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OpenStack isn’t just ready for enterprise adoption, it’s already there

Practical Technology - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 9:55pm
VANCOUVER — Some people, like Forrester Research, still have concerns about OpenStack. That’s cute. While Forrester, and they’re far from the only ones, worry about just how ready OpenStack is for the business, Best Buy, BMW, EBay, and WalMart are … Continue reading →

Mark Shuttleworth considering Canonical IPO

Practical Technology - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 9:51pm
VANCOUVER — In an interview at OpenStack Summit, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, revealed that he’s considering an IPO for his privately held business. Shuttleworth, who has funded the popular Linux company out of his … Continue reading →

Red Hat brings Gluster to OpenStack shared file service

Practical Technology - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 9:49pm
VANCOUVER — At OpenStack Summit, Red Hat announced it was releasing a technology preview of Red Hat Gluster Storage with integration into OpenStack‘s new Manila shared file system project. Red Hat brings Gluster to OpenStack shared file service. More>

PC sales continue to take a beating

Practical Technology - Fri, 08/05/2015 - 11:29pm
PC OEMs are hoping that Terry Myerson, the head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group, wasn’t making an idle boast when he said Windows 10 would be on a billion devices in two to three years. That’s because by research house … Continue reading →

Linksys brings fastest Wi-Fi router ever to market

Practical Technology - Thu, 07/05/2015 - 11:04pm
Who doesn’t love fast Wi-Fi? Thanks to 802.11ac, real-world speeds are finally cracking the 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) barrier. With the new 802.11ac multi-user multiple-input and multiple-output (MU-MIMO) Wave 2 finally arriving in chipsets, Gbps speeds may finally become … Continue reading →

Google declares that mobile search tops desktop

Practical Technology - Thu, 07/05/2015 - 10:52pm
The quarters keep going by and PC sales keep going down. Surely, though, you think, “PCs really can fall behind smartphone and tables, can they?” I’m sorry to disappoint you but by one important metric, they already have. Google announced … Continue reading →

OpenStack Kilo: Turning it up to 11

Practical Technology - Fri, 01/05/2015 - 3:14pm

The most popular open-source cloud program, OpenStack, may also be the hardest to use. Just ask anyone trying to find good OpenStack architects and engineers. With its latest release OpenStack 11, Kilo, the level of expertise needed to master OpenStack is getting lower.

OpenStack Kilo: Turning it up to 11. More>

Why Windows embracing Android and iOS is a bad idea

Practical Technology - Thu, 30/04/2015 - 3:11pm

It’s official. Microsoft has surrendered the mobile space to Apple and Google. All hail Android! All hail iOS!

Seriously what else can you make of Microsoft attempting to bring both Android and iOS applcations to Windows? First, there’s no question that Microsoft can make it easy, if not trivial, to bring some of these apps [...]

What’s what in Debian Jessie

Practical Technology - Thu, 30/04/2015 - 3:09pm

Debian is arguably the most important Linux distribution. From it springs such popular Linux distributions as Mint and Ubuntu. Outside Linux’s inner circles, it’s not that well known because it’s purely a community operating system. There is no company behind it, as there is with Red Hat and CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux [...]

Fedora 22 goes beta

Practical Technology - Wed, 22/04/2015 - 2:58pm

Red Hat‘s community Linux distribution, Fedora 22, is getting ready for its May 26th launch date by releasing the beta for for its latest version.

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Ubuntu 15.04 container-friendly Linux for cloud and servers arrives soon

Practical Technology - Tue, 21/04/2015 - 2:48pm

Don’t look now but Ubuntu has become the Linux for clouds. On the AmazonElastic Compute Cloud (EC2), for example, Ubuntu is the most popular operating system by an almost two to one margin. 64 percent of production OpenStack users have also chosen Ubuntu to stay on top. Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company, is adding even more [...]

VMware buys into Linux containers with Lightwave and Photon

Practical Technology - Tue, 21/04/2015 - 2:41pm

Once upon a time VMware was all about virtualization. Things have changed. On April 20th, 2015, VMware introduced not only support for containers, Lightwave, but its own container-friendly Linux distribution, Photon.

VMware buys into Linux containers with Lightwave and Photon. More>

Six Clicks for Linux beginners: Ubuntu 15.04, Vivid Vervet

Practical Technology - Fri, 17/04/2015 - 4:39pm

I’ve used almost every desktop on the planet, but Ubuntu 15.04 with the Unity 7 interface may be the easiest. Heck if my now 82-year-old mother-in-law can be an Ubuntu user, you can be one too!

Six Clicks for Linux beginners: Ubuntu 15.04, Vivid Vervet. More>

It’s an open-source world: 78 percent of companies run open-source software

Practical Technology - Thu, 16/04/2015 - 4:38pm

The good news is that open-source software is used in the vast majority, 78 percent, of businesses. The bad news is that far less do even a half-way decent job of managing it.

It’s an open-source world: ?78 percent of companies run open-source software. More>

NGINX releases new full-featured web server

Practical Technology - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 4:36pm

NGNIX‘s slogan should borrow Avis’s iconic tagline, “When you’re number two, you try harder.” While Apache is far more popular, 50.7 percent to NGINX’s 14.4 percent – by Netcraft’s web server count — NGINX is trying hard with its latest update, NGINX Plus Release 6 (R6), to challenge Apache for the top spot.

NGINX releases [...]

The five biggest changes in Ubuntu 15.04, Vivid Vervet

Practical Technology - Tue, 14/04/2015 - 4:50pm

You can’t judge a book by its cover, or a Linux by its interface. If you glance at Ubuntu 15.04, Vivid Vervet, you won’t see a lot different from Ubuntu 14.10. Don’t let first impressions fool you. Underneath that slick Unity 7.x interface, there’s a lot of changes.

The five biggest changes in Ubuntu 15.04, [...]

HP: We’re not leaving the public cloud

Practical Technology - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 4:47pm

Several days after HP seemed to announce that it was going to stop offering public cloud services, the company is now stating that it will continue to offer its OpenStack-powered Helion public cloud.

HP: We’re not leaving the public cloud. More>

Dell XPS 13 Linux developer edition available

Practical Technology - Fri, 10/04/2015 - 8:04pm

Dell has come through again with its latest laptop that’s just for Linux developers: The fourth generation Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition. This model is the latest in Dell’s high-end workstation laptops for programmers.

Unlike earlier models, this latest power laptop starts at a very affordable price: $949. This “starter” computer is powered by [...]

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