Conflict resolution: A primer
People are pretty incredible. The open source community is a great example of this: hundreds and thousands of people passionate about building new things, collaborating together, and helping each other succeed. Good people deliver great results, time and time again.
There is though, always going to be conflict. Sometimes people will disagree on ideas, on perspectives, on approaches, or ideologies. Sometimes you can’t point your finger at the source of conflict easily and it seems people just don’t get on.
Conflict doesn’t just happen in open source projects though. It happens at work, in our families, in our groups of friends, and elsewhere. So, when you have two people who rub each other up the wrong way, how do you help to resolve it? Today I want to share some things I have learned that might help.
Amazon goes open source with machine-learning tech, competing with Google’s TensorFlow
Amazon is making a bigger leap into open-source technology with the unveiling of its machine-learning software DSSTNE.
OPNFV’s Inaugural Plugfest Hosted by CableLabs
OPNFVs first Plugfest was held at CableLabs facility in Louisville, CO. This event, which focused on deployment and integration of OPNFV as well as Virtual Network Function (VNF) applications, was open to both OPNFV members and non-members.
AtScale, Focused on BI and Hadoop, Bags Another $11 Million in Funding
In recent months, tools that demystify and function as useful front-ends and connectors for the open source Hadoop project are much in demand. Hadoop has been the driving technology behind much of the Big Data trend, and there are many administrators who can benefit from simplified dashboards and analytics tools that work with it. In fact, as we covered here, MapR's CEO predicted thatÂ IT will embrace self-service Big Data to allow developers, data scientists and data analysts to directly conduct data exploration."
My two cents about Jekyll
Wordpress is mainly about WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get), but you can also go the WYSIWYW way if you prefer (What you see is what you write). In other words, you can write your posts in plain HTML, or Markdown (thanks to the Jetpack plugin). The latter is what I used to do, but the downside is a slower productivity: you need to click the Preview button to get a preview of the resulting page.
- SourceClear’s Free Tool “Open” Finds Vulnerabilities In Your Open Source Code [Ed: It’s not free (libre), it’s not open, and it’s Microsoft-connected FUD]
- Microsoft Rolls Out .NET Core RC2, .NET Core SDK Preview 1 With Linux Support [Ed: core means Open Core, more or less]
HSA IL Front-End Proposed For GCC
HSA stakeholders are hoping to mainline their HSA IL front-end for the GCC compiler stack. In particular, BRIG, the binary form of the Heterogeneous System Architecture Intermediate Language.
The HSA Foundation has been maintaining their repository with the HSA IL front-end on top of GCC 4.9 while now the developers are hoping to see this code mainlined. The development appears to be done primarily by Parmance, a company specializing in parallel performance engineering.
- Global Geographic Information System (GIS) Market - Growing Demand of Open-Source GIS Software a Key Market Restraint - Research and Markets
Can Open Source Hardware Crack Semiconductor Industry Economics?
The running joke is that when a headline begs a question, the answer is, quite simply, “No.” However, when the question is multi-layered, wrought with dependencies that stretch across an entire supply chain, user bases, and device range, and across companies in the throes of their own economic and production uncertainties, a much more nuanced answer is required.
Although Moore’s Law is not technically dead yet, organizations from the IEEE to individual device makers are already thinking their way out of a box that has held the semiconductor industry neatly for decades. However, it turns out, that thought process is complicated just as much by technical challenges as it is by economic barriers.
Security will fix itself, eventually
Here's my prediction though. In the future, good security will be cheaper to build, deploy, and run that bad security. This sounds completely insane with today's technology. A statement like is some kook ten years ago telling everyone solar power is our future. Ten years ago solar wasn't a serious thing, today it is. Our challenge is figuring out what the new security future will look like. We don't really know yet. We know we can't train our way out of this, most existing technology is a band-aid at best. If I had to guess I'll use the worn out "Artificial Intelligence will save us all", but who knows what the future will bring. Thanks to Al Gore, I'm now more optimistic things will get better. I'm impatient though, I don't want to wait for the future, I want it now! So all you smart folks do me a favor and start inventing the future.
Does Microsoft care about security? [Ed: no, because leaks show it gives back doors to governments]
On Wednesday, I also booted my laptop to Windows. I had not used the laptop for several days, so the AV definitions were three days old. It updated after around 3 hours. But the Vista system still has not updated.
This is the third consecutive month when I have had problems with updating MSE, at around the time of patch Tuesday. The previous two months, I attempted to manually update. On the manual update, it did a search for virus updates, then seemed to hang there forever not actually downloading. It did eventually update, after repeating this for two days. This month, I decided to allow it to update without manual intervention, with the results described above.
It seems pretty obvious that, recently, Microsoft has worsened the priority for updates to Windows 7 and to Vista. The priority worsening is greater for Vista than for Windows 7. It affects monthly patches as well as MSE virus table updates.
The message to malware producers is loud and clear. Malware producers should distribute their malware on patch Tuesday, and Microsoft will give them a free run for several days.
The current release 5.22 of KDE Frameworks gained a new framework: KWayland. So far KWayland got released together with Plasma. KWayland entered as tier 1/integration and is only available on Linux (and other Linux-like systems).
For us working on the Wayland stack in Plasma and KDE this is a very important step. Now we can use KWayland also in other frameworks. Also with KWayland in frameworks we expose it to a larger audience. We hope that it is a useful framework for anyone using Wayland with Qt. It’s not a replacement for QtWayland, rather an addition and way more flexible by being closer to the Wayland API.
Open source’s inherent flexibility maximises IT value, says Mikael Norberg, CTO at Sweden’s Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). Thanks to free software licences, information technology can be used effectively. Last year, Försäkringskassan completed its transition to open source in its data centre in Sundsvall, “driving down costs while increasing IT value”, the CTO says.
Top new today in the Linux world is the recovery of Jon "maddog" Hall. Hall, a staunch supporter of Linux and Open Source, recently suffered a heart attack and is now recovering comfortably at home. PCLinuxOS announced the end of the 32-bit versions and Dimstar blogged the latest in Tumbleweed. Elsewhere, Paul Venezia said Apple is on the ropes and Neil Rickert said Microsoft clearly doesn't even care about security.
- There's Finally An Open-Source VPU-Side Bootloader For The Raspberry Pi
ACPI 6.1, CPUFreq Schedutil Provide Power Fun For Linux 4.7
The latest fun stuff worth mentioning for the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window are the ACPI and power management updates.
AMD's Carrizo Gets Accumulated Power Reporting In Linux 4.7
The hwmon subsystem updates were mailed in this morning for the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window and contains a notable addition to the fam15h_power driver.
With Linux's fam15h_power driver for power consumption reporting on AMD Family 15h processors, there is now accumulated power reporting for Carrizo and newer.
- Numerous Scheduler Changes Inbound For Linux 4.7
- EFI Bootloader Control Driver, Core EFI Capsule Ready For Linux 4.7
CoreOS held its second annual CoreOS Fest event May 9-10 in Berlin, with a satellite event simulcast in San Francisco. CoreOS originally got its start in 2013 as an optimized delivery platform for Docker containers but has evolved to become one of Docker Inc.'s primary rivals, building out its own rkt container runtime. CoreOS also has become a leading contributor to the Kubernetes open-source container orchestration platform, originally built by Google. CoreOS' commercial tectonic platform is a fully supported Kubernetes distribution that aims to provide organizations with a Google Infrastructure for Everyone Else (GIFEE) platform. At CoreOS Fest, the company announced a new $28 million round of funding to help advance its technologies and marketing efforts. Also at the event, Tigera, a new company that will oversee the commercialization of the Canal open-source effort, officially launched. Zachary Smith, CEO of Packet, used his time on the CoreOS Fest stage to detail how his cloud hosting company is enabling trusted cloud computing on a bare metal platform. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the highlights of the CoreOS Fest event.
ZFS comes to Debian, thanks to licensing workaround
The ZFS file system has come to popular Linux distribution Debian, but in a way the distro's backers think won't kick up another row over compatibility of open source licences.
Ubuntu 16.04 added ZFS, despite pre-release grumblings from Richard Stallman to the effect that anything licensed under the GNU GPL v2 can only be accompanied by code also released under the GNU GPL v2. ZFS is issued under a Common Development and Distribution License, version 1 (CDDLv1).
Skirting The Hole In The Ice Of ZFS
The muddy part is how building and running a ZFS module with Linux is not a violation of copyright when a combined derivative work of Linux+ZFS is created. Making even one copy is probably a violation of both CDDL and GPL., so keep on skating.
What does it mean that ZFS is included in Debian?
Petter Reinholdtsen recently blogged about ZFS availability in Debian. Many people have worked hard on getting ZFS support available in Debian and we would like to thank everyone involved in getting to this point and explain what ZFS in Debian means.