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  • Databricks Continues To Grow Big Data Platform For Enterprise Apps

    Demand for advanced data analytics is helping to push Databricks and the open source Apache Spark project forward.

    At the core of many modern enterprise apps and services is a fundamental need for data analytics. It's a need that Databricks and the open source Apache Spark project that it leads both help to fill.

    It's also a need that a lot of organizations are willing to pay for. On Feb. 5, Databricks announced that it now generates over $100 million in annual revenue. Databricks still wants to grow more, and to that end the company raised a $250 million Series E funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz, Coatue Management, Microsoft, and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Total funding to date for Databricks now stands at $498.5 million, and the company has a publicly stated valuation of $2.75 billion.

  • Don't Trust CloudFlare

     

    Outline:
    1. The immediate problem with CloudFlare, with a fix for lazy admins.
    2. The fundamental issue with CloudFlare and similar services.
    3. CloudFlare as a threat to federation.
    4. CloudFlare's expansion into the decentralized web and beyond.

  • HP’s Ink Subscription Has DRM That Disables Your Printer Cartridges

    In mid-2016 I was running into a recurring issue. I was always out of printer ink, and new cartridges were expensive. Laser printers can be cheaper for many people, but my household does print as many color photos as it does text documents, which means they’re not a good choice for me. So I purchased a new inkjet printer on the promise of HP’s easy-to-use ink subscription service. For a low cost, I would always have all the ink I needed—as long as I kept to a page limit, that is.

    Now, years later, I’ve realized there was one other price of admission. The ink they’ve sent me isn’t mine; it’s theirs. And if I cancel the subscription when the billing cycle ends, the printer won’t use the ink anymore, and HP requires I send it back to them. I have to buy new ink to replace the ink that is already in my house.

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Arm-based IoT gateway runs on Moxa Industrial Linux

Moxa announced a -40 to 85°C tolerant “UC-8200” IoT gateway that runs Moxa Industrial Linux on a dual-core, -A7 SoC and offers dual GbE, RS-232/422/485, and mini-PCIe links, plus a CAN port, WiFi/BT, and optional 4G LTE. Moxa, which announced its Cortex-A8-based UC 2100 series of Industrial IoT gateways last April, partially unveiled a new IIoT gateway called the UC-8200. The system features an unnamed dual-core, Cortex-A7 SoC that “has been optimised for use in energy monitoring systems but is widely applicable to a variety of industrial solutions,” according to the PR-like Control Engineering story that announced the product along with a shorter Industrial Ethernet Book post. Eventually, a product page should appear with missing details such as RAM and storage. Yet, even the product page for the similar UC-8100 series fails to describe the Cortex-A8 SoC. Other specs are complete, however, such as the earlier model’s 256MB to 512MB DDR3 and 8GB eMMC. (Update: LinuxGizmos reader Arnd Bergmann spotted the earlier UC-8100’s SoC family in the firmware image’s device tree. It’s a TI Sitara AM33x, perhaps one of the AM335x family, which runs on BeagelBone boards.) Read more Also: Arm Neoverse N1 & E1 Platforms Announced For Cloud To Edge Computing

OpenSUSE Leap 15.1 Beta

  • Leap 15.1 entering Beta phase
    Leap 15.1 entered the Beta phase with build 416.2 that reached the mirrors yesterday. Everyone is encouraged to download¹ the current builds and help testing. There are also live images to e.g. check hardware compatibility without installation. The Beta phase will last until mid April. Planned release is before the conference in May. Issues found need to be filed in Bugzilla². There is also a test plan³ to help coordinate the efforts. Feel free to fill in what you tested so we get an overview of what was covered already. Note that Leap 15.1 did not automatically sync with package versions in Factory. That is intentional as 15.1 is meant to be a minor update. Please submit any necessary bigger version updates the next two weeks to still have time for thorough testing. Please contact the release team⁴ in case of questions. Users of 42.3 please be aware that 42.3 reaches end of life a few weeks after the release of 15.1. In general an update to 15.1 directly is possible. It's recommended to participate in beta testing to make sure your specific workload or use case still works after an upgrade. cu Ludwig
  • OpenSUSE Leap 15.1 Reaches Beta Milestone