Mirantis Pulls Down Huge $100 Million Funding for OpenStack Efforts

Mirantis, which has steadily remained a nimble player in the OpenStack cloud computing arena, has just nailed down a massive $100 million Series B funding round led by Insight Venture Partners. The financing is being billed as the largest Series B open source investment in history. Insight Venture Partners was joined by August Capital, as well as existing investors Intel Capital, WestSummit Capital, Ericsson, and Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures). Reports are also flowing in that Mirantis could be planning an IPO, which could come next year. "OpenStack adoption is accelerating worldwide, driven by the need for low cost, scalable cloud infrastructure. 451 Research estimates a market size of $3.3 billion by 2018," said Alex Crisses, managing director at Insight Venture Partners, who will join the Mirantis board of directors.. "Mirantis delivers on OpenStack’s promise of cloud computing at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional IT vendors, and without the compromise of vendor lock-in. Their customer traction has been phenomenal." Indeed, Mirantis has formed important partnerships and been early to deliver OpenStack training and support offerings. While not a company of the size of other OpenStack players like HP and Oracle, Mirantis has steadily made smart

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Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Sing the Praises of Open Source and Linux

 Has Microsoft finally, truly warmed up to Linux and open source? New CEO Satya Nadella is definitely pushing that notion. Several media outlets this week are reporting on his comments on how he "loves Linux" and he reportedly claims that 20 percent of Microsoft’s Azure cloud is already Linux-base. Furthermore, the software titan seems remains committed to providing top-notch support for Linux distributions in its public cloud offerings. This, of course, is the smart way for Microsoft to play things now that data centers are running multiple operating systems and heterogenous environments. At Microsoft, apparently, open source is no longer "a cancer." Steve Ballmer, former CEO at Microsoft famously called open source a cancer.  As The Register reported all the way back in 2001: "Microsoft CEO and incontinent over-stater of facts Steve Ballmer said that "Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches," during a commercial spot masquerading as a media interview with the Chicago Sun-Times." Satya Nadella, though, seems to genuinely sing a different tune. This week, he announced support for the container-friendly CoreOS Linux distribution, and Microsoft’s Azure cloud also supports CentOS, Oracle Linux, Suse, and Ubuntu. Clearly, Nadella

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Ubuntu 15.04: Nach dem Einhorn kommt ein Äffchen

Die kommende Ubuntu-Version 14.10 ist noch nicht aus der Tür, da hat Ubuntu-Mäzen Mark Shuttleworth bereits die darauf folgende version getauft.

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Ubuntu 16.04 Might Be The Distribution's Last 32-Bit Release

Ubuntu contributor Bryan Quigley is considering a proposal to make Ubuntu 16.04 LTS the last release of Ubuntu with 32-bit installation images…

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance

Since last month’s Linux review of the GeForce GTX 980 as NVIDIA’s newest high-end GPU powered by their Maxwell architecture, many Phoronix readers have been requesting Ubuntu Linux tests of the GTX 970 too. I’ve now got my hands on an EVGA GeForce GTX 970 and am putting it through its paces today.

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Emacs 24.4 Ships with Integrated Web Browser Ubuntu Installation

Emacs 24.4 has been released earlier today, and it ships with several new features and improved functionality, on the most notable being the presence of an integrated web browser.


Linux distro Ubuntu 15.04 gets its name — Vivid Vervet

Today, Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical CEO, announces the latest name, for the upcoming 15.04. For this release, the letter V is being used. The adjective? Vivid. The animal? Vervet.


Systemd Creator Says Linux Community Is Rotten, Points at Linus Torvalds as the Source

The creator of systemd, Lennart Poettering, had some very harsh words to say about the Linux community and about one of its role models, Linus Torvalds.
It might seem that the Linux community in its entirety is all about rainbows and bunnies, but the truth is that it’s made up of regular people and the likes. Most of the other communities are formed in this way and Linux is no exception. The problem is that Linus is pegged as one of the people responsible by Lennart Poettering.
There has been some small friction between the two projects, Linux and systemd, but nothing that would indicate that something was amiss. In fact, when asked what he thought about systemd, just a couple of weeks ago, Linus Torvalds was actually very tactful about it.


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New Group Threatens To Fork Debian

Yet another team of self described “veteran unix admins” and developers are planning to fork Debian if the project goes ahead with plans to replace sysvinit with systemd. Debian introduced systemd as a technical preview in Wheezy in May of last year, following Fedora and several other distributions. The threat to fork Debian reflects the increasingly heated debate surrounding a fundamental shift in system philosophy. Do one thing and do it well? Or, one daemon to rule them all? The Wikipedia page contains a succinct explanation of systemd: The developers of systemd aimed to replace the Linux init system inherited from UNIX System V and Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) operating systems. Like init, systemd is a daemon that manages other daemons. All daemons, including systemd, are background processes. Systemd is the first daemon to start (during booting) and the last daemon to terminate (during shutdown). Lennart Poettering and Kay Sievers, software engineers that initially developed systemd,1 sought to surpass the efficiency of the init daemon in several ways. They wanted to improve the software framework for expressing dependencies, to allow more processing to be done concurrently or in parallel during system booting, and to reduce the computational overhead of

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Forking Debian, Celebrating Ubuntu, and Best Desktops

Debian and Ubuntu dominated the headlines today with various topics. The community is is celebrating Ubuntu’s 10 years and Mark Shuttleworth announced the next codename. Debian lost a contributor and released 7.7 over the weekend while the threat of a fork is pushing a freedom choice. In other news we have Gentoo and 4MLinux reviews as well as the chance to vote for the best Linux desktop environment. Debian has been the topic of discussion quite a bit lately. Last week the project announced a new home for the Debian OS Snapshot Archive. A couple of days later Lucus Nussbaum announced a revival of sorts of the old Debian Package of the Day. He retrieved the database and put up a static version for those wishing to look back. Over the weekend Debian 7.7 was announced. "This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems." The changelog has a complete list of updated packages. Downloads for a fresh install are at debian.org. Then today the project posted the news that contributor Peter Miller lost his battle with leukemia over the summer. Oh, but that’s not even the biggest news.

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