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  • Performance improvements in OVN: Past and future

    OVN (Open Virtual Network) is a subcomponent of Open vSwitch (OVS). It allows for the expression of overlay networks by connecting logical routers and logical switches. Cloud providers and cloud management systems have been using OVS for many years as a performant method for creating and managing overlay networks.

    Lately, OVN has come into its own because it is being used more in Red Hat products. The result has been an increased amount of scrutiny for real-world scenarios with OVN. This has resulted in new features being added to OVN. More importantly, this has led to tremendous changes to improve performance in OVN.

    In this article, I will discuss two game-changing performance improvements that have been added to OVN in the past year, and I will discuss future changes that we may see in the coming year.

  • Hot sysadmin reads for the new year
  • How 2018 learned to do the cloud right

    Over the last five years, I've worked in various roles bringing high-performance computing (HPC) into the public cloud. It's been fascinating to watch the industry change from saying "You can't do HPC in the cloud" to "How can I do HPC in the cloud?" to "Why wouldn't I do HPC in the cloud?"

  • What we learned about containers last year

Fedora 30 Planning To Enable Python Generators By Default

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After being an opt-in feature since Fedora 28, this year's Fedora 30 release will enable Python generators by default to help in crafting packages around Python code.

The Python Generators are able to automatically generate the package's build dependencies -- namely the RPM's Requires and Provides fields -- based upon the egg/wheel metadata for the Python code. This makes it easier packaging Python programs with the packagers no longer needing to manually specify run-time dependencies and no longer having the possibility of not having complete coverage of necessary dependencies for a program.

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Happy New Year Geany in Fedora and Fedora Had A Killer 2018

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  • Happy New Year Geany in Fedora

    With the new release of Geany Plugins 1.34 there now officially is a new plugin available for Geany in Fedora (for now, updates-testing only) called vimode. If that isn't a reason to celebrate 2019.. Smile

  • Fedora Had A Killer 2018, But It Will Be Interesting To See What Comes Next Year

    It was a very exciting year for Red Hat's Fedora Linux distribution process with the successful releases of Fedora 28 and 29, each of those new Fedora releases adding in plenty of new features, achieving the long-desired flicker-free polished boot experience, and Fedora Silverblue taking shape for what was formerly their Atomic Workstation initiative. Next year though could be even more radical for the project.

    Looking ahead to 2019 for Fedora, they are looking at dropping or drastically delaying Fedora 31 to focus on re-tooling and other low-level changes... Thus 2019 could very well only see one new Fedora release. Some have also called for Fedora just to move to an annual release cadence or the like, we'll see what happens. It will also be interesting to see how Fedora Silverblue takes off next year as well as the other technical innovations that continue to happen within the Fedora camp and then pushed upstream. On a larger scale, it will be interesting to see if any changes happen in the Fedora space following IBM closing on their acquisition of Red Hat -- we're certainly hoping for the best and that it will only benefit RHEL and Fedora.

Carlos Castro León: How Do You Fedora?

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Carlos Castro León is a computer engineer in northern Peru. He started using Linux in 2006 when another Linux user helped him install Ubuntu Edgy Eft. When Carlos attended college he decided to use a more stable distribution: “I already knew about Fedora 16 and decided to use it.” Castro León currently works as a computer engineer in Peru. His main task is to coordinate the activities of a team of individuals who manage the servers and networking at his company.

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Red Hat and Servers, IBM, Containers

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  • World’s Fastest Supercomputer Now Running Production Workloads at ORNL
  • Red Hat revenue jumps to $847m in third quarter

    Subscription revenue for the quarter was $741 million, also up 13%. Subscription revenue from infrastructure-related offerings for the quarter was $534 million, an increase of 8% year-on-year, and subscription revenue from application development-related and other emerging technology offerings for the quarter was $207 million, an increase of 28%.

  • You wait for one IT giant to show up with its sales figures, then two come at once: Red Hat, Oracle

    Red Hat reported $847m in total fiscal Q3 2019 revenue, a 13 per cent increase from a year earlier, or 15 per cent in constant currency. That sales number also just missed Wall St's expectations.

    The open-source code and Linux biz said its subscription revenue, representing 87 per cent of total revenue, reached $741m in the three months to November 30, also up 13 per cent or 15 per cent in content currency.

  • Shareholder files suit over IBM-Red Hat deal
  • Red Hat Hit With Securities Suits Over $34B IBM Deal

    Red Hat Inc. faces two would-be class suits over IBM's proposed $34 billion acquisition of the open source software firm...

  • Amid $34B IBM deal, Red Hat goes to court to squash infringement allegations

    As it awaits a shareholder vote on its $34 billion buyout by IBM, Red Hat is accusing another company of casting “uncertainty” over the patent rights [sic]...

  • What's the future of managers?
  • How agencies ensure software containers don’t add complexity

    Software containers and APIs are familiar tools to IT teams and provide multiple benefits to agencies as they move to the cloud and distributed IT environments, IT architect experts say in a new podcast.

    However, government agencies need to stay focused on how these tools connect back to their infrastructure and ensure they don’t inadvertently add more complexity to the agency’s IT environment.

  • Kubernetes Security Flaw Expected, Won’t Be the Last

    Container security experts warn that the recently discovered – and rapidly patched – Kubernetes security flaw will not be the last. And, most say that’s a good thing.

    “There are always going to be vulnerabilities,” explained Rani Osnat, vice president of product marketing at Aqua Security. “The fact that one was found was to be expected. And I expect more will be found going forward. That’s just what should be expected with software.”

  • Containers Are Poised To Quash VMware In 2019
  • IBM’s $37 Billion Acquisition of Red Hat

    This acquisition brings together the best-in-class hybrid cloud providers and will enable companies to securely move all business applications to the cloud. Companies today are already using multiple clouds. However, research shows that 80 percent of business workloads have yet to move to the cloud, held back by the proprietary nature of today’s cloud market. This prevents portability of data and applications across multiple clouds, data security in a multi-cloud environment and consistent cloud management.


    Michelle Davis, Red Hat’s senior solutions architect says, “federal, state and local agencies are looking at these technologies to enhance and improve their software delivery lifecycle and to put governance around their services.”

  • IBM's $34 billion Red Hat acquisition came after deal talks with Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, sources say

    Microsoft, Google, and Amazon all engaged in deal discussions with Red Hat and looked closely into an acquisition in the months and weeks before Red Hat struck a deal with IBM, according to sources familiar with the deal.

  • IBM’s New Battle in the Cloud

    IBM’s purchase of Red Hat is the largest acquisition in the history of software. According to The Wall Street Journal, this $33 billion acquisition is expected to shore up IBM’s position in cloud computing services. Yet, this is an expensive bet to seek parity with other cloud service providers like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Just a few years back, IBM was betting the farm on artificial intelligence through its Watson platform. That strategy has yet to deliver promised results. Is it going to be any different this time with Red Hat?

  • Why Did IBM Sell Lotus and Other Software Products to HCL?
  • Why IBM is selling its e‑commerce platform business

    If IBM's deal to sell $1.8 billion worth of its software products to India-based HCL goes through, IBM will no longer have a commerce platform.

  • Red Hat Takes On VMware, Nutanix For Hyperconverged Storage

    Hyperconverged infrastructure has been with us for a while now, and it looks like the technology is still a growing market, if analyst figures can be believed. A recent survey from IDC found that revenue from hyperconverged systems grew 78.1 percent year-on-year for the second quarter of 2018, generating $1.5 billion worth of sales, while the hyperconverged segment now accounts for at least 41 percent of the overall converged systems market.

    What this tells us is that hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is turning out to be an attractive proposition for a much broader range of use cases within organizations than the niche areas it was originally created to address, which included providing the infrastructure for operating a virtual desktop environment for employees.

  • The Kubernetes Top 5 Hits of 2018

    Kubernetes went from a fun project in 2017 to the breakout hit of the cloud computing space in 2018. It seemed that just about every cloud provider, software platform vendor, or service provider included Kubernetes in at least one – if not all – of their announcements this year.

    The Kubernetes community reciprocated that love by drastically evolving the platform. This included expanding its capabilities and focusing on greater stability and maturity. But challenges remain in terms of surmounting hurdles that are preventing broader adoption.

    With that in mind, we present the top five biggest Kubernetes trends from 2018.

  • This new Kubernetes tech turned KubeCon talk into mob scene

    What is the maturation of the Kubernetes open-source container-orchestration system good for? Open source has kneaded and Karate-chopped the kinks out of the platform for orchestrating containers (a virtualized method for running distributed applications). So now what? It runs more reliably in enterprises. There’s that. It might also run a whole stack much the same way it runs a containerized app.

Four Myths About Open Source in Government (Contributed)

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Every year, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) publishes its list of State CIO Top 10 Priorities, a checklist of the most important issues that will be on the to-do lists of CIOs across the country. This year’s list includes concerns about security and risk management, implementation and deployment of cloud services, and the need to consolidate and optimize services and infrastructure, to name a few.

State CIOs may wish to consider turning to open source software for help in addressing these challenges and objectives. Open source can facilitate more flexible and agile IT infrastructure and is the underlying technology behind many popular cloud service platforms. Open source can also help organizations consolidate and centralize disparate services, making them easier and more cost-effective to manage.

Many states and cities are actively embracing open source. California’s Government Operations Agency recently launched the California Code website, an open collaboration between agencies, industry partners and civic technologists working to create a more innovative, collaborative and effective government. The state has also certified the first open source, publicly owned election technology for use in Los Angeles County. Meanwhile, in Chicago, open source has been embraced by the Office of Budget and Management (OMB) to simplify and modernize the city’s annual financial reporting obligations. Yet, despite its many benefits, myths about open source persist.

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Also: Hortonworks’ Shaun Bierweiler Talks Enterprise Open Source Tools’ Use in Emergency Mgmt

Raspberry Pi improvements in Fedora 29

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So Fedora 29 is probably going to account for the largest single improvement to support on the Raspberry Pi support in Fedora since we added initial support in Fedora 25. It certainly wasn’t without issue, but after quite a bit of debug we’ve got the post release issues with the WiFi back to being stable!

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Also: FPgM report: 2018-51

Fedora Elections results

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The Fedora 29 election cycle has concluded. Here are the results for each election. Congratulations to the winning candidates, and thank you all
candidates for running in this election!

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Red Hat Leftovers

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  • Thanos: long-term storage for your Prometheus Metrics on OpenShift

    Thanos is a project that turns your Prometheus installation into a highly available metric system with unlimited storage capacity. From a very high-level view, it does this by deploying a sidecar to Prometheus, which uploads the data blocks to any object storage. A store component downloads the blocks again and makes them accessible to a query component, which has the same API as Prometheus itself. This works nicely with Grafana because its the same API. So without much effort, you can view your nice dashboard graphs beyond the configured retention time of your Prometheus monitoring stack. and get an almost unlimited timeline , only restricted by object storage capacities.

    On top of these already awesome features, Thanos also provides downsampling of stored metrics, deduplication of data points and some more.

  • Eclipse Che 7 is Coming and It’s Really Hot (3/4)

    With a new workspaces model and full “dev-mode” for application runtimes—Eclipse Che the first kube-native IDE!

  • Red Hat Reports Third Quarter Results for Fiscal Year 2019
  • Integration of API management details (Part 4)

    This article takes you deeper into specific elements (API management and reverse proxy) of the generic architectural overview.

  • Open Outlook: Cloud-Native Application Development

    When I look at 2018, advancements made in the Kubernetes space helped cloud-native app development become a bigger focus for Red Hat and our customers. As we head into the end of the year, I want to discuss cloud-native application development from Red Hat’s perspective, how we got here and where we plan to go.

  • The APAC partner ecosystem is stronger together

    2018 has been another great year for Red Hat and our APAC partners, and I want to thank everyone for their outstanding contributions and commitment to supporting the Red Hat business. I am also very delighted by the positive feedback we received from many regional partners on our strategy presented at the 2018 Red Hat Partner Conference Asia Pacific, which took place in Bali this year. Particularly worth mentioning is the support from some of our local partners such as NTT Data and Fujitsu in Japan, and Deloitte in Australia for sharing our joint achievements at our partner conference.

  • Red Hat selects Team Rubicon for 2018 U.S. corporate holiday donation

    For the eleventh year in a row, our associates took an active role in selecting a worthy charitable organization to be the beneficiary of our holiday U.S. corporate donation. During the process, they nominated more than 100 charities and more than 1,200 associates participated in the final vote. For our 2018 corporate holiday donation, Red Hatters have chosen to support Team Rubicon with a $75,000 donation that will contribute to the organization's efforts to provide emergency response support to areas devastated by natural disasters.

  • Red Hat Introduces Commercial Support for OpenJDK on Microsoft Windows [Ed: Red Hat is trying to hard to help Microsoft]

Fedora 30 Might Offer The Deepin Desktop Environment

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The latest Linux desktop environment sought for inclusion in the Fedora package repository is for the Deepin Desktop Environment.

The desktop environment of Deepin is being proposed for added to the F30 package repository for this project that aims for ease-of-use / usability and elegance.

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