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  • AT&T teams up with Nokia to push the deployment of RAN open source

    AT&T has started developing a software platform for the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) with Nokia. The idea is to create open source software aligned with the O-RAN target architecture and to so accelerate innovations and interoperability in the RAN. The RIC platform will provide a set of functions and interfaces that allow for increased optimizations and for faster, more flexible service deployments and programmability within the RAN.
    AT&T and Nokia want to enable an intelligent rapidly evolvable radio network by fostering the creation of a multi-vendor open ecosystem of interoperable components for the disaggregated RAN. The platform will be architected so that the implementation of functions from different vendors can be mixed and matched on a single network infrastructure. The platform will also enable interfaces to third party applications for enhanced mobility functions such as cross layer optimization and machine learning inferences.

  • AT&T, Nokia Team on O-RAN Code

    In support of 5G, AT&T will begin development of a software platform for the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC), to enable the creation of open source software that is aligned with the O-RAN target architecture. AT&T and Nokia are co-creating the platform code to accelerate the deployment of open source software for the 5G RAN.

    The RIC platform will provide a set of functions and interfaces that allow for increased optimizations through policy-driven closed loop automation and for faster, more flexible service deployments and programmability within the RAN. The intent is to enable an intelligent rapidly evolvable radio network by fostering the creation of a multi-vendor open ecosystem of interoperable components for the disaggregated RAN.

  • New open source platform to enhance blockchain development in Africa

    The African Digital Asset Foundation has launched an open source platform to establish unified standards for blockchain development in Africa.

    The African Digital Assets Framework (ADAF) platform will seek to ensure that the use of blockchain stimulates digitised pan-African economic integration.

    Several factors are opening local start-ups to the opportunities blockchain promises including limited financial infrastructure, fragility of some African currencies and raising capital after ideation.

    Going forward, more African start-ups' interest could be particularly drawn to the blockchain-backed crowdfunding mechanism known as the initial coin offering (ICO). The ICO model is open and direct but has been widely criticised for a lack of regulation.

  • The best free photo-editing software in 2019 [Ed: Darktable and GIMP top the list.]
  • Taking It Slow: Enterprises Use Open Source, But Are Cautious About Contributing

    Jabil uses open source for application development and piloting, and then switches for production to vendor-backed open source implementations, frequently with proprietary extensions. For example, the company uses Docker for developing applications, but Docker Enterprise Edition for production, Cantrell says.

  • Open source software in the enterprise has never been healthier

    Many companies support their developers who work on open source projects unrelated to the business - showing open source has matured

  • TrueConf Releases Open Source App for Video Kiosks

    TrueConf, a company known for their pioneering developments in meeting room, desktop and mobile video solutions, recently announced a new application. With the support of a community of developers to guide them, TrueConf has opened access to the TrueConf Kiosk source coding. TrueConf plans to use the open source application to make video kiosk software a more accessible reality for companies around the world.

    With the TrueConf Kiosk source code, developers will be able to create their own custom applications for dealing with customer service through immersive video conferencing.

  • 2019 Will Be the Year of Open Source

    From software and even hardware, we saw more activity in open source than ever before in 2018. And the momentum isn't likely to slow down in 2019.

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Reducing sysadmin toil with Kubernetes controllers

Kubernetes is a platform for reducing toil cunningly disguised as a platform for running containers. The element that allows for both running containers and reducing toil is the Kubernetes concept of a Controller. [...] The canonical example of this in action is in how we manage Pods in Kubernetes. A Pod is effectively a running copy of an application that a specific worker node is asked to run. If that application crashes, the kubelet running on that node will start it again. However, if that node crashes, the Pod is not recovered, as the control loop (via the kubelet process) responsible for the resource no longer exists. To make applications more resilient, Kubernetes has the ReplicaSet controller. The ReplicaSet controller is bundled inside the Kubernetes controller-manager, which runs on the Kubernetes master node and contains the controllers for these more advanced resources. The ReplicaSet controller is responsible for ensuring that a set number of copies of your application is always running. To do this, the ReplicaSet controller requests that a given number of Pods is created. It then routinely checks that the correct number of Pods is still running and will request more Pods or destroy existing Pods to do so. By requesting a ReplicaSet from Kubernetes, you get a self-healing deployment of your application. You can further add lifecycle management to your workload by requesting a Deployment, which is a controller that manages ReplicaSets and provides rolling upgrades by managing multiple versions of your application's ReplicaSets. Read more

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Server: IBM, LAMP and Kubernetes

  • A HATS For Many Occasions
    IBM gives customers plenty of options when it comes to its Rational Host Access Transformation software, including several modes of operation, different runtime options, and support for different operating systems in screen modernization engagements. With last week’s launch of HATS version 9.7, the development and deployment options got even wider. Regardless of which downstream options a HATS customer ultimately chooses, it all starts out basically the same on the front side of the sausage machine: Customers come to HATS because they have a 5250 (or 3270 or VT100) application that they want to transform, but they don’t want to go through the hassle, expense, and risk of modifying the IBM i, z/OS, or Unix application’s source code.
  • Six top skills that you should acquire in 2019
    There is a growing demand for the fullstack development skill set, which is the ability to develop tech both on the front-end/client side and back-end/server side. As you can’t learn all, select combinations like MEAN or LAMP stack.
  • Kubernetes and the Enterprise
    The reason we were having this conversation was around SUSE’s Cloud Application Platform (CAP). This is our Kubernetes focused Cloud Foundry distribution. And as part of the Kubernetes focus, we have been supporting and running SUSE CAP on Azure’s AKS for the last year or so. The conversation continued with observations that Kubernetes was clearly the future across IT. Yet to date, Cloud Foundry still has a good following with the large enterprise. And the thinking was that the Cloud Foundry approach really helped the large enteprise work with their applications, even if the applications were purely ‘container’ applications. Cloud Foundry makes the container-side of managing your ‘container’ application transparent. This approach ultimately lowers the tasks, breadth of tooling, and knowledge you have to surround Kubernetes with. It was with this thought, that a light-bulb went on.

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