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KDE: Falkon 3.0.1, Kdenlive, Skrooge 2.13.0, Qt 5.11.0 RC

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  • Falkon 3.0.1 released

    Starting with this release, there are official builds available for Linux and Windows platforms.

    In addition to nightly Linux Flatpak builds, there is now also AppImage for stable releases.

    For Windows, there are 32 and 64-bit installers, which now includes both standard and portable versions.

    State of macOS port is currently in bad shape, so there won’t be any macOS builds until the situation changes.

  • This Week in KDE, Part 1 : GSoC, Kool Kommunity, Single/Double Click Bug

    Technically single/double-click setting is not part of the “Mouse” settings. When the user changes the setting from the “Mouse” settings, it also affects other input devices like touchpad because the option is related to the “Dolphin”. Solution plan for the bugs consist of 3 main parts.

  • Kdenlive Paris sprint & LGM report

    From the 25th to the 29th of April, 5 members of our team had a sprint in Paris to focus on the future of Kdenlive. And it was fantastic! We met for the first time in person, made friends and worked a lot! But let’s start with the beginning. We were warmly welcomed by Mathieu at the Carrefour Numérique, part of the Cité des Sciences in Paris.

    On the first day after a brief introduction, the team started working on the vision of the project, defining objectives, discussing technical issues and schedules and by the end of the day came up with a roadmap (see below) with a clear set of short, mid and long term goals post the refactoring release.

  • WikiToLearn GSoC goals and expectations

    Hi everyone, I’m Demetrio, a student of University of Milano-Bicocca, who has been contributing to WikiToLearn since 2017. I found this community very helpful and friendly, they have worked immediately to make me feel important by giving me resources and primary tasks to do. They included me in their official meetings so I felt motivated: this has been the main reason I am still happy to contribute to this great project.

  • Into Google Summer of Code

    I can’t believe I was selected for the Google Summer of Code program for working on Krita. The proyect I’ll be working this summer is on optimizing Krita’s brush mask to work with AVX instructions. These instructions will be coded using the Vc library, a “zero overhead C++ types for parallel computing” that enables to efficiently transform the mask’s generator code to SIMD instructions for vectorization.

    Brush masks is a core process in the painting task as it creates the shape it will be imprinted in the canvas. This, depending on brush settings, can be done as much as thousends of times per second. Having this optimized will greatly improve painting enjoyment keeping the brush stroke responsive on bigger sizes.

  • Skrooge 2.13.0 released

    The Skrooge Team announces the release 2.12.0 version of its popular Personal Finances Manager based on KDE Frameworks.

  • Qt 5.11.0 RC released

    We have released Qt 5.11.0 RC today. It is still online delivery only and you can get it via online installer as an update to existing installation or just doing fresh installation & selecting 5.11 rc from 'preview' section.

  • Qt 5.11 Release Candidate Arrives, Final Release May Come Early

    While there have been several Qt5 tool-kit releases where they have arrived late, the upcoming Qt 5.11 might be released one week ahead of schedule.

    The Qt Company today announced the Qt 5.11 release candidate. Their new target for the actual release is 22 May and they might forego doing a second release candidate if testing pans out well for this RC1 release.

KDE: Discover, KBibTeX, KaOS

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  • This week in Usability & Productivity: part 17

    Regular readers might have noticed that I’ve stopped the weekly Discover posts. I’ve decided to centralize that information here, and so I’d like to highlight several weeks’ worth of awesome new features and improvements for Discover...

  • KBibTeX 0.7.90 a.k.a. 0.8-beta1: On the Road to KDE Frameworks 5

    Finally, the release of KBibTeX 0.8 is on its track again. I tagged (Phabricator) and tar-balled the code of the current Git branch kbibtex/0.8 (Phabricator) as KBibTeX 0.7.90 (a. k. a. 0.8-beta1) and asked the KDE sysadmins to put it on KDE's content distribution network.

    Only afterwards I noticed that I totally had forgotten to update the ChangeLog which was still stuck on the ancient release of 0.6.1. Properly updating the changelog records will be my next step. In case I did't mention it before, the biggest change from 0.7 to 0.8 is the migration from KDE4 to KDE Frameworks 5. User interface and functionality has stayed surprisingly stable, though.

  • KaOS KDE-focused rolling Linux distro celebrates 5th birthday with updated ISO

    When a person celebrates a birthday, they often receive gifts, eat cake, and spend time with friends and family. After all, it is intended to be a happy occasion as the person marks another year of life.

    But what the heck does a Linux distribution do to celebrate a birthday? In the case of the excellent KaOS operating system, the answer is simple -- release an updated ISO. Yes, as a way to mark the 5th birthday of the KDE-focused distro, version 2018.04 is now available for download. You get Plasma 5.12.4, Linux kernel 4.15.7, Libreoffice 6.0.3, and more.

KDE and GNOME 'Summer of Code' and More

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  • Calamares and Google Summer of Code

    This year Calamares is participating in Google’s Summer of Code. While Calamares doesn’t live under the KDE umbrella — for political reasons, basically, to emplasize that it is a desktop-agnostic system installer — it has a great deal of KDE DNA inside. The maintainers (that’s Teo, then myself) have been KDE people, some of the technology is definitely KDE (KPMCore in particular). So we’re happy to be participating under the KDE umbrella in a mixed KPMCore / Calamares role.

  • Wireless setting for Plasma Mobile

    Month after my proposed design (but in truth i am working on this for longer time), i am finally finished basic functionality for wireless section of mobile settings. Basics of UI is also almost done, even it’s need some polishing and good criticism of designers.

  • Google Summer of Code 2018 – Introduction & Community Bonding

    I have been selected to participate in Google Summer of Code 2018, where I will collaborate in KDE Partition Manager and Calamares under KDE Community. My proposal involves finishing the LVM support and implementing RAID support in kpmcore, KDE Partition Manager and Calamares. For those who want to know more details about it, here is my proposal link.

  • What did go well with the action bar proposal?

    In a previous blog post I asked feedback about adding an always visible action bar to Nautilus that integrated the floating bar info too.

    It was very useful, as most of you confirmed our suspicions that it was too heavy, so we researched for a better solution for the goals we had: Make actions more discoverable, have good touch support and better pointer accessibility (not being able to access actions in list view anyone?).

  • An overview of how Fractal works
  • Proposal accepted for GSoC 2018
  • Hello World

    'Pænt goddag' (Danish greeting). My name is Niclas Moeslund Overby. You can find me on IRC as noverby and Matrix as GNOME/Linux have been my daily driver for 7 years and I follow every blog from GNOME and Fedora planet, so I feel heavily invested in FOSS ecosystem. I know GNOME contributor Bastian Ilsø from my participation in Open Source Aalborg, where we had a weekly meet-up with workshops and talks all about Open Source.

  • GNOME.Asia Summit 2018 Call for Papers is now open

    GNOME.Asia Summit is the featured annual GNOME conference in Asia. It focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop, but also covers applications and the platform development tools. The summit brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss the present technology and future developments.

  • FOSDEM 2018

    Last weekend I was in Brussels for FOSDEM, a super awesome conference about free and open source software. Since my first year, three years ago, a few things have changed. This year I went as a speaker and I brought with me a talk about my experience writing Teleport, my first GTK+ application. I really hope I could motivate somebody to start their own project. Also, in the past year my relationship to free software has changed, from just being a user and advocate to an active contributor (primarily to the GNOME Project).

  • Animating a ScrolledWindow

    The other day I worked on improving the auto-scroll in Fractal (a super cool GTK+ Matrix Client). While doing this I discovered some nice features in GTK+.

  • GSoC 2018: Introduction

    Fast-forward two years, I have a couple of small Rust projects and some contributions and continuing to enjoy the language. So, it should be of no surprise that when I learned about GSoC I started looking for Rust-related projects. I applied to both Xi (a novel text editor with a fully async architecture) and librsvg (a GNOME library for rendering SVG files) and got accepted into librsvg on a project to help with the ongoing effort to port it to Rust, specifically the SVG filter effects.


    Next comes the most interesting part, experimenting with Rust abstractions over common filter actions, such as iterating over pixels in various ways, like one by one or using a square window. This has to be fast and ergonomic and support the different filter use cases.

  • YAMLing the flathub

    The most common way to build flatpak is using a tool called flatpak-builder. This is a tool that takes a higher level description of the sources that go into an application and generate the build commands to build it. This description is called a manifest, and is traditionally a JSON file.

    JSON is very common in the web world, and it is a well known format that have many implementations. However, it is not really great for humans to write.

KaOS Linux Celebrates Five Years of Activity with New, Totally Revamped Release

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The developers of the KaOS Linux open-source operating system released a new monthly snapshot, for the April 2018, which comes with a complete redesign to celebrate five years of activity.

KaOS it's five years old, and you might want to download the KaOS 2018.04 release as it comes with a brand new look and feel, including theme, icons, and login screen, an all-new welcome screen app called Croeso to make setting the system a breeze for newcomers, as well as the most recent KDE software and GNU/Linux technologies.

"It is five years ago this month that KaOS started, a nice way to commemorate is with releasing 2018.04. This ISO has a complete redesign of the Midna theme for 2018. Some 2500 new icons in use, rewritten SDDM login theme and a KaOS community selected new wallpaper (created by Jomada)," reads the announcement.

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KDE and BSD Leftovers

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  • Qt on Microcontrollers (MCU)

    People often ask us about if it’s possible to use Qt for software development on microcontrollers (MCU), and if Qt can run without an operating system (“bare metal”). Today we will answer these questions and show you some concrete examples.

  • KDE Plasma 5 Stack Should Now Be In Good Shape For FreeBSD Ports

    Following years of work in bringing the KDE Plasma 5 desktop to FreeBSD, it's getting into shape and the x11/kde5 package is now in the ports tree for easing the process of setting up the modern KDE desktop stack.

    On FreeBSD installations, from the ports tree it should now be as easy as fetching x11/xorg x11/sddm x11/kde5 for getting the latest KDE Plasma desktop, KDE Frameworks 5, and KDE Applications going for a desktop environment. Up until now this was only possible if using the "Area51" repository on FreeBSD.

  • Welcome x11/kde5 to the FreeBSD Ports Tree

    There is no KDE5. There are KDE Frameworks 5 (releasing monthly, now reaching version 5.45) and KDE Plasma Desktop 5 (releasing quarterly, I think, now 5.12) and KDE Applications (releasing semi-anually, called 18.04).

    For the FreeBSD ports tree, there is a x11/kde5. It is a metaport, which means it collects other ports together; in this case, x11/kf5-frameworks (metaport for all the frameworks), x11/plasma5-plasma-desktop and a fistful of KDE Applications metaports (e.g. the metaport for KDE games, and the metaport for KDE graphics applications, and the metaport for what-we-consider-essential KDE applications like konsole, konqueror, dolphin, and okular). So, from a bare FreeBSD installation, installing x11/xorg, x11/sddm, and x11/kde5 should get you close to a working modern KDE Desktop experience. Throw in www/falkon and devel/kdevelop for a developer workstation, or graphics/krita for an artists workstation, and you’ve got a daily driver.

  • The Akademy 2018 program is now available

    Akademy 2018 organisers have published the program for the conference part of the event. This year the event will be held in Vienna, and talks will take place on the 11th and 12th of August.

  • One Of LLVM's Top Contributors Quits Development Over CoC, Outreach Program

    Rafael Avila de Espindola is the fifth most active contributor to LLVM with more than 4,300 commits since 2006, but now he has decided to part ways with the project.

    Rafael posted a rather lengthy mailing list message to fellow LLVM developers today entitled I am leaving llvm. 


    Of the 900+ authors to LLVM, Rafael was the fifth most contributor to LLVM by commit count with 4,344 commits (2.65% of all commits0 and in the process added 157,679 lines of code. He had been contributing since 14 May 2006 and was many times the most active LLVM contributor in a given month while working for the likes of Google and Mozilla. In fact, for 2013 through 2015 he was the most active author each year. His contributions will certainly be missed.

  • Happy Birthday, GPS Stash Hunt!

    On an unrelated side note, I’m working on consolidating (as my business is long defunct) into (as “The MirOS Project” was folded back into “MirBSD”, i.e. my private /usr/src and /usr/ports, this year). This simplifies some stuff, I’ll need no vhosts, and EU-DSGVO conformity should come with less effort (I’m reducing logging alongside).

KDE Neon Operating System Is Moving to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)

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The KDE neon project offers a continually updated rolling Linux-based computer operating system built around the latest KDE technologies. It usually relies on the latest LTS (Long Term Support) version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, so it's a natural move for the development team to rebase it on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

"With the new Ubuntu LTS 18.04 out it’s time to rebase Neon’s packages on that. This is still work in progress but demand seems to be strong looking at comments around the forums, chat rooms and social media, so we’re aware many people are waiting for this," reads today's announcement.

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KDE Applications 18.04.0 are now available in Chakra

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Hello everyone!

On your next system upgrade you will receive the brand new release of KDE’s Applications 18.04.0 in addition to several other package updates.

As KDE works towards improving usability an productivity of it’s products, you will see that several enhancements have been introduced for important applications such as Dolphin, Konsole, Gwenview, Kmail, and Spectacle. For the full details and changelogs please take a look at the official announcement.

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KaOS 2018.04

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It is five years ago this month that KaOS started, a nice way to commemorate is with releasing 2018.04. This ISO has a complete redesign of the Midna theme for 2018. Some 2500 new icons in use, rewritten sddm login theme and a KaOS community selected new wallpaper (created by Jomada).

Also new is KaOS’ creation Croeso (Welsh for welcome) for helping with configuring a new install. It will run on the newly installed system and offers to adjust some 15 commonly used settings and replaces the formerly used, PyQt based first run wizard Kaptan. It also includes a custom Wallpaper selector, distribution info, and news. It is written in QML and fits well with the Welcome application used in the Live system. The latter now includes a fully rewritten (also in QML) Installation Guide.

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KDE: GSoC 2018 with KDE, Krita Interview, Lock & Log-In Screens

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  • GSoC 18 FWUPD Integration

    Hii everyone, Abhijeet here! I am very excited to work with KDE this summer. My project is mainly integrating FWUPD support into Plasma discover. I would like to thank all KDE members for selecting me for this awesome project. Looking for a splendid summer ahead

  • The beginning of GSoC 2018 with KDE

    With interest in projects which are related to the desktop application, and to possibly work with C++, my all-time favorite programming language, my main and only choice was to apply with KDE. After days of reading and knowing about their project opportunities, I was left with Okular.

  • [Krita] Interview with JK Riki

    What sets Krita apart from the other tools that you use?

    Apart from the price tag, Krita is just more fun to work in than most other programs I use. I genuinely enjoy creating art in Krita. Sometimes with other programs it feels like half of my job is fighting the software. Rarely do I feel that way in Krita.

  • KDE Plasma 5.13 Desktop to Get Overhauled Lock & Login Screens with New Features

    KDE developer Nathaniel Graham reports on one of the biggest changes coming to the KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment release this summer, namely the revamp of the lock and login screens.

    By default, the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment will present users with new, overhauled lock and login screens that would act quite different from what they used until now. For example, the lock screen will no function more like a screensaver, keeping the password field and controls hidden until you press a button, move the mouse, or touch the screen.

  • KDE Plasma 5.13 Bringing New Lock & Log-In Screens

    Among many other improvements, KDE's upcoming Plasma 5.13 release is bringing new log-in and lock screens for the desktop.

    KDE contributor Nathaniel Graham has continued his excellent weekly series about ongoing improvements to the KDE stack.

Kubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver - Long-term uncertainty

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The day of reckoning is upon us. Kubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver has been released, and with five years of promised support, it's potentially a great candidate for a production desktop setup. The emphasis is on the adverb used in the previous sentence, as we know how fickle and erratic and regressive Linux distros can be.

But I am genuinely intrigued. I may want this in my production setup. After all, Kubuntu Zesty was the ultimate Plasma release, the best Kubuntu ever, and among the finest Linux systems released in the past decade, and it spiked my interest and desire to deploy Plasma on my serious big-boy machines. With such gentle expectations, let us commence.


First impressions are everything. I remember trying Trusty, and instantly I knew, this was going to be my LTS darling. I don't feel that way about Kubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver. Let's start with the good things: decent app set, good performance, excellent fonts, multimedia and smartphone support, solid and slick Plasma desktop. Were this the focus on my review, we'd be celebrating with champagne now.

Alas, there were issues. Various cosmetic ones, which Plasma needs to fix, but I can sort of ignore those. The package manager is useless. Samba connectivity, a thousand unicorns died from misery over this. And worst of all, desktop crashes and freezes. That has no place in an LTS edition. That's pure amateurism. That's so bad there are no words to describe it. Yes, the memory-eating bug in Baloo will be fixed, blah blah, but the emotional scars cannot be healed with makeup and fake smiles.

Bottom line, I was expecting zero issues. I got more than a fair share of crap. In two months, this will most likely be a usable distro, perhaps much more so than most other LTS-like candidates, maybe, but for now, it's just an average offering from the forges of mediocrity and apathy. And it highlights the cardinal issue with Linux since day one. Dev-centric development, done in isolation and with no validation. Well, there you go. My first take on Beaver KDE. I will also run an in-vivo upgrade to see what gives, and follow up in a few weeks once the turds are polished. You should check it, but please rein in your colts of enthusiasm. 5/10. For now, Trusty stays.

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Smallest RK3399 hacker board yet ships at $129 with 4GB DDR4

FriendlyElec has launched a 100 x 64mm, $129 “NanoPC-T4” SBC that runs Android or Linux on a Rockchip RK3399 with 4G DDR4, native GbE, WiFi-ac, DP, HDMI 2.0, 0 to 80℃ support, and M.2 and 40-pin expansion. FriendlyElec has released its most powerful and priciest hacker board to date, which it promotes as being the smallest RK3399-based SBC on the market. The 100 x 64mm NanoPC-T4 opens with a $129 discount price with the default 4GB DDR4 and 16GB eMMC. Although that will likely rise in the coming months, it’s still priced in the middle range of open spec RK3399 SBCs. Read more

today's leftovers

  • How to dual-boot Linux and Windows
    Even though Linux is a great operating system with widespread hardware and software support, the reality is that sometimes you have to use Windows, perhaps due to key apps that won't run under Linux. Thankfully, dual-booting Windows and Linux is very straightforward—and I'll show you how to set it up, with Windows 10 and Ubuntu 18.04, in this article. Before you get started, make sure you've backed up your computer. Although the dual-boot setup process is not very involved, accidents can still happen. So take the time to back up your important files in case chaos theory comes into play. In addition to backing up your files, consider taking an image backup of the disk as well, though that's not required and can be a more advanced process.
  • Weather Forecasting Gets A Big Lift In Japan
    This is a lot more compute capacity than JMA has had available to do generic weather forecasting as well as do predictions for typhoons, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions – the weather forecasting alone is predicted to run 10X faster, according to Cray.
  • Bitwarden Password Manager Adds Command Line Vault
    Bitwarden, the secure, open source password manager we talked about recently, added a command line tool to its list of apps you can use to access your passwords. Bitwarden CLI is currently in public beta testing, and according to its documentation, it includes all the features available in other Bitwarden client applications, like the desktop or browser extension.
  • GSoC’18 Week 1
    The first week of the coding period was great and I got to learn a lot of new things. My mentors help me on every stage and the work is going on as planne [...] Improvement in the overall UI is still in progress. Other than this, I have been working on refactoring the current code for this activity and breaking the whole code into various elements. For the next week, my main task is to complete the overall UI of this activity and add more geometries for drawing.
  • Time to Test Plasma 5.13 Beta
    The forthcoming new release of Plasma 5.13 will have some lovely new features such as rewritten System Settings pages and Plasma Browser Integration. But we need testers. Incase you missed it the Plasma 5.13 release announce has a rundown of the main features. If you are an auditory learner you can listen to the Late Night Linux Extra podcast where Jonathan “great communicator” Riddell talks about the recent sprint and the release.
  • GSoC students are already hacking!
    We always enjoy that new people join openSUSE community and help them in their first steps. Because of that, openSUSE participates again in GSoC, an international program in which stipends are awarded to students who hack on open source projects during the summer. We are really excited to announce that this year four students will learn about open source development while hacking on openSUSE projects. The coding period started last week, so our students are already busy hacking and they have written some nice articles about their projects. ;)
  • CryptoFest a openSUSE Conference již tento víkend v Praze
  • openSUSE Conference a CryptoFest 2018
  • Aaeon reveals two rugged, Linux-ready embedded PCs
    Aaeon unveiled two Linux-friendly embedded systems: an “AIOT-IP6801” gateway equipped with an Apollo Lake-based UP Squared SBC with WiFi and LoRa, and a “Boxer-8120AI” mini-PC with an Nvidia Jetson TX2 module and 4x GbE ports. Aaeon announced that three of its Linux-ready embedded systems have won Computex d&j awards, including two previously unannounced models: an Intel Apollo Lake based AIOT-IP6801 gateway based on Aaeon’s community-backed UP Squared board, as well as a Boxer-8120AI embedded computer built around an Arm-based Jetson TX2 module.
  • Last Call for Purism's Librem 5 Dev Kits, Git Protocol Version 2 Released, LXQt Version 0.13.0 Now Available and More
    Purism announces last call for its Librem 5 dev kits. If you're interested in the hardware that will be the platform for the Librem 5 privacy-focused phones, place your order by June 1, 2018. The dev kit is $399, and it includes "screen, touchscreen, development mainboard, cabling, power supply and various sensors (free worldwide shipping)".

Programming: GNU Parallel, Rust, Go

OSS Leftovers

  • Openlab: what it is and why it matters
    Six months on from its announcement at Openstack Summit Sydney in late 2017, community testing project OpenLab is in full swing. OpenLab was initially formed by Intel, Huawei and the OpenStack foundation as a community-led project for improving SDK support and also introducing other platforms like Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry to the Openstack environment. Ultimately the idea is to improve usability in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Melvin Hillsman sits on the governance board along with Dr Yih Leong Sun of Intel and Chris Hoge from the Foundation. Hillsman moved from Rackspace to Huawei to work specifically on the project. "The reason we think Openlab is important is, basically, Openstack for some time has been very specific about testing and integration for Openstack services, focusing only on the projects started at Openstack," Hillsman tellsComputerworld UK at the Openstack Vancouver Summit. "It's been working very well, it's a robust system. But for me as a person in the user community - my getting involved in Openstack was more on the operator-user side.
  • Open source innovation tips for the customer-driven economy
    New technologies, ranging from big data and blockchain to 3D printing, are giving rise to new opportunities and challenges for companies today. To stay competitive, organizations need to become more intelligent, customer-centric, and increasingly agile to cope with changing business demands. The worry for many companies which are trying to innovate is that while the speed and scope of applications are expanding rapidly, the variety and complexity of technology is increasing simultaneously, putting pressure on their IT infrastructure. Speaking at the SUSE Expert Days 2018 held in Singapore recently, Dr Gerald Pfeifer, VP of Products and Technology Program, SUSE, told attendees that these prevailing trends have come together to make Open Source the primary engine for business innovation.
  • Qualcomm is able to release the Snapdragon 845 source code in 6 weeks
    Qualcomm‘s latest high-end system-on-chip, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, was announced at the Snapdragon Tech Summit back in December. The chipset offers 4 Kryo 385 (A75 “performance”) and 4 Kryo 385 (A55 “efficiency”) CPU cores, the latest Adreno 630 GPU, the Spectra 280 ISP, the Hexagon 685 DSP, the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, and a new Secure Processing Unit (SPU). The Snapdragon 845 SoC is a powerhouse in benchmarks and it is already available in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, and the OnePlus 6. Developers on our forums have been itching to get their hands on a device with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest, but there’s just one thing that has made some developers worry about the future of development on the platform: The lack of publicly available source code for the kernel, HALs, framework branches, and more on the CodeAurora Forums.
  • Kata Containers 1.0 Released, Formerly Intel Clear Containers
    Back in December was the announcement of Intel's Clear Containers being spun into a new project called Kata Containers in collaboration with other organizations. Kata Containers has now reached their version 1.0 milestone. Kata Containers 1.0 is now available for this container technology designed for offering a secure and scalable container experience built atop Intel VT technology.
  • What's new in OpenStack?
    As OpenStack Foundation Chief Operating Officer Mark Collier referenced in his opening keynote, the uses which OpenStack is seeing today expand far beyond what most who were involved in the early days of the project could have ever imagined. While OpenStack started out primarily in the traditional data center and found many large-scale users, particularly in the telecommunications industry, who were using it to manage huge installations of traditional x86 server hardware, the flexibility of OpenStack has today allowed it to thrive in many other environments and use cases. Today, we see OpenStack powering everything from academic and research projects to media and gaming services, from online retail and e-commerce to manufacturing and industrial applications, and from finance to healthcare. OpenStack is found in all of these different places not just because it is cheaper than using the public cloud, not just because it makes compliance with various regulations easier, but because its open source code makes it flexible to all sort of different situations.
  • Should Red Hat Buy or Build a Database?
    For a decade, at least, observers of the company have speculated about whether Red Hat would or should enter the database market. The primary argument, one made in this space eight years ago, has historically been that Red Hat is de facto leaving potential dollars on the table by limiting itself to operating platform and immediately adjacent markets. In a more recent piece, analyst Krishnan Subramanian adds that Red Hat is at risk because databases represent a control point, one that the company is effectively ceding to competitors such as AWS or Microsoft.
  • Tidelift Raises $15M Series A From General Catalyst, Foundry, & Others
    This morning Tidelift, a startup focused on helping developers work with open source technology, announced that it has closed a $15 million Series A round of funding co-led by General Catalyst, Foundry, and Matthew Szulik, the former CEO of Red Hat, a public open source-centered technology company. The subscription-powered startup has an interesting business model which we’ll dive into shortly, but it’s worth noting that the open source space as a whole is quite active. It’s something that Crunchbase News covered last year, describing how startups working with open source software have enjoyed a dramatic rise in investor interest. That puts Tidelift in the midst of a trend.
  • Tidelift lands $15M to deliver professional open-source support
    Tidelift Inc. is raising $15 million as it looks to boost its unique open-source software model that sees companies pay for professional support of their favorite projects, allowing those that maintain them to get compensated too. The Series A round was led by the investment firms General Catalyst and Foundry Group, as well as former Red Hat Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Matthew Szulik. The company was able to attract the investment after coming up with a novel idea for maintaining the most popular open-source software projects in a way that benefits both the users and those who help to create them. It works like this: Companies pay a subscription fee that entitles them to professional-grade support, similar to the kind of commercial subscriptions offered by firms such as Red Hat, Cloudera Inc. and Docker Inc. A part of these fees are then used to pay the developers who maintain the software. The net result, at least in theory, is that everyone is happy, as companies enjoy the benefits of professional support at lower rates than they might expect from an established firm, and the developers of the software are finally rewarded for their efforts.