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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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Gerald Pfeifer Appointed Chair Of The openSUSE Board

Monday 19th of August 2019 11:19:10 PM

Seasoned open source leader Gerald Pfeifer has been appointed chair of the openSUSE board. Pfeifer’s new responsibilities will begin immediately and run concurrently with his role as SUSE CTO in EMEA. Current chair Richard Brown, who was appointed in July 2014, is resigning after five years of service for a combination of personal reasons and his desire to focus on his career at SUSE, from where he will continue his contribution to openSUSE. Brown and Pfeifer will work closely together to transition responsibilities.

 

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Microsoft Buys jClarity To Jolt Java Support In Azure

Monday 19th of August 2019 11:13:12 PM

Microsoft acquired London-based jClarity in a move to bolster support of the Java programming language for workloads running in its Azure cloud platform. It’s also the latest open source push for the cloud-computing giant. The jClarity team has been a contributor to the AdoptOpenJDK project that helps users build binaries of OpenJDK for platforms like Linux and Windows. (Source: SDX Central)

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NSA Researchers Talk Development, Release of Ghidra SRE Tool

Friday 16th of August 2019 01:23:27 AM

The National Security Agency released its classified Ghidra software reverse-engineering (SRE) tool as open source to the cybersecurity community on April 4. NSA researchers Brian Knighton and Chris Delikat shared how Ghidra was built and the process of releasing it at Black Hat 2019. Ghidra is a framework developed by the NSA’s Research Directorate for the agency’s cybersecurity mission. It’s designed to analyze malicious code to give security pros a better understanding of potential vulnerabilities in their networks and systems. (Source: Dark Reading)

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Google Cloud Adds Compute, Memory-Intensive VMs

Thursday 15th of August 2019 08:17:23 PM

Google added virtual machine (VM) types on Google Compute Engine including second-generation Intel Xeon scalable processor machines and new VMs for compute- and memory-heavy applications. The former, available in beta, are general-purpose VMs. They provide greater than 20% price-performance improvement for many workloads and support up to 25% more memory per virtual CPU compared with first-generation machines, according to Google. These N2 VMs offer a balance of compute, memory, storage, and network resources for general-purpose workloads such as web and application servers, enterprise applications, gaming servers, content and collaboration systems, and most databases. They are available in Google’s U.S.-Central, Europe-West, and Asia-Southeast region now and will be available in most Google Cloud Platform (GCP) regions in the next few months. (Source: SDX Central)

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CloudBees And Google Cloud Partner To Accelerate Application Development On Anthos

Thursday 15th of August 2019 08:17:09 PM

CloudBees and Google Cloud are collaborating to deliver a modern DevOps platform based on open source technologies powered by Google Cloud’s Anthos. The companies are using transformational technologies like Jenkins X, Kubernetes and Tekton to create a unified, end-to-end software delivery system. CloudBees provides companies large and small with Jenkins-based continuous delivery solutions that are secure, open toolchain-enabled and scalable to transform software delivery processes across hybrid computing environments. Google Cloud is delivering to enterprises a secure, open, intelligent and transformative enterprise cloud platform. Anthos, a hybrid and multi-cloud platform, is built on open source technologies pioneered by Google Cloud and enables consistency between on-premise and cloud environments. (Source: Press Release)

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rideOS Launches Ridehailing Platform

Thursday 15th of August 2019 08:16:55 PM

rideOS, a technology platform designed to accelerate the safe, global rollout of next-generation transportation fleets, today launched its new Ridehail Platform — including a Ridehail API and open-source mobile apps. The Ridehail API offers an easy way for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), autonomous vehicle (AV) companies, and transportation network companies (TNCs) to create and manage their own ridehailing network using rideOS’ underlying technology. (Yahoo!)

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CNCF Reaches 100 End User Community Members

Thursday 15th of August 2019 08:16:41 PM

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation  (CNCF), which sustains and integrates open source technologies like Kubernetes and Prometheus, today announced that its End User Community has grown to 100 members. The CNCF End User Community consists of enterprises and startups that are committed to accelerating the adoption of cloud native technologies and improving the deployment experience. (Yahoo!)

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VMware In Talks To Acquire Pivotal

Thursday 15th of August 2019 08:16:21 PM

VMware today confirmed that it is in talks to acquire software development platform Pivotal Software, the service best known for commercializing the open-source Cloud Foundry platform. The proposed transaction would see VMware acquire all outstanding Pivotal Class A stock for $15 per share, a significant markup over Pivotal’s current share price (which unsurprisingly shot up right after the announcement). (Source: TFiR)

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Essential Developer Guide for Building Blockchain Applications Using Hyperledger Sawtooth

Tuesday 13th of August 2019 01:07:42 PM
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CFP and Registration Open For Linux Piter Conference

Monday 8th of July 2019 07:30:43 PM

"Linux Piter" Conference in Russia, St.Petersburg, October 4-5, 2019

The registration and call for papers for biggest Linux conference in Russia, Linux Piter is now open at https://linuxpiter.com/en

The conference gathers many key Linux people from all around the world. In the past we had Lennart Pottering (Red Hat), Christoph Hellwig, Stephen Hemminger (Microsoft), Monty Widenius (MariaDB Corporation AB), Bero Rosenkränzer (OpenMandriva), Rafael J. Wysocki (Intel) and many others joining the event.