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Containers and Microservices Force VMware To Ship A Linux Distribution

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VMware is the most unusual and unexpected player in the industry to ship a Linux distribution. Here is an analysis of what forced the virtualization giant to make this move.

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No Linux, no Docker, no cloud OS? Think again

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Operating systems like CoreOS and Joyent's SmartOS/Triton have worked to redefine, in radically different ways, what an OS needs to be to run applications at scale in the cloud.

Now another OS is set to join the ranks of those trying to do the cloud-OS thing in a maverick way: OSv, an open source, hypervisor-optimized OS "designed to run an application stack without getting in the way."

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Red Hat’s Atomic command turns Docker images into software-delivery mechanisms

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Red Hat is looking to improve upon Docker’s software-delivery mechanism with the Atomic command feature of its Atomic Host operating system for Linux containers.

Last month, Red Hat released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL7) Atomic Host, a version of the enterprise operating system expressly designed to run containers. The “Atomic command” feature defines entry points for Project Atomic hosts, delivered via Docker container, with the goal of filling the software-delivery gaps in Linux container implementations.

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Ubuntu 15.04 container-friendly Linux for cloud and servers arrives soon

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Don't look now but Ubuntu has become the Linux for clouds. On the AmazonElastic Compute Cloud (EC2), for example, Ubuntu is the most popular operating system by an almost two to one margin. 64 percent of production OpenStack users have also chosen Ubuntu to stay on top. Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company, is adding even more cloud and container functionality to the next version, Ubuntu 15.04.

With this release, Canonical is adding a new snappy Ubuntu Core. This light-weight Linux is designed for transactional systems, such as cloud container hosts, and smart devices for the Internet of Things. The new Ubuntu will also include updated developer tools and the latest frameworks, languages, databases and packages. On top of this, Canonical's adding its new container-based hypervisor, LXD.

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VMware fires Photon torpedo – a homegrown Linux for microservices

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VMware has created its very own Linux distribution, dubbed 'Project Photon', as part of an effort to create a stack for what it's calling “Cloud-Native applications”.

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OpenStack: Can the open-source platform still win private cloud?

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"I think that doing open source work in a full committee style is often like pouring 1,000 engineers into a barrel and hoping they'll produce the works of Shakespeare. The monkeys in the barrel just don't manage to get it together, everybody wants to be the king and the directions and the priorities change.

"It's a very different situation to something like Linux, where you have a benevolent dictator Linus Torvalds controlling everything, or like Docker, where there is a corporate entity ultimately controlling the road map."

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MariaDB tackles 'endless growth' with open-source database

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MariaDB has announced the Spring 2015 release of MariaDB Enterprise, which will include new scalability and security capabilities.

Research from Wikibon has predicted that the Big Data database market will reach $4.5 billion in 2017, which represents a large rise from $2.7bn in 2014. It is expected that SQP will represent 64% of the database market.

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Also: ​MariaDB Corp picks off speed bottlenecks and tightens anti-SQL injection measures

Google sticks anti-SQL injection vaccine into MySQL MariaDB fork

MariaDB adds high availability, scalability and security capabilities to enterprise MySQL database

Do your switches run Cumulus Linux? Puppet will pull your strings

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Cumulus Networks, home of a Linux-of-choice for white-box switches, has linked arms with Puppet Labs and joined its Puppet Supported Program.

While it's “just another” certification from one angle, Puppet's Carl Caum told The Register it's important to the company.

He said while there are plenty of tools to manage equipment in the software-defined networks (SDN) space, these pieces of software can only work via the equipment vendors' APIs – the networking devices themselves remain black boxes.

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Press release: Puppet Labs, Cumulus Networks and Dell Partner to Extend SDN to More Devices in the Data Center

Open Xchange teams with PowerDNS and Dovecot to create open source powerhouse

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OPEN-XCHANGE, the security conscious open source white label productivity provider from Germany, has announced a three-way merger to create one of the largest open source companies in Europe.

The deal sees the company join up with Dutch DNS software vendor PowerDNS and Finnish IMAP server provider Dovecot to form a pan-European powerhouse.

The new deal sees the combined Open-Xchange take a 90 percent market share in the secure DNS market and some 130 million user accounts.

We caught up with Open-Xchange CEO Rafael Laguna to get his thoughts on the news, starting with the advantages that the combined company will bring to the open source market.

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Running apps in the cloud more than twice as expensive as mainframes

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Steven Dickens, Linux go-to-market manager and platform economics lead at IBM, reckons that embracing mainframe to run your applications (more specifically the System z series) can help you save up to 60% compared to the cloud and nearly a third against on-premise standard x86 servers (probably why they got sold theirs to Lenovo then).

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Also: Linux job market booms even as the server market disappears

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