Linux Foundation Beefs Up Scholarship Program

By Jack M. Germain

The Linux Foundation on Wednesday announced that it was more than doubling the number of scholarships to be awarded this year for Linux training. The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development. Its announcement opened the door for the submission of applications for the 2015 Linux Training Scholarship Program. The foundation will award 14 scholarships this year, up from last year’s five.

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Can Android Give BlackBerry New Life?

By Peter Suciu

BlackBerry could be considering equipping an upcoming smartphone with Google’s Android operating system, Reuters reported last week. The move would be consistent with BlackBerry’s strategy to focus on software and device management instead of handsets. Such a pivot would take the company away from its current strategy to regain lost market share with a new generation of BlackBerry smartphones. The launch of BlackBerry 10 devices failed to reverse the tide for the once-dominant smartphone maker.

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Linbit Launches New Synchronous Server Storage Software

By Jack M. Germain

Linbit on Tuesday announced the release of DRBD9, its new distributed replicated block device product. DRBD9 provides enterprise Linux users with synchronous server storage replication including support for native remote direct memory access, or RDMA, and OpenStack integration. Linbit developed the software to give end-users, OEMs and independent software developers a tool for building redundant, highly scalable and flexible storage architectures. Linbit’s DRBD9 solution expands the core functionality of DRBD.

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antiX Linux Doesn’t Fool Around

By Jack M. Germain

The antiX distro is both something old and something new. It is a handy and innovative approach to keeping aging computers fast and active. It is also an energy infuser for new computers. I started playing around with antiX when looking for something different to keep some older computers out of the trash heap. antiX is a fast, lightweight distro that is easy to install. It is based on Debian Testing for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems. It uses Flushbox and IceWN for the desktop environment.

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Nutanix Ratchets Up Competition With VMware

By Jack M. Germain

Nutanix on Wednesday announced its Xtreme Computing Platform, challenging VMware’s virtual machine software dominance. Nutanix’s XCP comes about one year after VMware introduced its own hyperconverged storage software, which offered customers an alternative to Nutanix’s offering at the time. Nutanix has a 52 percent market share in the hyperconverged infrastructure market. Perhaps one-upping VMware, Nutanix’s XCP delivers an infrastructure-agnostic solution.

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Apple Gives Open Source a Swift 2 Kick

By Richard Adhikari

Apple this week announced Swift 2 and said it would open-source it later this year. Swift 2 is a programming language for iOS, OS X and watchOS. It has a new error handling model that works with Apple SDKs and NSError. Two new features in Objective-C — nullability annotations and generics — make Swift 2 work better with Apple SDKs. “Generating higher-quality code is the central problem in software engineering, and anything that helps developers do that will help,” said Al Hilwa, a program director at IDC.

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Cisco, IBM Bet Big on OpenStack

By Richard Adhikari

OpenStack, a free and open source cloud controller package that has been struggling to gain acceptance in the enterprise, took a giant stride forward when IBM and Cisco opened up their wallets last week. IBM announced it would buy hosted OpenStack private cloud provider Blue Box Cloud. Cisco announced plans to purchase Piston Cloud Computing, developer of the CloudOS operating system, which rapidly transforms clusters of commodity servers to turn them into a production-ready unified OpenStack environment.

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