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News: Linux 3.17 Release Cycle Begins as LinuxCon Opens

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 02:42:11 AM
Big week on the Linux Planet as a new Linux kernel release cycle begins and Kernel developers congregate in Chicago for LinuxCon. "I'm going to be on a plane much of tomorrow, and am not really supportive of last-minute pull requests during the merge window anyway, so I'm closing the merge window one day early, and 3.17-rc1 is out there now," Linus Torvalds wrote in his Linux 3.17 rc1 release announcement.

Ditching Linux for Windows? The truth isn't that simple, says Munich

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 01:45:00 AM
Munich city council says a review of its IT has not been triggered by staff dissatisfaction after moving from Windows to Linux on the desktop, in spite of reports to the contrary.

Core Infrastructure Initiative adds New Members to Fund and Support Critical Open Source Projects

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 12:47:49 AM
The Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), a project hosted by The Linux Foundation that enables technology companies, industry stakeholders and esteemed developers to collaboratively identify and fund open source projects that are in need of assistance, today announced new backers. Hitachi and NEC will work with existing CII members to collaboratively identify and support the critical infrastructure projects most in need of support.

Tesora Launches Certification Program for OpenStack Cloud Storage

Wednesday 20th of August 2014 12:14:11 AM
Database-as-a-service (DBaaS) vendor Tesora is certifying relational, NoSQL and distributed databases for compatibility with OpenStack cloud storage.

Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

Tuesday 19th of August 2014 11:17:00 PM
Windows fans can run their OS of choice on Intel’s counter to Raspberry Pi, courtesy of an Intel firmware update. Chipzilla has delivered firmware version 1.0.2 for the Galileo Gen 1, which means Windows can now run on the developer board. Microsoft fans had had to make do with a preview image until now.

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