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LinuxCon to Showcase Linux at 25 and How It's Evolved

Linux users are set to assemble for the annual LinuxCon event, this time celebrating the 25th anniversary of the technology and how it's changed. The first time I met Jim Zemlin in person was 10 years ago, when he spoke in front of a small audience at the LinuxWorld Canada event in April 2006. At...
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Linux at 25: An Ecosystem, Not Only an OS

InfoWorld celebrates the 25th birthday of Linux -- and the new generation of open source projects Linux enabled. Today Linux has expanded far beyond its conquest of the server market. If you include Android, which is built around the Linux kernel, not to mention embedded Linux devices from TVs to...
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Containers and Immutable Deployments (The DevOps 2.0 Toolkit)

The third part in the DevOps Toolkit series looks at further ways to solve infrastructure problems beyond configuration management by turning to everyone's favorite whale... Even though CM alleviated some of the infrastructure problems, it did not make them go away. The problem is still there, only...
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Context Aware MySQL Pools via HAProxy

At GitHub we use MySQL as our main datastore. While repository data lies in git, metadata is stored in MySQL. This includes Issues, Pull Requests, Comments etc. We also auth against MySQL via a custom git proxy (babeld). To be able to serve under the high load GitHub operates at, we use MySQL...
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Linus Torvalds Announces a Fairly Small Third Linux Kernel 4.8 Release Candidate

Yes, it's Sunday, and yes, Linus Torvalds has just announced the availability of a new RC (Release Candidate) development milestone towards the upcoming Linux 4.8 kernel series. According to Linus Torvalds, the third Release Candidate build of Linux kernel 4.8 consists of approximately 60% updated...
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Take the Kubernetes API for a Spin

For anyone who is fascinated by distributed computing, Kubernetes provides an ultimate playground. Its one of best implementations of cluster management software of our times. Google must be appreciated for not only open sourcing Kubernetes, but also simplifying it, and making it accessible to the...
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Linux Foundation Conquers the World, or at Least Becomes Quite Influential in SDN & NFV

Open source projects are new to networking, but they’ve been cropping up all over the place in the last couple of years. And many of them are gravitating toward the Linux Foundation. Some of them were originally independent groups. The Open Network Operating System (ONOS) for example, was founded...
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The Human Cost of Tech Debt

If you’re not already familiar with the concept of technical debt, it’s worth becoming familiar with it.  I say this not only because it is a common industry term, but because it is an important concept. Coined by Ward Cunningham, the term introduces the idea that taking shortcuts in your software...
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Agencies Face Cyber Concerns as Apps Rely on Aging Systems — Report

More than 70 percent of the 100 federal IT business decision-makers polled in Dell’s State of IT Trends 2016 Study said their agency is using old operating systems to run important mission applications. And a little more than half of respondents said their agency is using software or systems that...
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Shift: Public Cloud Considered More Secure than Corporate Data Centers

Survey finds majority of IT executives rate security higher in public cloud than in their own data centers, but security is still the greatest concern with cloud.  That's the gist of a recent survey of 210 IT executives conducted by SADA Systems. SADA specializes in cloud migrations, so it's to be...
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