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Introducing the Canonical Distribution of Ubuntu OpenStack – your “autopilot” for rapid, customised OpenStack private cloud deployment and management

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Based on Canonical’s industry-leading OpenStack reference architecture and building on Ubuntu’s leading position as the most widely used OpenStack platform, the Canonical Distribution gives users the widest range of commercially-supported vendor options for storage, software-defined networking and hypervisor from Canonical and its OpenStack partners. It then automates the creation and management of a reference OpenStack based on those choices.

“The Canonical Distribution of Ubuntu OpenStack is a complete autopilot for your private cloud,” said Mark Shuttleworth. “Point it at a rack or ten and tell it your preferences for storage, software defined network, and hypervisor, and it will create your cloud automatically, manage and monitor it for you, keep it fully secure, and update it to the next version of OpenStack in due course. This is the solution for people who want a high-performance reference cloud and want to focus on their own applications and workloads rather than the underlying infrastructure.”

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Boot to open source desktops with Linux on USB sticks

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Linux

Want to try a new OS sans commitment? Linux on USB sticks can be the first step to replacing Windows XP with an open source desktop such as Xubuntu.

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Synaptic Vs. Update Manager in Linux Mint

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“Windows assumes you are an idiot…Linux demands proof.”

In other words, for the most part, Linux users are in complete control of everything in/on their system. Linux will allow you to completely bugger your installation, because as a user you have the responsibility to know what you are doing. Fools are not suffered gladly when using Linux. You wanna play with the rm command? Go ahead…it’s your computer.

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The Companies That Support Linux: Altera

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Interviews

Contributing upstream to the Linux kernel is hugely important to Altera, says Findlay Shearer, a senior manager of product marketing at the Silicon Valley-based chip maker.

Altera's kernel code helps ensure Linux developers can work on their SoCFPGA architecture, which integrates FPGA (field programmable gate array) devices with ARM processors into a single SoC (system-on-chip). This enables innovation in the embedded industry, based on Altera's SoCFPGA chips.

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Makulu Cinnamon Debian Edition: A distribution you could use for serious work

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Debian

First out of the blocks of the pre-release distributions I looked at last week, is Makulu Linux Cinnamin Debian Edition.

This release is based on Debian Testing (jessie), with Cinnamon 2.2 for the desktop. There seems to have been a change in philosophy with this release, though: rather than the 'toss it all in there' approach, where it is just overflowing with just about every package and application possible, this release has taken the 'include the most commonly added/needed packages' angle.

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Dell, Asustek and Lenovo eye Chromebook market

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Google

Seeing that Chromebooks are enjoying demand from the education sector, brand vendors such as Dell, Asustek Computer and Lenovo have started becoming aggressive about the market, while Acer, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Samsung Electronics will also launch new products to defend their market shares, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

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Linux computer program brings a smile where it's least expected

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Using Linux as the operating system has not been a matter of religion or partisanship. Not even a matter of personal choice. It's a matter of pragmatic necessity. To give you a better picture of why, here's the story of Ricky.

In short: We installed a computer for a financially-disadvantaged kid. We taught that kid how to use the computer. That kid was supremely happy with his new Linux computer. We left. The end.

First, we started with Windows XP, then we moved to nothing but Linux because Microsoft refused to sell us licenses that were cheap enough to make our organization viable. Also, in less than a week of uses Windows, we were flooded with calls from parents complaining about viruses and malware. At that time, we were placing six computers in homes per week, so the complaints were a logistics nightmare for us.

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Three Outstanding Music Streaming Clients for Linux

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That’s right, Linux can get that music stream to your desktop in many ways. If you’re a lover of Spotify, Pandora, Last.fm, SoundCloud...you name it, there’s a way to stream that music. But don’t think you’re limited to using a web browser. Linux has clients, and plenty of them.

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Windows, Linux ARM servers are on their way to the data center

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Microsoft

Some people can't believe that Microsoft is working on a version of Windows Server for ARM processors. I only wonder what took the software giant so long.

True, when you think of ARM processors your mind immediately goes to smartphones and tablets, but 64-bit ARM processors can do far, far more than tweet your latest photo to your followers. Server hardware companies such as Dell and HP have been working on 64-bit ARM as a future data center platform for years.

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LxPup 14.10 Is a Ridiculously Small Distro Based on Puppy Linux and LXDE

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Puppy Linux is one of the smallest and one of the lightest distributions that can be found. It's been out of the news lately and it's not getting the same kind of attention that it used to have, but the OS is actually utilized as a base for numerous distros. LxPup is just one of them, but it has been very well received by the community and users really seem to like it.

LxPup is a very interesting project because it comes with a variety of flavors that are quite different from one another. Despite being a rather small OS, the developers have put together a number of different revisions aimed at users with different configurations, both with PAE and non-PAE support.

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