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February 20, 2019
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The battle between real open source vs. faux open source heats up

On February 19, Redis Labs, the home of Redis, the popular open-source in-memory data structure store, announced it has raised $60 million in new financing. Redis Labs CEO Ofer Bengal told Ars Technica that one reason for this was its new “open-source” Common Clauselicense. “The community now understands that the original concept of open source has to be fixed because it isn’t suitable anymore to the modern era where cloud companies use their monopoly power to adopt any successful open-source project without contributing anything to it,” Bengal said.

Accept? I don’t think so. To quote, Chris Aniszczyk, CTO of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), “Give me a f***ing break.

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February 19, 2019
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Ubuntu 18.04.2 refreshes this long-term support Linux distro

Do you want the best compromise between the latest and greatest open-source software and the stability of an established Linux? If that’s you, and you’re an Ubuntu user, then you want Ubuntu 18.04.2.

This latest version of Ubuntu 18.04, the Long-Term Support (LTS) edition, will be supported until April 2028. If you’re using Ubuntu in business, this is the one you want.

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February 19, 2019
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Next Windows update brings better Linux integration

One of Windows Subsystem for Linux’s more annoying tricks is it’s hard to get at your Linux files from Windows. Oh, you can do it, but you take a real chance of ruining the files. To quote Microsoft, “DO NOT, under ANY circumstances, access, create, and/or modify files in your distro’s filesystem using Windows apps, tools, scripts, consoles, etc.”

In the forthcoming Windows 10 April 2019 Update, aka Windows 10 19H1, this Linux file problem will finally be fixed.

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February 15, 2019
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The EU’s new copyright laws threaten to destroy the internet

Do you like sharing your favorite music videos like Old Crow Medicine Show’s Wagon Wheel? Do you use Twitter to track news stories like this one about President Trump? Do you link to interesting stories on Facebook? Well, if the latest version of the EU Copyright Directive is passed by the European Parliament, you may not do any of the above. The directive will kill the internet as we know it.

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February 14, 2019
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The top five upcoming cloud developments

Strap yourself in. We’ll be going to some interesting places with the cloud in the near future.

1. Hybrid Cloud Takes Off

For the longest time, the hybrid cloud didn’t really go much of anywhere. That’s because it wasn’t easy to integrate private and public clouds. Then, along came Kubernetes and everything changed.

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February 13, 2019
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Don’t waste your money on Office 2019 (says Microsoft)

We’ve all had a chuckle at the expense of Microsoft Office, with the ’90s debuts of Bob and Clippy being particularly hilarious (at least in hindsight). But now it is Microsoft itself that is making fun of Office 2019, the latest version of its iconic office suite. Although Office 2019 was just released this past September, Microsoft is urging you to replace it — and your older versions of Office — with Office 365.

And it’s not just in Microsoft’s “Twins Challenge” ads. Jared Spataro, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Office and Windows group, comes right out and says that Office 2019’s applications are “frozen in time. They don’t ever get updated with new features,” while “Office 365 includes fully installed Office applications … and these apps keep getting better over time, with new capabilities delivered every month.”

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