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New podcast episode: Reality 2.0 – On to Beer Number 3!

An exciting new podcast episode is out: Reality 2.0 – On to Beer Number 3!. Katherine, Doc and I explore open source communities, the tragedy that is systemd and more.

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It is official: the Linux Journal website is no more

A promise was made to keep the website up and a promise was broken. As of yesterday evening, the website officially went down and with it 25 years of hard work from wonderful authors.

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Virtualization versus Containers: Is there a clear winner? Does it really matter?

What prompted this rant? Well, I recently read through a post on the Red Hat company blog, Where are my Containers? Are my VMs Dead? There was one particular line that bothered me though: Will virtual machines disappear? No. Not anytime soon. This implies that the one day, container technology will eventually replace traditional virtual …

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ZFS on Linux

Ubuntu and ZFS on Linux [Status Update]

Somewhat recently, I posted about Ubuntu enabling ZFS [as the root filesystem] in its operating system installer, alongside other much needed updates. Well, here we are and the Ubuntu 19.10 release is right around the corner. Last Friday, ZFS guided partitioning support was officially merged into the Ubiquity mainline. Ext4 will continue to be the …

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Decentralizing the Data Center: Hybrid Cloud, Multi-Cloud and more

It has been a short while since my last real post (due to my recent travels). But here I am, and I wish to take the time to focus on a recent trend that has been both fascinating and intriguing to me; that is, the evolving data center. In an earlier post, I spent a …

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New podcast episode: Reality 2.0 – Destroy This Podcast

An exciting new podcast episode is out: Reality 2.0 – Destroy This Podcast. Katherine, Doc and I spend a considerable amount of time discussing ownership of content, subscription models and access to information. Oh, how the times have changed.

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What is Edge [and Fog] Computing and How is it Redefining the Data Center?

Some of you may have noticed that a hot new buzzword is circulating the Internet: Edge Computing. Truth be told, this is probably a buzzword you should be paying attention to. It is creating enough of a hype for the Linux Foundation to define edge computing and its associated concepts in an Open Glossary of …

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New podcast episode: Reality 2.0 – Retro Computing with the Altair-Duino

An exciting new podcast episode is out: Reality 2.0 – Retro Computing with the Altair-Duino. This is a follow-up conversation about the Altair-Duino. Katherine Druckman, Doc Searls and myself talk to Chris Davis of www.adwaterandstir.com about his Arduino-based Altair 8800 replica kits. I had a lot of fun with this conversation. You can find the …

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ZFS on Linux

Ubuntu and ZFS on Linux [and how to get it right]

It seems like only yesterday that I read Jeff Bonwick’s blog entry “ZFS: The Last Word in Filesystems”. It was Halloween of 2005 that ZFS was released for Sun Microsystem’s Solaris, and the filesystem was very well received. For the readers not familiar with ZFS, it is a combined all-purpose filesystem and volume manager. It …

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NGD Systems

The Next Stage of Flash Storage: Computational Storage

With NVMe, we move the drive closer to the CPU but can we move the application closer to the drive? Throughout my career in the data storage industry, I have seen many technologies come and go. Some of the more recent technologies to disappear include Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and the Kinetic drives (although …

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