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OpenStack Stein Improves Cloud Identity and Orchestration

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Google is not the only vendor with cloud news this week as the open-source OpenStack cloud platform is set to announce its Stein release on April 10.

OpenStack is comprised of a series of inter-related projects that can be put together in different combinations, to enable a complete cloud deployment. In the OpenStack Stein milestone, there are multiple projects that have integrated new and enhanced capabilities, as well as new projects that benefit cloud operators. Among the new projects is the OpenStack Placement service that enables operators to more efficiently track cloud resource inventories. The Heat orchestration project in the Stein release benefits from support to orchestrate new workload deployments across multiple OpenStack clouds.

"OpenStack Stein comes with quite a few improvements around stability, performance and usability," Marcin Bednarz, Product Manager at Canonical told eWEEK. "This proves how mature OpenStack has become and how it is evolving to address new use cases, such as Heat stack orchestration across multiple OpenStack clouds."

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Intel on LLVM and AV1

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  • Clear Linux Preparing The LLVM 8 Switch, Including For Graphics/Compute Runtimes

    Intel's performance-optimized Clear Linux distribution is preparing to be one of the first distributions relying upon LLVM 8 (and Clang 8) out-of-the-box as the latest major release for this widely-used compiler stack.

    Intel developer Thiago Macieira provided a notice on Monday that they are preparing to land LLVM 8 and related changes into Clear Linux over the next few days. Besides switching to LLVM/Clang 8 and making adjustments to packages depending upon them, this landing also includes switching of Intel's OpenCL Runtime, Graphics Compiler, and Compute Runtime over to using LLVM 8 -- and where necessary upgrading those packages. While Intel's Mesa drivers do not depend directly on LLVM, their OpenCL NEO driver stack and other newer initiatives do rely directly upon LLVM.

  • Intel Finally Announces SVT-AV1, To Be Used By Netflix

    We've been pretty much exclusively reporting on - and benchmarking - the Intel SVT-AV1 open-source encoder since the start of February while finally today Intel has formally announced this initiative. It also turns out Netflix is cooperating with Intel on this Scalable Video Technology with their plan to make use of it.

    SVT-AV1 is part of their Scalable Video Technology umbrella of codecs, including the SVT-VP9 and SVT-HEVC encoders we have also been benchmarking a lot.

  • Intel To Work On AV1 Decoding Support, FFmpeg / GStreamer Plugins

    Yesterday Intel finally announced their SVT-AV1 video encoder as a promising high-performance AV1 encoder but it turns out they also have open-source plans this year for developing a performant AV1 decoder, among other interesting items on their road-map.

    This morning I was pointed out to their public Trello instances for the Scalable Video Technology work.

    On their SVT-AV1 agenda via the Public Trello are plans this quarter for YUV422/YUV444 support, multi-reference pictures, ALTREF pictures, adaptive transform block sizes, and other items. Of interest on their SVT-AV1 road-map is also plans for an AV1 decoder.

7 Open Source ERP Systems That are Actually Good

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As usual, there are proprietary closed-source ERP systems that cost a lot, and there are open source ERP systems that can be used alternatively. Which one to use depends on your own scenario; You organization’s size, number of staff, the type of modules and features you need and other similar criteria.

Almost all the solutions that we are going to see offer two versions: A managed SaaS (software as a service) service that you pay for each month according to the services and the number of users you have in your organization, or a self-hosted open source version that you can download for free with no support.

Apparently, the first step should be trying that ERP system that you like on your local machines, testing whether it’s sufficient for your tasks and employees, and if so, you could either purchase it as a SaaS, or request professional support when needed with the open source, free version.

But why would you choose one software over the other? The reasons are many: The offered functionality of that ERP system, the user interface design, the programming language of the system, is your IT department capable of modifying and developing that open source ERP system even further, localization, GDPR compatibility.. And many similar criteria.

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5 open source mobile apps

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Like most people in the world, I'm rarely further than an arm's reach from my smartphone. My Android device provides a seemingly limitless number of communication, productivity, and entertainment services thanks to the open source mobile apps I've installed from Google Play and F-Droid.

​​​​​​Of the many open source apps on my phone, the following five are the ones I consistently turn to whether I want to listen to music; connect with friends, family, and colleagues; or get work done on the go.

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Events: Linux Plumbers and Open Infrastructure Summit

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  • Results from the 2018 LPC survey

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey after Linux Plumbers in 2018. We had 134 responses, which, given the total number of conference participants of around 492, has provided confidence in the feedback.

    Overall: 85% of respondents were positive about the event, with only 2% actually saying they were dissatisfied. Co-locating with Kernel Summit proved popular, so we will be co-locating with Kernel Summit in 2019. Co-locating with Networking Summit was also well received, so we will be doing that again this year, too. Conference participation was up from 2017 and we sold out again this year. 98% of those that registered were able to attend.

    Based on feedback from last year’s survey, we videotaped all of the sessions, and the videos are now posted. There are over 100 hours of video in our YouTube channel or you can access them by visiting the detailed schedule and clicking on the video link in the presentation materials section of any given talk or discussion. The Microconferences are recorded as one long video block, but clicking on the video link of a particular discussion topic will take you to the time index in that file where the chosen discussion begins.

  • Red Hat Brings the knowledge with 30 sessions and more at the Open Infrastructure Summit in Denver

    The Open Infrastructure Summit is coming to the Mile High City: Denver, Colorado, from April 29th through May 1st. Attendees from across the globe will be meeting to collaborate, exchange ideas and hear the latest from the OpenStack community.

    If you think the name sounds different, then you’re right. The OpenStack Summit has a new look and name: The Open Infrastructure Summit. With hundreds of sessions covering container infrastructure, CI/CD, telecom + NFV, public cloud, private & hybrid cloud, security, and more. You’ll also have the chance to hear from members of open source communities like Airship, Ansible, Ceph, Kata Containers, Kubernetes, ONAP, OpenStack, Open vSwitch, OPNFV, StarlingX, and Zuul. There’s something for everyone.

OSS Leftovers

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  • Neil McGovern: GNOME ED Update – March

    We attended a couple of events this month. Firstly, we were at SCaLEx17, which took place in Pasadena, California from 7th -10th March. It was a busy conference with a large number of attendees. We had a booth, and warm reception from visitors where we sold a large number of t-shirts and received donations on the booth. Talks were given by Matthias Classen on Containerized Desktops for Fun & Profit and Christian Hergert on Modernizing Desktop Linux Application Development.

    After this, we were at the Free Software Foundation‘s event, LibrePlanet. As always, it’s a really community driven conference with a load of great talks. Given our historical association with the FSF and the GNU project, we received a really warm welcome with multiple people saying it was great to see us attend in person!

  • Maciej Lasyk: Recap from 16th Linux Session @Wrocław

    16th Linux Session @Wrocław is a wrap and I must say that it was one of the best editions from my point of view. I could finally stay for the whole weekend, enjoy discussions with most of attendees and learn something new. And have a beer or two or more Wink

  • Mozilla Addons Blog: Recommended Extensions program — coming soon

    In February, we blogged about the challenge of helping extension users maintain their safety and security while preserving their ability to choose their browsing experience. The blog post outlined changes to the ecosystem to better protect users, such as making them more aware of the risks associated with extensions, reducing the visibility of extensions that haven’t been vetted, and putting more emphasis on curated extensions.

    One of the ways we’re helping users discover vetted extensions will be through the Recommended Extensions program, which we’ll roll out in phases later this summer. This program will foster a curated list of extensions that meet our highest standards of security, utility, and user experience. Recommended extensions will receive enhanced visibility across Mozilla websites and products, including (AMO).

    We anticipate the eventual formation of this list to number in the hundreds, but we’ll start smaller and build the program carefully. We’re currently in the process of identifying candidates and will begin reaching out to selected developers later this month. You can expect to see changes on AMO by the end of June.

  • Microsoft revamps programming language PowerShell as Windows 10 use trails Linux [Ed: Microsoft 'ads' in CBS with habitual Linux basher as 'reporter'. PowerShell is exceptionally popular among malware writers, shows the data, as they use it to target the platform with intentional (NSA) back doors.]
  • t2k19 Hackathon Report: Putting the hack(6) in hackathon, and other stories
  • Introducing WPEQt, a WPE API for Qt5

    WPEQt provides a QML plugin implementing an API very similar to the QWebView API. This blog post explains the rationale behind this new project aimed for QtWebKit users.

    Qt5 already provides multiple WebView APIs, one based on QtWebKit (deprecated) and one based on QWebEngine (aka Chromium). WPEQt aims to provide a viable alternative to the former. QtWebKit is being retired and has by now lagged a lot behind upstream WebKit in terms of features and security fixes. WPEQt can also be considered as an alternative to QWebEngine but bear in mind the underlying Chromium web-engine doesn’t support the same HTML5 features as WebKit.

    WPEQt is included in WPEWebKit, starting from the 2.24 series. Bugs should be reported in WebKit’s Bugzilla. WPEQt’s code is published under the same licenses as WPEWebKit, the LGPL2 and BSD.

    At Igalia we have compared WPEQt and QtWebKit using the BrowserBench tests. The JetStream1.1 results show that WPEQt completes all the tests twice as fast as QtWebKit. The Speedometer benchmark doesn’t even finish due to a crash in the QtWebKit DFG JIT. Although the memory consumption looks similar in both engines, the upstream WPEQt engine is well maintained and includes security bug-fixes. Another advantage of WPEQt compared to QtWebKit is that its multimedia support is much stronger, with specs such as MSE, EME and media-capabilities being covered. WebRTC support is coming along as well!

The Demise of Google+ and the Case for FOSS

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So much for Google+. As of April 2, 2019, the social media site’s personal accounts are no longer available for posting or comments, although for the time-being users can still access their accounts for downloading data. News of the shutdown proved surprisingly disturbing to me, reminding me of why I have used free and open source software exclusively for years.

Personally, I never warmed to Google+. Although I used it almost from the start, for me it was always a poor third to Facebook and Twitter among social sites. Although it often had better discussions, it wasn’t where most of my friends and acquaintances were — which, after all, is what social media is about. I would post a few times a week, and respond to comments, but I rarely checked other accounts, and never took part in any groups. Still, I would usually login for a few minutes before beginning my day’s work.

Yet somehow I couldn’t let the news go. In the last month of Google+’s existence I found myself counting down the days. On the morning it was shuttered, I automatically started to go the site, and when I remembered it was no longer active, I had a flash of anger I couldn’t explain. Before I knew it, I was having a flashback to the mid-1990s and the end of OS/2. Once again, a company was making decisions that affected my computer use without bothering to consult me.

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A beginner's guide to building DevOps pipelines with open source tools

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DevOps has become the default answer to fixing software development processes that are slow, siloed, or otherwise dysfunctional. But that doesn't mean very much when you're new to DevOps and aren't sure where to begin. This article explores what a DevOps pipeline is and offers a five-step process to create one. While this tutorial is not comprehensive, it should give you a foundation to start on and expand later. But first, a story.

I used to work for the cloud team at Citi Group, developing an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) web application to manage Citi's cloud infrastructure, but I was always interested in figuring out ways to make the development pipeline more efficient and bring positive cultural change to the development team. I found my answer in a book recommended by Greg Lavender, who was the CTO of Citi's cloud architecture and infrastructure engineering, called The Phoenix Project. The book reads like a novel while it explains DevOps principles.

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Our Top 10 Linux Network Performance Tools

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Every single network administrator wants to ensure that the performance of whatever they manage is optimal. It’s a simple matter of keeping the users happy. After all, they tend to be the first to notice even the slightest performance degradation. So, if you want to be able to respond to any performance complaint that you’re aware of it and working at fixing it, you need some performance tools. If you work in a Linux shop, this post is for you. We’re about to review some of the best Linux network performance tools.

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Also: Is This The Best Open Source Network Monitoring Tools For 2019

Back End and 'Big Data'

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  • Q+A with Shaun Bierweiler: How Cloud, AI Play a Role in Modernization

    He shared those trends and insights with WashingtonExec, including use cases with the Defense Department and its adoption of an advanced data platform, thoughts on how agencies are approaching innovation and what the tech-driven government of tomorrow looks like (hint: it includes artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud).

  • Risky business: Data cloud outfit Cloudera bares all to investors with annual report

    Cloudera has an accumulated deficit of $1.1bn and warned in this year's annual report that it expects to continue making a net loss "for the foreseeable future", especially as it splashes extra cash on its merger with Hortonworks.

    Annual reports, or 10-K forms, filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are a refreshing insight into the reality of the risks companies know they face – rather than the PR bluster typical of most other missives.

  • How open source powers nuclear fusion research at JET

    A carbon-free future is looking brighter as funding was secured this week for the nuclear fusion experimental reactor, JET, which is at the forefront of research into the low-waste alternative to fission.

    The contract extension will allow the high performance computing team at the facility to continue their work. Andrew Lahiff of the UK's Atomic Energy Authority explained to Computerworld UK at the Open Infrastructure Day in London the nuts and bolts that have gone into improving the underlying infrastructure, largely based on open source tooling and platforms such as Openstack.

  • Unveiling the Top 10 Open Source Big Data Tools in 2019

    Today, big data has an extensive usage in almost every organization, and the big data tools have flooded the market. Big data not only brings efficiency in the cost but also conducts a better time management into the data analytical tasks. With this in mind, open source big data tools for big data processing and analysis are the most useful choices of organizations, considering the cost and other benefits.

    There are multiple aspects which are considered on the big data concern. Like we say, what size do the data sets have, what analysis is to be done on the data sets, what about the expected outcome etc. Hence, the big data open source tools list could be categorized on the following basis: data stores like development platforms, development tools, integration tools, for analytics and reporting tools.

    As we move closer to the big data open source tools list, it can be bewildering. As there is a deep requirement of having all relevant data secured at one place without any loss in the previously stored data, the organizations are rapidly developing new solutions to achieve the competitive advantage in the big data market. It would be useful to focus more on open source big data tools which are driving the big data industry. We take a look at top 10 Open Source Big Data Tools in the World

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