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Plymouth Lands Its Tighter Integration With UEFI Flicker-Free Boot Experience

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The Fedora-led effort for perfecting the flicker-free Linux boot experience has landed its Plymouth boot splash screen changes for reusing the UEFI boot/logo screen during the boot process.

Red Hat's Hans de Goede has merged into the Plymouth graphical boot system support for the ACPI BGRT extension, which is an ACPI table that indicates where the UEFI firmware drew the system/motherboard logo at initialization time... Plymouth is now re-using that initial system power-on screen as part of the Linux boot process to provide a very smooth and seamless boot experience.

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Flatpaks in Fedora – now live

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I’m pleased to announce that we now have full initial support for Flatpak creation in Fedora infrastructure: Flatpaks can be built as containers, pushed to testing and stable via Bodhi, and installed by users from through the command line, GNOME Software, or KDE Discover.

The goal of this work has been to enable creating Flatpaks from Fedora packages on Fedora infrastructure – this will expand the set of Flatpaks that are available to all Flatpak users, provide a runtime that gets updates as bugs and security fixes appear in Fedora, and provide Fedora users, especially on Fedora Silverblue, with an out-of-the-box set of Flatpak applications enabled by default.

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Red Hat: Buzzwords, OpenShift Container, and Openwashing

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  • 3 implications of serverless

    If you strip away all of the modern conveniences and features that make up your internet experience today, what you're left with is the client-server model. This distributed network was what the internet was built on in the beginning, and that part hasn't changed. You could say, it is still serving us well.

    So, when people talk about serverless, what does it mean? Well, it doesn't mean servers are GONE. Of course not: That "client-server model" is still the backbone of how things are getting done.

  • Understanding resource limits in OpenShift Container Platform

    As an OpenShift Container platform operator, managing resources on nodes is one of the most important tasks. Setting LimitRange and Quota are the right way to limit resources. Many blog posts cover the Quota and LimitRange from the OpenShift Container Platform perspective, but they do not explain the relationship between those objects in Kubernetes and control groups (cgroups) in the Linux kernel. Since I haven’t seen this covered elsewhere, I decided I’d get into the connection with particular attention to the CPU/memory limit.

  • What is open leadership?

    Leadership works differently at Red Hat. In our open organization, people don't just receive the status of "leader" when appointed to a position or given a title. Instead, leaders earn their leadership positions when they adopt a certain combination of behaviors and mindsets.

Fedora and Debian Development Leftovers

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  • Fedora 27 Officially Retired

    Fedora 27 has officially reached the End of Life (EOL) status on November 30, so no further updates and security patches would be released beyond this date.

    Officially shipped on November 14, 2017, Fedora 27 has received approximately 9,500 updates according to official data.

    However, with Fedora 28 and Fedora 29 already up for grabs, it makes sense for this old version to be retired, and now all users are recommended to update their devices as soon as possible to the latest releases.

  • Ankur Sinha "FranciscoD": NeuroFedora update: week 48
  • My Debian Activities in November 2018

    This month I accepted 486 packages, which is twice as much as last month. On the other side I was a bit reluctant and rejected only 38 uploads. The overall number of packages that got accepted this month was 556.

  • My Work on Debian LTS/ELTS (November 2018)

    In November 2018, I have worked on the Debian LTS project for nine hours as a paid contributor. Of the originally planned twelve hours (four of them carried over from October) I gave two hours back to the pool of available work hours and carry one hour over to December.

    For November, I also signed up for four hours of ELTS work, but had to realize that at the end of the month, I hadn't even set up a test environment for Debian wheezy ELTS, so I gave these four hours back to the "pool". I have started getting an overview of the ELTS workflow now and will start fixing packages in December.

Moving up the ladder - Fedora 29 upgrade

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The upgrade process from Fedora 28 to Fedora 29 was a success. The overall procedure was long and slow, and my machine was offline for a bunch of time, but in the end, it completed without problems. Only small glitches with extensions, but other than that, everything was peachy. Software, updates, kernels, stability, all of it. Very smooth and painless.

On top of that, you get some genuine improvement in responsiveness, which is a great thing, and the new Fedora uses fewer system resources, resulting in an ever so slightly better battery life. There's more to be done, especially on the CPU front, but this is one of the more fun upgrades I've had in a while. I'm happy it worked out fine, and I'm gearing up for the next test, and that's Fedora 29 on an old machine with Nvidia graphics. To be continued.

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Fedora: Fedora Linux 27, Fedora Program Management and Fedora 29 Slides

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Fedora 27 End of Life

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With the recent release of Fedora 29, Fedora 27 officially enters End Of Life (EOL) status on November 30, 2018. This impacts any systems still on Fedora 27. If you’re not sure what that means to you, read more below.

At this point, packages in the Fedora 27 repositories no longer receive security, bugfix, or enhancement updates. Furthermore, the community adds no new packages to the Fedora 27 collection starting at End of Life. Essentially, the Fedora 27 release will not change again, meaning users no longer receive the normal benefits of this leading-edge operating system.

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Fedora and Red Hat Leftovers

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  • Improved translation po file handling by ditching gettext autotools integration

    The libvirt library has long provided translations of its end user facing strings, which largely means error messages and console output from command line tools / daemons. Since libvirt uses autotools for its build system, it naturally used the standard automake integration provided by gettext for handling .po files. The libvirt.pot file with master strings is exported to Zanata, where the actual translation work is outsourced to the Fedora translation team who support up to ~100 languages. At time of writing libvirt has some level of translation in ~45 languages.

    With use of Zanata, libvirt must periodically create an updated libvirt.pot file and push it to Zanata, and then just before release it must pull the latest translated .po files back into GIT for release.

  • Fedora AMIs for EC2 Instances (A1) Powered by Arm-Based AWS Graviton Processors
  • OpenShift Commons Briefing: Container Deployment and Security Best Practices John Morello (Twistlock) and Dirk Herrmann (Red Hat)

    In this briefing, Twistlock’s John Morello and Red Hat’s Dirk Herrmann gave an in-depth look at the recent NIST Special Publication SP800-190 on Container Security and why it matters if you are deploying containers. They covered best practices for achieving the SP800-190 recommendations on OpenShift.

  • Red Hat achieves AWS Container Competency status
  • Getting started with CI/CD: 6 pitfalls to avoid

    What shapes the long-term success of your CI/CD effort? A faster, more automated pipeline for software development? We recently outlined 4 success factors when getting started with CI/CD – and all led back to culture.

    That’s helpful, but it’s also productive to look at the downsides – not of CI/CD itself, but of common mistakes organizations make, especially when they’re just starting out.

  • IBM's Red Hat Deal Leaves Investors Without A Margin Of Safety
  • Open Outlook: Red Hat on Red Hat

    When I think about the target customer for Red Hat products and services, someone seeking innovative technologies for driving digital transformation at organizational scale, I imagine a customer who looks an awful lot like the IT department at Red Hat. Our challenges mirror those of other IT departments around the world: IT optimization, agile integration, cloud-native application development, automation—these challenges impacting the way IT departments operate today.

    On top of that, Red Hat has grown in the past five years, from roughly 5,700 associates to more than 12,500. Scaling that quickly has been an incredible (and important) stress test for the IT organization. As the needs of our people have changed, the way we assess the IT products we use has also matured.

Fedora and Red Hat/IBM News

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  • Fedora 29 on ARM on AWS

    This week Amazon announced their new A1 arm64 EC2 Instances powered by their arm64 based Graviton Processors and, with a minor delay, the shiny new Fedora 29 for aarch64 (arm64) is now available to run there too!

    Details on getting running on AWS is in this good article on using AWS tools on Fedora article and over all using Fedora on the AWS arm64 EC2 is the same as x86_64.

  • There Is Now A Proposal For Shifting Fedora To An Annual Release Cadence

    Following the plan to cancel or significantly delay Fedora 31 to work on extensive tooling of the Linux distribution, there is a separate proposal that was volleyed suggesting Fedora move to an annual release cadence. 

    Not formally drafted besides a mailing list thread, there is a new proposal about moving Fedora to an annual platform release following Fedora 30. This was suggested by Red Hat's RHEL development coordinator, Brendan Conoboy. 

    There was some immediate opposition to this proposal in that if "breaking" updates wouldn't be allowed into existing Fedora releases as updates, it could mean "outdated software not just for six months but one year."

  • What Red Hat saw in IBM

    Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst says the deal with IBM creates a "hybrid value proposition" to help enterprises run applications and move workloads...

  • Scaling with automation: What businesses need to know

    Facing shortages in skilled workers and mounting business costs, many Australian enterprises are considering automation technologies to ensure the efficiency and stability of their day-to-day operations.

    Over 54% of Australian organisations have successfully embraced automation, seeing an average 15% reduction in costs as a result. But automation, like any other digital technology, can create even more complexity and cost than it seeks to alleviate if businesses aren’t careful.

    IT leaders have a responsibility to bring a human touch to its application if they want to see their people freed up and their growth accelerated.

  • Fujitsu Adopts Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for Global Management Decision-Making Assistance System

Fedora Leftovers/Development

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  • Where and when mistake was made?

    I am tired of useless discussions. Tired of “we are talking about servers and desktop, not toys” which needs to happen in EVERY arm64 discussion sooner or later. It was that way in “Qt: GL or GLES on arm64” thread on debian-arm ML or recently on #debian-boot when I tried to find out how to get graphical installer working on arm64.

    There was a mistake done at some point probably. Maybe aarch64 should start with A72 cores, GICv3 and multicore server chips. And mobile market get fast v7 cores at same time. To make a clean split.

    On arm64 Fedora has graphical installer for last few releases. Took a while to debug X11 and kernel to find out why it requires config file when it should not. We wrote some patches (better than ones in linked post) and got them merged. I can take Mustang, put graphics card and install operating system using keyboard, mouse and monitor. Just like it is on boring computers.

  • Updated packages of varnish-6.0.2 matching vmods, for el6 and el7

    Recently, the Varnish Cache project released an updated upstream version 6.0.2 of Varnish Cache. This is a maintenance and stability release of varnish 6.0, which you may consider as the current “LTS” branch of varnish. I have updated the fedora rawhide package, and also updated the varnish 6.0 copr repo with packages for el6 and el7 based on the fedora package. A selection of matching vmods is also included in the copr repo.

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