Christopher Tozzi

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Red Hat Debuts New Linux Networking and Security Tools in RHEL 7.2

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2, the latest version of Red Hat (RHT)'s flagship open source operating system, debuted in beta form this week, sporting enhanced security tools, better support for containers, updated storage management and more.

Linux Foundation Gives Away Chromebooks with Open Source Training

Want to learn about open source programming and get a free Chromebook? The Linux Foundation is sponsoring an opportunity to do both by enrolling in one of its training courses this month.

Aligning Democratic Candidates with Open Source Software OSes 3

A few days ago, I aligned Republican presidential hopefuls with open source Linux-based operating systems. Now, it's the Democrats' turn: If Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders et al. ran Linux, which distribution would they use? Read on for some perspective.

Canonical Kills Desktop Ubuntu Software Center, Focuses on Mobile Apps 1

Desktop apps stores are dead, and their mobile-oriented equivalents are the future. That's the message from Canonical, which has quietly made clear that it intends to jettison the Software Center in Ubuntu Linux to focus on mobile apps for Snappy Ubuntu Core.

Why FaceTime? Or, How Apple is Killing Cross-Platform Apps 1

"Can we FaceTime?" If I had a nickel for every time someone has asked me that, I'd almost be able to afford a new Android tablet. And yet, even then, I still would not be able to FaceTime, because I don't have an iPhone, iPad or i* anything else. This fact has had me wondering: Why does anyone useApple's FaceTime, given that it is a redundant, proprietary VoIP application?

Which Open Source Linux Distributions Would Presidential Hopefuls Run? 8

If people running for president used Linux or another open source operating system, which distribution would it be? That's a key question that the rest of the press—distracted by issues of questionable relevance such as "policy platforms" and whether it's appropriate to add an exclamation point to one's Christian name—has been ignoring. But the ignorance ends here: Read on for this sometime-journalist's take on presidential elections and Linux distributions.

Where are the Women and Minority Open Source Programmers? 5

Open source culture—in theory and largely in practice—is about as meritocratic as can be. Yet it's also nearly as dominated by white males as can be. Why is that? It's a question worth asking, especially in the wake of the Washington Post's observations a few days ago regarding Silicon Valley's "diversity problem."

Intel, Canonical Partner on Ultra-Mobile Ubuntu-Based Compute Stick

It's long been possible to install and run Linux from a USB stick—if you have a full computer to boot it from. But starting this week, Intel (INTC) and Ubuntu are partnering to deliver an open source operating system that requires only a monitor with an HDMI port in the form of the Intel Compute Stick.

Open Source History: Why Didn't BSD Beat Out GNU and Linux? 6

If you use a free and open source operating system, it's almost certainly based on the Linux kernel and GNU software. But these were not the first freely redistributable platforms, nor were they the most professional or widely commercialized. The Berkeley Software Distribution, or BSD, beat GNU/Linux on all of these counts. So why has BSD been consigned to the margins of the open source ecosystem, while GNU/Linux distributions rose to fantastic prominence? Read on for some historical perspective.

Pragmatism in the History of GNU, Linux and Free/Open Source Software 8

If you ask a lot of people why Linus Torvalds and the Linux kernel that he wrote became one of the most prominent open source projects of all time, while Richard Stallman's GNU project has received much less attention beyond hacker circles, they'll tell you the difference has to do with Stallman's excessive commitment to an uncompromising ideology. Is that really accurate?

Open Source History: What if GNU and Linux Had Cloned MS-DOS, Not Unix? 25

Here's food for interesting thought: What if the Free Software Movement had built a replacement for what became Microsoft (MSFT) Windows, rather than an operating system that eventually became the one open source fans know today as GNU/Linux? Would Bill Gates still have ended up a billionaire, and Microsoft have imposed a monopoly on the PC world? Read on for some reflection on what might have been had a few things gone differently.

Why Doesn't Everyone Love Linux and Open Source? 31

If Linux is so great, why has it not replaced Windows, OS X and other closed-source operating systems completely? More generally, why do people still write and develop proprietary software, if open source is a more efficient, user-oriented and secure way to code? Those are important questions about the big-picture significance and future of free and open source software, and they're worth thinking more about.

Fedora 22 Linux Adds Cloud, Containerization and Server Features to Red Hat World

The latest version of Fedora, the Linux distribution that helps shape the features that make it into Red Hat's (RHT) open source platforms, is out this week, sporting updates in the realms of containerization, server databases, file storage and the GNOME desktop.

Russia Eyes Linux-Based Smartphone OS for Mobile Market

Linux—or a form of it, at least—and other open source programs soon could be playing a bigger role in the mobile and tablet market in Russia. And it has concerns over spying by the NSA to thank.

Is Linux Better than OS X? GNU, Open Source and Apple in History 24

Open source fans have long had a rocky relationship with Microsoft. Everyone knows that. But, in many ways, the tension between Apple and supporters of free or open source software is even starker—even if it receives much less attention in the press. Why? Read on for some perspective.

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