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Quotw Elsewhere: 'I cannot stand the attitude of these guys' ... who could that be?

We haven't heard any expletive-laden smackdowns from Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds in a while, so this week he obliged us all with a beaut. The head penguin railed on developer Kay Sievers, one of the key figures behind systemd, which isn't in the kernel but is one of the first essential programs to launch after Linux boots.

Jim Wasko is Director of IBM’s Linux Technology Center.

KVM (Kernel based Virtual Machine) is a leading open source virtualization technology and an important tool in any Linux administrator’s handbook, especially with the increased adoption of cloud technologies such as OpenStack and the need for hypervisors to better manage compute, network and storage resources. The "potential" of KVM for enterprises is incredibly valuable far beyond its origins - just like Linux. After a year of contributing patches to the KVM community, IBM is announcing today that a Power Systems version of KVM, PowerKVM, will be available on IBM’s next generation Power Systems servers tuned for Linux before the end of the quarter.

You may remember that IBM officially announced its intent to run KVM on Power Systems servers at last year’s Red Hat Summit in Boston. However, we felt it was equally important to not only follow up when KVM on Power was a reality but to address why IBM is supporting KVM so heavily. There are two reasons we created a KVM product to exploit the Power Systems architecture – beyond its increasing deployment in the open source environment. First, Linux users wanted a "familiar" look-and-feel for virtualization; and second, cloud solutions demand KVM's flexibility, performance, and OpenStack integration. We also recognize that for those who prefer to work in a pure Linux environment, working with KVM is highly desirable.

Just like Linux, KVM for Power exploits the underlying hardware including multi-threading, large memory support, a range of I/O. It also comes with Kimchi - a graphical open source tool for easy virtualization management of simple configurations. Larger configurations such as clouds can be managed with OpenStack-based tools.

There is great opportunity for growth in KVM, and through the contributions of the large developer community, the hypervisor will continue to evolve and innovate. Now, thanks to the work by the Linux Foundation and the Open Virtualization Alliance, KVM is gaining recognition beyond the community and becoming a mainstream answer to solving virtualization needs.

A few weeks ago, at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, KVM was a key topic of conversation amongst the attending member organizations, especially around its use in conjunction with OpenStack. It’s a perfect example of how KVM as a technology is growing in maturity, being woven into the various elements of a data center, network or cloud offering from the beginning, rather than being considered after an issue or need arises.

It certainly seems as if 2014 will be a major year for KVM in technology. Expect more from IBM as well as other technology players and it will likely be a key piece of the story as the cloud – and eventually the open cloud -- continues to mature. KVM's day in the spotlight has only just begun and at least at IBM, we are excited to embrace and support another important open source movement.

Jim Wasko is the Director of IBM's Linux Technology Center (LTC), where he is responsible for Linux development across IBM's broad product portfolio. His Linux involvement began in 2000 leading the team that provided enterprise-level Linux support -- a major step by IBM at the time. He transitioned various leadership roles in Linux Operating System development in the LTC during the mid-2000s. With Linux being the foundation for cloud computing, he next spent three years as the Program Director for Cloud Computing development in IBM's Systems and Technology group, helping create IBM's public and private cloud offerings. In 2010, Jim returned to lead the LTC in his current role as Director. In 2012, the LTC mission was expanded to include OpenStack upstream open source development.

Open source in the enterprise has changed dramatically since Pivotal's head of product marketing James Watters worked on the OpenSolaris operating system for Sun at the start of the new millenium. Back then companies used open source software mainly for the cost savings and didn't much see the benefit to participating in the open source community, he said in his ApacheCon keynote in Denver this week.

Businesses today realize that transforming IT to agile and efficient cloud services  is a strategic priority – it is no longer a matter of if, but when, and how. A recent study found that for most companies, the process of selecting and implementing a cloud platform can take anywhere from 6 to 9+ months! The key challenges businesses said they faced were lack of staff expertise, managing app-specific performance on the cloud, and moving legacy apps to a cloud architecture.

An anonymous reader writes "Recently my boss has asked me about the advantages of Linux as a desktop operating system and if it would be a good idea to install it instead of upgrading to Windows 7 or 8. About ten boxes here are still running Windows XP and would be too old to upgrade to any newer version of Windows. He knows that i am using Linux at work on quite outdated hardware (would have gotten a new PC but never requested new hardware — Linux Mint x64 runs quite well on it) and i always managed to get my stuff done with it. I explained to him that there are no licensing issues with Linux, there is no anti-virus software to deal with and that Linux is generally a bit more efficient on old hardware than operating systems from Microsoft. The boss seems interested." But that's not quite the end; read on for this reader's question.

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Howto Your handy guide to keeping snubbed operating system ticking over

Windows XP's date with destiny has passed. As of Tuesday, Microsoft will NOT be releasing any new security updates. With one in five PCs still running Windows XP, there's a chance you are among those whose computer is now running an unsupported operating system. What now?

Reg storage man looks into upstart's prospects

A briefing from folks at cloud storage gateway upstart CTERA revealed there was more to the firm than Reg storage desk had thought.

Updated Virtual Machine Converter now converts Linux VMs too

Microsoft has fired another shot in its campaign to win over VMware users, in the form of an updated Virtual Machine Converter that can move virtual machines from ESXi to Hyper-V.

VPS-vs-VPS fight brings billing parity to hosting market

Linux server hosting provider Linode has introduced hourly billing after being buffeted by fierce competition in the hosting and cloud markets.

Containers have made huge progress in the last year with the addition of user namespaces to the Kernel, the introduction of Docker, LXC 1.0, and the maturing of Check Point Restore in Userspace (CRIU). And at the annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit last month there were a number of people talking about containers and their application in the Linux ecosystem.