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Upcoming Btrfs Features for Linux Containers

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 6:17pm

Containers have made huge progress in the last year with the addition of user namespaces to the Kernel, the introduction of Docker, LXC 1.0, and the maturing of Check Point Restore in Userspace (CRIU). And at the annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit last month there were a number of people talking about containers and their application in the Linux ecosystem.

How to Install the LTSI-3.10 Kernel on Raspberry Pi and MinnowBoard

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 5:52pm

I have installed the new official LTSI-3.10 release on Raspberry Pi and MinnowBoard. The following describes the installation steps.

How to Create an LTSI Kernel Package for Raspberry Pi and MinnowBoard

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 5:49pm

Previously, in a tutorial titled How to Install the LTSI-3.10 Kernel on Raspberry Pi and MinnowBoard, I introduced how you can build and install a kernel with an LTSI patch applied on Raspberry Pi and MinnowBoard. That time, I installed a kernel image that I built by downloading the kernel source and applying the patch. This time, however, I created a package for easier management. The following describes how you can do that.

Replace the Retiring Windows XP with Linux

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 2:27pm

At long last, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP. Replace it with Linux and you'll enjoy computing again.

IBM Promotes Free LF Course

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 11:25pm

IBM today celebrated the 50th anniversary of the mainframe computer. As part of this event, IBM is promoting three upcoming online courses that focus on building enterprise computing talent. One of these is the recently announced Intro to Linux course from the Linux Foundation, which starts August...

Windows XP and the Changing Calculus of Technology Choice

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 5:40pm

One reason technology choices are so difficult is technology is always a work in progress; your one choice has lasting consequences since the technology rarely ever lives on its own, and most good technology is never done -- that is unless you’re Windows XP. As most of us know, Microsoft today is turning off support for Windows XP. That means that roughly 30 percent of all Windows users will cease to get security updates and other ongoing maintenance. Since hackers disproportionately target Windows products, this is a big deal.

Hilary Mason's ApacheCon Keynote: 3 Ways to Improve Data Science

Mon, 07/04/2014 - 8:35pm

Data science still has a long way to go in developing systems that solve real-world, human problems, said Hilary Mason, data scientist in residence at Accel Partners, in her ApacheCon keynote today. The open source community will be key to helping big data evolve into a more accessible technology.

In-Vehicle Systems: The Next Frontier

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 6:45pm

I had an opportunity to speak at Collaboration Summit this year on building OSS-based IVI systems, concentrating on the use of the Xen Project Hypervisor. The evolution of in-vehicle systems is a very exciting topic, and Collab Summit confirmed for me that automotive software is currently in a state of flux. 

Three Alternatives to Ubuntu One Cloud Service

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 4:57pm

Ubuntu users need not fear the loss of Ubuntu One. With so many cloud services available – most of which offer native Linux clients – there are too many choices, ready to host your data, to be concerned. Give one of these options a try and see if they don't meet your needs.

Tiny Boards Stoke the Market for Wearables and IoT

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 9:47pm

How do you get from a brilliant idea to a wearable computer or Internet of Things gizmo? Several computer modules have hit the scene recently that promise to expand the scope of lightweight computing devices to a broader field of manufacturers.

One Engineer's Hands-on Experience with KVM at Collaboration Summit

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 7:30pm

In the last five years I have experienced a few professional transitions, changing employers from a Software Engineering role to System Administrator role, and from developing and/or testing software for “Legacy” operating systems and proprietary software to infrastructure services delivery using large scale UNIX and Linux customer environments. I have gone from only imagining what challenges Systems Administrators have in developing systems management software, to actually knowing them first hand.

Free Linux MOOCs: Live Twitter Chat April 3, 8 a.m. PST with edX CEO and Linux Foundation Executive Director

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 3:40am

edX and The Linux Foundation will hold a live Twitter chat this Thursday, April 3 from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. PST. Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation Executive Director, and Anant Agarwal, edX CEO, will be on hand to answer your questions about the new partnership to offer free Linux training in a massive open online course (MOOC).

Collab Recap: Tracing Changes Coming to the Kernel, and More

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 11:19pm

A week ago I flew out to Napa,CA for two days of discussions with various kernel people (ok, and some postgresql people too) about all things VM and FS/IO related. I learned a lot. These short focussed conferences have way more value to me these days personally than the conferences of years ago with a bunch of tracks, and day after day of presentations.

PostgreSQL and Linux Kernel Developers Discuss Fsync Issues at Collaboration Summit

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 10:24pm
Last week, I attended the Linux Storage, Filesystems, and Memory Management summit (LSF/MM) on Monday and Tuesday, and the Linux Collaboration Summit (aka Collab) from Wednesday through Friday.  Both events were held at the Meritage Resort in Napa, CA.  This was by invitation of some Linux developers who wanted to find out more about what PostgreSQL needs from the Linux kernel.  Andres Freund and I attended on behalf of the PostgreSQL community; Josh Berkus was present for part of the time as well.

Red Hat's Jason Hibbets: How Open Source Software is Changing City Government

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 6:10pm

Linux and open source software have demonstrated that collaborative development is a successful model for rapid innovation in the tech sector. Now that model is being applied in other industries from health care, to city government, to education.

Linux 3.14 Release: No 'Pi' But a New 'PIE' Fights Bufferbloat

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 5:11pm

After adding an extra release candidate to solidify the final result -- to the tune of a week's delay -- Linux creator Linus Torvalds on Sunday unleashed version 3.14 of the Linux kernel.

Why Arguing That Windows is Better Than Linux Makes You Look Silly

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 5:57pm

Every article I have read, in recent memory, arguing that “Windows is better than Linux” makes the author sound a little bit, for lack of a better word, like a big giant goober.

How to Create and Manage Btrfs Snapshots and Rollbacks on Linux (part 2)

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 5:15pm

Learn how to create and remove Btrfs filesystem snapshots, and instantly roll back to any point in time.

How Samsung is Bringing Open Source Culture Inside the Firewall

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 3:17pm

Software companies have long realized the economic and strategic value of using and contributing code to external open source projects. But they're much slower to understand and apply the same open source methods of collaboration to their own projects internally, said Phil Odence, vice president of business development at Black Duck Software in a Collaboration Summit presentation today.

Best Quotes from the Linux Kernel Developer Panel

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 4:31pm

Linux kernel developers Greg Kroah-Hartman, Jens Axboe, Dave Chinner, Matthew Garrett, and Mel Gorman participated in a panel discussion, moderated by LWN Editor Jon Corbet, at Collaboration Summit on Wednesday. Here are some of the highlights.