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ZFS: Finding Its Way to a Linux Near You?

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 12:46:03 AM
It seems like only yesterday that I read Jeff Bonwick's blog entry"ZFS: The Last Word in Filesystems". It was Halloween of 2005 thatZFS was fully integrated into Sun Microsystem's Solaris, and the filesystemwas very well received. For the readers not familiar with ZFS, it is acombined all-purpose filesystem and volume manager.

Samba Server installation on Ubuntu 16.04

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 11:48:52 PM
This guide explains the installation and configuration of a Samba server on Ubuntu 16.04 with anonymous and secured Samba shares. Samba is an Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients. Samba is freely available, unlike other SMB/CIFS implementations, and allows for interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows-based clients.

Arch Linux 2016.06.01 Now Available for Download, Ships with Linux Kernel 4.5.4

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 10:51:41 PM
It's June 1, which means that another awesome month starts for Linux users, and it also means that we can get our hands on a new ISO image of the Arch Linux operating system.

Linux Lite 3 Is Now Available With A New Login Manager, Many GUI Improvements And Bug Fixes

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 07:42:35 PM
Linux Lite, a Ubuntu LTS based and lightweight Linux distribution is focused on Windows users who want to turn to Linux easily. The distribution has always been trying to make it so easy that any Windows user has no trouble performing regular tasks on Linux Lite. Linux Lite was improved a lot in 2 series and now there is starting of series 3 with many improvements.

Plasma 5: Loaded With Useful Features

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 06:45:24 PM
Most Linux users know that KDE is a feature rich desktop environment with a whole suite of applications for nearly every task imaginable. What many Linux users don’t know is how far the KDE team has stepped up the level of completeness in the latest releases in Plasma 5. As of the latest release of KDE Plasma 5(5.6 at the time of this article), the KDE team has been packing Plasma with a ton of interesting and convenient features that show just how modern and convenient the Linux desktop experience can be.

The story of Ultimaker: 3D printers with open source DNA

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 05:48:13 PM
For those who have been immersed in a capitalist society, open source thinking can seem counterintuitive. For the last three decades wealth has been determined through ownership and property rights. Businesses have been valued and financed based on the patents they own and the applications of their intellectual property. But open source, a term originating from software code being open for other developers to use, has started to change the prevailing capitalist more

Meet Raspberry Pi Zero-Based Little Backup Box

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 04:51:02 PM
Before my recent trip to Tokyo, I spent some time writing, debugging, and optimizing my Little Backup Box script that transforms a Raspberry Pi into a mobile backup device.

Bring Networking Projects Under A Common Umbrella, Urges Cisco's Dave Ward

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 03:53:51 PM
As a “networking guy," Cisco CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect Dave Ward finds it frustrating that today, although somebody can fire up an application and ask for CPU, RAM and storage, but they can't even ask for bandwidth. They have very simple networking primitives all the way up to the PaaS (Platform as a Service) layer.

North American Cities Slow to Adopt Open Source Software

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 02:56:40 PM
The move to open source is inevitable as open source communities of developers continue to work on 1000's of applications & as more software development companies invest in open source models to allow for greater flexibility & lower end user prices than existing proprietary competitors. Europe has more than a decade head start on North American cities. The quality of available open source software has improved so much in that decade that the transition can be far easier for cities starting now.

Microsoft Extortion Against Android OEMs (Even Chinese Companies) Continues in Spite of Departure of Horacio Gutierrez

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 01:59:29 PM
Microsoft reminds us that it is still engaging in patent extortion by signing yet another patent settlement deal which requires surrendering to Microsoft

Linux vs. Windows device driver model: architecture, APIs and build environment comparison

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 11:14:25 AM
Device drivers are parts of the operating system that facilitate usage of hardware devices via certain programming interface so that software applications can control and operate the devices. As each driver is specific to a particular operating system, you need separate Linux, Windows, or Unix device drivers to enable the use of your device on...

Spike Linux 1.0.2b Xfce Screenshot Tour

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 10:17:14 AM
Spike Linux 1.0.2b Xfce Spike is an Open Source pentesting distribution based on Sabayon Linux. Actually, there is a repository that contains over 300 packages dedicated to pentesting. The Aim is to build an innovative and quick pentesting distribution based on the great work of Sabayon, why keep using debian for your quick&dirty pentestings session? Spike is a modern and easy to use Linux distribution based on Sabayon, hence on Gentoo, following an extreme, yet reliable, rolling release model.

LAMP server setup on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus Linux

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 09:20:03 AM
The following quick tutorial will provide you with the information on how to configure LAMP ( Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP ) server on the Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus Linux. This guide consists of the three simple to follow steps: installation, database setup and testing.

Linux Howto: Dig Deeper Into DNS

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 08:22:52 AM
In this article I will briefly explore the powerful “dig” utility. For anyone that hasn't used in the command in the past hopefully this insight into dig will give a useful overview of what its features can be used for. And, for those that have utilised dig in the past hopefully this article will be a reminder of its versatility and extensive functionality.

Open source Micro:bit SBC now available for pre-order

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 07:25:41 AM
The BBC Micro:bit SBC, which has already been given out free to a million U.K. school kids, is now available for pre-order from several online resellers. reported this morning that the tiny Micro:bit microcontroller board, which “is already being delivered, free, to one million Year 7 children in schools across the UK,” is now “going on sale to the general public.”

ownCloud Gets Its' Own Foundation

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 06:28:30 AM
The open-source ownCloud storage project has had a tumultuous 2016 so far, with the public exit of founder Frank Karlitschek from ownCloud Inc on April 27. Today in what really does feel like a 'knee-jerk' reaction, ownCloud Inc announced the formation of an ownCloudownCloud Foundation.

PostInstallerF – Tweak your Fedora & (Hassle Free Software installation)

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 05:31:19 AM
PostInstallerF – Tweak your Fedora & (Hassle Free Software installation)

Learn programming using Micro Bit and Fedora

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 04:34:08 AM
The BBC micro:bit (or Micro Bit) is an ARM-based embedded system designed by the BBC for use in computer education in the UK. It will be given to every 11 year old student in UK.

ARM Cortex-A73 core and Mali-G71 GPU target mobile VR

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 03:36:57 AM
ARM announced a 10nm Cortex-A73 architecture with 30 percent better sustained performance and efficiency than the Cortex-A72, plus a 32-shader Mali-G71 GPU. ARM unveiled a follow-on to the high-end Cortex-A72 mobile architecture, which was announced in Feb. 2015, and also unveiled a high-end Mali-G71 GPU to work with it (see farther below). The Cortex-A73 supports […]

US computer-science classes churn out cut-n-paste slackers, and yes, that's a bad thing

Wednesday 1st of June 2016 02:39:46 AM
while(1) { read_stackexchange_page(); }Computer science (CS) students in the US aren't being taught properly, and their classes are too limited in their scope, says one IT think-tank.…

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  • Open Source NFV Part Four: Open Source MANO
    Defined in ETSI ISG NFV architecture, MANO (Management and Network Orchestration) is a layer — a combination of multiple functional entities — that manages and orchestrates the cloud infrastructure, resources and services. It is comprised of, mainly, three different entities — NFV Orchestrator, VNF Manager and Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM). The figure below highlights the MANO part of the ETSI NFV architecture.
  • After the hype: Where containers make sense for IT organizations
    Container software and its related technologies are on fire, winning the hearts and minds of thousands of developers and catching the attention of hundreds of enterprises, as evidenced by the huge number of attendees at this week’s DockerCon 2016 event. The big tech companies are going all in. Google, IBM, Microsoft and many others were out in full force at DockerCon, scrambling to demonstrate how they’re investing in and supporting containers. Recent surveys indicate that container adoption is surging, with legions of users reporting they’re ready to take the next step and move from testing to production. Such is the popularity of containers that SiliconANGLE founder and theCUBE host John Furrier was prompted to proclaim that, thanks to containers, “DevOps is now mainstream.” That will change the game for those who invest in containers while causing “a world of hurt” for those who have yet to adapt, Furrier said.
  • Is Apstra SDN? Same idea, different angle
    The company’s product, called Apstra Operating System (AOS), takes policies based on the enterprise’s intent and automatically translates them into settings on network devices from multiple vendors. When the IT department wants to add a new component to the data center, AOS is designed to figure out what needed changes would flow from that addition and carry them out. The distributed OS is vendor-agnostic. It will work with devices from Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Juniper Networks, Cumulus Networks, the Open Compute Project and others.
  • MapR Launches New Partner Program for Open Source Data Analytics
    Converged data vendor MapR has launched a new global partner program for resellers and distributors to leverage the company's integrated data storage, processing and analytics platform.
  • A Seamless Monitoring System for Apache Mesos Clusters
  • All Marathons Need a Runner. Introducing Pheidippides
    Activision Publishing, a computer games publisher, uses a Mesos-based platform to manage vast quantities of data collected from players to automate much of the gameplay behavior. To address a critical configuration management problem, James Humphrey and John Dennison built a rather elegant solution that puts all configurations in a single place, and named it Pheidippides.
  • New Tools and Techniques for Managing and Monitoring Mesos
    The platform includes a large number of tools including Logstash, Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, and Kibana.
  • BlueData Can Run Hadoop on AWS, Leave Data on Premises
    We've been watching the Big Data space pick up momentum this year, and Big Data as a Service is one of the most interesting new branches of this trend to follow. In a new development in this space, BlueData, provider of a leading Big-Data-as-a-Service software platform, has announced that the enterprise edition of its BlueData EPIC software will run on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public clouds. Essentially, users can now run their cloud and computing applications and services in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) instance while keeping data on-premises, which is required for some companies in the European Union.

today's howtos

Industrial SBC builds on Raspberry Pi Compute Module

On Kickstarter, a “MyPi” industrial SBC using the RPi Compute Module offers a mini-PCIe slot, serial port, wide-range power, and modular expansion. You might wonder why in 2016 someone would introduce a sandwich-style single board computer built around the aging, ARM11 based COM version of the original Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. First off, there are still plenty of industrial applications that don’t need much CPU horsepower, and second, the Compute Module is still the only COM based on Raspberry Pi hardware, although the cheaper, somewhat COM-like Raspberry Pi Zero, which has the same 700MHz processor, comes close. Read more