Does SUSE Linux Have A Future?

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Remember SUSE? Way back when it was the cutting-edge Linux distribution, and held its own with Red Hat. But that was a long time ago, long before Microsoft adopted it as its pet and Attachmate took it over as part of its Novell acquisition. With Red Hat dominating the enterprise Linux server market, Canonical owning the Linux desktop market, and Google’s Android running roughshod over everyone in the mobile market, what, exactly, is left for SUSE?In The CloudsCloud, perhaps? After all, Alan Clark, director of Industry Initiatives, Emerging Standards and Open Source at SUSE, and a friend of mine, was elected in 2012 to chair the OpenStack Foundation board. OpenStack seems to have real momentum, but ever since Red Hat got involved, it’s hard to see OpenStack turning out much different from Linux, where Red Hat wins in part because it’s such an active contributor. Already Red Hat has gone from a somewhat light contributor to the third-highest contributor after Rackspace (OpenStack’s founder) and HP.SUSE? It barely makes the list of top-10 contributors.In open source, being the source of the code is more important than owning the source code, and Red Hat is on pace to be the dominant contributor to OpenStack. This can’t be comforting to SUSE. Even if we look at the Linux distributions that individuals run on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Rackspace and other public clouds, SUSE shows up as a rounding error, with Canonical’s Ubuntu commanding the market and Red Hat Enterprise Linux clone CentOS coming in second. It’s telling that when HP, a longtime SUSE supporter, had to choose an operating system to power its own public cloud, it chose Ubuntu. All of which leaves SUSE in a precarious position. On Life Support?No, SUSE is not dead yet.  As longtime Linux pundit Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols told me, This is true, but in a conversation with a former SUSE employee who is familiar with SUSE’s past and current performance, revenue from SUSE’s hardware partners like HP and IBM has been constant but stagnant over the past few years. As he puts it, these longtime SUSE partners want a hedge against Red Hat, but they know that their businesses largely depend upon Red Hat. So they give SUSE just enough business to keep it alive.This doesn’t tell the whole story, though. Other sources inside the company tell me that last year SUSE exceeded its sales targets. Last year, as Forrester notes, SUSE brought in $200 million in revenue and expects to ratchet that up to $234 million.  Life is easier for SUSE now that it has jettisoned the need to upsell Novell’s (pretty tired) management products. Post-Novell, all SUSE needs to worry about is Linux, and SUSE Linux has always had a reputation for serious quality. Now that it has seriously focused itself on the enterprise server market, eschewing erstwhile “sexy” markets like mobile, it’s a much more coherent story to tell would-be customers. It remains relatively strong in Europe, as Paulo Frazao highlights, and its role as a hedge against Red Hat puts it in a good position with VMware, in particular, as Ian Waring suggests.But even as a Red Hat hedge it plays second fiddle to CentOS, of which I was reminded by Kevin Schroeder. No, not with the server vendors, who generally avoid CentOS in an attempt to placate Red Hat. But over the past few years I’ve seen very large enterprises shift applications, including mission-critical applications, to CentOS as a way to cut costs. And in terms of general interest in the two platforms, well, a chart says a thousand words:Still, this doesn’t help SUSE. While I believe the company is wise to focus on the enterprise market, and not distract itself by chasing mobile or even desktop markets, doing so leaves it to compete against its old nemesis, Red Hat, without any compelling reason for the market to drop its preferred RHEL distribution for the Avis of Linux.  SUSE may well “try harder,” but all it seems to have earned for its troubles is a permanent position as a distant, second-place hedge against Red Hat, whose lead continues to grow in the markets about which SUSE cares most. That’s a dangerous position for any company.Lead image courtesy of hotamr.  Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Matt Asay Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#cloud#Linux#OpenStack#Red Hat#servers#SUSE last_img read more

Video Editing 101: How to Stabilize Footage in Premiere Pro

first_imgStep 3: Examining the Stabilized FootageWarp Stabilizer can be a finicky little tool. It’s not a once-size-fits-all kind of effect — you might throw the effect on there, and it becomes more shaky than before. So, what are the reasons why your clip might not work well with warp stabilizer?It’s TOO shaky. The Warp Stabilizer tool is effective, but it can’t perform magic. All it’s really doing is creating an artificial box-within-a-box to create the illusion of a smoothed-out shot. If your camera shakes too much, and there’s too much motion blur within your clip, the tool won’t have the information it needs to track and stabilize your footage.You have Time Remapped your clip. Premiere Pro won’t let you apply Warp Stabilizer to a clip you’ve either sped up or slowed down. There’s a quick fix to this — simply nest your clip, then place the effect over the nested sequence.The clip is too dark. If the effect can’t interpret the information in the clip, it won’t be able to justly stabilize it — just like if the clip was too shaky. Make sure your clip is brightened up or make sure you properly expose when you shoot. Shooting for Warp StabilizerA trick I’ve learned over the years is that you can actually plan your shots knowing you’re going to apply Warp Stabilizer in post. To get the best gimbal-like smoothness out of your clip, follow Shutterstock’s own Todd Blankenship’s tips for shooting for Warp Stabilizer:Shoot Wide. The wider you shoot, the more information that Warp Stabilizer has to clean up and smooth out the motion. It’ll also cut down on your motion blur that might come from a zoom lens.Shoot in a Deep Depth of Field. Warp Stabilizer is not a big fan of blurry parts of video. The shallower your depth of field, the harder it is for the effect to decipher information. Keep your aperture tight, and try your best to avoid a sharp depth of field. That’s where you’ll run into those weird jitter shakes that happen when Warp Stabilizer gets confused during analysis. Step 2: Clip AnalysisAfter executing the first step, Premiere Pro will analyze the clip. This’ll take a minute, but you shouldn’t have to wait too long. Shaky footage can totally throw off the momentum of your video. Here’s how you can stabilize it in post in Adobe Premiere Pro.One of the most basic must-know video editing tricks is stabilizing shaky footage. You may have shaky footage because you were shooting handheld or you didn’t have access to a gimbal. Cleaning it up with the Warp Stabilizer is a more common occurrence than you might think. This task is very simple — you’re only seconds away from correcting an “unusable” shot.Step 1: Activate Warp StabilizerGet your shaky clip in front of you. Open up Effects, and choose Video Effects. Scroll down to Distort, and double-click Warp Stabilizer. You can also click and drag the Warp Stabilizer option over to your clip. Diving Deeper into Warp StabilizerFor even more control and precision when fixing your footage, open up Effects Controls for Warp Stabilizer, and you can watch each frame get analyzed. You can also change the Smoothness to work with your footage — if the stabilizer is too jarring, you can turn it down and play with the effect in any way you want. Make sure to check out Austin Crow‘s dive into the Warp Stabilizer effect above to really get to know the effect.This post was originally published in September, 2016. It has been updated to reflect appropriate changes.Looking for more post-production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Post-Production Tips: How to Create a Split-Field Diopter EffectHow to Speed Up or Reverse a Clip in Premiere Pro7 Tutorials for Better Titles, Text and Motion GraphicsIn-Camera or in Post: How to Get the Same Effects as Expensive Lenses3 Tips for Stabilizing Smartphone Videographylast_img read more

Yogi waives farm loans up to Rs. 1 lakh

first_imgThe Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, at its first Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, announced its decision to waive farmers’ loans worth ₹30,729 crore, writing off all farm loans up to ₹1 lakh.The government will also settle around ₹6,000 crore of NPAs of seven lakh small and marginalised farmers, to whom the banks had stopped issuing loans, through a one-time paymentThe double decision, a major promise made as part of the BJP’s poll campaign, will benefit over 86 lakh small and marginalised farmers, who had taken loans until March 31, 2016. The total cost to the State exchequer will amount to ₹36,000 crore.Also Read  The decisions were passed in the first cabinet meeting called by the Chief Minister . Cabinet ministers Shrikant Sharma and Sidharth Nath Singh briefed the media about the decisions.The decisions are expected to be passed in the forthcoming Budget Session. Sidharth Nath Singh described the first cabinet meeting as the “beginning of the Sankalp Patr agenda implementation.”The government also said that all farmers having up to 5 acre land will be counted as small farmers, while those with 2.5-acre land will be categorized as marginalised farmers. Along with it, the State would also set up 5000 centres for wheat procurement and would start of by purchasing 40 lakh metric tonnes of wheat at a rate of Rs 10 per more than the minimum support price per quintal.The purchase will directly purchase the wheat on the basis of their Aadhar cars without the involvement of middlemen. A “Kisan Rahat Bond” will be introduced for raising money for the farm loan waiver.In its election manifesto, the BJP had reached out to the peasant community, promising waiver of crop loans for marginal farmers and loan with zero interest rate for marginal farmers.While BJP leaders celebrated the cabinet’s decision, opposition parties criticized the government’s decision to waive off loans up to Rs 1 lakh saying it deceived the poor and marginal farmers.SP president and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said by putting a Rs 1 lakh cap on the loan waiver, the BJP government had betrayed poor farmers.. “The promise was for a full loan waiver, not with a cap. Crores of farmers are feeling cheated due to the cap of Rs `1 lakh. This is betrayal of poor farmers,” Mr. Yadav tweeted.Randeep Surjewala, Congress spokesperson, said the loan waiver was “incomplete” and a “ardhsatya.”“Oont ke munh mein jeera, nahi hua vayda poora,” he said, claiming that the loan waiver step would not provide relief to the farmer or rescue them from the grip of debt.Mr. Surjewala argued that farmer loans in the State amounted to Rs 92,000 crore but the State had only waived off Rs 36000. Marginalised and small farmers would not be benefitted. “Out of the 2.33 crore farmers in UP, 2.15 crore are small and marginal farmers,” he said. Farm loan waiver, the first challenge for Adityanathlast_img

Alaska re-ups Henton for PBA Governors’ Cup

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Azarenka makes winning return after break to have baby 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA Season 43 Preview: Alaska Aces PLAY LIST 03:19PBA Season 43 Preview: Alaska Aces00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments The Aces, though, bowed to eventual champion Ginebra early in the playoffs.The Providence product returned to the country on Tuesday and has already joined the team practices which started on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDuring his time away from the Philippines, Henton was signed up by NBA D-League squad Santa Cruz Warriors, where he netted an average of 13.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.The Aces are eyeing a better outing in the season-ending conference after an eight-game losing streak derailed their campaign the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup. What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLooking to recapture its lost glory, Alaska is bringing back LaDontae Henton for the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The 6-foot-5 forward is seeking a better campaign this time with the Aces after he averaged 31.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.3 blocks in last season’s quarterfinals finish.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

ONE: Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong hands Jihin Radzuan her first loss

first_imgGina Iniong uses all her tools to grind out a split-decision victory over the previously unbeaten Jihin Radzuan! #WeAreONE #ClashOfLegends #Bangkok #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/CLq1AhPJjD— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) February 16, 2019Gina Iniong dedicated her fight against Jihin Radzuan to her family and most especially to her mother, who is battling cancer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIniong did her loved ones proud.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Iniong redeemed herself from a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Istela Nunes last July.The Baguio City native now owns an 8-4 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 29-year-old Iniong came away with a split decision victory over Radzuan in ONE: Clash of Legends Saturday night at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Carlo Peñalosa takes home another KO victory View commentslast_img read more

With Googles New App Your Loved Ones Can Find You During Emergencies

first_imgDecember 5, 2016 Register Now » 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img For most of us, a call to 911 is our first impulse when facing an emergency situation. Today, with the rise of social media and advances in technology, people can turn to a smartphone app or social media page for help during crises.From Apple’s Find My Friends to Facebook’s Safety Check, tech giants are creating ways to help people during emergencies. And Google has taken things one step further with Trusted Contacts.Trusted Contacts allows users to share their location with any of their designated “trusted contacts,” while trusted contacts can request the user’s location as well. A person can accept or decline someone’s request, but if they don’t respond, the app will automatically accept the request and share that individual’s location.Users can share their location at any given time, or indefinitely. The app is different than Find My Friends, letting users share their location for a certain period of time, while perhaps walking home alone or out and about at night. Unless a location is shared indefinitely, the app only shows trusted contacts general information about a user’s whereabouts and if they are online. The app works offline too, so if a user’s phone dies, a trusted contact can find out where their last online location was.Google’s product manager David Tattersall tells Mashable, “It basically means then that as long as you’ve got your phone in your pocket, someone can always find you in case of an emergency. You’re always findable.”The app is only available for Android right now, but will be available on iPhones soon. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more