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  • Choosing an Open Source Stack – And Avoiding a False Economy [Ed: The Microsoft-connected Openlogic lecturing us on "Open Source"... iophk: "anti-copyleft drivel"]

    As an example, Kubernetes is a good choice for an organisation moving from a monolith environment to a microservices substrate, because it has considerations for many other supporting technologies that will comprise a full solution. That interoperability is part of what has led Kubernetes to arise as the most popular container orchestration platform available. Another example might be a company migrating from Oracle JDK, because Oracle now charges for its Java JDK subscriptions. In that situation, OpenJDK is a good choice, because it has feature parity with Oracle JDK. These days, functionality does not have to be sacrificed just because you want to use community supported software.

  • Microsoft open-sources in-house library for handling QUIC connections

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  • RetroPie for Raspberry Pi 4: video game emulation on our fastest-ever device
  • Open source steps up as COVID-19 forces instant digital transformations

    Businesses that were behind on the cloud journey before the novel coronavirus-19 are really feeling the heat right now. Transitioning to a digital workflow is hard in the best of times, but the almost instantaneous shift to work-from-home and online operations has sent shockwaves through the corporate world.

    “A lot of customers are being forced into the digital transformation journey right now … that last mile of change is coming very quick to them,” said Matt Hicks (pictured), executive vice president of product and technologies at Red Hat Inc.

    Hicks spoke with Stu Miniman, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile livestreaming studio, during the Red Hat Summit Virtual Experience. They discussed how hybrid cloud, specifically solutions from Red Hat’s OpenShift, is the path for businesses experiencing rapid downscaling due to the economic shutdown, or rapid upscaling to meet increased online demand. (* Disclosure below.)

  • Pimp my PostgreSQL: Swarm64 paints go-faster stripes on open-source database challenger

    Parallel processing and hardware optimisation biz Swarm64 has pushed out PostgreSQL acceleration software in the hopes this will set it up to compete against proprietary products.

    Ranked number four in the database market by DBEngines, PostgreSQL is often left in the shade of fellow open-source stalwarts MySQL and MariaDB.

  • KDAB at Qt Virtual Tech Con

    Since the postponement of Qt World Summit this May 12-14, The Qt Company decided to host a virtual one in its place called Qt Virtual Tech Con. The event offers talks you won’t hear in October, virtual exhibits, and Q&As online, for free.

    KDAB’s Kevin Funk will be presenting Using Modern CMake with Qt and we will also be showing a demo in the Virtual Exhibition.

  • Second Annual Copyleft Conf: Videos Are Up!

    In February, we ran our second annual Copyleft Conf. Thanks to our program committee; Molly de Blanc, Beth Flanagan, Bradley Kuhn, Deb Nicholson, Nithya Ruff, Josh Simmons and Haralde Welte, the schedule was both bold and timely. We are happy to announce that all the videos of this year's sessions are now available for you to watch.

  • Lunduke and Friends - April 25th, 2020

    This episode of Lunduke & Friends was recorded live on April 25th, 2020. You can grab the recording a bunch of different ways: YouTube - LBRY - Audio Podcast RSS This time, I'm joined by three super duper awesome nerds: Chris Titus (Chris Titus Tech on YouTube) Matt Hartley (veteran Linux Journalist) Gardiner Bryant (The Linux Gamer on YouTube) Some topics include: Flatpak, Snapy, AppImage, Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), Linux v Windows for live streaming, Linux Audio (Jack, PulseAudio, ALSA, Bluetooth), Windows users coming to Linux, Windows 95 and 98, SystemD, Upstart, Crontab, new Ubuntu release, failed Canonical projects, Microsoft buying Canonical or SUSE, ISDN, DSL, Virtual Reality, VIM, and lots of other Linux-y, Nerdy stuff.

  • The Linux Link Tech Show Episode 855

    ubuntu 20.04, 3d printing, table repairs, yums

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  • Windows 10 to Linux Mint | Introduction

    Windows 10 to Linux Mint | Introduction This is a new video serious going over the transition from Windows 10 to Linux.

  • BLAKE3 Cryptographic Hashing Function Sees Experimental Vulkan Implementation

    BLAKE3, the cryptographic hash function that advertises itself as being "much faster" than the likes of SHA1 and MD5 and its predecessor BLAKE2 while being more secure and highly parallelizable has seen an experimental implementation for GPU-based acceleration using the Vulkan API.

    There has been a lot of interest in BLAKE3 since its introduction in January and building off the successes of BLAKE2. While its design is "highly parallelizable" for threads and SIMD implementations, to date it's been just implemented in Rust for the multi-threaded version and a reference C implementation. But a developer has begun exploring GPU-based BLAKE3 support with Vulkan.

  • Thought You Couldn’t Ever Play Street Fighter V, Huh?

    Chief among these changes is the playability of what we never thought would run: Street Fighter V. After doing some brief testing, I can confirm it runs out of the box, audio and everything included. For the life of me I couldn’t get my DualShock 4 to work, but after disabling Steam Input, then re-enabling it, it was back in business.

  • Puppet Camping in place: East meets West

    I pitched a tent at Puppet Camp a couple of times before joining the company and have to say that last week’s event was superb, and it more than lived up to the standards set in ye olden times. It was great to hang out (virtually) with so many community members! There were some faces, or should I say Slack handles, that I knew, but many more I got to meet and chat with for the first time. The work these gurus are doing in their day jobs is just amazing! The best part is that a lot of what was demoed and talked about is directly applicable to the work that I and the other attendees do. Below are some of my takeaways from the event along with a boatload of reference material from the presenters and people in Slack.

  • These loo rolls formed a choir

Openwashing Leftovers

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  • Now under the Linux Foundation, the Fintech Open Source Foundation wants to accelerate software development across financial services

    Open source encourages standards setting and pooling of resources to address audacious problems in finance. “Over the last few years, FINOS successfully created a community of buy-side, sell-side, fintech and tech companies who work together on a wide range of open source projects and standards, “ said Dov Katz, FINOS vice chairperson and distinguished engineer at Morgan Stanley.

  • Thought Microsoft's licence plans were Kafkaesque? How about a Kafka extension for Azure Functions?

    Apache Kafka itself is an open-source project aimed at handling real-time data feeds, and hooks up to external systems via Kafka Connect. While pushers of the tech, such as Confluent, have attempted to persuade those more familiar with traditional RDBMS systems that stream processing isn't that scary with the likes of ksqlDB, it does remain best suited for tasks such as monitoring, messaging and activity tracking as well as stream processing.

  • Library of Congress to release an open-source hip-hop sampling tool

    We already learned that the Library of Congress (LOC) is becoming very hip, but now you can really add a hop to that. As Consequence of Sound (COS) reports, this government institution is set to launch an open-source hip-hop sample tool.

    LOC named it Citizen DJ and its preview is already available on a specially designated site. The full service is set to launch in the summer of 2020.

    COS points out that potential users will “have access to a massive audio collection that dates back over a hundred years, almost to the invention of the phonograph.“

  • Library of Congress launches open-source sampling tool
  • Library of Congress Unveils Open-Source Online Sampling Tool "Citizen DJ"

    The Library of Congress and Innovator-in-Residence Brian Foo have announced the upcoming open-source sampling tool, Citizen DJ.

    Scheduled to fully launch online Summer 2020, Citizen DJ will offer users access to the Library’s century-old public audio and moving image collections. The website will host these collections and users can acquire them by either using the interface that explores sound and metadata, the music-creation app that allows users to remix collections with beats or by downloading “sample packs” that contain thousands of audio clips from a specific collection that are compatible with most music production software.

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  • Ubuntu 20.04 Looking Like macOS Highlights the Linux Customization Power

    Linux has long been considered the more secure alternative to Windows, but at the same time, one of the things that users love the most after the making the switch from Microsoft’s operating system is just how much you can customize pretty much every little component.

    And truth be told, users like to customize the software running on their devices just the way they want, simply because it’s cooler to have applications that perfectly match their expectations.

    And while Windows comes with some obvious limitations in this regard, not the same thing can be said about Linux, where the power of customization is only limited by your imagination.

  • LHS Episode #341: That’s a Spicy Meatball

    Welcome to the 341st installment of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this episode, the hosts discuss topics including IARU workshops, ventilators built by hams, a folding Yagi for satellite work, indoor gardens, Fedora on Lenovo, Ubuntu 20.04, Manjaro and much more. Thank you for listening and we hope you have a great week. Stay safe, stay indoors and play radio!

  • Tech and Covid-19: open source needed for acceptance and success of contact tracing apps

    The inevitable and necessary responses to Covid-19 — from the lockdown itself, to the underlying and rapidly approved legislation behind it to the contact tracing apps that are now being developed — raise concerns about our civil liberties that in a different time would all have been hotly debated over a considerable time period. Thanks to Covid-19, time is no longer a luxury at humanity’s disposal.

    [...]

    Tracking those who have had Covid-19 is a non-technical problem that will not be fixed by technology, but of course technology can provide a tool to facilitate tracking. Public acceptance of the apps is also critical to their utility. If that public acceptance is not achieved, then we risk yoyoing between lockdown and freedom, ultimately prolonging the length of time where the economy will be impacted.

    The moral requirement on the public to accept these apps will be high and governments therefore hold a heavy burden of accountability for the choices they make under their emergency powers, as well as the long-term impact these will have. The only way to reassure the public that their privacy is adequately protected and to achieve this acceptance is to open source these applications.

  • December 2019 License-Review Summary [Ed: OSI used to release detailed minutes/reports; now it's reduced to a shopping list of URLs]

    License-Review mailing list topics for December 2019:
    - ESA Permissive PL v2.3,
    - Mulan Permissive Software License v1 and v2
    - LGPL-2+-KDE (Legacy)
    - Cryptographic Autonomy License (Beta 4)
    - CasperLabs Open Source License (COSL)
    - BSD-1-Clause (Legacy)
    - MIT-0

  • December 2019 License-Discuss Summary

    Lawrence Rosen references a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) involving the use of FRAND in utilizing patents around mobile communications standards and argues that FRAND fails in its attempt to bring logic to the process. Rosen also argues, based on feedback from a patent attorney, that it then significantly increases litigation costs.

  • Daniel Stenberg: webinar: common libcurl mistakes

    libcurl is used in thousands of different applications and devices for client-side Internet transfer and powers a significant part of what flies across the wires of the world a normal day.

    Over the years as the lead curl and libcurl developer I’ve answered many questions and I’ve seen every imaginable mistake done. Some of the mistakes seem to happen more frequently and some of the mistake seem easier than others to avoid.

    I’m going to go over a list of things that users often get wrong with libcurl, perhaps why they do and of course I will talk about how to fix those errors.

  • Security updates for Tuesday

    Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox, java-1.7.0-openjdk, java-1.8.0-openjdk, kernel, qemu-kvm, and thunderbird), Debian (qemu and ruby-json), Fedora (chromium, haproxy, and libssh), openSUSE (cacti, cacti-spine and teeworlds), Oracle (kernel), SUSE (apache2, git, kernel, ovmf, and xen), and Ubuntu (cups, file-roller, and re2c).

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  • Windows vs. MacOS vs. Chrome OS vs. Ubuntu Linux: Which Operating System Reigns Supreme? [Ed: Junk clickbait]
  • Packaging LXD for Arch Linux

    With the release of 3.20, LXD was included into the community repository of Arch Linux in January, and has currently been sitting there happily for the past months. LXD is a container manager from Canonical that manages containers as if they where independent machines in a cluster. I have somehow taken to calling them “containers-as-machines”. This is in contrast to podman and docker which would be “containers-as-applications”. Think of lxd as ganeti, but for containers.

    As canonical is developing the project, and they only target snap packages downstream, it takes quite a few liberties with dependencies and vendored projects which makes for an interesting package challenge.

  • Packaging LXD for Arch Linux

    With the release of 3.20, LXD was included into the community repository of Arch Linux in January, and has currently been sitting there happily for the past months. LXD is a container manager from Canonical that manages containers as if they where independent machines in a cluster. I have somehow taken to calling them “containers-as-machines”. This is in contrast to podman and docker which would be “containers-as-applications”. Think of lxd as ganeti, but for containers.

    As canonical is developing the project, and they only target snap packages downstream, it takes quite a few liberties with dependencies and vendored projects which makes for an interesting package challenge.

  • How does the law impact the use of 3D printing to address COVID-19 production shortages?

    Health systems worldwide are facing shortages of crucial medical supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE), diagnostic testing components including kits and nasal swabs, and even ventilators or ventilator parts. Enter 3D printing. A growing network of hobbyists, small-scale makers, 3D printing firms themselves, and even larger companies with some 3D printing capacity are using the technology to help address ongoing shortages in the COVID-19 response.

    [...]

    But these legalities concerning infringement aside, the reality is that patent owners are unlikely to be able to block 3D printing of medical devices related to the pandemic. For one, patent holders may avoid suit altogether given that the median patent lawsuit lasts 2.5 years—hopefully by which point the COVID-19 crisis will resolve itself. Second, even without a judgment, a preliminary injunction is unlikely to be available to patent holders to stop accused infringers because the equitable factors—namely, irreparable harm, balance of hardships, and the public interest—are unlikely to tip in patent holders’ favor. Third, 3D printing presents some challenges to the traditional mechanics of patent infringement; Lucas Osborn at Campbell University has written a series of articles highlighting challenges such as the difficulty detecting and suing distributed infringers. And fourth, even if a patent owner could overcome these challenges, the backlash to the non-existent patent suit in Italy illustrates the substantial public relations risk a firm would face. So: while 3D printing patented medical materials is likely an act of patent infringement, it’s doubtful that patents will block providers seeking to alleviate the COVID crisis.

    Beyond patents, there are also trade secrets. For 3D-printed materials, many companies guard their CAD files as such. But small components, especially simple ones like swabs, are easily reverse engineered, a defense to claims of trade secrecy misappropriation. In other cases, the component may be so simple that simply eyeballing it yields how it can be 3D-printed. If so, the instructions to 3D-print the component may not be a trade secret to begin with because they would be “readily ascertainable.” Thus, while trade secrets can—and do—protect materials helpful for combatting COVID-19, like patents, infringement suits are unlikely to afford much relief.

  • Free open source hardware could be used to fight against coronavirus

    Free open source hardware and 3D printing could help to alleviate the burden of Covid-19 on global health systems, according to scientists at the University of Sussex.

    In a study publishing April 24, 2020 in the open access journal PLOS Biology, Professor Tom Baden and André Chagas at the University of Sussex, and co-authors from the University of Cambridge and the Francis Crick Institute, have suggested that this could be a viable option to provide our health services with the tools and equipment they so desperately need.

    Free and open source hardware (FOSH) follows an ethos where blueprints for a tool are made freely available so that anyone can study, learn, modify, customize and commercialize them.

  • The algorithms big companies use to manage their supply chains don’t work during pandemics

    Instead, people who manage supply chains will have to more actively interpret the projections, Beal says. “Companies have to rely more on good demand planners and forecasting people, who will say, ‘do I believe this?’ Rather than believing these models will be able to capture everything that’s going on.”

  • Hearing Tuesday: EFF, ACLU, and Cybersecurity Expert Ask Court to Unseal Ruling Denying DOJ Effort to Break Encryption

    Seattle, Washington—On Tuesday, April 28, at 9 am, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Stanford cybersecurity scholar Riana Pfefferkorn will ask a federal appeals court to embrace the public’s First Amendment right to access judicial records and unseal a lower court’s ruling denying a government effort to force Facebook to break the encryption of its Messenger service.Media widely reported in 2018 that a federal court in Fresno, California, denied a  government request that would have required Facebook to compromise the security and privacy promised to users of its Messenger application.

  • Office 365 is now Microsoft 365: What you need to know [Ed: Rebranding again. They burn money. They also cannibalise older products.]

    On April 21, Office 365 became Microsoft 365. The name change is more than a little confusing, but the actual subscription packages remain the same. Here is a breakdown.

Standards/Consortia: Vulkan, OpenCL, and UX/Web

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  • Vulkan 1.2.139 Released With VK_EXT_robustness2 Extension

    The routine Vulkan 1.2.139 maintenance update brings with it two new extensions.

    The new VK_EXT_robustness2 extension adds stricter requirements around bounds reads/writes. VK_EXT_robustness2 calls for most accesses to be tightly bounds-checked and out of bounds writes to be discarded while out of bound reads to return zero. Though the new requirements may be expensive for some implementations so only should should be used when necessary. This extension was drafted by NVIDIA engineers.

  • OpenCL 3.0 Bringing Greater Flexibility, Async DMA Extensions

    OpenCL 3.0 is being released today in provisional form. OpenCL 3.0 is making OpenCL 2.x functionality now optional to make it better suited for a range of devices plus there is new functionality introduced like subgroups, extensions for asynchronous data copies, and more.

    [...]

    In addition to subgroups and async DMA / data copies extensions, SPIR-V 1.3 is also brought into core with OpenCL 3.0. Areas still being explored for OpenCL are greater Vulkan interop, recordable command buffers, machine learning primitives, device topology improvements, and other possible extensions.

  • More broken UX: Search for English results

    This used to work, but sometime, somewhere, someone has got paid to create ux sketches to break this and didn't step up to ask what they were thinking, a developer has developed it without saying “are you crazy?” and QA has let it slip.

    Or maybe, more likely I am afraid, the story is that they all did it enthusiastically to “simplify the interface”.

    Well done: you have now “simplified” a part of the interface that nobody except people like me even think about, only you haven't simplified it or even made it slightly harder to use, you have broken it.

  • Chrome is the new Internet Explorer – 4 stages

    So I posted a comment over at HN mentioning this quote. And this time I took the time to write down a short explanation since the quote tends to be misunderstood to mean that Chrome is like Internet Explorer (from now on referred to as IE) was in 2009: most people were using it even though it was technically inferior.

Openwashing Leftovers

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  • With Project Astra, NetApp aims to enable true portability for Kubernetes-based applications

    Data storage specialist NetApp Inc. today announced Project Astra, its vision of an enterprise-class storage and data services platform for Kubernetes that enables both application and data portability.

    Kubernetes is an open-source project that’s used to orchestrate large clusters of software containers, which host the components of modern applications that can run on any kind of computing infrastructure. The technology has seen rapid adoption over the past few years, but NetApp argues that users lack the infrastructure needed to ensure application data is as portable as the applications themselves.

  • Gloo API Gateway Hits v1.3, Includes Dev Portal [Ed: The term "open source API" is classic openwashing]
  • The Instaclustr sign of open source success [Ed: No, it is not Open Source]

    In a 2001 interview, Brian Behlendorf, then president of the Apache Software Foundation, was asked to identify the most foundational right in open source—the thing that, if removed, makes open source not open source. His response? “The right to fork.” Of course Behlendorf wasn’t riffing on flatware, but rather “the right for a user or somebody outside the developer pool or even a subset of the main development pool to be able to take the code and start a new project.”

  • MindSpore: Huawei's All-Scenario AI Computing Framework Now Open Source [Ed: IDG paid by the company it covers here, to produce puff pieces.]
  • HDC 2020: Online Showcase Attracts More Than 10 Million People [Ed: Another example of IDG publishing corporate spam for a fee, even disclosing that upfront]
  • Remember when open source was fun? [Ed: IDG again, sponsored by Mac Asay's employer. by Mac Asay 1) does not use Open Source; 2) never wrote code; 3) works for proprietary software companies. But this publisher was paid by his employer for these "sponsored" pieces. The term "sustainability" is how proprietary software companies advocate exploitation or defend abusing Free software whilst keeping all their jewels proprietary (like GitHub is); it's old propaganda.]
  • EnAccess is supporting Open Source Oxygen Concentrators for Low Resource Settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic [Ed: They speak about "open source" but outsource to proprietary software lock-in and spyware of Slack and Microsoft, which is rather ridiculous]

    If the COVID-19 pandemic spreads rapidly in Africa, the health systems are going to be under considerable strain with limited capacity and unable to cope; oxygen supplies will be very stretched. The ability to treat patients will depend on the availability of electricity, oxygen and ventilators. Oxygen Concentrators are normally electrically power devices that produce oxygen by the absorption of nitrogen from a flow of air. They can produce oxygen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — if they have sufficient power, which is a challenge for many low resource clinics in the developing world. Many rural hospitals have intermittent and poor quality power, as well as a lack of supply chains for replacement parts and an absence of trained maintenance personnel. We want to change this, so we will do what we do best: mobilize and organize the open source, energy access, engineering, and manufacturing communities in Africa, Europe the Americas and around the world to help. And we’ll keep it completely transparent and efficient.

  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: TorchServe

    According to AWS, developers like the flexibility PyTorch provides for building and training models, but deploying and managing them in production is the most challenging part for many. Using a model server is one way to simplify that process. Model servers can be used to easily load models, run preprocessing or postprocessing code, and provide production-critical features, such as logging, monitoring, and security.

  • AWS unveils open source model server for PyTorch
  • AWS and Facebook launch an open-source model server for PyTorch
  • Facebook, AWS team up to produce open-source PyTorch AI libraries, grad student says he successfully used GPT-2 to write his homework....

    Nvidia GTC virtual keynote coming to YouTube: Nvidia cancelled its annual GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley in March over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The keynote speech was promised to be screened virtually, and then that got canned, too. Now, it’s back.

  • Fishtown Analytics Raises $12.9M in Series A Funding
  • Can open-source machine learning enhance CCTV at train stations?

    Can security surveillance systems and associated analytics work in a station environment without disrupting the rail network? Zircon Software Ltd is working to find out.

  • DVB Releases Free Reference Client for DVB-I Services [Ed: Openwashing by outsourcing to Microsoft's proprietary software trap, GitHub]

    Developed in collaboration with Sofia Digital, the reference client and related materials are released under the open source MIT license and will help to accelerate deployments of the DVB-I specification.

  • DVB releases open source reference client for DVB-I services

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  • Contributing Public Transport Metadata

    In the last post I described how we handle public transport line metadata in KPublicTransport, and what we use that for. Here’s now how you can help to review and improve these information in Wikidata and OpenStreetMap, where it not only benefits KPublicTransport, but everyone.

  • IT problems put justice on hold in France [Ed: Proprietary software does its thing]

    Software issues and concerns over public access to justice prevent French IP courts from going online

  • ProtonMail Android client security

    The following article presents a high-level overview of ProtonMail’s Android security model and explains how the app protects users’ sensitive data. You can view our Android app’s open source code on GitHub. We also explain the importance of open source to Proton in our Android open source announcement.
    For more information on what threats ProtonMail is designed to counter, read our threat model.
    Although the document covers technical subject matter, we wrote it to be as accessible as possible to the general audience.

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