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Weekend Reading: Cloud

2 weeks 6 days ago
by Carlie Fairchild

The cloud has become synonymous with all things data storage. It additionally equates to the many web-centric services accessing that same back-end data storage, but the term also has evolved to mean so much more.

 

Everything You Need to Know about the Cloud and Cloud Computing, Part I

by Petros Koutoupis

An in-depth breakdown of the technologies involved in making up the cloud and a survey of cloud-service providers.

 

Everything You Need to Know about the Cloud and Cloud Computing, Part II: Using the Cloud

by Petros Koutoupis

How to get started with AWS, install Apache, create an EFS volume and much more.

 

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Cloud Billing

by Corey Quinn

Cloud billing is inherently complex; it's not just you.

 

Nextcloud 13: How to Get Started and Why You Should

by Marco Fioretti

In its simplest form, the Nextcloud server is "just" a personal, free software alternative to services like Dropbox or iCloud. You can set it up so your files are always accessible via the internet, from wherever you are, and share them with your friends. However, Nextcloud can do so much more.

 

Simple Cloud Hardening

by Kyle Rankin

Apply a few basic hardening principles to secure your cloud environment.

 

Vendor Lock-in: Now in the Cloud!

by Kyle Rankin

Vendor lock-in has moved from corporate infrastructure into the cloud, only this time many are all too happy to embrace it.

 

FOSS Project Spotlight: CloudMapper, an AWS Visualization Tool

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Carlie Fairchild

Linux Lite 4.0 Released, Linux Foundation's Acumos AI Challenge, Fedora 29 Bootloader Debate and More

2 weeks 6 days ago

News briefs June 1, 2018.

Linux Lite 4.0 "Diamond", is now available. This release is the first to drop 32-bit support, and it features "major design changes that include new system theme (Adapta) and icon sets (Papirus)", Softpedia News reports. In addition, Linux Lite 4.0 "adopts the swap file implementation from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, as well as full disk encryption in the installer to replace home encryption". You can download it from here.

The Linux Foundation yesterday announced the Acumos AI Challenge, sponsored by AT&T and Tech Mahindra. The challenge "is an open source developer competition seeking innovative, ground-breaking artificial intelligence (AI) solutions from students, developers, and data scientists". The challenge is accepting submissions May 31 to August 5, 2018. The 1st place team will win $50,000, and the 2nd and 3rd place teams each will receive $25,000.

Fedora 29 may make the GRUB bootloader hidden by default, and this possibility is stirring up a bit of a debate. According to Phoronix, the pros are for a "faster boot experience", and the cons worry new users won't know how to revert to an older kernel if necessary. See the thread for the whole discussion.

Jolla Sailfish 2.2.0 "Mouhijoki" has been released. This update "introduces a new simpler single item view in Gallery and Camera app, adds fingerprint unlock support and emoji keyboard layout", as well as more robust VPN and MDM, and updated support for Xperia X and Jolla C devices among other things.

Phoronix turns 14 next week. Find out how you can help them celebrate.

Samuel F. Dabney, co-founder of Atari and one of the creators of Pong passed away May 26, 2018, The New York Times reports. He was 81. RIP Mr Dabney.

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