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Linux at 25: An ecosystem, not only an OS

Linux at 25: An ecosystem, not only an OS | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
InfoWorld celebrates the 25th birthday of Linux -- and the new generation of open source projects Linux enabled
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"...... Linux has expanded far beyond its conquest of the server market. If you include Android, which is built around the Linux kernel, not to mention embedded Linux devices from TVs to network switches, you're talking billions of instances."
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Patch now! Unix bug puts Linux, Android, and iOS systems at risk

Patch now! Unix bug puts Linux, Android, and iOS systems at risk | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google and Red Hat researchers released a patch for a critical remote code execution flaw in glibc 2.9 and later
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"Software using this function may be exploited with attacker-controlled domain names, attacker-controlled DNS servers, or through a man-in-the-middle attack," Serna and Stadmeyer wrote in an advisory.

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9 Linux distros to watch in 2015

9 Linux distros to watch in 2015 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Predictions are fun. We all enjoy tech predictions at the beginning of each year.

 

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This is a list of the nine Linux distributions that I feel will be the most interesting to watch during 2015. We're talking both desktop and mobile here because, let's face it, Linux is everywhere.

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Microsoft Says Windows Will Run Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing

Microsoft Says Windows Will Run Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The next big thing in cloud computing doesn’t work with Microsoft’s Windows operating system. But Microsoft wants to change that. As part of its ongoing effort to embrace the latest tech trends, Microsoft says it’s building a version of Windows that will offer something akin to Docker—a technology originally created for the Linux operating system…
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To build a modern online service ...... you’re typically forced to run software across dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of computer servers, and Docker provides a way of doing this ...

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Is cloud computing about to get cheaper because of Linux?

Is cloud computing about to get cheaper because of Linux? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Elastichosts claims its by-the-hour billing system is 50% cheaper than Amazon.
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Elastichosts' IaaS solution, Elastic Containers, charges by real-time usage, measured every 15 minutes, meaning customers would pay less when the servers are less busy, such as overnight.

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Patent trolls target their next victim: Cloud computing

Patent trolls target their next victim: Cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing's success has caught the attention of patent trolls -- so the Open Invention Networks is gearing for battle
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Much of cloud computing relies deeply on open source software. So the cloud news from the OIN (Open Invention Network) that broke in December -- that Google would join and OIN would cover OpenStack -- should come as no surprise.

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Ubuntu 13.04 delivers cloud computing enhancements

Ubuntu 13.04 delivers cloud computing enhancements | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Canonical's Linux now comes with compute, storage and networking updates for OpenStack cloud deployments
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Linux in the form of Ubuntu is an important player to have in this industry.

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Review: Google Compute Engine rocks the cloud

Review: Google Compute Engine rocks the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google's new compute cloud offers a crisp and clean way to spin up Linux instances and easily tap other Google APIs.

 

You're sitting around. You have some computing to do. Ten years ago, you would ask your boss to buy a rack or two of computers to churn through the data. Today, you just call up the cloud and rent the systems by the minute. This is the market that Google is now chasing by packaging up time on its racks of machines and calling it the Google Compute Engine.

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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ships with cloud computing and enterprise desktop enhancements

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ships with cloud computing and enterprise desktop enhancements | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Ubuntu developer Canonical has officially released Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the latest version of its enterprise-focused Linux distribution, which now includes provisioning and cloud computing features in its server build, and support for common desktop virtualisation platforms in its desktop build.
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Docker goes native for Windows and Mac

Docker goes native for Windows and Mac | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Docker for Windows and Docker for Mac incorporate OS virtualization, thus establishing a bridge to true native containers on the platforms
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Initially available in a private beta, Docker for Mac and Docker for Windows are meant to address the fact that working with Docker on the platforms involves setting up first- and third-party tooling.
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Here's Why IBM Is Still Building Mainframes (IBM)

Here's Why IBM Is Still Building Mainframes (IBM) | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

IBM spent $1 billion developing a new refrigerator-sized mainframe. It makes sense. For companies that require 100% uptime, public clouds simply aren't feasible.

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IBM's mainframes have also kept up with the times. The systems have long supported Linux, and they also support OpenStack, a popular open-source cloud computing platform. This means a private cloud can be run directly on a mainframe, with the z13 supporting up to 8,000 Linux virtual machines simultaneously.

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That is one smart-looking (and smart-acting) mainframe!

David J. Williamson, MBA, PhD, PMP, ITIL-F's curator insight, March 15, 2016 7:24 PM

Mainframes are not dead yet. They have supported Linux for years, and they are being used to set up open-source cloud platforms and virtual machines.

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Why CoreOS is a game-changer in the data center and cloud

Why CoreOS is a game-changer in the data center and cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Offering Linux as a service, CoreOS has become the preferred distro for Docker -- and may go a long way toward making data centers more cloudlike
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.... in the cloud era, we’re starting to treat servers like cows: If one falls over, that's part of the business.

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Red Hat Looking to Expand Into Indonesia and Cloud-Computing

Red Hat Looking to Expand Into Indonesia and Cloud-Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

and in the field of cloud-computing systems.Red Hat Inc. has spent the past decade becoming one of the dominant commercial providers of the Linux operating system, but it is now looking to expand by exploiting opportunities in Indonesia, and in the field of cloud-computing systems.

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Red Hat has recently embraced OpenStack, a kind of open-source software which could prove essential in the operation of data centres. .......

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Is The Cloud Platform Battle Over?

Is The Cloud Platform Battle Over? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Iaas and PaaS platform distinctions will soon become irrelevant, as OpenStack's Solum project shows.
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At the center of the cloud platform debate is a new reality: Cloud consumers no longer need to manage or worry about the underlying infrastructure. The question of platform occurs only when you ask who or what controls operating systems, storage, deployed applications, and networking components.

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Private Cloud Wars: OS Wars, The Sequel

Private Cloud Wars: OS Wars, The Sequel | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
You can't put a layer on something and call it new, as we learned in the OS wars of old. Are we doomed to repeat the battles of the past?
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Very interesting article and certainly worth a read. But it is rather too early to suggest that the players on this list will dominate their respective markets. There is a lot of money involved and those with deepest pockets tend to prevail in the end. Of course, only time will tell.

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Ubuntu for phones - Industry proposition

Watch Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth explain Ubuntu's mobile strategy and what it offers industry partners.
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Red Hat launches CloudForms hybrid cloud management software

Red Hat launches CloudForms hybrid cloud management software | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Red Hat has launched its CloudForms hybrid cloud management tool after a year of testing the software in beta.

 

Most organisations interested in adopting cloud computing already have considerable IT infrastructure in place, argued Brian Stevens, Red Hat chief technology officer. As a result, their "focus is not how to start anew, but how to unify their existing internal resources with the elastic resources of the public cloud."

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