Google Poised to Add New Pixels to Growing Ecosystem

By John P. Mello Jr.

A refresh of Google’s critically acclaimed Pixel smartphones is expected Wednesday when the company holds its annual product launch event at the SFJAZZ center in San Francisco. Although their features won’t be known officially until Google raises the curtain on the phones at the event, leaks — including photos — have given the public a good idea of what’s to come. The smaller of the two phones, the Pixel 2, is expected to have a 1080p FHD display with an aspect ratio of 16:9. Its larger brother, the Pixel XL, is believed to have a 6-inch, QHD+ display with an 18:9 ratio.

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ArchLabs Makes Up for Parabola’s Curve Balls

By Jack M. Germain

If you want to stretch your Linux desktop acumen from the Debian Linux lineage to Arch Linux, Archlabs might be a better choice than Parabola. Arch Linux is something of a black sheep when it comes to installing and configuring a Linux distribution. It presents a few more stumbling blocks than other Linux options, which could make it a less welcome alternative to some users. Arch Linux distros are notorious for their intense installations and sometimes-challenging software management processes.

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Microsoft Digs Deeper to Bankroll Open Source Initiative

By Jack M. Germain

Microsoft this week became a premium sponsor of the Open Source Initiative, adding more financial heft to its growing commitment to the open source software movement. The company’s new financial support will not translate into any special influence in the organization’s decision making, noted OSI General Manager Patrick Masson. “OSI Corporate Sponsors have no role in OSI governance,” he said. Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting open source software.

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Red Hat, SAP Team on New Integrated Enterprise Linux Platform

By David Jones

Red Hat on Tuesday announced the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions, a new platform that combines two existing systems for analytics and data management into a single offering. The new platform combines the existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Applications and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA into a single, consolidated platform. “There is no single technology stack to solve every enterprise challenge, and big data analytics is no different,” said Jim Totten, vice president and general manager of the Platforms Business Unit at Red Hat.

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SQL Server 2017 Embraces Linux, Docker

By John P. Mello Jr.

Microsoft on Monday announced the general availability of SQL Server 2017, now with support for Linux, at its Ignite conference in Orlando. The company first announced its plans for the newest iteration of its database software a year and a half ago. This is the first version of SQL Server to run on Windows Server, Linux and Docker, noted Scott Guthrie, EVP, cloud and enterprise, at Microsoft. SQL Server offers “mission-critical performance and security,” he said. It now has everything built in, including AI, “on the platform of your choice.”

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Red Hat Enlarges Its Open Source Patent Promise Umbrella

By David Jones

Red Hat on Thursday announced major enhancements to the Patent Promise it first published 15 years ago, with the intention of providing new protections to innovation in the open source community. In its 2002 Patent Promise, Red Hat vowed not to pursue patent infringement actions against parties that used its covered Free and Open Source Software, or FOSS, subject to certain limitations. The current Patent Promise reaffirms the 2002 pledge and extends the zone of non-enforcement.

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Linux: Come for the Kernel, Stay for the Popcorn

By Jonathan Terrasi

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.

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