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Nebula Names OpenStack Co-Creator VP of Product Management
by Sam Dean on Nov. 14, 2012
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If you've followed the short history of the OpenStack cloud computing platform, you probably know that NASA and Rackspace drove the early development of the project. Today, Nebula, headed by former NASA CTO Chris Kemp, is naming Jesse Andrews as VP of product management. Andrews was the founder of ANSO Labs and founding engineer of OpenStack. ANSO Labs was the company that designed and implemented the core OpenStack cloud technologies Nova and Horizon for NASA.
Benefits of A Plain Text Server List
by Jon Buys on Nov. 14, 2012
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With so many other server management systems competing for our attention, why would I bother with a simple text file with a list of servers? After all, we have Chef, Puppet, Nagios, Zenoss, Spacewalk, and many, many others, why bother with maintaining your own list? The answer is simple, and, like Master Foo?s 10,000 lines, goes back to the Unix nature of Linux.
New Ad for Ubuntu for Android Arrives, But Where's the Beef?
by Sam Dean on Nov. 14, 2012
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If you've been waiting for Ubuntu for Android, it still isn't here yet, but you can take in a promotional video for it, available here. As Mark Shuttleworth has made clear, Canonical is moving quickly ahead with its plans to bring Ubuntu to platforms going well beyond just desktop computers. Smartphones are a key platform that Canonical is targeting with Ubuntu, and the company was very vocal about Ubuntu for Android at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. So why is a video that is essentially an ad for Ubuntu for Android appearing when you still can't get a smartphone with it running?
Parsix 4.0 Arrives with GNOME 3
by Susan Linton on Nov. 14, 2012
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Parsix is a wonderful distribution that offers a complete starter system with its own repositories while remaining compatible with Debian. Version 4 was just released and brings tons of updated packages, faster live boot, improved installer system and quality new features.
Do Personality Cults Dictate the Direction of Open Source?
by Sam Dean on Nov. 13, 2012
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Are open source software trends driven by cults of personality? That's the question that Aaron Seigo, a contributor to the KDE Project, asks in a new post. The Var Guy makes a pretty good argument that although open source users line up behind pundits such as Mark Shuttleworth, Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman, these people don't dictate the direction of users and developers as much as Seigo thinks. While noting that fact, it's also worth noting that cults of personality may have an even more pronounced effect on proprietary platforms than open source ones.
Why Google Isn't Focused on Apple and Microsoft Eating Its Android Lunch
by Sam Dean on Nov. 13, 2012
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What is Google's real incentive in seeding the Android mobile OS in the global market? Is it to make money from the sale of Android-based handsets and tablets? Certainly, that's part of Google's strategy. After all, through its Motorola Mobility acquisition, Google is a player in the smartphone and tablet markets. Recently, there have been several reports about how Apple's recent settlement with Taiwan's HTC could mean that Apple and Microsoft make more from Android going forward than Google does. Apple and HTC have a cross-licensing deal that some are saying could mean Apple collects $6 to $8 per Android phone sold. The truth is, though, that Google's real benefit from the spread of Android comes from bringing new users into its lucrative search/ad ecosystem.
Linux Mint 14 Almost Ready
by Susan Linton on Nov. 12, 2012
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Linux Mint 14 is nearing final with the announcement of its release candidate yesterday. Available in 32 and 64-bit with your choice of MATE or Cinnamon, this release comes with updated software and brings refinements and new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.
New $199 Acer Chromebook Is Cheaper Than Samsung's
by Sam Dean on Nov. 12, 2012
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Signs are stil appearing that Google is aggressively pushing Chrome OS, after a somewhat lukewarm early reception for it. Recently, we covered the arrival of Samsung's new Chromebook portable computer running Google's Chrome OS and selling for the strikingly low price of $249.Now, Acer is out with a new C7 Chromebook, shown here, that sells for only $199. These devices, at these price points, along with some of the bundled deals that come with them, signal that a number of Google's expected Chrome OS strategies have finally come to fruition.
Mozilla Delivers Popcorn Maker for Browser-Built Pop-Up Videos
by Sam Dean on Nov. 12, 2012
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This weekend, the Mozilla Festival took place in London, and Mozilla officials made a number of notable announcements there. The organization announced Popcorn Maker, a free web app that lets you add live content to any video ? photos, maps, links, social media feeds and more. It's basically a browser-based, web-aware video editor designed for quickly making pop-up videos.Mozilla has also been unveiling videos and demos of Firefox OS, the mobile operating system that could make Mozilla a significant player in the smartphone arena.?
Tracking Down High IO Wait in Linux
by Jon Buys on Nov. 12, 2012
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Tracking down performance issues in large distributed systems is inherently complicated. Why is the application slow? Where is the bottleneck? In my experience, one of the more insidious culprits is known as high IO wait. A place where, in the words of Dr. Seuss, everyone is just waiting.
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