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PyTorch and More

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  • Facebook to release PyTorch 1.0 and open source AI tools for translation and gameplay

    Facebook today announced it plans to open-source some of its AI tools, including Translate, which translates 48 languages, and ELF, which teaches machines reasoning through gameplay. Facebook’s AI now conducts more than 6 billion translations a day. An ELF bot has competed with some of the top Go players around the world in recent weeks and currently has a record of 14-0, said Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer.

  • ​Facebook open-sources PyTorch 1.0 AI framework

    Would it surprise you to know Facebook is working on machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI)? No. I didn't think it would. Now, Facebook is open-sourcing PyTorch, its deep learning framework.

    PyTorch 1.0 provides developers with the power to seamlessly move from research to production in a single framework. PyTorch 1.0 integrates PyTorch's research-oriented aspects with the modular, production-focused capabilities of Caffe2, a popular deep learning framework and ONNX (Open Neural Network Exchange), an open format to represent deep learning models.

  • Facebook’s open-source Go bot can now beat professional players

    Go is the go-to game for machine learning researchers. It’s what Google’s DeepMind team famously used to show off its algorithms, and Facebook, too, recently announced that it was building a Go bot of its own. As the team announced at the company’s F8 developer conference today, the ELF OpenGo bot has now achieved professional status after winning all 14 games it played against a group of top 30 human Go players recently.

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF)

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  • Open Source, Operators Key to ONF’s New Optical Disaggregation Plan

    The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has shown yet again that it’s not afraid to use operator clout to sway the direction of vendors, nor that it’s afraid of acronyms. The latest evidence comes from its newly created Optical Disaggregated Transport Network (ODTN) project.

    The project looks to introduce open source for software control over optical transport networks. It follows similar projects like OpenConfig, the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), and the AT&T-led OpenROADM MultiSource Agreement (MSA).

  • ONF's ODTN Project Brings Disaggregation and Open Source to Optical Networking
  • ONF Announces ODTN, Open-Source Optical Project

    Today, the ONF announced a new community effort to bring the benefits of open networking to the optical domain. The ODTN project is an operator-led initiative to build optical transport networks using disaggregated optical equipment, open and common standards, and open source software. Backed by some of the world’s largest network operators, China Unicom, Comcast, NTT Communications, Telefonica and TIM are collaborating to build this first-of-its-kind open source solution to initiate a transformation within optical transport networking.

GDS makes new push on ODF usage

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Five-step plan focuses on getting more departments publishing on GOV.UK to use the open format

A fresh push is under way to encourage government bodies to publish documents in open formats.

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has produced a five-step plan to inject fresh momentum into a drive that began four years ago.

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Kubernetes: Cisco and MayaOnline

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  • Kubernetes press release roundup: Cisco and Weaveworks
  • Cisco Tucks Kubernetes Support Into CloudCenter, AppDynamics

    Cisco further stuffed its Kubernetes basket by adding support for the container orchestrator into its CloudCenter management tool and recently acquired AppDynamics monitoring platform.

    Fabio Gori, senior director of cloud solutions marketing at Cisco, said the moves are part of an ongoing process to ease Kubernetes deployments while not limiting the power of the platform. He noted this has become increasingly important as enterprises move toward multi-cloud environments but are running into complexity challenges.

  • Cisco Embraces Kubernetes in APM, Cloud Offerings

    Cisco today said it will add new support for the open source Kubernetes container orchestration platform in its offerings for application performance monitoring (APM) and cloud systems management.

  • Cisco Pushes Kubernetes to Brownfield

    Cisco wants to help cloud operators monitor and orchestrate Kubernetes containers, integrating the open source software AppDynamics and CloudCenter services, the company announced Tuesday.

  • Cisco Announces Support for Open Source Kubernetes Container Platform

    Cisco today said it will add new support for the open source Kubernetes container orchestration platform in two of its software offerings.

    The company unveiled support for Kubernetes in its AppDynamics application performance monitoring (APM) suite and its Cisco CloudCenter (formerly called CliQr), used to securely deploy and manage applications in multiple environments, including on-premises and private and public clouds.

  • MayaData Releases Litmus - Open Source Chaos Engineering for Kubernetes & Free Tier of MayaOnline

    This week at KubeCon, the leading conference discussing cloud native and microservice technologies, MayaData, the sponsor of the OpenEBS project and MayaOnline, released a new open source project called Litmus.

The GDPR Takes Open Source to the Next Level

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Stallman pointed out that running a free software operating system—for example Google's ChromeOS—offered no protection against this loss of control. Nor does requiring the cloud computing service to use the GNU Affero GPL license solve the problem: just because users have access to the underlying code that is running on the servers does not mean they are in the driver's seat. The real problem lies not with the code, but elsewhere—with the data.

Running free software on your own computer, you obviously retain control of your own data. But that's not the case with cloud computing services—or, indeed, most online services, such as e-commerce sites or social networks. There, highly personal data about you is routinely held by the companies in question. Whether or not they run their servers on open-source code—as most now do—is irrelevant; what matters is that they control your data—and you don't.

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Google open sources gVisor, a sandboxed container runtime

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Thanks to KubeCon in Copenhagen, this week is all about containers — and especially Kubernetes. Given that Kubernetes was born out of Google’s internal container usage, it’s no surprise that Google also has a few announcements at the show. Maybe the most interesting of these is the launch of gVisor, a sandboxed container runtime that aims to ensure a secure isolation between containers.

As the name implies (at least if you live in this world), gVisor is a bit like a hypervisor that provides the isolation between traditional virtual machines, but for containers. That’s especially interesting to businesses that want to ensure the security of their container workloads, something that’s still a bit of an issue in the Kubernetes world.

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OSS Leftovers

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  • In iMasons Talk, Scott McNealy Reflects on Sun, Open Source

    In the world of data centers, the Sun casts a long shadow. The legacy of Sun Microsystems is seen today in the data center teams of the world’s largest technology companies.

    Dozens of those alumni of Sun Microsystems took part in the Infrastructure Masons Leadership Summit, held April 19 at Microsoft’s Sunnyvale campus, which brought together more than 100 thought leaders from the data center and cloud industries. The event featured a Q-and-A with Sun co-founder and CEO Scott McNealy, plus several think tank sessions on the future direction of the Internet, which brought reminders how the echoes of Sun’s corporate mantra – “The Network is the Computer” –  can be seen in the emergence of distributed computing.

    The Infrastructure Masons is a group founded by Uber executive Dean Nelson to “unite the builders of the Digital Age.” But the group also looks to the past for lessons that can inform the road ahead.

  • ETSI in midst of figuring out role with open source

    In case there was any doubt, discussion at the Layer 123 NFV & Zero Touch World Congress provided further evidence that the members of the standards world—which has driven wireless technology for decades and the open source that operators are embracing nowadays—are still trying to figure out their relationships with one another.

    Luis Jorge Romero, director general at the standards organization European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), brought it up during a keynote Thursday that sparked an interchange during Q&A. Romero said he’s heard many comments that standards are over with because, of course, everything is open source, and he hears questions like: “What are you going to do the day after tomorrow?”

  • Chrome Dev Tools

    Chrome DevTools are an excellent set of tools built directly into the most popular Web Browser, Google Chrome. The best thing about the Chrome DevTools is that these are really easy to use and must have for Web Developers today. From diagnosing common issues you’re facing in your project to tracking the speed and performance of each component of your application, Chrome DevTools can help you get a very deep insight about how your project is performing. Everything for free!

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  • WebVR Experience Challenge, Winners Announced!

    Mozilla seeks to continually grow a robust community around A-Frame and WebVR and to support developers who build content for this ecosystem. This is why we partnered with Sketchfab to create hundreds of medieval fantasy assets for the WebVR community to use. Today we are proudly announcing the Winners of the WebVR Experience Challenge!

    Building on the rich pool of assets from our Real Time Design Challenge we received many entries that used the glTF models and A-frame and turned them into really fun games and experiences! Each of the creators really put their own personal take on these assets. The entries of this contest allow us to see what VR can do in the Web, and that it is ready for an open community to experiment and innovate with it.

  • New talks, and the F-bomb


    The video from my recent visit is now online. It’s my ZFS introduction, as well as a brief talk about Ed Mastery.

  • syslog-ng vs. systemd’s journald

    People often ask me what to use: systemd’s journald or syslog-ng? The quick answer is that most likely both, but it depends on how you use your computer(s). If you have a single standalone machine, journald is probably enough. There is even a nice desktop application to view the logs in the journal. But once you have multiple machines to manage, using syslog-ng has many advantages.

    Even if you use syslog-ng, local system logs are collected by journald. It is an integral part of systemd and cannot be uninstalled. Luckily, syslog-ng can read log messages from the journal. If journald stores additional name-value pairs about an event, syslog-ng can read those as well.

    So, why install syslog-ng? The short answer is: central logging.

  • SELinux and Containers
  • NSA: The Silence of the Zero Days [Ed: With Microsoft Windows and other malware they don't need to call it 0-day, they can just call it "back door" (because that's there by design)]

    Many organizations would do well to focus more on locking down their systems, and worry less about whether they might get targeted by a zero-day attack. "At the end of the day, if you're bleeding from the eyeballs, just stop the bleeding," BluVector's Lovejoy told me.

Review: Observium open-source network monitoring won't run on Windows but has a great user interface, price

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Open source network-monitoring tools continue to gain in popularity, and Observium came up on our radar as an enterprise-grade offering. Deployed worldwide by large organizations like eBay, PayPal, Twitter and the US Department of Energy, Observium is capable of handling tens of thousands of devices. The client list is impressive, but our test reveals what’s really under the hood.

Observium runs on Linux but can monitor Windows and many other device types. The vendor recommends running Observium on Ubuntu/Debian, but it will also work on distros such as Red Hat/CentOS.

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The Open Source Roots of Machine Learning

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The concept of machine learning, which is a subset of artificial intelligence, has been around for some time. Ali Ghodsi, an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, describes it as “an advanced statistical technique to make predictions on a massive amount of data.” Ghodsi has been influential in areas of Big Data, distributed systems, and in machine learning projects including Apache Spark, Apache Hadoop, and Apache Mesos. Here, he shares insight on these projects, various use-cases, and the future of machine learning.

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How to decide whether to open source your SaaS solution

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The decision to open source code requires a fair bit of planning if you want to do it right, especially when it comes to user support and documentation. In the case of SaaS, the required planning is different, although it shares some factors with any open source effort. In my series, How to Make Money from Open Source Platforms, I focused on software that exists solely to be deployed on a computer, whether on a local machine, in a data center, or in a cloud platform (yes, I know the last two are redundant).

There was a simple reason for this focus: It was what I knew. In my career, I have always worked with software, of commercial and community origins, to be installed somewhere. Now I work directly with engineers who take software designed to work solely on their website and with their particular infrastructure, automation, and orchestration. The fact they have been able to take this software and offer it to others in a way that is not only usable but can actually power other businesses is a testament to their commitment to an open source world.

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Also: Challenges to expect when open sourcing your SaaS business

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Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" Installer Updated with Linux Kernel 4.16 Support

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    “ICE’s decision to accelerate IT modernization using Azure Government will help them innovate faster while reducing the burden of legacy IT. The agency is currently implementing transformative technologies for homeland security and public safety, and we’re proud to support this work with our mission-critical cloud,” he wrote.

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Android Leftovers

First Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Release Candidate Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Is Here

The latest Ubuntu Touch update from UBports, OTA-3, was released last year near the Christmas holidays, but it was still based on Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet), so if you though Ubuntu Phones are dead, think again, because the UBports team has been hard at work to bring you the OTA-4, which will be the first to rebase the operating system on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). "The main reason why the arrival of OTA-4 seemed to take so long is because Ubuntu Touch switched its base to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus. This is a mammoth milestone for the project, because it allowed us to transition from the unsupported Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet to a Long Term Support (LTS) base," reads today's announcement. Read more Also: UBports' Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 RC Released, Upgrades To Ubuntu 16.04 LTS