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Oracle Announces Autonomous Linux

Tuesday 17th of September 2019 04:07:00 AM

Oracle on Monday announced Oracle Autonomous Linux, an autonomous operating that eases management of Linux by automating providing, patching, scaling and tuning without any downtime. Oracle has borrowed the ideas from the autonomous database to make its Linux offering More compelling than those offered by players like Canonical, Red Hat and SUSE. (Source: TFIR)

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How the Worlds of Linux and Windows Programming Converged

Friday 13th of September 2019 05:03:29 AM

Christopher Tozzi at IT Pro Today writes about how Windows and Linux worlds are coming closer. “Once upon a time, the world of developers was split into two halves: One half was composed of Windows developers, who created most of the productivity apps that powered PCs (and, occasionally, servers). The other half comprised Linux and Unix developers, whose work focused on server-side development. Today, however, as the worlds of Windows and Linux move ever closer together, the distinction between Windows and Linux developers is disappearing. Gone are the days when you had to specialize in one ecosystem or the other.”

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The Pentagon Needs to Make More Software Open Source, Watchdog Says

Thursday 12th of September 2019 07:45:52 PM

The White House in 2016 required every agency to make at least 20 percent of its custom software available for reuse across the government, but the Pentagon isn’t even halfway there, according to the Government Accountability Office. The Defense Department is not abiding by a federal mandate to promote the use of open source software and make common code more readily available to other agencies, according to the Government Accountability Office. The department has also failed to fully implement a number of other open source software initiatives required by the OMB memo, such as creating an enterprisewide open source software policy and building inventories of custom code, auditors said. Additionally, officials never created performance metrics to measure the success of their open source software efforts. (Source: Next Gov)

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Huawei selling MateBook laptops with Linux preinstalled

Thursday 12th of September 2019 07:40:52 PM

Despite the trade blacklisting of Huawei by the US government, the Chinese electronics giant’s notebook division is plugging along, despite reports of component order cancellations in June, prompting concern they could exit the PC OEM market. Huawei is now selling the Matebook 13, Matebook 14, and Matebook X Pro at VMALL, Huawei’s ecommerce marketplace in China, with Deepin Linux preinstalled. (Source: Tech Republic)

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Working on Linux’s nuts and bolts at Linux Plumbers

Thursday 12th of September 2019 03:50:47 PM

Linux is built on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) and numerous other more specialized development mailing lists. But email and Internet Relay Chat (IRC) can only get you so far. Sometimes, to get things done, top Linux programmers really need to talk face-to-face with each other. That’s where the Kernel Maintainers Summit and Linux Plumbers comes in. The Kernel Maintainers Summit, Linux ceator Linus Torvalds told me, is an invitation-only gathering of the top Linux kernel developers. But, while you might think it’s about planning on the Linux kernel’s future, that’s not the case. “The maintainer summit is really different because it doesn’t even talk about technical issues.” Instead, “It’s all about the process of creating and maintaining the Linux kernel.” (Source: ZDNet, SJVN)

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IBM Buries The Hatchet Between Red Hat And Cloud Foundry

Thursday 12th of September 2019 09:00:16 AM

IBM has buried the hatchet between Red Hat and Cloud Foundry by bringing its Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment to Red Hat’s OpenShift container platform. Tech Crunch reports that “this work is still officially still a technology experiment, but our understanding is that IBM plans to turn this into a fully supported project that will give Cloud Foundry users the option to deploy their application right to OpenShift, while OpenShift customers will be able to offer their developers the Cloud Foundry experience.”

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Debian 10 Review By Ars Technica

Thursday 12th of September 2019 05:30:13 AM

Scott Gilbertson at Ars Technica reviews the latest release of Debian. He wrote: “Debian is always a tough distro to get excited about because, while there’s a ton of new things in this release, most of these updates long ago arrived in nearly every other distro. Debian releases look like the distro is playing catch-up with the rest of the Linux world. And in some ways, that’s exactly what’s happening.

This time around, though, it feels like there’s more to the new Debian release than that. Most of the major updates in Debian 10 involve security in one way or another, making Buster feel a bit like “Debian, hardened.”

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Cloud Foundry Investment And Deployments Increasing

Wednesday 11th of September 2019 01:59:56 PM

Broad deployment of Cloud Foundry has nearly doubled in just the last two years, according to the latest report released by Cloud Foundry Foundation, home to open source projects helping build the future of cloud applications. The study was released at the Foundation’s European Cloud Foundry Summit in The Hague. It revealed that 45 percent of user respondents describe their Cloud Foundry use as “broad” compared to 30 percent in 2018 and 24 percent in 2017. Furthermore, 39 percent of developers are deploying applications in less than one day. Nearly one in five respondents started using the platform in just the last 12 months, indicating a healthy and growing community of developers. (Source: e3zine)

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Ballerina Reinvents Cloud Native Middleware as a Programming Language

Tuesday 10th of September 2019 03:31:49 PM

Ballerina has announced a new open source project created and sponsored by WSO2, which radically simplifies how developers will build and deploy cloud native distributed applications and services. Ballerina 1.0, which is available under the Apache License, is being announced in conjunction with ApacheCon North America 2019. Ballerina, an ApacheCon Gold Sponsor, will offer technical sessions and demos of the new Ballerina release at the event. WSO2 CTO Paul Fremantle will also hold a session on Tuesday, September 10 at 2:30 p.m., “Ballerina – Re-inventing Middleware in a Programming Language.” ApacheCon North America 2019 is being held September 9-12, 2019 at the Flamingo in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Source: Yahoo!)

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The Eclipse Foundation Releases Jakarta EE 8 Specifications

Tuesday 10th of September 2019 03:25:36 PM

The Eclipse Foundation today announced during the JakartaOne Livestream virtual conference the release of the Jakarta EE 8 Full Platform and Web Profile specifications and related Technology Compatibility Kits (TCKs). This release provides a new baseline for the evolution and innovation of enterprise Java technologies under an open, vendor-neutral, community-driven process. As a result, Java vendors, developers, and customers alike now have a foundation for migrating mission-critical Java EE applications and workloads to a standard enterprise Java stack for a cloud native world. (Source: Financial Buzz)

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Open Source Security Platform Snyk Raises $70m

Tuesday 10th of September 2019 03:23:04 PM

Israel open source security platform developer Snyk has raised $70 million led by Accel and with the participation of previous investors GV and Boldstart Ventures. In its previous financing round last September, the company raised $22 million at a company valuation of $100 million, a source told “Techcrunch” at the time. (Source: Globes)

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Kong Open Sources Kuma: The Universal Service Mesh

Tuesday 10th of September 2019 03:14:32 PM

Kong has announced the release of a new open source project called Kuma. Based on the popular open source Envoy proxy, Kuma is a universal control plane that addresses limitations of first-generation service mesh technologies by enabling seamless management of any service on the network. (Kong Press Release)

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ONF Open Sources Stratum

Tuesday 10th of September 2019 03:05:52 PM

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) today open sourced the Stratum project and said it will be the foundation for ONF’s next-generation SDN stack for operators. Stratum is a silicon-independent switch operating system for software-defined networks that runs on a variety of switching silicon and various whitebox switch platforms. It’s now available under the Apache 2.0 open source license. (SDX Central)

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Manjaro Linux Goes Commercial

Monday 9th of September 2019 01:40:48 PM

One of the most popular Linux distribution, Manjaro Linux, is heading toward its commercial path with the creation of a company around the project to keep it sustainable.

The project has founded a company called Manjaro GmbH & Co. KG, to enable full-time employment of maintainers and exploration of future commercial opportunities.

Project’s idea behind the move is to:

  • Enable developers to commit full time to Manjaro and its related projects;
  • Interact with other developers in sprints and events around Linux;
  • Protect the independence of Manjaro as a community-driven project, as well as protect its brand;
    Provide faster security updates and a more efficient reaction to the needs of users;
  • Provide the means to act as a company on a professional level.

That said, Manjaro will remain a community project; nothing is going to change with the project. Manjaro is also working with the Linux Foundation’s CommunityBridge and OpenCollective projects for sponsorships.

Commercialization of Linux and open source is often frowned about by some users of open source, but the fact is that Linux or any other open-source project need commercialization to succeed. Trade and commerce is the backbone of modern human civilization, without it we would become hunters and gatherers. It’s a wise decision by the project to take this step to ensure sustainability.

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Microsoft To Hosts Windows Subsystem For Linux Conference

Friday 6th of September 2019 08:22:37 PM

Hayden Barnes, founder of Whitewater Foundry, a startup focusing on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) announced WSLconf 1, the first community conference for WSL. This event will be held on March 10-11, 2020 at Building 20 on the Microsoft HQ campus in Redmond, WA. The conference is still coming together. But we already know it will have presentations and workshops from Pengwin, Whitewater’s Linux for Windows, Microsoft WSL, and Canonical’s Ubuntu on WSL developers. (Source: ZDNet)

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ArangoDB: Three Databases In One

Friday 6th of September 2019 02:06:25 AM

ArangoDB, a German database expanding its business in the United States, has released new capabilities in version 3.5 of its eponymous database management software to make it easier to query and search growing data sets across multiple data models. With ArangoDB, data can be stored as key-value pairs, graphs or documents and accessed with one declarative query language. And you can do both at the same time — a document query and a graph query. The combination offers flexibility and performance advantages, explained Claudius Weinberger, CEO. (Source: The New Stack)

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Google Open Sources Tool For Pivacy

Friday 6th of September 2019 02:03:51 AM

Google is open-sourcing a library that it uses to glean insights from aggregate data in a privacy-preserving manner. Called Differentially Private SQL, the library leverages the idea of differential privacy (DP) — a statistical technique that makes it possible to collect and share aggregate information about users, while safeguarding individual privacy. This allows developers and organizations to build tools that can learn from aggregate user data without revealing any personally identifiable information. (Source: The Next Web)

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Microsoft Announces Linux Based AI Camera

Friday 6th of September 2019 01:59:57 AM

Microsoft has released a Linux based $249 “Vision AI Developer Kit” which is targeted at AI edge developers using Azure IoT Edge and Azure Machine Learning. The developer kit includes a camera, which uses Qualcomm’s Vision Intelligence 300 Platform, and the software needed to develop intelligent edge solutions using Azure IoT Edge and Azure Machine Learning. It supports an end-to-end Azure enabled solution with real-time image processing locally on the edge device and model training and management on Azure. The Vision AI Developer Kit, made by our partner eInfochips, can now be ordered from Arrow Electronics. (Source: Microsoft, LinuxGizmos)

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Pulumi Announces Pulumi 1.0 as Infrastructure As Code Platform

Friday 6th of September 2019 01:54:57 AM

Pulumi has announced the general availability of version 1.0 of its modern Infrastructure as Code platform. Pulumi 1.0 introduces new capabilities designed to help developer and operations teams overcome organizational silos and achieve best-in-class levels of productivity, reliability and security on any cloud using familiar programming languages and open source tools and frameworks. Since its founding in 2017, Pulumi has worked with thousands of end users and companies of all sizes — from startups to Global 2000 Enterprises — to deliver production workloads. The 1.0 milestone is a statement of the readiness of Pulumi’s platform for the most demanding applications and organizations. (Source: Pulumi)

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Richard Stallman Invited To Microsoft Event

Thursday 5th of September 2019 03:27:45 PM

Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet reports that Microsoft invited free software legend Richard Stallman to speak at its Microsoft Research headquarters this week. Stallman, known for launching the Free Software Movement to develop the GNU operating system, was and still is a staunch Microsoft critic. Stallman delivered his standard talk around four freedoms. Foley wrote that Microsoft Azure Chief Technology Officer Mark Russinovich tweeted this morning (September 5): “In other OSS-related news, Richard Stallman visited campus yesterday and gave a talk at Microsoft Research.” (Source: ZDNet)

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The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Codename Has Been Revealed…

Following Ubuntu 19.10 ‘Eoan Ermine’, the next version of Ubuntu will, as expected, be based around the letter “F”. But it’s not going to be Feral Ferret, Famous Fox or Finicky Falcon. No, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is codenamed the “Focal Fossa“. And I think it’s a fabulously fitting title. Most of us have barely had time to explore the exuberant excesses of the Eoan Ermine release and yet, development never stops. As convention dictates, each Ubuntu codename combines an adjective and an animal (real or otherwise), alliteratively. And for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS that combination is “focal”, and “fossa” — but what do these words mean? Read more

today's leftovers

  • Required update to recent libarchive

    The compression algorithm zstd brings faster compression and decompression, while maintaining a compression ratio comparable with xz. This will speed up package installation with pacman, without further drawbacks. The imminent release of pacman 5.2 brings build tools with support for compressing packages with zstd. To install these packages you need libarchive with support for zstd, which entered the repositories in September 2018. In order for zstd compressed packages to be distributed, we require all users to have updated to at least libarchive 3.3.3-1. You have had a year, so we expect you already did update. Hurry up if you have not.

  • openSUSE to have Summit in Dublin

    The openSUSE Community is going to Ireland March 27 and 28, 2020, for openSUSE Summit Dublin. Registration for the summit has begun and the Call for Papers is open until Feb. 14. The summit will begin at the end of SUSE’s premier annual global technical conference SUSECON. Partners of openSUSE, open-source community projects and community members are encouraged to register for the summit and submit a talk. The schedule for the openSUSE Summit Dublin will be posted on Feb. 17.

  • Khronos Opens Door For Allowing More Open-Source Drivers To Reach Conformance Status

    Khronos president Neil Trevett was at this month's XDC2019 conference in Montreal and he clarified their position on accepting conformance submissions by the open-source drivers. He clarified that any of the open-source driver projects working on a conformant implementation for OpenGL / OpenCL / Vulkan can indeed submit to Khronos without paying any vendor fees, etc. That includes all drivers, just not those part of (or not) Khronos Group members.

  • TURNIP Vulkan Driver Gets MSAA Working

    Mesa's TURNIP Vulkan driver that provides open-source Vulkan API support for Qualcomm Adreno hardware in recent weeks has been back to seeing new activity and this week more useful contributions are being made. On Tuesday a number of TURNIP commits were made by Jonathan Marek as well as Eric Anholt. The latest work includes a number of fixes, adding the ASTC texture compression format layout, VK_KHR_sampler_mirror_clamp_to_edge, and ultimately getting basic MSAA working. The multi-sample anti-aliasing support for this open-source TURNIP driver for Adreno graphics has been described as "not perfect but gets through some tests."

Proprietary Software Leftovers

  • Google launches the $649 Pixelbook Go Chromebook

    At its annual hardware event, Google today announced the launch of the Pixelbook Go, the latest iteration of its first-party Chromebook lineup. Starting at $649, the Pixelbook Go marks a return to the standard laptop format after last year’s Pixelbook with a 180-degree hinge and the Pixel Slate 2-in-1. The Go will come with a 16:9 13.3-inch touch screen and either an HD or 4K display, two USB-C ports, a built-in Titan-C security chip, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. It’s powered by Intel Core CPUs, starting with an m3 chip at the low end and an i7 at the top end. Available colors are black and “not pink” and pre-orders start now, but only for the black version. “Not pink” is coming soon.

  • BGH Capital backs major new cyber security player

    Former national cyber security adviser Alastair MacGibbon and former Optus Business managing director John Paitaridis joined forces to create the country's largest pure cyber security company, with 400 staff and backing from private equity firm BGH Capital.

    Led by Mr Paitaridis, CyberCX brings together 12 niche cyber security players to form one large company.

  • Malware That Spits Cash Out of ATMs Has Spread Across the World [iophk: Windows TCO]

    Part of the security issue for ATMs is that many of them are, in essence, aged Windows computers.

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