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ROSA Fresh R5, Year in Ubuntu, and Fedora to the Rescue

Still a bit slow on the news front but yesterday, like a Christmas present, ROSA Fresh R5 was released. Simon Phipps offers his Open Source confessions and Phoronix.com reviews the year in Ubuntu. Also, William Moreno Reyes offers a few thoughts on his recent Fedora 21 Workstation install. Show More Summary

Rackspace Joins Ranks of the Holiday Hacked

Are hackers and malware purveyors targeting cloud and network service providers over the holidays? With the news of the Sony hack fresh in everyone's minds, unusual hacking reports are flowing in. First, leaders of the Tor project said...Show More Summary

Linux Best & Worst, Live Patchin', and Devuan Good

It was a fairly slow news day today in Linuxville. Nevertheless, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols explains why 2014 "was the best of years, it was the worst of years." Gary Newell asks if the Debian-fork Devuan is a good idea and Serdar Yegulalp looks at the competing live kernel patchers and Fedora 21 is reviewed again, twice. Show More Summary

Apprenda and Piston Partner on OpenStack PaaS Solutions

Now that many enterprises are actually moving forward with OpenStack deployments, they are also wrestling with the complexities of putting applications and appropriate services on their cloud platforms. The last days of 2014 have brought news of some interesting choices becoming available for OpenStack deployments. Show More Summary

Linux Bloat, Linux Lite, and Devuan Update

Today in Linux news, Jack Wallen says Linux ain't bloated. For those still wanting something light anyway, Jim Lynch reviews Linux Lite 2.2. The Devuan project has announced some updates and Tom Taulli looks at the pros and cons of Red Hat stock. Show More Summary

Symantec Brings Security Savvy as OpenStack Gold Member

If you ask many enterprises considering doing an OpenStack deployment why they aren't pulling the trigger, lots of them will cite security concerns as the primary obstruction. As I covered recently, IDG Enterprise came out with results...Show More Summary

Tor Project Leaders Warn of Possibly Imminent Network Attack

In the world of online anonymity, the Tor network is a silent king. Millions of users depend on Tor to keep their tracks untraceable online, and not just individual users. Banks and other institutions leverage the Tor network as a security layer. Show More Summary

Mageia Beta Delayed, Christmas Quiz, and 7 Best Alternatives

Today in Linux news the Mageia project announced another delay in version 5 Beta 2. The Linux Voice is running a Linux quiz for Christmas and Gary Newell offers up his list of the seven best alternative Linux distributions of the year. Show More Summary

Databricks Delivers Online Courses Focused on Apache Spark

Databricks, a company founded by the creators of the popular open-source Big Data processing engine Apache Spark, is a firm that you may not have heard much from in 2014, but you will throughout 2015. The company has healthy venture funding of $47 million, and  Andreesen Horowitz is one of the investors, with Ben Horowitz on board. Show More Summary

VMware Raises its Ante in the OpenStack Race, with Mirantis

Marking the clearest evidence yet that OpenStack player Mirantis is working more closely with VMware on open cloud initiatives, the companies have published a Mirantis OpenStack reference architecture for VMware vCenter Server and VMware NSX. Show More Summary

Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha, Tanglu 2 Review, and More Red Hat

Just when you thought you couldn't get anymore Red Hat news, it once again was the talk of the techtown. An interest blog post from Hanno Böck today says quit using NTP if you care about security. Jack M. Germain discusses the work of Open Invention Network and Jamie Watson reviews Debian-derivative Tanglu 2. Show More Summary

TimesOpen Hack Day 2014

At the fifth annual TimesOpen Hack Day hosted by The New York Times Developers, people from around the city came to hack with us and API and platform partners CartoDB, Enigma and Google.

Google Open Sources "Cloud Dataflow" SDK, Built to Trump MapReduce

All the way back in June, at Google I/O, Google pronounced that the venerable MapReduce data crunching scheme was "tired" and launched a service dubbed Cloud Dataflow that analyzes pipelines with "arbitrarily large datasets." Dataflow...Show More Summary

Snappy Ubuntu Core Arrives for Amazon Web Services

It looks like the Ubuntu team made a very good decision in creating the new, stripped down and fast performing “snappy” version of Ubuntu Core. This minimalist take on Ubuntu is targeted at those doing cloud deployments, and is already integrated with Microsoft's Azure cloud platform and Google Cloud. Show More Summary

Red Hat, Red Hat, and More Red Hat

No doubt Red Hat dominated the headlines today with their 3Q financial report and subsequent quotes. They're also having to say goodbye to CFO Charlie Peters as their stocks jumped 10 percent in after hours trading following the report. Show More Summary

On Heels of IPO, Hortonworks Expands Certification Program

Last week was a momentous one for Hortonworks, which focuses on the Hadoop Big Data platform. The company had a successful IPO, driving home how focused many enterprises are on yielding more useful insights from their troves of data than standard data mining tools can provide. Show More Summary

Nebula Builds on Cosmos for Enterprise OpenStack Deployments

Nebula, which bills itself as an enterprise private cloud company and is focused on OpenStack, is not exactly just another player in the OpenStack ecosystem. The company is funded by noted backers Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Comcast...Show More Summary

Red Hot Red Hat, Mageia Gives Back, and Linux Awards

Today in Linux news, the Mint project announced the release candidate for 17.1 KDE. In other news the Mageia project donates 250€ to GCompris and TheStreet says Red Hat stock is poised to become "red hot" in 2015. LinuxQuestions.org announced their 2014 Members Choice Awards today and Bruce Byfield has some tips for KDE users. Show More Summary

In the Market for a Holiday Chromebook? Here's What to Know

Are you in the market for a Chromebook this holiday season? A lot of holiday shoppers are, as Google's Chrome OS has moved from a slightly questionable cloud-centric platform to one that can be taken seriously. As a matter of fact, Chromebooks were among the top sellers among low-cost laptops last holiday season. Show More Summary

Snappy Ubuntu Arrives for Google Cloud, Optimizes Docker Use

As we've reported before, more than half of OpenStack deployments are being built on Ubuntu, according to the OpenStack Foundation, which backs the claim up with survey results. Ubuntu's popularity with the cloud crowd is not lost on Canonical, which recently launched a new “snappy” version of Ubuntu Core. Show More Summary

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