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Ubuntu chases enterprise cloud with Server 14.04 release

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Canonical is trying to position the Ubuntu OS as integral to enterprises expanding onto cloud and scale-out computing platforms.

That ambition is reflected in the make-up of Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS, the latest release of the operating system, which will be available to download on Thursday.

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More evidence that the Linux wars have moved to OpenStack

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It’s sort of funny that the press release announcing the new Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS release seems as focused on Ubuntu OpenStack as on Linux per se. It’s studded with partner testimonials from Cisco, Mellanox, NTT Software, Brocade lauding Ubuntu OpenStack. But then again, that makes sense given that the vendor battlefield has shifted from core operating system to core cloud infrastructure, where Canonical OpenStack has gained traction with Hewlett Packard and other big cloud providers.

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Linux KVM Virtualization comes to IBM Power servers soon

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In a blog posting, Jim Wasko, Director of IBM’s Linux Technology Center, said "that a Power Systems version of KVM, PowerKVM, will be available on IBM’s next generation Power Systems servers tuned for Linux before the end of the quarter."

Porting KVM to Power has not been easy. IBM has been working hard on it since 2011. Sources say that PowerKVM will be available both from Red Hat and SUSE in their main enterprise Linux distributions, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES).

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Is cloud computing about to get cheaper because of Linux?

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Cloud could finally prove cheaper than on-premise thanks to a new Linux-based technology that renders cloud hosting half the price of Amazon Web Services (AWS), it is claimed.

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Ubuntu One users can migrate to Open Source ownCloud

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ownCloud is an open source project, so you can study the code, just like any other free software project whether it be WordPress or Drupal. You can install ownCloud on your own server, you can choose a provider which is outside the USA and is not very NSA friendly. You own your very cloud just the way you own any site that you run. If you don’t want to deal with running your own server then you can choose ownCloud recommend providers and get it as SaaS.

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IXLeeds Selects Cumulus Networks Linux Operating System for Internet Exchange Point

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Cumulus Networks has announced that IXLeeds has chosen the Cumulus Linux operating system for the company’s upgraded Internet Exchange Point. IXLeeds is a not-for-profit Internet Exchange Point (IXP) based in Leeds, UK. A bid process that included Extreme Networks and Juniper Networks preceded the deployment of Cumulus.

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Red Hat Banking on OpenStack for Future Growth

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Red Hat reported its full-year fiscal 2014 earnings late Thursday, showing continued momentum for the Linux server operating system business leader. As Red Hat looks for future growth, the open-source OpenStack cloud platform is front and center.

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Facebook will trial Btrfs Linux file system in its data centres

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Linux kernel block maintainer, Btrfs lead developer and new Facebook employee Chris Mason revealed the news at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Napa Valley on Thursday, Phoronix reported. Mason said that Facebook will trial Btrfs in its "web tier" servers, explaining that's the easiest tier to recover if necessary, though we imagine Facebook might ask the NSA for its backup copy in the event of disaster.

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Google’s shiny new toys for nerds only: DNS, Linux/Windows support, & virtual machines

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At a cloud event today, Google announced it was cutting its cloud-services prices by huge margins — up to 85 percent in some cases. But that’s not all the good news.

Google also announced general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Linux SUSE on the Google Cloud Platform

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OpenStack job market doubles, open-source opportunities abound

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OpenStack engineers make nearly 40% more than other cloud engineers

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Rackspace Launches Linux for Ladies Training Program

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At the Women in Tech Networking event at South by Southwest Interactive last week, Rackspace Hosting launched its new training program, Linux for Ladies, aimed at helping women get top jobs in the IT industry.

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Cyber criminals capture 25,000 Unix servers

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Security boffins at ESET, in collaboration with CERT-Bund, the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing as well as other agencies, have found a cybercriminal campaign that has taken control of over 25,000 Unix servers worldwide.

Dubbed "Operation Windigo" it has resulted in infected servers sending out millions of spam emails which are designed to hijack servers, infect the computers that visit them, and steal information.

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ownCloud @ Chemnitzer Linuxtage 2014

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Last weekend Daniel, Arthur, Morris and me were in Chemnitz where the Chemnitzer Linuxtage 2014 took place. We drove a booth during the two days, the CLT host around 60 boothes of companies and FOSS projects. I like to go to the CLT because it is perfectly organized with great enthusiasm of everybody involved from the organisation team. Food, schedules, the venue, everything is perfect.

Even on saturday morning, short after opening of the event, somebody from the orga team was showing up on the booth with chocolate for the volunteers, saying hello and asking if everything is in place for a successful weekend. A small detail, which shows how much effort is put into organization of the event.

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CASE STUDY: Kiwi fruit distributor freshens up with Linux

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T&G, whose majority stakeholder is German agricultural giant BayWa, has a network of over 41,000 square metres of storage facilities, a global distribution network covering sales, marketing, and logistics, and a passionate, experienced team, who are intent on ensuring that the produce that customers receive, are as fresh as the day it was harvested.

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Do-it-yourself corporate cloud with ownCloud 6 Enterprise Edition

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OwnCloud, the company behind the open-source ownCloud Community Edition, announced on March 11 what the business claims is the "only fully self-hosted enterprise-ready file sync and share software, ownCloud 6 Enterprise Edition."

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Linux cloud world's best kept secret DigitalOcean just bagged $37m

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Cut-price virtual-server hosting biz DigitalOcean has banked a whopping $37.2m from Andreessen Horowitz and other valley investors.

The mammoth series-A funding round was announced on Thursday and will give the 50-person company the funds it needs to aggressively hire talented developers and expand globally, while keeping its Linux cloud server prices as low as $5 a month.

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pCell is only as good as the Linux it runs on

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Typically with new technologies like this the inventors haven’t thought much about security or they rely on a small installed base to keep the product or service under the radar of the bad guys. But pCell, for all it’s high tech loveliness, is a Software Defined Network proudly running in a data center on plain old Linux servers.

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Ubuntu is the most used OS for production OpenStack deployments

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According to an official OpenStack User Survey Ubuntu is the most used Operating System for production deployment of OpenStack. OpenStack is an Open Source project to build a framework for the creation of cloud platforms, predominately Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms. The survey found that Ubuntu accounts for 55% of the host Operating Systems used for OpenStack deployments, CentOS accounts for 24% and Red Hat for 10%. These results are not completely surprising as Canonical invests heavily in Ubuntu’s OpenStack development, it was one of the founding members of The OpenStack Foundation and is a Platinum Sponsor of the foundation.

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IBM's Mike Day: KVM More Visible Through Collaboration

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About a year ago IBM doubled down on its commitment to the open source cloud, announcing that all of its cloud offerings would be built on OpenStack and renewing its investments in KVM, the Linux-based kernel virtual machine. Since then, both projects have undergone major changes, including the move last fall of KVM and the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) to become a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.

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IBM places billion dollar bet on BlueMix PaaS cloud

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IBM believes it's making a safe bet by opening its middleware stack to its SoftLayer Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud. They'd better be. Big Blue's putting a billion dollars on the table.

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