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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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Red Hat's Fedora: Flatpak, Release party at Pune, Bodhi 3.12.0 Released

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Red Hat on Servers: Kubernetes, IBM, Latest Results and OKD

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  • Will Kubernetes Slow Down My Database?

    I know my database will be slower on Kubernetes and cloud native storage, but HOW MUCH slower? This is a question everyone thinking of moving traditionally hosted stateful services like database to Kubernetes ask all the time. And until now, we haven’t had good answers. This presentation will detail a series of microbenchmarks on PostgreSQL running on and off Kubernetes in a variety of configurations, including bare metal, local storage, gluster, and rook. You’ll get a solid idea of what the cost in latency and throughput is for abstracting away your storage problems, and be able to make platform decisions for yourself.

  • Red Hat Global Customer Tech Outlook 2019: Automation, cloud, & security lead funding priorities

    As we round out 2018, it’s time to reflect on how the year has gone and our plans for the coming year. For the fifth consecutive year, we reached out to our customers to hear where they are in their technology journey and where they want to go in 2019. For our annual Red Hat Global Customer Tech Outlook, we surveyed more than 400 Red Hat customers around the world, with respondents from 51 countries. These IT leaders weighed in about their current challenges, their deployment strategies, technologies they are excited about, as well as budget and technology priorities for 2019.

  • IBM’s $37 Billion Acquisition of Red Hat

    IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source cloud software, have reached a definitive agreement under which IBM will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190.00 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $34 billion.

  • Red Hat sales softer than expected ahead of IBM purchase

    The company reported third quarter earnings of $94 million, or 51 cents a share, on revenue of $847 million, up 13 percent from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings for the third quarter were 96 cents a share.

    Wall Street was looking for non-GAAP third quarter earnings of 87 cents a share on revenue of $852.8 billion. Red Hat said currency fluctuations hurt sales somewhat. On a constant currency basis, Red Hat sales would have been up 15 percent.

  • Will Anyone Be Fired for Hiring Big Purple?

    While the cloud offers a compelling cost advantage, lower cost is not the only differentiator that will define tomorrow’s winners and losers in the cloud marketplace. Might the purple cloud — made up of Big Blue’s cloud and Red Hat’s Linux and Kubernetes distro — be the most secure?

    Remember the saying, “No one ever gets fired for hiring Big Blue”? At a time when technology seemed to be changing fast, executives wanted to reduce risk and play it safe. This was before the cloud and at a time when distributed computing seemed like some new-age religion.

    While most bloggers seem focused on why IBM would pay $34 billion for Red Hat, I thought it might be timely to point out the recent Kubernetes vulnerability, CVE 2018-1002105. This vulnerability — announced by Google and credited to Darren Shepherd’s discovery — remains too new at the time of this writing to even be found in the NIST’s National Vulnerability Database.

  • A user story about an OKD update from 3.9 to 3.10

    The OpenShift community produces a lot of interesting tutorials about how to try new solutions and configurations but unfortunately they are mostly based on a minimal setup such as MiniShift, which is definitely a cool gimmick, but badly resembles a real cluster setup. Often those posts only concentrate on the known good path about how something is supposed to function in the best case. They rarely mention how it could be debugged or fixed if it doesn’t work as expected. As all of us know, the more complex a system is, the more can go wrong and this technology is no exception especially when run in a real distributed setup. To give you some insight in how such procedures can go wrong, I’d like to share the experience I made when I tried to update my multi-master/multi-node OKD cluster. As an experienced Linux engineer or developer you might think that version updates are nothing special or exciting, but this experience will disabuse you. I hit many issues and here is how I did it.

Red Hat and Fedora Leftovers

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  • OpenShift Commons Gathering at Seattle KubeCon 2018 Recap with Video and Slides

    With over 350 attendees from over 115+ companies and more than 25 speakers by community members, upstream project leads, contributors, end users, and from Red Hatters, the OpenShift Commons Gathering in Seattle this past week was a great place to learn about the future of Kubernetes, OpenShift, and cloud native infrastructure.

  • Oracle's Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 5 Update 1 Released - Improves AArch64, DTrace

    In addition to releasing VirtualBox 6.0, Oracle on Tuesday also released an updated version of their Linux kernel downstream geared for their RHEL-cloned Oracle Linux... Now available is Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 Update 1. 

    This first update to Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 offers improved support for ARM64/AArch64 (64-bit ARM), cgroup2 updates, improved scheduler scalability, a variety of DTrace updates, updated NVDIMM subsystem functionality around PMEM and DAX, and various other changes. Also included with UEK R5U1 are a number of CVE security fixes.

  • Open Outlook: Kubernetes Native Infrastructure

    As 2018 draws to a close, I’ve spent some time thinking about the progress we’ve made with Red Hat OpenShift and where we’re going. Spoiler alert - it’s been an exciting year and I’m optimistic about 2019.

  • Introduction to the Kubernetes Operator Framework

    Red Hat’s Sebastien Pahl Explains Kubernetes Operators at KubeCon 2018.  Operators will be featured in OpenShift 4 currently in beta, which you can preview here: https://try.openshift.com/

    An Operator is a method of packaging, deploying and managing a Kubernetes application. A Kubernetes application is an application that is both deployed on Kubernetes and managed using the Kubernetes APIs and kubectl tooling. To be able to make the most of Kubernetes, you need a set of cohesive APIs to extend in order to service and manage your applications that run on Kubernetes. You can think of Operators as the runtime that manages this type of application on Kubernetes. http://coreos.com/operators The Operator Framework is an open source toolkit to manage Kubernetes native applications, called Operators, in an effective, automated, and scalable way. https://github.com/operator-framework

  • Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Virtualization
  • Fedora Handbook 2018 Released

    I finally finished the 2018 edition of Fedora Handbook (aka Fedora Workstation Beginner’s Guide). Just a recap what the handbook is about: it’s a printed handbook that should give enough information to get a user from “knowing nothing about Fedora” to first steps in the system. It’s used as a giveaway at conferences and other events.

    The original handbook was written in Czech in 2015 and the English version released last year introduced only cosmetic changes, so even though the handbook has pretty generic info and is not specific to any Fedora release there were quite a lot of changes needed.

  • Rawhide notes from the trail, mid december 2018
  • Firefox 64 autoplay in Fedora 29

    With one of the recent Firefox releases (current version is 64), autoplay videos began to play again, although they start muted now [1]. None of the previously-working methods work (e.g. about:config media.autoplay.enabled), the documented preference is not there in 64 (promised for 63: either never happened, or was removed). Extensions that purport to disable autoplay do not work.

4 cool new projects to try in COPR for December 2018

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COPR is a collection of personal repositories for software that isn’t carried in Fedora. Some software doesn’t conform to standards that allow easy packaging. Or it may not meet other Fedora standards, despite being free and open source. COPR can offer these projects outside the Fedora set of packages. Software in COPR isn’t supported by Fedora infrastructure or signed by the project. However, it can be a neat way to try new or experimental software.

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Linux 5.0-rc3 Kernel Released With Plenty Of Fixes Plus Nouveau RTX 2080 Ti Support

Linus Torvalds has released the third weekly release candidate for the upcoming Linux 5.0 kernel release. Being well past the winter holidays, Linux 5.0-rc3 saw a ton of commit activity this week with a lot of bug/regression fixing. Though one "feature" worth pointing out that was merged this week was Nouveau now supporting the NVIDIA TU102, a.k.a. the RTX 2080 Ti and TITAN RTX granted in its mode-setting-only limited form. That complements the other NVIDIA Turing GPU support added to the Nouveau DRM driver back during the Linux 5.0 merge window to round-out the current latest-generation GeForce RTX 2000 series graphics cards. Read more

Security: ThreadX, Kali Linux, Rocke and Data Loss

  • Vulnerabilities Found in Highly Popular Firmware for WiFi Chips
    WiFi chip firmware in a variety of devices used mainly for gaming, personal computing, and communication comes with multiple issues. At least some of them could be exploited to run arbitrary code remotely without requiring user interaction. The security flaws were discovered in ThreadX, a real-time operating system (RTOS) developed by Express Logic. The vendor claims on their website that ThreadX has over 6.2 billion deployments, being one of the most popular software powering Wi-Fi chips. The firmware is also powering the Avastar 88W8897 SoC (Wi-Fi + Bluetooth + NFC) from Marvell, present in Sony PlayStation 4 (and its Pro variant), Microsoft Surface (+Pro) tablet and laptop, Xbox One, Samsung Chromebook and smartphones (Galaxy J1), and Valve SteamLink.
  • Wolf Halton on what’s changed in tech and where we are headed
    The tech industry is changing at a massive rate especially after the storage options moved to the cloud. However, this has also given rise to questions on security, data management, change in the work structure within an organization, and much more. Wolf Halton, an expert in Kali Linux, tells us about the security element in the cloud. He also touches upon the skills and knowledge that should be inculcated in your software development cycle in order to adjust to the dynamic tech changes at present and in the future. Following this, he juxtaposes the current software development landscape with the ideal one.
  • Rocke coinminer disables cloud protection agents
    A group of hackers that specializes in infecting servers with cryptocurrency mining software has started disabling security software agents used in cloud environments to evade detection. Known as Rocke in the security industry, the group has been active since at least April 2018 and is known for exploiting critical vulnerabilities in web application frameworks and servers like Apache Struts, Oracle WebLogic and Adobe ColdFusion.
  • Malware used by “Rocke” group evolves to evade detection by cloud security products
  • Malware uninstalls cloud security products from Linux machines
    After removing the cloud security, the malware then proceeded to mine the monero cryptocurrency on its hosts.
  • I Nearly Lost All Of My Data!

    At this point I’m really worried. You see, I cancelled my off-site Amazon Glacier backups around 6 months ago. What are the chances of both a 4 disk RAID failing AND a USB drive at the same time? Not likely, I thought. Boy was I wrong

Solving the Year 2038 problem in the Linux kernel

Because of the way time is represented in Linux, a signed 32-bit number can't support times beyond January 19, 2038 after 3:14:07 UTC. This Year 2038 (Y2038 or Y2K38) problem is about the time data type representation. The solution is to use 64-bit timestamps. I started working on the problem while working as an Outreachy intern for kernel developer Arnd Bergmann. Outreachy is a benevolent program that helps new programmers get into kernel development. The mentors for the kernel projects are usually experienced kernel developers like Arnd. Read more

Booting Linux faster

Of all the computers I've ever owned or used, the one that booted the quickest was from the 1980s; by the time your hand moved from the power switch to the keyboard, the BASIC interpreter was ready for your commands. Modern computers take anywhere from 15 seconds for a laptop to minutes for a small home server to boot. Why is there such a difference in boot times? A microcomputer from the 1980s that booted straight to a BASIC prompt had a very simple CPU that started fetching and executing instructions from a memory address immediately upon getting power. Since these systems had BASIC in ROM, there was no loading time—you got to the BASIC prompt really quickly. More complex systems of that same era, such as the IBM PC or Macintosh, took a significant time to boot (~30 seconds), although this was mostly due to having to read the operating system (OS) off a floppy disk. Only a handful of seconds were spent in firmware before being able to load an OS. Read more