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Canonical and BQ's Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet

Monday, 18 April 2016 - 20:00 PM - (Hardware)

Canonical's broad vision for Ubuntu Linux is to offer a single, converged personal computing experience across devices. more>>

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Linux at 25: Q&A With Linus Torvalds

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 15:56 PM - (Software)

The creator of the Linux open-source operating system talks about its past, present, and future.

The creator of the Linux open-source operating system talks about its past, present, and future. 

Linus Torvalds created the original core of the Linux operating system in 1991 as a computer science student at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Linux rapidly grew into a full-featured operating system that can now be found running smartphones, servers, and all kinds of gadgets. In this e-mail interview, Torvalds reflects on the last quarter century and what the next 25 years might bring.

Stephen Cass: You’re a much more experienced programmer now versus 25 years ago. What’s one thing you know now that you wish your younger self knew?

Read more at IEEE Spectrum

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NetApp Updates its SANtricity OS, Targets Analytics Workloads

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 12:00 PM - (Enterprise)

NetApp on Tuesday said it has released a new version of its SANtricity storage operating system with the aim of speeding up analytics workloads. 

NetApp on Tuesday said it has released a new version of its SANtricity storage operating system with the aim of speeding up analytics workloads. The release of SANtricity, which powers the storage vendor's EF Series all-flash and E-Series storage arrays, is designed to improve performance of Splunk, Hadoop and NoSQL workloads.

Storage vendors are increasingly pitching all-flash arrays with the aim of garnering big data workloads. NetApp's move highlights how storage vendors are trying to ride the analytics wave be speeding up performance. NetApp said it is using proactive monitoring, automation and configurations for high-throughput apps to boost performance. 

Read more at ZDNet News

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Hadoop Project ODP Regroups Under Linux Foundation's Umbrella

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 11:26 AM - (Enterprise)

The Open Data Platform's reorg aims to assuage criticism about untoward vendor control over the initiative to create a consistent baseline Hadoop distribution.

The Open Data Platform's reorg aims to assuage criticism about untoward vendor control over the initiative to create a consistent baseline Hadoop distribution.

After major criticism within the Hadoop community about its nature and aims, Open Data Platform -- an initiative to create a reference-standard Hadoop distribution for others to build from -- announced Monday it will now be hosted at the Linux Foundation as a Collaborative Project. The goal with this new organizational structure is to ameliorate the perception that the ODP Initiative is vendor-owned and -controlled, rather than just participated in by Hadoop vendors among many others.

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OpenDaylight and ONOS: Does SDN Really Need Two Controllers?

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 11:15 AM - (Enterprise)

Perhaps the Internet has spoiled us: We’ve grown accustomed to single standards for global communication, or at least with choosing one way to communicate certain classes of data. The Web’s principal protocol is and always has been, some form of HTTP. When we built Web services and Web applications, we started with SOAP, and then we shifted to JSON for exchanging API calls. We’ve had several standards before, but we usually lean towards one at a time. 

ODN-ONOSPerhaps the Internet has spoiled us: We’ve grown accustomed to single standards for global communication, or at least with choosing one way to communicate certain classes of data. The Web’s principal protocol is and always has been, some form of HTTP. When we built Web services and Web applications, we started with SOAP, and then we shifted to JSON for exchanging API calls. We’ve had several standards before, but we usually lean towards one at a time...

But in the field of software-defined networking, the open source community, working in concert with data center technicians and network engineers, have managed to boil down the centers of gravity among software-based controllers to a solid pair: ONOS, a project led by some of the creators of OpenFlow protocol, to enable scalable network functions on telcos’ infrastructure; and OpenDaylight, now used predominantly by data centers that host network functions using OpenStack.

Read more at The New Stack

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New DDoS Defense Turns Servers Into "Moving Targets"

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 11:09 AM - (Enterprise)

The distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is the classic cheap hack. It requires virtually nothing of those who wield it beyond the ability to download something from the internet, yet a DDoS offers unusually public consequences (most real security breaches happen in the dark).

The distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is the classic cheap hack. It requires virtually nothing of those who wield it beyond the ability to download something from the internet, yet a DDoS offers unusually public consequences (most real security breaches happen in the dark). It is also difficult to defend against, in some part because it doesn't involve actually breaching a network at all—just flooding it with more innocuous-seeming traffic than it can handle.

As described in the current issue of IEEE Computer, security researchers from George Mason University have developed a new defensive strategy that they claim can thwart DDoS attacks through a process of client-server connection "shuffling."

Read more at Motherboard

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Git 2.8 Officially Released

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 09:20 AM - (Software)

Git 2.8 has just been released today, March 28, 2016, and we have to admit that it comes as a huge surprise to us all here at Softpedia, especially because of the fact that the project's website has not yet been updated to reflect this. 

Git 2.8 has just been released today, March 28, 2016, and we have to admit that it comes as a huge surprise to us all here at Softpedia, especially because of the fact that the project's website has not yet been updated to reflect this.

We've spotted the Git 2.8 release with the help of our friends from unixstickers, and we've decided to write an article and tell you all about the new features that have been implemented. But if you don't have the time to read, you can download the Git 2.8 sources right now...

Read more at Softpedia Linux News

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Raspberry Pi: Amazon Releases Recipe for Baking a Low-Cost Alexa Voice Assistant

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 08:30 AM - (Hardware)

Alexa is mostly restricted to the US, but Amazon has posted a step-by-step guide on how to build your own companion anywhere in the world.

alexa-on-raspberry-piAlexa is mostly restricted to the US, but Amazon has posted a step-by-step guide on how to build your own companion anywhere in the world.

Amazon has released a step-by-step guide on how to turn the $35 Raspberry Pi into a voice-controlled assistant. The instructions demonstrate how to set up the single board computer to use Amazon's Alexa Voice Service to create a low-cost alternative to the Echo, Amazon's $180 smart speaker.

Like other online assistants, Amazon's Alexa responds to voice commands and can set reminders, play music and answer simple questions.

Read more at ZDNet

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OpenShot 2.0 Beta 4 Released

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 08:25 AM - (Software)

While OpenShot 2.0 is long overdue, things are finally looking up for this open-source non-linear video editor with going into beta this past January and today marking the release of the fourth beta.

While OpenShot 2.0 is long overdue, things are finally looking up for this open-source non-linear video editor with going into beta this past January and today marking the release of the fourth beta.

The announcement says: "As you will see, lots of great progress has been made since the previous beta. Improved stability, especially for OS X and Windows, better performance, new features, and critical improvements to the OpenShot infrastructure..."

Read more at Phoronix

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Google Offers Rare Glimpse at Its Data Center Security Measures

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 08:18 AM - (Enterprise)

Laser beam intrusion detection systems, iris scanners, customized access cards are just some of the controls that Google uses to protect its data centers.

290x195googledatacenter5Laser beam intrusion detection systems, iris scanners and customized access cards are just some of the controls that Google uses to protect its data centers.

Other measures include dual authentication systems, vehicle-access barriers, high-resolution cameras, metal detectors, perimeter fencing and so-called circle-lock portals to prevent tailgaters from entering protected areas by following too closely behind someone with a valid access card. Access to the actual data center floors itself is often only possible through a security corridor featuring multifactor authentication systems.

Read more at eWeek

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Kubernetes 1.2 Offers Rolling Updates, Persistent Volumes

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 08:14 AM - (Enterprise)

At the Google GCP Next conference last week in San Francisco, the company demonstrated how it was possible with Kubernetes to update a heavily used distributed application while keeping that app running. For a Kubernetes 1.2 on-stage demo, Greg DeMichillie, director of program management for Google Cloud Platform spun up a service and then used load testing software to dispatch 20,000 requests-per-second to the service.

At the Google GCP Next conference last week in San Francisco, the company demonstrated how it was possible with Kubernetes to update a heavily used distributed application while keeping that app running.

For a Kubernetes 1.2 on-stage demo, Greg DeMichillie, director of program management for Google Cloud Platform spun up a service and then used load testing software to dispatch 20,000 requests-per-second to the service. “Now if I did this demo 18 months ago, this would have been considered an amazing thing — who would have had the ability to run services at this scale? Now, it’s my ‘Hello World,’” DeMichillie said. 

The exercise was set to show off the latest capability of Kubernetes — to show how the software could update a service with zero downtime. 

Read more at The New Stack

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Canonical Announces the Availability of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Beta for IBM LinuxONE

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 08:00 AM - (Enterprise)

Canonical, through Tom Callway, announced just a few moments ago, March 29, 2016, the immediate availability for download of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Beta operating system for IBM LinuxONE.

Canonical, through Tom Callway, announced just a few moments ago, March 29, 2016, the immediate availability for download of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Beta operating system for IBM LinuxONE.

Many businesses and enterprises around the world are praising IBM's System z and LinuxONE product line for their unrivaled reliability and security, and Ubuntu Linux is being recognized as one of the most popular free operating systems, the perfect OS for running scale-out workloads in the cloud. And today, Canonical is proud to announce the availability of a Technology Preview (TP) Beta of their upcoming Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system for clouds...

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Popular Chinese Browser Transmits User Info With Terrible Encryption

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 07:36 AM - (Enterprise)

All web browsers have vulnerabilities, but one piece of Chinese software might be eligible for the title of most insecure browser ever. Likely unbeknown to its users, QQ Browser has been transmitting identifying information—including web histories, search queries, and nearby WiFi networks—with poorly implemented or no cryptographic protection.

All web browsers have vulnerabilities, but one piece of Chinese software might be eligible for the title of most insecure browser ever. Likely unbeknown to its users, QQ Browser has been transmitting identifying information—including web histories, search queries, and nearby WiFi networks—with poorly implemented or no cryptographic protection.

In a report published on Monday, researchers from Citizen Lab detailed a slew of vulnerabilities in the Android and Windows versions of the browser (QQ is also available on iOS and OSX, but they did not analyse these versions). The report notes that in 2013, QQ was the eighth most installed application in China for iOS and Android devices, and as of 2012, the app had some 16 million non-Chinese users.

Read more at Motherboard

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Stali Distribution Smashes Assumptions about Linux

Monday, 28 March 2016 - 13:24 PM - (Software)

Stali, which is built with statically linked binaries for speed and compactness, upends traditional ideas about how a Linux distribution should work.

Stali, which is built with statically linked binaries for speed and compactness, upends traditional ideas about how a Linux distribution should work. 

The first public version of Stali, a Linux distribution built to be as fast and small as possible, has been released after several years of work. This first release of the entire Stali OS fits into a 34MB ISO. Stali stands for static Linux, with "static" referring to how all binaries in the distribution are built statically against their libraries. Any routines in the library required by the binary are copied directly into the binary itself, instead of being linked to a shared copy of the library used by multiple programs. 

Read more at InfoWorld

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Get the Latest on SDN & NFV, Watch the Open Networking Summit 2016 Recap

Monday, 28 March 2016 - 12:00 PM - (Enterprise)

Couldn't it make it to Open Networking Summit 2016? View the 20+ keynotes and plenary sessions 

 

Open Networking Summit 2016 was packed with four days of keynotes, plenary sessions, conference tracks and mini-summits covering the hottest topics facing SDN, NFV and open networking today.

Couldn't it make it to the live event? View the 20+ keynotes and plenary sessions below, or fill out the form to access ALL 175+ video recordings, including talks across the developer, business, use cases / solutions and technology tracks. Also recorded were the mini-summits for OpenDaylight, ONOS and CORD.



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