Supercomputers: All Linux, all the time

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Once more, if you want to run the fastest possible computer, the June 2018 TOP500 supercomputing ranking shows that Linux is the best of all operating systems. Every last one is running Linux. Linux has dominated supercomputing for years. But, Linux only took over supercomputing lock, stock, and barrel in November 2017. That was the first time all of the TOP500 machines were … Read More

Security-Oriented Alpine Linux Can Now Be Installed on Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

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A new stable version of Natanael Copa’s security-oriented Alpine Linux operating system has been released with support for Raspberry Pi single-board computers and various updated components. Alpine Linux 3.8 is out as the most advanced version of the GNU/Linux distribution, bringing, for the first time, an ARM64 (AArch64) image designed for deploying the operating system on Raspberry Pi devices. Best … Read More

Civil Infrastructure Platform, Keeping the Lights On with Linux

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Modern civil infrastructure is all around us — in power plants, radar systems, traffic lights, dams, weather systems, and so on. Many of these infrastructure projects exist for decades, if not longer, so security and longevity are paramount. And, many of these systems are powered by Linux, which offers technology providers more control over these issues. However, if every provider … Read More

Ubuntu Is Used All over the World, Reveal Initial Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop Metrics

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Canonical revealed today the initial desktop metrics that it gathered from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS users since the release of the operating system in April 2018. During the development cycle of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Canonical announced that there would be an optional personal and system data collection tool implemented in the operating system to help them improve Ubuntu. Later, closer to the final … Read More

5 open source alternatives to Dropbox

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Dropbox is the 800-pound gorilla of filesharing applications. Even though it’s a massively popular tool, you may choose to use an alternative. Maybe that’s because you’re dedicated to the open source way for all the good reasons, including security and freedom, or possibly you’ve been spooked by data breaches. Or perhaps the pricing plan doesn’t work out in your favor for the amount … Read More

SUSE Introduces Multimodal OS to Bridge Traditional and Software-Defined Infrastructure

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SUSE today launched SUSE Linux Enterprise 15, the latest version of its flagship operating platform that bridges next-generation software-defined infrastructure with traditional infrastructure technologies. The modern, modular operating system helps simplify multimodal IT, makes traditional IT infrastructure more efficient and provides an engaging platform for developers. As a result, organizations can easily deploy and transition business-critical workloads across on-premise and … Read More

KDE Plasma 5.13 Officially Released with Revamped Lock & Login Screens, Settings

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The KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment has been officially released today for Linux-based operating systems, bringing lots of new features and improvements over previous releases. With a focus on stability and reliability, the KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment launches today with revamped lock and login screens, the former offering a slick fade-to-blur transition for displaying the controls, redesigned System Settings pages to … Read More

Meet IBM Summit, World’s Fastest and Smartest Supercomputer Powered by Linux

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ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) and the U.S. Department of Energy unveiled Summit, world’s most powerful, fastest, and smartest scientific supercomputer powered by Linux. That’s right, America once again has the most powerful supercomputer in the world, for now, which is eight times more powerful than the Titan supercomputer. Capable of peak performances of 200 petaflops or 200,000 trillion calculations … Read More

New NOVA Filesystem

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Andiry Xu (working with Lu Zhang, Steven Swanson and others) posted patches for a new filesystem called NOVA (NOn-Volatile memory Accelerated). Normal RAM chips are wiped every time you turn off your computer. Non-volatile RAM retains its data across reboots. Their project targeted byte-addressable non-volatile memory chips, such as Intel‘s 3DXpoint DIMMs. Andiry said that the current incarnation of their code was able to do a lot already, but they … Read More

The Foundation for Powering Up the Modern Data Center

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One of the key elements of a digital transformation is leveraging data analytics to deliver new insights for the business, increase the speed of execution and deliver competitive differentiation. In fact, IDC predicts that by 2020, 60-70 percent of Fortune 2000 companies will have at least one mission-critical workload that leverages real-time data analytics*. A modern data center must be … Read More

Tesla starts to release its cars’ open-source Linux software code

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It’s an open secret: Tesla cars are powered not only by batteries but by open-source software. Until recently, though, Tesla hasn’t lived up to its obligations under open-source licenses, but now Tesla is finally releasing some of its Linux source code for the Model S and X cars. The Tesla GitHub repository contains the code for the Model S/X 2018.12 software release. Specifically, … Read More

Nvidia unveils the HGX-2, a server platform for HPC and AI workloads

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Nvidia on Tuesday announced a new server platform, the HGX-2, designed to meet the needs of the growing number of applications that seek to leverage both high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence. The platform, Nvidia says, is the first to offer high-precision computing capabilities to handle both HPC and AI workloads. It uses FP64 and FP32 for scientific computing and … Read More

How to Get Involved with Hyperledger Projects

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Few technology trends have as much momentum as blockchain — which is now impacting industries from banking to healthcare. The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project is helping drive this momentum as well as providing leadership around this complex technology, and many people are interested in getting involved. In fact, Hyperledger nearly doubled its membership in 2017 and recently added Deutsche Bank as a new member. A recent … Read More

How CERN Is Using Linux and Open Source

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CERN really needs no introduction. Among other things, the European Organization for Nuclear Research created the World Wide Web and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator, which was used in discovery of the Higgs boson.  Tim Bell, who is responsible for the organization’s  IT Operating Systems and Infrastructure group, says the goal of his team is “to provide … Read More