SUSE acquires HPE OpenStack and Cloud Foundry assets

SUSE has become not only HPE’s Linux of choice, but it is now its chief cloud developer as well.

The relationship between SUSE and HPE is, in a word, complicated. HPEspun and merged its non-core software assets with Micro Focus. Micro Focus, in turn, owns SUSE, a major Linux provider. Now, SUSE has acquired OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Cloud FoundryPlatform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud assets.

Got all that? What it boils down to is SUSE will use HPE OpenStack and Cloud Foundry assets to improve SUSE OpenStack Cloud and bring to market a new, enterprise-ready SUSE Cloud Foundry PaaS.

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Source of this information:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/suse-acquires-hpe-openstack-and-cloud-foundry-assets/

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2016 Guide to the Open Cloud

This year I, along with Linux.com Editor-in-Chief Libby Clark, collated the 2016 Guide to the Open Cloud with input from various experts in the cloud computing industry. It’s a directory of this year’s most relevant cloud computing technologies.

The report covers:

  • IaaS
  • PaaS
  • Virtualization
  • Cloud operating systems
  • Container management and automation
  • Unikernels
  • DevOps (complete CI/CD, configuration management, logging and monitoring)
  • Software-defined networking (SDN)
  • Software-defined storage

Download the report from Linux.com for free. 

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Source of this information:
http://socializedsoftware.com/2016/11/16/2016-guide-to-the-open-cloud/

Author: Mark

Chakra GNU/Linux Users Get KDE Plasma 5.8.4, Apps 16.08.3, and Frameworks 5.28.0

On November 27, 2016, Chakra GNU/Linux developer Neofytos Kolokotronis informs the community about the availability of a set of new software updates for the rolling distro originally based on Arch Linux.

A week ago, we reported on the availability of the cups 2.1.4-3 and pepperflashplugin 23.0.0.207-1 packages in the Chakra GNU/Linux repositories, which required manual intervention from the user. And, after some issues with their hosting provider, the promised KDE goodies are finally here, along with numerous other updates.

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Source of this information:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/chakra-gnu-linux-users-get-kde-plasma-5-8-4-apps-16-08-3-and-frameworks-5-28-0-510540.shtml#ixzz4RJ07fQfh

Author: Marius Nestor

Fedora 25 Linux arrives with Wayland display support

Linux desktop users have been waiting for Wayland, the X server display replacement, for years. It’s finally here.

Fedora used to be the leading, bleeding edge Linux distribution. Then its release cadence slowed down. Today, with its second release of 2016, Fedora 25, Fedora is back to exploring the newest Linux releases and programs. The Fedora Project is sponsored by Red Hat. While it’s a community Linux distribution, it’s also meant to be Red Hat Enterprise Linux’s (RHEL) proving grounds.

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http://www.zdnet.com/article/fedora-25-linux-arrives-with-wayland-display-support/

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NAS4Free 11 BSD-Based Open Source Storage NAS Distribution Officially Released

On November 20, 2016, the development team behind the open-source, FreeBSD-based storage NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution promoted the NAS4Free 11 series to the stable channel.

NAS4Free 11 has been in development for quite some time now, and it’s here to replace the NAS4Free 10.x series. As expected, it’s a major update based on the latest FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE-P3 operating system, adding a bunch of new features and improvements, along with several bug fixes and usability enhancements.

 

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/nas4free-11-bsd-based-open-source-storage-nas-distribution-officially-released-510395.shtml#ixzz4Qq75qydK

Trends in the Open Source Cloud: A Shift to Microservices and the Public Cloud

Cloud computing is the cornerstone of the digital economy. Companies across industries now use the cloud — private, public or somewhere in between — to deliver their products and services.

A recent survey of industry analysis and research that we conducted for our 2016 Guide to the Open Cloud report produced overwhelming evidence of this. Forty-one percent of all enterprise workloads are currently running in some type of public or private cloud, according to 451 Research.

That number is expected to rise to 60 percent by mid-2018. And Rightscale reports that some 95 percent of companies are at least experimenting in the cloud. Enterprises are continuing to shift workloads to the cloud as their expertise and experience with the technology increases.

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Source of this information:
https://www.linux.com/blog/trends-open-source-cloud-shift-microservices-and-public-cloud

Author: MARK HINKLE

The Linux Foundation changes its events’ branding

The top ‘Linux’ event is being consolidated with other conferences under the ‘open source’ name.

If you’ve been paying close attention to how The Linux Foundation has been expanding from just Linux to all of open-source software, you could see this coming. The Foundation has just announced that LinuxCon, CloudOpen, and ContainerCon are being combined under one umbrella event: The Linux Foundation Open Source Summit.

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http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-linux-foundation-changes-its-events-branding/

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Microsoft’s Linux love affair leads it to join The Linux Foundation

You read the title correctly. Microsoft just joined the Linux Foundation. 

No, this isn’t The Onion and it’s not April Fool’s Day. Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation. Microsoft announced that it was joining forces with The Linux Foundation at the Microsoft Connect developer event in New York. Yes, yes I know. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once said, “Linux is a cancer”. Yes, Microsoft still forces Android vendors to pay for its bogus Linux patents. And, yes, Microsoft and its cronies are still scheming to replace Munich’s Linux desktops with Windows 10. So?

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http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-completes-its-linux-journey-joins-the-linux-foundation/

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SUSE advances its open-source storage system

Besides announcing its next version of Ceph-powered SUSE Enterprise Storage, SUSE has bought openATTIC, the open-source Ceph and storage management framework. 

If your business is sick of managing storage by managing nasty platters of spinning rust by hand, you should look at SUSE‘s SUSE Enterprise Storage (SES) 4. SES 4, a software-defined storage system, is powered by Ceph. This is a distributed object store and file system. It, in turn, relies on a resilient and scalable storage model (RADOS) using clusters of commodity hardware. Along with the RADOS block device (RBD), and the RADOS object gateway (RGW), Ceph provides a POSIX file-system interface: CephFS. RBD and RGW have long been in use for production workloads but CephFS has been harder to use in the real world.

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http://www.zdnet.com/article/suse-advances-its-open-source-storage-system/

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Why Is Corporate Linux Welcoming Microsoft?

In a sign of changing times, Linux vendors see a variety of advantages to partnering with Microsoft.

Suddenly, after years of mistrust, corporate Linux is welcoming Microsoft in to its midst. Almost overnight, executives from Jim Zemlin of The Linux Foundation down have lined up at the microphone to explain how the lines between proprietary and free software are blurring, and how Microsoft has had a sincere change of heart.

Nor is the evidence lacking for this position. Since at least 2005, Microsoft has been sending employees to Linux conferences and sponsoring open source events. It has contributed to the kernel, released its .Net code, added support for major distributions to Azure Cloud, collaborated with Canonical Software to bring the BASH shell and Ubuntu to Windows, and countless other things as well.

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Source of this information:
http://www.datamation.com/data-center/why-is-corporate-linux-welcoming-microsoft.html

Author: Matt Hartley