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Google Serves Up Ice Cream Sandwich With a Nexus on the Side

Google unveiled Android 4.0, aka "Ice Cream Sandwich," in Hong Kong on Wednesday. The presentation was accompanied by Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone running Ice Cream Sandwich. Ice Cream Sandwich is a redesign of the Android OS. It has a highly visual interface, a f...

Linux Distros: When It Absolutely, Positively Has to Be Secure

If you use Linux instead of Microsoft Windows, its free availability may well be a deciding factor. But the fact that virus and malware contamination are less likely to take down your Linux computers is no doubt an essential influencing factor as well. But does using a more popular Linux distro like...

Who’s Keeping Tabs on Tablet Security?

Forget the notebook, the netbook or the laptop; this is going to be the year of the tablet. Corporations from Salesforce.com to Mercedes-Benz and JPMorgan Chase have started equipping their executives with iPads. Meanwhile, a slew of new Android and Windows tablets have been taking the spotlight at ...

PRODUCT REVIEW

A Linux Server in the Palm of Your Hand

Japanese Linux computer firm Plat'Home released in March a palm-sized, full-featured Linux-based server dubbed "OpenBlockS." This tiny marvel is no lightweight wanna-be replacement to a real Linux server. It can run most server applications that you would expect to run on a "normal" full-sized Linux...

Columbitech Adds Support for Suse Linux Enterprise Server

Mobile security solutions firm Columbitech has announced support for Suse Linux Enterprise Server 9 and 10. The added support combines Columbitech Wireless VPN with Suse Linux Enterprise Server to enable customers to automatically configure any computer as a VPN server and firewall. The combination ...

Will Security Worries Dull Ajax’s Cutting Edge?

The programming tool Ajax has proven integral to the latest popular Internet destinations and is winning the favor of corporate supporters, including IBM and Google, as well as developers. However, there are some security issues that may accompany this cutting-edge technology tool. Among them are th...

NEWS BRIEF

CompUSA to Peddle Xandros Linux Desktop

Xandros, a provider of easy-to-use Linux alternatives to Windows, announced that retail giant CompUSA is now selling the Xandros desktop product in all of its stores across the United States. The Xandros product line offers home and business users a complete, stable, and secure alternative to costly...

SCO Faces Competitors Head-On With OpenServer 6

The SCO Group on Wednesday officially began shipping its OpenServer 6, the fruit of a multi-year, multi-million dollar development effort that the company is calling a "significant upgrade" to its flagship Unix operating system. SCO said OpenServer 6 was designed to provide customers with increased ...

Xandros Adding German, French Desktop OS Versions

Linux distribution developer Xandros announced earlier this week that it will release localized editions of the Xandros Desktop operating system in German and French. The company plans to make the new editions available in the fall. "We have received many requests from individuals and enterprises fo...

IBM Releases Power5 Servers in Bid for Unix Market

IBM has launched an aggressive bid to grab an even bigger share of the midlevel market for Unix-based servers, where Big Blue has recently made huge gains on competitors. IBM launched a family of products built around its Power5 microprocessor and made no bones about its desires to use them and thei...

Where Will the Penguin March From Here?

Linux began its life as a humble experiment in Unix porting, but from there it quickly became a popular kernel for server OSes due to its low cost and customizability. From there it morphed to power network appliances and Android, proving it was lean enough for a whole gamut of embedded systems. It'...

Open Source Tech Rushes to Front Lines of COVID-19 War

Open Source software, once the scorn of Microsoft and profit-seeking software developers, is playing an active role in efforts to combat COVID-19's spread. Several open source projects are assisting health providers and helping people mitigate some of the hardships associated with the pandemic. Ofte...

Unsigned Firmware Puts Windows, Linux Peripherals at Risk

Eclypsium has released new research that identifies and confirms unsigned firmware in WiFi adapters, USB hubs, trackpads and cameras used in Windows and Linux computer and server products from Lenovo, Dell, HP and other major manufacturers. Eclypsium also demonstrated a successful attack on a server...

Canonical Introduces Scalable Android-Based Cloud Platform

Canonical is deploying a scalable Android-based operating system for mobile and desktop enterprise applications from the cloud. The company just announced its Anbox Cloud containerized workload platform. Anbox Cloud allows apps to be streamed to any operating system or form factor. Its uses include ...

OPINION

You’ve Come a Long Way, Linux-Baby

When Linux first emerged from its cocoon in a frenzied Usenet thread, it is doubtful that almost anyone imagined the project would ascend to global prominence. Even more astonishingly, its dominance was driven as much, if not more, by its adoption by the private sector -- although it posed an antith...

LINUX PICKS AND PANS

Cryptocurrency OS Makes It Easy to Buy and Spend Digital Cash

If you are ready to jump into the digital world of a bitcoin economy, Cryptocurrency OS might be your most convenient way to fast-track your entry. Cryptocurrency OS is a specialty Linux distribution that serves a niche user market destined to grow as the crypto economy continues to develop. This di...

Acumos Project’s 1st Software, Athena, Helps Ease AI Deployment

The LF Deep Learning Foundation has announced the availability of the first software from the Acumos AI Project. Dubbed "Athena," it supports open source innovation in artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning. The goal is to make critical new technologies available to developers a...

Suse Linux Enterprise 15 Bridges Traditional, Software-Defined Systems

Suse has launched Suse Linux Enterprise 15, its latest flagship operating platform. SLE 15 bridges traditional infrastructure technologies with next-generation software-defined infrastructure, the company said. The company also released enhancements to Suse Manager 3.2, an open source IT infrastruct...

Shuttleworth on Ubuntu 18.04: Multicloud Is the New Normal

Canonical has released the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS platform for desktop, server, cloud and Internet of Things use. Its debut followed a two-year development phase that led to innovations in cloud solutions for enterprises, as well as smoother integrations with private and public cloud services, and new too...

New RHEL Locks In Hybrid Cloud Growth

Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5, which targets the needs of both Linux server and cloud deployment users. With the goal of providing a consistent foundation for hybrid cloud environments, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 includes enhanced security and compl...

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