Clouds push Linux server sales in Q4

For hyperscale data center operators, the server is the business and there is no such thing as deferring purchases of new gear so long as there is growing customer demand for information.

And not surprisingly, in the fourth quarter of this year, sales of density-optimized servers, as the box counters at IDC are now calling the various skinless and minimalist server designs, boomed in the quarter and they dragged up Linux-based server sales a bit too. Read More

Is Ubuntu 12.04 a Linux Game Changer?

Ever since the Unity desktop first came to Ubuntu, I've been critical of it and found myself completely disinterested in it. Some aspects of this discontent may have stemmed from my refusal to try something new. But certainly Unity had some rough edges in the beginning.

In short, Unity was a neat idea that needed more time to develop.

With Ubuntu 12.04 just around the corner, I was shocked to discover that Unity now offers a stable and configurable desktop experience. Thanks to the HUD (heads up display), more Unity-based configuration options, support for Sandy Bridge, and improved power consumption, Ubuntu 12.04 is shaping up to be a really solid release. Read More

LinuxCertified Announces its next Linux Fundamentals Course w/Free Linux laptop!

This two-day introduction to Linux broadens attendees horizons with a detailed overview of the operating system. Attendees learn how to effectively use a Linux system as a valuable tool. They get familiar with the architecture and various components of the operating system, learn both graphical and command line tools, and learn to do basic networking. This class is scheduled for March 16th - 17th, 2012.

New Linux kernel fixes power-saving issues

Greg Kroah-Hartman has released long-term kernel 3.0.20 and stable kernel 3.2.5. Both contain just a single bug fix that allows PCIe power-saving technology ASPM (Active State Power Management) to be used on systems with a BIOS that activates ASPM on some components, but states in the FADT (Fixed ACPI Description Table) consulted by Linux that ASPM is not supported. Read More

Want a Job? Learn Linux

From 'Linux HR' files:

A new study set to be released by career website Dice.com and the Linux Foundation paints a very rosy picture of the Linux job market.

Now the fact that the Linux Foundation is involved in this study means that it could potentially be seen as self-serving (but hey what PR isn't), but the trends are unmistakable. The survey found that the vast majority (81%) of companies were going to making hiring Linux people a priority for 2012. Read More

Linux kernel 3.2.2 Is Available for Download

Greg Kroah-Hartman announced last night, January 25th, that the second maintenance release of the stable Linux kernel 3.2 is available for download and all users should upgrade to it as soon as possible.

Linux kernel 3.2.2 brings lots of fixes, some new driver updates, especially for ALSA, and a couple of NFS, UBIFS, and CIFS improvements. Read More

How Open Source Licenses Affect Your Business and Your Developers

Copyleft licenses have been the most popular choice for new open source projects. Recently, however, developers and companies seem to be moving from the GPL in favor of less restrictive permissive licenses for open source projects. What's behind the trend and how does it impact your business? Read More

Thunderbird 9.0 Officially Lands in Ubuntu 11.10

After the official upgrade to Firefox 9 in Ubuntu 11.10 at the beginning of the month, Canonical announced on January 24th that the Mozilla Thunderbird 9.0 email client is now available on the official software repositories of the Oneiric Ocelot operating system. Read More

KDE 4.8 released with new features and improvements

KDE team announced the release of KDE 4.8 stable version. KDE 4.8 provides updates to KDE Plasma Workspaces, KDE Applications, and the KDE Platform. Amongst the new features and improved performance you will find:

KWin optimizations
6 Alt+Tab (‘Window Switcher’) layouts to choose from
Redesigned power management settings
Faster file loading in Dolphin
Gwenview improved image viewing abilities
A more stable KMail
Icon Tasks plasmoid, task manager
Introduction of ‘KSecretService’ – a new framework for sharing passwords and data between applications securely
KDE Telepathy communication software Read More

LinuxCertified Announces its next "Linux Fundamentals" Course w/Free Linux laptop!

This two-day introduction to Linux broadens attendees horizons with a detailed overview of the operating system. Attendees learn how to effectively use a Linux system as a valuable tool. They get familiar with the architecture and various components of the operating system, learn both graphical and command line tools, and learn to do basic networking. This class is scheduled for January 19th - 20th, 2012.