• 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 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

  • 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… 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… Read More

  • Linux Foundation Expects More Enterprise Gains in 2012

    Linux Foundation Expects More Enterprise Gains in 2012

    The Linux Foundation is sharing the results of their latest invitation-only survey of enterprise Linux users. Their last such survey, in August 2010, revealed Linux was gaining popularity in enterprise computing. It should come as no real surprise that the latest survey shows more of the same. A lot has happened since late 2010, and the Linux Foundation survey reflects that. In… Read More

  • I Want My Ubuntu TV!

    I Want My Ubuntu TV!

    CES is upon us, and is no doubt chock full of the usual suspects of consumer electronics OEMs, ODMs, and more. One interesting new attendee this year is Canonical, the folks behind the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution. Canonical is making a big push to get Ubuntu onto more than just desktops and laptops, and have been busy building relationships with CE companies to get it onto tablets, phones… Read More

  • Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2

    Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2

    Today Red Hat announces the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2, the latest iteration of their flagship Linux distribution. I don’t usually cover every point release of every Linux distribution, but since I’ve covered recent releases from Canonical and SUSE I thought I’d give Red Hat some coverage, too. RHEL 6.2 is in some ways a remarkable release, and in other… Read More

  • openSUSE 12.1 Released

    openSUSE 12.1 Released

    openSUSE, the community developed Linux distribution sponsored by SUSE, has released version 12.1 today. At first glance, openSUSE 12.1 is pretty much in line with recent releases from Fedora and Ubuntu: GNOME 3.2, systemd, etc. But a closer look starts to reveal some real divergence between the various Linux offerings today. For example, while Fedora 16 allows you to choose btrfs for your… Read More

  • 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

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