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  • Why Container Skills Aren't a Priority in Hiring Open Source Pros (Yet)

    It should come as no surprise that open source training and hiring is typically predicated on what skills are trending in tech. As an example, Big Data, cloud and security are three of the most in-demand skillsets today, which explains why more and more open source professionals look to develop these particular skillsets and why these professionals are amongst the most sought after. One skillset that employers have not found as useful as professionals is container management.

  • All Hail the New Docker Swarm

    Unfortunately, I’m not able to attend DockerCon US this year, but I will be keeping up with the announcements. As part of the Docker Captains program, I was given a preview of Docker 1.12 including the new Swarm integration which is Docker’s native clustering/orchestration solution (also known as SwarmKit, but that’s really the repo/library name). And it’s certainly a big change. In this post I’ll try to highlight the changes and why they’re important.

  • Apache Spark Creator Matei Zaharia Describes Structured Streaming in Spark 2.0 [Video]

    Apache Spark has been an integral part of Mesos from its inception. Spark is one of the most widely used big data processing systems for clusters. Matei Zaharia, the CTO of Databricks and creator of Spark, talked about Spark's advanced data analysis power and new features in its upcoming 2.0 release in his MesosCon 2016 keynote.

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  • How Salesforce Secures Docker Containers

    Running Docker containers securely as part of a DevOps pipeline is a process that has many steps and requires diligence. That's the message coming from Cem Gurkok, lead information security engineer at Salesforce, in a session at the DockerCon 16 conference here.

    While containers do represent a somewhat different paradigm for developers, security professionals might have a different view.

  • DockerCon Showcases New Docker Release, Containers-as-a-Service Model

    Docker is one of the most hyped technologies in IT today, as containers have gone mainstream. At the DockerCon 16 event, which was held June 19-21 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, 4,000 people gathered to learn and talk about Docker. Among the news coming out of the event was the release of Docker 1.12, which includes an integrated container orchestration capability referred to as Swarm mode. Docker CEO Ben Golub, meanwhile, said IaaS and PaaS either deliver too little or too much of what an organization needs, so he sees the emerging containers-as-a-service (CaaS) space growing, which is where Docker is aiming to play with its Docker Datacenter technology. Golub also announced a public beta of the Docker Store, which is a curated set of containerized applications that users can obtain, Also debuting was the public beta release of the Docker native application for Windows and Mac, opening up those products from the private beta that was first announced in March. Other public
    betas announced at DockerCon were Docker for Azure and Docker for AWS public clouds. The general idea with the new public beta releases is to provide more seamless, integrated experiences for users of specific platforms when using Docker. In a keynote at the conference, Docker founder Solomon Hykes claimed most people don't care about containers; they actually just really care about applications. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the highlights of the DockerCon 16 conference.

  • Docker Datacenter Launched
  • Why Docker is Like Chicken Nuggets and Waffle Cones

    There is a lot of hype and some confusion in the world of IT today about precisely what Docker is and how it enables the emerging world of micro-services. At the Dockercon 16 conference this week in Seattle, there were many talks explaining Docker capabilities, but it was perhaps the Day 2 keynotes that explained it best with some exemplary metaphors.

    According to Keith Fulton, CTO at ADP, Docker is a lot like chicken nuggets and waffle cones (though not necessarily eaten together at the same time). ADP, one of the world's largest payroll processing firms, has over 630,000 clients. Fulton noted that ADP does more than just payroll today, and considered itself to be a Human Capital Management (HCM) firm, with services including recruiting and 401K planning.

IT runs on the cloud, and the cloud runs on Linux. Any questions?

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A recent survey by the Uptime Institute of 1,000 IT executives found that 50 percent of senior enterprise IT executives expect the majority of IT workloads to reside off-premise in cloud or colocation sites in the future. Of those surveyed, 23 percent expect the shift to happen next year, and 70 percent expect that shift to occur within the next four years.

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  • Nearly 1 in 3 Azure virtual machines now run Linux
  • What a Virtual Network Looks Like: Planning

    Network services don't spring up unbidden from the earth but rather they're coerced out of infrastructure in response to business and consumer opportunities. Every operations and management paradigm ever proposed for networking includes an explicit planning dimension to get the service-to-infrastructure and service-to-user relationships right. On the surface, virtualization would seem to help planning by reducing inertia, but don't you then have to plan for virtualization? How the planning difficulties and improvements balance out has a lot to do with how rapidly we can expect virtualization to evolve.

  • How DevOps Failed 60K Users

    Back in 2006, when I was an operations engineer at Slideshare, I was part of a team that launched a DevOps model to speed processes and stay ahead of our competition.

  • Democratizing Docker: Changing Containers' Competitive Landscape

    At DockerCon 16, approximately 4,000 attendees descended on the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle from June 19 to 21 to learn about and experience the phenomenon that is the Docker container ecosystem.

    The big news of the event came on the first day of the conference with the announcement of Docker 1.12 and its integrated orchestration system. In the keynote speeches and in multiple sessions that I attended, that new Swarm mode was a hot topic of technical and business discussion.

  • Apple Opens the iOS 10 Kernel, Sony Compensates Linux Users… [Tech News Digest]
  • Here's How Much You'll Get From Sony's PlayStation 3 Bungle
  • Sony Settles 'Other OS' PS3 Lawsuit
  • Did you install Linux on your PS3? Then Sony owes you $55
  • Sony Settlement Gives PS3 Owners $9 After Company Made Console Less Useful Via Firmware Update

    We've noted countless times how in the modern computing era, you don't really own what you think you own. You don't really own the music or books that can arbitrarily disappear on your devices, and you no longer really own a wide variety of hardware that can be dramatically changed (often for the worse) via firmware update months or years after purchase. If you're extra lucky, you'll shell out $300 for a piece of hardware that one year later simply won't work at all. With intelligent automobiles and the rise of the internet-of-not-so-smart things, that's more true now than ever.

    Case in point: back in 2010 we noted how Sony issued several firmware updates for its Playstation 3 gaming console that effectively made the console less useful. One specifically (PS3 software update 3.21) removed the console owner's ability to load alternative operating systems like Linux. But tinkerers being tinkerers, some users found ways to use the feature to expand the console's functionality in all kinds of creative ways. Fearing a loss of control and potential spike in piracy, Sony decided to make the console significantly less useful.

Xen 4.7 Open Source Linux Hypervisor Arrives with Non-Disruptive, Live Patching

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Today, June 23, 2016, the Xen Project has had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the Xen 4.7 open-source Linux hypervisor software for GNU/Linux operating systems.

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  • With Cloud Foundry, Cloud.gov Provides a Federally-Compliant Cloud for Government Work

    Ensuring U.S. government agencies have a compliant cloud-based infrastructure is the task of the General Services Administration’s 18F digital services, which created cloud.gov, a Cloud Foundry-based hosted cloud service specifically for federal agencies.

  • Weave Cloud Integrates Docker Containers with AWS

    Weaveworks announced the public beta of its Weave Cloud hosted cloud product. It combines versions of Weaveworks’ container networking and management software.

    Of particular interest: Weave Cloud offers native Docker container integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), so that Docker containers can run directly on AWS VPC.

  • Serverless Microservices (and Minimal Ops): Current Limitations of AWS Lambda

    A “serverless” approach to API deployment involves containerization, webhooks, virtualization and reciprocity, with no infrastructure (servers, deployments or installed software) required. Microservices can be used as an abstracted resource that allows developers to work more effectively, and focus more on development and less on operations.

  • Microservices: What They Mean and How They Impact the Channel

    "Microservices" is fast becoming one of the newest buzzwords that IT decision makers need to know as DevOps redefines modern software application delivery. Here's a primer on what microservices mean and how the concept is affecting the channel.

  • Field notes - ElasticSearch at petabyte scale on AWS
  • What is DevOps? Patrick Debois Explains

    Patrick Debois is best known as the founder of DevOpsDays and as a creator of the DevOps movement, which explains why some refer to him as the “Godfather of DevOps”. As CTO of Small Town Heroes, an interactive video company, he puts these DevOps practices to the test on a daily basis to deliver mobile applications, and he recently organized a new event, Mobile Delivery Days.

Sean Michael Kerner at Dockercon 16

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  • Praise Be to the Dockercon 16 Demo Gods : Drink Espresso #dockercon

    Dockercon the primary conference for Docker container has a three year old tradition of appeasing the demo gods prior to any live demo - and Dockercon has lots of live demos.

  • Docker Container Usage Growing

    A trio of new reports show positive trends for Docker container adoption, although there is a concern that Docker is too complex to integrate into organizations' environments.
    As the DockerCon 16 conference gets underway June 20 in Seattle, users and advocates of the open-source container technology are being bolstered by multiple reports that imply adoption is growing, although there are some challenges to adoption.

  • Docker on a Mission to Reduce Developer Deployment Friction

    During the opening keynote for the Dockercon 16 conference, a primary message that was repeated time and again was that that Docker is all about building tools that help developers and operators do their jobs, faster and easier.

  • Docker 1.12 Integrates Orchestration Directly Into Container Engine

    Docker today at DockerCon 2016 here officially announced Docker Engine 1.12, which directly integrates container orchestration technology that previously had required separate technology to implement. Docker first announced the Swarm orchestration technology back in February 2015 as a stand-alone project, requiring separate installation.

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  • Containers 2.0: Why unikernels will rock the cloud

    Clouds have come to dominate the mindset of IT. The promises of business agility, maximized resource utilization, and flexible infrastructure have grabbed the imaginations of CIOs across the world. The opportunity to immediately adjust your infrastructure to the needs of your business is seen as a route to success.

  • Most Enterprises to Mainstream Containers Within a Year

    Docker and other application container platforms are already changing the way enterprises develop and deliver applications. Over the next year, container adoption will really ramp up, according to new report from the Cloud Foundry Foundation, Hope Versus Reality: Containers in 2016.

    Currently, 16 percent of organizations are already using containers in production, noted Abby Kearns, vice president of Industry Strategy at the Cloud Foundry Foundation. But ClearPath Strategies, the research firm that conducted the survey on behalf of the Foundation, asked participants about their plans, she started "seeing an interesting shift in those looking to move into production," she told Datamation.

  • Microsoft Azure Brings CoreOS Linux to China

    China will soon be enjoying the open source operating system CoreOS Linux thanks to Microsoft Azure as 21Vianet becomes the first ever officially supported cloud provider in the country.

    In a press release posted on their official website, Linux announced that the CoreOS would soon be made available for Chinese computer users together with Microsoft's cloud operating service, Azure.

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GeckoLinux 421 Plasma and SUSE Hack Week

  • GeckoLinux 421 Plasma review - It ain't no dragon
    I heard a lot of good praise about this little distro. My inbox is flooded with requests to take it for a spin, so I decided, hey, so many people are asking. Let us. The thing is, openSUSE derivatives are far and few in between, but the potential and the appeal are definitely there. Something like CentOS on steroids, the way Stella did once, the same noble way Fuduntu tried to emancipate Fedora. Take a somewhat somber distro and pimpify it into submission. GeckoLinux is based on openSUSE Leap, and I chose the Plasma Static edition. There's also a Rolling version, based on Tumbleweed, but that one never worked for me. The test box for this review is Lenovo G50. But wait! Dedoimedo, did you not recently write in your second rejection report that GeckoLinux had failed to boot? Indeed I did. But the combo of yet another firmware update on the laptop and a fresh new download fixed it, allowing for a DVD boot. Somewhat like the painful but successful Fedora exercise back in the day. Tough start, but let's see what gives.
  • La Mapería
    It is Hack Week at SUSE, and I am working on La Mapería (the map store), a little program to generate beautiful printed maps from OpenStreetMap data.
  • HackWeek XIV @SUSE: Tuesday

From Vista 10 to Linux Mint

  • Microsoft Scared into Changes, 5 Reasons to Ditch
    Following a small claims court judgment against them, Microsoft announced they would be making declining their Windows 10 upgrade easier. Why not just switch to Linux as Daniel Robinson highlighted five reasons you should. My Linux Rig spoke to Christine Hall of FOSS Force about her "Linux rig" today and Bryan Lunduke had some thoughts on Canonical's collaboration myth. Dedoimedo reviewed GeckoLinux 421 and Gary Newell tested Peppermint 7 on his new Lenovo Ideapad.
  • After Multi-Month Tone Deaf Shitshow, Microsoft Finally Lets Users Control Obnoxious Windows 10 Upgrade
    Microsoft's decision to offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 made sense on its surface. It was a nice freebie for users happy to upgrade, and an effective way to herd customers on older Windows iterations onto the latest platform to help consolidate support expense. But Microsoft's upgrade in practice has seen no shortage of criticism from users annoyed by a total lack of control over the update, and Microsoft's violent tone deafness in response to the complaints. For example a Reddit post from an anti-poaching organization made the rounds earlier this year after the 17 GB automatic Windows 10 update resulted in huge per megabyte charges from their satellite broadband ISP. Microsoft's response to these complaints? Ignore them. As complaints grew, Microsoft finally provided a way to fully disable the forced upgrade, but made sure it involved forcing users to modify the registry, something Microsoft knew full well less technical users wouldn't be comfortable attempting to hurdle. [...] Things have been escalating ever since, often to comedic effect. But this week things changed somewhat with the news that Microsoft has struck a $10,000 settlement with a California woman who sued the company after an ill-timed Windows 10 upgrade brought her office computers to a crawl. The woman took Microsoft to court after support failed to help resolve the issue, a spokesman saying Microsoft halted its appeal of the ruling "to avoid the expense of further litigation."
  • Microsoft pays $10,000 to unwilling Windows 10 updater
  • The Linux Setup - Christine Hall, FOSS Force
    On my main desktop, I use Linux Mint 17.1, Rebecca. My main laptop, a 64-bit machine, is running Mint 17.2 Rafaela. The laptop got updated from Rebecca so I could write a review, but the desktop never got upgraded because it’s a 32-bit machine and would require another download, which I haven’t had the time to do. I have another laptop running Bodhi, which might be my favorite distro, but I can be more productive with Mint.
  • Linux Mint 18 Finally Arrives — Download Cinnamon and MATE Edition ISO Files Here
    The wait for the summer’s hottest Linux distro is over and you can finally download the release version of Linux Mint 18 “Sarah”. Often called the best Linux distribution for desktop PCs, Mint 18 comes loaded with new features and Linux 4.4 LTS Kernel.

AMD and Linux

  • The Updated AMD Polaris Firmware Blobs Needed For RX 480 Support Land
    One day ahead of the Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" launch, the necessary firmware updates for the production graphics card support have landed in linux-firmware.git.
  • AMD RX 480 released, AMD will possibly open up Radeon Software
    The next generation of AMD GPU's have launched, and it begins with the AMD RX 480. Benchmarks are now out there along with plenty of info. I don't have the card myself as I have no contacts at AMD, but luckily Phoronix managed to bag a card and he's done plenty of testing as you can imagine. I will be referencing the green site due to other sites obviously focusing on Windows.