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Software: Kubernetes Clusters, IWD and LVFS

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  • Cluster API to the Rescue: An Easier Way to Manage Your Kubernetes Clusters

    In less than a generation, we’ve gone from bare-metal servers to virtualization to containers. It’s a story of expanded possibilities aided by stakeholder communities coming together to solve problems. Over time, processes have become easier and more efficient for end users. We’ve learned to orchestrate containers with Kubernetes, and now we can manage Kubernetes clusters and their associated infrastructure needs across multiple cloud providers (and hopefully on-premises) with Cluster API.

    Looking back to how we got here, the path is entirely logical: physical servers were once underutilized. They frequently ran only one application per physical server, leaving a vast majority of their computing power just sitting idle.

    Virtual machines came about to let you convert your underutilized physical servers into appropriately sized virtual servers. They reduced waste and made things easier: You were able to pack multiple virtual machines into a single physical server. With virtual machines, you could increase density and reduce cost.

  • IWD 0.18 Wireless Daemon Brings Fast Initial Link Setup

    Released this weekend was IWD 0.18 as the latest version of the Intel-developed wireless daemon for Linux systems.

    The main feature with IWD 0.18 is support for FILS, the Fast Initial Link Setup. Fast Initial Link Setup is part of the 802.11ai specification for allowing a WLAN client to setup a secure link within 100ms.

  • Donating 5 minutes of your time to help the LVFS

    For about every 250 bug reports I recieve I get an email offering to help. Most of the time the person offering help isn’t capable of diving right in the trickiest parts of the code and just wanted to make my life easier. Now I have a task that almost anyone can help with…

    For the next version of the LVFS we deploy we’re going to be showing what was changed between each firmware version. Rather than just stating the firmware has changed from SHA1:DEAD to SHA1:BEEF and some high level update description provided by the vendor, we can show the interested user the UEFI modules that changed. I’m still working on the feature and without more data it’s kinda, well, dull. Before I can make the feature actually useful to anyone except a BIOS engineer, I need some help finding out information about the various modules.

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Mozilla: BigInt, WebRender, Mozilla Localization, Firefox 67 Release and More

  • Andy Wingo: bigint shipping in firefox!
    I am delighted to share with folks the results of a project I have been helping out on for the last few months: implementation of "BigInt" in Firefox, which is finally shipping in Firefox 68 (beta).
  • Mozilla GFX: WebRender newsletter #45
    Hi there! I first published this newsletter episode on May 21st and hitting the publish button at the same time as Jessie who wrote an excellent announcement post about WebRender on the stable channel. We decided to unpublish the newsletter for a couple of days to avoid shadowing the other post. WebRender is a GPU based 2D rendering engine for web written in Rust, currently powering Mozilla’s research web browser servo and on its way to becoming Firefox‘s rendering engine.
  • Mozilla Localization (L10N): L10n report: May edition
    Firefox 68 has officially entered Beta. The deadline to ship localization updates into this version is June 25. It’s important to remember that 68 is going to be an ESR version too: if your localization is incomplete on Jun 26, or contains errors, it won’t be possible to fix them later on for ESR. A lot of content has landed in Firefox 68 towards the end of the cycle. In particular, make sure to test the new stub installer in the coming weeks, and the redesigned about:welcome experience. Detailed instructions are available in this thread on dev-l10n. You should also check out this post on how to localize the new “Join Firefox” message. Partially related to Firefox Desktop: Facebook Container is quickly approaching version 2.0, adding several informative panels to the initial bare UI.
  • Firefox 67 Released With Improved Performance
    Mozilla team has released Firefox 67 (May 21, 2019) today. In this article, we will show you what’s new in Firefox 67. Mozilla Firefox (known as Firefox) is a free and open-source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation. Firefox is available for Windows, OS X, Linux and mobile for Android.
  • Emblematic Group and Mozilla Team Up to Showcase Next Generation of Storytelling on the Web
    Everything you share on the internet is a story. You read blog posts and watch videos that make you feel connected to people across the world. Virtual Reality has made these experiences even stronger, but it wasn’t available to most people as a storytelling tool, until now. This breakthrough in accessibility comes from VR pioneer and award winning journalist, Nonny de la Peña, who is founder & CEO of the immersive technology company Emblematic Group. Their newest initiative was to launch a browser based platform that allows anyone to tap into the immersive power of virtual reality, regardless of their technical background. That is exactly what they did with REACH. With support from like minded partners such as Mozilla and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, de la Peña launched the platform at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. REACH completely simplifies authorship and distribution of virtual reality experiences using a simple drag and drop interface which anyone can access from any device, including a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Games: Steam Client for Linux, Tank Maniacs, Gladiabots, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS

  • The latest Steam Client Beta fixes Rumble support on Linux with Steam Input
    Seems Valve are on a bit of a roll lately fixing up some long-standing issues in the Steam Client for Linux. They've been released quite a number of Beta client updates recently with Linux improvements, like the one last week which had a fix for a this two year old issue where you were unable to move games around if they had files bigger than 2GB. The latest Beta, released today fixes another long-standing issue with gamepad Rumble support. Valve said they "Added support for rumble pass-through for virtual controllers. This fixes missing rumble support for any controllers opted into Steam Input, and rumble emulation support for the Steam controller.".
  • We have some keys for 'Tank Maniacs' for those willing to test and give feedback
    Tank Maniacs, a crazy local multiplayer game that's all about blowing each other up is coming to Linux "soon" and we have keys for those willing to provide the developer with feedback. For those who haven't seen it before, check out the trailer below first to see if you would actually be interested:
  • Create your AI, pick your robots and prepare for battle as Gladiabots has left Early Access
    Gladiabots makes me feel dumb, very dumb. It asks you to create various AI and assign them to robots, to face off against another team of robots in a battle arena. It's a strategy game of sorts, while also being a logic puzzle programming game at its heart as well. It offers up a single-player campaign, which realistically is just a (quite good) extended tutorial to get you ready to compete against other real people. This is where it really gets interesting, as it offers online play but it's of the asynchronous sort so you're not playing at the same time, meaning it doesn't actually need people online to play which makes it pretty sweet.
  • Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is out and it comes with same-day Linux support
    Total War: THREE KINGDOMS, possibly one of the biggest Total War games yet is officially out. Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, it was ported by Feral Interactive and they managed to get Linux support in right away.

Linux Foundation Statement on Huawei Entity List Ruling

Thank you for your inquiry regarding concerns with a member subject to an Entity List Ruling.[1] While statements in the Executive Order prompting the listing used language granting a broader scope of authority, the Huawei Entity List ruling was specifically scoped to activities and transactions subject to the Export Administration Regulation (EAR). Open source encryption software source code was reclassified by the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) effective September 20, 2016 as “publicly available” and no longer “subject to the EAR.”[2] Each open source project is still required to send a notice of the URL to BIS and NSA to satisfy the “publicly available” notice requirement in the EAR at 15 CFR § 742.15( b ). Read more

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