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Ansible is an open-source automation tool developed and released by Michael
DeHaan and others in 2012. DeHaan calls it a "general-purpose automation
pipeline" (see Resources for a link to the article "Ansible's Architecture: Beyond Configuration
We're all familiar with the idea of virtualized computers. Not only
are they a great way to better utilize resources in a server room,
but they also allow you to create and destroy servers in the blink of an
eye. That's perfect for a lab or training environment. Unfortunately,
it's always taken a rack of actual hardware to create a training lab
for Cisco hardware. more>>
Every year, heck...every month, Linux is adopted by more companies and
organizations as an important if not primary component of their enterprise
platform. And the more serious the hardware platform, the more likely it is
to be running Linux. 60% of servers, 70% of Web servers and 95% of all
supercomputers are Linux-based!
For avid readers who can't find the time to visit their local library
or struggle to carry giant tomes of awesomeness around with them,
eBooks have become a convenient way to consume books. Whether it's on a
Kindle, a Nook or in an app on your phone, eBooks are the ultimate in
portability. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to find the book
you want in a format you can read. more>>
Everyone has wasted an afternoon on YouTube clicking through videos of
talking cats, screaming goats and bad-lip-reading renditions of popular
movies. Heck, there are plenty of YouTube videos of me doing odd and
silly things as well. (Does anyone remember 'Buntu Family Theater?) For
important family videos, however, I much prefer to control my own
A friend who works in one of the big banks recently told me that any
new-fangled approach to identity and payments is going to have a hard time
getting traction while credit cards continue to work as well as they do.
"Using credit cards is too easy, too normal, too entrenched in Business As
Usual", he said. They used to say the same thing about Windows.
Linux Journal has published a couple extended articles about Docker
and its container technology, which is fast revolutionizing
virtualization and cloud-building. Docker already turned those
industries on their head, and now, last week, it went out and bought
As I write this, NASA has just passed another milestone in releasing its
work to the Open Source community. A press release came out announcing
the release on April 10, 2014, of a new catalog of NASA software that
is available as open source. This new catalog includes both older software
that was previously available, along with new software being released for
the first time. more>>
Silicon Mechanics, Inc., announced this week that Wayne State
University (WSU) is the recipient of the company’s 3rd Annual Research
Cluster Grant. This includes donation of a complete high-performance
compute cluster from Silicon Mechanics and several of its partners.
They say you never forget your first computer. For some of us, it was a
Commodore 64 or an Apple IIe. For others, it was a Pentium 233 running
Windows 95. Regardless of the hardware, the fond memories of wonder and
excitement are universal. For me, I'll never forget the night my father
brought home our first computer, a Tandy 1000. more>>
Once in a while someone points out a POSIX
violation in Linux. Often the
answer is to fix the violation, but sometimes Linus
Torvalds decides that
the POSIX behavior is broken, in which case they keep the Linux behavior,
but they might build an additional POSIX compatibility layer, even if that
layer is slower and less efficient.
No matter how much I love Plex, there's still nothing that comes close
to XBMC for usability when it comes to watching your network media on a
television. I've probably written a dozen articles on Plex during the last
few years, so you know that's tough for me to admit. more>>
I've always loved PHPMyAdmin for managing MySQL databases. It's Web-based,
fairly robust and as powerful as I've ever needed. Basically, it's
awesome. Today, however, I discovered something better than awesome:
Adminer. Although it is conceptually identical to PHPMyAdmin, it is far
simpler and far more powerful. How can it be both? more>>
As Linux continues to play an ever increasing role in corporate data centers and institutions, ensuring the integrity and protection of these systems must be a priority. With 60% of the world's websites and an increasing share of organization's mission-critical workloads running on Linux, failing to stop malware and other advanced threats on Linux can increasingly impact an organization's reputation and bottom line.
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