I'm a space nerd. That's probably not a surprise, but just how deep my
nerdery goes might be. I have just about every space photo NASA has ever
released. I schedule NASA.tv mission briefings on my Google Calendar as
if they were specifically for me. I used to make my kids watch Shuttle
launches on our TV, even if they were doing homework! more>>
I love high-level, dynamically typed languages, such as Python, Ruby
express myself richly, and they lend themselves to code that
easily can be reused and maintained. It's no surprise that interest in
such languages is on the rise, especially when creating Web
Explosive growth in enterprise adoption of public and private cloud technologies is really pushing
requirements for scalable, automated solutions to ensure security, cost and operational compliance
across deployments of virtual “cloud” infrastructure. With the emergence of ever-larger and more
dense server farms, and ever larger and more complex cloud configurations, cloud automa more>>
This is the last article in a four-part series on the current state
of 3D printing. In the first part, I gave an overall introduction to
differences in 3D printing since I wrote my original articles on 3D printing
three years ago. The second piece focused on advances in 3D printing
hardware, and the third column covered 3D printing software. more>>
Although some companies have embraced the world of free software with open
arms, there are many who haven't. NVIDIA is one name that comes to mind.
Its reputation in the Linux world is far from stellar, but maybe its
recent actions will help mend some bridges.
For many of us, our introduction to computing is being placed in front
of a machine where the only challenge is figuring out the Windows user
experience paradigm. Getting started with Linux, on the other hand,
requires a bit more effort, a fair amount of trial and error, and perhaps
some colorful language along the way.
Recently, I wrote about how Docker is investing in Unikernels to reduce the
size of its containers, but there is more than one way to skin a cat.
Unikernels are a hot new technology, but many developers prefer stability
and maturity over "new and shiny". And, that's where Alpine Linux comes in.
I recently had a problem trying to install the NVIDIA driver for
my machine. It seemed the latest driver had stopped supporting my graphics
card, and after updating my kernel, I was out of a driver. The question,
obviously, was "which card did I have?" But, I didn't
I love video game emulation. My favorite games were produced in the 1980s
and 1990s, so if I want to play them, I almost always have to emulate the
old systems. There is usually a legal concern about ROM files for games,
even if you own the original cartridges, so I'm not going to tell you
where to find ROMs to download or anything like that. more>>
The ever-popular VLC turned 15 a few days ago--that's 15 years since the
project was GPLed and released to the world. If we were pedants, we might
point out that the project actually came into existence in 1996, but that
was a different lifetime.
Docker's recent acquisition of Unikernel Systems has sent pulses racing in
the microservice world. At the same time, many people have
no clue what to make of it, so here's a quick explanation of why this
move is a good thing.
I'm apparently in a silly-game mood this month, because I stumbled
across an open-source project I couldn't keep all to myself: Snk. If
you remember the classic game of snake, Snk is the same concept,
but smaller, harder and with music.
The OOM killer is a tough nut to crack. How can a system recover when it's violently
thrashing and out of RAM? Once upon a time, you'd just have to reboot. And today, that
still might be necessary, but less so, because the OOM killer attempts to identify and
stop the process that seems to be causing the hangup. The problem is, it may not choose
the right process every time. more>>
This article is the third part of a four-part series that examines some
of the changes in 3D printing that have occurred in the past three
years since my first articles on the subject. Because this is Linux
instead of discussing the entire 3D printing world, I'm focusing on the
sections of the topic most relevant to open source and open hardware. more>>
My friend and fellow Linux Journalian Kris Occhipinti recently posted a
reminder on Facebook for everyone to back up regularly in 2016. Although
it's something we already should be doing, if you're not a regular
backer-upper, you should start today! more>>
Linux has seen more than its fair share of controversy through the years.
that's not so surprising. For one thing, the operating system flies in the
teeth of deeply entrenched multinational companies. The fact that it
stands for users instead of vested interests has drawn more than a little
ire as well.