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OpenStack Designate Brings DNS as a Service Into Incubation

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I've been following the Designate project, which provide OpenStack DesignateDNS-as-a-Service for OpenStack for some time. It's a project that seems painfully obvious to me, enabling DNS features within an OpenStack cloud deployment.

DNS is a critical network service and without it, I really don't understand how OpenStack service providers could possibly properly scale a business. If DNS isn't inside OpenStack it's outside of it, with a more manual and more painful, less 'cloudy' approach.

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Mesosphere Raises $10.5 Million to Create Massive Linux Clusters

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Linux
Server

Thanks to the advent of multicore processors, the average data center these days has access to a massive amount of compute capacity. Tapping into it efficiently, though, is another thing altogether.

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The Companies That Support Linux: Rackspace

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Rackspace has lately been in the news for its stock market gains and a potential acquisition. But over the past 16 years the company has become well known, first as a web hosting provider built on Linux and open source, and later as a pioneer of the open source cloud and founder of the OpenStack cloud platform.

In May, Rackspace became a Xen Project member and was one of three companies to join the Linux Foundation as a corporate member, along with CoreOS and Cumulus Networks.

“Many of the applications and infrastructure that we need to run for internal use or for customers run best on Linux,” said Paul Voccio, Senior Director of Software Development at Rackspace, via email. “This includes all the popular language frameworks and open virtualization platforms such as Xen, LXC, KVM, Docker, etc.”

In this Q&A, Voccio discusses the role of Rackspace in the cloud, how the company uses Linux, why they joined the Linux Foundation, as well as current trends and future technologies in the data center.

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Chrome OS Features to Look for in Current Chromebook Crop

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With Father's Day right around the corner, some dads out there might be requesting a new Chromebook. Chromebooks, which run Google's Chrome OS, have quietly become quite popular among notebook buyers. As of this writing, Chromebooks are among the top 20 most popular computers available on Amazon, and sales continue to grow steadily. Although the devices got off to a slow start, Google has found a way to attract customers. With that in mind it might be a good time to revisit Chromebooks' operating system, Chrome OS, and talk about key features that make the Chromebook so attractive. While users were uncertain at first about the concept of using a Web-based operating system, Chrome OS morphed into something far more usable and appealing to the average computer user since it was first released in 2009. Not only are computer users more comfortable with accessing cloud applications and storing their data in the cloud, but Google has added a number of features that make it convenient to use Chrome OS productively. This eWEEK slide show will cover the factors that made this platform appealing to notebook PC users.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Announcement Likely Tomorrow

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Red Hat
Server

Red Hat was just sending out press invites this afternoon for a virtual event tomorrow regarding "an exciting product" that will be announced.

Registration for the online event happening tomorrow (10 June) at 11AM EST can be found at RedHat.com. The site says it's about, "redefining the enterprise OS."

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Reports Cites Google Surpassing Microsoft in Browser Market Share

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Microsoft

ADI technology analyst Tyler White speculated that two underlying market forces are boosting Google's numbers. “First, device defaults matter,” White said. “Internet Explorer leverages its Windows OS dominance to gain share as the default Web browser for the majority of people online. Today mobile OS is more important, giving Google and Apple a leg up with default status on Android and iOS.”

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VLC reveals it is working on Chromecast support for iOS, Windows, Linux and Mac

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Google
OSS

Most everyone, at least the tech-savvy who read this, are familiar with VLC Player -- the Video LAN Client. It's a jack-of-all trades media player, that is capable of handling pretty much any format you can throw at it, no matter how obscure it may be.

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Google Chrome 36 Beta Brings More Fixes for Linux Aura

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Google

Google Chrome, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, has just received another update for the 36 Beta branch of the software.

The Google developers have launched a new version of their Chrome browser, but this is not the stable branch, which means that you shouldn't rush to replace your current one. There still are a number of stability problems, but the development is progressing quite nicely.

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Chromebooks Can Finally Play Movies and Shows Offline

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When Google launched Chrome OS, it touted it as a nearly entirely cloud-centric operating system. In fact, it wasn't designed to store data or applications locally at all, or do anything local, really.

Since then, Google has wisely hedged that bet, and it is doing so in a big way as it finally gives Chromebook users a way to watch Google Play Movies and TV offline. Google announced offline viewing last month and new Chromebooks are indeed pulling the feat off via a new app for Chrome OS.

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Calxeda co-founder unleashs 48-core ARM SoC

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Server

The devices support a variety of Linux distros, with KVM and Xen virtualisation support, Java and GCC development support.

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Cavium ARMs New Server Chips

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Cavium is aiming be a force of nature in the ARM chips market with its new ThunderX lineup of system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs announced today. Alongside the ThunderX announcement, Cavium is also partnering with multiple Linux distributions, including Fedora and openSUSE.

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Canonical and Mirantis Team Up on Enterprise OpenStack Support

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Ubuntu

Mirantis and Canonical today announced a joint collaboration to offer private cloud solutions based on Mirantis OpenStack and Ubuntu. The two companies plan to invest in continuously testing compatibility between Mirantis OpenStack and Ubuntu to ensure that the Mirantis OpenStack distribution works seamlessly with Ubuntu. The companies will also collaborate to offer an OpenStack solution that is fully supported.

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My Name is Brian and I Build Supercomputers in My Spare Time

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Ubuntu

The NUCs run Ubuntu server and are storage hosts and the primary interface to the external world. The system has 8x Parallella boards and a shared gigabit Ethernet switch, giving a peak performance of around 208 GFLOPs.

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Chromebooks Head for Nine New Countries, with Cloud Computing in Tow

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In a blog post constructed as rhythmic verse, Google has confirmed that Chromebooks--portable computers running the Chrome OS platform--are coming to nine new global regions: Norway, Denmark, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Belgium, New Zealand, and the Philippines. As we've reported,

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Ubuntu beats Microsoft & Red Hat in OpenStack OS race

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Ubuntu

OpenStack has been in the news a lot... well, we have just had the OpenStack summit in Atlanta after all.

Many say that the "problem" with OpenStack is that it is still regarded as a "moving target" and work in progress, augmenting and updating as it does twice a year.

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IBM Opens Mainframe Linux and Cloud Center in Beijing

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Server

Linux server demand is rising due to demand from cloud infrastructure deployments, according to IDC, and is expected to continue to grow in the future. In the first quarter of 2014, Linux server revenue accounted for 30 percent of overall server revenue, an increase of 15.4 percent, IDC said.[1] IBM has supported development of Linux on System z for more than a decade, and today there are over 3,000 certified applications for Linux on System z. In addition, IBM is supporting the development of skills to take advantage of these applications through the IBM Academic Initiative.

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Linux 3.16 Supports ARM Suspend/Resume With ARM

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The first pull request for the Xen virtualization updates for the Linux 3.16 kernel have now been submitted.

David Vrabel sent in the early Xen features and fixes this morning for the Linux 3.16 merge window. Most prominently to Xen in Linux 3.16 are ARM architecture improvements. In particular, there's now ARM suspend/resume support and ARM multi-call support.

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SAP: Put a little more HANA in your Red Hat

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Two of the bigger names in enterprise software, Red Hat and SAP, are preparing to expand their ongoing collaboration, with the former having its platform certified to run the latter's software.

The plan is to offer the SAP HANA in-memory database system running on RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) "via SAP-certified hardware appliances from partners," according to Red Hat. Purchasing one of these appliances means the end-user receives support from both Red Hat and SAP for the resulting product...

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32-bit Enterprise Linux Still Matters

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Server

I've done a lot of support of government servers and they run for about forever, as in until they serve no further use. Even retired, old servers are often repurposed and put back into service due to budget restrictions and/or long lead times to order new equipment under the required procedures for government procurement. In the United States this is especially true at the state level. When a server is repurposed it is usually reloaded with the current enterprise standard Linux distrubution release and applications, not legacy releases. That's one common use case.

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Linux Video of the Week: 40-Node Raspberry Pi Supercomputer

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Server

Guill, a recent graduate of the masters in computer science and electrical engineering program at the University of Texas in Dallas, built the 40-node Raspberry Pi cluster for distributed software testing. In addition to a list of technical requirements, Guill wrote that he also wanted it to be “visually pleasing.”

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