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Fedora Good, Bad, & Ugly and Debian's Rise

Pádraig Brady today offered up his assessment of Fedora 21 in comparison to Fedora 16 from which he upgraded. Bruce Byfield is back with a look at the "rise of Debian technology" and Softpedia is reporting that CentOS was used to make the black hole in hit movie Interstellar. Show More Summary

Netflix Open Sources Sophisticated Messaging Tool

Open cloud computing platforms are on all kinds of radars these days, including leading open source platforms such as OpenStack, but if you ask many folks which companies have top-notch expertise in the open cloud, you won't often hear Netflix mentioned. Show More Summary

Fair Warning: Chrome Team Starts Final Countdown for NPAPI Extensions

As we've reported several times, Google is introducing big changes in its Chrome browser, especially when it comes to how the browser handles extensions. If you've regularly used either or both of the most popular open source Internet...Show More Summary

Mint's the Best, Less Malware, and Debian vs Ubuntu

The Register's Scott Gilbertson today said that Linux Mint 17.1 was the best distribution "hands down." Elsewhere, Bruce Byfield compares and contrasts Debian and Ubuntu to see which is right for you and Lucian Constantin reports on a new vulnerability found in less programs. Show More Summary

Surveys Show Continuing Interest in the Cloud, Confidence in Open Source

The end of the year usually ushers in a few compelling surveys in the open source arena, and a few survey results on cloud computing and IT trends are arriving now. Zimbra, which specializes in collaboration software, has announced the...Show More Summary

Jolla Tablet Runs Android Apps, Gathers Crowdfunds

A Finnish mobile technology startup company with an open source operating system called Sailfish OS has gathered more than $1.1 million in crowdsourced funding in an Indiegogo campaign. The company, called Jolla, is working on an alternative...Show More Summary

Wake Up Lil SUSE, Minty Goodness, and Caine Mutiny

Today in Linux news Simon Phipps discusses what the merger completion means for SUSE and Dedoimedo.com reviews openSUSE 13.2. Linux Mint 17.1 update was released a couple of days ago and Chris Hoffman and Craciun Dan cover what's new. Show More Summary

Mozilla's Revenue Growth Slows Down Amid Changes at the Organization

As I noted here yesterday, Mozilla is going through a huge sea change. It has historically gotten more than 90 percent of its revenues from Google, to the tune of $300 million recently, in exchange for search placement in the Firefox browser.  That has completely changed, and now Mozilla has struck a similar five-year deal with Yahoo. Show More Summary

OpenStack Survey Shows Admins Are Moving to Actual Deployments

In preparation for the recently held OpenStack Summit in Paris, the OpenStack Foundation conducted one of its regular surveys of operators and application developers, who were asked to provide feedback on their experiences. These surveys...Show More Summary

Free as in Beer, SUSE News, and 7 Years Uptime

Today in Linux news Jack Germain reviewed Makulu Cinnamon Debian and said it can give Linux Mint Cinnamon some competition. Bruce Byfield said free as in beer has slowed the adoption of Open Source software. The SUSE parent company Attachmate and Micro Focus merger is now complete and Sam Varghese has several interviews from SUSECon today. Show More Summary

Surprise! Mozilla Switches Out its Deal with Google for One with Yahoo

This month may very well prove to be the most momentous one in the history of Mozilla. Only a few days ago, I put up a post noting that Mozilla was up for renewal negotiations for its deal with Google, which has historically subsidized more than 90 percent of Mozilla's revenues, to the tune of more than $300 million per year at times. Show More Summary

Symantec and HP Partner on Disaster Recovery for HP Helion OpenStack

As I covered yesterday, IDG Enterprise is out with results from a new survey it did involving 1,672 IT decision-makers who report that they are very focused on cloud computing, including open cloud platforms such as OpenStack. The same...Show More Summary

Another Debite Quits, Scientific Linux Flop, Mageia 3 EOL

Another day brings another Debian resignation. In other news, Mageia 3 is reaching its end-of-life and The Var Guy has some highlights from SUSECon. Dedoimedo.com says Scientific Linux 7 is "poorly executed" and Mozilla says losing Google partnership promotes choice and innovation. Show More Summary

Google's Kubernetes Project May Have One Giant Beneficiary: Google

Recently, I covered the news that Google has released Kubernetes under an open-source license, which is essentially a version of Borg, which harnesses computing power from data centers into a powerful virtual machine. It can make a difference for many cloud computing deployments, and optimizes usage of container technology. Show More Summary

Enterprise Survey Shows Much Continuing Interest in the Cloud

As we approach the end of 2014, one of the biggest open source stories of the year has to be the rise of open platforms for cloud computing. OpenStack, in particular, grabs most of the headlines in this area, but CloudStack and other platforms are seeing much adoption as well. Show More Summary

systemd to Stay, FreeBSD Millionaires, and Fedora Love Letter

Today was another busy day in Linuxville. The results of the Debian general resolution on decoupling systemd are in and Phoronix.com is reporting that FreeBSD just received a million dollar donation. Joe Casad says TOR isn't as anonymous as users think and Steven J. Show More Summary

Free of the Phone Business, Nokia Delivers a Slick Android Tablet

Earlier this year, as Microsoft's move to acquire Nokia was taking shape, I speculated that owning Nokia might put Microsoft squarely in the Android business, which is kind of a funny proposition since Google drives Android's fortunes. Show More Summary

Google Leverages Old Technique with New Open Source Tool

With what is being heralded as a look back to 1960s approaches to surveys and statistics, Google has announced a new open source project that seeks to collect data about users' computers without invading their privacy.  Dubbed RAPPOR,...Show More Summary

DD Quits systemd, Fedora Ponders Firefox, and Rolling Releases

Today was such a busy day in Linuxland I hardly know where to start. Another Debian developer tendered his resignation from the systemd maintenance team and Fedora is thinking of dropping Firefox over its new advertisements. Matt Hartley presents a case against the rolling release and Katherine Noyes talks to bloggers about Microsoft's.NET today. Show More Summary

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