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Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst Awarded William C. Friday Award

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The annual award is presented by the senior class of Park Scholars, North Carolina State University’s merit scholarship program, and honors Friday’s dedication and excellence in leadership, scholarship, service and character.

Whitehurst is an avid advocate for open source software as a catalyst for business innovation.

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Five Things in Fedora This Week (2014-03-25)

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Fedora is big project, and it’s hard to follow it all. This new feature will highlight interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It won’t be comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each. So, here we go for March 25th, 2014.

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Red Hat's Chris Wright: Telco Industry Poised for Open Source Disruption

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As an OpenDaylight project board member and the technical director of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) at Red Hat, Chris Wright knows what it takes to launch a successful open source, collaborative project. He'll share some of what he's learned through his experience with OpenDaylight in his keynote presentation at Collaboration Summit, March 26-28 in Napa. Here he gives us a preview of the talk and shares his predictions on which industries are primed for disruption through collaborative development.

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Reviews, Indecent Proposal, and Ubuntu Graduation

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Today brings two new reviews. Jesse Smith reviews Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403 in today's Distrowatch Weekly and Jamie Watson posts his latest hands-on. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols says folks don't care about operating systems anymore. Matt Hartley has a few suggestions for those ready to graduate from Ubuntu. All this and more in tonight's Linux news review.

Jesse Smith tested the latest LMDE in this week's Distrowatch Weekly. He found a few bugs but Smith says it "lives up to its description" of having "rough edges." With all its "nasty surprises" Smith suggests folks just stick with the Ubuntu-based version of Mint. But see his full review for all the details.

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An Indecent Proposal: Microsoft and Red Hat?

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Bloggers have been chewing on a suggestion that Microsoft buy Red Hat. The problem is that "Microsoft tends to do best when people have no choice, and consequently has gotten used to treating customers badly," Slashdot blogger Gerhard Mack pointed out. "Now people avoid them unless they are absolutely necessary, so the day Microsoft buys Red Hat is the day many people switch distros."

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Fedora Present and Future: a Fedora.next 2014 Update (Part I, “Why?”)

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We have very positive brand. When I go to a conference and talk about Fedora, obviously there are some complaints about specific things, but overall, people are happy with us. We have a very strong user and developer community...

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Red Hat Wraps Latest Open Source Offerings into Software Collections

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Red Hat is out with its latest Sofware Collections package, arriving at version 1.1, and it is embracing Apache httpd and Nginx Web servers, Ruby 2.0, and NoSQL database MongoDB, among other previously unseen offerings. As Infoworld has noted: "One of Red Hat Enterprise Linux's big selling points has been its consistency, in the operating system itself and the software packaged with it. Red Hat goes so far as to offer application certification -- now with Docker support -- to ensure the software running on top of RHEL behaves as expected. But what about developers who want to step outside the lines, so to speak, and run something a little more cutting-edge?"

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Fedora 21 Gets U-Boot, Xorg, jQuery Changes

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Last week there were a great number of interesting features approved for the Fedora 21 release due out in October~November. This week there isn't quite as many items that were on the FESCo agenda, but there's still some interesting work that hopes to make it into this next Fedora Linux release. The approved items at yesterday's FESCo meeting were

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XP Users, Fedora Community Hubs, and openSUSE 13.2

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In the Linux news today is a new survey of small business owners finds that 11% will switch to Linux when XP is really really officially no longer supported. In other news, Fedora Chris Roberts speaks Fedora changes and Matthew Miller shares plans for the new Fedora "community hubs." And Jos Poortvliet kicked off the official development season for openSUSE 13.2.

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Red Hat plans unified security management for Fedora 21

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Profiles would cover things like TLS/SSL and DTLS versioning, ciphersuite selection and ordering, certificate and key exchange parameters including minimum key length, acceptable elliptic curve (ECDH or ECDSA for example), signature hash functions, and TLS options like safe renegotiation.

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