Microsoft and Redhat announced today that Redhat is now available on Azure Cloud Services. Previously only Ubuntu, CentOS, Oracle Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE were the Linux OS options. In addition, JBoss middleware will also be available in the coming weeks. Here’s the announcement from Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise.
Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf is finally here. What’s new? Well, there are new enhancements, but they are underwhelming. The latest release has new scrollbars. Ubuntu 15.10 is laying the groundwork for the next version 16.04. The changes are pretty much ho-hum. Like the author of this article said, if you like to see noticeable changes, look at Linux Mint.
The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 10.2-RELEASE. This is the third release of the stable/10 branch, which improves on the stability of FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE and introduces some new features.
While Ubuntu is open sourced, there are quite a few projects under Canonical that are not. Ubuntu One was one of them. Now it is open source. Ubuntu just recently released it’s file synching code for Ubuntu One. Ubuntu One is cloud storage service.
“Today, we’re happy to be open sourcing the biggest piece of our Ubuntu One file syncing service,” Canonical Director of Online Services Martin Albisetti wrote. “The code we’re releasing is the server side of what desktop clients connected to when syncing local or remote changes. This is code where most of the innovation and hard work went throughout the years, where we faced most of the scaling challenges and the basis on which other components were built upon.”
Ubuntu One code is available from Canonical’s LaunchPad.
If you’re thinking of creating a virtual machine on the OS of choice, there are quite a few options to consider. In addition to having a powerful computer with lots of memory to be able to run multiple hosted operating systems, there are several virtualization software to consider. Which one is for you depends on your budget, your expertise and preference. Some virtualization software are free to use, others you have to purchase. Here are your options:
- VMWare’s vSphere
- Redhat’s KVM
- Microsoft’s Hyper-V
- Citrix’s XenServer
- Oracle’s Virtualbox
VMWare is the 800 pound gorilla. It dominates the virtualization market at 56%, but it has been eroding over the years. There’s stiff competition from Hyper-V, XenServer and KVM. My personal favorite however, is Virtualbox. It runs on multiple platforms, Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s relatively simple to use. Others may find Virtualbox a bit slower and some find it technically challenging, but to each his own. As they say, your mileage may vary. It really depends on your preference.
Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela was released June 30, 2015. It comes with Mate 1.10.
Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.
Meet Nova OS, Cuba’s Linux-kernel based operating system, built by students of University of Computer Sciences.
The operating system is called Nova OS and the latest available version is 4.0, released March 22, 2013, which is based on Canonical’s Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) and built around the GNOME 3.4 desktop environment.
Yes, that means Nova OS does not use Ubuntu’s Unity user interface, providing users with a traditional layout comprising two panels, using GNOME’s GNOME-Shell interface, but with a custom design.
At the moment, Nova OS 4.0 is distributed in three editions, Escritorio, Ligero, and Servidor. The Escritorio edition is the main one, also known as the Desktop CD, which provides users with a complete GNOME-based desktop environment.
Per the Debian website:
The Debian project is pleased to announce the first update of its stable distribution Debian 8 (codename jessie). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.
Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian 8 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old jessie CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.
Those who frequently install updates from security.debian.org won’t have to update many packages and most updates from security.debian.org are included in this update.
New installation media and CD and DVD images containing updated packages will be available soon at the regular locations.
Upgrading to this revision online is usually done by pointing the aptitude (or apt) package tool (see the sources.list(5) manual page) to one of Debian’s many FTP or HTTP mirrors. A comprehensive list of mirrors is available at:
Mandriva Linux is deader that dead. How could that be? Well, for one, the distro hasn’t been updated since 2011. Most of the developers were laid off as early as 2010. Whatever is left of the company called Mandriva, is liquidating pretty much all its assets. Mandrake, the predecessor of Mandriva, used to be my favorite Linux distro. You can view my post about Mandrake here back in 2004. There’s another post here. Mandriva had quite a market share back in its day. Then came Ubuntu. Ubuntu pretty much took the wind out of Mandriva’s sail. So, here we are now. There are a couple of forks. Mageia and OpenMandriva are chugging along.
“If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I’ve won.”