The Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) is the software industry’s response to the Heartbleed vulnerability. I read OpenSSL Foundation president Steve Marquess’s recent blog post before the announcement of the CII that explained that his foundation typically received a meager $2,000 per year in donations and maybe as much as a $1 million per year in support contracts. I really hope the half-million sites that use OpenSSL would get out their checkbooks and donate to pay for independent pen testing and code reviews.
PLUMgrid Virtual Network Infrastructure Achieves Certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform
PLUMgrid , the leader in Virtual Network Infrastructure (VNI), today announced that PLUMgrid VNI 3.0 has achieved certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform . The certification ensures that PLUMgrid VNI 3.0 has been integrated, tested and certified for use with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.
PLUMgrid VNI 3.0 is a secure virtual networking product for large-scale OpenStack clouds. Built using PLUMgrid Platform and IO Visor™ technology , it provides an easy and simple solution to build cloud infrastructure at scale and offer secure, multi-tenant network services to OpenStack cloud users. Based on a highly automated workflow, PLUMgrid VNI 3.0 enables applications and users to deploy private Virtual Domains™ in seconds without changing the physical network fabric.
IBM says that now is great time for KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) technology as a result of key contributions from its large developer community.
The KVM hypervisor is an open source virtualization technology and, increasingly, it is becoming an important tool in any Linux user’s handbook, especially in light of OpenStack.
KVM is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V) and consisting of a loadable kernel module (kvm.ko) that provides the core virtualization infrastructure and a processor-specific module (kvm-intel.ko) or (kvm-amd.ko).
IBM says that hypervisors have had to better manage compute, network, and storage resources — and that this need that has been fulfilled by KVM.
For years I’ve heard that year X is the year of the Linux desktop and I’ve always scoffed at it. I scoffed because it’s ridiculous to think that Linux or Mac OS X or anything could supplant Windows on the desktop. That is until now. And don’t get me wrong, it won’t happen for at least another year in businesses but for personal computing and BYOD, it’s already happening. The Linux that’s taking over the desktop is called the Chrome OS and it will happen on the Chromebook device.
Yes, I know I write a lot about Chromebooks but they fascinate me. I’m kind of obsessed by them. I wish that I had been more receptive to them two years ago when I first saw one. But I guess there’s a time and a place for everything. And it just wasn’t my time yet.
But the business Chromebook revolution is about to happen and either you’ll be part of it or you’ll be left behind.
The School of Information Studies (iSchool), Marist College, and the Linux Foundation, together with IBM, are presenting a three-course series in massive open online format which addresses the unique issues surrounding mainframe and enterprise-level computing operations. The announcement of the course series was made recently in New York by Pat Toole, general manager for IBM System z, at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the IBM mainframe computer.
Chipmaker AMD has announced a major milestone in the development of its enterprise software ecosystem with the first public demonstration of its second-generation AMD Opteron X-Series APU, codenamed “Berlin,” running Fedora Linux at the Red Hat Summit 2014.
According to AMD this is an important development for companies looking to transition to x86 APU servers but who don’t want to introduce new tools and software platforms into the IT environments, so this demo represents a step forward in expanding the footprint of x86 APU accelerated performance within the data center.
Android users can now access their desktop computers with a Chrome Remote Desktop (RDP) app.
Based on Google’s recent introduction of its Chrome RDP extension, the Android app is designed to make it even easier to access your computer from a remote location.
The extension requires the Chrome web browser to be installed on both machines, but once it is up and running, controlling it is as simple as deciding on and sharing a PIN code. Once the PIN code has been shared once, there is the option to bypass it in the future, making it ideal for helping less than tech-savvy friends and relatives.
Even if Canonical hasn’t remade the consumer desktop with Ubuntu or made much of a dent with Ubuntu as a phone or tablet OS — at least, not compared to the way Google has with both Android and Chrome — there’s no denying the presence of Ubuntu as a server.
With the release of Ubuntu 14.04 on Thursday, Canonical is attempting to further define how it stands out from enterprise-centric distributions like Red Hat even as it shares features typically associated with Red Hat.
To do that, Canonical is focusing Ubuntu even more on the features used by the service providers who have taken it to heart, such as Netflix, Comcast, Verizon, and NTT. Two of the key technologies revved in the new Ubuntu release, Docker and OpenStack, are quickly becoming cornerstones for how such companies build their systems.
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The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce our fifth long-term support
release, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core, as well
as Ubuntu 14.04 for Phone and Tablet products.
Codenamed “Trusty Tahr”, 14.04 LTS continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition
of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a
high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at
work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is the first long-term support release with support
for the new “arm64″ architecture for 64-bit ARM systems, as well as the
“ppc64el” architecture for little-endian 64-bit POWER systems. This
release also includes several subtle but welcome improvements to Unity,
AppArmor, and a host of other great software.
Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS includes the Icehouse release of OpenStack,
alongside deployment and management tools that save devops teams time
when deploying distributed applications – whether on private clouds,
public clouds, x86 or ARM servers, or on developer laptops. Several key
server technologies, from MAAS to Ceph, have been updated to new upstream
versions with a variety of new features.
The newest Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu
Kylin, and Ubuntu Studio are also being released today. More details
can be found for these at their individual release notes:
Maintenance updates will be provided for 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop,
Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu Core, Ubuntu Kylin, Edubuntu, and
Kubuntu. All the remaining flavours will be supported for 3 years.
To get Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
In order to download Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, visit:
Users of Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.10 will be offered an automatic upgrade to
14.04 LTS via Update Manager shortly. Users of 12.04 LTS will be
offered the automatic upgrade when 14.04.1 LTS is released, which is
scheduled for July 24th. For further information about upgrading, see:
As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free
We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document
caveats, workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes
on the release itself. They are available at:
Find out what’s new in this release with a graphical overview:
- Systemd Creator Says Linux Community Is Rotten, Points at Linus Torvalds as the Source
- Amazon Web Services Aims for More Open Source Involvement
- VirtualBox 4.3.18 Has Been Released With Lots Of Fixes
- KDE Plasma 5 Now Available for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)
- Canonical Details Plans for Unity 8 Integration in Ubuntu Desktop
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