• 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, who has been… 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 OpenStack, CloudStack and… 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 computer by playing Linux TycoonRead 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 development… 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 hardware… 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 a series… 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 book Writing Secure Code… 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 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 Linux hires… Read More

  • Can Startups Learn Anything From Linux?

    Can Startups Learn Anything From Linux?

    Linux is the world's largest collaborative software development project. People from all over the world have influenced the Linux kernel code, and it runs on everything from mainframe computers to wristwatches. Linux, and free software development in general, provides some tremendous insights into what makes a successful project. Can today's startups learn anything from the history of… Read More

  • Mark Shuttleworth Unveils New Head-Up Display for Ubuntu 12.04

    Mark Shuttleworth Unveils New Head-Up Display for Ubuntu 12.04

    Every time I write about Ubuntu and its (not-so) new Unity interface, I see lots and lots of comments decrying it as useless, an abomination, the worst thing to ever happen to computers, etc. Personally, I'm not so flummoxed by it, but there's no denying that Unity has been a divisive addition to Canonical's flagship Linux distribution. The choice to move application menus up to the global bar at… Read More