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Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

26 augustus 2016
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On August 25th, 1991, an unknown Finnish developer posted the following to the comp.os.minix newsgroup:

Hello everybody out there using minix –

I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I’d like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).

That developer was of course Linus Torvalds and his free operating system came to be known as Linux. It’s since more or less conquered the world, first becoming the de facto heir to proprietary Unix and latterly serving as the operating system for enormous numbers of devices large and small.

El Reg runs on Linux and these even Microsoft is embracing the OS, offering it in its cloud, porting products to it and even putting Linux to work running is data centre switches.

As part of celebrations to mark the occasion the Linux Foundation has published its annual Linux Kernel Development Report.

The report (PDF)* concludes that Linux is in great shape and opines “There may be no other examples of such a large, common resource being supported by such a large group of independent actors in such a collaborative way.”

They’ve got a lot to work on: the report notes that the first versions of the Linux kernel comprised about 10,000 lines of code. Now it’s nearing 22 million and growing at a rate of 4,600 lines a day.

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/26/linux_at_25/

Google Fuchsia OS eyes non-Linux things

25 augustus 2016
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Google’s latest operating system project, Fuchsia, may be largely a mystery, but it reinforces a truth that platform vendors are having, grudgingly, to acknowledge: one operating system does not fit all. For a company which has put so much effort into making Android an OS for all purposes, Google has a remarkable number of potentially conflicting platforms, now including Chrome OS, Brillo and Fuchsia.

Even though it looks like an experimental OS for embedded devices, Fuchsia was described by its own Google team as being designed for “modern phones and modern personal computers”, which might be just how Android and Chrome OS would describe themselves too. So is Google hedging its bets, extending Android to cars, homes and wearables while developing alternatives just in case? Or is there a more coordinated master plan at work?

The failure of one-size-fits-all OSs

Many companies, of course, develop parallel systems, creating dilemmas for the marketing departments – especially companies with a culture of innovation and semi-open source activity like Google (though the same parallelism used to characterize the far more controlled Samsung too). But Google’s multi-headed OS hydra may well have a greater commercial logic behind it. If it can create a fully optimized platform for each key emerging area of connected experience, and then marry them all together at the applications layer with the ubiquitous Android, it might achieve what Unix, Linux and Java promised, but failed to deliver all these years.

All those, not to mention the proprietary unified OS attempts like successive generations of Windows, ran up against the huge challenges of extending a single OS across very different hardware systems, user and developer communities, and user experiences. The fragmentation becomes even worse with the rise of a new host of connected devices, and companies which missed out on the mobile market

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/24/google_s_fuchsia_eyes_the_web_s_next_frontier_embedded_non_linux_devices/

Google Fuchsia eyes non-Linux things

24 augustus 2016
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Google’s latest operating system project, Fuchsia, may be largely a mystery, but it reinforces a truth that the platforms vendors are having, grudgingly, to acknowledge: one operating system does not fit all. For a company which has put so much effort into making Android an OS for all purposes, Google has a remarkable number of potentially conflicting platforms, now including Chrome OS, Brillo and Fuchsia.

Even though it looks like an experimental OS for embedded devices, Fuchsia was described by its own Google team as being designed for “modern phones and modern personal computers”, which might be just how Android and Chrome OS would describe themselves too. So is Google hedging its bets, extending Android to cars, homes and wearables while developing alternatives just in case? Or is there a more coordinated master plan at work?

The failure of one-size-fits-all OSs

Many companies, of course, develop parallel systems, creating dilemmas for the marketing departments – especially companies with a culture of innovation and semi-open source activity like Google (though the same parallelism used to characterize the far more controlled Samsung too). But Google’s multi-headed OS hydra may well have a greater commercial logic behind it. If it can create a fully optimized platform for each key emerging area of connected experience, and then marry them all together at the applications layer with the ubiquitous Android, it might achieve what Unix, Linux and Java promised, but failed to deliver all these years.

All those, not to mention the proprietary unified OS attempts like successive generations of Windows, ran up against the huge challenges of extending a single OS across very different hardware systems, user and developer communities, and user experiences. The fragmentation becomes even worse with the rise of a new host of connected devices, and companies which missed out on the mobile

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/24/google_s_fuchsia_eyes_the_web_s_next_frontier_embedded_non_linux_devices/

Microsoft drops OMI for Linux to GitHub

24 augustus 2016
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Microsoft has added another piece to its Open Management Infrastructure (OMI) jigsaw, publishing Unix/Linux code that implements the Distributed Management Task Force’s (DMTF) models and standards.

The project has been running for some years under the auspices of the DMTF here.

OMI itself is already free and open source, a Common Information Model (CIM) object manager that Microsoft digested into its data centre abstraction layer.

It’s designed to have small-fingerprint agents that fit on network switches, with a 250 KB base size and 1 MB memory usage in a bare-bones configuration. That means it can also be deployed for embedded/Internet of Things and mobile device management.

It also takes in the venerable WBEM (Web-based enterprise management) standards – unsurprisingly, since OMI was once the NanoWBEM project.

Microsoft’s freshly-minted GitHub OMI repository provides RPM and Debian packages for x86 and x64 architecture, and lists CentOS 5 to 7, Debian 6 to 8, Oracle Linux 5 to 7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5 to 7, SUSE Enterprise Server 11 and 12, and Ubuntu later than 12.04 LTS as supported.

While not yet listed, the repo also hints that OS X is on the way, since one of the contributor notes refers to putting OpenSSL on OS X. ®

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/24/microsoft_drops_omi_for_linux_to_github/

Fujitsu: Why we chose 64-bit ARM over SPARC for our exascale super

23 augustus 2016
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Hot Chips Fujitsu chose 64-bit ARM CPU cores for its upcoming exascale supercomputer for two reasons: Linux and the ability to customize its own processors.

It was a bit of a surprise when the Japanese IT giant picked ARMv8-A over SPARC64 and x86 for its Post-K beast, which will be used by Japanese boffins to carry out climate-change modeling and other simulations. The roughly 1,000 peta-FLOPS Post-K, due to go live in 2020, will supersede the Sparc64 VIIIfx K Computer, which today is the fifth fastest known supercomputer.

Toshio Yoshida, director of Fujitsu’s processor development division, told The Register on Monday that it chose ARM over SPARC due to ARM’s larger and healthier software ecosystem.

Supercomputer applications typically run in Unix-flavored environments, which is a fancy way of say Linux. Fujitsu figured that ARM Linux has more support and features, such as KVM-based virtualized for running guest machines, than SPARC Linux. Fujitsu took the view that supercomputer software support for SPARC just wasn’t going to hold up in the long run, and wanted a platform that has tons of developers and familiar tools.

“ARM has the best software ecosystem for us,” said Yoshida.

Now, KVM isn’t a deal-breaker for supercomputing. It’s nice to have but not a fundamental requirement. So what else encouraged Fujitsu to adopt ARMv8-A? Well, we also understand that RIKEN, the research institution that ordered the K Computer successor, urged Fujitsu to consider an alternative to SPARC. This pressure helped the IT contractor make up its mind about ARM: SPARC’s no longer any good, there’s plenty of software and support for ARM, and nice kernel features too, so why not just go with ARM?

But why ARM – why not just use x86 chips from Intel, which has a huge ecosystem and is the dominant compute architecture in

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/23/fujitsu_arm_post_k/

‘De iPad heeft een makeover nodig’

22 augustus 2016
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Bron: Computable Lees het complete artikel hier: https://www.computable.nl/artikel/achtergrond/discussie/5819121/5213713/de-ipad-heeft-een-makeover-nodig.html

Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

18 augustus 2016
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Microsoft has published PowerShell, its scripting and automation platform, as open source under the permissive MIT licence, as well as porting it to Linux and Mac, with an alpha build now available on GitHub.

PowerShell is built on Microsoft’s .NET platform, and one of the enabling pieces here is .NET Core, the refactored fork of .NET which runs cross-platform. PowerShell “Core” has already turned up on Nano Server, the barebones edition of Windows Server 2016, and the newly announced release will run on .NET Core on Mac and Linux.

The initial Linux support is for Ubuntu, CentOS and RedHat. “Others will follow,” said Jeffrey Snover, a Microsoft technical fellow and creator of PowerShell, speaking to The Reg. “And we’re open-sourcing it. That’s the source code for PowerShell Windows, which is the version that runs on the full CLR, as well as the PowerShell Core.”

Another key announcement is that OpenSSH – for remote login using the SSH protocol – will be integrated into PowerShell. “We’re embedding it into the heart of PowerShell,” said Snover. “We’re layering the PowerShell remoting protocol over OpenSSH, as a native transport. Customers will be able to choose the existing WinRM protocol or OpenSSH.”

Microsoft will also deliver cross-platform PowerShell editing and debugging tools. Rather than attempting to port the Windows ISE (Integrated Scripting Environment), the company has developed a PowerShell Editor Service which plugs into the cross-platform Visual Studio Code as well as other editors.

“Out of the gate we’ll support Visual Studio Code, and also Sublime.” said Snover. “We’ll have additional editors that will follow, in particular Emacs and VIM.”

Just another Linux shell

PowerShell on Linux is not an alternative to other utilities, but works alongside them. “On Linux we’re just another shell,” said Snover. “Today people can use any shell they want to run awk, grep, sed,

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/18/microsoft_brings_powershell_to_linux_and_mac_publishes_as_open_source/

Caveat Emptor: Security Issues Key in M&A Deals

17 augustus 2016
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It’s no secret that safeguarding business and customer data is a big concern for companies. In mergers and acquisitions (MAs) world, cyber-security is a hot button. With nearly 800 data breaches in the United State last year, according to Identity Theft Resource Center, coupled with the hefty cost of these attacks, acquirers are looking closely at cyber-security due diligence when they buy companies. The importance of cyber-security issues at MA targets has increased greatly in the past two years, according to nearly 80 percent of North America-based senior MA practitioners who responded to a survey commissioned by West Monroe Partners and conducted by MergerMarket. The report finds that as the need for cyber-security due diligence rises, deal makers are faced with roadblocks, ranging from the lack of employees with the right skill sets to conduct security analyses to a lack of thoroughness and the uncovering of problems after the deals close. Here are key takeaways from the survey that show where managed security service providers and other security solution providers can help ease the pain during cyber-security due diligence.

Bron: Linux and Unix Nieuws Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.channelinsider.com/security/slideshows/caveat-emptor-security-issues-key-in-ma-deals.html/

Ikoula geeft Host2VPS voor de markt vrij

16 augustus 2016
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Bron: Computable Lees het complete artikel hier: https://www.computable.nl/artikel/productnieuws/systeembeheer/5817399/2499347/ikoula-geeft-host2vps-voor-de-markt-vrij.html

Itanium-processor blijkt alsnog miljardenmarkt

13 augustus 2016
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Bron: Computable Lees het complete artikel hier: https://www.computable.nl/artikel/achtergrond/technologie/5802533/5182002/itanium-processor-blijkt-alsnog-miljardenmarkt.html