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IBM/Red Hat: Insights Advisor, AlmaLinux, Layoffs, and Puff Pieces

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  • Finding and using disabled recommendations in Red Hat Insights Advisor

    Red Hat Insights is a managed service that continuously analyzes platforms and applications to help enterprises manage hybrid cloud environments. Included with Red Hat subscriptions, Insights uses predictive analytics and deep domain expertise to reduce complex operational tasks from hours to minutes, including identifying security and performance risks, tracking licenses, and managing costs.

    The Red Hat Insights team has been developing Advisor recommendations for many years and the focus has been on proactive recommendations to help customers achieve optimal operational experience.

    At the same time, we’ve also seen a "gap" between the Advisor recommendations that we’ve provided and other recommendations that could really help our customers but in a different manner. To close this gap, Red Hat Insights now provides a new category of recommendations which are called "Red Hat disabled recommendations."

  • AlmaLinux's ELevate Project Makes the Migration from CentOS 7 Easy

    AlmaLinux’s community manager Jack Aboutboul announced the ELevate project, which is their initiative to allow users to upgrade or migrate between any RHEL-based distro.

    The project includes software and methods for migrating CentOS 7 deployments to AlmaLinux 8 without needing to do a lot of heavy lifting and shifting.

    But there’s an even better part. Actually, ELevate capabilities aren’t confined only to CentOS to AlmaLinux moves, but can be used with all migrations between different RHEL-based distributions, such as CentOS 7 to AlmaLinux 8, Rocky Linux 8, or Oracle Linux 8. This will allow maintainers and users alike make migrations smooth and easy.

  • Automation vs. IT jobs: 3 ways leaders can address layoff fears

    Automation was already on the strategic roadmap of many organizations, but the last couple of years sped up the journey.

    “The reality is that the pandemic required organizations to accelerate digital pivots and rapidly automate their businesses,” says Thomas Phelps, CIO of Laserfiche. “Even people-centric processes that were touted as customer-experience differentiators have now been displaced by chatbots, unattended airline check-in kiosks, and self-service checkout lines.”

    IT is both piloting company-wide journeys and undergoing its own internal automation transformation: From help desks to infrastructure operations to software testing and security, multiple tasks and processes that once required manual effort are now or will soon be automated.

  • Various Power Systems Updates And Tweaks - IT Jungle [Ed: Timothy Prickett Morgan is being paid by IBM to write all those puff pieces (for over a decade already)]

    While many IBM i shops have a lot of their core applications on that platform, there are lots of shops that deploy Windows Server for adjacent databases and applications and in other cases some shops have AIX or Linux as well. Windows Server doesn’t run on Power iron, of course, which we have always thought was a shame and still is almost two decades since Windows had a brief showing on Power before Microsoft and IBM pulled the plug.

    But the important thing, here in 2021, is that customers have alternatives if they need certain applications and they want to run them on Power, which is why AIX and Linux support are important for the health and wealth of the Power Systems platform. With IBM owning Red Hat now, we talk quite a bit more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the OpenShift container platform that lays on top of it then we do other non-IBM i operating systems. But SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is still important, and obviously so is continued enhancements to IBM’s AIX platform.

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  • ELevate project to simplify migration from CentOS 7 to RHEL 8 based distributions

    AlmaLinux distribution developers based company CloudLinux in response to a premature folding support CentOS 8, presented tools ELEVATE , to simplify migration of operating systems on CentOS 7.x distributions built on packet-based RHEL 8, preserving applications, data and settings. The project currently supports migration to AlmaLinux, Rocky Linux, CentOS Stream and Oracle Linux.

    The migration process is based on the use of the Leapp utility developed by Red Hat , which is supplemented with patches that take into account the specifics of CentOS and third-party distributions built on the RHEL package base. The project also uses an extended set of metadata describing the steps for transferring individual packages from one branch of the distribution to another.

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IBM/Red Hat Leftovers

  • Red Hat Insights Resource Optimization is released

    Last summer we released the public beta of the Resource Optimization service. During public beta, we received a lot of feedback from customers, which we used to enhance Resource Optimization in several areas. We are now announcing that this service is generally available for our Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) customers.

  • Automating DNS based GSLB with Infoblox DTC and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform

    Companies are pushing data closer and closer to the edge to meet the demands of users who are increasingly sensitive to delays in application responsiveness. These changes to the way data is delivered and consumed presents challenges to IT organizations. In this post we'll talk about how an organization can provide optimum uptime while also delivering data as quickly as possible. An Application Delivery Controller (ADC) is one solution, but it often relies on expensive software and hardware to direct network traffic to available resources across datacenters. In addition to the traditional DNS infrastructure, an ADC solution often employs Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) to dynamically reply to a Domain Name System (DNS) query with the IP address of the closest, or healthiest, server. Beyond the monetary cost of maintaining two separate DNS solutions, an ADC introduces another layer of complexity to a network.

  • Perform unit tests using GoogleTest and CTest [Ed: Several times in recent days Stephan Avenwedde promotes Microsoft vendor lock-in for developers]
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): 7 trends to watch for in 2022

    Of the many technologies with the potential to deliver significant value in the near future, Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems firmly planted atop the list for CIOs. Indeed, nearly all (95 percent) of the CIOs, CTOs, and technology leaders surveyed by IEEE agreed that AI will drive the majority of innovation across almost every industry sector in the next one to five years. "In 2022, expect AI engagements to become larger, more strategically significant, and more mission-critical – with a focus on long-term scalability."

  • Future of work: A case for the 3-day weekend

    Since around 2010, the “future of work” has been a leading topic for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and employees. A key question has been how emerging technologies such as AI, robotics, and smart machines will affect humans in the workforce. Then COVID-19 struck. Seemingly overnight, orderly debates about the future of work morphed into chaotic discussions about the “present of work:” Specifically, could employees work securely using mature technologies like video conferencing, mobile telephony, and cloud computing services? Forced to shut down their physical offices, corporations resorted to work models predicated on what futurist Carmen Alfonso Rica called a “massive, forced adoption of remote working.”

  • Fedora Community Blog: Mindshare Committee Quarterly Report – Q4 2021

    The Mindshare Committee is establishing a Quarterly Report, with this post being our first edition. It covers activities from the Mindshare Committee and related teams for the months of October, November, and December of 2021. As we kick off these reports, we welcome feedback on how we can improve in the related Mindshare ticket.

This Indicator Shows Laptop’s Battery Health in Ubuntu 20.04, 21.10

Want to check your laptop battery status in Ubuntu or other Linux? There’s a small indicator applet that can do the job in GNOME desktop. “Battery Status” is the free and open-source indicator applet developed by Lorenzo Carbonell, a software developer behind touchpad-indicator and my weather indicator. It displays an icon on GNOME top bar in system tray area, along with the battery remaining time. By clicking on the applet, it shows battery percentage based on both current and original maximum capacities. Read more

today's howtos

  • Record your terminal with script and scriptreplay

    A fascinating thing about humans is that we each have a particular learning style. Some people prefer to read about how something's done. Some people prefer to follow instructions from the start, while others prefer to get an overview before engaging. Other people like to listen to instructions from an instructor or a podcast. And yet another group wants instructions in the form of a video. The trouble with video is that it can be difficult to produce and compress, and it is a lot of work to change once it's done. And besides that, viewers can't copy and paste Linux commands out of a video into their terminal. [...] The script and scriptreplay commands allow you to record a terminal session and then play it back later. There's no video involved. Instead, plain text files called typescripts are used, so the files are small and users can copy commands during playback.

  • How To Install Neos CMS on AlmaLinux 8 - idroot

    In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Neos CMS on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Neos CMS is a free and open-source Content Management System (CMS). Neos offers a rich set of features such as inline editing, supports multiple websites on a single installation, built-in SEO tools, human-readable URLs, plugin manager, device preview, and supports multiple templates. This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the Neos Open Source Content Application Framework on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, and Rocky Linux distributions.

  • How to Install and use PHP Composer on AlmaLinux 8

    Composer is a dependency manager for PHP that allows you to download and install all the required PHP packages needed for your project. It is a command-line tool that installs all libraries and dependencies for your project from the packagist.org repository. It is used in modern PHP frameworks such as Laravel, Symfony, Drupal, and Magento 2. In this post, we will show you how to install and use Composer on Alma Linux 8.

  • LINUX Basics: How to Move Files in Linux Using mv Command

    One of the most basic operations you'll need to conduct on a Linux system is moving files and folders. You can move or transfer files using the given GUI in any system, but you might be curious if the terminal has a command that allows you to swiftly move files to different directories. The mv command is what you're looking for, and it's simple to use because of its short and straightforward syntax. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to move files with the mv command.

  • Getting Started with GNU PSPP with Practical Examples

    This tutorial is a basic guide for GNU PSPP. Divided into three exercises, we hope this will be sufficient for beginners to understand the basics. Now let's start PSPP!

  • How to install FirewallD GUI on Rocky Linux 8 | Almalinux 8 - Linux Shout

    Here in this article, we learned the simple steps and commands to install a graphical user interface (GUI) to manage FirewallD on either Alamlinux or Rocky Linux 8. However, the steps are the same for CentOS, Redhat, Oracle Linux, and other RPM-based distros. FirewallD is a command-line tool to provide a system firewall feature to protect Linux unwanted access by disabling and enabling ports and services access to outside or local networks. However, if you are using a Graphical interface user then the command line may seem a little bit difficult to use. Therefore, to make things easy we can use GUI tools available to manage FirewallD such as one from firewall-config or Plasma firewall

Raspberry Pi and Arduino

  • Raspberry Pi RP2040 is now available in quantities for 70 cents and up

    Raspberry Pi RP2040 microcontroller has been available for one dollar in single quantities for about half a year, with at the time, 500- and 3400-pieces reel pricing to be determined. But Raspberry Pi Trading has now started to sell the chip in bulk with reels of 3,400 and 500 pieces directly to businesses for a unit price of respectively 70 and 80 cents via the new Raspberry Pi Direct website. Distributors have been selling reels for a while, but closer to 85 cents to 95 cents per unit.

  • AutoStrap is a self-tightening strap that's like something out of Back to the Future | Arduino Blog

    For wearable devices, attaching them to an arm or leg can be an annoying process since the straps used often have complicated tightening/locking mechanisms. This is what inspired one Instructables user who goes by The Puma to create the AutoStrap, a self-tightening strap system for wearable electronics similar to Marty McFly’s power-lacing shoes in Back to the Future.

  • Arduino Week 2022: Call for speakers | Arduino Blog

    This year, Arduino Day is becoming Arduino Week. Taking place on 21-26 March, 2022, we’ll have more talks, events and presentations than ever before. Naturally you can expect the usual excitement from the annual Arduino festival. From makers to education and industry, we’ll be bringing you the biggest and the best Arduino has to offer. But there’s also a strong focus on community for the first week-long event. And that means we want to hear from you.

  • Plot designs onto cups with CylinDraw | Arduino Blog

    Most plotters are planar, meaning they move in a single plane — though they often have the ability to move the tool up and down in the third axis. But if you convert one axis of the drawing plane into rotation, you get cylindrical plotting. That is how the rotary axis on a CNC machine works. If the tool moves in a third axis, you can even do conical plots. That’s exactly how CylinDraw makes it possible to plot directly onto cups and glasses. CylinDraw is an open source “cup-specific” plotter and engraver. It is a 2.5 axis machine with a rotary axis, similar to the famous EggBot egg plotter. Except instead of drawing onto the elliptical (in cross section) surface of an egg, CylinDraw plots onto the straight or sloped surface of cups, bottles, and similar objects. By equipping a Dremel or other rotary tool, you can also engrave onto a surface instead of drawing. If you do draw, the software also lets you swap pens to get a full color palette.

  • I2C To The Max With ATtiny | Hackaday

    The Arudino is a powerful platform for interfacing with the real world, but it isn’t without limits. One of those hard limits, even for the Arduino MEGA, is a finite number of pins that the microcontroller can use to interface with the real world. If you’re looking to extend the platform’s reach in one of your own projects, though, there are a couple of options available. This project from [Bill] shows us one of those options by using the ATtiny85 to offload some of an Arduino’s tasks using I2C.