Christopher Tozzi

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Canonical's Ubuntu 14.10: The Commodity Linux OS?

Utopic Unicorn, the newest version ofCanonical's Ubuntu Linux operating system, which the company released Oct. 23, contains neither utopian philosophy nor unicorns. In fact, it doesn't introduce any major new features at all. But it does reflect a major shift on Canonical's part toward turning Ubuntu into a commodity operating system for servers and the cloud.

Mirantis Secures $100 Million for OpenStack Cloud Development

Mirantis, which describes itself as the leading "pure-play" OpenStack cloud computing company, today received its strongest affirmation yet with the announcement of $100 million in series B funding, which makes Mirantis the recipient of the largest investment of its kind in open source history.

Microsoft Promises Docker Open Source App Virtualization on Windows

Open source developers can be sure the software they're writing is a hit when even Microsoft (MSFT) wants a piece of the action. That's exactly what's happening with Docker, the containerized virtualization platform for running cloud apps, which will now be supported in Windows Server and the Azure cloud.

OpenStack Juno Release Adds Data Processing, Storage, NFV Features

The latest and greatest version of OpenStack, the open source cloud-computing operating system, is out. Called Juno, the new release brings more stability and enterprise-readiness than ever, according to its developers.

MapR Promises Integration of Apache Spark, Drill Big Data Tools

Big data vendor MapR is integrating Apache Drill with Apache Spark, a move that should make it possible to process diverse data sources more quickly.

Will Your Drone Be Open Source? The Linux Foundation Hopes So

Open source software already can power your cloud, phone, tablet, PC and TV. And it may soon run your drone as well, thanks to the Linux Foundation's new Dronecode project, which brings together a group of industry partners to work on open source embedded code for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

OPNFV Project Begins Planning Open Source NFV Solutions

The Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV), the channel partnership for advancing open source software-defined networking and data centers that the Linux Foundation announced last month, is now officially live. Here's what it's up to so far, and what kind of software it is developing.

SUSE, MariaDB Partner on Open Source for IBM Power Servers

Hoping to build upon IBM's promise to invest $1 billion to expand Linux and open source software on Power servers in coming years, Linux vendor SUSE and open source storage company MariaDB Corp. have announced a partnership centered on the hardware platform and the upcoming release of Suse Linux Enterprise 12.

Canonical Offers OpenStack and Ubuntu Cloud Training in Paris

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has added a new offering to its training and education initiatives. This fall, the company is introducing a five-day OpenStack cloud computing training program, which it no doubt hopes will help generate expertise and familiarity with Ubuntu-friendly OpenStack distributions.

Altiscale Releases SQL-on-Hadoop Cloud Storage Service

What does it take to prepare SQL database storage for the Big Data age? Altiscale believes the answer is SQL-on-Hadoop as a service delivered through the cloud, which it has introduced through a new solution that it says is the first to make Hadoop File System (HDFS) data accessible through SQL interfaces.

Linux Foundation: Certification More Popular But Tough to Get 1

The Linux Foundation's "Introduction to Linux" MOOC on edX has enjoyed impressive popularity since launching in the summer.

ownCloud, Red Hat Partner on Open Source Storage

ownCloud Inc. and Red Hat say they can deliver open source storage with lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and better compliance standards through a partnership that combines Red Hat Storage Server 3 with ownCloud's file syncing and sharing platform.

Open Source GNOME 3 Desktop Environment Wins Back Fans 3

Is there still a future for GNOME 3, the open source Linux desktop that was once massively popular, yet in recent years has seen its preponderance wane in favor of alternatives such as Xfce and Canonical's Unity? Recent indicators say yes.

Red Hat Storage Server 3 Brings More Scale, Better Hadoop Interface

Red Hat (RHT) says its Big Data solutions are better than ever with the release this week of Red Hat Storage Server 3, which brings much greater storage capacity, better Hadoop interoperability and more to the open source storage platform.

Start-Up StackEngine Promises Automation for Docker Container Apps

What does the container virtualization market need to take off? Deployment, management and orchestration tools, according to StackEngine, a new company that today announced seed funding for its Docker automation solution.

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