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Red Hat's Bet on OpenStack, OpenShift Shows Progress

Friday, 27 March 2015 - 14:44 PM - (Enterprise)

Yesterday, I reported on Red Hat delivering its fourth quarter and year-end financial results, which were strong. There were some interesting forces driving the numbers, though. In particular, Red Hat is now a couple of years into a strategic shift toward facilitating OpenStack cloud computing for enterprises, and CEO Jim Whitehurst pointed to that fork in the road as beginning to pay off. 

Yesterday, I reported on Red Hat delivering its fourth quarter and year-end financial results, which were strong. There were some interesting forces driving the numbers, though. In particular, Red Hat is now a couple of years into a strategic shift toward facilitating OpenStack cloud computing for enterprises, and CEO Jim Whitehurst pointed to that fork in the road as beginning to pay off. Here are some more detailed glimpses into Red Hat's increasingly significant cloud business.

For all of 2014, Red Hat earned $1.79 billion in revenue, up 17 percent year-over-year. So this company, firmly focused on open source technology, has shown that it can not only be a billion dollar firm, but is quickly going to be a two billion dollar a year firm. Notably, the fourth quarter of last year was Red Hat's twelfth in a row with revenue growth percentage at least in the mid-teens.

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Distribution Release: Voyager 14.04.4 "X"

Friday, 27 March 2015 - 14:18 PM - (Software)

A new version of the Voyager distribution has been made available. 

A new version of the Voyager distribution has been made available. The latest release, version 14.04.4 "X", is a long term support release, yet it contains some experimental features. The new Voyager release offers the Xfce 4.12 desktop and an updated Linux kernel (version 3.16). The new version....

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This Week in Linux News: 5 Key Linux Skills for Job-Seekers, Concern Over Windows 10 Shutout, and More

Friday, 27 March 2015 - 14:00 PM - (Software)

This Week in Linux News, 5 key Linux skills for job-seekers, concern over Windows 10 shutout, and more. Here are five Linux and open source must-reads from this week's news.

Tim Bird of Sony Mobile, Moderator at Embedded Linux Conference 2015This Week in Linux News, 5 key Linux skills for job-seekers, concern over Windows 10 shutout, and more. Here are five Linux and open source must-reads from this week's news.

1) Linux users are concerned they will be shut out of Windows 10 machines due to a change in UEFI Secure Boot. 

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2900502/microsoft-subnet/linux-users-alarmed-over-windows-10-lockout.html

 

2) Embedded Linux takes the lead in an Internet of Things (IoT)-age market.

http://linuxgizmos.com/linux-takes-leading-role-in-iot-obsessed-market/

3) Five important skills for any hopeful Linux pro.

http://sdtimes.com/five-key-skills-for-linux-job-seekers/

4) Panasonic will provide royalty-free access to software and patents related to the IoT ecosystem, announced at this week's Embedded Linux Conference.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/panasonic-opens-royalty-free-portfolio-to-boost-iot-development/

5) How to run Windows software in your favorite Linux distro.

http://www.itworld.com/article/2901041/three-ways-to-run-windows-software-in-linux.html

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Open-Source Driver Fans Will Love NVIDIA's New OpenGL Demo

Friday, 27 March 2015 - 13:49 PM - (Hardware)

Those with a bit of humor will love the demo NVIDIA recently used for showing off their Nouveau-based open-source graphics driver stack on the Tegra K1 SoC...

Those with a bit of humor will love the demo NVIDIA recently used for showing off their Nouveau-based open-source graphics driver stack on the Tegra K1 SoC...

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[Video] FOSDEM2015: Porting Tizen Common to Open Source Hardware Devices

Friday, 27 March 2015 - 13:00 PM - (Mobile)

  The following is a video recorded at FOSDEM 2015, entitled Porting Tizen Common to open source hardware devices, presented by Philippe Coval and Leon Anavi, in which it Introduces you to the Tizen platform development and provides you the technical details with regards to the Tizen: Common porting efforts to Allwinner A10/A20, Rockchip RK3188/RK3288 ARM SoC and MinnowBoard MAX with Intel Atom CPU.

The Tizen Project will be discussed and information provided about U-Boot, Yocto project, the Linux-Sunxi and Linux-Rockchip, Minnowboard communities. You will be shown the process of porting Tizen:Common to open source hardware developer boards with SoC boards manufactured by Allwinner, Rockchip or Intel such as OLinuXino, Radxa Rock, Minnowboard.   Video The video is licensed under the creative commons attribution 2.0 belgium license (CC BY 2.0 BE)   You can also download the slides for the presentation here.

The post [Video] FOSDEM2015: Porting Tizen Common to Open Source Hardware Devices appeared first on Tizen Experts.

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Facebook's Oculus Rift Release Is Coming Soon

Friday, 27 March 2015 - 12:57 PM - (Mobile)

In case you have not heard of Oculus Rift until now, you should know that it is a virtual reality display designed by Oculus VR, the company acquired by Facebook in March last year.

Not much has been revealed ever since, nor has Facebook provided any details on what they intended to do next regarding the much-anticipated headset.

However, during the F8 2015 conference, Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash announced that they were still working on developing the device i... (read more)

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GNOME Builder Makes It Easier for Developers to Create Apps for GNOME 3.16

Friday, 27 March 2015 - 11:48 AM - (Software)

On March 26, we announced the release of the GNOME 3.16 desktop environment, and we unveiled its awesome features, including updated and new applications. However, we completely missed one app: GNOME Builder, a powerful IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for GNOME. Softpedia reviewed the...

On March 26, we announced the release of the GNOME 3.16 desktop environment, and we unveiled its awesome features, including updated and new applications. However, we completely missed one app: GNOME Builder, a powerful IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for GNOME.


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Are Cyanogen and Microsoft Ready to Stick it to Google?

Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 21:18 PM - (Mobile)

Oneplus one phoneLater this year, upstart vendor BLU will release a smartphone that pre-installs a version of Cyanogen's alternative Android build, but with a twist. The stack will eschew Google Apps in favor of third-party alternatives. Miami-based BLU, which is big in Latin America, sells unlocked Android phones in the U.S. at Wal-Mart and Best Buy.

The Forbes report revealing the BLU partnership goes on to quote unnamed sources stating that Cyanogen and Microsoft are "close to finalizing a wide-ranging partnership" to integrate Microsoft’s mobile services, including Bing, Skype, Outlook, OneDrive, and the voice-powered Cortana into future commercial Cyanogen OS installations.

The unlocked BLU phone due later this year will likely include Microsoft Bing, Cortana, and OneDrive, as well as the Opera browser, Nokia Here navigation, Dropbox, and Spotify, says the story. Another unnamed phone vendor tapping Cyanogen is said to be considering even more Microsoft apps. These may include the Android-optimized version of Office that Samsung, Dell, and other vendors will load on selected Android tablets as per this week's announcement (see farther below).

The rumor of a Cyanogen partnership with Microsoft emerged in January in a Wall Street Journal report that Microsoft would be a minority investor in the fast growing software firm. The Forbes story reports that the rumored $80 million funding round has just been completed, but did not include Microsoft. An investment may well be part of the bundling deal expected later this year, however.

The $80 million funding round, which adds to a $30 million joint investment last year to spin off the commercial Cyanogen firm from the open source CyanogenMod project, is led by India-based PremjiInvest. It also includes investors like Twitter, Qualcomm, Telefónica, and Rupert Murdoch. The funding round values Cyanogen at close to $1 billion, says the story. Qualcomm is said to be prepping a reference phone that integrates Cyanogen with its Snapdragon processors.

Last year, Cyanogen released a commercial version of CyanogenMod called Cyanogen OS on the Chinese-made OnePlus One phone, as well as the Micromax Yu (Yureka), both of which were top sellers, according to Forbes. Alcatel recently announced it will bring a version of its 6-inch Hero 2+ Android phone to the U.S. loaded with Cyanogen OS. Other vendors looking to free themselves from Google's shackles -- or simply ship a better alternative to their existing Android clones -- are likely to jump on, especially since Cyanogen is handling all the expensive software development for them.

BLU Ditches Google Apps

Like most mainstream Android phones sold in major markets, the first three Cyanogen OS phones ship with Google Play and other Google Apps. The BLU phone, however, would be the first Cyanogen-based phone to instead pre-install third-party apps. Other, primarily Chinese, Android vendors such as Xiaomi, have also avoided Google involvement with their forked versions of Android.

Consumers tend to prefer Android phones that pre-install Google Apps, which include Google Maps, Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Play. Open source and privacy advocates often opt for lesser-powered open source apps that promise not to track your every move, and others seek out some of the increasingly capable commercial options. However, the proprietary Google Apps continue to thrive, thanks in part to a widespread reputation for quality. You could argue that Android wouldn't enjoy the mobile domination it does today without them.

That's why many of CyanogenMod's 50 million users purchase Google Apps, even if they've just flashed it from their Android phone in order to load CyanogenMod. The open source Android clone has gained its huge following, including some 9,000 open source developer volunteers, due to its up-to-date, open source, bloatware-free Android code. Also popular are its extensive customization opportunities, better battery life, and often faster performance. The project was launched in 2009 by hacker extraordinaire Steve Kondik, who continues on as Cyanogen's CTO.

Mobile device vendors who pay big money to Google to pre-install the popular Google Apps have long chafed at the relationship. Google has reportedly used the apps as leverage to ensure greater control over Android or sell other Google services. Samsung's backing of the Linux-based Tizen platform was seen as a response to Google's app domination, although the company now appears to have slowed its push for Tizen on phones even as it continues to deploy it elsewhere.

Microsoft pushes Office onto Android tablets

Like Microsoft, software and services companies ranging from Spotify to Twitter also seek new opportunities to showcase their alternatives apps via mobile pre-installation deals. Yet, for Microsoft, Cyanogen is only one path for pushing its software on mobile devices beyond the roughly 3 percent of smartphones that run Windows Phone.

A month after Microsoft and Samsung settled a longstanding royalties lawsuit, the companies expanded a partnership this week that was announced at Mobile World Congress. In addition to pre-installing Microsoft OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype on Samsung's new Galaxy 6 phones, Samsung says it will soon bundle those apps, along with Android-optimized Office apps (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), on selected Samsung Android tablets. Microsoft also announced it has signed similar deals with Dell, as well as 10 other lesser known hardware partners.

Office doesn't go head to head with Google's most important apps, as it competes mostly with the free Google Docs. The combination of OneDrive and Office, however, does go up against the Google Drive cloud storage product, which includes Google Docs, and is available in free and paid versions. A Cyanogen bundle that also included Bing and Cortana would hit even closer to home for Google.

Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster has been tapping into industry frustration with Google -- and perhaps taking a page from the playbook of outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere -- by calling Google tyrannical, and boasting to the Wall Street Journal that "We’re going to take Android away from Google." Ramping up the trash talk, McMaster told Forbes "We’re putting a bullet through Google’s head."

It's unclear whether that bullet may someday ride in on a deal with Microsoft that goes beyond apps to include a version of Windows Phone based on Cyanogen OS. An acquisition also remains a possibility. Like Microsoft, most of Cyanogen's employees are based in Seattle.

The ironies are thick here, considering that for many years Microsoft strong-armed PC vendors into pre-installing Office, or pressured them into loading Windows on netbooks instead of Linux. Now, after Google ruined its plans to establish Windows Phone as the rival mobile platform to Apple's iOS, Microsoft is playing the underdog game while increasingly cozying up to open source projects, including the Raspberry Pi Foundation and perhaps Cyanogen.

CyanogenMod and Cyanogen OS already appear to have been deployed on more mobile devices than the leading mobile Linux contender, Mozilla's Firefox OS, which is aiming at a lower end market. Cyanogen competes more directly with Tizen (Samsung) and Ubuntu Touch (Canonical), which have only recently begun shipping on phones.

The only mobile Linux project that has demonstrated any meaningful Android app compatibility is Jolla's Sailfish OS, but it's far from extensive and optimized compatibility of CyanogenMod. Some unnamed analysts told Forbes they expected Cyanogen could appear on as many as 1 billion handsets, or more than all the iPhones sold to date.

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A New Stable Kernel Release

Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 20:40 PM - (Software)

Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of the 3.19.3 kernel. A variety of important fixes and updates are included.

Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of the 3.19.3 kernel. A variety of important fixes and updates are included.

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Red Hat Beats Fourth Quarter Estimates, is on a Cloud Roll

Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 15:06 PM - (Enterprise)

Red Hat delivered its fourth quarter and year-end financial results after the bell on Wednesday, and the news gets ever rosier. 

Red Hat delivered its fourth quarter and year-end financial results after the bell on Wednesday, and the news gets ever rosier. The company is in the midst of a major shift in its strategy toward OpenStack-based cloud computing, and it looks like service revenues from that effort are starting to arrive.

The company posted net income of $48 million, or 26 cents per share (see results). Non-GAAP earnings were 43 cents per share on revenue of $464 million, up 16 percent year-over-year, marking the 12th consecutive quarter of revenue growth in the mid-teens. Analysts were looking for earnings of 41 cents per share on revenue of $456.50 million. For all of 2014, Red Hat earned $1.79 billion in revenue, up 17 percent year-over-year.

 

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Samsung Rumored to Be Eyeing AMD Acquisition

Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 15:00 PM - (Enterprise)

The tech vendor could gain IP, graphics expertise and traction in the ARM server market if it bought AMD, which has been challenged in recent years.

The tech vendor could gain IP, graphics expertise and traction in the ARM server market if it bought AMD, which has been challenged in recent years.

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Cloud Foundry Summit: Speakers and Agenda Arrive

Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 14:54 PM - (Enterprise)

If you're anywhere near Silicon Valley in mid-May, there is a good cloud-focused event coming up. Cloud Foundry Foundation, whose leader Sam Ramji we recently talked to here, has announced the program, sessions and keynotes for the Cloud Foundry Summit. 

If you're anywhere near Silicon Valley in mid-May, there is a good cloud-focused event coming up. Cloud Foundry Foundation, whose leader Sam Ramji we recently talked to here, has announced the program, sessions and keynotes for the Cloud Foundry Summit.

The Summit takes place May 11-12, 2015 in Santa Clara, Calif. at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Here are more details on the excellent program that is planned.

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Car Hacking Is Well on Its Way to Become Easier and More Affordable

Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 14:07 PM - (Mobile)

An embedded systems developer created and published the design for an open-source tool for easier hacking into cars by connecting to the controller area network (CAN) of the modern vehicle.

CAN relies on multiple buses for communication between different controllers in the car, such as those for the engine, the brakes or the electric windows.







Car hacking tool not designed for remote attacks







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Gestures & Other GTK3 Features For LibreOffice

Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 13:35 PM - (Software)

The GTK3 port of LibreOffice is finally taking shape and gaining new functionality...

The GTK3 port of LibreOffice is finally taking shape and gaining new functionality...

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It's Now Easier To Try PHP 7 On Fedora & RHEL

Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 13:08 PM - (Software)

For those interested in PHP 7, it's now easier to try out the development version of the next-generation PHP on Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux based operating systems...

For those interested in PHP 7, it's now easier to try out the development version of the next-generation PHP on Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux based operating systems...

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