RIP Mandriva Linux

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.

Best Linux Distros Available

Several weeks ago, I wrote on this blog about the Linux distros that people should try. I wasn’t far off on my assessment when I read this article by Digital Trends. As you can see, I stuck with the tried-and-true distros that are popular, as well as distros which represented the major Linux branches, and distros which people generally consider as very solid. As you can see, you can’t go wrong with Debian, Fedora, Centos, and Ubuntu. You throw in Mint, one the most popular distros nowadays, and you have a very good list.

Systemd vs SysV

Systemd is the controversial project taking Linux by storm. Several Linux distros have or are in the process of switching over to systemd, namely Fedora, OpenSuse, Ubuntu, Debian and Arch Linux. Linux Mint, the currently popular distro, will most likely follow suit. After all, Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu.

What’s the hullabaloo about systemd? Systemd is the replacement for the old SysV, the init system that initializes Linux on boot. Some detractors are saying that systemd is not Unix-like, whatever that means. Some say it’s very intrusive software because it’s not only an init system, but a software suite that handles daemons for login, event logs, virtual devices, cron task scheduling, as well as the network.

If you like to dig more about systemd, here’s a good writeup worth reading from PCWorld.

Chip $9 Computer

Meet Chip, the $9 computer which will be available sometime in 2016. Chip is based on ARM-based processor at 1Ghz, 512MB RAM and 4GB of storage. It has one USB port and a micro-USB port to power the unit. For display, it will have HDMI port. For just $9, it makes the Raspberry Pi look very expensive.

Linux Distros to Try has a list of Linux distros and ranks them based on popularity. Currently, Mint is the distro of choice for many Linux users followed by Ubuntu and Debian. There are hundreds of distros available and you can’t possibly use or play around with all of them. Most of these distros are just offshoots of the more popular distros. If I were to narrow it down to just a few distros, I would go with these magnificent seven.

  • Mint – since it’s popular desktop. It’s based on Ubuntu.
  • Ubuntu – it’s my current favorite Linux server.
  • Debian – since Ubuntu and numerous others are based on Debian.
  • Fedora – it’s based on Redhat.
  • Centos – it’s basically Redhat without the support.
  • FreeBSD – Unix-like OS based BSD.
  • Slackware – it’s been around for a very long time.

Amazon EC2 G2 Instance size

Amazon Web Services has a new G2 instance called g2.8xlarge. It has 4 high-performance NVidia GPUs for those needing a system capable of doing large scale video rendering, transcoding, or parallel processing. The g2.8xlarge is available in just about all regions. The on-demand pricing is $2.60 per hour. Spot and reserved instances are a little bit cheaper but require an entire month use.

Cloud Computing Market Share

Cloud Computing is a $20 billion yearly business. In the latest poll, Amazon Web Services dominates the market with a 28% market share. Microsoft Azure is gaining share at 10%, and there’s the rest of the pack lagging behind. Not only that, cloud revenues are increasing yearly. In 2014, cloud computing has gained 48% over the year before.  ReadWrite’s article even mentions Digital Ocean as a favorite for web developers.

Does OpenStack Scale?

In a recent article by, it talks about Openstack, the open-source software that control a cloud of servers. One of the compelling arguments against OpenStack is its inability to scale with large implementations. Some companies are bringing in Juniper to help with their Contrail Networking and OpenContrail products to alleviate the scaling issues.