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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 lure of cloud computing is powerful enough to attract even the Pentagon, which released a public outline of its cloud computing strategy this week.

    2 years 5 weeks ago

  • The Debian Project, developers of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, are making a concerted effort to get within the good graces of the Free Software Foundation.

    2 years 5 weeks ago

  • The Hadoop elephant mascot may soon need to be replaced by a mythical chimera, as many technologies are stepping in to replace the two main components of Hadoop: the Hadoop Distributed File System and MapReduce. It's become a serious question lately: when is Hadoop no longer Hadoop?

    2 years 5 weeks ago

  • It's a little hard to pin down what Microsoft is trying to do these days. But that's what you would expect from a company that's fighting for its life.

    2 years 5 weeks ago

  • After several months of reconstruction, the popular Linux.org site quietly relaunched what it terms an "alpha release" on May 4.

    2 years 6 weeks ago

  • As Mandriva SA plans its future roadmap, the company will be taking a unique and bold step with its commercial offerings: using and participating in two separate upstreams for its product lines.

    2 years 6 weeks ago

  • A new Finnish startup is going to try what to date no other company has been able to accomplish: launch devices based on the Linux-based MeeGo operating system.

    2 years 6 weeks ago

  • This has not been an especially fun week for Android. First, a security analyst from Microsoft fingered Android as a platform from which a new type of mobile botnet was being controlled. That was bad enough.

    2 years 6 weeks ago

  • Virtualization is playing a big role in the rationale behind the streamlining of the product and pricing structure for the new Windows Server 2012.

    2 years 6 weeks ago

  • Linux is getting some credit from at least one CERN staff member for its participation in the tentatively successful find of the Higgs Boson particle this week.

    2 years 6 weeks ago

  • As the Linux community continues to debate the best way to deal with Microsoft Windows 8-certified machines that will have Secure Boot on UEFI, some nagging questions still remain as to why Canonical opted to take the solution it did.

    2 years 6 weeks ago

  • Enterprise search just got a nice pre-holiday surprise with the 4.0-alpha releases of both Apache Solr and Lucene.

    2 years 6 weeks ago

  • When the Internet was first opened to the public, its promise seemed to lie in the exchange of knowledge and information. However, it very quickly also became a story about commerce, proving that whenever people gather, even if it's online, someone will always try to sell you something.

    2 years 7 weeks ago

  • A new Pew Research report is confirming the trend that more people than ever are using cell phones to access the Internet instead of desktop PCs and other devices and shows how the current digital divide is being bridged... and a new one could open.

    2 years 7 weeks ago

  • Red Hat is continuing its push into the cloud with more product announcements from the Red Hat Summit in Boston today, but also showcased a new expansion of virtualization with its partner SAP AG.

    2 years 7 weeks ago

  • As debit, pre-charged, and credit card transactions become more and more ubiquitous, it's worth exploring the question: what would a cashless society technologically look like?

    2 years 7 weeks ago

  • In an eloquent message to the Linux community that he faithfully advances, Linux International executive director Jon "maddog" Hall has announced that he is gay.

    2 years 8 weeks ago

  • Now that the Fedora Project and Canonical have proposed their own plans for their respective Fedora and Ubuntu distributions to work with the upcoming Secure Boot provisions in Windows 8-certified machines, it's natural to wonder what openSUSE will be doing about the issue.

    2 years 8 weeks ago

  • The problem of dealing with UEFI's Secure Boot in Windows 8-certified PCs is still being wrestled with by various Linux distros, and today the Ubuntu team has revealed more about their proposed solution.

    2 years 8 weeks ago

  • The applications for new gTLD domains offered by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) have been made public, and although the .LINUX registry has been unclaimed, other potentially FLOSS-related gTLDs are being vied for in this big Internet land grab that could leave some domains out of public reach and in the hands of

    2 years 8 weeks ago

  • Earlier this week, the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee approved Offline System Updates for the upcoming Fedora 18, a feature that will fundamentally change the Linux user experience.

    2 years 8 weeks ago

  • As the IT world seems to saunter merrily towards a world of thin-client tablets, smartphones, and ultrabooks, user-facing free software may be danger of extinction.

    2 years 9 weeks ago

  • Open source vendor GeekNet is turning a new page in the SourceForge story today with a proposal to the Apache Software Foundation to accept the Allura software platform within the ASF as a new Incubator project. The move may be a way to keep the code for Allura open if GeekNet ultimately opts to sell the SourceForge web site.

    2 years 9 weeks ago

  • Even as Linux use is skyrocketing across various IT sectors, like cloud, web services, and virtualization, there are red sky at morning signs that turbulent times may be ahead for Linux for the desktop and mobile sectors.

    2 years 9 weeks ago

  • Even as its commercial vendor fights to stay alive, the Mandriva community is actively coalescing around the Linux distribution by creating a new foundation to protect it from fading away.

    2 years 9 weeks ago

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