Google, in a surprise move, today announced support for ODF (Open Document Format) in its products. I remember the days when I had to sheepishly asked people who wanted to share files with me to go back to .doc or .docx as none of the Google properties would talk to ODF files. That was quite embarrassing because I invested a lot of time in liberating those people from Microsoft’s vendor-locked file formats.
Security revelations in 2014 shattered the myth of Linux impenetrability. No, the sky isn’t falling, and yes, Linux is still inherently more secure than Windows—but this year proved that Linux lovers still need to pay at least some attention to their system’s protection.
Many have enjoyed Linux Mint as a desktop for years. Now, with the latest version, Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca”, it may be possible to love Mint.
That’s because Mint has finally corrected its one shortcoming: The inability to easily upgrade from one version to another. Yes, you could move from one edition to the newest one before, but it wasn’t easy or transparent. As Mint proclaims, “Until 2016, future versions of Linux Mint will use the same package base as Linux Mint 17.1, making it trivial for people to upgrade.”
The open-source Fedora 21 Linux distribution, launched Dec. 9, provides the first new edition of Red Hat’s community Linux distribution since the release of Fedora 20 in December 2013. Much has happened in the Fedora Linux community in the past year, and the Fedora 21 release marks a departure for the project from the way releases were built over the past decade. Instead of a single monolithic release that can be tailored for multiple use cases, Fedora 21 offers three distinct products intended for specific deployments.
Increasingly, business applications are being constructed, not as a monolithic stack, but rather as a combination of simpler applications (microservices). These microservices provide greater flexibility, as they may be combined in a variety of ways to build applications that suit the particular business need. This type of flexible application architecture benefits greatly from a container-based infrastructure. From Project Atomic and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host Beta to OpenShift, Red Hat has emerged as a leader in our efforts to make container infrastructure consumable by the enterprise.