You can't run Windows applications on Google's ChromeOS, and you probably will never be able to, since the Wine emulator for loading Windows software on Linux platforms won't work with Linux-based Chromebooks. That may not matter at all to most people, but it is a reminder of how mobile and cloud-based hardware devices are making OS interoperability increasingly rare.
A few days ago, the Linux Foundation announced a partnership with edX to offer the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for training Linux and open source engineers. What were the origins of this deal, and what comes next?
Enhanced ARM support and stronger scalability for cloud computing servers highlight the long list of new features in Xen 4.4, the open source virtualization hypervisor whose release the Linux Foundation has announced.
Linux training is coming soon to a MOOC near you. That's thanks to a new partnership between the Linux Foundation and edX, a leading provider of online education, aimed at transforming the open source consortium's existing Introduction to Linux course into a massive open online course (MOOC) that will be freely available across the world.
Red Hat (RHT) wants to move more government organizations to the open source cloud. On March 4, the company announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US) Region, a special segment of the Amazon cloud tailored for U.S. government data and workloads.
Government spying has not crippled the adoption of cloud computing services such as Amazon's (AMZN) AWS platform. That's what Wired reported late last week, in a reminder that security and data privacy in the cloud may not be as important to enterprises as many of us like to think.
The open source in-memory computing ecosystem has grown a little larger. On Feb. 28, Hazelcast, which distributes an Apache-licensed platform for developing in-memory applications, expanded its operations to London in a bid to forge closer ties to the financial industry.
A few days ago, Canonical pushed out the first beta edition of Ubuntu Linux version 14.04, the release of the open source operating system that will hit production mode this April. As a long-term support (LTS) release, the new OS will help define the face of Ubuntu for a long time to come.
What does business intelligence (BI) mean in the age of Big Data? According to Looker, it's all about a new generation of solutions that are built from the ground up to analyze huge amounts of information effectively and in real time. That's the vision behind the company's new BI platform, announced this week.
The Internet of Everything, container virtualization and KVM virtualization for the OpenStack cloud are all on the list of open source initiatives the Linux Foundation will be highlighting at its Collaboration Summit next month, which provides some useful clues as to where the open source ecosystem is headed next.
IBM has rolled out a new option for building hybrid clouds. Called IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service and designed to meet high-performance computing demands that hybrid clouds have not previously been well-equipped to handle, the service is one of several new initiatives introduced by IBM recently in the cloud and virtualization space.
Which enterprises are leading in the Hadoop and Big Data world? According to a report out this week from Forrester Research, the answer is young vendors, like MapR and Hortonworks, that focus on adding significant value to the core open source Hadoop code.
SSD storage is fast, but in-memory computing is even faster. And DataStax, which builds a NoSQL database based on open source Apache Cassandra, thinks in-memory processing is a crucial innovation for bringing Big Data performance to a new level, as the release of its DataStax Enterprise 4.0 platform makes clear.
A new software project has entered the open source ecosystem, with the goal of helping software developers build and release their software more quickly. The announcement comes from ThoughtWorks, which has transitioned to an Apache 2.0 open source license for its Go platform.
OpenStack is about the open source cloud first and foremost, but it's rapidly branching into other ecosystems. In an example of that growth, the OpenStack Foundation has announced the signing-on of Virtual Bridges, which specializes in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) solutions, as a corporate sponsor of the project.