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Andromeda improves networking for Google Cloud Platform

by Chris Swan on  Apr 22, 2014

Google has announced that its Andromeda network virtualization stack is now live in two Google Compute Engine (GCE) zones (us-central1-b and europe-west1-a) with other zones being migrated in coming months. Andromeda offers significant performance improvements without requiring any reconfiguration by Google Cloud users.

Docker drops LXC as default execution environment

by Chris Swan on  Mar 13, 2014

With the release of version 0.9 Docker.io have dropped LXC as the default execution environment, replacing it with their own libcontainer. At the same time Docker now supports a much broader range of isolation tools through the use of execution drivers, which include: OpenVZ, systemd-nspawn, libvirt-lxc, libvirt-sandbox, qemu/kvm, BSD Jails, Solaris Zones, and chroot.

Mac OS X and BTRFS support in Docker

by Chris Swan on  Feb 17, 2014

As part of the 0.8 release the Docker.io team have announced support for installation on Mac OS X and the use of the BTRFS as an alternative to AUFS.

Securing Docker and Containers

by Aslan Brooke on  Sep 27, 2013 2

Jérôme Petazzoni, senior engineer at dotCloud, examined the progress of security concerning Docker compared with other virtualization and container like technology in his recent blog post "CONTAINERS & DOCKER: HOW SECURE ARE THEY?". Jérôme makes a case for the techniques that secure Docker, in spite of the acknowledgement that improvements are needed.

Debian Celebrates 20th Anniversary

by Alex Blewitt on  Aug 19, 2013 1

This weekend, Debian celebrated its 20th anniversary, making it the oldest Linux distribution still in existence. Read on to find out a little bit more about where Debian came from.

Crypto Obfuscator for .Net v2013 R2 Adds Support for Code Masking and Constant Field Removal

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jul 27, 2013

Crypto Obfuscator for .Net v2013 R2 includes support for code masking, constant field removal, Visual Studio 2012. It also includes Linux and Mono support for automatic exception reporting service including several new additions, improvements, changes and bug fixes.

Economics of Application Virtualization on AWS

by Saul Caganoff on  Jun 30, 2013

Most users of Amazon EC2 use the service inefficiently with only a 15% utilization of the infrastructure. The most effective way to use EC2 is by running many applications in large memory reserved instances. James Watters describes how the new architecture of Cloud Foundry uses Linux Control Groups to optimise efficiency and reduce costs by up to a factor of 10.

GCC 4.8 Completes Move to C++

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 28, 2013

GCC has become fully implemented in C++ in its new 4.8 release, but the improvements aren't solely internal. The compiler has increased support for C++11, Google's Go, and new compiler optimizations.

Docker: Automated and Consistent Software Deployments

by Abel Avram on  Mar 27, 2013

dotCloud, a PaaS provider, has open sourced Docker, a key component of their platform. Docker is a LinuX Container (LXC) technology augmented with a a high level API providing a lightweight virtualization solution that runs Unix processes in isolation. It provides a way to automate software deployment in a secure and repeatable environment.

JavaScript Now First Among Equals on GNOME

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 13, 2013 1

The GNOME desktop environment popular on Linux-based systems is making JavaScript its primary language for application development. While other languages will be supported, JavaScript will receive the most support. This controversial decision has sparked debate over the merits of the selection.

Microsoft Creates Catalog of Linux-based Virtual Machines for Windows Azure

by Richard Seroter on  Jan 18, 2013

Microsoft Open Technologies unveiled their first major offerings in the form of a repository for pre-configured virtual machines that can be quickly deployed to the Windows Azure cloud. The VM Depot is advertised as a place to discover and deploy Azure-friendly virtual machines, and may be Microsoft’s answer to the popular catalog provided for AWS users.

Google’s New IaaS Offering Runs Linux VMs in the Cloud

by Michael Floyd on  Jun 28, 2012

Google today disclosed details of Compute Engine, an IaaS offering that runs Linux VMs on demand utilizing Google’s cloud infrastructure. Google Compute Engine (GCE) supports 1, 2, 4 and 8 virtual core VMs with 3.75GB RAM per virtual core

Linux Now Runs on Windows Azure

by Abel Avram on  Jun 09, 2012

Windows Azure now supports 4 flavors of Linux and 5 VM sizes. Microsoft embraces Linux in order to see their cloud computing platform adopted, and promises even more support for other OSes and all programming languages.

SQL Server Drivers for Red Hat Enterprise Linux

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 14, 2012 7

Microsoft has released SQL Server ODBC drivers for the 64 bit version of Linux. These drivers are intended for C and C++ developers using Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux 5 and Enterprise Linux 6.

OpenSim 2.4 - Open Source Software for Modeling & Simulating Movement

by Michael Stal on  Nov 03, 2011

OpenSim represents a freely available open source software system for modeling and simulation of movement. The system is provided by NCSSR (National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research) which denotes a research department within Stanford University, California. The spectrum of possible application domains such as rehabilitation medicine, robotics, or games makes OpenSim interesting.

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