Category: Systems

Release PHP 8 (PHP major update)

PHP 8: release features and improvements

The last version of the PHP language, PHP 8, was released on November 26, 2020. This last major update includes many new features and significant optimizations, compared with previous versions. The development of the 8th version of PHP has been focused on creating new functionalities. Named arguments, attributes, constructor properties and JIT are some of

Gráfico de datos MySQL

How to import and export MySQL or MariaDB databases

Creating backups of your websites and applications is basically essential. When talking about backups, we don’t only refer to website files, but also to databases (DB). In this post, we will focus on the process to create a backup of MySQL and MariaDB databases. There isn’t the slightest doubt that backing up databases is very

Linux kernel 5.8

Linux Kernel 5.8: “one of the biggest releases of all time”

At the beginning of August 2020, Linus Torvalds announced the release of the Linux Kernel 5.8. This latest Linux kernel version replaces the previous stable version, Linux 5.7.  Months ago, Linus Torvalds described this new version of the kernel as one of the biggest releases of all time. Linux 5.8 introduces many improvements, such as

Programming language PHP

What is PHP-FPM? A PHP for high traffic websites

PHP-FPM (FastCGI Process Manager) is the most popular alternative implementation of PHP FastCGI. PHP (acronym of PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is one of the most popular open source programming languages on the Internet, used for web development in platforms such as Magento, WordPress or Drupal. Although it was initially designed for preprocessing plain text in UTF-8.

Legacy systems

What is a legacy system?

A legacy system is an old or out-of-date system, technology or software application that continues to be used by an organization. Legacy systems no longer have support and maintenance but they can’t easily be replaced. Systems tend to become obsolete over time. Businesses change constantly due to changes in the economy, new laws, market conditions,

CentOS Linux

CentOS, a stable and easy to use Linux distribution

CentOS (abbreviation of “Community Enterprise Operating System”), launched in 2004, is a stable, predictable and easy to use Linux distribution, with a growing community behind it. It is based on the source code of the commercial license Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). CentOS Linux is a safe bet for those looking for a high-quality code.

secure connection with VPN

What’s a VPN, how does it work and what is it used for?

Using a VPN or Virtual Private Network allows to create a secure and encrypted connection between two points. For instance, for connecting to the dashboard of our Private Cloud without it being accessible over the Internet. At the end of this post we will talk about which are the VPN solutions we recommend and use.

Choosing an OpenVPN client

Which OpenVPN clients to use and how to install them

The OpenVPN clients we recommend at Stackscale are: the open source OpenVPN client for Windows, the open source TunnelBlick solution for Mac OS and, for Linux, an OpenVPN package that can be easily installed.  How to install OpenVPN on Linux You can install the OpenVPN client on Linux following one of the following options, depending

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS new features

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS: enhanced security and performance

Last thursday, April 23rd, the last LTS version of Ubuntu was released by Canonical: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Upgrading is possible both from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 19.10.  This long-term support release will provide public support for 5 years, until April 2025, for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud and Ubuntu Core; and until 2030


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