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Fedora Planning A Per-System Unique Identifier For DNF To Count Users

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Fedora developers are looking at implementing a per-system UUID identifier leveraged by the DNF package manager in order to more accurately count their user-base.

Red Hat's Matthew Miller who currently chairs the Fedora Council has laid out the proposal for Fedora 30 that would roll out a per-system unique identifier used exclusively by DNF in order to better estimate the Fedora user-base. As it stands now, Fedora tries to estimate its user-base solely upon unique IPs dealing with their package archives.

Besides communicating the UUID to Fedora servers, the Fedora variant (e.g. Fedora Workstation vs. Fedora Server and the different spins) would also be communicated in order to gauge their popularity. It would also be communicated whether it's a short-lived installation like a Fedora container or on-demand cloud instance as opposed to a long-term installation. But the proposal is quick to acknowledge the intent isn't for tracking users but only counting and this UUID wouldn't be re-used by other systems.

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IBM Began Buying Red Hat 20 Years Ago

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How Big Blue became an open-source company.

News that IBM is buying Red Hat is, of course, a significant moment for the world of free software. It's further proof, as if any were needed, that open source has won, and that even the mighty Big Blue must make its obeisance. Admittedly, the company is not quite the behemoth it was back in the 20th century, when "nobody ever got fired for buying IBM". But it remains a benchmark for serious, mainstream—and yes, slightly boring—computing. Its acquisition of Red Hat for the not inconsiderable sum of $34 billion, therefore, proves that selling free stuff is now regarded as a completely normal business model, acknowledged by even the most conservative corporations.

Many interesting analyses have been and will be written about why IBM bought Red Hat, and what it means for open source, Red Hat, Ubuntu, cloud computing, IBM, Microsoft and Amazon, amongst other things. But one aspect of the deal people may have missed is that in an important sense, IBM actually began buying Red Hat 20 years ago. After all, $34 billion acquisitions do not spring fully formed out of nowhere. Reaching the point where IBM's management agreed it was the right thing to do required a journey. And, it was a particularly drawn-out and difficult journey, given IBM's starting point not just as the embodiment of traditional proprietary computing, but its very inventor.

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Chromium on Fedora finally gets VAAPI support!

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Chromium with a VAAPI patch was already available on other distributions. But this was not the case with Fedora. I really want hardware acceleration. But my love for Fedora was holding me back. Then with sheer willpower, I joined Fedora and started maintaining a package in COPR.

I am not really a distro hopper but a DE hopper. I usually jump from Gnome to KDE and vice versa depending upon my mood. Then I started maintaining Chromium with vaapi patch on COPR. I was using the official patch which was submitted upstream for code review. I had very little hope that it will get merge. The patch is outdated and and try jobs were failing at that time.

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Fedora: Cycles of Release Unchanged, Fedora BTRFS+Snapper, NeuroFedora

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  • Fedora 31 Isn't Expected To Be Delayed After All - Half-Year Release Cadence To Continue

    Since November the developers behind Fedora Linux had been discussing whether to significantly delay or even cancel Fedora 31 so they could spend around one year working on re-tooling how the distribution is crafted and work on other fundamental changes. But it turns out now they have decided against this big shake-up delay.

    Fedora developers will still be working on re-tooling and infrastructure improvements, but they must conform around the project's long-standing ~6 month release cadence.

  • Fedora BTRFS+Snapper - The Fedora 29 Edition

    It’s 2019 and I’m just getting around to converting my desktop system to Fedora 29. For my work laptop I’ve moved on to Fedora Silverblue (previously known as Atomic Workstation) and will probably move my desktop there soon too as I’ve had a good experience so far. For now I’ll stick my desktop system to this old setup with BTRFS+snapper where I am able to snapshot and rollback the entire system by leveraging BTRFS snapshots, and a tool called snapper.

  • NeuroFedora update: 2019 week 1

Fedora 30 Aims To Use LUKS2 By Default For Full-Disk Encryption

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Fedora 29 wanted to have the use of LUKS2 by default when going for full-disk encryption compared to the LUKS1 meta-data format, but that didn't turn out in time so now the hope is to have it ready for Fedora 30.

The LUKS2 format has been available since the end of 2017 with the release of cryptsetup 2.0. The LUKS2 format has auto-activation improvements, experimental authenticated encryption, and other extensibility and security hardening improvements.

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Also: Fedora Community Blog: FPgM report: 2019-01

Fedora: Fedora 30 Plans, Fedora Council December 2018 Hackfest Report, Fedora-Based Qubes OS and New ISOs of Fedora 29

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  • Fedora 30 Aims To Make UEFI The Default Boot Means On ARMv7

    Fedora 29 aimed to provide UEFI support for ARMv7 given the maturing support to U-Boot and other components, but that didn't turn out as planned so is now being worked on for Fedora 30.

  • Fedora Council December 2018 Hackfest Report

    In December, the Fedora Council met in Minneapolis, Minnesota for several days of meetings. With the holidays now behind us, here’s our summary of what happened.

  • 2018 blog review

    I managed to wake up early in most of the days, but, I spent that time in reading and experimenting with various tools/projects. SecureDrop, Tor Project, Qubes OS were in top of that list. I am also spending more time with books, though now the big problem is to find space at home to keep those books properly.

  • F29-20190103 updated isos

Fedora 30 To Finish Polishing Off Their Flicker-Free Boot Experience

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Fedora 29 succeeded at a long elusive and rather mystical flicker-free boot experience that has continued to improve since release. With Fedora 30, that flicker-free boot experience should be in even better standing.

The flicker-free boot experience is about making use of an Intel graphics driver feature option to avoid useless mode-sets during the initialization/boot process, preserving the initial UEFI boot screen until reaching the GDM log-in manager, smooth transitions, and all-around making it an experience on-par with Windows and macOS compared to the days of flickering when launching the X.Org Server, extra mode-sets making for a less than sleek boot experience, etc.

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Red Hat and OpenJDK

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  • Red Hat ups ante for OpenJDK on Microsoft Windows

    Red Hat has, of course, been busy becoming the new IBM version of Red Hat since the firm’s recent acquisition.

    That corporate reality hasn’t stopped the open source platform company still pressing ahead with its wider approach to platforms and tools.

    As we closed up last year, the firm announced the availability of long-term commercial support for OpenJDK on Microsoft Windows.

    As many readers will know, OpenJDK is OpenJDK is a free and open-source implementation of the Java Platform Standard Edition (SE) and it dates back to early beginnings under Sun Microsystems in 2006.

  • What’s New in Red Hat Application Migration Toolkit 4.2 including OracleJDK to OpenJDK Migration

    Application migration and modernization can be a daunting task. The release of Red Hat Application Migration Toolkit 4.2.0 has made this process easier with a number of new capabilities. This release continues the mission of helping you understand the scope, dependencies, complexity and risks that may be associated with your software migration project.

Servers News With Emphasis on Red Hat

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  • Red Hat’s David Egts: Open-Source Training, ‘Sense of Mission’ Could Help Agencies Address Cyber Skills Gap

    David Egts, chief technologist for Red Hat’s North American public sector, has said there are several options the federal government can consider to build up its workforce’s cybersecurity and information technology skills and one of those is to explore open-source training.

    “The proliferation of open source software has changed the training landscape dramatically,” Egts wrote in a Nextgov piece published Wednesday.

  • Red Hat to Keynote PBExpo 2019 with Insights on Open Source Technology Used in Aviation and Aerospace
  • Suse, Red Hat, IBM, SAP: It’s Linux Versus Linux Now

    Undoubtedly, the answer can only be Suse. The European company has been with SAP since the beginning. Red Hat has been sleeping on the SAP enterprise business for a long time, but it is catching up now. In the course of an internal meeting in North America, Red Hat managers have emphasized their wish to work more closely with SAP. If this wish was influenced by IBM could not be verified.

    Consequently, this creates a complex situation and entanglement of relationships. On the one hand, IBM does not like SAP all that much, because the leading ERP provider forces the IBM enterprise data base DB2 out of the SAP community with its Hana data base. On the other hand, IBM has been very successfully selling its Power servers for Hana. However, these servers run on Suse Linux, which is the better Linux variant at the moment.

    Now, IBM has decided to acquire Red Hat, meaning that SAP customers can expect interesting package deals consisting of Power and Red Hat. Worldwide, SAP customers will have to opt for Hana and simultaneously for the tried and tested IBM server Power – but now with Red Hat Linux.

  • Handling the Kubernetes symbolic link vulnerability

    A year-old bug in Kubernetes was the topic of a talk given by Michelle Au and Jan Šafránek at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America, which was held mid-December in Seattle. In the talk, they looked at the details of the bug and the response from the Kubernetes product security team (PST). While the bug was fairly straightforward, it was surprisingly hard to fix. The whole process also provided experience that will help improve vulnerability handling in the future.

    The Kubernetes project first became aware of the problem from a GitHub issue that was created on November 30, 2017. It gave full detail of the bug and was posted publicly. That is not the proper channel for reporting Kubernetes security bugs, Au stressed. Luckily, a security team member saw the bug report and cleared out all of the details, moving it to a private issue tracker. There is a documented disclosure process for the project that anyone finding a security problem should follow, she said.

  • Kubernetes Guideposts for 2019

    Having been open sourced in 2014 and used in production by enterprise teams today, Kubernetes is now better understood. We are entering the third era of Kubernetes, meaning users will be looking at ways to bring in more automation around operations. Operation teams will be looking for the qualities typically associated with hosted services, such as automated updates, automated back-ups, auto-scaling and self-tuning, to be available on any environment, whether on a cloud provider’s infrastructure, or on their own premises.

    In 2019, more and more, the automation of these operations will manifest themselves as Operators: Operators take human operational knowledge of a given application or service and encode it into software. They help to codify operational processes into Kubernetes-native infrastructure and services running on top of it, providing a more efficient way of managing Kubernetes-native applications at scale. What’s more, this codification will be implemented by subject matter experts with deep hands-on experience operating these infrastructures and services themselves.

  • Leveraging OpenShift or Kubernetes for automated performance tests (part 2)

    This is the second of a series of three blogs based on a session I hold at EMEA Red Hat Tech Exchange. In the first article, I presented the rationale and approach for leveraging Red Hat OpenShift or Kubernetes for automated performance testing, and I gave an overview of the setup.

    In this article, we will look at building an observability stack that, beyond the support it provides in production, can be leveraged during performance tests. This will provide insight into how the application performs under load.

    An example of what is described in this article is available in my GitHub repository.

  • Getting started with predictive analytics in DevOps

    Data—it's the new currency. Many years ago, we measured the volume of data we processed in gigabytes; then we quickly moved to terabytes. Due to the influence of the smartphone and mobile devices, our volume of data is rapidly increasing to petabytes.

    In addition to managing the size of our data, we need to process various kinds of data and begin to understand what data can tell us. One opportunity in DevOps is to analyze this large amount of machine data. More importantly, machine data, such as logs and metrics of multiple infrastructure-monitoring tools, can continue operating the current IT system throughout the hybrid cloud. Another opportunity is to use this machine data to quickly respond to problems and identify when human involvement may be needed.

Fedora 29 - Make perfect after installation

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And that's it. Now if you look back at my earlier articles, some things have definitely improved over the past couple of years. You don't need to worry so much about music support, you need fewer packages and third-party sources, plus it's easier to set them up, and things are working more smoothly overall. Hence, this guide can be shorter and just as effective.

In the end, making Fedora 29 suitable for everyday use includes a bunch of Gnome tweaks, fresh themes and icons, some third-party repos and software, fonts, and you're good to go. If you type fast, you can probably get all this done in about half an hour of leisurely work. But should you? Well, that's the matter of taste and sheer practicality. Gnome 3 won't be my day-to-day desktop, for sure, but it ain't ugly and can be made reasonable, so if you're inclined that way, you might as well Gnome with style. To wit, we end. Scene.

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