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Microservices - Cloud Architecture for Digital Businesses By Neil McEvoy In a VentureBeat article the author describes ‘the future of enterprise tech‘, describing how pioneering organizations like Netflix are entirely embracing a Cloud paradigm for their business, moving away from the traditional approach of owning and operating your own data centre populated by EMC, Oracle and VMware. Instead they are moving to ‘web scale IT’ via on demand rental of containers, commodity hardware and NoSQL databases, but critically it’s not just about swapping out the infrastructure components. Netflix have also pioneered a revolution of the very nature of software itself, de-composing monolith applications into a suite of Microservices, enabling high velocity digital innovation. Netflix OSS Netflix is exactly the type of business venture you would think of when considering the ben... (more)

Gartner Hype-Cycle 2012 – Cloud Computing and Big Data

Let me read between the lines of Gartner Hype-Cycle for Cloud Computing – 2012. According to my reading this is what Gartner really wants to say. I agree with 4 of them, am doubtful about one and disagree with one. [Update: Summary of Gartner Hype Cycle 2012 on Emerging Technologies - have a look] Four Points that I agree with Gartner has stated these points using a different language. I am being more direct. Cloud Computing has started going down the “trough of disillusionment”! After hovering in the “peak of inflated expectation” for last 3 years, cloud computing has started down the “trough of disillusionment”! For the uninitiated, it is difficult to distinguish between what a real cloud offering is and what only has a label of cloud offering – an old wine in a new bottle. Avoid treating Cloud as a solution in search of a problem If you start looking at cloud are ... (more)

Catching up with WINE

(LinuxWorld) — With all the chatter accompanying two WINE-related announcements over the past week or so, I thought it might be a good time to take a long look at the WINE project to see what all the fuss has been about. TransGaming's announcement of the availability of WineX 3.0 got a lot of pixel dust, but that wasn't the only recent news about WINE. The cold, dead hand of the Microsoft monopoly also reached out to touch the project when Whil Hentzen, a leading proponent of Visual FoxPro (VFP) development on Linux, was contacted by a Microsoft manager and told it was a violation of the VFP EULA to run it on Linux. Reminiscing over WINE The WINE project has a long and stable history. Bob Amstadt was the original project coordinator. According to Amstadt's posts in comp.os.linux and comp.os.linux.misc newsgroups in the summer of 1993, the project began life in Jun... (more)

The latest and greatest ways to run Windows desktop apps

(LinuxWorld) — I discovered recently I cannot yet commit to being 100 percent Microsoft free. When Evans Data contracted with me to do the Linux developer survey report, they sent me a Microsoft Word document with the statistics and graphs. None of the word processors I use on Linux could import this document properly. I had to use Microsoft Word. Like it or not, this is going to remain a problem for the foreseeable future, and may even get a lot worse if the open source community cannot sufficiently penetrate the Microsoft Office installed base with an alternative like In the meantime, it is fairly easy to get Microsoft Word 97 and Word 2000 to run under Linux. It is not as easy to get Office XP to run under Linux, and complications will simply increase as Microsoft releases new versions of Office. Microsoft is also making Office executables more d... (more)

Graphics Still the Hot Topic in Open Source .NET

Graphics and GUI (System.Drawing, System.Windows.Forms [SWF]) continue to be a couple of the most worked-on areas in both Mono and Portable.NET. Other areas under heavy development include cryptography, Web services, coverage and build tools for Mono, dependency charts for Portable.NET, and lots of bug fixes for both. Mono and Portable.NET Do GUI Differently In a project the size of .NET, choices often need to be made between options of nearly equal technical merit. Having more than one project (Portable.NET and Mono) can allow more than one choice to be made. The GUI code (SystemWindows.Forms and System.Drawing) is one area where the advantages of having multiple choices are apparent. The main Mono implementation of SWF uses Wine/Winelib, but there is also a side project using Gtk# (C# bindings for GTK) as the base for SWF (using Gtk# for SWF is separate from Gtk# ... (more)

Windows 2000 Source Code Leak "Is a Disaster for Open Source, Too"

In a commentary at, Chris Spencer underlines how important it is that the Open Source / Linux community does not seek to take advantage of the leaked Windows 2000 source code. "Analysts are already out with their flapping lips talking about how the source code could benefit Microsoft's 'rivals.' We in the Linux community know they are talking about us," Spencer writes.  "The analysts have it all wrong though," he continues. "They missed it completely. Open source projects can't and would NEVER intentionally take advantage of this leak. This leak is as much a disaster to open source as it is to Microsoft and its users." The key to this assertion lies in the very openness of open source, Spencer points out. "The open source community lives in a glass box. We always show our source code and we accept help from anyone around the world to make our projects ... (more)

Linux & Games: Installing TransGaming's Latest Release, Cedega 4.0

When the possibility of becoming the Gaming Industry editor for LinuxWorld Magazine came up, I jumped. I love games! Part of it's the championship procrastinator in me, I have to admit. Another part's that I was born a daydreamer and games are a fun way of at least having shared daydreams. I also just like to have fun. I tend to be an overly serious person, and so learning to kick back and just relax takes a lot of time and effort. That's my excuse anyway, and I'm sticking to it. Stepping aside from the issue of whether adding software that lets us run Windows games under Linux is ultimately healthy for Linux or not (a topic I addressed with my gaming roundtable back in the April issue of LinuxWorld Magazine), when TransGaming ( announced their latest WineX release (now renamed Cedega), I thought it might be fun to see how their product is shapin... (more)

An Interview with Mark Hinkle

Mark Hinkle, LinuxWorld Magazine's editor of desktop technology and CIO of NeTraverse, makers of Win4Lin, talks to Kevin Bedell about the latest developments in the Linux desktop and Windows-to-Linux migration. LWM: Your Dr. Migration column has been very popular with our readers; what gave you the idea to start writing it? Mark Hinkle: I guess it was mostly a product of my own frustrations as I moved from being primarily a Windows user to being primarily a Linux user. I found it tough to read main pages and search newsgroups for answers to my questions just because the level of technical expertise was so great there and hard for a naïve user to comprehend. I wanted to offer a resource for people like me who were management professionals, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and other vocations that were not IT specific, so they could understand how to run Linux in a less int... (more)

Italian Ports Along the Ligurian Coastline

There is no other way to describe the Ligurian coast in the north of Italy other than simply gorgeous and naturally so. Sailing along in your yacht along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Mediterranean Sea, fondly known as “the big blue”, the view from the water of the cliffs and craggy coves with the immense outline of the Alps is breathtaking. The Alps are so close, within an hour’s drive you can reach the ski slopes. So it is possible to combine a day’s skiing with your leisurely yacht vacation. Or like us you can choose to lie on the deck of your yacht in the warmth of the spring sun while marvelling at the snow capped mountains a stone’s throw away. The proximity of the ports to the town centers and tourist attractions makes it easy to visit the main points of interest without leaving the luxury of your boat for more than ... (more)

Sailing the Wine Dark Sea With Macromedia Fireworks MX

Sailing, sailing over the bounding sea... Or in our case, inside a wine glass. We've all seen the ship-in-a-bottle knick-knack. Well, I'm here to show you how to set a sailboat afloat in a wine glass, using Fireworks MX or MX 2004, vector AND bitmap masks. Heave ho, matey, and don't forget to buckle your swash! Combining images is part of the fun with programs like Fireworks. Making those images look like they belong together - to fool the eye, as they say - is challenging and rewarding. Take this unlikely pair of images, for example: a studio beauty shot of a wine bottle with a glass and a sailboat. Wouldn't it be neat to make the sailboat seem as if it were floating inside the wine glass? If you answered "yes," continue on. If you answered "no," re-read the previous paragraph and answer, "yes," this time. Now that we're all in agreement, let's set sail - errr - g... (more)

Chin Chin!

Nothing sounds like celebration quite like the pop of a Champagne bottle or the crash of a bottle to launch a ship. Indeed, no romantic occasion is complete – wedding, New Year’s Eve, or anniversary – without uncorking a bottle of treasured Krug, Veuve Cliquot, or Dom Perignon, the hallowed names of Champagne. However as much as special celebrations call for a flute full, Americans are catching on to what the French have known for generations: Champagne is a perfect beginning to any meal. Everything from a business lunch (and no, they are not always three hours long in Paris, sadly) to a family dinner at home begins beautifully with a tickling, pleasing, and energizing glass of Champagne. How did Champagne get its snobby reputation as anything but an everyday drink? It likely began because of its price. While it is possible to stop by the local win... (more)