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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

"Microsoft loves Linux" is generally not something one expects to hear, but that was one of the messages that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered at a San Francisco media event touting Redmond's cloud offerings on Monday. According to Nadella, 20 per cent of Microsoft's Azure cloud is already Linux and the software giant plans to always have first-class support for Linux distributions in its public cloud offerings.

Why work in the open?

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Oct 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What prevents you from working in the open? I work for an open source company on an open source project and still I encounter on a daily basis that people who are working on open source software prefer to work in private (from time to time). They do not discuss technical questions on public mailing lists, the normal chat goes on in internal chat rooms instead of public IRC, and new features are rather demoed on private video conference channels than as e.g. Hangout on Air. read more

Microsoft “loves Linux” as it makes Azure bigger, better

In San Francisco today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said something that was more than a little surprising: Microsoft loves Linux. The operating system once described as a "cancer" by Nadella's predecessor, Steve Ballmer, is now being embraced (if not extended) with open arms, at least when it comes to Redmond's Azure cloud platform. Nadella told us that some 20 percent of VMs on Azure use the open source operating system.

Five Best Linux Desktop Environments

Whether you're customizing your Linux install or choosing a distro to go with, one of your many options is the desktop environment you use. There are tons to choose from, all with different benefits and features. There may be no one single best, but this week we're looking at five of them, based on your nominations.

Linux distro Ubuntu 15.04 gets its name -- Vivid Vervet

Today, Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical CEO, announces the latest name, for the upcoming 15.04. For this release, the letter V is being used. The adjective? Vivid. The animal? Vervet.

Catalyst/fglrx trouble in Debian (and not just in Fedora)

My AMD Catalyst (aka fglrx) trouble in Fedora is well-documented. Biggest of the big at this point is that the proprietary AMD driver DOES NOT work with GNOME 3. So I did a test install of Debian Jessie last week, and the same thing happened: GNOME 3 runs fine with the open-source Radeon driver, not at all with the closed-source fglrx.

How to repeat a script, or not

I have a data-entry script which adds records to a plain-text data table. It's a fairly complicated script with a GUI dialog, and until recently it added one record at a time. To add another record, I had to launch the script again. Was there a simple way (I asked myself) to re-run the script, or exit it, from within the script?

After a lot of rummaging on the Web, I found a suitable method in William Shotts' excellent book The Linux Command Line. This article explains the details.

Emacs 24.4 Ships with Integrated Web Browser Ubuntu Installation

Emacs 24.4 has been released earlier today, and it ships with several new features and improved functionality, on the most notable being the presence of an integrated web browser.

Microsoft (hearts) Linux, for Azure's sake

Microsoft now loves Linux.

Detecting bootable IBM Power server ISO images

Most ISO images use an ISO 9660 extension that allows the image to be bootable by the basic input/output system (BIOS). This article describes a way to detect if an IBM Power server image is bootable by reading the ISO data stream directly, showing a working Python code that illustrates the concepts.

Vendetta Online - Space MMO Free Trial Without Restrictions

Vendetta Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Guild Software, Inc, with builds for Linux as well, besides Windows and Mac OS. The game takes place throughout the Vendetta space universe, and players can choose from a large range of factions to play with.

Linux-optimized IP core promises 4200 DMIPS

Synopsis announced an “HS38? version of its Linux-focused DesignWare ARC core IP with a new ARCv2 ISA and support for 2.2GHz, 4200 DMIPS speeds at 28nm.

Ubuntu 15.04 to be Codenamed Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu Celebrates 10 Years Birthday

With only a few days before Ubuntu 14.10 will officially see the light of day, Mark Shuttleworth posted a blog entry filled with a richness of Vibrant words in which he announced the codename for the next version of Ubuntu, which will follow Utopic.

Should Debian be forked because of systemd?

In today's open source roundup: Veteran Unix admins threaten Debian fork if systemd replaces sysvinit. Plus: Ubuntu turns ten years old today, and Ubuntu 15.04 to have codename Vivid Vervet. Systemd has set the Linux world on fire, and that inferno continues to rage out of control. It has spawned endless discussion threads and many angry blog posts. This time around a collection of veteran Unix administrators is threatening to fork Debian if systemd replaces sysvinit.

Android signage products tap Atom-based reference design

RevelDigital’s Android signage software is shipping with the Atom E3815-based Intel EL-10 signage design and new Gigabyte and JWIPC systems based on it.

The coming together of Android and Chrome OS

In today's Android roundup: Speculation runs rampant about Google merging Chrome OS and Android. Plus: How to filter out junk apps in the Google Play store, and will your device get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update? There have been a number of stories in the media recently about how Google may be working towards combining Android and Chrome. This includes Android apps that run on Chrome OS and vice versa. PC World looks at eight ways Google is beginning to unite Android and Chrome OS.

Discourse

Back when I started to use the Internet in 1988, there was a simple way to get answers to your technical questions. You would go onto "Netnews", also known as Usenet, and you would post your question to one of the forums. There were forums, or "newsgroups", on nearly every possible topic, from programming languages to religions to humor.

OpenStack Juno is here, preparing for Summit, and more

Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for what's happening right now in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project. read more

"Fork Debian" Project Started In Order to Put Pressure on Debian Community and Systemd Adoption

The Debian project decided to adopt systemd a while ago and ditch the upstart counterpart. The decision was very controversial and it's still contested by some users. Now, a new proposition has been made, to fork Debian into something that doesn't have systemd.

Rejuvenate your Fedora desktop with Moka

GNOME is cool and beautiful, and the default Adwaita theme has matured greatly since it was introduced in GNOME 3.0. In fact, the Adwaita theme in Fedora 21 is now […]

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