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Managing your containers at Google scale

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Google

The tooling around Linux containers has matured to the point that they are now a viable method of software packaging and deployment. The developer side of the containers equation has gotten a lot of emphasis. However, in order for containers to be a complete solution, they must not only be easy to build, but easy to deploy reliably at scale.

A company that arguably has more experience than any other company in deploying Linux containers at scale is Google. They have been running conatiners in their own datacenters for over a decade, contributing to the upstream Linux kernel in the areas of cgroups and namespaces. Using an internal system named Borg, Google deploys about 2 billion containers per week.

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Sources: Microsoft Tried To Buy Docker for $4B

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Microsoft

At last week’s DockerCon 2016 event in Seattle there was a lot of behind-the-scenes chatter about Microsoft wanting to buy Docker for billions of dollars. Microsoft’s bid for Docker was rumored to be as much as $4 billion for the 250-person container technology startup in the last six months, according to multiple sources with contacts close to both companies.

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The Windows Zealot

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Microsoft

“Linux is a failed experiment,” she spit. “It has no business even existing in the tech world and I am fully capable of recovering any important files myself. I do not need your help.”

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Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 and 8.5 Get the Latest Debian Security Fixes, Update Now

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Security
Debian

A few hours ago, the development team behind Parsix GNU/Linux, a Debian-based computer operating system sporting the modern GNOME 3 desktop environment, has announced that new security fixes are available for the stable Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 "Atticus" distribution, and upcoming Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" release.

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GNU/Linux Leftovers

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  • Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) Released. See what’s New?
  • Slackware Linux 14.2 Released — World’s Oldest Surviving Linux Distribution

    World’s oldest Linux distribution Slackware 14.2 is finally available for download. This release brings along multiple changes on the fronts of stability and security. The update also brings the latest development tools, window managers, updated programs and desktop environments.

  • openSUSE Conference 2016

    After the official part of oSC16 ended, we had a promising disussion about the (technical) future of the openSUSE wiki. If everything works out as planned, we'll get some shiny new hardware hosted in Provo that is only used for openSUSE - and the most important thing is that we'll have SSH access to it and can do whatever is needed without having to wait for the Provo admins.

  • Linux Kernel 4.7 RC6 Announced By Linus Torvalds

    As reported by Marius Nestor from Softpedia, things got a little bigger this time and hopefully won’t be repeated next week for the final Release Candidate build.

A simple menu system for blind Linux users

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Debian

The Knoppix distribution goes back in time, to the era of text menus, to provide an interface for computer users who are blind.

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The Knoppix Linux distribution has existed since November 2000. It quickly grew in popularity because it was one of the first live operating systems available; you could boot from a CD and use Linux without actually installing it. The disc itself could be your operating system, as long as you saved your data to a hard drive or to a network share. At the time this was a groundbreaking idea, and it still is, given the lack of any such paradigm for non-open source operating systems (even an OS that has since developed a live-like environment for maintenance doesn't intend for you to use that boot disc as your OS).

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Slackware-Based VectorLinux 7.2 Beta Ships Free of systemd with Linux 4.4.14 LTS

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Slack

Today, July 3, 2016, the developers of the Slackware-based Vectorlinux GNU/Linux operating system have announced the release of the Beta build of the upcoming VectorLinux 7.2 release.

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Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" Gets New Test Build, Adds Linux Kernel 4.4.14 LTS

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Debian

Approximately two months after the release of the first Test build for the upcoming Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 "Erik" operating system series, the project's development team announced today the availability of the second Test build.

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GNU/Linux Leftovers

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Linux
  • Linux Desktop Marketshare Just Passed 2 Percent [Ed: Microsoft-connected company]

    Worldwide Linux marketshare has passed 2% for the first time, according to data from analytics company Netmarketshare.

  • Our Second Podcast with James Ramey (Codeweavers)

    Following our first podcast with ProfessorKaos64 featuring his work on SteamOS, here is the second episode this time with the president of Codeweavers, James Ramey, recorded just a couple of weeks ago. We have already had the chance to feature James Ramey regarding DX11 support in the past, and it’s a great time to reconnect with his and his team to see what are the prospects for CrossOver/WINE in the near future. Including DX12 support down the road with Vulkan!

  • Why do we use the Linux kernel's TCP stack?

    I'm at PolyConf in Poland today, and I watched this super interesting talk by Leandro Pereira about Lwan, an ~8000 line of code web server. He talked about a bunch of the optimizations they'd done (improve CPU cache performance! be really careful about locking!). You can read more about the performance on the website & the links there.

  • 32 MB OS for Raspberry Pi 3 | Yocto Project

Solus 1.2.1 and Other Distros

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  • Peek at a Point Release: Solus 1.2.1

    A lot of incredible work coalesced for Solus 1.2, ranging from improvements to our flagship desktop environment Budgie to significant performance gains in the underlying system. The Installer and Software Center were built from the ground up to address a wide variety of pain points and make the use of Solus easier for everyone. We also were the first operating system to ship the new Arc Icon Theme, not only as the default for Solus 1.2, but also the first to make it readily available in the repo.

  • Solus 1.2 Overview
  • Solus Software Center: Quick Tour
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