The Linux desktop: With great success comes great failure
Linux desktop system is both the most popular operating system and a niche end-user OS. How can that be? Follow along, my friends, and I’ll tell you.
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Challenges & solutions for government data backup and continuity
State, county, & local governments are unique. From constricted budgets to needing to protect large numbers of devices and users, governments face a unique set requirement for data protection and business continuity. Unitrends has a long history of protecting governmental IT assets, with customers ranging from small towns to major state agencies protecting the data and applications of thousands of employees.- Government data backup
Here are the challenges unique to state and local governments and how Unitrends meets them.
1. Highly Proprietary Data – Government data backup
Governments create and manage large amounts of private data such as criminal records, tax reports, and court documents. Unitrends appliances can replicate data locally, to a remote site or to our highly secure Unitrends Cloud.
From any of those locations, data can be stored for long-term retention and/or used for disaster recovery purposes.
2. Stretched IT Departments
Most state, county, and local governments have few IT resources with little time to spend managing backups and
recovery. Unitrends’ products are designed for a set-it-and-forget-it style of use with emails that report backup results so you always know things are working properly. Continue reading
Ubuntu Linux will never be the same after version 17.10
Ready for a really new Ubuntu Linux desktop? Then start downloading Ubuntu 17.10 today. Canonical has abandoned its Unity interface in favor of the new GNOME 3.26 desktop and has replaced its homegrown Mir display server with Wayland.
That may sound like a radical change, but if you look closely at the new Ubuntu 17.10, Artful Aardvark, desktop, it will look familiar. That’s because while the underlying technologies have changed, Ubuntu’s developers have customized its default GNOME desktop to look and feel like Unity.
At the same time, there is a fundamental change here. Canonical is no longer working on being a desktop leader. It’s using the shared work of other Linux desktop vendors instead of trying to set its own software course. The company’s developers are focusing far more on the cloud, containers, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
If the new Unity-like GNOME interface is not to your taste, you can also get Ubuntu 17.10 with the KDE desktop, Kubuntu 17.10; MATE with Ubuntu MATE; or Budgie with Ubuntu Budgie desktops. If you’re an experienced Linux user, you already know the first two. Budgie, however, is newer. It’s based on GNOME, but it’s been adapted by Solus Linux developers to be extremely easy to use. Continue reading
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An enterprise perspective on Apple’s iOS 11
Apple’s iOS 11 will bring a range of improvements to iOS-using enterprises. Big iPad improvements and ARKit have multiple implications, but I’ve looked at some of the many other iOS 11 enhancements enterprises may enjoy,… Continue reading