Blogrotate #25: Weekly News for System Administrators
May 2, 2010 / By Brad Hudson
Good evening and welcome to this weeks edition of Blogrotate. It’s a bit later than usual this week due to client concerns but I could not let this week go by without something. This week, after all, is the release of Ubuntu 10.04LTS (Lucid Lynx) so I get to leverage my supreme blogging power to promote the product since I use it pretty much everywhere now.
So as I was saying, the release of Lucid Lynx has the world abuzz. We had a mini install fest here in the SA cluster at Pythian and 2/3 of it went well. It seems that video is the main source of install pain for us in this new version. My own install went well at home except for the proprietary NVidia drivers, and the fglrx (ATI) driver was an issue for a colleague in the office. Luckily we have the knowhow to get around these issues here at Pythian, but I would be concerned for new users trying to upgrade. Despite that I think it’s a bloody good package and well worth trying.
Here’s a short list of some sources of information on the new Ubuntu.
- First off, the official Ubuntu 10.04 release announcement.
- Ryan Paul of Ars Technica provides an overview of Ubuntu 10.04 in Ubuntu 10.04 arrives with extended support (and less brown )
- Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier provides Seven Reasons to Upgrade to Ubuntu Lucid Lynx.
- For anyone who has heard about the serious memory leak in GLX you can get some more info in Lucid Lynx fights ‘major’ X-Server memory leak. I verified this was fixed before I upgraded my personal PC, if by fixed you accept “reverted to version 1.2″ as a real fix. I’ll take stable over a few features anyday.
- Self proclaimed “Cyber Cynic” Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols with some pre-release postulation called Ubuntu 10.04: Where Ubuntu goes from here.
- For those of you wondering about the server side of Ubuntu, check out Run your own Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud. This is very cool, by the way, and I am working on setting one up myself.
- And The Var Guy has Ubuntu 10.04 Attracts New Software Partners. I for one am liking the current partnership momentum Ubuntu has going. The Likewise partnership is brilliant for making headway in a market struggling for cash and faced with decisions about desktop life cycles and Windows XP nearing EOL, AD integration for Linux will be a key feature.
On in other news, let’s all shake our heads in disbelief at Unix copyrights: SCO want a new ruling.
Priya Ganapati at Wired writes about this weeks Palm purchase by HP. It’s long been known that HP had scrubbed the iPaq because that just could not nail the OS, but now they own WebOS so watch for the iPaq to make a comeback (minus the silly name (and resulting lawsuit from Apple) of course). But I digress, check out HP Buys Palm for $1.2 Billion.
If you are running Windows 7 you’ll want to beware of a recently discovered problem. See the Microsoft Ansrews Forum topic Windows 7 deletes all system restore points on reboot.
Joel Wineland is Senior Product Developer at Rackspace Managed Hosting. He writes about things to consider when evaluating cloud services. See Creating a Successful Cloud Environment.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) adds a Singapore Data Center so users can run their cloud computing infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region.
Have you considered the security risks of your impending cloud investment? Take a look at 10 Cloud Security Threats by Anil Chopra. My advice is to never trust a hosted cloud service with production, proprietary or sensitive data.
Media darling and bon vivant Steve Jobs was at it again in a tirade against the evils of Flash. You can get the short (and long) story at Engadget in Steve Jobs publishes some ‘thoughts on Flash’… many, many thoughts on Flash by Paul Miller. When you are done with that head on over to Ars Technica for a rebuttle of sorts in Pot, meet kettle: a response to Steve Jobs’ letter on Flash.
That’s all I’ll have time for this week. As always your comments and stories are welcomed.
Try Lucid Lynx. The power of blog compels you.
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