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January 21, 2019
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The virtuous circle of cloud adoption

It just turned 2019 and people are still saying the cloud is “just someone else’s computers.”

Excuse me, I lost sight of my keyboard because my eyes were rolling too hard.

Fortunately, that antediluvian attitude is disappearing from IT departments.  What’s bringing that about, according to a recent survey (pdf) from open-source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) foundation Cloud Foundry, is that people are actually using the cloud.

You see, it’s not the business goals of saving money or cultural reasons of wanting to embrace the newest technologies. Instead, “cloud adoption is a virtuous cycle—the more companies adopt and then familiarize themselves with cloud technologies, the more they continue to adopt. As companies witness the immediate benefit of using the cloud, they expand their usage.”

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January 18, 2019
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How to replace Windows 7 with Linux Mint

Many of you are Windows 7 users. I get it. Windows 7 just works. But the clock is ticking for Windows 7. In less than a year, Windows 7’s free support ends.

Come that day, you’ll have a choice: You can either run it without being certain you’ll get vital security patches (that would be really stupid), or you can pay for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) on a per-device basis, with the price increasing each year. We don’t know how much that will be, but I think we can safely assume it won’t be cheap. Or, you can migrate to Windows 10. And, yes, for now, you can still update to Windows 10 for free from Windows 7. Or, you could move to Linux Mint.

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January 16, 2019
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MongoDB “open-source” Server Side Public License rejected

MongoDB is an open-source document NoSQL database with a problem. While very popular, cloud companies, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS)IBM CloudScalegrid, and ObjectRocket has profited from it by offering it as a service while MongoDB Inc. hasn’t been able to monetize it to the same degree. MongoDB’s answer? Relicense the program under its new Server Side Public License (SSPL). Open-source powerhouse Red Hat‘s reaction? Drop MongoDB from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.

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January 15, 2019
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Metasploit, popular hacking and security tool, gets long-awaited update

The open-source Metasploit Framework 5.0 has long been used by hackers and security professionals alike to break into systems. Now, this popular system penetration testing platform, which enables you to find, exploit, and validate security holes, has been given a long-delayed refresh.

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January 14, 2019
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How enterprise IT pros can contribute to open source projects

When I first wrote about open source software in the 1990s, I regularly had to explain its virtues. Many businesses—particularly large companies—were frightened by what they saw as open source’s weaknesses, such as the lack of “one neck to wring” and perceived security vulnerabilities. How quaint. Today, nearly every business uses open source software.

One thing hasn’t changed, though: corporate reluctance to contribute to open source projects. Or, more to the point, in too few enterprise organizations are programmers and tech staff granted the time and freedom to participate in the open source development process.

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January 14, 2019
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DevOps for the hybrid cloud: Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.4

With the growth of the cloud and containers, DevOps has become increasingly important. Old-school sysadmin methods and means simply aren’t up to managing server instances that can spin up at a moment’s notice when needed. Red Hat knows that better than many companies, so its latest release, Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.4, goes even further in automating today’s IT stack.

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