Well they will be after Raytheon get's done migrating them over from Windows. Redmond lost another battle against Linux and we here at Linuxinstall.net feel a little safer for it. The Navy had a small hacking issue with some of their drones and decided to replace Windows with Linux. The hope is that the open source base will result in a harder to hack and more secure system. Let's hope that Raytheon gets it right.
Microsoft has announced that it wil now support Linux. Well if you are running a few distros they will. Those would be:
Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2
If you didn't notice there is one very large distorbution missing from that list. Red Hat and Fedora are not there but CentOS is. CentOS is a dirivitive work off of Red Hat. So it's not likely a driver issue. It's more likely that it's a licensing and support contract thing. We have another story about a contract they just signed so we know it's also unlikely that they aren't happy about working with each other. Check out the podcast to hear us go into more detail about our thoughts on the whole situation.
You now can buy Linux Mint on a machine straight from the manufacturer. The machines look nice, check it out here. We love seeing manufacturers like CompuLab, who is making this machine, support linux. We love Mint so this should be a pretty awesome machine for browsing or your kids.
Have you ever wanted to back up to S3? How about Google Storage or Rack Space's storage solution? There is an amazing little piece of software that will let you create a drive. It really does a lot more than that. It also encrypts everything you put up there. It compresses it and it does de-duplication. Wait there is more, it also does copy-on-write snapshotting, is optimized for high performance and supports low bandwidth connections.
So what's it called? S3QL written and maintained by Nikolaus Rath.
Here is how they describe it:
S3QL effectively provides a hard disk of dynamic, infinite capacity that can be accessed from any computer with internet access running Linux, FreeBSD or OS-X.
So far our tests have proven that it works great. So if you are looking for an easy way to backup linux or freebsd systems onto a cloud solution check this out. They even provide a script to help you do parallel rsync backup for even faster performance.
If you are on Ubuntu check out this article on how to get it setup. If you aren't don't worry the documentation on the site is very complete. There is a great wiki and active community.