Munich Reversal Turnaround, Linus on the Desktop, and Red Hat Time Protocol

stuxMonday we reported that Munich was throwing in the Linux towel, but today we find that may not be exactly the case. In other news, Linus Torvalds today said he still wants the desktop. There are lots of other LinuxCon links and a few gaming posts to highlight. And finally today, Red Hat’s Eric Dube explains RHEL 7’s new time protocol.

Munich’s Linux reversal, widely reported Monday, may have been a jump-of-the-gun reaction to the new mayor’s data request. According to Nick Heath at, Munich city council spokesman Stefan Hauf said newly elected mayor "asked the administration to gather the facts so we can decide and make a proposal for the city council how to proceed in future." He said the report is to include many areas of IT and not "solely focused around the question of whether to drop Linux and move back to Windows." So, I guess stay tuned.

LinuxCon has been in many of today’s headlines but my favorite is Linus Torvalds said, "I still want the desktop." Sean Michael Kerner covered it in his LinuxCon brief today, as well as being listed among the favorites in Top 10 Quotes from the Linux Kernel Developer Panel. He quoted as saying it’s not a kernel problem, "It’s a whole infrastructure problem. I think we’ll get there one day." Be sure to catch this video by Libby Clark asking trivia questions of attendees and developers.

Eric Dube is continuing the Red Hat series on "What’s New?" in Red Hat Enterprise 7 with his Precision Time Synchronization & Network Latency. In it Dube says time synchronization is more critical than most of realize and that nanosecond accuracy is critical in today’s "high-speed, low-latency applications." That’s why Red Hat ditched NTP for Chrony. Chrony is more accurate and responds faster to system clock changes than NTP did. He also go on to explain that PTP was also included because some hardware out there supports that and it too is better than NTP. See his full article for the rest on that.

In gaming news:

* Sanctum 2 Released for Mac and Linux

* Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Now Visible in the Steam for Linux Database

* From Windows to Linux, Part 3: Games

In other news:

* KDE Applications 4.14 Released

* Free Official Ubuntu Books for Local Teams

* Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 Test 1 Is an Interesting Debian and GNOME 3.12 Combination

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Raspberry Pi Devices Spread in Schools, Help Teach Programming

According to a new DigiTimes report, sales of credit-card sized Raspberry Pi devices, which run Linux, remain very strong. The Raspberry Pi Foundation says that 3.5 million units have sold worldwide, with demand from China and Taiwan staying strong. The devices are helping to teach children basic programming skills and are arriving in educational systems all around the world.

As BusinessWeek reports:

"The [Raspberry Pi] website walks users through the construction of such items as an “Infrared Bird Box” or a “Hamster Party Cam.” Upton estimates that the user base is split about evenly among the three groups—students, pros, and hobbyists…Upton, the founder and chief executive of the 10-employee foundation in Cambridge, England, says he grew convinced that more kids needed introductory programming lessons (or, in some cases, remedial ones) while he was running the computer science department at St. John’s College at Cambridge."

Recently, the Raspberry Pi Foundation hosted its first ever Young Rewired State centre and took part in a Festival of Code. According to the Foundation:

"The aim of Festival of Code is to inspire and support young coders in creating something new – the only specification is that it must include an open data set."


"From Monday to Thursday the teams worked on their own projects, Ace Your Place and Moodzi, with mentors and members of the Raspberry Pi team. We even had Twilio and Code on the Road pop by."


Previously, in a very promising step for the Raspberry Pi movement, Google pledged to give U.K. schools Raspberry Pis and pledged to train teachers in how to pass Linux skills onto students.

In the past, when schools have been seeded with new breeds of computers, the problem of training teaches has risen to the top. To really get Raspberry Pi devices entrenched in schools and get students going with them, organizations like the Pi Foundation and Google need to focus on teacher training.

You can expect to see the Raspberry Pi in many more schools over the next several years. 

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Tesora Delivers Certification Program for OpenStack Cloud Storage

As the OpenStack cloud computing arena grows, a whole ecosystem of tools and front-ends are growing in popularity as well. And, one of the most notable tools in the ecosystem is the database-as-a-service offering focused on building and managing relational databases, called Trove

Tesora recently announced that it has open sourced its Tesora Database Virtualization Engine, and now it is offering the Tesora OpenStack Trove Database Certification Program, which provides "assurance that the most widely used databases can be deployed with Trove into the most popular OpenStack environments via the Tesora DBaaS Platform."

According to Tesora’s announcement:

"The Certification Program eliminates the headache of enterprises having to test integration on their own while reducing implementation time and saving money."

"Initially, certification and support includes the following databases: MongoDB, MySQL Community Edition, Percona Server, MariaDB, Redis and Cassandra, with work on Oracle, SQL Server and PostgreSQL underway. In addition to database certification, the program also ensures that the Trove-based Tesora DBaaS Platform installs, configures and operates properly with popular OpenStack distributions. At the outset, Tesora is certifying OpenStack releases from Red Hat, Canonical and from the OpenStack Foundation."

"With the rapid adoption of OpenStack and  establishment of Trove as the database as a service (DBaaS) component of  OpenStack, enterprises want to know their chosen database will work as  expected with the cloud platform," said Ken Rugg, CEO and founder of  Tesora, in a statement. "We’re looking to accelerate the development of a broad ecosystem around OpenStack and database technologies."

 Trove is starting to get a lot of notice, and Tesora’s announcement took place at  OpenStack Trove Day, a gathering that the company hosted in Boston.

"Tesora’s DBaaS platform and certification program provides MongoDB customers with the assurance of a compatible integration," said Vijay Vijayasankar, vice president of global channels and business development at MongoDB. "The knowledge that our database will work as intended, on the OpenStack distribution of their choice, is important when building out a DBaaS strategy."


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