Christopher Tozzi


Christopher Tozzi has covered the channel for The VAR Guy on a freelance basis since 2008, with an emphasis on open source, Linux, virtualization, SDN, containers, data storage and related topics. He also teaches history at a major university in Washington, D.C. He occasionally combines these interests by writing about the history of software. His book on this topic, For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open Source Software Revolution, is forthcoming with MIT Press.

IoT Past and Present: The History of IoT, and Where It's Headed Today
The history of the modern Internet of Things (IoT) dates back to the 1990s, yet IoT has evolved hugely since then, thanks especially to the cloud.
6 Open Source IoT Projects to Watch

The Internet of Things (IoT) is not actually a new idea, but it has hit a major adoption threshold. With IoT now on the fast track to driving huge changes in the channel, here's a look at IoT projects in the open source space to watch going forward.

Node.js, Code Commits and the Future of Open Source Programming

Contributing to open source is now stunningly easy, and more people than ever are doing it. What does that mean for the future of open source code and developer communities? I spoke recently with Mikeal Rogers of Node.js to get his take.

What Does DevOps Mean, and How Will It Affect Channel Partners?

DevOps is emerging as a new buzzword across the channel, especially as containers like Dockers take off. What is DevOps, and what does it have to do with related terms like agile development, continuous delivery and scripted infrastructure? Here's an overview.

Open Source and Android: A History of Google's Linux-Based Mobile OS 4

How open is Android, Google's Linux-based mobile operating system? That's a question European regulators are now asking as they level antitrust charges against Alphabet, Google's parent company. To gain some perspective on the issue, a brief history of Android and its role in the open source ecosystem is in order.

Dell and Red Hat Expand Cloud Partnership with New OpenStack Offering

The newest version of Red Hat's OpenStack cloud platform debuts today, along with new partner momentum between Red Hat and Dell, which are collaborating on integrated server solutions for the open source cloud computing platform.

LXD, Snap Packages and Cloud Storage Headline Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, the latest long-term support version of Canonical's open source, Linux-based OS, debuts this week. And it will be packed with new features for desktops, servers and IoT, including robust LXD container support and "snap," a new way to install software.

Richard Stallman Talks GNU, Linux, Terrorism and French Politics 12

What is Richard Stallman, the father of free software (if not open source) like in person? And what is he thinking now about Linux, terrorism and French politics? I gained some insight recently when the founder of the GNU operating system spoke near Paris.

Understanding LXC and LXD, Canonical's Open Source Container Solution 3
LXC and LXD, two of the major open source container platforms, can seem as difficult to understand as IRS tax rules. But they're not actually that complicated.
Cumulus, Dell and Red Hat Partner on Open Source DevOps for OpenStack
Cumulus Networks, Dell and Red Hat have forged a partnership to bring to DevOps efficiencies to the open source cloud by automating networking and deployment for OpenStack clusters, according to news announced this morning.
OpenStack Mitaka Release Finally Makes Open Source Cloud OS Easy

Mitaka, the latest release of the OpenStack open source cloud computing platform, is now out. For the first time, lots of people are praising the platform for being easy to use. Is this a sign that OpenStack -- after years of development but slow adoption -- is finally entering production data centers in a big way?

Microsoft's Linux and Open Source Moves: A Look Back 2

It's now been well more than a year since Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, declared that the company "loves Linux." A string of major open source moves have emanated from Redmond since then. Here are the highlights.

6 Threats that Could Break the Internet As We Know It

An open source developer showed recently how the Internet -- or a fairly large number of websites, at least -- could be "broken" by removing just a few lines of code. But that's only one type of threat to the functioning of a healthy Internet. Here are other scenarios that could cause the Internet as we know it to stop working.

Oracle's "Mr. Linux" Moves to Microsoft: What It Means for the Channel
What's Microsoft's open source strategy? It's still too early to answer that question fully, but the appointment of Wim Coekaerts, Oracle's former Linux and open source lead, to a senior position at Microsoft says quite a bit.
Is NoSQL Database Storage Ready for the Enterprise? Survey Says Yes
NoSQL-type databases, like Cassandra and MongoDB, have made a lot of headlines. But how many companies are actually using them in production, and for what purposes? A new report out this week from Datas IO provides some interesting insight.
Open Source and Android: A History of Google's Linux-Based Mobile OS
April 29, 2016

Re: the GPL, there is a bigger story I want to tell about the tendency to treat the GPL as an omnipotent solution to all of open source's problems. The quotes are examples of...

Richard Stallman Talks GNU, Linux, Terrorism and French Politics
April 19, 2016

I think few people would disagree that Torvalds and Stallman do not care about freedom "on the same level." Certainly Stallman cares more. But Torvalds's statements (e.g.,...

Understanding LXC and LXD, Canonical's Open Source Container Solution
April 18, 2016

The article says LXC has only started to become more widely known recently thanks to LXD. But it does not say LXC is newer than Docker. On the contrary, it points out that...

Another Ubuntu Linux Tablet? Yes, But This Time, It's not ARM-Based
April 4, 2016

Nothing as it appears in the article, because our copy editors do their jobs very well :) On the Indiegogo page the line reads "worlds first," not "world's first." I quoted...

Ubuntu Linux and BSD Merge to Form New UbuntuBSD Open Source OS
March 24, 2016

Re: terminology: It depends on which BSD you are talking about. Originally BSD was an extension of AT&T Unix. Then, it was Unix. But by the Net/2 release in 1991 it had...

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