More articles by Brian Proffitt

Private Cloud vs. Virtual Datacenter
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published January 26, 2011
The in-house option of a private cloud offers an array of advantages over remote storage.
Tracking Linux Network Stats with vnStat
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published November 22, 2010
The Linux networking tool nStat is a popular network traffic logger.
Choosing an Open Source Systems Management Solution
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published September 1, 2010
In the open source systems management sector, four open source vendors are generally seen as leaders.
Ubuntu Romances the Enterprise
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published July 15, 2010
The open source vendor is pushing its server product into the enterprise using a free version as a hook.
Linux Distro Switching: Pro vs. Con
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published February 26, 2010
Linux users have a habit of changing distros faster than you can say Ubuntu. Does this practice hurt of help Linux's development?
Enterprise Unix Roundup: Signs Point to Yes
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published July 11, 2008
After reading about the evolution of Unix, the question arises: Will the future of Unix be strong?
Enterprise Unix Roundup: Sun Should Loosen Up
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published July 4, 2008
Sun is trying to be a good open source citizen, but to truly succeed it needs to let loose of the reins a bit and let open source methodology do the work.
Enterprise Unix Roundup: HP Gifts AdvFS, Big Bow on Small Box
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published June 27, 2008
They say good things come in small packages. HP's open sourcing of the Tru64 Advanced File System is all well and good. But a big deal? Mm, maybe not so much.
Enterprise Unix Roundup: Making Good on a Promise
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published June 20, 2008
When IBM started shipping machines with Linux, people thought AIX was a goner. Or Linux soon would be marginalized. Eight years later, neither has happened, and one very positive outcome has resulted.
Enterprise Unix Roundup: Can It Be Easy to Be Green?
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published June 13, 2008
A recent survey finds Linux more power efficient than Windows. Can Unix do better?
Enterprise Unix Roundup: One Direction for Post-Enterprise Unix
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published June 6, 2008
The number of large enterprises is much smaller than other markets, and Unix is still losing market share to Linux. So where can Unix go from here?
Enterprise Unix Roundup: Disruption in the OS Market? Hardly
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published May 30, 2008
A new report from Gartner on the operating system market promises to reveal big changes in that sector in coming years. Except it looks like the roadmap we've predicted all along.
Enterprise Unix Roundup: Serving Up OS X
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published May 16, 2008
Linux on the desktop? Apple in the enterprise? Two questions, with perhaps the same answer.
Enterprise Unix Roundup: OpenSolaris, Farm Team or Big League?
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published May 9, 2008
Despite a long history and solid reviews, the jury seems out on OpenSolaris before it even gets going.
Enterprise Unix Roundup: HP, Our Unix is Easier to Use
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published April 11, 2008
HP returns IBM's swipe with some of its own. It takes aim at AIX in an announcement about HP-UX 11i v3 Update 2, which is coming out this month.
Enterprise Unix Roundup: Battle Thunderclouds On the Horizon
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published April 4, 2008
Small skirmishes between IBM and HP seem to be heating up toward outright conflict. The winner? Us.
Enterprise Unix Roundup: Oracle Breaks Out ClusterWare
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published March 28, 2008
Unbreakable Linux has seemed rather unexciting on the enterprise scene. A new offering from Oracle may change that.
Enterprise Unix Roundup: Unix Heads for the Clouds
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published February 29, 2008
The recent fight over the OOXML format as a standard could be a big clue for determining the new direction for IT. A direction for which all of the Unix operating systems could be sitting pretty.
Enterprise Unix Roundup: EU vs. Microsoft vs. IBM
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published January 18, 2008
Rather than nursing its wounds from the recent anti-trust ruling in Europe, Microsoft is using same law against IBM in a proxy move that could shake up the mainframe market on the Continent.
Making OpenSolaris More Accessible
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published August 1, 2007
Sun' s OpenSolaris team talks about Project Indiana, the company's efforts to create a binary-compatible distribution of OpenSolaris.
Indiana's Calling, Is Anyone Listening?
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published July 30, 2007
Telling the story of Project Indiana is not an easy one. LinuxPlanet talked with several members of Sun's OpenSolaris team to discern just what the deal is.
Measuring Linux and Open Source
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published June 27, 2007
As Linux continues to move into the enterprise data center, its power and speed are often touted as being stronger and faster compared to other operating systems. But how much faster? A look at an organization that has already explored the paths of computer measurement.
Eben Moglen Speaks: the GPL Today
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published May 19, 2007
At last week's Red Hat Summit, Eben Moglen, director of the Software Freedom Law Center, spoke about the state of the GPL 3.
Red Hat Launches RHX Online Portal
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published May 12, 2007
The online social marketplace stepped into the enterprise Linux space today, after the launch of Red Hat Exchange. Think Facebook for enterprise products.
Canonical: Ubuntu the Answer to Dell Question
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published May 3, 2007
"People are always asking us to support Linux on the desktop, but the question is: 'Which Linux are you talking about'?"
Ubuntu Users Get Java Surprise
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published April 21, 2007
Sun Microsystems has partnered with Canonical to release a complete Java stack for Ubuntu users. While Java components have been around for quite some time, this is first time users can easily download and install this stack.
Canonical Launches Beta of Launchpad 1.0
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published April 4, 2007
One of the major advantages of open source software development is the collaborative efforts between the members of any given project. But what happens when projects don't talk to each other?
Enterprise Unix Roundup: Oracle, Enterprise Linux Pioneer?
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published February 2, 2007
IBM and Oracle agreed to offer more support for Linux applications running on IBM System z mainframes. The deal doesn't extend to Oracle's Unbreakable Linux at this time -- though not from lack of interest on IBM customers' part.
New Conference Signals End of East Coast LinuxWorld Expo
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published June 23, 2006
The launch of a new LinuxWorld event by events manager IDG World Expo means big changes for the cycle of LinuxWorld Conference and Expos (LWCEs) in the United States in 2007. Specifically, the East Coast version of the LWCE, first held in New York City and then Boston in 2005 and 2006, will no longer take place.
OpenVZ Delivers Easy Virtualization
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published March 10, 2006
Understanding virtualization is not an easy thing. The concept of many virtual machines running on board a single physical machine sounds good but to many the idea seems rather, well... virtual.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Storms the Enterprise
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published October 22, 2003
The culmination of two years of code work and product enhancement dedicated to finally closing the gap between UNIX and Linux functionality has finally arrived with today's release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.
Linux Vendors Leap onto Madison Bandwagon
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published June 30, 2003
Intel's Itanium 2 processor, codenamed Madison, was officially released today, and no less than three major vendors have announced their Linux product plans for the new platform.
Red Hat Noncommittal On UnitedLinux
By Brian Proffitt |  Article Published May 31, 2002
The market's leading Linux software vendor is taking a 'wait and see' attitude regarding the new agreement between four Linux distribution players.

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