Supercomputers – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, announced the Open Mainframe Project. This initiative brings together industry experts to drive innovation and development of Linux on the mainframe.Founding Platinum members of the Open Mainframe Project include ADP, CA Technologies, IBM and SUSE. Founding Silver members include BMC, Compuware, LC3, RSM Partners and Vicom Infinity. The first academic institutions participating in the effort include Marist College, University of Bedfordshire and The Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at University of Washington. The announcement comes as the industry marks 15 years of Linux on the mainframe. In just the last few years, demand for mainframe capabilities have drastically increased due to Big Data, mobile processing, cloud computing and virtualization. Linux excels in all these areas, often being recognized as the … [Read more...] about Linux Foundation Launches Open Mainframe Project to Advance Linux on the Mainframe
Trolltech CTO Benoit Schillings sees the future of mobile phone communication in the cross-platform solution that Linux can provide. His vision was buffeted recently by a prediction by market research firm ABI that Linux will ship in more than 200 million phones in 2012, up from 8.1 million in 2007.Based in Oslo, Norway, Trolltech has 200 employees working at offices in California; Beijing,China; Brisbane, Australia; and Berlin and Munich, Germany. Trolltech is a softwarecompany with two product lines: Qt and Qtopia. Qt is a set of tools for cross-platform applicationdevelopment. It includes a C++ class library and tools for cross-platform development andinternationalization.Qtopia is an application platform for the creation of Linux-based devices.Clearly, this is a hot and exciting time for mobile Linux. LinuxInsider discussed the roll ofmobile Linux in the developing mobile phone market with Trolltech CTO Benoit Schillings.LinuxInsider: What is the current market situation for mobile … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Trolltech CTO Benoit Schillings Offers a Mobile Linux Solution
It's a well-known fact that spring is the season of love, so it should come as no surprise to see geeks' thoughts turning in that direction as the vernal equinox approaches.Yes indeed, Valentine's Day may have come and gone, but the approaching arrival of the birds and the bees seems to have inspired many a Linux fan in the past week or so to contemplate the common object of their enduring affection.Who is the lucky recipient of so much adoration, you might ask? Ask not who, but what, for of course it's none other than our favorite operating system.It all began when the Linux Loop's Thomas Teisberg asked the question, "Why do you use Linux?" in a post earlier this month.No fewer than 142 responses had followed on the Loop by the middle of this week, even as the topic got picked up on Digg (generating an additional 300 or so comments), LXer and others as well.Around the same time came a flurry of discussion on Digg of a linfo article titled "25 reasons to convert to Linux." Nearly 800 … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Why Use Linux?
IBM has teamed with Virtual Bridges and Canonical to offer a new Linux-based virtual desktop solution. The three companies announced the general availability of Virtual Linux Desktop (VLD) Thursday, calling it a cost-effective alternative to Microsoft's desktop software.VLD runs open standards-based e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, unified communication, social networking and other software to any laptop, browser or mobile device from a virtual desktop login on a Linux-based server configuration."The solution is a virtual desktop that includes a collection of collaboration software from IBM's Lotus organization. You get all the collaboration capability you would need for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and text; unified communications, things that allow you to connect voice, video and text oriented-collaboration; social networking things like blogs and wikis and, of course, tried and true things like e-mail, group calendaring and all that stuff," Jeff Smith, vice … [Read more...] about IBM Takes Dead Aim at Microsoft With Virtual Linux Desktop
The Linux Foundation on Monday announced the formation of the Open Mainframe Project to advance the development of Linux on the mainframe among academia, government and corporate partners. The foundation announced the software consortium at the LinuxCon/CloudOpen/ContainerCon gathering in Seattle.Linux on the mainframe is nothing new. It has been on the IBM mainframe for the last 15 years.However, the Open Mainframe Project will create a set of tools and resources to drive further development, collaboration and improvements to upstream projects to improve the quality of code submissions.IBM, Suse and others have joined the endeavor to leverage new software and tools in the Linux environment to take advantage of the IBM mainframe's speed, security, scalability and availability.Founding members of the Open Mainframe Project include IBM, Suse, BMC, CA Technologies, Compuware, RSM Partners, Vicom Infinity, Marist College and the University of Bedfordshire."This project is an evolution on … [Read more...] about Open Mainframe Project Pushes Linux’s Limits
As the five versions of Microsoft Windows' new Vista operating system sit on store shelves, current Windows users are taking their time deciding if they will upgrade from Windows XP or buy new computers with Vista installed. The push for buying Windows Vista follows an epidemic of computer viruses, spyware and adware intrusions and carries the promise of a more secure computing environment.However, some computer security experts contend that Windows Vista offers little to make computing more secure. They suggest that rather than wait for a half-baked new Windows operating system, consumer and enterprise users would have far better security with Linux."For the most part, the relatively slow response to Windows Vista is self inflicted. Vista has offered little to entice those using Windows XP to migrate," John Cherry, initiative manager for the OSDL (now Linux Foundation) Desktop Linux Working Group, told LinuxInsider. "It also comes with a heavy price tag in terms of training, hardware … [Read more...] about Linux vs. Vista: How Does Security Stack Up?
Good ideas can arise in virtually countless ways, but sometimes all it takes is someone to ask the simple question, "What if?"That, in fact, is just what happened in an article at GigaOM recently, though it wasn't until several weeks later that the idea proposed began to pick up steam.What was said idea, you might ask? The article's title sums it up nicely: "Why Microsoft should just pack it in and buy Red Hat."Now all that remains is for the blogosphere to decide on a verdict: Is the notion crazy, compelling -- or both?"About 12 years ago, I suggested that this might be a good idea," began Linux Rants blogger Mike Stone."Microsoft should buy an established version of Linux and build their own custom window manager on top of it," Stone recalled thinking at the time."I thought a similar approach to what Apple did with OSX and the BSDs would be great for Microsoft and Linux," he explained."Unfortunately, today I think that Microsoft buying Red Hat would just amount to Microsoft shutting … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI An Indecent Proposal: Microsoft and Red Hat?
Both VeriTest (formerly ZDlabs) on Microsoft's behalf and IBM have recently issued reports on running Ziff Davis Media's NetBench performance benchmark on mainframe Linux. The results are not directly comparable because IBM used a dedicated 16-CPU z900, while VeriTest was restricted to a two-CPU partition on a z900.Overall, however, it appears that Microsoft reports better mainframe performance than IBM does. The IBM z900 two-processor LPAR achieved 14 percent less performance at nearly 20 times the cost when compared with an ordinary server with two 900-MHz Intel Xeon processors running Windows Server 2003.These results might seem surprising enough to those unfamiliar with mainframe Linux, but the truly astonishing thing here is Microsoft's apparent reticence in presenting results that dramatically favor the Windows platform. Look at the report carefully, and you'll see Microsoft suffering from fear, uncertainty and doubt as it confronts the reality of its own results.Here are several … [Read more...] about OPINION Incredulity, Reverse Bias and Mainframe Linux
Linux continues to grow both its reach and credibility among enterprise IT users and customers, bringing competition, price and time-to-market pressure and options to key markets such as cloud computing and mobile software. Looking at the coming year for Linux, these are the key areas to watch: cloud computing, Platform as a Service (PaaS), Android, the automobile industry -- and not the desktop. Linux and accompanying open source software will continue to dominate cloud computing, whether through the top enterprise Linux server vendors increasingly focusing on the cloud; other cloud OS options that may leverage Linux; virtual Linux or machine images on any number of private or public cloud options; or the use of unpaid community Linux. Linux and other open source software underpins nearly all cloud computing offerings, whether Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), PaaS, public cloud or private cloud. There are no signs of this trend slowing. In fact, with continued popularity of the … [Read more...] about OPINION Top 5 Linux Predictions for 2012
"How do you run an operating system?" may seem like a simple question, since most of us are accustomed to turning on our computers and seeing our system spin up. However, this common model is only one way of running an operating system. As one of Linux's greatest strengths is versatility, Linux offers the most methods and environments for running it.To unleash the full power of Linux, and maybe even find a use for it you hadn't thought of, consider some less conventional ways of running it -- specifically, ones that don't even require installation on a computer's hard drive. Live-booting is a surprisingly useful and popular way to get the full Linux experience on the fly. While hard drives are where OSes reside most of the time, they actually can be installed to most major storage media, including CDs, DVDs and USB flash drives.When an OS is installed to some device other than a computer's onboard hard drive and subsequently booted instead of that onboard drive, it's called … [Read more...] about HOW TO Take Linux and Run With It