Archive | March 2014

How to install Linux Mint on your XP PC

Installing Linux Mint on an XP PC is something any Windows power user can do.

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Google Cozies Up to Red Hat in the Cloud with Compute Engine Agreement

Red Hat has announced a new collaboration with Google that will enable Red Hat customers to move eligible Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions to Google Compute Engine using Red Hat Cloud Access. Google joined the Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider program in November 2013.

Google announced the public availability of the Google Compute Engine platform earlier this year. Compute Engine placed the company in direct competition with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and represented a strong step into the Infrastructure-as-a-Service space. Now, Google becomes only the second Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider to earn designation as a Red Hat Cloud Access-enabled partner.

According to today’s announcement:

"Through Red Hat Cloud Access, Red Hat customers can take advantage of the benefits of the Google Cloud Platform with the confidence that the consistency and quality of on-premise Red Hat technologies are the same on a public cloud. Red Hat Cloud Access also enables customers to maintain a direct relationship with Red Hat – including the ability to receive full support from Red Hat’s award-winning Global Support Services organization – on Google Compute Engine, enabling customers to maintain a consistent level of service and support across all certified deployment infrastructures with consistent and predictable pricing."

"By joining the Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider program, Google has signified that they are a trusted destination for Red Hat customers, independent software vendors (ISVs), and partners to benefit from Red Hat offerings in public clouds under innovative consumption and service models with the confidence that Red Hat product experts have validated the solution."

Launched in 2009, the Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider Program designates Red Hat partners as meeting rigorous validation standards. 

Tim Yeaton, senior vice president of the Infrastructure Group at Red Hat said, in a statement: "As customers move to the cloud, they want flexibility and portability, which is a key component of our vision for the open hybrid cloud is to enable freedom of choice across both new and existing heterogeneous infrastructures. By collaborating with Google to offer Red Hat Cloud Access for Google Compute Engine, we’re bringing even more choice to the open hybrid cloud: whether on-premise or in the public cloud with Google Compute Engine, customers can rely on their Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions to meet their needs.” 

Chris Rimer, global head of partner business for Google Cloud Platform added: "Today’s enterprise users demand performance, scale, flexibility, and security in order to run their applications. Now with Cloud Access, customers have the flexibility of bringing their existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions to Google’s infrastructure. By working with Red Hat, we are able to offer customers a powerful and consistent open source experience with Google Cloud Platform and Compute Engine." 

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Cisco to Follow the Open Road in Building Out its Intercloud

In late March, Cisco Systems announced that it plans to invest more than $1 billion to expand its cloud business in the next two years, including building an OpenStack-based Intercloud, described as a "network of clouds," with several partners. The Cisco global Intercloud is being built for the Internet of Everything, with real-time analytics, “near infinite” scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws, according to the company.

While the issue didn’t immediately draw attention, some observers are now taking note of the fact that Cisco has chosen to build its Intercloud around OpenStack instead of VMware, with which it already has a joint venture. It’s actually one of the biggest endorsements of OpenStack yet.

As noted by Virtualization Review, Cisco is trying to build a truly open Intercloud, and VMware already has its own competing effort:

"Asked how Cisco’s effort is different from that of VMware, which is also building a public cloud and enhancing it with local partners, [Fabio] Gori pointed out that Cisco’s service supports any hypervisor. Gori emphasized Intercloud will be based on OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure platform that many cloud providers, including Rackspace, IBM, HP and numerous others, support. But there are key players like Microsoft, Amazon and Google that don’t support it. Gori said Cisco can work around that by using the respective providers’ APIs and offering its own programming interfaces for partners to deliver application-specific offerings."

 Also, Cisco has a very notable group of partners on the project, including Telstra, Allstream, Canopy, Ingram Micro, Logicalis Group, OnX, MicroStrategy, SunGard Availability Services and Wipro.

According to Cisco’s announcement:

"The networked connection of people, data, processes and things, dubbed the Internet of Everything, is expected to be a $19 trillion economic opportunity in the coming decade.  The Internet of Everything movement, which is creating an entirely new set of requirements for globally distributed and highly secure clouds, has empowered Cisco and its partners to initiate the development of a massively scalable, flexible and highly secure Intercloud to deliver the mobile, collaborative and rich video cloud services that enable today’s new connected experiences."

OpenStack is the right platform for the Intercloud, and as Cisco builds it out, OpenStack itself is likely to get lots of meaningful contributions and enhancements. Cisco has made very clear that its existin arrangement with VMware only extends so far.



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Windows XP and Linux Mint: Brothers at the interface (Gallery)

If you want to stick with a Windows XP style interface, you should seriously consider using Linux Mint with its Cinnamon desktop.

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Why Linux Mint is a worthwhile Windows XP replacement

XP’s support life is quickly coming to an end. Fortunately for Windows XP users, there’s a Linux desktop–Linux Mint–that has the same look and feel but with far better security and speed.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) Final Beta released

Hello guys, The Ubuntu team has announced the final beta release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products. This beta release of Ubuntu comes with many new features, improvements…

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Setup And Configure OpenVPN Server On CentOS 6.5

Introduction OpenVPN is a robust and highly flexible tunneling application that uses all of the encryption, authentication, and certification features of the OpenSSL library to securely tunnel IP…

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