Yes, some operating systems are more secure than others. Some, such as OpenBSD, make a real point of protecting you from attackers. Others, such as Windows, have had a bad reputation, but have gotten better over the years. Still others, such as Linux and Mac OS X are known for being secure, but in Mac OS X’s case, at least one major security flaw, the SSL goto bug, has seriously damaged its reputation.
When all is said and done, however, the real security problems in the 20-teens, according to security firms FireEye and Secunia, are not in our operating systems but in the applications we run on them.
Security 2014: The holes are in the apps, not the operating systems. More>
Tags: Applications · Operating System · Security
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and its parent company, Canonical, said on Google+ that Ubuntu 14.04 would include MySQL 5.6. I asked Shuttleworth why he wasn’t using such MySQL forks as MariaDB. Shuttleworth answered, “We’ll be happy to include solid code from MySQL forks as they mature. Percona, SkySQL, MariaDB are all interesting and would be nice to make easily available.”
One major reason why Ubuntu is sticking with Oracle’s MySQL is that Oracle made the effort to get MySQL 5.6 to work properly with Debian and Ubuntu. Yngve Svendsen, Oracle’s Director of MySQL Engineering Services, apologized in a blog posting for Oracle’s neglect of some Linux distributions in the past. Svendsen wrote, “We closed a gaping hole in our distribution on Linux.”
Shuttleworth says Ubuntu is sticking with MySQL. More >
Tags: Business · Canonical · Database · Development · Linux · Open Source · Operating System · Oracle
Back in 2011, the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution made a major and controversial user-interface (UI) change. It moved from GNOME 3.x to its own GNOME-based UI design: Unity. One of its bigger design changes was to force all in-focus applications to use a single global menu. Things are different now. Marco Trevisan, one of Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company, senior Unity developers announced that, with today’s HiDPI Retina-style displays, it is time to return to local application menus.
Ubuntu Unity to bring back local menus. More>
Tags: Business · Canonical · Desktop · Development · Infrastructure · Linux · Open Source · Operating System
My apologies for Practical-Tech going dark for so long. I’ve been busy with other projects. I’ll be updating the site shortly with my newest stories and back-filling my older, missing tales.
Thanks for your patience.
Tags: Business · Management
One Operating System to rule them all;
One Operating System to find them;
One Operating System to bring them all and in Android bind them.*
Or, some people would add, “in Google bind them.” But that’s not true: Android is much too open for Google to lock vendors in. Amazon proved that with its Kindle line, and now Microsoft’s smartphone company, Nokia, wants to show that Android will work well with Microsoft services too.
Yes, Microsoft is supporting Linux by way of Android. Do you really think — with the clock running down on Microsoft’s final acquisition of Nokia – that the Finnish phone company would make such a move without Microsoft’s full backing? I don’t.
I think Microsoft and Nokia have made a smart move. I’m not the only one.
Hello, MS-Android. Good-bye, Windows Phone. More>
Tags: Business · Development · Google · Infrastructure · Linux · Microsoft · Open Source · Operating System · SmartPhone · Windows