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  • How To Get Your Ph.D. Project Included In The Linux Kernel

    How To Get Your Ph.D. Project Included In The Linux Kernel

    The Linux kernel is the world’s largest collaborative development project. Almost 3,000 individual contributors work together to create and maintain an operating system kernel that works on everything from wristwatches and mobile phones to mainframes, along with all the peripherals imaginable for each platform. Linux creator Linus Torvalds sits at the top of a loose hierarchy of… Read More

  • The State Of Linux — How Even Apple Is Going Open Source

    The State Of Linux — How Even Apple Is Going Open Source

    Big business is calling – and they want to talk about Linux. Linux is evolving now that the cloud is here and much of it is built on open source. Big business gets that and they want to get on the train. Even Apple is adapting. Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation opened with the keynote in San Diego for the first CloudOpen, making the point that everything is becoming… Read More

  • People Get Pissed Off About OpenStack And That’s Why It Will Survive

    People Get Pissed Off About OpenStack And That’s Why It Will Survive

    The ranters are out in force this afternoon about Red Hat announcing the preview of its OpenStack distribution. It’s like OpenStack inserted a lightning rod into my TweeetDeck stream. OpenStack really pisses people off.  You either despise it or love it. And that’s why the open cloud effort will survive. Anything that polarizing is bound to make it in the end. Read More

  • Oracle Spreads FUD About CentOS But Misses The Mark

    Oracle Spreads FUD About CentOS But Misses The Mark

    Oracle is on a bit of a marketing attack against CentOS, the free Linux distribution that derives from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). To see Oracle promote its own Linux distribution and attack a rival is pretty much a joke. It can only be viewed as the hubris we have come to expect from Oracle. Read More

  • Dell Gives Linux Laptops Another Chance

    Dell Gives Linux Laptops Another Chance

    Today Dell announced its official re-entry into the Linux laptop market. Project Sputnik, first announced in May, is graduating from Dell’s internal incubator program into a real product. According to project lead Barton Geroge, Dell will sell a special “developer edition” of its XPS13 Ultrabook starting this fall. Read More

  • Jon maddog Hall Comes Out In Honor Of Alan Turing’s Birthday

    Jon maddog Hall Comes Out In Honor Of Alan Turing’s Birthday

    A dozen years ago, when I went from techno-dilettante to technophile, one of my living heroes was Jon “maddog” Hall, the 61-year-old writer for Linux Magazine and an early proponent for free and open source software. Today Jon came out as homosexual in honor of Alan Turing’s 100th birthday. His post on the Linux Magazine website is a stirring piece of writing by a man who… Read More

  • Ubuntu Fans: Humble Bundle Games Are Now Available In The Software Center

    Ubuntu Fans: Humble Bundle Games Are Now Available In The Software Center

    If you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you might be excused for not knowing about this Humble Bundle thing. As a long-time Linux user, the Humble Bundles have always been of interest to me, and I’ve always tried to support them financially. It’s also always been interesting to me that Linux users typically pay more for the Bundles than their Windows… Read More

  • Linux on Microsoft Azure Platform-as-a-Service: Big Whoop

    Linux on Microsoft Azure Platform-as-a-Service: Big Whoop

    As much fun as it is to view the world in a “Linux versus Microsoft” way, the reality is that a technology monoculture is less useful than a heterogenous one. Even Microsoft knows this: they’ve made a variety of tepid attempts to support integration with other operating systems for decades, because they know their customers are relying on those other systems. More… Read More

  • Samsung Joins The Linux Foundation

    Samsung Joins The Linux Foundation

    Samsung, the world’s leading producer of mobile phones, on Tuesday became a Platinum member of the Linux Foundation. Just the seventh company to join at the Platinum level, Samsung will now have a seat on the Linux Foundation Board of Directors. Samsung has long been a participant with the global Linux community, and as the largest manufacturer of Android handsets they’ve been… Read More

  • Mark Shuttleworth is Passionate About Canonical, Patents, and Space

    Mark Shuttleworth is Passionate About Canonical, Patents, and Space

    Mark Shuttleworth is the founder and former CEO of Canonical, the commercial company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution. Today he holds the position “Lead Product Design”, a role in which he shapes desktop and cloud product strategy. I spoke with him recently by phone about the increasing role of Linux in the enterprise, and the shift from traditional enterprise computing to… Read More

  • The Open Source CEO: Jim Whitehurst

    The Open Source CEO: Jim Whitehurst

    If you read the Red Hat website, you’ll find pages describing their attitude toward open source, collaboration, and more. It reads pretty much like every other marketing spiel from every company online today. There’s something different about Red Hat, though: they actually believe this stuff. Not only do they believe it, they live it every day. I spoke to Red Hat CEO Jim… Read More

  • Linux Foundation To Host Open Source Cloud Conference “CloudOpen”

    Linux Foundation To Host Open Source Cloud Conference “CloudOpen”

    It wasn’t that long ago that I complained about cloud fragmentation issues. There were some interesting observations in the comments on that post. Now word comes that the Linux Foundation is hosting CloudOpen, a “new conference to advance openness in the cloud.” Most of the major players are already committed to participating at CloudOpen: Canonical, Citrix, Dell, Eucalyptus… Read More

  • An Interview With Linus Torvalds

    An Interview With Linus Torvalds

    The Millenium Technology Prize is a Finnish award designed “to improve the quality of life and to promote sustainable development-oriented research, development and innovation.” It’s awarded every two years. Sir Tim Berners-Lee won the prize in 2004. The 2012 Grand Prize winner will be announced on June 13 in Helsinki, Finland. The finalists this year are Dr. Shinya Yamanaka… Read More

  • Readers: What’s Your Cloud Strategy?

    Readers: What’s Your Cloud Strategy?

    I get press releases every week about some new (or old!) company and their so-called cloud solution. Some folks are clearly abusing the popularity of the “cloud” buzzword, and others are actually doing interesting things with distributed computing, infrastructure- and platform-as-a-service, orchestration, and related technologies. Amazon is the prime mover on IaaS, but… Read More

  • Let Your Nerd Flag Fly With This Linux Distro Sim Game

    Let Your Nerd Flag Fly With This Linux Distro Sim Game

    It’s OK. We’re all dorks here. We know you get into forum arguments over Gnome vs. KDE (I’m a KDE man, myself, because Gnome sucks) and we know that you’ve always wanted to fork your own Ubuntu distro but you just didn’t have the time and a sufficient amount of Club Mate. Never fear: now you can pretend to build your own Linux distro from the comfort of your… Read More

  • State Of The Linux Kernel 2011

    State Of The Linux Kernel 2011

    The Linux Foundation provides a vendor neutral home for long-term collaboration on the Linux kernel. They provide Linux creator Linus Torvalds and Greg Kroah-Hartman, Linus’ right-hand man, the opportunity to work full-time on Linux. And they prepare a semi-annual report on the state of the Linux kernel, which is a fascinating examination of the most successful collaborative software… Read More

  • The Peek Email Device Goes Open Source

    The Peek Email Device Goes Open Source

    If at first you don’t succeed, open source the sucker. Peek has released an open source version of their Peek Mobile operating system, allowing hackers to use the all-but-obsolete little email device as a hacker platform. The Linux release is available the PeekLinux wiki and hackers are already adding new apps and functionality to the tiny device. Peek itself has pivoted out of the… Read More

  • Linux For The Real World

    Linux For The Real World

    The recent Linux Foundation report about the Linux jobs market highlighted a need for experienced professionals, but the traditional Linux training and certification programs don’t always impart the kind of skills actually required by employers. In an attempt to bridge this gap, veteran Linux trainer and Linux Journal associate editor Shawn Powers has teamed up with CBT Nuggets to develop… Read More

  • With Many Eyeballs, All Bugs Are Shallow

    With Many Eyeballs, All Bugs Are Shallow

    In his seminal work The Cathedral and the Bazaar, Eric Raymond put forward the claim that “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” He dubbed this Linus’ Law, in honor of Linux creator Linus Torvalds. It sounds like a fairly self-evident statement, but as the Wikipedia page points out the notion has its detractors. Michael Howard and David LeBlanc claim in their 2003… Read More

  • Need a Job? Learn Linux

    Need a Job? Learn Linux

    The Linux Foundation today posted their first ever Linux Jobs Report, created in conjunction with tech job site Dice.com. The report examines the current demand for Linux talent, and identifies a few interesting trends. Of the 2,300 survey respondents, eight in ten said that hiring Linux talent is a priority in 2012, and more than half of firms surveyed said that they’re increasing… Read More