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Friday 12

Linux distros compared

Filed under: Open source — Tags: , , , , , , — zundel @ pm

Enterprise Open Source Directory – Operating Systems
GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline

Debian

One of the few really long established Linux distributions, well known for stability and its curated repository of thousands of software packages, it has formed the basis of more Linux distributions than any other.
Capable of a stable configuration that updates and remains stable. Also easy to selectively use newer packages.
Used by many large institutions, with an extensive community of users and developers, well documented, with support readily available.
With a broad developer base and not dependent on any corporate sponsor or owner, change of ownership cannot occur nor vendor lock-in.

Ubuntu

Based on Debian, Ubuntu refreshes it repositories from Debian every six months.
Ubuntu has done a great deal to popularize Linux. And has made some excellent server versions, especially the 10.04 long term support release. But recent focus on consumer appeal and a proprietary interface raise doubts about business suitability and support. The next long term support release coming April 2012 will answer some questions.

SUSE

Not quite as long established as Debian, but the oldest commercial distribution.
The free community distribution openSUSE strikes a nice balance, not cutting edge like Red Hat’s Fedora, but instead stable yet current, with readily available support.
SUSE and openSUSE have the most extensive graphical administration tools.

Red Hat

Well known with a large installed base and good stability, but subscription fees make it expensive.

Fedora

Red Hat’s free community distribution used for testing and experimenting. Not as unstable as it once was, but still not recommended for enterprise work.

CentOS

A free clone of Red Hat.
With version 6 Red Hat changed the packaging of their source code which delayed the release of CentOS 6 by most of a year. Though it has a large installed base, the small number of developers raises doubts about its ability to keep current with Red Hat source and suitability for long-term deployment.

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Friday 5

Linux up, Oracle down

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Analysis from the 451 Group predicts the continued growth of Linux and decline of Oracle.

2012 to be year of Linux domination

Our analysis with survey data from 451 Research division TheInfoPro shows server spending for databases and data warehousing favoring Red Hat with Linux over Oracle with either Linux or Solaris. Out of more than 165 server professionals interviewed by TIP, 67% are planning to spend more with Red Hat on database/data-warehousing, and only 6% plan to spend less. The positive figures for Red Hat mirror negative spending intentions for Oracle, with 55% planning to spend less and only 9% planning to spend more.

55% planning to spend less with Oracle.

Linux Will Eat Oracle’s Lunch in 2012, Says Analyst

So Oracle may have more than just a bad quarter.

Oracle’s Bad Quarter: IT Spending Sign, Or Fusion Confusion?

Oracle is not the canary, nor a more up to date indicator species. Its dna is older than that. It’s the dinosaur.

Oracle support portal update could cause chaos, worry users

As customers learn the perils of vendor lock-in, the uncertainty of support, and the potential for independence, Oracle will decline.

Businesses gain experience and confidence with Linux and open source software and look less for expensive hand-holding. The stability and maturity of Linux and the many open source enterprise software packages (such as ERP and CRM systems) allow businesses to assemble their own systems. This is especially appealing to small and medium size business that cannot justify software fees.

Licensing, subscriptions, and service agreements work well for large institutions and unfamiliar technology. But with enterprise class hardware and virtual servers readily available, and rock solid and well maintained Linux and enterprise software available for download, businesses move away from constant fees to use software.

Debian Linux with stability rivaling Red Hat and much easier maintenance will grow in use, as will open source enterprise software such as Adempiere, OpenERP, Project Open, vTiger, CiviCRM, RT, Ants, and OrangeHRM.

Update
Debian passes CentOS as most popular Linux for web servers

Update
Fundamental Oracle flaw revealed
This is complicated but crucially important if you use Oracle databases.
New patches came out today (2012-01-17) but no patches exist for older versions.
This can be a time bomb for large installations and a security risk for all.

Saturday 357

Mozilla to the rescue

Filed under: Android, Computers, Open source, Security — Tags: , , — zundel @ am

English: This is a icon for Firefox Web Browser.
The Firefox web browser has had a great year. It keeps getting better and better.

The upcoming projects of Mozilla, the makers of the Firefox, promise to help promote an open and free internet.

You knew the old Moxzilla, now meet the new Mozilla

Mozilla’s 3 bold bets to keep the Web open

Tuesday 353

Windows critical vulnerability

Filed under: Security — Tags: , , , , , — zundel @ am

Highly critical zero day vulnerability in Windows discovered

Just when I had begun to think that Windows 7 didn’t suck.
My mistake in thinking gets corrected.
They still can’t write secure and reliable software.

If you value your time and security, stop using Microsoft software.

We thought the days of the Blue Screen of Death had passed. Hah.
Could we have a new and improved Windows that at least changes the color?

The bug is in Windows, not Safari.
It will crash the system.
And could allow serious security breaches.

Most of the internet runs on Linux.
The majority of business servers run Linux.
The computer in front of you can run Linux. Mine does.
Fast, secure, and easy to use.

Try these:
Kubuntu (lovely, capable, and easy desktop)
Debian (rock solid server and a nice desktop)
openSuSE (stable & up-to-date)

Thursday 341

Use a differnt pdf viewer, always

Filed under: Security — Tags: , — zundel @ am

Security Advisory for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader …
This vulnerability (CVE-2011-2462) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that the vulnerability is being actively exploited in limited, targeted attacks in the wild against Adobe Reader 9.x on Windows.

No fix until next week.

But why use targeted and repeatedly vulnerable Adobe software. Lots of alternatives exist.

Thursday 285

Ubuntu 11.10

Filed under: Computers, Open source — Tags: , , — zundel @ pm

WOW!

Put this on a Zenbook,
and put it next to a MacBook Air.

The Unity interface has matured to elegance and simplicity.

RIP Dennis Ritchie

Filed under: Computers, Open source — Tags: , , , — zundel @ pm

We owe Dennis Ritchie hugely.
You can read this.
I can write it.

He built the foundations.
And very beautiful and capable foundations.

Other things have been tried but basically we still use Unix and C.
He built those things. And he built them extremely well.

I’ve used some version of Unix since 1979.
Now various distributions of Linux.
I still smile every time I drop to the command line and tinker with the innards.
The elegance, power, and flexibility still please me immensely.
Good tools make a joy of work.
These are the best tools.

Thank you.

Dennis M. Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie obituary

DMR, 1941—2011

Unix combines more obvious-in-retrospect engineering design choices than anything else I’ve seen or am likely to see in my lifetime.

It is impossible — absolutely impossible — to overstate the debt my profession owes to Dennis Ritchie. I’ve been living in a world he helped invent for over thirty years.

Friday 139

Screw Apple

Filed under: Computers, Security — Tags: , , — zundel @ am

Apple has instructed employees to neither acknowledge nor fix malware on Macs.

Malware on the Mac: is there cause for concern? Ars investigates

Wednesday 109

iPhone tracking

Filed under: Security — Tags: , , , , — zundel @ am

iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go

Security researchers have discovered that Apple’s iPhone keeps track of where you go – and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner’s computer when the two are synchronised.

The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone’s recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner’s movements using a simple program.

Only the iPhone records the user’s location in this way, say Warden and Alasdair Allan, the data scientists who discovered the file […]. “Alasdair has looked for similar tracking code in [Google’s] Android phones and couldn’t find any,” said Warden. “We haven’t come across any instances of other phone manufacturers doing this.”

iPhone Tracker

Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves

Friday 104

Goodbye BlackBerry

Filed under: Security — Tags: , , — zundel @ pm

Oh, poor RIM, they’ve “just been singled out.”

RIM CEO calls a halt to BBC Click interview

Nice sweat.

Grow a pair.
Deal with it, or perish.

Goodbye.
Hold Nokia’s hand and walk off into the sunset together.

The market moves fast. Enjoying your entrenched position leads to death.

Saturday 98

Patch Tuesday Hell

Filed under: Computers, Security — Tags: — zundel @ am

Expect Windows machines to temporarily become useless next week.

Microsoft releases 64 fixes on April’s bumper Patch Tuesday

And with a supposed fix of the MHTML vulnerability, lickidy split, just like that, months later.

Friday 76

Who secures the securers?

Filed under: Computers, Security — Tags: — zundel @ pm

The antics of HBGary were just amateur farce and revelation of unsurprising incompetence and bs.

This is serious.

**Updated** RSA Breached: SecurID Affected

Very serious security just took a very serious hit.

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