Do you need a container-specific Linux distribution?
You've always been able to run containers on a variety of operating systems: Zones on Solaris; Jails on BSD; Docker on Linux and now Windows Server; OpenVZ on Linux, and so on. As Docker in particular and containers in general explode in popularity, operating system companies are taking a different tack. They're now arguing that to make the most of containers you need a skinny operating system to go with them.
Video: 84-Year-Old Volunteer Rebuilds, Sends Linux Laptops to Africa
Retired pastor James Anderson, age 84, has never worked in IT or had any formal computer training, but over the past two years he has rebuilt more than a hundred IBM ThinkPad laptops and sent them to schools and nonprofits in Africa – all running Linux.
For the past nine years, Anderson has volunteered at FreeGeek, a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit that recycles and rehabilitates old computers for donation. He spends four hours every Friday testing and rebuilding the ThinkPads, which he then loads with Linux Mint 17 and sends one or two at a time to Africa via personal couriers.
Mark Shuttleworth Says Microsoft Didn't Copy Convergence Idea, Ubuntu Will Be First
Mark Shuttleworth talked about Ubuntu convergence and he also happened to mention the fact that Microsoft is trying to do something similar to Windows, but he said that the companies just had the same idea, at the same time.
Ubuntu Devs and Users Talk About Windows with Buttons on the Wrong Side
The Ubuntu community is having a vivacious discussion regarding the placement of the window buttons on the left side. From the looks of it, some users would prefer to have the option of moving the buttons to the right side.
Open Source History: Why Did Linux Succeed?
One of the most puzzling questions about the history of free and open source is this: Why did Linux succeed so spectacularly, whereas similar attempts to build a free or open source, Unix-like operating system kernel met with considerably less success? I don't know the answer to that question. But I have rounded up some theories, which I'd like to lay out here.
Ubuntu 15.04 Gets an Update to Fix a Dnsmasq Vulnerability
Canonical has published details in a security notice about a Dnsmasq vulnerability in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, that has been found and fixed.
Bq Aquaris e4.5 Ubuntu Edition Has Hidden Factory Mode
The Bq Aquaris e4.5 Ubuntu Edition has been out for some time and is available for purchase right now. It's the only Ubuntu phone on sale, and one of the users found out how to access a hidden Factory Mode that gives access to all kinds of cool stuff.