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Appellation of Origin: FROM ubuntu
tl;dr:  Your Ubuntu-based container is not a copyright violation.  Nothing to see here.  Carry on. I am speaking for my employer, Canonical , when I say you are not violating our policies if you use Ubuntu with Docker in sensible, secure ways.  Some have cl...
tl;dr:  Your Ubuntu-based container is not a copyright violation.  Nothing to see here.  Carry on. I am speaking for my employer, Canonical, when I say you are not violating our policies if you use Ubuntu with Docker in sensi...
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Real, reproducible benchmarks of real workloads on public clouds... check.

With public infrastructure services now mainstream, the real question isn't if you should be using the cloud, it's which cloud, and for which workloads. A lot of that is policy - contracts, security, jurisdictions. But a lot of it is pure engineering economics - how much bang are you going to get for your buck on each cloud.

cloud-benchmarking.org is a public repository of reproducible benchmarks for popular workloads. It's unusual in that the workloads are defined as usable juju charms; that means you can spin them up from scratch at scale yourself, you can trust that the results will reflect your actual usage, and there are no little gotchas encoded in special images that are hand-tuned and unrealistic. You genuinely can spin up the same topology of services at scale on any cloud you might care about, and verify the results yourself. Then you can share your results and add to the pool of public knowledge about real workload performance across the public infrastructure services.

Awesome, useful work.
or how we created cross-cloud tunable, repeatable benchmarks for everybody. by Adam Israel. tl;dr - We achieved better Cassandra performance on GCE vs. Amazon, at close to half the cost. When we decided to start the process of benchmarking across different clouds, Cassandra stood out as a great ...
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"With Google’s average hourly cost of $0.304 and Amazon’s cost of $0.532, Google clearly outperforms it’s AWS counterpart at both ops/sec and from a cost/resource standpoint."

That's with everything being encrypted by default in our data centers.
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Prime Time: Docker, Juju, and Snappy Ubuntu Core
As you probably remember from grade school math class, primes are numbers that are only divisible by 1 and themselves.  2, 3, 5, 7, and 11 are the first 5 prime numbers, for example. Many computer operations, such as public-key cryptography , depends entire...
As you probably remember from grade school math class, primes are numbers that are only divisible by 1 and themselves.  2, 3, 5, 7, and 11 are the first 5 prime numbers, for example. Many computer operations, such as public-k...
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Yay for more +OpenSource in Education!  Note that the school featured here are running +Ubuntu  in fact, on these PCs.  See Unity at 3:07 and 4:35.  Beautiful promo video, +Red Hat.  Here's an article from March 2014: https://insights.ubuntu.com/2014/03/25/an-ubuntu-pc-for-everyone-in-penn-manor-school-district-pennsylvania-usa/
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Another +Ubuntu phone on sale in Europe!  http://j.mp/1KcE8KB
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The most exciting container-to-container networking technology in recent memory!  Check out this post, and try #FanNetworking  in +Ubuntu with +Docker and #LXD.
A thing of beauty If you read my last post, perhaps you followed the embedded instructions and ran hundreds of LXD system containers on your own Ubuntu machine. Or perhaps you're already a Docker enthusiast and your super sav...
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Deploy +Kubernetes 1.0 via +juju onto #GCE , #AWS , #Azure , +OpenStack, or bare metal, today!
A big congratulations to the Kubernetes project and community on releasing version 1.0 to the public! Kubernetes (a.k.a. k8s) is an open source system for managing containerized applications across multiple hosts called a cluster.  Over the past six months we’ve had a small team of “container people” working to make sure that we could deliver the best Kubernetes experience on the first day of the version 1.0 release!  And alas, that day has come...
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+Docker as a basis for  #Juju  charms and +Ubuntu  #Snappy  snaps: a detailed walkthrough below...
As you probably remember from grade school math class, primes are numbers that are only divisible by 1 and themselves.  2, 3, 5, 7, and 11 are the first 5 prime numbers, for example. Many computer operations, such as public-k...
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I'm proud to fund Curb's +Indiegogo campaign for a whole home energy monitor.  Curb's backend server infrastructure and developer environments are powered by +Ubuntu.  I'm looking forward to the in depth analytics on my home's energy consumption and solar production!
Get Home Energy Insights with Curb and Save Money on Energy Bills by Knowing Where Your Energy Goes. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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Ugh, it's using current clamps. They are so inaccurate for inductive power loads that it's not worth it. Also, I don't see what they are giving you over free sites like pvoutput.org where I graph my solar production and consumption in real time. My consumption is monitored with a DIN rail meter which is accurate to 1Wh.
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+Ubuntu driving a +Ford Motor Company vehicle!  Now that's smart ;-)
Autonomous vehicle technology is another step closer to production at Ford, moving from a research effort to an advanced engineering program, the company announced today.
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I'm delighted to fund this project.  Data makes smarter homes.  Looking forward to it!
Get Home Energy Insights with Curb and Save Money on Energy Bills by Knowing Where Your Energy Goes. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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"Because we’re mapping addresses algorithmically, we avoid any need for a database of overlay addresses per host. We can calculate instantly, with no database lookup, the host address for any given container address.". The Fan networking, ready for testing in +Ubuntu​ images for AWS and GCE.
Watchful observers will have wondered why “W” is yet unnamed! Without wallowing in the wizzo details, let's just say it's been a wild and worthy week, and as it happens I had the well-timed opportunity of a widely watched keynote today and thought, perhaps wonkily, that it would be fun to ...
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Product Manager, Strategist, and Software Developer
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  • Canonical Ltd.
    Product Manager, Ubuntu Core Developer, 2013 - present
  • Gazzang Inc
    CTO, Chief Architect, 2011 - 2013
  • Canonical Ltd.
    Manager, Ubuntu Core Developer, 2008 - 2011
  • IBM
    Architect, Software Engineer, 2000 - 2008
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Dustin Kirkland is an Ubuntu Cloud Solutions Product Manager and Strategist at Canonical, helping extend Ubuntu's tradition of leadership as a scalable, enterprise cloud computing platform and guest.

Dustin is formerly, the Chief Technical Officer at Gazzang, offering data encryption and key management for cloud and big data applications using eCryptfs.  Dustin is also an active Core Developer of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, maintainer of 20+ open source projects, and the creator of ByobuDivItUp.com, and LinuxSearch.org.  Besides writing and sharing his software, Dustin also makes and shares his own beer.

He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, daughter, and his two Australian Shepherds, Aggie and Tiger.

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Container-to-Container Networking: The Bits have Hit the Fan!
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A thing of beauty If you read my last post, perhaps you followed the embedded instructions and ran hundreds of LXD system containers on your

Capitol Reef and the Goblins
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I got up early on the 20th to make a somewhat challenging drive for the RV towards Capitol Reef National Park. I wanted to avoid traffic as

snappy vs.apt-get Ubuntu Matrix
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With the recent introduction of Snappy Ubuntu, there are now several different ways to extend and update (apt-get vs. snappy) multiple flavo

"Sexy" rhymes with "LXC"
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Say it with me, out loud. Lex. See. Lex-see. LXC. Now, change the "see" to a "dee". Lex. Dee. Lex-dee. LXD. Easy! Earlier this week, here in

Apply updates to multiple systems simultaneously using Byobu and Shift-F9
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A StackExchange question, back in February of this year inspired a new feature in Byobu, that I had been thinking about for quite some time:

An Elegant Weapon, for a More Civilized Age...
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Before Greedo shot first... Before a troubled young Darth Vader braided his hair... Before midiclorians offered to explain the inexplicably

Dream a little dream (in a dream within another dream) with me!
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What would you say if I told you, that you could continuously upload your own Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) web apps into an open source Plat

(Re-)Introducing JeOS -- Just Enough OS, aka Ubuntu Core
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Lean. Agile. Svelte. Lithe. Free. That's how we roll our operating systems in this modern, bountiful era of broadly deployed virtual machine

Learn Byobu in 10 minutes while listening to Mozart
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If you're interested in learning how to more effectively use your terminal as your integrated devops environment, consider taking 10 minutes

My SxSW Interactive 2014 Recap
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Overview: a Mega Conference SxSW is basically 3 enormous, loosely related, overlapping conferences -- Interactive, Film, Music -- drawing 25

Random Seeds in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Cloud Instances
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Tomorrow, February 19, 2014, I will be giving a presentation to the Capital of Texas chapter of ISSA, which will be the first public present

How I REALLY WISH I could use my Intel NUC
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Ars Technica posed an interesting question back in October:We have an Intel NUC -- what should we do with it? Here's one idea... Of course I

Is privacy really yours?
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I'm trying desperately to hold private my opinions about the latest revelations on the ways and means of modern espionage, its targets, and

Review: Ubuntu and an Intel NUC
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Last week, I posed a question on Google+, looking for suggestions on a minimal physical format, x86 machine. I was looking for something lik

Byobu's Ubuntu Color Scheme for Manpages and Grep
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I've been trying to bring Ubuntu's beautiful color palette to the command line through Byobu, starting with the command prompt, by defining

Byobu T-shirts are here!
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Byobu t-shirts are here! I just received mine in the mail today and I'm really, really pleased with the comfort and quality! Super comfortab

Fingerprints are User Names, not Passwords
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As one of the maintainers of eCryptfs, and a long time Thinkpad owner, I have been asked many times to add support to eCryptfs for Thinkpad'

Byobu Prompt Now Includes Exit Code of Previous Command and ⟫
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Three changes landed in Byobu yesterday, just ahead of Ubuntu 13.10 User Interface Freeze. These are incremental changes on the work I recen

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Color Note is a simple notepad app. It gives you a quick and simple notepad editing experience when you write notes, memo, email, message, s