Ubuntu Devs Started To Build Ubuntu 15.04

Canonical has started the development of the next iteration Ubuntu 15.04 just after the release of Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn on October 23. Ubuntu developers have decided to not waste any time and…

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openSUSE Tumbling, Fedora Slipping, and Calculating Linux

calculateThe big news today is the merger of openSUSE Factory and Tumbleweed. Fedora 21 is delayed again due to numerous blockers. Jack M. Germain looks at Calculate Linux 14 and Bryan Lunduke is back with another desktop review, this week LXDE. There’s a "victory for free software" in the news, but it’s not in Berlin where Microsoft Office is being substituted for OpenOffice.

Douglas DeMaio today posted on the openSUSE.org blog that Tumbleweed and Factory will be merged into one rolling release so users can get newer software faster and openSUSE can benefit from more feedback. DeMaio explains, "Factory will remain the name of the development process where openSUSE’s new developments are integrated, with the tested, user-ready rolling release assuming the name Tumbleweed from Nov. 4." Clear as mud? The Q&A says, "The only change is that the published, tested, completed, ready repositories and ISO’s we currently call the ‘Factory rolling release’ will now be called ‘Tumbleweed.’" Anyway, technical details to come.

Fedora 21 Beta has been delayed due to several blocker bugs. In last night’s Go/No-Go meeting several issues came to light. Bugs continue with the installer and problems in creating the images blocked the beta release. In tonight’s follow-up meeting it was decided to slip the release by a week and see how it has shaped up in next Thursday’s meeting. There are 17 blockers currently causing the beta to be delayed until November 4 pushing the final release date to December 9. So far Fedora 21 has been delayed one month total.

Jack Germain recently reviewed Calculate Linux 14 saying, "Calculate gives users something no other Linux distro makes possible." He says that’s the unified design of the Xfce and KDE desktops, they being very similar in appearance while retaining their own functionality. Germain concludes that this Gentoo-based distribution is "a well-tooled Linux distro that makes consistency in design job number one. It is highly configurable and is optimized for nearly every computing circumstance."

In other news:

* Bryan Lunduke says LXDE is boringly good even though not a keeper

* City of Berlin Going from OpenOffice Back to Microsoft Office

* FSF: A victory for free software over the "Microsoft tax"

* LibreOffice and OpenOffice: comparing the community health

* Rise of Linux – a hacker’s history

* Diary of a New Arch User, Week 2

* 10 Creepy Halloween Wallpapers For Your Desktop

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Apache CloudStack Arrives in New Version, Stays Popular

The Apache CloudStack project has released version 4.4.1, the new version of its private, public and hybrid cloud software. The lates revision of the open source CloudStack platform has "dozens of new features and improvements," as noted in an Apache Software Foundation release.

CloudStack includes an intuitive user interface and rich APIs for managing the compute, networking, software, and storage infrastructure resources. It was contributed to Apache by Citrix, which has a commercial arm of the cloud computing platform, although that business has gone through shakeups recently.

"We are delighted to be releasing version 4.4.1 of Apache CloudStack," said Giles Sirett, member of the Apache CloudStack Project Management Committee, in a statement. "This latest version of CloudStack reflects months of hard work by our diverse developer community and brings even more features to help our service-provider and enterprise users enhance their cloud platforms. Apache CloudStack continues to grow in both deployments and developer community size, and is the platform of choice for thousands of organizations that need to build IaaS environments quickly and securely with a proven, production-grade, technology."

CloudStack v4.4.1 reflects dozens of new features and improvements, including:

- Improved Storage Management

- Virtual Private Cloud tiers can now span guest networks across availability zones

- Support for VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler

- Improved Support for Hyper-V Zones, VPC and Storage Migration

A complete overview of all new enhancements can be found in the project release notes at http://ift.tt/1xdjJLs

Many people underestimate how widely used CloudStack is, although there is variance in whether organizations use Apache’s open source platform or Citrix’s commercial build based on it. Among organizations running CloudStack technology are: Alcatel-Lucent, Autodesk, BT Cloud, China Telecom, DATACAENTER Services, DataPipe, Edmunds.com, Exoscale, GreenQloud, Hokkaido University, IDC Frontier, Ikoula, KDDI, KT/Korea Telecom, LeaseWeb, NTT, Orange, PCextreme, Schuberg Philis, Shopzilla, Slovak Telekom, SunGard AS, Taiwan Mobile, Tata, Trader Media Group, TomTom, University of Melbourne, University of Sao Paolo, Verizon, WebMD and Zynga.

CloudStack was submitted to the Apache Incubator in April 2012 and graduated as an Apache Software Foundation Top-level Project in March 2013.


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HP Launches Helion OpenStack Build/Services, to Take on AWS

HP has steadily been making a lot of noise about its commitment to cloud computing overall, and the OpenStack platform in particular. And, back in May, HP chief Meg Whitman announced the cloud-focused Helion brand, and pledged to commit $1 billion over the next two years on products and services surrounding OpenStack.

Now, Hewlett-Packard has hit the ground running with a Helion hybrid cloud initiative focused on the launch of its first fully supported commercial release of HP Helion OpenStack with Cloud Foundry. There is also an enterprise-grade OpenStack-based private cloud storage component. Amazon should be watching all of this very closely.

HP has announced the arrival of the official Helion OpenStack cloud platform and HP Helion Development Platform based on Cloud Foundry, and the storage offering based on OpenStack is dubbed HP Helion Content Depot.

The complete package is forecasted to allow HP to compete very directly with Amazon Web Services, which, in Amazon’s earnings announcement this week, emerged as a clear money maker. Furthermore, HP acquired Eucalyptus Systems only weeks ago, and Eucalyptus’ technology will allow HP to offer what is essentially a clone of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) interface and tools.

You can find the overview of what HP has released here.  According to the company:

"With HP Helion OpenStack, you’re not locked in to any proprietary solution, allowing you to take advantage of innovations from a rich ecosystem of cloud solutions. Additionally, you have access to a flexible platform for development and valuable tools and resources in the HP Helion Developer Network."

While the company has not clarified its official plans, it has to be very focused on offering tight integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) through Eucalyptus’ technology. From the get-go, Eucalyptus has focused on duplicating the AWS interface and command-line tools exactly.

That duplication of functionality can make a difference for many enterprises that want the flexibility of an open source cloud platform, but have experience using Amazon’s cloud tools.

HP’s commercial Helion offering has also been updated to include Juno, the newest version of the OpenStack framework, which arrived last week.


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How To Disable Unity Online Search Feature On Ubuntu 14.10

What Is Unity Online Search Feature? The Unity search function is provided by Canonical Ltd. When you enter a search term into the dash, Ubuntu will search your Ubuntu computer and will record the…

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[Quick Tip] How To Enable Workspaces On Ubuntu 14.10

Starting from Ubuntu 13.04 version, moving between workspace feature has been disabled by default. So, you can’t switch to other workspaces by using the key combinations:…

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Ubuntu 14.10 Released, openSUSE GNOME Peek, and Debian Multimedia

ubuntuThe release of Ubuntu 14.10, codenamed Utopic Unicorn, was the big news today. But in other news, Kostas Koudaras has a sneak peek of GNOME in upcoming openSUSE 13.2 and Alessio Treglia shared some bits on Debian 8.0 multimedia. Miguel de Icaza announces Mono for the Unreal Engine and, finally, Erich Schubert says avoiding systemd isn’t hard at all.

Today’s top story must be the release of Ubuntu 14.10. While not getting the number of headlines as in days passed, Ubuntu can still dominate the news like with today’s announcement of Utopic Unicorn. Reading it demonstrates that the big change this release is the lack of big changes. Update is major theme of this release with a side order of "not yet with convergence. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is one of many covering the release saying, "The Ubuntu 14.10 desktop is new and improved, but it’s on the server and cloud side where this new Linux distro really shines." Jane Silber, Canonical CEO, today reflects on "ten years of Ubuntu." She said, "All Ubuntu releases seem to have their own personality, and Utopic is a fitting way to commemorate the realisation of a decade of vision, hard work and collaboration."

Kostas Koudaras today posted a "sneak peek into GNOME on openSUSE 13.2." He said GNOME 3.14.1 "improves upon the user-experience of GNOME 3.10 several notches." He walks users through the laundry list of new and improved features including completely revampled Totem movie player, improved Shell, and new default applications. All that is sitting on top of a brand new theme as well. Koudaras said a lot of work went into making this the prettiest and best performing GNOME ever.

Alessio Treglia posted today of "some interesting news to share for the Jessie release" from the Debian Multimedia Maintainers. He said improvements to multimedia support include new and improved frameworks and libraries for codec support, newest plugins, and toolkits. His report even introduced new multimedia applications like Advene video annotation, dvd-slideshow, Groove Basin music server, and HandBrake transcoder. See Treglia’s full post for lots more on that.

In other news:

* Mono for Unreal Engine

* Avoiding systemd isn’t hard

* How to Beef Up Security With Kali Linux

* Matthias Clasen: An Early View of GTK+ 3.16

* Matthew Garrett: Linux Container Security

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