Vault: The Linux Foundation’s new storage-focused tradeshow

Here’s a secret that most server administrrators know, but few outside the datacenter and server room know: Most big data stores, and the cloud’s petabytes of storage, are all based on Linux.

Amazon Web Services S3 storage and the like may look simple but behind the interface there’s a complicated web of storage devices, services, and file systems based on Linux. In recognition of this, The Linux Foundation, has announced a new conference, Vault.

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Reasons for Red Hat CTO departure still a mystery

t’s still not clear why Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens left the Linux giant. However, it now appears that he left to pursue a new opportunity at a major California-based technology company.

With the help of Stevens’ technical leadership, Red Hat moved from being one of many Linux distributors that were targeting the Linux enthusiast market to focusing all its energies on the business market with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) in 2004. In more recent years, Stevens helped lead Red Hat into OpenStack and Docker.

In the meantime, Red Hat still has little to say. The only additional statement from Red Hat is a remark that Stevens was “leaving to pursue another opportunity.” While Stevens did not reply to inquires, sources stated that he’d been biding his time waiting for the right opportunity.

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Red Hat CTO unexpectedly quits, amid rumors of executive ‘friction’

No-one among the rank and file at Red Hat seem to have seen this coming. In a move the Linux giant’s staffers said was “shocking” and a “punch in the gut,” long-time Red Hat chief technology officer Brian Stevens has resigned.

In a short press release, the company announced: “Brian Stevens will step down as CTO.”

In the same release, Red Hat’s president and chief executive Jim Whitehurst said, “We want to thank Brian for his years of service and numerous contributions to Red Hat’s business. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

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Bigger, better 64-bit Chrome Web browser now available for Windows

Like clockwork, Google has delivered its latest version of its Chrome Web browser for Linux, Mac, and Windows users, but it’s the 64-bit Windows users who will get the most from this latest upgrade: Chrome 37.

Will Harris, a Google Software Engineer, blogged, “64-bit Chrome offers many benefits for speed, stability and security.” While 64-bit Chrome has long been available for Linux, this is the first 64-bit version in Chrome’s stable channel. The 64-bit Chrome for Mac OS X is now in beta.

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VMware buys into Docker containers

If you had any doubts about just how popular Docker’s containers are, the news that VMware is partnering with Docker, Google, and Pivotal to integrate Docker containers into VMware’s virtualization software line should make you a believer.

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