Dell to ship XPS 13 Developer Edition Linux laptop with Skylake

By Agam Shah

Linux enthusiasts rejoice: Super-thin “Project Sputnik” XPS 13 laptops from Dell with Ubuntu and Intel Skylake chips should be just around the corner.

Dell’s Project Sputnik laptops have attained something of a cult status with a segment of Linux users since their introduction in 2012. The XPS 13 Developer Edition will be the only dedicated, thin-and-light Linux laptop with Skylake from the top-five PC makers.

The next XPS 13 Developer Edition is “closer” to shipping and so discounts are being offered on older models, George Barton, a senior technologist at Dell, said in a Google+ post. Older models are powered by Broadwell chips, which preceded Skylake.

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2016’s 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

By Paul McNamara

Geeky anniversaries
Back in 1991

There was quite a collection of new technology and plain-old interesting geeky stuff in 1991. Included were the public debut of the World Wide Web, the introduction of Linux and the discovery of Otzi the Iceman. There was the lithium-ion battery, PGP encryption, Apple’s PowerBook, Terminator 2 and more. When through, if you’d like to catch up on the first nine installments of this series, check out 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007.

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Why did Linux Foundation cut independent board seats?

By Jon Gold

One of the most powerful organizations in the open-source world faces questions over why it quietly did away with two seats on its board designated for non-corporate members.

As of Jan. 15, the Linux Foundation’s bylaws were changed to remove a provision that allowed for the election of two board members by the group’s individual affiliates. The entirety of the board’s membership is now selected by the Linux Foundation’s corporate members.

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IBM’s Power systems business is growing for the first time in years

By James Niccolai

A few years ago, you wouldn’t have bet much on IBM’s Power systems having a bright future. The major Unix platforms have all been on the decline for more than a decade, giving way to Linux servers powered by increasingly capable x86 processors from Intel.

The jury is still out on Power, but there are signs that a bold push by IBM to revive the technology has started to pay off. Oracle’s Sparc platform is also proving surprisingly resilient, raising a question about whether Hewlett-Packard should have killed its own proprietary Unix chip, PA-RISC, all those years ago.

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Hottest Enterprise Networking & IT Startups of 2016

By Bob Brown

The billions of dollars invested in cloud, wireless, big data, security and other networking startups in 2015 means that enterprise IT shops will have plenty of new products and services from which to choose.

On the heels of that year of the megadeal ($100M or more) and Unicorn (private companies valued at $1B or more), it will be interesting to see how funding for network and IT startups shakes out in 2016.

We’ll keep track of 2016 funding announcements of possible interest to enterprise IT pros here, so bookmark this page and check back for updates. As we spot trends, we’ll roll up collections of like companies and highlight them as well, as we did here for big data and analytics firms.

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Dell serves up its own disaggregated OS

By Jim Duffy

Dell, one of the industry’s first disaggregators, this week began an initiative to decouple its software.

The company unveiled an operating system that separates the applications and services from the base OS platform. Called OS10, Dell plans to make it its strategic operating systems offering, extending from Dell switches to also power its servers and storage products.

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Linux conference season 2016 kicks off with SCaLE and FOSDEM

By Bryan Lunduke

Two-Thousand and Sixteen is well underway and the first major Linux conferences of the year are upon us!

In fact, as I type this, I am washing my final load of laundry as I pack to fly down to the Southern California Linux Expo. SCaLE will take place January 21st through 24th in sunny Pasadena, California (side note: it is currently raining and cold where I’m at. Because I don’t live in Pasadena, California.).

And I absolutely hate flying. Very little can get me to step foot within one of those frozen, metal tubes of death. But a good Linux festival can. And SCaLE is extraordinarily good. Thousands of Linux and Free Software nerds with four days of amazing sessions and some truly spectacular evening entertainment.

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