Operating Systems

Canonical unveils 6th LTS release of Ubuntu with 16.04

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Canonical announced today it will release Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on 21st April, featuring the new ‘snap’ package format and LXD pure-container hypervisor. This is the latest version of the world’s most widely used Linux platform across desktop, IoT and cloud computing.

“The leading cloud-based operations and the most advanced robotics run largely on Ubuntu, and this new release is the basis for the next wave of their innovation,” said Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Canonical. “We are proud to serve the needs of the enterprise, and research, and millions of personal and non-profit users, with one single shared free software platform.”

Cloud Computing: Are the Days of Windows Desktop Dominance Numbered?

Grazed from MovieTechGeeks.  Author: Marius Maronilla.

Nothing lasts forever. Not even Microsoft Windows. Microsoft has been shoving Windows 10 up our behinds for a while now, but even they know that someday, they’ll have to go back to the drawing board and come up with something new. Wintel PC sales continue to slide among consumers. Cloud computing is on the rise for businesses and enterprise software that can run on browsers continue to increase enabling users to choose their platform.

Microsoft recently announced SQL Server for Linux. Microsoft Office has versions for Macs, iOS, and Android. Office versions can be run on Linux through Wine, and enterprise software can now be run through browsers or remote software across platforms. Plus, Microsoft saying that Windows 10 is the last version of Windows somehow paints an ominous picture for Windows fans...

Oracle Solaris 11.3 Delivers Security, Speed and Simplicity for Enterprise Cloud Environments and DevOps

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Oracle today introduced Oracle Solaris 11.3, the latest release of the world’s most advanced enterprise operating system, with enhanced security, virtualization, and cloud management.

“With Oracle Solaris 11.3 we provide a secure cloud platform. In addition to unique security features like our immutable virtualization and time-based access control, we are using the SPARC M7 processor’s Silicon Secured Memory to helps prevent common security attacks like buffer overreads and buffer overwrites,” said Markus Flierl, vice president, Oracle Solaris Core Technology. “Leveraging hardware offload, we are making encryption affordable for data and network traffic as well as live migration across a wide range of encryption modes so customers don’t have to choose between security and performance.”

Cloud Computing: SUSE Embraces Docker Containers

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Dan Kusnetzky.

Recently SUSE announced that it has fully embraced Docker as a component of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12. After having spoken to representatives of Red Hat, VMware and a number of other interested suppliers, I thought it would be good to speak with the SUSE team.

SUSE points out that its current Docker offering supports x86- and x64-based servers. It's planning to introduce support for this technology on other hardware platforms in the future. The company also has plans to integrate Docker into its SUSE Manager for lifecycle management tool...

Cloud OSes: Benefit Or Bane?

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Dan Kusnetsky.

Several suppliers have announced small, limited operating systems (OS) designed to live inside a virtual machine (VM). A few examples of this are the recently announced VMware Project Photon, Piston's CloudOS, CoreOS, and the OS component of Red Hat's OpenShift. When I recently had the opportunity to speak with Jim Morrisroe, CEO of Piston Cloud, the company had the following things to say:

"Piston CloudOS is a new type of operating system that manages clusters of commodity servers in your datacenter as a single pool of highly-available resources. These resources may be shared by any service or framework, including OpenStack, Hadoop, Spark, Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, or Mesos for better resource efficiency, and streamlined operations...

Read more from the source @ https://virtualizationreview.com/articles/2015/05/18/are-cloud-oses-a-benefit-or-bane.aspx

Cloud Computing: Windows Server 2003 Isn't Broke - So Why Fix It?

Grazed from CIO. Author: Seth Mitchell.

Twelve million. That’s the number of physical servers around the world still running Windows Server 2003, according to Microsoft’s count. But July will see extended support for the beloved 11-year-old workhorse operating system come to an end. It’s never easy to change, but since when has IT been immune to change? You deal with change every day.

IT teams today serve less as technicians and more as service providers to the business, thanks to highly virtualized environments and cloud computing in its various flavors. To keep pace with business demands in these contexts—better yet, to stay one step ahead of the game—IT needs to make the leap to a next-generation server operating system...

Canonical Launches IoT Version Of Ubuntu Core

Grazed from TechCrunch. Author: Frederic Lardinois.

Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, wants to bring its operating system to more connected devices and intelligent objects with the launch of its “snappy” Ubuntu Core for the Internet of Things today. Over the last few months, the company launched “snappy” versions of Core on a number of cloud computing services, but given that the whole idea behind Core is to offer stripped-down versions of Ubuntu that developers can then easily customize based on their needs, the Internet of Things and robotics applications are a logical next area of focus for Canonical.

Ubuntu Core lets developers install the basic OS and then add the applications and services they need. Those applications then run in their own sandboxed environments. Ubuntu Core also features transactional updates, which ensures that the update process either works perfectly or can be rolled back immediately if things go awry...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft to Show Off Latest Windows

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Shira Ovide.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spent his first year on the job making the company less dependent on Windows. This week, when Mr. Nadella is scheduled to show off the next version of Microsoft’s most famous product, will reaffirm the operating system’s key role in his company’s fate.

At a day-long press session Wednesday, Mr. Nadella and other Microsoft officials are expected to give the most detailed glimpse so far of Windows 10, slated to launch later this year. Microsoft also will explain how Windows will work more seamlessly with upgrades to the popular Office productivity software bundle and the Xbox videogame system, and it may offer views of a voice-activated digital assistant and a new mobile Web browser...

Cloud Computing: Say hi to Linux's future - Fedora 21 is here

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols.

If you want to see where enterprise Linux is going, you should look at Red Hat's community Linux distribution, Fedora, today.  It's in Fedora that Red Hat explores the cutting edge of Linux and open source software developments. While not everyone will like where Fedora is going -- for example, Fedora's init systemsystemd still has many detractors -- it's still the bellwether for Linux. If a software library or program isn't in Fedora at some point, it's not likely to ever show up in mainstream Linux.

The latest Fedora, which has been the case for the last few updates, arrived a bit late. Never the less, it works well.  Instead of focusing on the desktop, as was once the case, Fedora now comes in three different variants: Fedora 21 Cloud, Fedora 21 Server, and Fedora 21 Workstation...

Paul Maritz's Pivotal Is Working To Build The Operating System For The Cloud

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Bruce Rogers.

Paul Maritz finds himself once again at the center of a paradigm shift in computing. From mainframes to distributed computing to desktops and now the Cloud, Maritz has served a central role in building and scaling computing platforms that change the way we do business and communicate. The former head of the Windows platform at Microsoft, entrepreneur and sought-after technologist and business leader is the founding CEO of Pivotal,an innovative software and services company that positions itself as the operating platform for the future of Cloud computing. The company is a start-up that began life as a nearly billion-dollar baby born of assets spun off from EMC and VMware.

“Pivotal came about through a set of thinking that myself and a few others started doing some three years ago. At the time, I was at VMware, and VMware had been a very successful technology. But it wasn’t about doing fundamentally new things, it was more about enabling people to do what they were already doing, but in a much more efficient and more manageable way...