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OpenDNS acquires BGPMon

Practical Technology - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 8:44pm

It seems a week doesn’t go by without some Internet-related security problem popping up. That’s why it’s a big deal that OpenDNS, a major Domain Name System (DNS) provider and Internet security company, is buying BGPMon.

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Red Hat 7.1 is here, CentOS 7.1 coming soon

Practical Technology - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 10:03pm

Serious businesses use Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and its near-twin brother CentOS for their servers. The question today for CIOs using or RHEL and CentOS is: When should they upgrade to RHEL 7.1 and/or CentOS 7.1?

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10-terabyte hard drive coming soon to a server near you

Practical Technology - Fri, 13/03/2015 - 4:05pm

At the Linux Foundation Vault tradeshow in Boston, for Linux and open-source storage developers, the several hundred attendees got a glimpse of the future with a peek at HGST’s 10TB hard disk drives (HDD).

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The future of Linux storage

Practical Technology - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 4:03pm

BOSTON – At the Linux Foundation‘s new Vault show, it’s all about file systems and storage. You might think that there’s nothing new to say about either topic, but you’d be wrong.

Storage technology has come a long way from the days of, as Linus Torvalds put it, “nasty platters of spinning rust” and Linux [...]

Red Hat partners with Docker to create Linux/Docker software stack

Practical Technology - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 4:01pm

Much of Linux’s early business success was based on the Linux, Apache, MySQL and Python/PHP/Perl (LAMP) stack. Looking ahead Red Hat and Docker is hoping that “RHELDoc,” a software stack made up of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Docker containers, can do for the cloud and data center what LAMP did for servers.

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Companies really want Linux-savvy employees and they want them now

Practical Technology - Wed, 04/03/2015 - 9:08pm

Do you want a job in IT that you can count on in years to come? Then start polishing up your Linux skills.

According to the Linux Foundation and tech job company Dice, in the 2015 Linux Jobs Report, “Nearly all hiring managers are looking to recruit Linux professionals.” While programmers and Linux system administrators [...]

FREAK: Another day, another serious SSL security hole

Practical Technology - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:04pm

It seemed like such a good idea in the early 90s. Secure-Socket Layer (SSL) encryption was brand new and the National Security Agency (NSA) wanted to make sure that they could read “secured” web traffic by foreign nationals. So, the NSA got Netscape to agree to deploy 40-bit cryptography in its International Edition while saving [...]

BitTorrent Sync 2.0: For all your business file-sharing needs

Practical Technology - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:03pm

There are endless ways to share files between devices. Some of them are complex, ftp and Network File System (NFS). Some, such as Apple Bonjour and Windows Homegroup, work with only a few operating systems. Still others, like Dropbox and Google Drive, require you to use a cloud. Then, there’s BitTorrent Sync 2.0, which is [...]

Canonical and Juniper team up on carrier-grade OpenStack SDN

Practical Technology - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 8:52pm

Everyone loves clouds these days. But telecomm companies are understandably cautious about entrusting their technology to the cloud. Wouldn’t you be if a failure mean dropping phone or data services to millions of customers? Still, Juniper Networks and Canonical, Ubuntu Linux‘s parent company are certain they can devise a carrier-grade OpenStack cloud for virtualizing core [...]

Red Hat invites all to work on its OpenShift PaaS cloud

Practical Technology - Fri, 27/02/2015 - 8:48pm

The newly minted Cloud Foundry Foundation would like you to believe that the open-source war for the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) has been won and that it’s the winner. Red Hat with its OpenShift PaaS begs to differ.

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Net neutrality becomes the law of the land

Practical Technology - Thu, 26/02/2015 - 6:39pm

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to accept FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal that the Commission “use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open Internet protections.” Or, to put it in plain English, your ISP must provide equal broadband access to you or any site — Amazon, Netflix, etc. — without slowing [...]

Lenovo website DNS record hijacked

Practical Technology - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 6:36pm

This has not been Lenovo’s finest hour. First, security experts found that Lenovo was shipping Superfish adware, which turned out to have malware potential. Then, the company completely mishandled the news about it, simultaneously declaring it to be both a security concern and not one. Spoiler alert: Superfish was a major security foul-up. Now, the [...]

RightScale: Where the cloud is going next

Practical Technology - Wed, 25/02/2015 - 6:34pm

RightScale, an enterprise cloud management company, found in its 2015 State of the Cloud Survey that enterprises are increasingly implementing a hybrid cloud strategy that encompasses public and private clouds.

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Chromebook Pixel, the Rolls-Royce of Chromebooks, is getting a refresh

Practical Technology - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 10:36pm

Most people are happy with inexpensive Chromebooks. Some people, and I’m one of them, want top-of-the-line hardware and were willing to pay $1,449 for the Chromebook Pixel back in 2013. Now, Google will soon be releasing a Chromebook Pixel 2.

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Linux kernel turns over release odometer to 4.0

Practical Technology - Mon, 23/02/2015 - 10:33pm

Usually, when a software release moves to a new single digit release, it’s a big deal. When Linus Torvalds decided to shift the Linux kernel from 3.2x it was just to make developers happy.

As Torvalds, Linux’s founder, said on his Google+ account: “So, I made noises some time ago about how I don’t want [...]

How HTTP/2 will speed up your web browsing

Practical Technology - Mon, 23/02/2015 - 10:31pm

When the last version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol 1.1 (HTTP/1.1) was approved in 1999, fast computers were running 500MHz Pentium III chips, Bill Clinton was president of the United States, and software engineers were working hard at fixing the Y2K bug. As for the internet, the US Federal Communications Commission defined broadband as 200 [...]

Canonical partners with Amazon, Microsoft, and others on Internet of Things

Practical Technology - Fri, 20/02/2015 - 11:01pm

Maybe Microsoft does love Linux! Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, announced this week that both Microsoft and Amazon have agreed to publish their Internet of Things (IoT) application programming interfaces (APIs) on Ubuntu Core.

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How to remove Superfish adware from your laptop

Practical Technology - Thu, 19/02/2015 - 10:54pm

No one likes crapware–the adware and trial software that PC and smartphone vendors put on their devices. Until recently, though we rarely got actual malware installed on new computers. Now, thanks to Lenovo and Superfish Visual Discovery adware, we didn’t merely get injected ads in our search engine results, we also had our computer doors [...]

Who’s writing Linux today? Capitalists

Practical Technology - Wed, 18/02/2015 - 10:51pm

If there’s anyone left on the planet who thinks Linux is written by undateable guys in their parents basement, the latest Linux Foundation report, Linux Kernel Development: How Fast It is Going, Who is Doing It, What They Are Doing and Who is Sponsoring It, should put an end to that delusion.

True, 19.4 percent [...]

Red Hat 64-bit ARM Linux grows up

Practical Technology - Wed, 18/02/2015 - 10:48pm

Last year, Red Hat decided that the 64-bit ARM architecture was ready for the data center and cloud. This year, Red Hat announced that its Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Program has expanded to include more than 35 companies. It also expects them to contribute open-source system-specific software and drivers to the upstream Linux [...]

Tesora provides agent to provision Oracle Database in OpenStack

Practical Technology - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 8:38pm

Only three years ago, Oracle wanted to do the cloud it own way, and ignore open-source cloud efforts in general and OpenStack in particular. After reflection, Larry Ellison thought better of that idea. By May 2014, Oracle announced OpenStack support for its Linux and the Xen hypervisor. On February 18, Oracle partner and DataBase as [...]

Sling TV expands offerings with EPIX movies and VOD

Practical Technology - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 10:41pm

Cord-cutting continues to leap forward in 2015 with Dish Network‘s Sling TV partnering with premium movie channel EPIX to bring all the EPIX movie channels and video-on-demand (VOD) to Sling TV Internet customers.

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Bell Labs finds that combining IP and optical transport can improve network efficiency

Practical Technology - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 8:30pm

Never has the hunger for bandwidth been as high as it is today. To meet that demand, Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, has been studying how high-end networks use converged IP and optical transport technologies to meet today’s network demands.

Bell Labs finds that combining IP and optical transport can improve network [...]

Sam Ramji takes lead at the open-source Cloud Foundry Foundation

Practical Technology - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 8:28pm

In 2015, many Linux and open-source vets still distrust Microsoft’s conversion to open-source. In 2006, no one believed that when Sam Ramji, who oversaw BEA Systems move to open-source software, became Director of Platform Technology Strategy for Microsoft’s Open Source Software Labs, that Microsoft was doing more than paying lip-service to open source. They were [...]

Can CyanogenMod phones challenge iPhones and Android smartphones?

Practical Technology - Wed, 11/02/2015 - 8:27pm

Cyanogen, the company behind CyanogenMod, started small. It began as a group of developers that wanted to produce a high-quality alternative Android firmware. Today, it still stands behind a great Android alternative, but its ambitions now go so high as to consider taking on Apple and Google.

Can CyanogenMod phones challenge iPhones and Android smartphones? [...]

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