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French Police Will Use Desktop Linux

osx-logoThe French National Gendarmerie will run 37,000 desktop computers with a custom version of Linux. The first stage of the plan is already online and within the next 8 months the agency is going to move all 72,000 of its desktop computers to open source.

The experts see this move as another huge roll-out in a government department which is touted as proof that Windows is dead. Of course, the roll-out is similar to Linux break-throughs in Germany which were never repeated elsewhere.

The French Police explained that the total cost of ownership of Linux and open source apps is almost twice less than proprietary software from Microsoft. Considering the fact that a switch could hack some people off, the police first moved to cross-platform open source apps like OpenOffice, Firefox, and Thunderbird, which allowed employees to keep using Windows while they got used to the new apps. Only after this they were moved onto a Linux OS.

However, it seems that it has taken an incredibly long time to get this far, because the migration started 9 years ago, when the French police faced providing all its users with access to its internal network. Moving from Office to OpenOffice was supposed to save cash. After this, the agency rolled out Firefox and Thunderbird back in 2006. Finally, in 2008, the gendarmerie switched the first batch of 5,000 users to a Linux OS based on Ubuntu.

In the meantime, other governments, including Brazil, have resolved to use more open source software. Moreover, China and India even have their own government-sponsored Linux distributions. Nevertheless, some government plans to move to Linux are hardly committed. For example, the United Kingdom is committed to use open source software “wherever possible”, but major part of its IT budget is spent on proprietary software from such companies as Microsoft and Oracle.

E-mail Alert on Root SSH Login

Want to be notified instantly when someone logs into your server as
root? No problem, check out this nice tutorial on email notification
for root logins. Keeping track of who logs into your server and when
is very important, especially when you’re dealing with the super user
account. We recommend that you use an email address not hosted on the
server your sending the alert from.

So lets get started!

1. Login to your server and su to root, I know the irony!

2. cd /root

3. pico .bashrc

4. Scroll to the end of the file then add the following:
echo ‘ALERT – Root Shell Access (YourserverName) on:’ `date` `who` |
mail -s “Alert: Root Access from `who | cut -d'(‘ -f2 | cut -d’)’

Replace YourServerName with the handle for your actual server
y… with your actual email address

5. Crtl + X then Y

Now logout of SSH, close the connection and log back in! You should
receive an email address of the root login alert a few minutes

Red Hat Launches Linux-Based OpenStack Platform, Targets VMware For Control Of The Data Center

icon-redhatlinux-150x150Red Hat launched an enterprise Linux-based OpenStack platform today that provides a way to build out cloud services from either inside the data center or from a services provider.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux will integrate a vanilla version of OpenStack to create the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. It will mean that Red Hat applications can run in an IaaS platform and provide support for web and mobile oriented applications that are more cloud aware. It will serve as the main platform for Red Hat’s cloud strategy. Continue reading

Red Hat OpenStack, Linux, Virtualization: Cloud Triple Play?

OpenStack-150x150OpenStack, the open source cloud platform, has hundreds of backers. But like Linux, multiple OpenStack distributions may emerge on the market. That could trigger customer confusion and indecision. Enter Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), the leading provider of corporate Linux solutions. The VAR Guy is betting Red Hat will gradually repeat that success with OpenStack. Here’s why.

First, some background: OpenStack is designed for both public and private clouds. In theory, customers can more easily move workloads between their private systems and third-party clouds if all of those services are built atop OpenStack. But for OpenStack to thrive, it needs a critical mass of developers, suppliers, service providers, channel partners and customers who trust the solutions in the market. Let’s take a closer look at each area:

1. OpenStack Developers: This market seems to be thriving and growing fast. The recent OpenStack Summit 2013 in Portland, Oregon, attracted nearly 3,000 people — most of whom were software developers.

2. Suppliers: Here again, numerous companies want to offer OpenStack distributions. That’s a blessing and a burden, since too many choices can overwhelm customers.

3. Service Providers: It’s still very early but the OpenStack service provider market is promising. Several public clouds — including Rackspace, IBM and Hewlett-Packard — leverage OpenStack. Dell recently abandoned its own public cloud plans, which had included OpenStack.

4. Channel Partners: This is a weak area for OpenStack. The industry needs more trained OpenStack pros. Companies like Mirantis are leading the way here. But much more needs to be done.

5. Customers: BestBuy, Bloomberg, Comcast and Hubspot are using OpenStack. But it’s still early in the OpenStack customer deployment cycle.

Red Hat’s Opportunity

Compared to rival OpenStack advocates, Red Hat was somewhat late to this party. But don’t forget: The OpenStack party is really just getting started. Red Hat in April 2013 set up an OpenStack Partner Network to get going. A Red Hat OpenStack Distribution also is under development.

Why does The VAR Guy care? Simple: Red Hat is the one large open source company that has a strong track record with:

  1. Developers: From giants like SAP to start-ups, developers write applications for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
  2. Suppliers: Yes, these can include rival OpenStack suppliers. But what about PC server makers? Here, Red Hat has strong relationships.
  3. Service Providers: From telecom companies to cloud services providers, many of them offer Red Hat in their data centers.
  4. Channel Partners: Partners like VARs influence roughly 60 percent of Red Hat’s sales.
  5. Customers: Check any CIO survey, and you’ll find Red Hat at or near the top of trusted supplier lists.

Red Hat has an opportunity — a big opportunity — to extend that trust from Linux to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) and OpenStack. Plus, you can imagine Red Hat Storage running in those cloud data centers, too.

If OpenStack succeeds on public and private clouds, The VAR Guy suspects, Red Hat will have a hand in that success.