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Linux: Come for the Kernel, Stay for the Popcorn

8 hours 20 min ago
Linux offers so much for users to sink their teeth into that even among desktop and more casual users, it's easy to get caught up in the tradecraft. It's only too tempting to put your system's technical capabilities to the test by trying out a new program or practicing a new command. As with any other interest, though, Linux is not much fun unless you can revel in it with fellow fans and enjoy the camaraderie. Here's a short tour of some of the major cultural hallmarks of the vibrant Linux world.

AWS to Sell Cloud Services by the Second

Wed, 2017-09-20 18:59
Amazon Web Services on Monday unveiled a new per-second pricing plan for EC2 instances and EBS volumes, which will take effect Oct. 2. The new pricing for Elastic Compute Cloud and Elastic Block Storage used with EC2 instances will allow greater flexibility and efficiency for customers wanting to expand their use of cloud computing data, AWS said. When EC2 launched in 2006, the only way to pay for the service was in one-hour increments, recalled Jeff Barr, chief evangelist at AWS.

The Pirate Bay Takes Heat for Testing Monero Mining

Wed, 2017-09-20 00:15
The Pirate Bay has come under fire for testing a Monero javascript miner as a possible means for generating new revenue to replace its current model of making money through advertising on the site. It reportedly hijacked the processing power of its own users to help generate revenue. Monero is an open source digital currency, like bitcoin, with one important difference. "Monero is one of the few valuable cryptocurrencies that can be mined with CPU power," noted Sherrod DeGrippo, director, emerging threats, at Proofpoint.

IBM Touts Top-Notch Security in Next-Gen Linux Mainframe

Fri, 2017-09-15 00:54
IBM on Tuesday launched LinuxOne Emperor II, the second generation of its open source mainframe computer system. The new model has a layer of security and privacy not seen in a Linux-based platform before, the company said. "We saw in our success stories for Emperor that security was a recurring theme attracting new customers to the platform," noted Mark Figley, director of LinuxOne Offerings at IBM. "Later, our experience with blockchain ... reinforced that lesson for us," he said.

Linux Gains Ascendance in Cloud Infrastructures: Report

Thu, 2017-09-14 00:58
Linux is now the dominant operating system on Amazon's AWS cloud service and is growing rapidly on Microsoft's Azure platform this year, according to a report on public cloud adoption trends Sumo Logic released on Tuesday. The company's second annual State of Modern Apps report reveals usage trends on AWS, Azure and Google clouds, and how they impact the use of modern apps in the enterprise. The report gives organizations a set of frameworks, best practices and hard stats to guide their migration to the cloud.

Apache Mounts Strong Defense, Equifax Retreats

Tue, 2017-09-12 20:14
The Apache Software Foundation has responded to accusations that the massive data breach Equifax disclosed last week resulted from a flaw in Apache's open source code. One of the largest financial data breaches in U.S. history, it exposed names, addresses, Social Security Numbers, birth dates, driver's license numbers and other sensitive information belonging to 143 million U.S. consumers. The attackers also accessed credit card data for about 209,000 consumers and credit dispute information for about 182,000 consumers.

Next US Elections: Open Source vs. Commercial Software?

Fri, 2017-09-08 01:10
San Francisco in January could become the first U.S. city to adopt open source software to run its voting machines. City officials last month authorized consulting group Slalom to prepare a report on the benefits and challenges involved in using an open source voting machine platform. The city voted to pay Slalom $150,000 for its research. Meanwhile, the city this year will pay Dominion Voting Systems $2.3 million to renew its contract for the company's proprietary voting machine software. That system is nearing the end of its life cycle.