In past articles, I have looked at distributions that were built with some scientific discipline in mind. In this article, I take a look at yet another one. In this case, I cover what is provided by NeuroDebian.
The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support.
This news is the latest sign of just how far open source virtualization, and KVM in particular, have come in a relatively short time. KVM has been around in its current form only since 2008, which makes it much younger than other virtualization codebases, like the one for VMware's (VMW) suite of products, or even Xen, another popular open source hypervisor. And KVM's maturity as a production-ready solution for the enterprise is an even more recent phenomenon.
All of the code for kdbus is living within its own Git repository right now and also there's code within the systemd Git while a compile-time switch must be activated now within systemd. Developers are hoping kdbus will be reviewed and merged into the upstream Linux kernel this year. Lennart shared a couple of kdbus features out on the horizon include sandboxing support, yielding CPU time to destination, priority inheritance, and priority queues.
Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone has revealed more details on its forthcoming dual-boot Android and Firefox OS device.
The phone, known as the Revolution, will go on sale next week at a cost of €289 in Europe. The device will run both Android and Boot2Gecko, otherwise known as Firefox OS. (Mozilla only lets the mobile carriers it has deals with use the Firefox OS brand name, so for now, Geeksphone is stuck with the operating system's clunkier handle.)
The Chinese government has already stated its discontent with Windows 8, which comes preinstalled on almost all new PCs. It says an upgrade to Windows 8 would cause a substantial increase in costs both for the OS and relevant software. Windows 8 accounts for less than three percent of the Chinese market.
The only challenge left for Linux to fully conquer the cloud is in the private and hybrid sectors. Private cloud technology like OpenStack is pushing Linux kernel-based virtual machines, or KVMs, on the compute side and challenging VMware's position, asserted Turk.
"The way Linux IT was driven in the past was very much bottom-line focused," he said. "It was about how to create a profitable company and follow the market for the return on investment for shareholders. It was typical of an IT company in the early stages of development.
"But what's changed now is we have democratised it, spread the shareholding and for the time being, held back on applying labels to individuals [in the management team]."
Mitchell has recently completed an MBA qualification and said his dissertation focused on the idea of spiritual leadership - a concept which focuses on business ethics and employee wellbeing. He said the research has played a big role in the new-look Linux IT.
In this context I use 'critical' to indicate the parts which sometimes give Linux difficulty, such as the graphic controller (ATI/AMD Radeon in this case), wi-fi adapter (Atheros) and such. Installation was absolutely routine, exactly as I have described several times before on several other UEFI systems.
I left Secure Boot enabled, and I had no problem booting the Live USB image. Fedora installed its own signed "shim" file, so the installed image also boots just fine with UEFI Secure Boot enabled — and, of course, also with Secure Boot disabled, duh.
During the installation, it added Fedora to the UEFI boot list and it modified the UEFI boot sequence to place Fedora first; when I rebooted after installation, it booted up Grub (and then Fedora), exactly as it "should". I was extremely pleased and impressed with this, and I started to think that perhaps HP had improved its UEFI BIOS operation (although it seems I was wrong).
Lots of folks are lamenting the latest news from Mozilla stating they'll soon be showing users "sponsored content from hand-picked partners." In other news, a recent Debian decision leaves Ubuntu on its own with upstart. Matt Hartley recently compared the ease of Ubuntu to the flexibility of rolling release distributions.