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bproffitt

bproffitt

Member since: January 2010

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Brian Proffitt is a veteran Linux and open source journalist/analyst with experience in a variety of technologies, including cloud, virtualization, and consumer devices.

Areas of Interest: Cloud Computing, Mobile, Linux, iOS, Open Source

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  • The GNOME Project is coming away from its annual GUADEC conference with a new goal for itself: creating a new operating system on which to develop apps. But is GNOME OS an indictment against current Linux application development practices?

    2 years 1 week ago

  • The news that the SCO Group has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy strikes a sweet note in the history of the Linux operating system, but reminds us of the unfortunate precedent they set for Linux.

    2 years 1 week ago

  • After a couple of months working on their approach to the UEFI Secure Boot issue, SUSE has finally opened up a bit on how they will address getting SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) to boot on machines with UEFI Secure Boot in place. For now, it seems, SLES will implement an approach similar to that used by Fedora.

    2 years 2 weeks ago

  • Criminals take note: Police are getting better at using social media to find you.

    2 years 2 weeks ago

  • Evidence supports the notion that IT administrators will not be looking to upgrade to Windows 8 any time soon--a situation that could create future security risks from aging Windows machines.

    2 years 2 weeks ago

  • In a surprise move at the end of a trial full of surprises, Judge William Alsup issued a new order demanding both parties in the Oracle vs.

    2 years 2 weeks ago

  • Firefox, depending on which stats you believe, seems to be struggling in marketshare. Is Mozilla missing a key weapon in the battle for browser share?

    2 years 2 weeks ago

  • The travails of former Gizmodo writer Mat Honan serve as a reminder that when it comes to security, the human factor may still be the weakest link.

    2 years 2 weeks ago

  • Even as the prospect of a another new Windows blunder and some new OEM deals have some wondering if this might be the time people start paying attention to the Linux desktop, disruptions within Linux desktop development communities may be thre

    2 years 2 weeks ago

  • Some Linux sever administrators found out that time was not on their side yesterday, when an errant signal from some Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers broadcast a new leap second that adversely affected many servers unprepared for the change.

    2 years 2 weeks ago

  • [chunklet] flickr/Abode of Chaos

    2 years 3 weeks ago

  • The OpenStack Foundation is investigating allegations that an executive within one of the Foundation's corporate member companies may have pressured an Individual Member candidate to withdraw her nomination for a board position.

    2 years 3 weeks ago

  • Android is facing renewed criticism for its app distribution policies, which developers are calling "designed for piracy." Is this something that Google could have avoided a long time ago?

    2 years 3 weeks ago

  • You may have pondered the notion of dropping your cable TV service in favor of obtaining all of your TV through Internet-based services.

    2 years 3 weeks ago

  • The Fedora Engineering Steering Committee has voted 7-0 to move forward with the Fedora Project's UEFI Secure Boot plan, thus formally activating the plan for the upcoming release of Fedora 18.

    2 years 3 weeks ago

  • As news is revealed that Dell is releasing not one but three new laptop models preloaded with Linux, the conventional wisdom that the Linux desktop and the desktop in general may be in decline is getting turned on its ear.

    2 years 4 weeks ago

  • News over the weekend that the HTML5 standard would be forked into two separate tracks may have been slightly overstated: the fork has actually been a long time coming.

    2 years 4 weeks ago

  • One of the lessons that seemed to come out of the spectacular failure of HP' webOS-based TouchPad last year was the adage that in the tablet space, you have to either go big or go home. If that adage holds any water, then there may be a tablet on the market that can stand up to the iPad market behemoth: the Nexus 7.

    2 years 4 weeks ago

  • In an absolutely sideways marketing ploy, Oracle has set its target on the CentOS distribution of Linux in the hopes of capturing more attention and revenue.

    2 years 4 weeks ago

  • There's less Viagra spam in your inbox this morning, thanks to the efforts of security experts who took down the world's third-largest botnet in an international coordinated effort this week.

    2 years 4 weeks ago

  • Ever since analysts and industry observers started using Ohloh.net data to perform deep-dive studies on various aspects of the free and open source software community, people have been wanting to get their hands on Ohloh's data. Today they get their wish.

    2 years 5 weeks ago

  • The organization responsible for ensuring open source licenses of all stripes adhere to the Open Source Definition is adding individual memberships to its roles, which will fundamentally change the way that organization is governed.

    2 years 5 weeks ago

  • Microsoft's latest entry in the office productivity is such a blatant move towards convergence of mobile and desktop, you have to wonder if they are going too far, too fast.

    2 years 5 weeks ago

  • The sudden popularity of mini-board systems like Raspberry Pi have brought back the pioneering spirit of Linux' early days. But will it bring a much-needed resurgence in programming and development?

    2 years 5 weeks ago

  • A July 2 recommendation from an independent European advisory body states "Safe Harbor" data protection agreement between the US and EU is not enough to provide true security for European organizations' data.

    2 years 5 weeks ago

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