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Popular MPV Open-Source Media Player Gets FFmpeg 3.4, Vulkan, and D3D11 Support

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Updated to version 0.28.0, MPV has received supported for the latest FFMpeg 3.4 open-source multimedia backend, which means that it now requires the libavutil >= 56.6.100, libavcodec >= 58.7.100, libavformat >= 58.0.102, libswscale >= 5.0.101, libavfilter >= 7.0.101, and libswresample >= 3.0.100 libraries to compile on supported operating systems.

MPV 0.28.0 also ships with a bunch of interesting new features, among which we can mention initial support for the Vulkan graphics API and Direct3D 11, an Android OpenGL backend, support for NVIDIA Hardware Video Decoder, a mediacodec hardware decoder for IMGFMT_MEDIACODEC frames, support for Display P3 primaries, as well as support for up to eight frontends.

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Paytm Supports FOSS in India

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  • Paytm launches virtual incubator to promote 'Build for India' initiative

    Paytm on Tuesday announced the launch of its ‘Indian Open Source Project Incubator’, where professionals and students can build open source-based solutions, and share these projects with the global developer community.

  • Paytm launches incubator initiative ‘Build For India’ to promote open-source projects

    Paytm, India’s digital payments unicorn, announced its plans to launch its incubator programme enabling startups to build and share tech solutions in the country. Through the ‘Build For India’ initiative, Paytm will bring together students and professionals who can build open source solutions and share them with the developer community worldwide.

  • Paytm looks for the next big thing in its startup incubator

    Paytm is all set to join the ranks of India's growing accelerators and incubators through its incubator programme to enable building and sharing of solutions among technology developers in India. The 'Build For India' initiative will see Paytm bring together students and professionals, who can build open-source-based solutions and share those projects with the global developer community.

Swatantra 2017 Draws Attention to Possibilities of Free and Open Source Software; Highlights Kerala’s IT Initiatives

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Swatantra 2017, an international conference on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), became the platform for discussions on emerging developments in the field, and highlighted the major FOSS initiatives of the Government of Kerala.

Held on 20 and 21 December 2017 at Thiruvananthapuram, Swatantra 2017 was the sixth edition of the conference held on a triennial basis, and was organised by the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), an institution set up by the Kerala government.

Around 400 free software enthusiasts – students, IT professionals and others – participated in the conference, with 36 speakers from across the globe sharing their experiences and leading sessions on a range of topics. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the conference, the slogan of which was ‘Celebrating Freedom’.

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OSS Leftovers

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  • Coreboot Picks Up Support For Some Older ThinkPads

    Coreboot is now able to replace the proprietary BIOS on some older Lenovo ThinkPads.

    Coreboot has already offered pretty good coverage of older Intel-powered ThinkPads while two more models were added this week.

    The ThinkPad X131e is now supported by upstream Coreboot. This laptop shipped with SandyBridge and IvyBridge CPU options and under Coreboot most of the laptop should be working except for Fn keys and ACPI S4 hibernation and potentially wireless.

  • Apache Hadoop 3.0.0 Boosts Big Data App Ecosystem

    Fours years after Hadoop 2 became generally available, the open-source Big Data platform takes a giant step forward, with new capabilities to support containers.

    In the world of Big Data, one project has long loomed larger than all the rest - Hadoop. The open-source Apache Hadoop project provides the core framework on which dozens of other Big Data efforts rely.

    The Apache Hadoop v.3.0.0 milestone became generally available on Dec. 14, marking the first major version change for the project since Hadoop 2 debuted in 2013.

    "Hadoop 3 is a major milestone for the project, and our biggest release ever," Andrew Wang, Apache Hadoop 3 release manager stated.

  • LinuXatUNI held last meeting of the year

    The local Linux community in Lima, Peru held the last meeting today sharing a breakfast. Peruvians usually take “chocolatada” (made with chocolate and milk) with paneton for Christmass holidays, and we are not the exception.

  • Mitigating Cyber Security Risks Arising From Open Source Software

    A recent report indicated that Linux and other open source software (OSS) are emerging as serious malware targets. The report is a helpful reminder of the need to carefully consider the terms and conditions of OSS licenses and the resulting risks assumed by both software developers and end users in using OSS, including as it relates to cyber security. The increasing occurrence of cyber attacks should be a significant concern for most organizations. Understanding how OSS is licensed, and developing appropriate open source policies, is an important part of an organization's overall solution for managing cyber security risks.

  • Apple's open source machine learning software, smartphone microscopes, and more

  • The power of open source: Why GitLab’s move to a Developer Certificate of Origin benefits the developer community

    After being approached by Debian developers, GitLab decided to ditch the industry standard Contributor License Agreement in favor of adopting a license that is developer friendly — the Developer Certificate of Origin.

    We’re grateful to Debian for bringing their objection to the CLA to our attention, inspiring us to reconsider what we’re asking of our contributors. It’s now one of the reasons both Debian and GNOME plan to migrate their communities to GitLab. We want to be an option for everyone, and hopefully, this change is another step in that direction.

Kubeflow Brings Machine Learning to Kubernetes

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Kubernetes at its' core is a container orchestration system. But simply running containers for their own sake has little purpose, at the end of the day what really matters are applications.

Among the most interesting and often challenges types of application workloads are machine learning, which can often be difficult to deploy and operate. On Dec. 21 the Kubeflow project was officially announced by Google engineers as a new stack to easily deploy and run machine learning workloads.

"The Kubeflow project is dedicated to making Machine Learning on Kubernetes easy, portable and scalable," the Kubeflow GitHub project pagestates. "Our goal is not to recreate other services, but to provide a straightforward way for spinning up best of breed OSS solutions."

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AMD Liberates AMDVLK

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  • AMD Open-Source Driver For Vulkan "AMDVLK" Is Now Available

    Last week I reported on AMD finally preparing their open-source Vulkan driver that many Linux enthusiasts have been looking forward to since the Vulkan 1.0 debut nearly two years ago. As of this morning, the source-code to this official AMD Vulkan driver is now publicly available. AMD Linux fans and developers can rejoice this weekend building out this "AMDVLK" Vulkan driver and its new Platform Abstraction Layer (PAL).

  • AMD have now officially open-sourced their 'AMDVLK' Linux Vulkan driver

    Typical really, the day after I do a review of 2017 and mention how AMD announced they would finally release it, but still didn't, they then go and do it today. The 'AMDVLK' is now officially under the MIT license!

    The announcement I saw came courtesy of Matthäus G. Chajdas from AMD on Twitter, which was retweeted by another developer I follow to end up in my timeline.

    The curious thing now, is what will happen in the open source driver space for AMD GPUs. Since the Mesa RADV driver has come a long way, it will be interesting to see what happens between the two efforts. It is entirely seperate to Mesa, with it being built to work with AMD's Platform Abstraction Library (PAL). That's the awesome thing, their PAL is also now open source under the MIT license.

Events: FOSDEM, KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, Ubucon, Open Networking Summit, All Things Open

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  • FOSDEM 2018 IAM devroom

    FOSDEM is one of largest free software conferences in Europe. It is run by volunteers for volunteers and since 2001 gathers together more than 8000 people every year. Sure, during first years there were less visitors (I had been lucky to actually present at the first FOSDEM and also ran a workshop there) but the atmosphere didn’t change and it is still has the same classical hacker gathering feeling.

    In 2018 FOSDEM will run on the weekend of February 3rd and 4th. Since the event has grown up significantly, there are multiple development rooms in addition to the main tracks. Each development room is given a room for Saturday or Sunday (or both). Each development room issues own call for proposals (CfP), chooses talks for the schedule and runs the event. FOSDEM crew films and streams all devrooms online for those who couldn’t attend them in real time but the teams behind actual devrooms are what powers the event.

  • An overview of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon

    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) held its conference, KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, in December 2017. There were 4000 attendees at this gathering in Austin, Texas, more than all the previous KubeCons before, which shows the rapid growth of the community building around the tool that was announced by Google in 2014. Large corporations are also taking a larger part in the community, with major players in the industry joining the CNCF, which is a project of the Linux Foundation. The CNCF now features three of the largest cloud hosting businesses (Amazon, Google, and Microsoft), but also emerging companies from Asia like Baidu and Alibaba.

    In addition, KubeCon saw an impressive number of diversity scholarships, which "include free admission to KubeCon and a travel stipend of up to $1,500, aimed at supporting those from traditionally underrepresented and/or marginalized groups in the technology and/or open source communities", according to Neil McAllister of CoreOS. The diversity team raised an impressive $250,000 to bring 103 attendees to Austin from all over the world.

    We have looked into Kubernetes in the past but, considering the speed at which things are moving, it seems time to make an update on the projects surrounding this newly formed ecosystem.

  • Ubucon Europe 2018: Call for papers
  • Call for Proposals Now Open for Open Networking Summit North America 2018

    The Linux Foundation has just opened the Open Networking Summit North America (ONS NA) 2018 Call for Proposals, and we invite you to share your expertise with over 2,000 technical and business leaders in the networking ecosystem. Proposals are due by 11:59pm PT on Jan. 14, 2018.

    Over 2,000 attendees are expected to attend ONS North America 2018, taking place March 26-29 in Los Angeles, including technical and business leaders across enterprise, service providers, and cloud providers. ONS North America is the only event of its kind, bringing networking and orchestration innovations together with a focus on the convergence of business (CIO/CTO/Architects) and technical (DevOps) communities.

  • How to Game Jam

    At the All Things Open 2017 conference, Michael Clayton and I gave a talk about game jams and open source development tools. Here's an overview of our presentation.

OSS: Federation, Word Soup, KubeVirt Status

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  • Federation in social networks

    Social networking is often approached by the free-software community with a certain amount of suspicion—rightly so, since commercial social networks almost always generate revenue by exploiting user data in one way or another. While attempts at a free-software approach to social networking have so far not met widespread success, the new ActivityPub federation protocol and its implementation in the free-software microblogging system Mastodon are gaining popularity and already show some of the advantages of a community-driven approach.

    While a community-run, open-source social network would avoid many of the concerns raised by commercial social networks, it's difficult for such a platform to gain widespread adoption because of the "network effect": social networks become more valuable as they gain more users, and so centralization tends to come about naturally. Few people are excited about having an account on yet another social network with few of their friends.

    A technical solution to this social problem is federation. In a federated system, multiple independent services use standard protocols to exchange data so that you don't need to use the same social network that a friend does in order to communicate with them. Email is a federated system, where many independent mail servers interact via SMTP, but so far no clear "SMTP for social" has emerged. There are a few contenders, though, and one is on track for W3C standard. First, though, let's take a look at the first major attempt.

  • Devops trends 2018: open source, truly mainstream, but the end of ops? [Ed: Buzzwords as trends. Can we return to terms like “server” and “system admins” please?]

    Word Soup

    Lately we have seen 'devsecops' gaining traction, so what's next, if anything? Opinions differ: Andrea Hirzle-Yager, head of IT at devops-friendly financial service business Allianz thinks that ideally she'd throw architects into the mix.

  • KubeVirt Status 0x7E1 (2017)

    Where do we stand with KubeVirt at the end of the year? (This virtual machine management add-on for Kubernetes)

    We gained some speed again, but before going into what we are doing right now; let’s take a look at the past year.

Red Hat on its way to becoming the first billion-dollar-a-quarter open-source company

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The stock market is a strange beast. The SEC suspended trading on The Crypto Company, a Bitcoin company that has zoomed up 17,000 percent in the last three months in an ever-rising bubble. Meanwhile, Red Hat, the leading Linux company with its eye on the cloud, had great results, beat estimates on earnings and revenue, and saw its stock price drop by almost 5 percent. Given a choice between real value and fantasy, the market loves fantasy.

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