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Recently Trekk was gracious enough to let me switch my workstation from Windows 7 to Ubuntu 15.04.  This decision to actually evaluate making the switch stemmed from a number of different reasons.  First and foremost I had been holding on to an outdated version on Windows for far too long and it really was time for me to either update to Windows 10 or start to evaluate different options.

This year I was lucky enough to attend LinuxCon in Chicago.   Three days of project demos, technical presentations, and code sprints all centered around the Linux ecosystem.  There was a lot going on to say the least, I was able to attend a great presentation by Matthew Miller, the Fedora project lead, that discussed where Fedora is now with F20, and where they are going with Fedora 21 and how they would like to make the future releases of Fedora workstation more centered around developer.

Yesterday, a major update to one of my favorite Linux distributions started hitting the public mirrors for download.  After about a month of testing and building, the CentOS 7  general release is up and ready for download.   The current build is only for a desktop environment, but other builds are also on the way for docker, cloud images, and the minimal release.  

On Wednesday a pretty shocking bit of news came out of the Docker camp revealing the ability to gain access to the host machine using an exploit called the “Docker container breakout.”  The exploit was written by Sebastian Krahmer and was posted to the Exploit Database​ on June 18th.  Kudos to Sebastian for making the community aware of this exploit.  Docker is a great tool, I would hate to see it suffer any unwanted set-backs.

On my main computer at home I recently made the switch Linux.  I skipped the dual boot with Windows and dove right in head first with a very simple install of Fedora 20.  I am really liking it so far, my only complaints are Gnome 3, which if you are a Gnome user, you know what I mean, and getting up and running in a development environment.

For logical purposes and peace of mind we all use comments when we develop, whether you are developing high level code or markup on a web page. Most developers use comments to define blocks of code for future coders, and to help paint a road map of where they were headed when they started. Rackspace however, is getting creative with their comments by adding some ASCII logo art in the tag of each one of their site pages. Browse on over and take a look: http://www.rackspace.com/