocked! – to find that gambling is going on in here!”
    Croupier: “Your winnings, sir.”
    Captain Renault: “Oh, thank you very much.” One has to mourn such a collective loss of innocence. The innocence of the British parliament tearfully quizzing… Read More

  • Review: Sony SMP-N100 Streaming Media Player

    The Sony SMP-N100 is Sony’s addition to the media streaming device market. It’s a small, unobtrusive device that doesn’t attract any attention to itself. It supports Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video On Demand, and a whole host of other streaming media services. In pretty typical Sony fashion, the device performs its primary tasks admirably well, but everything else falls a… Read More

  • Toyota Joins Linux Foundation


    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux, announced yesterday that Toyota is its newest Gold-level member. This is a pretty interesting development for both organizations. From the official press release: “Toyota is joining The Linux Foundation as a Gold member to maximize its own investment in Linux while fostering open innovation… Read More

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