Linux Foundation and Docker Announce Open Container Project

Docker and the Linux Foundation have joined forces to create a new organization for developing and maintaining container standards. The Open Container Project (OCP) will "promote and promulgate a set of common, minimal industry standards around container technology."

The OCP will attempt to bring container vendors into a common standards process, to prevent fragmentation and build a community emphasis into the quest for better container tools and technologies. The Linux Foundation will play host to the group. To jump-start the project, Docker will donate draft specifications and "existing code around an image format and container runtime."

A broad coalition of partners have also signed up to be part of the effort, including Amazon Web Services, Cisco, CoreOS, EMC, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat, VMware, and several other vendors.

US Army's Excalibur System Solves 10 Billion Equations in 3 Minutes

Stanford computer scientists working on the US Army's Army Resource Laboratory (ARL) in Maryland conducted a unique experiment to test the computing power of the army's newly acquired Excalibur Cray XC40 before the system is placed into regular service.

The Excalibur system comes with 101,184 processors, and the Stanford team had access to 22,000 of them. The team was working on a new scalability algorithm that would provide more efficient use of resources in high-performance environments. According to team leader Charbel Farhat, "We solved over 10 billion equations in a little over three minutes."

According to the press release, the entire Excalibur probably won't be available for a repeat of this performance, but Farhat said that he believes this new scalability algorithm will be tremendously useful in smaller computing systems.

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Why I Don't Write Lists of Influential People

Summer is coming, and the entire tech sector is entering its annual slowdown. One way you can tell is that lists of influential people are starting to appear. It's a type of story that I've never written, and hope that I never will.

What Happens When Leaders Quit?

Recently, Swapnil Bhartiya published an article that quoted Linus Torvalds speculating on what might happen if he quit leading kernel development. To my surprise, I have seen the article condemned here and there as being in poor taste. Yet the more I think about it, the more I think many free software projects need to start similar discussions.

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Extension Watch: The Great Suspender for Chrome and Chromium

If you have a nagging feeling that the Chrome or Chromium browser has an unhealthy appetite for system resources, you have every right to be concerned. Since the browser runs each tab as a separate process, the more tabs you keep opened, the more resources the browser consumes and the less stable it becomes. The Great Suspender extension provides a not very elegant but workable solution to the problem.

Thoughts on Tuxedo DX1305

There are a few machines in our household, but truth to be told, hardware doesn't excite me too much. I don't get obsessed by the processor model and speed, amount of RAM, screen resolution, and such. As long as the machine I use does the stuff I need it to do, I'm a happy camper. But every now and then, I come across a computer that piques my interest, like Raspberry Pi and Chromebook. This happened to me again when I had the chance to play with Linux-based machines manufactured and sold by the German-based company Tuxedo Computers.

Track Locations with Fancy Places for Android

Fancy Places is not a fancy Android app, but it's a useful one. It offers an easy way to keep track of places you have visited and plan to return to in the future. The app features a simple interface that makes it supremely easy to record locations and keep tabs on them.


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To ensure your servers and workstations are well protected against attacks on your network, you need a professional security scanner. In version 6, Tenable has substantially expanded its Nessus vulnerability scanner. We pointed the software at a number of test computers.

Logon Scripts Investigated * Thomas Wiefel

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Detecting Intruders with Suricata * James Stanger

If you're looking for an intrusion detection and prevention system, it pays to shop around. Suricata offers scalable performance and an impressive set of features – it even supports Snort rulesets.

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