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Linux : Pronounced lee-nucks or lih-nucks. A freely-distributable open source operating system that runs on a number of hardware platforms. The Linux kernel was developed mainly by Linus Torvalds and it is based on Unix. Because it's free, and because it runs on many platforms, including PCs and Macintoshes, Linux has become an extremely popular alternative to proprietary operating systems. (Source: Webopedia)

Unifying Data Encryption

Section: Research
With the growing emphasis on the need to protect sensitive data, encryption has become a focus of interest for organisations worldwide. Yet data encryption has long had its challenges in deployment. If you are responsible for the protection of sensitive information in a Linux environment and often find yourself wondering which way to turn when it comes to simple transparent and unified data encryption, this paper will interest you.
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The Perfect Storm - Why Now is the time for Open Source

Section: Research
Today’s open source is increasingly recognised for its ease of use, high performance and affordability, especially amidst today’s turbulent economic conditions.  According to, 53% of businesses are already using open source. Another 10% plan to deploy in the next 12 months.   In this white paper you will learn: •   Why businesses are increasingly turning towards open source • &nb ...   read more

Benefits of Migrating to Linux

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Migration programs are often met with resistance on the part of end users, and a demand for cost-justification from managers, and then after approval has been granted, the migration itself seldom goes exactly as planned. Nonetheless, if the key benefits have been defined, the results can be dramatic. Nowhere is this more evident than in a migration from proprietary UNIX to an read more

Enterprise Linux OS Leads the Marketplace

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Microsoft remains the undisputed king of the operating system marketplace, with 78.6 percent of the market in 2010, distantly followed by IBM, HP, and Oracle. But the big story isn't in who is number one, or even two, three or four. The most interesting story in the OS world is Enterprise Linux, ranking at number five according to the   read more

Is VMware still the best choice for virtualisation solutions?

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The move to virtualisation is all but inevitable, and there is very little question as to why. The benefits are incontrovertible, and the maturity of the virtualisation software available has moved virtualisation out of the realm of the test bed and into the realm of "have to have it.” It may be true that some companies are reluctant to switch over to a virtualised environment if they already have an existing system in place and substantial capital sunk into a data centre, it is much more ...   read more

The history of the Linux operating system

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The history of the Linux operating system from its conception to present day. Created in honour of Linux's 20th anniversary.  read more

Virtualisation turns to open source for cost advantage and extensibility

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Virtualisation has become a de facto standard in larger data centres, particularly as they seek benefits such as greater processing agility and resource management. The cost factor, of course, weighs heavily in the decision—but whilst the long-term costs are favourable, in the short-term, it can be difficult due to a potentially high cost of adoption and the presence of existing --- and potentially not fully amortised --- data centre hardware. Overcoming ...   read more

Deutsche Bank migrates to the cloud

Section: News
German investment bank Deutsche Bank has completed the first phase of its migration to the cloud. The firm decided to adopt the new technology as a way of streamlining internal application development.It is hoped that the cloud computing infrastructure will help the bank's developers boost the turnaround of software creation. The cornerstone of the move is the ability for ...   read more

Host of New Features for Red Hat’s Fedora

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The latest version of the Fedora Project was released by Red Hat on Monday and contains a substantial amount of new features. Fedora 17 has an updated version of OpenStack, as well as an improved version of GNOME, which will please many in the Linux community as the previous version was described by some as being an "unholy mess”, due to its difficult to use interface. "I am extremely proud of the Fedora 17 release. The addition of projects such as oVirt and JBoss Application Se ...   read more

Linux users should be 'aware' of potential virus threats

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Documentation has been released explaining how to write a virus for Linux ELF programs. The move dispels the myth that the Linux operating system cannot get viruses. Linux Journal, in its January issue, made the admission, but refused to publish any code as they didn’t want to contribute to the ongoing problem. However, whilst the news may excite technology experts, Linux user Eric Hansen, in his online blog, said virus writers won’t focus on Linux – even if ...   read more

Microsoft Partner with Hortonworks to Adopt Hadoop

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Plans which have been in development for a year between Microsoft and Hortonworks have come to fruition this week, with free previews of its Apache Hadoop integration for Windows Server and Azure now available for download. The mix of open source and commercial software has been named Window Azure HDInsight Service and Microsoft HDServer for Windows, with the intention being that it will be easier to manage Hadoop in a Windows and Azure environment. The first previews were show ...   read more

New Java Zero-day Exploit Discovered

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Yet another Java vulnerability has been discovered which attacks versions Java 7 update 10 and below and is already being used to attack PCs, even if you have a fully up-to-date and patched version of the software. The vulnerability is exploited when users visit an infected website and allows the attacker full access to a machine. This latest attack is just one in what is becoming a long list aimed at the Oracle software and it’s thought that the exploit has been added to   read more

Open source virtualization championed by new alliance

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An alliance of top software developers - including Canonical, Cisco, IBM, Intel, NetApp, Red Hat and SUSE - has been created to champion the development of open source virtualization platforms. The oVirt project has the core aim of creating an openly governed virtualization stack that would allow for much better integration and the implementation of more advanced management techniques.Jean Staten Healy, director of Linux at IBM, said: "We are excited to be a part of the oVirt project." H ...   read more

Protecting Sensitive Data is Number One Security Priority

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With an explosion of data breaches in recent years, the protection of sensitive information has become a top priority for security organisations worldwide. According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, more than 535 million records have been breached in 2,651 incidents made public since 2005.1 Attackers have targeted virtually the entire gamut of sensitive content, from personal financial account data to intellectual property and high-value information of concern to the most senior lev ...   read more

Server Market Decreases in Q2

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According to figures released by IDC last week, the international server factory revenue saw a decrease of 4.8% year on year in the second quarter of this year. This is the third year that has now seen a decline in server shipments and the market "continues to soften”. "Worldwide server revenue declined for the third consecutive quarter in 2Q12 as the market continued working its way through a number of technology transitions impacting customer demand for x86, Unix, and mainfr ...   read more

Ubuntu Phones Will be Manufactured This Year

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Despite Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge smartphone project failing to reach its funding target last year on popular crowdfunding site Indiegogo, the firm has announced that manufacture of an Ubuntu mobile will go ahead this year. In 2013, the 30-day campaign fell well short of its £20.5m funding target for the Ubuntu Edge device, meaning that all of the cash that was raised had to be returned. However, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said at the time that the company would "tr ...   read more