Cloud Foundry Foundation brings in reinforcements

PaaS partnership

The Cloud Foundry Foundation, established in February,  will get a new marquee name Tuesday with [company]Intel[/company] coming aboard as a Platinum member. Other companies, including [company]Akamai[/company],…

Why CoreOS just fired a Rocket at Docker

The rocket's red glare

CoreOS’s announcement that it’s built a container engine that can potentially compete with Docker’s container technology caused quite a commotion within the tech community on Monday. Docker’s made a name for itself over the past year with its container-skills catching on with some of the biggest names in the industry—Google, Amazon and Microsoft to name a few—so seeing CoreOS detail its own container plans in light of Docker’s momentum is interesting, to say the least.

CoreOS unveils Rocket, a possible competitor to Docker

A new container in town

CoreOS, the Linux operating system specialist that’s been busy this past year making sure its technology powers Docker containers, detailed on Monday a new container technology called Rocket that’s essentially a competitor to Docker.

IBM to build two supercomputers for the U.S. Department of Energy

IBM said today that it will develop two new supercomputers for the U.S. Department of Energy that are based on IBM’s new Power servers and will contain NVIDIA GPU accelerators and Mellanox networking technology. The new supercomputers, to be named Summit and Sierra, will be ready to roll in 2017; IBM will end up scoring a cool $325 million in government contracts.

Red Hat and Mirantis: The gloves are off

They may still be nominal partners, but the bad blood is now on show for all to see. Red Hat claims Mirantis reneged on their deal by releasing its own product, but Mirantis responded by accusing Red Hat of an OpenStack lock-in ploy.

Standardized open source products are the key to unlocking the lock-in trap

Mårten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, argues that when companies lock in to their own design and customizations, it’s as harmful as when they lock in to a vendor. Mickos explains why he thinks using standardized open source products is the best way to avoid both types of lock-in.

Chrome’s Remote Desktop lands on Linux

Got a Linux box at home or at work? Now you can access it remotely through the Chrome browser or from a Chrome OS device. On this week’s podcast, we discuss the new beta support for Linux in the Chrome Remote Desktop app.

Is Red Hat the new Oracle?

Locking in? Trying to replicate its Linux success in the cloud, Red Hat said it will not support Red Hat Linux customers who run a non-Red Hat OpenStack distribution.

Why the operating system still (kind of) matters

Canonical founder and space traveler Mark Shuttleworth came on the Structure Show this week to discuss Ubuntu’s role as the operating system of choice for cloud computing. As OpenStack takes precedence over the operating system, he argues, Red Hat’s licensing can’t last.


SDN, NFV, and open source: the operator’s view

Where are SDN and NFV today? And what influence will open systems and open source have on the future of SDN and NFV? Our survey and analysis provide key insights into the current activity and future direction of SDN and NFV advancements as well as the development and deployment of open systems and open source within SDN and NFV environments.

Slap fight in Node.js land

Two key contributors to the popular server-side language are disagreeing publicly over the use of gender-specific pronouns in the project.


David S. Linthicum

David (Dave) S. Linthicum is an Analyst for Gigaom Research and is with Cloud Technology Partners. Dave is an internationally recognized industry…

Cloud Foundry faces fear of forking

Forking of open-source projects can be good or bad. Developers love freedom of choice but big customers fear lack of compatilbility. In either case the prospect of a Cloud Foundry fork is worth examining.

Could we use open-source tools to improve politics?

Open-source principles have helped create a host of useful software, including the Linux operating system and the crowd-powered resource that is Wikipedia — but could the same approach be used to open up the process of producing government legislation? Clay Shirky argues that it could.

Prediction: More cloud confusion ahead

Well into the cloud computing era, the definitions of what constitutes an “open cloud,” and how to select the right technology are still a mystery to potential users. And, consumers are still in the dark when it comes to the concept of cloud.

Red Hat posts OpenStack preview

The company behind the enterprise Linux market leader has now made preview code of its OpenStack cloud platform available for download. The final release is due next year. Rackspace, Internap, HP and others already have OpenStack deployed. Is IBM next?


Cloud computing’s impact on chip and hardware design

Cloud computing is shaking up the worlds of computer design and microprocessor-chip design, and its related concepts and business models have changed both industries, possibly forever. In the near future we will see a division between the traditional players (typified by Intel and AMD) that stick with their existing product lines and a separate group of nontraditional players (Tilera and others) that start fresh in order to make the world’s microprocessor chips as efficient as possible. This report examines some of the most important trends and technologies influencing this space right now.


Cloud computing infrastructure: 2012 and beyond

Cloud computing continues to change and shape the technology industry, and these days discussions are about more than simply reorganizing the IT department. New developments in chip and hardware architectures, finding greener data centers, regulatory concerns and simplifying data analytics are all discussions currently circling through the industry. For this report, GigaOM Pro has gathered six of its analysts to discuss these topics and others in current cloud market. Here we present several areas to consider when thinking about your business in the cloud.


7 things you should know about devops

The move to devops is on. The philosophy holds that software developers and IT operations people at a company work better in concert rather than separately, and devops devotees say the process cuts deployment time from months to hours. And with such a high demand for speedy updates and fixes, even more traditional companies that might have endured long release cycles in the past are making the devops leap now. So whether you’re a smaller Web 2.0 company or an existing big business, here are some things you should know.

Red Hat dilemma: Cloud players balk at new support fees

Red Hat is changing its support price model in a way that opens the door to rival operating systems — including Windows –at least in the cloud service provider market and perhaps more broadly. One service provider said his support costs will more than double.

Dell tests open-source laptop for developers

With its Project Sputnik laptop, Dell hopes to lure Linux-loving developers back into its camp and perhaps even get some who defected to Mac OSX to return to the open source fold. The laptop bundles Ubuntu, tools and an on-ramp to github repositories.

Rackspace gets its OpenStack cloud in order

Customers can now get early access to Rackspace’s OpenStack-based public cloud, slated to come online May 1. The news comes as the OpenStack Spring Conference kicks off in San Francisco. The company also unveiled OpenStack-based Cloud Block Storage and MySQL-based database services.

Red Hat, IBM sign on for OpenStack

Two major tech players — IBM and Red Hat — are ready to sign on the dotted line to join OpenStack, sources said. That should go a long way to ease the pain of Citrix’s decision to set up CloudStack as an OpenStack rival.

OwnCloud puts data in IT’s cloud of choice

OwnCloud 2012 service lets IT pros move and manage corporate data in their cloud of choice while giving end users a “Dropbox-like” experience, according to OwnCloud CEO Markus Rex. The software supports WIndows, Linux and Mac desktops and iOS and Android mobile devices.

Rackspace readies OpenStack for prime time

The big hosting provider that, along with NASA, launched the open-source cloud infrastructure project two years ago, will start beta testing the software, running tens of thousands of computing instances as opposed to the hundreds under test now, said John Engates, Rackspace’s CTO.

Ubuntu and Android make for a mobile one-two punch

Canonical will turn Android phones into Ubuntu desktops, which could eliminate the need to carry a laptop. The idea of using a docked phone as a full-fledged desktop computer isn’t new — remember Motorola’s lapdock? — but Canonical is better suited to make the concept work.

Why is Amazon hiring like a drunken sailor?

The most striking thing about Amazon’s Q4 filing was that head count was up a whopping 67 percent to 56,200 full- and part-time employees, compared with 33,700 from a year ago, according to Amazon’s 8-K filing; 67 percent is a very big number — even for Amazon.

Lookout PC: Even the Kindle Fire can be a virtual you

Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the latest example of a growing trend to move traditional computer activities to tablets and smartphones. AlwaysOnPC, a $25 mobile app, connects the Kindle Fire to a cloud instance of Fedora Linux with Open Office, Firefox, Chrome and integrated Dropbox support.

Infographic: Linux lovers love big data

For anyone thinking the big data trend is a flash in the pan, there’s some new evidence to the contrary. A hefty 75 percent of IT pros and developers responding to a new Linux Foundation survey have their eyes firmly on this big data phenomenon.

Joi Ito: Open-source hardware is a no brainer

The coming wave of open-source hardware, 3-D printing and other breakthroughs will open the floodgates to tech innovation, just as open-source software sparked the last tech boom by fueling the Google, Facebook software empires, said Joi Ito, director of MIT’s Media Lab.

Cars, gadgets on collision course at CES

The line between car and home entertainment center is getting blurrier by the minute as electronics makers and car companies take to the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 and concurrent Detroit Auto show to strut their stuff. Here’s a sampling of the news.

12 things in tech that won’t change in 2012

Everyone likes to share their predictions for what the future will bring in technology as a new year dawns. But some things seem to manage to stay the same, despite anticipation to the contrary. Here’s where I think the boat won’t rock in 2012.

Canonical: Ubuntu has a future in mobile

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth thinks Ubuntu Linux has a shot to be a contending operating system for future phones and tablets. It will be a tough go: Apple iOS and Google Android dominate the field now, with new Windows Phone 7 also making a play.

Windows Server (and enterprises) get more Amazon love

Now that Amazon’s highest-end Compute Clusters support Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft-centric customers can use Amazon’s “compute intensive beasts” to run heavy-duty media processing, rendering or computational finance work loads. the move also brings Microsoft more parity with Linux on the Amazon platform.

Open-source Software

Open-source software is an important part of many web workers’ toolkits. Whether you just use an open-source browser like Firefox or you’re…

20 years of Linux [Infographic]

Wow.. just like that Linux is 20-years-old. The Linux Foundation as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations has come up with this infographic that includes stats that illustrate the changes in Linux over the years. There are some great nuggets of information in here.


What cell phones can teach us about energy efficiency

Cell phones can teach us a lot about saving energy: Over the years, they’ve been uniquely designed to operate as efficiently as possible, quickly moving in and out of states of power — from sleep to low power to full power — and utilizing the latest battery innovations. Because of this, new energy technologies that have commonly been introduced first in cell phones are now being mimicked across other industries, leading to information technology and transportation that is more energy efficient.

Red Hat CEO: Cloud Having Halo Effect on Revenues Today

Red Hat just announced another solid fiscal quarter, continuing a trend of increased operating system and middleware market share that carried on even through the worst of the current recession. According to CEO Jim Whitehurst, customers know that buying Red Hat means “future-proofing” their IT investments.

Moonlight: Silverlight for Linux Gets Hardware Acceleration

The best hardware acceleration for Microsoft’s Silverlight… runs on Linux? Developers of the open source Moonlight adaptation of Silverlight have just brought the ability to utilize GPU processing for 3-D rendering and video playback to the platform, and it apparently performs better than the original version.

VM Who? Microsoft Buys $450M of Novell IP

Attachmate, a privately held software vendor, bought Novell, the once-powerful enterprise networking player, for $2.2 billion. The interesting part of this story, however, is not who bought Novell, but who didn’t – namely, VMware. In fact, bitter VMware rival Microsoft might end up with some valuable assets.

Linux Starts to Eat Microsoft’s Lunch in Servers

For years, Linux has grown at the expense of expensive Unix like Solaris, but a new study shows Linux gaining at Windows expense for the first time, and not because Linux is cheaper. Rather, survey respondents cite Linux’s “technical superiority,” which may be a hard argument for Microsoft to counter.


Is the Future of Enterprise Completely Open Source?

There are a few key reasons why businesses choose open source in the enterprise: control, better quality code, responsiveness and security. But as we discovered in the most recent GigaOM Bunker Sessions event, innovators are embracing new solutions that make the battle for open source as the norm far from won.

Novell’s Patents Are Complicating Its Sale

Novell has put itself on the auction block, but a deal has been slow in closing. According to sources close to the company, this likely stems from the difficulty of accurately assessing the value of Novell’s patent portfolio in conjunction with its legacy product portfolio and associated business.

iOS Over Linux Today, Android Over iOS Tomorrow

According to web metric firm Net Applications, iOS has passed Linux for third place in worldwide OS market share as measured by web browsing. Today, iOS trumps Linux. Tomorrow, it will be Android over iOS, with Adobe Flash along for the ride.


Exclusive Event: Cloud Computing & Open Source

On Wednesday, March 31, a group of more than 60 cloud computing and open source experts gathered at the GigaOM offices in San Francisco to discuss the relationship between cloud computing and open source. The conversation was moderated by Bernard Golden, a GigaOM Pro member analyst and CEO of HyperStratus. The event itself was invite-only, but archive footage of the event, and further coverage are available to GigaOM Pro subscribers.

Maemo and Moblin Merged: Meego Emerges

Nokia and Intel have joined to merge the Maemo and Moblin platforms. The merged OS will be known as Meego, and is intended to power pocketable computers, smartphones, tablets and netbooks. It will be hosted by the Linux Foundation, and is an open source platform.

Intel, Nokia Merge Linux Operating Systems to Form MeeGo

Intel and Nokia are merging their respective mobile Linux Operating Systems — Mobilin and Maemo — to form a new OS called MeeGo. It will be hosted by the Linux Foundation and target connected devices. And it will be fighting for increasingly limited developer attention.

Virtualization Is the Trojan Horse to Take the iPad Beyond Apple's OS

Citrix’s announcement that its Receiver software will allow iPad users to run Windows 7 sessions via virtualization has caused predictions that the iPad may have much promise as a business tool. But why stop at Windows? The iPad will reach beyond Apple’s iPhone OS and Windows.

How Red Hat Routed the Recession

While the recession has battered many U.S. software companies, Red Hat–which has staked its future on open-source Linux software, virtualization and cloud computing — has flourished. The company has a number of secrets behind its success, some of them unique.


The State of the Smartbook

A new class of mobile devices that melds the smartphone and netbook will provide all-day battery life and instant-on connectivity, but their dependence on Linux and pricey data plans could be their Achilles heel.

Netbooks: The Disruptive Dual-OS Future

In the computer operating system game, you don’t have to dominate to succeed–just ask Apple about that. With that in mind, emerging, open source-based netbook software platforms could have surprisingly bright futures as secondary OSes, including Google’s. Here are several reasons why they’ll bring changes.

Microsoft's Wall of Fear Over Chrome OS? Not

Speculation is building as to what sort of response Google’s Chrome OS may draw from the competition — especially Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft is unlikely to go on the attack at all. Here’s why.


Report: The Future of Netbooks!

The netbook business, new as it is, is entering a period of significant change. New enabling technologies, devices and services that are coming to market in the coming months will bolster the capabilities of the now-constrained devices, expanding the market and introducing a period of experimentation in the sector. New pricing schemes and service options will emerge as wireless operators, leveraging their network services to create new relationships with their customers, begin pursuing this market more aggressively.

A new ecosystem of businesses seeking to help build out this sector and benefit from it is already forming. In the center of this ecosystem is the customer base, whose experiences with these products are based so far on first-generation technology options. The industry has yet to learn what products customers will prefer, who they want to buy them from, and how much they will be willing to pay as newer, more capable products emerge. Their responses will become apparent in the upcoming holiday season when a spate of new and differentiated products will hit the market.

Participants in this industry will be closely watching consumer netbook shopping behaviors during the season and awaiting 2009 fourth-quarter sales figures as they shape their strategies for 2010.


Windows 7 Forecast: Mostly Sunny, With a Chance of Showers

For the better part of eight years, the most popular Microsoft operating system hasn’t been its newest. Windows XP, introduced in October 2001, became the de-facto standard of Windows, even after the January 2007 introduction of Windows Vista. Consumers and enterprises alike struggled to justify a move from XP to Vista due to several issues — poor performance, driver support issues and cut features were all a factor. At launch time, computer users struggled to get their hardware working with Vista.

What has all of this meant for Vista adoption rates? The numbers speak for themselves: looking at a proxy measurement of operating systems used to browse web sites, StatCounter shows that the week before Windows 7 launched, the most used operating system is still Windows XP. Even at the ripe old age of eight, XP is still used by roughly three out of every four Windows users. The same challenges have hurt Vista in the enterprise too. A February 2009 Forrester survey alluded that Vista is only powering 10 percent of corporate computers.

Windows 7 is Microsoft’s chance to change these adoption rates, as the anti-Vista. But will it work? In this report, we outline some of the promising signs, but find evidence that netbooks could end up being the Redmond giant’s Achilles heel.

Windows 7 to Usher in Profitless Prosperity

Ultra-low prices on portable computers are nothing new, and in fact have increasingly become the norm since the debut of netbooks —…


What Google Must Do to Make Chrome OS a Success With Netbooks

Because the first netbooks ran under the Linux banner, mainstream consumers, who were used to the look and feel of Windows, were largely put off by an OS that was unfamiliar to them. Thus, the switch to Windows on netbooks triggered widespread adoption of the devices. Netbook sales grew sevenfold year-over-year in the first quarter of 2009. Windows XP is now the main OS used on netbooks, and Windows 7 is expected to be a promising successor for the machines when it launches in October. (Vista proved to be less optimized for netbooks.) But Google’s Chrome OS could fall prey to the same consumer hesitation that Linux experienced with netbooks, and the company needs to combat that from the beginning. The first thing that Google can do to overcome consumer hesitation is to make the Chrome OS interface better than Windows. It must be easier to use — and while Google is famous for the simple graphical design of its web programs, it must make Chrome attractive.


Google’s Chrome Is Poised to Come on Strong

After one year in existence, Google’s open-source browser has only 2.84 percent market share, while Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has 66.97 percent and Mozilla Firefox (also open source) has 22.98 percent share and growing, according to NetApplications. Those numbers have caused many analysts to question whether Google has done enough to market its browser. The questions echo earlier concerns that many people had about whether Google was doing enough to promote its Android mobile operating system. Since those concerns were aired, though, the OS has shown signs of much more momentum, with almost 20 Android handsets due by the end of the year. There are some good reasons to believe that Chrome is about to do a similar zero-to-60 acceleration, and the three biggest ones are the company’s newfound willingness to spend money on high-profile deals with hardware makers; viable versions of Chrome for the Mac and Linux; and an upcoming open ecosystem of extensions for the browser.


Can Microsoft’s OS Versions Survive the Netbook Challenge?

With positive Release Candidate reviews, it looks like the Windows 7 launch in October will go smoothly. However, its impending arrival is creating challenges for Microsoft at the bottom of the hardware spectrum. Netbooks are a category too successful to ignore, and Microsoft has been working to beat out Linux as the netbook OS of choice. Ultimately, Microsoft wants to see its products on everything from netbooks to servers. But the company’s tiered pricing and multi-edition strategy is wearing thin in a world expecting 99-cent mobile apps, free or cheap cloud productivity solutions, and free Wi-Fi connectivity on the road. The story with Windows 7 will not be if it outshines Vista (it will), but rather if it’s the beginning of the end for the artificially tiered, restricted and priced operating systems.


I Want a Netbook, Not a Little Notebook

I’ve been using netbooks since before they were called netbooks. My first one was the original ASUS Eee PC 701, which I bought back in the fall of 2007. Since then, I’ve had hands-on time with dozens of netbook models, and I’ve retired the original Eee PC (which I was able to use to cover the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show) for an MSI Wind. These devices work for me because I’m web-centric and not dependent on applications.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m probably not your everyday, average mainstream consumer. I suppose that’s why I’m in the minority when I get excited at hearing netbook developments that don’t include Intel and Microsoft, developments like ASUS and other vendors creating netbooks that run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor or use Google’s Android mobile operating system, for example. But there’s a reason: Today’s netbooks are overkill for a web-centric consumer like me.


Android Begins Showing Its Disruptive Promise

The promise of a great open source platform or application is always that armies of developers and people with new ideas can take a malleable core and extend it into new technology territory. That’s what drove Firefox to more than 20 percent of the browser market, and it’s driving the success of open source databases such as MySQL. The Android naysayers jumped the gun on pronouncing it a failure in this regard. With many new handsets suddenly on the horizon, applications proliferating, promising e-ink devices coming, and a foothold in the raging netbook space, it now looks like we’re just starting to see how influential this open source operating system will become in the long run.

SightSpeed VideoChat Comes to Linux, Netbooks

SightSpeed, a Berkeley, Calif.-based Internet video chat & conferencing company is going to announce a Linux-version of its video chat service sometime later this week. The Linux-app is going to help target the fast growing netbooks (others call them mini-notebooks) category.

Firefox 3: Good PR, Poor Execution

The launch of the final version of the Firefox 3 browser is not going the way Mozilla planned. This was supposed to…

Defending Apple’s Good Looks

The Apple nay-sayers of today offer what they think is a solid argument against the Apple consumer; that Apple’s “game” is solely…