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Video: Five Things to Know About SUSE Linux Enterprise for HPC

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The need to analyze massive amounts of data and transaction-intensive workloads are driving the use of HPC into the business arena and making these tools mainstream for a variety of industries. Commercial users are getting into high performance applications for fraud detection, personalized medicine, manufacturing, smart cities, autonomous vehicles and many other areas. In order to effectively and efficiently run these workloads, SUSE has built a comprehensive and cohesive OS platform. In this blog, I will illustrate five things you should know about our SUSE solutions for AI over HPC.

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Also: Managing compliance for Linux systems with SUSE Manager

Fedora Decides To Not Allow SSPLv1 Licensed Software Into Its Repositories

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Back in October, MongoDB announced the Server Side Public License v1 (SSPLv1) as their new license moving forward for this document-oriented database server over their existing AGPL code. SSPL was met with much controversy upon its unveiling and Fedora's legal team has now ruled it an invalid free software license for packaged software in its repositories.

The intent of MongoDB developing the Server Side Public License was to ensure that public cloud vendors and other companies using their software as a service are giving back to the community / the upstream project. SSPL v1 was based on the GPLv3 but lays clear that a company publicly offering the SSPL-licensed software as a service must in turn open-source their software that it uses to offer said service. That stipulation applies only to organizations making use of MongoDB for public software services.

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Server: HPC, Cloudera, and Artisans

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  • The Slow But Inevitable Shift To Cloudy Infrastructure

    Architectural transitions for layers in the IT stack at hyperscalers can happen in a matter of years, and cloud builders and HPC centers can move at almost the same speed. But for the vast number of enterprises, it takes a long time to change their stacks, in part because they are more risk averse and in part because they have more – and more diverse – applications to support to run their businesses.

    This, we think, is one of the reasons why the transition from bare metal to cloudy infrastructure is taking so long in the enterprise, even as it has long since taken over at the hyperscalers and cloud builders and is making significant headway – mostly due to the advent of containerized environments that are significantly less heavy than clusters that are virtualized with full-on hypervisors – in the HPC realm.

  • ‘Cloudera brand going nowhere,’ says CEO Reilly

    As expected, the newly merged Cloudera and Hortonworks will operate under the Cloudera brand, and is aiming to start moving customers to a new, unified Cloudera Data Platform, while also committing to hybrid and multi-cloud deployments and remaining ‘100% open source’.

    Back in October last year the rivals announced that they would be merging via an “all-stock merger of equals” bringing together two once red-hot heavily VC-backed unicorns that have both struggled to effectively monetise their open source-backed data solutions.

    At the time it was not known how the new company would be branded, but it has now been confirmed it will be called Cloudera, with the Hortonworks branding hitting the scrapheap.

  • Alibaba Acquires Open Source Firm Data Artisans for $130M

    Berlin-based Data Artisans provides distributed systems and large-scale data processing solutions for enterprises. The startup offers its dA Platform, which consists of Apache Flink and dA Application Manager. Its customers include Netflix, ING and Uber. The Chinese e-commerce giant has been working with Data Artisans since 2016 and is one of the biggest users of Apache Flink.

Server: DigitalOcean Alternatives and the Rise of Containers

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  • DigitalOcean Alternatives

    Monocultures are a bad idea. Especially, in the cloud oriented era, where companies are growing more and more dependent on their cloud providers. The IT and DevOps teams have tools built specifically to leverage AWS, or Azure, or DigitalOcean or some other cloud provider. While this is great in the short run, it lowers the barrier of entry and allows users to leverage the powerful infrastructure of the Fortune 500 companies. Over the long run, however, companies can grow dependent upon specific vendors and this can lead to a monopolistic market.

  • Containers Killed The Virtual Machine Star

    We predict new enterprise application development will pass a tipping point in 2019 and shift away from legacy virtual machines (VMs) and strongly toward containers and Kubernetes container orchestration.

  • What AWS can learn from Google's roaring Kubernetes success

    A quick look at the Kubernetes commit log suggests that interest in contributing to the open source container engine may be fading. That quick, superficial look, however, would be incorrect. Wildly so.

    What that decline in commits to the core Kubernetes engine actually shows is that Google and the growing Kubernetes community are doing nearly everything right to ensure its long-term success.

IBM and Red Hat: Quantum Hype, ORNL and Red Hat Ansible Tower

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  • IBM Unveils Q System One Quantum Computer

    Quantum computing still seems like it comes from the pages of a science fiction novel, but it is slowly getting closer to being a commercial reality. At CES 2019, IBM Research has made what it hopes is a big step in that direction with what it calls the “first fully-integrated commercial quantum computer,” the Q System One. Existing quantum computers are confined to R&D labs, while the Q System One includes both the electronics and cooling components needed in a single package that was developed in concert with leading industrial designers. An extraordinary amount of cooling is needed to reduce qubit errors and reduce the need for additional qubits to be used for error correction.

  • My 2018 in Review: Making headlines year

    Usually, July is the month in where many interns go to ORNL to have real-world experiences in their fields. Some of them are students from schools, colleges, and universities and I had enough time to interact with most of them and to realize that some of them need more preparation in topics related to HPC such as Linux commands, HPC concepts, Programming, and Deep Learning.

  • Red Hat feathers nested workflows

    Red Hat inside IBM continues to look a lot like Red Hat… but just inside IBM.

    The [commercial] open source champions at Red Hat have clearly pressed on with ALL the firm’s various roadmap rollouts, the most recent of which is Red Hat Ansible Tower a its version 3.4 release.

    But what is it?

    This is a software framework for automating [data & application processes] across IT operations including infrastructure, networks, cloud and security [layers].

  • Red Hat Boosts Workflow Automation With Ansible Tower 3.4 Update

    Red Hat announced the general availability of Ansible Tower 3.4 on Jan. 9, providing enterprises with updated capabilities for automating workflows on-premises and in the cloud.

    Among the new capabilities in Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.4 is increased scalability with a job slicing feature that enables workloads to be more distributed. Security has been enhanced with a new mode providing support for the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS 140-2) security certification. Additionally, new modes for workflows have been integrated, including nested workflow to enable advanced orchestration scenarios.

Server: Canonical, Apple and Red Hat

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  • Canonical Girds Its Cloud-Native Loins as Containers Gain Traction

    Nathan Rader will need to be blessed with the patience of a saint. As the director of NFV Strategy at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu open source Linux distribution, he's eager for communications service providers to not just talk about "cloud native" architectures based on containers (packages of self-contained software code and related dependencies), but actually deploy them.

    That's because a shift to cloud-native, container-based microservices by mobile, fixed and cable network operators could well result in greater traction in the communications network operator world for Canonical Ltd. , which has developed a version of the Kubernetes container orchestration system needed to manage multiple containers across multiple cloud platforms.

    Canonical regards itself as particularly well placed to benefit from any shift towards container-based deployments, as its Ubuntu operating system is already widely deployed in existing cloud initiatives and the company believes that Ubuntu is the "optimal choice" to underpin containers.

  • Alternatives when migrating from macOS Server

    DHCP, DNS, FTP, and Websites services are the most important services for enterprises to connect to and utilize the Internet for getting work done. And while their loss is lamented, admins with Mac CLI experience will feel right at home spinning up these services on any Linux distribution. For those still learning their way around Linux or simply prefer a GUI-based package manager, Ubuntu, and CentOS are two excellent Linux distros that offer a nice blend of performance and usability that will have you configuring DHCP scopes and DNS nameservers in no time.

  • Red Hat Unifies Automation Across Hybrid Cloud Management with Latest Version of Red Hat Ansible Tower
  • Assess Kubernetes performance and scalability using Automation Pipeline

    Red Hat's performance and scalability team created an automation pipeline and tooling to help answer these and other questions.

Servers: Cockpit, Polyverse, Firecracker and SUSE

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  • Cockpit Project: Cockpit 185

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly. Here are the release notes from version 185.

  • Polyverse Announces Technology Partnership with Red Hat
  • The Firecracker virtual machine monitor

    Cloud computing services that run customer code in short-lived processes are often called "serverless". But under the hood, virtual machines (VMs) are usually launched to run that isolated code on demand. The boot times for these VMs can be slow. This is the cause of noticeable start-up latency in a serverless platform like Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lambda. To address the start-up latency, AWS developed Firecracker, a lightweight virtual machine monitor (VMM), which it recently released as open-source software. Firecracker emulates a minimal device model to launch Linux guest VMs more quickly. It's an interesting exploration of improving security and hardware utilization by using a minimal VMM built with almost no legacy emulation.

  • Jumpstarting an IT Transformation

    You’ve been convinced. It’s 2019 and your IT department has to undergo transformation so your business can meet the needs of a digital transformation. But do you have the resources for this transformation? After all, you can’t stop paying attention to your business-critical day-to-day operations. It’s crucial to maintain your existing operations while integrating new technology.

    If you have no one to take on these new responsibilities, your IT transformation project can stall, or even fail. Or maybe you have the resources for your transformation project, but they do not have the appropriate knowledge or experience to successfully get your IT transformation off the ground.

Kata Containers and Running Kubernetes in the Federal Government

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  • Kata Containers, gVisor offer more secure container strategies

    Kata Containers and Google gVisor present two approaches to addressing container security issues that balance the speed of containers with the safety of VMs.

    Containers are fast, lightweight instances that can benefit a variety of workloads, especially ones that include microservices and serverless applications. Organizations that implement containers on bare-metal hardware introduce security risks because containers can expose the underlying infrastructure, which leaves the entire platform vulnerable to attack.

  • Running Kubernetes in the Federal Government

    Tackling security compliance is a long and challenging process for agencies, systems integrators, and vendors trying to launch new information systems in the federal government. Each new information system must go through the Risk Management Framework (RMF) created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in order to obtain authority to operate (ATO). This process is often long and tedious and can last for over a year. Open Control is a new standard by 18F, an agency bringing lean start-up methods to the U.S. Government, in order to address ATO repeatability. Red Hat has worked with 18F to help create a Kuberenetes implementation based on Open Control to automate much of the ATO process for Kubernetes systems.

Code Analysis Finds Kubernetes Approaching Level of Maturity

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An analysis of the code committed to Kubernetes suggests the 4-year-old open source container orchestration platform has reached a level of stability as the rate at which commits are being made starts to slow.

Conducted by source{d}, a provider of a code analysis tools based on machine learning algorithms, the analysis of commits since last March to the more than 2 million lines of code that make up Kubernetes finds most of the development activity surrounding Kubernetes has been focused on testing, cluster federation, machine learning, high performance computing (HPC) workloads and the ingress controller for load balancer from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The most widely employed programming language used to develop Kubernetes features is Go, followed by Python, YAML and Markdown. The analysis shows that other languages such as Gradle and Lua have been dropped, while others such as Assembly, SQL and Java are being relied on again. The number of application programming interface (API) endpoints exported in the Kubernetes codebase now stands at 16,000, the analysis determined.

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Red Hat and IBM News

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  • Red Hat Summit 2019 registration is now open!

    We’re heading back to Boston and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on May 7-9, 2019, where we expect thousands of customers, partners and technology industry leaders from around the world to come together for a high-energy week of innovation, education and collaboration.

  • Automatically Update Red Hat Container Images on OpenShift 3.11

    Red Hat OpenShift manages container images using a registry. This is the place where it caches upstream container images and stores the images from your own builds as well. Each build or container image correlates to an ImageStream, which is an object that defines any number of related images by tags. For example, one specific version of a Ruby container might be v2.5-22, but you can have one ImageStream definition that holds ruby tags and correlates images for v2.5, v2.4, v2.3 and so on.

  • Combining Federation V2 and Istio Multicluster

    In a previous post, we saw how to leverage Istio Multicluster to deploy an application (bookinfo) on multiple Red Hat OpenShift clusters and apply mesh policies on all of the deployed services.

    We also saw that the deployment process was relatively complex. In this post we are going to see how Federation V2 can help simplify the process of deploying an application to multiple clusters.

  • First Commercial Quantum Computer From IBM Features An Awe Inspiring Design

    With CES 2019 underway, IBM has unveiled the world’s first commercial quantum computing system Q System One. Visually, it’s nothing less than a piece of art. Q System One lays the foundation of IBM’s plans to make quantum computing systems a commercial reality.

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Games: GameHub, Eastshade, Unsung Warriors, Littlewood, Unity, DYSMANTLE, ECON - Elemental Connection, Godly Corp, Emerald Shores and Heroes Ravage

  • GameHub – An Unified Library To Put All Games Under One Roof
    GameHub is an unified gaming library that allows you to view, install, run and remove games on GNU/Linux operating system. It supports both native and non-native games from various sources including Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle, and Humble Trove etc. The non-native games are supported by Wine, Proton, DOSBox, ScummVM and RetroArch. It also allows you to add custom emulators and download bonus content and DLCs for GOG games. Simply put, Gamehub is a frontend for Steam/GoG/Humblebundle/Retroarch. It can use steam technologies like Proton to run windows gog games. GameHub is free, open source gaming platform written in Vala using GTK+3. If you’re looking for a way to manage all games under one roof, GameHub might be a good choice.
  • Eastshade Release Date for Linux and Windows Announced Along With a New Trailer
    First-person exploration games haven't really been done to a major degree - even though things like Perfect have aimed to give you a bit of that. In cases like that, you have a game that relies on virtual reality to relax the user and allow you to explore a very small world. However, what the world lacks in size, it makes up for in terms of interactivity - but it is still very small-scale. Eastshade sets out to do something similar, but in a purely first-person viewpoint without relying on VR and greatly expanding on the size of the game's world.
  • 2D action adventure 'Unsung Warriors' has an expanded Prologue along with a Kickstarter
    I took a look at the Prologue of Unsung Warriors back in October last year and it was pretty good! They've now expanded it, put it on Steam and they have a Kickstarter going for the full game.
  • Littlewood, an RPG with a difference needs funding on Kickstarter
    Most RPGs focus on defeating some sort of evildoer, however Littlewood takes place after a Dark Wizard has already been defeated and it's your job to put everything back together. Inspired by the likes of Animal Crossing, Dark Cloud and Runescape it seems to be heavily focusing on the more peaceful side of gaming. It will have mining, crafting, fishing, bug catching, farming, cooking and so on. However, one feature sounds especially interesting! After the Dark Wizard was defeated, their monsters were sealed away into Tarott Cards you can collect and battle people with which I love the sound of. Even more interesting, is that it's being made by developer Sean Young of SmashGames who made Kindergarten, Roguelands and Magicite which all support Linux. They're very clear about supporting Linux once again, so that's fantastic to see them continue.
  • Unity have updated their Terms of Service and they seem a lot more fair
  • An update on the situation with NVIDIA graphical distortions in some Unity games on Linux
    Recently, I highlighted an issue in multiple Unity games where the graphics were distorted on Linux with using an NVIDIA GPU and I offered some workarounds. I now have an update on the issue to share from both Unity and NVIDIA. Firstly, on the Unity side at least some of it was a confirmed bug in Unity's handling of OpenGL. The bug report that was opened as a result of my chats with Unity, has noted that it's now solved in Unity 2019 and the fix should also be landing in Unity 2018.3.2f1.
  • DYSMANTLE from 10tons is an open world action RPG where you can ruin everything
    10tons Ltd the team behind Crimsonland, Neon Chrome, Time Recoil, JYDGE, Tesla vs Lovecraft and more have revealed their next title, DYSMANTLE.
  • ECON - Elemental Connection, a pretty sweet puzzle game about making a mosaic
    ECON - Elemental Connection was quite a surprise, a puzzle game that can be played both offline and online that has you take it in turns to build a mosaic. Note: Key provided by the developer. For those who prefer their more relaxing experiences to other action-packaged options, ECON is a little gem. Honestly, it's nothing to look at and you could easily pass it up since even on Steam it doesn't have a single user review. However, it's actually a pretty good tile-matching puzzler.
  • Godly Corp is a really weird game that has you manage an office as something like Cthulhu
    I will give the developer TR8 Torus Studios points for being weird and unique here, with Godly Corp having you manage an office with a long tentacle.
  • Emerald Shores, a SNES-inspired platformer with minigames and more has Linux support
    For those after their next retro platformer, the SNES-inspired Emerald Shores is out on Steam with Linux support.
  • Heroes Ravage, a rather unique online action game will support Linux
    Yet another interesting crowdfunded game to take a look at today, we have Heroes Ravage an online action game that has you play as both heroes and villagers. Heroes Ravage is an all-out battle for loot, only this time there are no NPCs as everyone is a player. Everyone is trying to hold onto their collected valuables, with players acting as the villagers able to hide them and set up traps. It's a 4on4 battle, with four heroes facing off against four villagers and I will admit it does sound very unique.

Top 15 Best Git Clients for Linux

As a Linux user, you need to update software source code frequently. You may use a command line to do the task. But, when you need to handle a large project, then it becomes lengthy and difficult also. On the other hand, it is also quite impossible to point out the entire branch structure using the command line. Nowadays, all the mastermind Linux users are frequently using Git tools for the software controlling management and development. The tasks are very simple and quite easier with git client Linux. That is why we take the step to introduce you to some of the best git clients for Linux. Read more

Best Audio Editors For Linux

You’ve got a lot of choices when it comes to audio editors for Linux. No matter whether you are a professional music producer or just learning to create awesome music, the audio editors will always come in handy. Well, for professional-grade usage, a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is always recommended. However, not everyone needs all the functionalities, so you should know about some of the most simple audio editors as well. In this article, we will talk about a couple of DAWs and basic audio editors which are available as free and open source solutions for Linux and (probably) for other operating systems. Read more

600 days of postmarketOS

postmarketOS is aiming for a ten year life-cycle for smartphones, see the all new front page for a short introduction if you are new around here. Today we'll cover what happened during the second half of 2018. Many have been wondering where we've been and why it took us so long to write a real update post. Is the project dead already? Weren't phone calls almost working? What happened? Development has been going on continuously, so we are not dead. Maybe a little undead though, like some of the old and forgotten phones we are trying to revive, because we have not really gotten any closer to the goal of getting telephony working or turning a phone into a daily driver. The Nexus 5, while booting mainline with accelerated graphics and connecting to the cellular modem all with a free software userspace, still does not have working audio. That is one example, other devices have different problems. However, we have not been sitting idle and doing nothing these past few months! Read more Also: Google hands out roses to preferred Android MDM vendors