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The OSDL Desktop Linux Working Group (DTL) captures, discusses, publishes and develops Linux capabilities definitions required by demanding, enterprise-class desktop applications. The ultimate goal is to accelerate the use of Linux on enterprise desktops. The DTL Capabilities document is the work of current OSDL member companies and interested individuals. The purpose of this document is to provide an external snapshot of the work in progress to allow feedback from interested parties. When complete these capability descriptions will be used to evaluate the actual state of the Linux desktop with respect to the usage models defined by the working group. Gaps and difficiencies will be documented and expressed as use cases which can be used as reference for open source development projects to come up with solutions. Background/HistoryTo understand the Desktop Linux (DTL... (more)

The Next Chapter in the Virtualization Story Begins

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! Cloud Computing Journal recently caught up with Pete Malcolm, CEO of cloud management innovators Abiquo - a major new player in the fast-emerging Cloud ecosystem and Platinum Plus Sponsor of 6th Cloud Expo being held in Prague, the Czech Republic, 21-22 June 2010. Malcolm is keynoting at the event. His theme will be "An Open Cloud Ecosystem - the Gathering Storm." Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Abiquo was also Platinum Plus Sponsor of the 5th International Cloud Expo held April 19-21, 2010 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City Cloud Computing Journal: How would you define the difference between Private clouds and Public Clouds, and why is the distinction so important in the context of Cloud Computing? Pete Malcolm: Actually, I think people get rather too hun... (more)

Top 50 Bloggers on Cloud Computing

Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem - now expanded to a list of 250 and growing daily thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account (@jg21) and a very kind mention by ReadWriteWeb - there have been suggestions that another prism through which to view cloud computing might be that of people rather than companies. Now Michael Sheehan has encouraged me to Just Do It, so let me get started...as per the previous Top Cloud Players list, this list will a work-in-progress and is totally porous, so don't hesitate to ping or tweet me if there are folks I have missed. In particular if you are a journalist whose "beat" is Cloud Computing, please let's be hearing from you, and we can maybe widen this list from Cloud Bloggers to Cloud Commentators. For now though let's get started. In alphabetical order - to av... (more)

LinuxWorld Expo: Linux IT model gives Morgan Stanley flexibility

NEW YORK (IDG News Service) — In mid-2001, Morgan Stanley began overhauling its IT infrastructure, aiming at a new management architecture based on a thin-client model that would allow all data, applications and even operating systems to be hosted on network servers. The guiding goal was flexibility, said implementer Jeffrey Birnbaum, managing director and global head of enterprise computing in Morgan Stanley's institutional securities division. With thousands of internally developed applications and 36,500 supported PCs spread throughout 20 countries, Morgan Stanley wanted an architecture that would let it quickly deliver anything that needed to flow to end users, including data, applications, software patches and system configuration changes. It also wanted the ability to add new applications and machines to its network for the lowest possible cost, Birnbaum... (more)

Readers react to 'Weighing the pros & cons of IBM's mainframe Linux'

Good news about UTS The article contains a reference to Amdahl's mid-1980s UTS product and asked if anyone knew what happened to it since. Seems it's alive and well: Dear Mr. Murphy, UTS is very much alive and kicking. Check out our Web page at: http://www.utsglobal.com We are not a part of Amdahl and haven't been for about two years. UTS is still very much in use, check out our customer list. You'll find some very large customers. Our market is chiefly oriented around the telecommunications industry. UTS Global is also active in the Linux/390 community. We've contributed 3270 support to Linux/390 2.4, and have released CLAW and tape drivers under the UTS Global Public License. Dennis Andrews Chief Software Architect UTS Global LLC Ignorant, incompetent, untrustworthy, and dishonest Three things in Part 1 triggered the most response: My comments about the history of... (more)

Reiserfs or ext3: Which journaling filesystem is right for you?

(LinuxWorld) -- I just converted VarLinux.org from using the Reiserfs filesystem to the ext3 journaling filesystem. I'm a big fan of Reiserfs, and I haven't changed my opinion of the filesystem. I simply want to kick the tires on ext3 and take it around the block a few times to see what there is to like or dislike. There are many technical differences between the two filesystems, but there are only three differences that most people should care about. First, you can do an in-place conversion from ext2, which until recently was the default filesystem for most Linux distributions. Second, you can set ext3 to journal data as well as metadata. Today, Reiserfs journals metadata only. Let's look at these first two differences before we get to the third, because the third deserves special attention. The in-place conversion of ext2 systems is a nice win for ext3. It obviousl... (more)

Embarrassing Dispatches From the SCO Front

SCO has truly done it again. Truly, it keeps getting better. SCO (back when it was Caldera) has violated the BSD license with the very code it accuses Linux of stealing! Dennis Ritchie himself (one of the original authors of Unix) is saying that either he or Ken Thompson (his co-worker at Bell Labs at the time) wrote that code early on, before there ever was a Caldera or SCO. ... (more)

Open Source for Perimeter Security

Does the open source community provide world-class security technology? Can organizations stop dealing with commercial vendors for security software? To avoid any undue suspense, the answers are: "Emphatically yes" and "Maybe, but you probably need to make an investment of some kind." But let's take a look at the evidence - this article references two open source projects: netfilter and Snort. Escalating ChallengesFirst, it's clear that the challenges related to security are escalating. Outbreaks of viruses and worms are becoming more virulent and spreading faster. Blended threats and application-specific attacks are becoming more sophisticated and harder to detect. Wireless communications, instant messaging, and peer-to-peer networks are opening new holes in corporate defenses. Top management is taking a sudden and unaccustomed interest in IT security. Yet IT depart... (more)

Software Licensing: Intel "De-approves" the Intel Open Source License

Intel, according to the attorney at Intel Corporation responsible for Intel's legal practices and policies relating to open source, has been studying internally the issue of license proliferation. The attorney, McCoy Smith, says that one step Intel would like to take to reduce license proliferation (both internally, and externally, to Intel) is to have the "Intel Open Source License" (aka "BSD License with Export Notice") removed from future use as an approved OSI open source license. In a message posted to the OSI license-discuss e-mail list on March 29, Smith wrote: "It does not appear that the Intel Open Source License has found much use (there approximately 25 projects on SourceForge using the license, most of which appear to have been able to use just the plain BSD license without an export notice) and therefore Intel believes the lntel Open Source License could... (more)

When is Your Small Business Ready for an ERP System?

A common question small business owners ask themselves is when their business is ready to implement an ERP software application that will replace their existing small business software. Fortunately for the small business owner, there are a number of small business ERP software solutions on the market today that serve as a viable replacement for QuickBooks, Peachtree, and other small business accounting software packages. In my experience, there are three telling signs of when a small business is ready to migrate from its existing small business software to a more sophisticated ERP system. First, the small business is operating in a multitude of software packages based on a given department within the organization. Accounting personnel make journal entries in QuickBooks; warehouse managers enter data into Excel; sales representatives use ACT, Goldmine, Salesforce.com,... (more)

CloudLinux Announces Support for Atomia

CloudLinux, Inc., developers of the only commercially-supported Linux server operating system made specifically for shared hosting, today announced that CloudLinux OS is now fully compatible with the Atomia software automation platform. "Now, Atomia customers can easily upgrade their operating system to CloudLinux OS greatly enhancing the security and efficiency of their shared hosting businesses," said Igor Seletskiy, CloudLinux CEO. "Better control over computing resources leads to a better overall customer experience and results in lower churn." CloudLinux cages each user account within its own Lightweight Virtual Environment (LVE), allowing system administrators to limit CPU, memory, and the concurrent connections available to each server tenant. LVE effectively prevents the "bad neighbor effect," wherein one tenant can slow or take down an entire server. By l... (more)

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