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ChakraCore Now Works on Linux and Mac OS

by Abel Avram on  Jul 28, 2016

Microsoft has demonstrated ChakraCore running on Linux and Mac OS X, and Node.js/ChakraCore on Linux.

AWS Adds Multi-Cloud Scripting to EC2 Run Command Feature

by Richard Seroter on  Jul 12, 2016

In late 2015, AWS unveiled the EC2 Run Command feature. It gave operators a single interface for running administrative tasks across a fleet of AWS servers. In June of this year, AWS expanded the scope of the feature to work with servers located in other clouds or data centers.

Apple Open-Sources its New Compression Algorithm LZFSE

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 02, 2016

Apple has open-sourced its new lossless compression algorithm, LZFSE, introduced last year with iOS 9 and OS X 10.10. According to Apple, LZFE provides the same compression gain as ZLib level 5 while being 2x–3x faster and with higher energy efficiency.

AWS Launches Massive X1 Instances Targeting High Memory Workloads

by Richard Seroter on  May 30, 2016

AWS recently added a new instance type with nearly 2 terabytes of memory and 128 virtual CPUs. This is the largest virtual server available today in the public cloud, and is a target for memory-intensive workloads such as SAP HANA.

Major CoreOS Linux Alpha Vulnerability Patched

by James Chesters on  May 24, 2016

A major vulnerability in CoreOS Linux Alpha has been patched, with the security team saying the issue was limited to versions 104x.0.0 of the Linux distribution. Principal security engineer for CoreOs, Matthew Garrett, said users needed to be confident that CoreOS were not "shipping alpha releases with gaping security issues, it is a big deal when we fail in that respect."

Firefox 46 Tackles Security Issues, Improves Performance

by James Chesters on  Apr 27, 2016

Mozilla has released Firefox 46, including improved security of the JavaScript JIT Compiler, and delaying Addon signing.

Details on How Linux Runs Natively on Windows

by Abel Avram on  Apr 26, 2016

Microsoft has recently announced the intention to integrate Linux Bash with Windows 10, making it possible to run native Linux ELF64 binaries on their operating system. To avoid incorrect speculation on how this is possible, Deepu Thomas, the Leader of the Windows Subsystem for Linux team, has provided details on how Linux runs on Windows.

Microsoft Brings Linux to the Desktop

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 30, 2016 5

Microsoft has announced that they are providing a brand new system in Windows 10 that will enable Linux binaries to run unmodified. This means everything from the popular Bash shell to Emacs will be available as easily as Power Shell is today.

CLion 2016.1 Adds Python, Swift, Improves C++ Support

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 24, 2016

JetBrains has announced version 2016.1 of CLion, its cross-platform IDE that targets both Linux and OS X. The new version adds many improvements to C++ support, code generation, Python and Swift support, and better Git integration.

Microsoft SQL Server to Land on Linux

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 09, 2016

Microsoft’s executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise group Scott Guthrie announced SQL Server is coming to Linux, thus once more confirming Microsoft’s new course on open source software. SQL Server will be generally available on Linux sometime mid 2017, with a private preview being available now.

Raspberry Pi Leaps into 64-bit Computing with Model 3

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 29, 2016

Today, the Raspberry Pi foundation launched their Model 3, with a 64-bit processor and on-board WiFi and Bluetooth support. InfoQ looks at what this means for the embedded device community.

IBM Pushes Swift for the Cloud with Swift Runtime, Package Catalog, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 24, 2016

After introducing their Swift sandbox, IBM have recently announced their next step to support Swift in the cloud by previewing IBM Swift runtime, Swift Package Catalog, and open-sourcing Kitura, a framework for Web app development.

Remotely Exploitable GlibC DNS Bug Discovered

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 17, 2016 1

A recently discovered buffer overflow in the DNS resolution of GLibC, which has been present since 2008, has the potential to be remotely exploitable and crash a significant number of Linux applications. InfoQ investigates.

Perfect Aims to Bring Swift to the Server-side

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 16, 2016 7

Perfect makes it possible to use Apple’s Swift language to build enterprise-grade web applications, say Canadian startup PerfectlySoft Inc. With Apple having recently open-sourced Swift, Perfect promises to support cross-platform development across multiple platforms, including OS X, Linux, Windows, iOS, and Android. InfoQ has spoken with Sean Stephens, CEO at PerfectlySoft.

Linux Community Mourns the Passing of Ian Murdock

by Jeff Martin on  Jan 04, 2016

Members of the Debian and free software community at-large were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Ian Murdock. Murdock, the created started Debian Linux in 1993 and has been an active member of the open source community since.

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