Big Year for Enterprise Linux Distros Includes Major Updates

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Big Year for Enterprise Linux Distros Includes Major Updates

By Sean Michael Kerner

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Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr Brings Long-Term Support

The first big Enterprise Linux release of 2014 was Ubuntu 14.04, which debuted April 17. On the desktop, multiple usability improvements were made, while on the server, support for OpenStack Icehouse was a key highlight.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Embraces Docker

One of the most anticipated enterprise Linux releases of 2014 was the Red Hat Enterprise 7 (RHEL) release, which came out June 10. The RHEL 7 update provides support of Docker container virtualization technology among its key highlights. RHEL 7 is the base for both Oracle Enterprise Linux and CentOS, both of which were updated in 2014.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Provides System Snapshot Feature

As part of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12, the btrfs file system is included and enables snapshots and system rollback functionality. The SUSE-built snapper tool provides a graphical user interface designed to easily take advantage of btrfs's capabilities.

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Fedora 21 Shows What's Next for Workstations, Servers and the Cloud

Fedora 21 was the first and only release from Red Hat's community Linux distribution in 2014. The Fedora 21 was built using the new Fedora Next model in which there are distinct workstation, server and cloud products.

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Tails Provides User Privacy

Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) is reportedly the Linux distribution used by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Tails is a privacy-focused, live Linux system that does not need to be installed on a user's hard drive and can be run from a USB key.

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Linux Mint Freshens Up With Cinnamon

One of the most popular Linux distributions is Linux Mint, which received two milestone updates during 2014: the Linux Mint 17 and 17.1 updates. In the Linux Mint 17.1 release, the Cinnamon desktop edition was enhanced with additional performance and configuration capabilities.

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Linus Torvalds Still Wants the Desktop

While Linux is the dominant player in the cloud, the desktop has remained a challenge. At the LinuxCon conference on Aug. 20, Linux creator Linus Torvalds said: "I still want the desktop."

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KDE 5 Provides an Improved Linux Desktop Choice

There are multiple desktop environment choices available for Linux users. One of the most popular is the K Desktop Environment (KDE), which was updated to version 5 on July 15.

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GNOME 3.14 Improves Linux Desktop Visual Detail

The default choice for many enterprise Linux desktops has long been the GNOME desktop environment. GNOME 3.14, released Sept. 24, included 28,859 changes made by 871 contributors.

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Six Linux Kernels Were Released in 2014

Underpinning all the various enterprise and community Linux distributions that were released in 2014 is the work done on the Linux kernel itself. During 2014, Linus Torvalds announced the release of six new Linux kernels with the first being Linux 3.13 and the last being Linux 3.18.

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HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Server Delivers Versatile Data Center Service

In some ways, the Hewlett-Packard ProLiant DL380 Gen9 server is the perfect server for most businesses. On one hand, it's small enough to fit the needs of most small and medium-size businesses, while on the other, it's designed with all of the features necessary to be a data center server in a large organization. In addition, it's flexible enough to meet a wide variety of needs—ranging from offering general-purpose file and print services to providing vast quantities of storage to delivering remote compute services. This dual-Xeon 2U platform includes a flexible remote monitoring server built in. You can order it with processors ranging from four to 18 cores, and it's designed for easy servicing, even by companies that don't have a dedicated IT staff. But the DL380 is also fully capable of service in any IT department, and it has all of the features necessary to stay online with minimal downtime,...
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