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SUSE has reaf­firmed its sup­port for the Btrfs file sys­tem (based on the copy-on-write prin­ci­ple), of which it’s the big­gest con­trib­u­tor, with it re­main­ing the de­fault filesys­tem for SUSE Linux En­ter­prise. As a blog post ( www.suse.com/com­mu­ni­ties/

blog/but­ter-bei-die-fis­che) writ­ten by Matthias Eck­er­mann, di­rec­tor prod­uct man­age­ment of SUSE Linux En­ter­prise, ex­plains, SUSE’s in­vest­ment in Btrfs has pro­duced a num­ber of fea­tures and in­no­va­tions that are now es­sen­tial to the dis­tro – and of course, mov­ing to a new filesys­tem for en­ter­prise users would be a huge un­der­tak­ing. Google has an­nounced the launch of Chrome En­ter­prise, a ver­sion of Chrome OS de­signed for en­ter­prise users. With Chrome­books be­com­ing so pop­u­lar among busi­ness and aca­demic users, we feel this is a smart move. Chrome En­ter­prise, which costs $50 a year per de­vice, comes with a range of ex­tra fea­tures, in­clud­ing an en­ter­prise app store, ad­vanced se­cu­rity con­trols, 24/7 sup­port and in­te­gra­tion with cloud man­age­ment tools. For more in­for­ma­tion, check out the blog post at www.blog.google/top­ics/ con­nected-workspaces/ in­tro­duc­ing-chrome-en­ter­prise.

Imag­ine if Li­nus Tor­valds had been head­hunted by Ap­ple and stopped work­ing on Linux. In that al­ter­nate re­al­ity you’d be prob­a­bly hold­ing a copy of MacFor­mat in your hands right now, but ac­cord­ing to an in­ter­view with Wired, Li­nus was of­fered a job at Ap­ple by Steve Jobs in 2000, to work on the Unix-based ker­nel of Mac OS. While it would have meant work­ing for a big­ger (at the time) user base, and prob­a­bly re­sulted in a sig­nif­i­cantly larger monthly pay cheque, it would have also meant that Li­nus could no longer work on Linux, so he de­clined. We think he def­i­nitely made the right move!

De­vices such as the Asus Chrome­book Flip are pop­u­lar with busi­nesses, which is why Chrome En­ter­prise is so wel­come.

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