Fedora leader: ‘We want users to control their own computing destiny’

By Bryan Lunduke

This is part 2 of my conversation with the Fedora Project Leader, Matthew Miller. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, I recommend starting there first.

Bryan Luduke: There are a lot of Linux distros out there with big, lofty goals. Expand into phones and tablets and television; Take over the world and be the king of desktop computer market-share. That sort of thing. If you could summarize the long term goal of Fedora… what would it be? How do you, as the Fedora Project, measure your own success?

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The most momentous tech events of the past 30 years

By Michael Cooney

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The spectacular and the burn-out

The tech industry mirrors what goes on in regular society – people and companies rise in power one year only to fade away the next. That kind of change is the one constant in the high-tech industry. We have seen some spectacular successes and some incredible flame-outs. In 30 years the tech industry has seen many such transformations from companies such as IBM and Cisco to Nortel (remember them?) to technologies like SNA and Token Ring to Ethernet. Here we try to focus on the most important happenings since our own inception in 1986. Enjoy the ride.

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Cumulus changes CEO

By Jim Duffy

Linux network operating system vendor Cumulus Networks this week named a new CEO while its current CEO and co-founder takes over as CTO.

Josh Leslie, formerly Cumulus vice president of sales, takes over for founder JR Rivers. Rivers becomes CTO, and says transition was his idea with board approval.

Current CTO and co-founder Nolan Leake will still be involved in the company’s technical direction, working with Rivers, Rivers said.

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IDG Contributor Network: Cue another Silicon Valley CEO bowing out – Cumulus Networks sees a change

By Ben Kepes

News this morning that Cumulus Networks’ CEO and co-founder is stepping aside to give someone else a go at the role. JR Rivers, the incumbent CEO and one of the most respected people in the networking industry, has decided to step back to the CTO role and focus on technical direction.

Cumulus Networks produces Cumulus Linux, a network operating system that aims to recreate the impact that Linux has upon data center computation. With Cumulus Linux, organizations can radically simplify the cost of operating their networking equipment and gain greater agility from their existing and future assets.

Cumulus is something of a poster child for the Software Defined Networking (SDN) crowd. Indeed Martin Casado, the founder of Nicira Networks, itself a networking company that was acquired by VMware for over a million dollars, is a bit of a fan of both Cumulus and its founder. Interesting then that Cumulus’ founders include Andreessen Horovitz, the Venture Capital firm that Casado recently joined after leaving his role as head of all things interesting at VMware.

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Edward Snowden: Privacy can’t depend on corporations standing up to the government

By Jon Gold

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden opened the Free Software Foundation’s LibrePlanet 2016 conference on Saturday with a discussion of free software, privacy and security, speaking via video conference from Russia.

Snowden credited free software for his ability to help disclose the U.S. government’s far-reaching surveillance projects – drawing one of several enthusiastic rounds of applause from the crowd in an MIT lecture hall.

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Here’s a look Inside Dell’s strategy for Linux PCs

By Agam Shah

In a world of PCs dominated by Windows and Macs, Dell’s line of “Project Sputnik” laptops with Ubuntu Linux have secured a cult following.

The latest Project Sputnik laptop is the XPS 13 Developer Edition, which shipped last week. With its sleek design, the XPS 13 brings a new, sexy look to otherwise dull Linux laptop designs.

The XPS 13 DE is also significant because it brings new technologies from the Mac OS and Windows to Linux laptops. The XPS 13 DE models have 4K screens, Intel Skylake chips and the Thunderbolt 3 interconnect, which are new to Linux laptops.

The Linux laptop is a cousin of the XPS 13 with Windows 10, which was announced earlier this year. The Linux version has Ubuntu 14.04, but it couldn’t be launched at the same time because the Linux drivers weren’t ready. Support for Skylake chips in Ubuntu was announced on Feb. 18, which also held back the laptop’s release.

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VMware fixes XSS flaws in vRealize for Linux

By Fahmida Y. Rashid

VMware patched two cross-site scripting issues in several editions of its vRealize cloud software. These flaws could be exploited in stored XSS attacks and could result in the user’s workstation being compromised.

The input validation error exists in Linux versions of VMware vRealize Automation 6.x prior to 6.2.4 and vRealize Business Advanced and Enterprise 8.x prior to 8.2.5, VMware said in the advisory (VMSA-2016-0003). Linux users running affected versions should update to vRealize Automation 6.2.4 and vRealize Business Advanced and Enterprise 8.2.5 to address the problems. The issues do not affect vRealize Automation 7.x on Linux and 5.x on Windows, and vRealize Business 7.x and 6.x on Linux (vRealize Business Standard).

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