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  • Ubuntu 14.04, code-named the "Trusty Tahr" and set for general availability on April 17, is a special Linux distribution because it is a long-term support (LTS) release. An LTS release offers the promise of five years of support, making it a suitable candidate for enterprise-grade deployments. New Ubuntu LTS releases debut every two years, with the last LTS being the Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin" distribution in April 2012. Non-LTS releases receive only nine months of security updates and support. The last non-LTS release was the Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander," which debuted in October 2013. Ubuntu 14.04 includes a number of updates for server and desktop users. The big highlight for server users is integration with the OpenStack Icehouse cloud platform that is also set to officially debut on April 17. On the desktop, Ubuntu developers have continued to improve the Unity Linux desktop interface. The ability to resize the Unity application launcher has been improved in Ubuntu 14.04, and users now have the option to leverage locally integrated menus for each application window. Unity is Ubuntu's default Linux desktop, though users can choose to install other desktops, such as KDE, GNOME or Xfce. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the features in the Ubuntu 14.04 Linux distribution release.

  • Upgrades include expanded hosted email security for protection of Microsoft Office365 deployments and browser exploit detection.

  • The head of HP's NFV unit says the company's broad and open approach is a key advantage over rivals like Cisco.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: The modular design of Google's Ara smartphone probably won’t be as cheap as the hype would indicate, but it may save money by eschewing features you don’t want to pay for.

  • Database-as-a-service technology, live upgrades, storage improvements and federated identity are part of the new open-source cloud platform release.

  • Zebra Technologies plans to buy one of the few remaining divisions of Motorola, expanding its ownership into the enterprise asset tracking market.

  • IBM's new $500 private cloud win with The Hartford adds to a series of recent cloud deals for Big Blue.

  • Google Glass went on sale for one day April 15 as Google tries to introduce more users to its wearable computing vision for the future. The device sold for $1,500 while it was available, and Google doesn't plan to sell the eyewear again until later this year when it is scheduled for general release. Not surprisingly, Google went out of its way to promote the one-day Glass sale, saying that it's an ideal purchase for those who want to try something new. The company also wanted to expand the number of people evaluating Glass' performance to work out any kinks in its design. Those who bought Google Glass on April 15, therefore, are the pioneers, and it's always the pioneers who take the most risks. They are spending a lot of cash to get early access to technology that is still evolving and still might have some bugs. But aside from the rabid Google fans and determined early adopters, is Google Glass a smart purchase at this time? Absolutely not. While Google Glass might be a promising new form of computing, for the vast majority of folks, it's time to let the early adopters suffer through the bugs and be patient. When it comes to Google Glass, waiting rather than reacting is the smart move. This eWEEK slide show looks at the reasons why.

  • There are a number of high-profile security firms in the IT industry, though few have generated as many headlines as FireEye in recent years. One of the big reasons for FireEye's notoriety is the company's $1 billion acquisition of security firm Mandiant earlier this year. The acquisition price might seem like a high one to pay for Mandiant, but it's one that the FireEye board of directors, which includes former Symantec CEO Enrique Salem, thought was fair given the market opportunity. Mandiant, led by charismatic Kevin Mandia, jumped into the public consciousness in February 2013 when it released its APT1 report on a covert Chinese army hacking unit. In a new Mandiant M-Trends "Beyond the Breach" report released on April 10, Mandiant provides insight into the current status of the Chinese APT1 threat and how it has changed over the course of the last year. The report also provides insight into the overall threat landscape, providing visibility on the industries that are being attacked. In 2013, Mandiant found an increasing number of attacks against financial services firms as well as media and entertainment companies. In this slide show, eWEEK examines some surprising trends from the Mandiant M-Trends report.

  • The platform is aimed at venues looking to offer users a better wireless access experience without the need for multiple services from multiple vendors.

  • Microsoft's new Azure service aims at the Internet of Things with no regard for underlying device operating systems.

  • The latest Google Glass software update gets Glass running on Android KitKat and brings other improvements.

  • The company releases a new, low-cost edition of its Office 365 suite for consumers while the Web apps gain additional functionality.

  • Revenue increased 1 percent to $1.3 billion in Q1 2014 after four straight quarters with lower or flat results.

  • With growing business opportunities in the Asia Pacific region, Google has expanded the availability of the Google Cloud Platform to encourage developers there to use it for new apps and innovations.

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