Anatomy of a Linux distribution

IT Toolbox

What many people don’t realise is that Linux has a long pedigree. Longer than Windows, longer than DOS and longer than Apple (although the MacOS does have the same pedigree as Linux). Linux is based on the Unix operating system which startedLonger than any other operating system in common use today.

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Is Linux really that hard to use? cont.

IT Toolbox

In this series about whether Linux is hard to use or not I previously discussed the method needed to install programs in the windows operating system. To be truthful I do find installing and removing programs in the Apple ecosystem to be simpler than with the windows operating system. For a start, there is the famed Apple app store which

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The Linux Migration: Final Linux Distro Selection

Scott Lowe

In my Linux migration initial progress report , I provided an early assessment of the Linux distribution that I thought I would use moving forward. Since that time, though, I’ve pivoted a bit and selected a different Linux distribution as the operating system (OS) for my primary laptop moving forward. Fedora, on the other hand, doesn’t run quite as well on Apple hardware. I wanted to work with a Linux distribution that was more “technically pure.”

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The Linux Migration: April 2017 Progress Report

Scott Lowe

In December 2016, I kicked off a migration to Linux (from OS X) as my primary laptop OS. In the nearly 4 months since the initial progress report , I’ve published a series of articles providing updates on things like which Linux distribution I selected, how I’m handling running VMs on my Linux laptop, and integration with corporate collaboration systems ( here , here , and here ). Linux Distribution. I’m using Enpass on my OS X, Linux, and iOS devices.

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The Linux Migration: July 2017 Progress Report

Scott Lowe

I’m now roughly six months into using Linux as my primary laptop OS, and it’s been a few months since my last progress report. If you’re just now picking up this thread, I encourage you to go back and read my initial progress report , see which Linux distribution I selected, or check how I chose to handle corporate collaboration (see here , here , and here ). One completely unexpected thing that’s arisen is I’ve noticed an increase in eyestrain since switching to Linux.

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The Linux Migration: July 2017 Progress Report

Scott Lowe

I’m now roughly six months into using Linux as my primary laptop OS, and it’s been a few months since my last progress report. If you’re just now picking up this thread, I encourage you to go back and read my initial progress report , see which Linux distribution I selected, or check how I chose to handle corporate collaboration (see here , here , and here ). One completely unexpected thing that’s arisen is I’ve noticed an increase in eyestrain since switching to Linux.

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The Linux Migration: Corporate Collaboration, Part 1

Scott Lowe

One major aspect of my migration to Linux as my primary desktop OS is how well it integrates with corporate communication and collaboration systems. In fact, a number of folks have indicated that this is the only thing keeping them from migrating to Linux. Because corporate e-mail is such an important part of how people communicate these days, it’s a fairly significant concern when thinking of migrating to Linux. Productivity Linux Fedora Messaging Exchange

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The Linux Migration: Other Users’ Stories, Part 4

Scott Lowe

This post is part of a series of posts sharing other users’ stories about their migration to Linux as their primary desktop OS. As I mentioned in part 1 of the series , there seemed to be quite a bit of pent-up interest in using Linux as your primary desktop OS. This time around I’ll share with you some information from Ajay Chenampara about his Linux migration. Q: Why did you switch to Linux? Q: What hardware are you using with Linux?

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The Linux Migration: Other Users’ Stories, Part 3

Scott Lowe

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing various users’ stories about their own personal migration to Linux. If you’ve not read them already, I encourage you to check out part 1 and part 2 of this multi-part series to get a feel for why folks are deciding to switch to Linux, the challenges they faced, and the benefits they’ve seen (so far). This is Brian Hall’s story of switching to Linux. Q: Why did you switch to Linux? Q: Which Linux distribution are you using?

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Critical Intel security patch will slow PCs, servers and Macs

Computer Weekly

AMD shares rise on news that the performance of millions of Windows PCs, Linux servers and Apple Macs is to be impacted by critical updates for a recently discovered security flaw in Intel chips manufactured in the past 10 years

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Enabling an Apple MBP Wireless Adapter with Fedora 25

Scott Lowe

Linux Hardware Macintosh Networking Fedora CLIIn this article, I want to share with you the steps I took to enable wireless networking on an older (mid-2011) 13” MacBook Pro running Fedora 25. This is driven by a continued need to evaluate Fedora 25, as I’ve run into a few potential roadblocks with Ubuntu 16.04 as my primary laptop OS. Using Fedora 25 instead may help resolve some of these issues, which primarily center around corporate collaboration.

Weekly Update 3-25-2019

Linux Academy

We have updates on our Cloud Playground, information over Azure and its rotating door of exams, and a new slew of teasers both for our new Linux Academy for Business platform as well as updates to the Linux Academy platform for all of our students.

Weekly Update 6-17-2019: All About Ansible

Linux Academy

But y ou can do all of that and more in our free Ansible Quick Start course on Linux Academy , right now. LPI Linux Essentials 1.6. Apple is shaking up the foundations of UI development with SwiftUI and raising developer eyebrows with a new default shell on MacOS. Linux Academy

Hopping along the byte busway

IT Toolbox

The biggest difference between Linux and other proprietary operating systems is that there is so much to choose from. If you were to buy an Apple based computer then you will get the Apple developed operating systemIf you get a Windows based computer then you get Windows. It will look exactly the same as every other Windows computer and perform exactly the same way as well.

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Weekly Update 6-10-2019: What are Databases?

Linux Academy

All are handled safely inside the Linux Academy platform. . Coder Radio — Swift Kick In The UI : We react to Apple’s big news at WWDC, check in with Mike’s explorations of Elixir, and talk some TypeScript. Linux Action News — Linux Action News 109 : Mozilla’s master strategy becomes clear, CockroachDB surrenders to the software as a service reality, while Microsoft and Oracle link up. appeared first on Linux Academy Blog. Linux Academy

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Top 3 Common Windows Errors And How To Troubleshoot

IT Toolbox

Microsoft's Windows is one of the most popular operating systems for computers, alongside the Linux and Apple's Mac OS. It has been downloaded and activated on million devices, including desktop and laptop. This operating system offers a lot of handy features, which help users to do work better, faster and more efficient. However, users reported they often encounter a few

Employee Spotlight – Bob Salmans, Security Training Architect

Linux Academy

Our Training Architects are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of online learning and helping professionals become cloud and Linux experts! Hear from one of our Security Training Architects, Bob Salmans, below and see why he loves working at Linux Academy.

What is Microsoft hoping to achieve?

IT Toolbox

Those who know me know that I am a Linux person. I like Linux, I like the flexibility it gives me and I like the general philosophy behind it. I am not keen on either Apple or Microsoft for their philosophy of restriction and secrecy. Not to mention their corporate attitude that everything has to make money. So what ever I write here I am certain it will be thought of as being a biased viewpoint.

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Technology Short Take #68

Scott Lowe

This is a highly technical article on scheduling in the Linux kernel , but it’s well worth reading. I enjoyed Adam Leventhal’s evaluation of APFS , the new file system announced at the most recent Apple WWDC. It’s not uncommon for folks to use a tool like VirtualBox to run Linux VMs on which they run/test/develop Docker containers. Networking Hardware Security Storage Virtualization OVS Cisco VMware NSX OpenStack Linux Docker Kubernetes Apple KVM Vagrant Microsoft Windows

Review: Dell Latitude E7370

Scott Lowe

As part of my Linux migration (see my initial progress report ), late this past week I started setting up my first non-Apple laptop since 2003. Look, I get it—I used an Apple laptop for 14 years. From a Titanium PowerBook G4 to multiple generations of aluminum MacBook Pros to (finally) a MacBook Air, I’m familiar with the quality and reliability of Apple hardware. If you’re considering moving to Linux, the E7370 may be a good platform to consider.

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The big news at AWS Re:Invent isn't what you think

David Linthicum

It was like an Apple keynote but for the cloud. Provision 100 more Linux servers.” The news coming out of Amazon’s AWS Re:Invent show this week included the keynote of Andy Jassy, where he announced more than 10 new services. InfoWorld did a great job of covering the event, so you can get a good recap here on the InfoWorld site. InfoWorld’s AWS Re:Invent coverage. Docker for AWS: Who’s it really for? Amazon’s next wave of machine learning: Powerful, practical.

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Revisiting CentOS Atomic Host

Scott Lowe

Now that both CentOS Atomic Host and CoreOS Container Linux have both grown and matured, I thought I’d revisit the topic and see how—if at all—things have changed. Stability of the distribution: Because I’m not using OpenStack, the additional testing I’ve done here isn’t quite “apples for apples” compared to the original article. CentOS Atomic Host runs Linux 3.10, and still relies on DeviceMapper for containers. Linux Docker CLI CentOS CoreOS

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Why I Might Leave OS X

Scott Lowe

As millions of other users did, I also adopted the iPhone (and later the iPad), further strengthening Apple’s hold on my personal computing landscape. One of the reasons I think iOS was (and is) successful is because Apple didn’t try to shoehorn “traditional” interface assumptions onto these new form factors. Instead, Apple’s engineers set out to design an operating environment that was tailored to the form factor. Apple and VMware…or Xen?

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Is single tenancy the fix for the Meltdown flaw?

Network World

Linux distros are rolling out fixes , and Microsoft has issue patches for Windows — although the threat to consumers is minimal. Apple has also issued a macOS fix. As the fallout continues over the Meltdown and Spectre exploits in Intel and now some ARM processors, the issue of what to do about it is coming front and center. Clearly there is no fixing a silicon problem; Intel will have to adjust future chips to deal with it. So, for now, we have the software fixes.

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what every open source project needs

SPF13

The Internet Era: 00s • Internet changes everything • Open source movement gains traction (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) • Tech selling ads, bits, hardware & services • Google Dominates. Open Source Companies • Google (Android, Chrome, Docker, Linux) • Apple (Webkit, LLVM) • Facebook (Cassandra, HipHop, Hive, PHP) • IBM (Linux, Eclipse, Docker) • Yahoo (Hadoop, Linux, YUI) • Oracle (Linux, MySQL, Java) • Microsoft (Linux,net, Docker) • Intel (Linux).

Technology Short Take #77

Scott Lowe

There was a fair amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth when Apple updated the MacBook Pro line with the Touch Bar. Flatpak is a (relatively) new application packaging/sandboxing mechanism for Linux applications. Who would have thought that one day you’d refer to a Microsoft web site for instructions on configuring something in Linux? Part 2 is especially helpful for others who might be switching, as it contains a list of Linux apps to replace the OS X equivalents.

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Many OS vendors left systems open to attack

IT Manager Daily

Apple, Microsoft and SUSE Linux were just some of the systems open to attack, but all of the affected vendors have released security patches to fix the bug. Most major OS vendors are releasing security patches after a misunderstanding left their systems open to attack. The problem came when vendors implemented a hardware debug mechanism for Intel x86-64 architectures. The supporting documentation was apparently unclear and incomplete, which caused the issue.

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Wikileaks’ dump of CIA exploits exposes enterprises to new risks

Network World

Corporations concerned about the release of thousands of CIA documents detailing hacks against Apple iOS and Mac OSX, Google’s Android, Microsoft’s Windows, Linux and Solaris need to conduct a fresh round of risk assessment that takes the new revelations into account.

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Full Stack Journey Episode #1: Bart Smith

Scott Lowe

His journey started in June 2014 as a result of the Microsoft announcement regarding support for Linux and Kubernetes on Azure—this really indicated a shift in the industry. He highly recommends using OS X on Apple hardware (he bought a used MacBook Pro, including SSD, for less than 300 euros). Career Cloud Virtualization Linux AWS Podcast

Technology Short Take #67

Scott Lowe

OS X users might find this Apple support article on OS X wireless roaming to be helpful. You may have heard about Microsoft’s announcement regarding running Bash on Windows; here’s an article written by Deepu Thomas with more details on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), which makes running native Linux ELF64 binaries on Windows possible. (By Networking Hardware Security Storage Virtualization VMware NSX OpenStack Windows Docker vSphere Macintosh Linux VSAN HyperV Cisco

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Technology Short Take #63

Scott Lowe

At DevOps Networking Forum 2016, I had the opportunity to share a presentation on some Linux networking options. I knew Microsoft was cozying up to Linux, but I honestly didn’t expect they would port SQL Server to Linux. Personally, I think it’s an apples-to-oranges comparison, since Kubernetes is more than just a scheduler (think about replication controllers and services and such), but to each his own. Welcome to Technology Short Take #63.

Tech News Roundup March 11

CTOvision

FBI vs. Apple: Far Too Important to Be Left to Judges - Newsweek. Steve Ballmer no longer badmouths Linux but makes no apologies for calling it a ‘cancer’. Apple official says feds could force tech giant to spy on users through mic, camera - Fox News. Apple lawyer claims latest FBI brief is “intended to smear” iPhone maker as court date nears. Katie Kennedy. The following are some of the hot topics we are tracking in the technology ecosystem: Technology Ticker.

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Technology Short Take #65

Scott Lowe

This Yelp Engineering blog post talks about one of these unintended side effects (processes running as PID 1 are treated differently by the Linux kernel). Interestingly, despite a convergence on systemd across the major Linux distributions (RHEL/CentOS and Debian were already on systemd), I’m finding some noticeable differences in the systemd implementations. Welcome to Technology Short Take #65!

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Meltdown and Spectre exploits: Cutting through the FUD

Network World

And all the major software vendors of Linux, Microsoft for Windows, Apple for macOS, and virtualization software suppliers such as VMware and Citrix have all collaborated to mitigate this threat. There is lots of information circulating about the new exploits of computer chips from Intel and others announced in the past few days. Some of it has been accurate, and some has been sensationalist and overblown.

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Tech News Roundup March 21

CTOvision

Technology|Apple vs. the FBI: How the Case Could Play Out - New York Times. Mac extends its lead over Linux among software developers, chipping away at Windows. Katie Kennedy. The following are some of the hot topics we are tracking in the technology ecosystem: Technology Ticker. Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Speaks In Support Of Federal GMO Labeling Laws - The Inquisitr. Toll hike likely for next gov't to decide - BusinessWorld Online Edition.