Archive | October 2014

Samsung fires another shot at Microsoft in Android patent battle

Samsung now claims there’s another reason it stopped paying Android patent licensing fees to Microsoft: antitrust issues.

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PLUMgrid Delivers Suite of Tools for OpenStack Clouds

This week, PLUMgrid, which specializes in virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack cloud deployments, announced the availability of its Open Networking Suite (ONS) version 2.0 with expanded support for OpenStack distributions and network functions. The company claims that "PLUMgrid ONS for OpenStack is the industry’s first software-only virtual networking suite that provides terabits of scale out performance, production-grade resiliency, and secure multi-tenancy for businesses to build agile cloud networks."

There are more and more dashboards and suites of tools arriving for OpenStack, and some of them will become standardized. According to Awais Nemat, co-founder and CEO, PLUMgrid:

"OpenStack clouds need robust, scalable, and secure networking technologies that are simple to deploy and operate with key distros in the industry. With ONS 2.0, we are partnering with OpenStack distro leaders and providing a comprehensive set of software based networking capabilities for OpenStack users, without any hardware. Additionally, we now give our customers a dramatically simplified deployment experience, one that supports their choice of distro with the advanced container and security features they need.”

PLUMgrid has partnered with leading OpenStack distributions to focus on  compatibility.

In collaboration with Red Hat, PLUMgrid is announcing support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5 (RHEL-OSP 5) with ONS 2.0. The support ensures compatibility for customers who leverage functions provided by RHEL-OSP5 and ONS 2.0. In addition to Red Hat, PLUMgrid is partnering with Piston, Mirantis, Canonical and Oracle to support ONS for OpenStack cloud implementations.

So what does the suite of tools offer? It includes a Life Cycle Manager, which purportedly streamlines ONS software installation to rapidly deploy OpenStack cloud networks. Embedded in the Life Cycle Manager is an installer that automatically detects the OpenStack distribution and selects the appropriate ONS software packages to deploy. "The smart installer dramatically reduces the installation effort and time, allowing users to focus on building advanced cloud applications," PLUMgrid claims.

ONS 2.0 also has a portfolio of virtual network functions including routing, switching with Private VLAN, security policies, NAT, and DHCP.

You can visit www.plumgrid.com for more on the suite, and there is a FAQ document found here

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Does Microsoft’s New Love for Open Source Extend Beyond the Cloud Team?

In a recent post, I tackled the question of whether Microsoft has finally, truly warmed up to Linux and open source. After all, new CEO Satya Nadella (shown here) is definitely pushing that notion with his comments on how he "loves Linux" and he even reportedly claims that 20 percent of Microsoft’s Azure cloud is already Linux-based. His stance is a far cry from the stance of former CEO Steve Ballmer, who famously called open source a cancer (and never apologized for the comment).

Simon Phipps, who is one of the world’s leading experts on all things open source, has examined Microsoft’s purported change of heart in a new column for InfoWorld.  And, on a timely note, Phipps even reminds us of "The Halloween Documents"–a series of confidential Microsoft memoranda on potential strategies relating to open source and Linux that got leaked in 1998.

It’s worth remembering The Halloween Documents and the far reaching impact that the leaking of them had. As just one example of their influence, one of the memos was reportedly sent to the attention of senior vice-president Paul Maritz, and the memo characterized Linux as a giant threat to Microsoft’s operating system dominance. Maritz, of course, went on to run VMware for several years, so Microsoft’s historical opposition to open source likely didn’t stay confined to its own walls.

 Phipps notes that while the Azure cloud division at Microsoft does now appear to be playing nicely with open source, that’s not necessarily true throughout the company:

"The best way to gain insight is to observe Microsoft’s behavior outside the business units dedicated to exploiting open source. After all, the Azure-related units are bound to play nice because their success depends on it. The rest of the company will reflect its real culture and beliefs without lipstick."

He also points out the following: "While Microsoft doesn’t appear to have crowed much about its victims since Hoeft & Wessel two years ago, its strategy of shaking down Android users with broad threats seems to be continuing unchanged."

These are good points, especially if you understand the heterogenous nature of today’s cloud environments and server rooms at enterprises. IT managers don’t want to be boxed in to using, say, just Windows Server. Specifically, many of them want to run Linux alongside Windows Server, and that means that the Linux kernel and Windows Server need to be able to play together nicely. They also want to be able to run multiple operating systems in the cloud, so Microsoft’s Azure cloud supports CentOS, CoreOS, Oracle Linux, Suse, and Ubuntu.

But the cloud computing division doesn’t define Microsoft. The company needs to change its stance on open source from the top down, and while Satya Nadella appears to have respect for open source, his vision statement never mentions open source or Linux, which Phipps says is "slightly strange considering their centrality to his future, but a good sign in as much as nothing bad is said."

In a response to my recent post asking whether Microsoft’s stance has truly changed, one reader sent the following succinct response: "Yeah, no. This is the ’embrace’ stage of Microsoft’s classic strategy." That, too, could be true.

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Install LEMP Server (Nginx, MySQL or MariaDB, PHP And phpMyAdmin) On Ubuntu 14.10/14.04/13.10

LEMP is a combination of the operating system and open-source software stack. The acronym LEMP comes from the first letters of Linux, Nginx(engine-x) HTTP Server, MySQL database, and PHP/Perl/Python….

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Boycott Linux, Fedora Beta a Go, and Drupal Yikes

fedoraThe top story tonight is a highly critical flaw in Drupal 7 that may have allowed a lot of compromised websites. At tonight’s Go/No-Go meeting, Fedora 21 Beta was approved for next week. The folks at ROSA have released an LXDE version and LibreOffices 4.3.3 and 4.2.7 were released. Red Hat Software Collections 1.2 was released and Jack Wallen looks at the "science behind Ubuntu Unity’s popularity."

Many websites today picked up on a "highly critical" public service announcement from the Drupal Security Team. The Register is calling it a "Drupalocalypse." An SQL injection flaw was announced October 15 and within hours crackers were doing their worst. The announcement from Drupal today said if you didn’t patch your Drupal 7 website by October 15 11:00 PM UTC, then you should consider it compromised. See the announcement for instructions how to fix it now.

ROSA‘s default desktop offering is a highly customized KDE that a number of reviewers don’t appreciate. Well, grab your boot straps because the ROSA project today announced an LXDE version. They say this unexpected move is due to many requests from the community for a lighter weight option. ROSA R4 LXDE needs 256 MB RAM, six gigabyte partition, and a Pentium IV/Celeron class processor.

Softpedia.com is reporting on a new boycott initiative, this time against our beloved Linux kernel. The philosophical "Rundown" sounds familiar: against Unix philosophy, device tree is a forced dependency, and the kernel is single point of failure. It suggests using Minix instead. Softpedia.com said, "This will not have any visible or real impact on the Linux kernel. The project is too big and too important."

In other news:

* The Document Foundation Announces LibreOffice 4.3.3 and LibreOffice 4.2.7

* The science behind the ebb and flow of Ubuntu Unity’s popularity

* Fedora 21 Beta status is Go, release on November 4

* Red Hat Software Collections 1.2 Now Generally Available

* Linux Kernel Finally Being Optimized For SSHDs

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Red Hat delivers latest developer tools

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is still new, but there are even newer programming tools. Fortunately, with the latest Version of Red Hat Software Collection, programmers can keep up to speed.

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Canonical’s OpenStack Offerings to Change the Company’s Direction

Canonical is drawing a lot of attention after unveiling its own Ubuntu OpenStack distribution, and part of the reason is that Ubuntu is already the most popular platform of all for building OpenStack deployments on. That fact was reported in the OpenStack Foundation’s survey findings and has been bolstered elsewhere.

As I noted all the way back in May, Canonical is increasingly going to be competing with players like Red Hat and Mirantis in the OpenStack arena.  The Canonical Distribution for Ubuntu OpenStack is billed as offering "the widest range of commercially supported vendor options for storage, software-defined networking and hypervisor from Canonical and its OpenStack partners."

The OpenStack Foundation has reported that its survey results show OpenStack deployments being built on Ubuntu more than half of the time. Canonical is wise to build on that success with its own distribution, but questions still loom about whether the company has the experience supporting enterprise users to craft a well-rounded OpenStack business.

The company does have some advantages. As The VAR Guy notes

"The company is emphasizing the automation and simplified deployment features of its OpenStack distribution, which are the fruit of its investment in homegrown cloud orchestration and management tools, such as Juju, which it has been developing for years, and the Ubuntu OpenStack Interoperability Lab, another longstanding initiative."

"Packaging [offerings] together allows the company to make its integrated OpenStack offering official, while also, perhaps, playing a more direct role in deciding just how organizations deploy OpenStack on Ubuntu."

Canonical has already added private cloud hosting to its business model. Through a private cloud offering called Your Cloud, for $15 per day per host, "Ubuntu offers all the software infrastructure, tools, and services you need to have your own cloud at your fingertips."

That offering includes 24/7 support from OpenStack experts. Additionally, Canonical is offering Ubuntu OpenStack training through a program called Jumpstart.

Clearly, Mark Shuttleworth and the gang foresee big growth for open cloud computing. With its OpenStack distribution, training and services, Canonical’s line of products has never been so diversified. Let’s see if the company can keep all of the balls in the air as enterprises turn to it to build out their cloud infrastructure.

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