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The Ubuntu team has decided to take a different approach to development for the next Long Term Support (LTS) release of Ubuntu. Lucid Lynx, which is slated for an April 2010 release, will benefit from these changes through increased stability, more focused agile development and a tighter synchronization with the main Debian development cycle. According to the Ubuntu LTS Wiki, the overall aim of an LTS release is to be more enterprise focused with increased hardware compatibility and more overall testing. What is not intended for an LTS release is cutting edge package inclusion nor a hot of new features. Because the core focus of an LTS release is stability, the user base should appreciate the level of refinement that will go into the release and not fret over the lack of ‘cool new features’ that often accompany non-LTS releases. So how does Ubuntu plan to ‘reign in... (more)

Cloud Computing Vision Necessary to Succeed in the Cloud

As cloud computing adoption increases, many enterprises are not developing a full vision for their cloud computing efforts. Most of the projects being deployed in the cloud are more for testing and proof of concept than actual production, but there are projects that show such success in the cloud that they are left there permanently. I am not one to discourage enterprises from 'testing the waters' of the cloud in whatever fashion they deem proper, but I do highly recommend that an overall 'cloud computing vision' be developed when the cloud is to be officially adopted as a produc... (more)

RDBMS as a Service? In the Cloud? Yes!

There are many amazing things emerging out of Dreamforce 2010 (I really regret that I couldn't make it) and thus far, one of the biggest may be Salesforce's new RDBMS as a Service offering. I don't suppose Salesforce could have purchased a better domain name, Database.com, but the prospect of having an RDBMS in the cloud is very appealing to a broad range of developers. So what is all the hoopla about with Database.com? Well, Database.com is essentially an enterprise grade database that is offered as a service in a utility billing context. That means that you only pay for what y... (more)

Google Cloud Connect Office – Taking Microsoft Office into Google’s cloud.

In what can only be described as a stunner of a move, Google has released a new plug-in (Google Cloud Connect Office) which 'cloud-enables' Microsoft Office. Beating Microsoft to the punch with their own Office suite is not only a major embarrassment, but also an excellent example of how Microsoft is constantly floundering (all over the place) in this new web dominated world. Microsoft does have plans to release Office 356, later this year, which will bring better collaboration via office web apps, but this new Google plug-in bridges the gap between a desktop deployed application... (more)

VMware disrupting the Cloud market with Cloud Foundry

I’ve been waiting for a while now for VMware to bring a PaaS offering to market, but I was pleasantly surprised with the newly announced Cloud Foundry. In their own words, Cloud Foundry is “a VMware-led project [that] is the world’s first open Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. Cloud Foundry provides a platform for building, deploying, and running cloud apps using Spring for Java developers, Rails and Sinatra for Ruby developers, Node.js and other JVM frameworks including Grails.” There are several awesome things about this new offering. The first is that it’s open source. T... (more)