LibbyMC writes "Beyond giving every student a new Acer TravelMate laptop pre-loaded with Ubuntu 13.10, the Penn Manor High School 1:1 laptop program set out to teach open source principles and introduce a culture shift. IT staff led evening “tech camps” for parents in the district and training sessions for teachers to help them become more familiar with the installed applications as well as the concept of open source software. And a group of seniors was brought in as help desk apprentices to do web design, hardware testing, and deployment. http://www.linux.com/news/feat..." top
OpenDaylight SDN Poses Threat to Proprietary Networks
LibbyMC writes "Along with Open Compute, OpenStack and CloudStack, the OpenDaylight software defined networking project's first "Hydrogen" release brings a significant challenge to proprietary networking platforms.
"The idea of allowing a vendor to populate your data center with proprietary servers and storage is falling to open compute specified designs and storage, which either adheres to one of several open models including solid state storage as part of the compute operations or replaces on-site storage with cloud-based storage. CIOs recognize that the skills needed in this open era may not exist in house and may not exist within the traditional consulting organizations used to upgrade hardware and software infrastructure."" Link to Original Source top
CentOS Project Leader Karanbir Singh Opens Up on Red Hat Deal
LibbyMC writes "Karanbir Singh talks openly about what it will mean for CentOS as a project, and for him personally, to join a big open source company and work professionally on the project for the first time. Will CentOS become a proving ground for new technologies in RHEL as some commenters have speculated?
"I think it should. But it would be wrong to say it will be a proving ground for things into RHEL. It's more appropriate to say it's a proving ground for anything. Because the platform is resilient you can build on CentOS without things caving in. There's nothing in what we're doing that limits ourselves to what Red Hat is doing."" Link to Original Source top
Google emulates 1980s-era Amiga computer in Chrome
LibbyMC writes "Google's approach to bringing older C software to the browser is demonstrated in bringing the 80's era Amiga OS to Chrome. "The Native Client technology runs software written to run on a particular processor at close to the speeds that native software runs. The approach gives software more direct access to a computer's hardware , but it also adds security restrictions to prevent people from downloading malware from the Web that would take advantage of that power."" Link to Original Source top
Why is a University of Dundee lecturer running Cassandra on the Raspberry Pi?
LibbyMC writes "The exercise is not to create a production Cassandra network but to make it possible for students to experience the database running on multiple ethernet connected computers without building datacenters and server racks. By scaling down the platform, without rewriting it, something that the combination of Linux and Java on the Raspberry Pi make easy, then the problems of scaling up become much easier to examine in the same way a scale model of a bridge lets architects see physical stress in action." Link to Original Source top
How Intel's Galileo board got Linux, Windows and Mac cross-compatibility
LibbyMC writes "Richard Purdie has built a new core compiler so that anyone who builds an embedded project with the Yocto Project will now have access to the ability to compile Linux binaries on all three platforms.
Purdie noted that others before him have built Windows binaries with OpenEmbedded but the capability had been lost for many years. This new development brings it to the Yocto Project and its updated architecture. The ability to build for Mac OSX is completely new." Link to Original Source top
Linus Torvalds + Linux kernel developers talk about the future of Linux (Video)
LibbyMC writes "Linus Torvalds and the Linux kernel developers talked on stage today at LinuxCon and CloudOpen on a range of topics, from personal hobbies to advice for getting patches upstream. But one consistent theme emerged in the discussion: Growing the size and diversity of the Linux kernel developer community — on the kernel side as well as in user space — will help push continued innovation even as technology changes." Link to Original Source top
Four performance and efficiency boosting changes in Linux 3.11 release
LibbyMC writes "The latest Linux kernel release has a lot of new features. This is an overview of four changes that will boost performance and lower power use: Zswap, AMD Radeon DPM support, low latency network polling and Xen and KVM support on ARM64." Link to Original Source top
5 Things to Know About the Salt Cloud Management Tool
LibbyMC writes "Salt operates in the same realm as Puppet and Chef, and some say it's easier to use, but it's not as well known as these other tools. Here are five things you might want to know about how it can be used and what features are coming in the next release." Link to Original Source top
LibbyMC writes "Ubuntu Edge didn't make its crowdsource funding goal, but other open source mobile operating systems out there are still making forward progress. Chief among them is Mozilla's Firefox OS." Link to Original Source