Archive | April 2015

Why Windows embracing Android and iOS is a bad idea

How can there be a future for Windows on smartphones and tablets when Microsoft is encouraging developers to bring its apps from Apple and Google’s ecosystem?

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Threatpost: The past, present, and future of OpenSSL, including CII audit.

Threatpost shares the story of OpenSSL and what lies ahead, including details on the support from Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII.)

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The 11th Release of OpenStack, Kilo, Debuts

The 11th release of OpenStack is available for download today, and the event is being billed as "a turning point" for the open source project with contributions from nearly 1,500 developers and 169 organizations worldwide. Indeed, it’s only been a few short years since there was early media coverage of the cloud computing platform.

The new Kilo version of the platform offers greater stability and can scale more easily. It also features the full release of the bare metal service Ironic, for provisioning workloads that require direct access to hardware.

The Kilo release takes place at a time when production deployments compose half of OpenStack deployments, and network functions virtualization (NFV) is the fastest-growing use case for OpenStack cloud software. Production deployments continue to grow, with companies like eBay operating OpenStack at large scale.


As developer productivity becomes a competitive necessity for every company, cloud technology is quickly evolving to enable that transformation. Companies want to build on a solid cloud infrastructure foundation that scales while providing the opportunity to embrace emerging technologies. OpenStack Kilo is billed as purpose-built for this “software-defined economy,” where agile cloud resources support app developers and software innovation further up the stack.

“OpenStack continues to grow, and features like federated identity and bare metal provisioning support make the platform more compelling for enterprise IT leadership and application developers who want a stable, open source alternative to proprietary options,” said Al Sadowski, research director, 451 Research.

Nova Compute, in Kilo, is worth taking note of. Kilo offers new API versioning management with v2.1 and microversions to provide strongly validated API definitions. This is supposed to make it easier to write long-lived applications against compute functionality. Major operational improvements include live upgrades when a database schema change is required, in addition to better support for changing the resources of a running VM.

Identity federation enhancements also work across public and private clouds to support hybrid workloads in multi-cloud environments. 

Ubuntu 15.04 and several other offerings are already showing up with Kilo integrated,  and we’ll be hearing much more about the new release of the platform.


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Microsoft Offers Tools for Porting iOS and Android Apps to Windows

Surely you’ve seen the news stories floating around about how has Microsoft finally, truly warmed up to Linux and open source. It’s all thanks to new CEO Satya Nadella (shown), who has let everyone know that he "loves Linux" and claims that 20 percent of Microsoft’s Azure cloud is already Linux-based. This comes after former CEO Steve Ballmer famously once called open source "a cancer."

Now, in a move that may have a huge impact on Microsoft’s thus far middling mobile computing business, the company has announced new features in Windows 10 and unveiled a set of software development kits (SDKs) to help developers easily bring their apps for iOS and Android to Windows 10. This could have a mighty impact on the app ecosystem for Windows phones.

“Microsoft has bold ambitions for platforms that empower developers across Windows, Azure and Office,” said Satya Nadella, at the company’s Build conference. “Together, we will create more personal and more intelligent experiences that empower billions of people to achieve more.”

Microsoft showed several new features in Windows 10, from new capabilities to scale applications across devices to new ways for developers to build code for the OS. The company claims it will have 1 billion active Windows 10 devices by 2018.

Microsoft  further detailed ways in which developers can create a single app that scales across all Windows 10 devices, automatically adapting to different screen sizes. With the Universal Windows Platform, developers can purportedly tailor their apps to the unique capabilities of each device, integrate Cortana and Xbox Live into their apps, and publish their apps into the Windows Store. Also as part of the Universal Windows Platform, the company shared how apps can scale using Continuum for phones, enabling people to use their phones like PCs for productivity or entertainment.

Developers will apparently begins with an existing code base for an Android or iOS app, and integrate that with the Universal Windows Platform capability, then distribute the new app through the Windows Store. Windows phone users will likely have a lot more apps to choose from soon.


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What’s what in Debian Jesse

Getting a Debian Linux release out the door is never easy, but the latest and greatest, Debian 8, "Jesse" is out now.

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How To Install XAMPP Stack On Ubuntu 15.04

XAMPP is a free, open source stack that contains Apache web server, MySQL database, PHP, and Perl. The main goal of XAMPP is to build an easy to install Apache environment for developers. Unlike…

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Configure High Availability with Corosync and Pacemaker

All the techniques and methods used to improve the availability of a system or a service and increase the fault tolerance are called High Availability, such example of fault we can mention: hardware…

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