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Open-source serverless framework wants to pave the way towards serverless 2.0

Friday 30th of August 2019 01:56:29 AM

Lightbend has launched a new open-source serverless framework to take on the next generation of serverless. CloudState aims to go beyond the normal stateless functions most serverless initiatives take on today. According to Jonas Bonér, CTO at Lightbend, today’s current serverless movement focuses a lot on automation and infrastructure, but neglects requirements at the application layer. This is because data, streaming and event-driven stateful architectures can be challenging, he explained. (Source: SDTimes)

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Ethereum Client Becomes First Public Blockchain Project on Hyperledger

Friday 30th of August 2019 01:49:57 AM

Hyperledger has officially adopted its first public blockchain project in the form of ConsenSys’ Pantheon. The Hyperledger technical steering committee approved Pantheon’s addition Thursday morning, renaming the initiative to Hyperledger Besu (a Japanese term for base or foundation). Pantheon was first proposed as a potential new member of the consortium on Aug. 8, joining the likes of Hyperledger Fabric (which IBM has supported) and Hyperledger Sawtooth (backed by Intel). (Source: Yahoo!)

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Storj Opens Its Decentralized Storage Service Project to Beta

Friday 30th of August 2019 01:45:48 AM

Storj Labs has released the beta of its open source namesake decentralized cloud object storage software alongside opening up beta access to its own implementation of that software with its decentralized cloud storage service Tardigrade. Originally the brainchild of founder Shawn Wilkinson, Storj has gone through two other implementations before arriving at version 3 (V3).  (Source: The New Stack)

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City-Led Open Mobility Foundation Uses Open Source To Manage Transportation

Thursday 29th of August 2019 02:49:32 PM

Seleta Reynolds runs the Los Angeles Department of Transportation with 7,500 miles of streets, 5,000 traffic signals, 37,000 parking meters and if that’s not enough one year ago the latest innovation in transportation arrived – dockless bikes also known as e-scooters. On a recent Friday in early July, there were 52,000 trips taken in L.A. on those scooters. Reynolds and the LA DOT created the Mobility Data Specification (MDS) as a set of data specifications and data sharing requirements for dockless e-scooters and bicycles, which it shared on GitHub. Today, about 80 cities worldwide are using the MDS. (TFIR)

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GNOME Wants to Make Linux Firmware Updates Easier to Deploy with New Tool

Thursday 29th of August 2019 03:44:39 AM

Long-time GNOME developer Richard Hughes is looking at a new tool for the GNOME desktop environment to make deployments of firmware updates easier for all users. At the moment, the GNOME Software Center only displays devices when firmware updates are pending, but Hughes and Andrew Schwenn, an intern from Dell, have been working lately on a new tool that would be integrated as a panel into GNOME Control Center, which promises to make it easier for users to install new firmware versions for their hardware. (Source: Softpedia)

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Microsoft readies exFAT patents for Linux

Thursday 29th of August 2019 12:23:35 AM

Microsoft has announced that it would make the technical specification for exFAT publicly available to facilitate the development of conformant, interoperable implementations. Microsoft said it also supports the eventual inclusion of a Linux kernel with exFAT support in a future revision of the Open Invention Network’s Linux System Definition, where, once accepted, the code will benefit from the defensive patent commitments of OIN’s 3040+ members and licensees. When the next edition of the Linux System Definition is released in the first quarter of 2020, any member of the OIN will be able to use exFAT without paying a patent royalty. (Source: ZDNet)

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OrangeCrab, An Open Source Lattice ECP5 FPGA Board

Wednesday 28th of August 2019 01:37:43 PM

Lattice ECP5 FPGA powered OrangeCrab is the work of Greg Davill who designed the Adafruit Feather-compatible board in KiCAD, crowdsourced schematics/PCB checking and published his progress on Twitter, and published the files of the open source hardware board on Github. (Source: CNX-Software)

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Chrome OS Gets First Chromebook Enterprise Devices

Tuesday 27th of August 2019 03:11:14 AM

Google today announced a slew of Chrome Enterprise updates, including a faster Google Admin console and managed Linux environments. The company also unveiled the first Chromebook Enterprise laptops: Dell’s Latitude 5300 for $819 and Latitude 5400 for $699. (Source: Venture Beat)

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Deep Learning Reference Stack v4.0 Now Available

Tuesday 27th of August 2019 02:57:59 AM

Intel’s Clear Linux project has announced the Deep Learning Reference Stack that enables developers to quickly prototype and deploy DL workloads, reducing complexity while maintaining the flexibility for developers to customize solutions. Among the features added in this release: TensorFlow 1.14; Intel OpenVINO model server; Intel Deep Learning Boost (DL Boost) and Deep Learning Compilers (TVM* 0.6). (Source: Clear Linux)

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VMware CEO Sets Lofty Open Source Goals

Tuesday 27th of August 2019 02:51:04 AM

VMware hasn’t traditionally had the best reputation in the open source community, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger admits. In fact, he sums it up in one word: “Bad.” But VMware’s on a mission to change that. “I would hope that over the next couple of years you will see VMware emerge as one of the most open source friendly companies in the enterprise space in the industry,” Gelsinger said during a press briefing at VMworld. (Source: SDX Central)

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Interview With The The FreeBSD Foundation Executive Director

Sunday 25th of August 2019 01:23:30 AM

The Linux Foundation hosted the executive director of the FreeBSD Foundation, Deb Goodkin, at the Open Source Summit in San Diego. In this episode of Let’s Talk, TFiR sat down with Goodkin to talk about the FreeBSD project and the foundation. (TFIR)

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VMware Enters Agreements To Acquire Pivotal Software And Carbon Black

Saturday 24th of August 2019 04:03:34 PM

VMware and Pivotal Software announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which VMware will acquire Pivotal for a blended price per share of $11.71, comprised of $15 per share in cash to Class A stockholders, and the exchange of shares of VMware’s Class B common stock for shares of Pivotal Class B common stock held by Dell Technologies, at an exchange ratio of 0.0550 shares of VMware Class B stock for each share of Pivotal Class B stock. In total, the merger consideration represents an enterprise value for Pivotal of $2.7 billion. Following the close of the transaction, VMware will be positioned to deliver a comprehensive enterprise-grade Kubernetes-based portfolio for modern applications. (Arcweb)

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Microsoft, Intel and Others are Doubling Down on Open Source Linux Security

Friday 23rd of August 2019 04:32:45 PM

Microsoft is continuing its broad ongoing push to contribute with open source projects, joining the newly created Confidential Computing Consortium, an initiative launched by The Linux Foundation which aims to provide better security for data which is actually in use by apps on a computer, or in the cloud (as opposed to at rest, or not being used).

Microsoft is far from alone in this endeavor, and is joined by Intel in the consortium, along with ARM, Baidu, Google Cloud, IBM, Red Hat and other tech giants. (Source: TechRadar)

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TODO Open Source Guide: Marketing Open Source Projects

Friday 23rd of August 2019 04:23:12 PM

Learn how to promote an open source project to attract contributors, find users, and raise the profile and credibility of your project. Do this while simultaneously growing your own open source credibility within the project community, attracting talented developers, and promoting your open source projects and services. (Source: TODO Group)

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From 0 To 6000: Celebrating One Year Of Proton, Valve’s Brilliant Linux Gaming Solution

Thursday 22nd of August 2019 10:54:16 PM

This week, Valve’s Proton turns one year old, and it has unarguably propelled the notion of gaming on Linux further than I would have thought possible. It has led to noticeably more mainstream press and YouTube coverage of desktop Linux, including this gem from Linus Tech Tips titled “Linux Gaming Finally Doesn’t Suck.” (Forbes)

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IBM joins Linux Foundation AI to promote open source trusted AI workflows

Thursday 22nd of August 2019 08:33:32 PM

AI is advancing rapidly within the enterprise — by Gartner’s count, more than half of organizations already have at least one AI deployment in operation, and they’re planning to substantially accelerate their AI adoption within the next few years. At the same time, the organizations building and deploying these tools have yet to really grapple with the flaws and shortcomings of AI– whether the models deployed are fair, ethical, secure or even explainable.

Before the world is overrun with flawed AI systems, IBM is aiming to rev up the development of open source trusted AI workflows. As part of that effort, the company is joining the Linux Foundation AI (LF AI) as a General Member. (ZDNet)

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Western Digital’s Long Trip from Open Standards to Open Source

Thursday 22nd of August 2019 04:02:49 PM

Western Digital, the company known to most as a seller of hard drives, has gone all-in on open source. While not a stranger to open source software — and far from being the first hardware company to embrace open source — it recently became a pioneer by diving headfirst into the uncharted waters of open source silicon. And it seems fitting for a company started in the 1970s as a chipmaker. (Data Center Knowledge)

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What Twitter Taught Me About Open Source

Thursday 22nd of August 2019 03:58:26 PM

I’ve managed to successfully wean myself from Instagram and Facebook, but I just can’t quit Twitter. No, I don’t stay because of the constant virtue signaling and politicking, but rather because of what I learn. For example, I’ve been in open source for nearly 20 years, and just this past week folks on Twitter taught me (or reminded me) of some important principles. (Tech Republic)

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Google Open-Sources Gesture Tracking AI For Mobile Devices

Tuesday 20th of August 2019 12:07:41 AM

Google previewed the new technique at the 2019 Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in June and recently implemented it in MediaPipe, a cross-platform framework for building multimodal applied machine learning pipelines to process perceptual data of different modalities (such as video and audio). Both the source code and an end-to-end usage scenario are available on GitHub. (Source: VentureBeat)

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Knoppix 8.6 First Wide Public Release To Abandon Systemd

Monday 19th of August 2019 11:39:24 PM

Version 8.6 of the popular Debian-derived Linux distribution Knoppix was released on Sunday, rebasing the distribution on Debian 10 (Buster)—released on July 9—with select packages from Debian’s testing and unstable branches to enable support for newer graphics hardware. TechRepublic reports, “The still controversial startup systemd, which has been a little outrageous due to security vulnerabilities just recently, has been integrated in Debian since Jessie [8.0], and has been removed since Knoppix 8.5. I bypass hard dependencies on the boot system with my own packages.” (Source: TechRepublic)

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