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Story Google Code-in 2017 lets students win prizes while learning about open source Rianne Schestowitz 19/09/2017 - 8:58am
Story How a town uses an open source tool for collaboration and managing large files Rianne Schestowitz 19/09/2017 - 8:56am
Story postmarketOS: An Ultimate Linux Distro For Your Smartphones Is Coming Rianne Schestowitz 19/09/2017 - 8:51am
Story W3C Condemned Over DRM Roy Schestowitz 19/09/2017 - 8:25am
Story Server: MAAS 2.3.0 Alpha 3, Microsoft is Down, Microservices and Containers Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2017 - 11:50pm
Story Programming: HHVM, OpenJ9, and RcppClassic Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2017 - 11:46pm
Story OSS: Inclusion, Eclipse Foundation, Keybase and Demand for FOSS Jobs Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2017 - 11:45pm
Story Jim Zemlin and Linus Torvalds Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2017 - 11:43pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2017 - 11:42pm
Story Red Hat, Fedora/Flock, and Financial News Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2017 - 11:40pm

Ubuntu and GNOME Devs Team Up to Ease Your "Unity to GNOME" Transition

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The Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system is only a few weeks away, and it will be shipping with the recently released GNOME 3.26 desktop environment by default, running on top of the next-generation Wayland display server.

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also: Canonical Adds Support for GNOME's JHBuild Tool to Its Snapcraft Snappy Creator

Containers: Kubernetes, Heptio, and Oracle

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  • Kubernetes, containers help mainstream open-source software

    Open-source software is now a key part of the tech world, matching proprietary software through a combination of enthusiastic developers, organizations and shared standards. This trend is especially visible in the world of container technology, a popular virtualization method for deploying and running distributed software applications.

    “Open source is the mainstream now. It’s very hard to release a proprietary product right now and come up with some justification about why you have to do it,” said Steve Pousty (pictured), lead developer advocate, OpenShift Online, at Red Hat Inc.

  • Heptio Raises New Funding to Close Kubernetes Operational Gaps

    Craig McLuckie helped launch the open-source Kubernetes project while at Google and has been busy since November 2016 with his new company Heptio. Heptio is now moving forward, thanks to a $25 million Series B round of funding, bringing total funding to date for the startup to $33.5 million.

    "Kubernetes is doing really well, there is a lot of energy in the ecosystem, and many companies are making Kubernetes a core part of their operating practices," McLuckie told eWEEK in a video interview.

  • Oracle Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation in Kubernetes Push

    Oracle has taken a plunge deeper into open source waters by joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a platinum member. The announcement was made Wednesday, on stage with Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin, at Open Source Summit in Los Angeles. In addition, Oracle announced it's bringing Kubernetes to Oracle Linux and open sourcing a Terraform Kubernetes Installer for Oracle Cloud. This prompted Zemlin to remark that "six of the largest clouds are now running Kubernetes."

  • Larry Ellison: There is No One Left for Oracle to Buy

    Oracle isn't likely to be buying any other big companies soon, according to founder Larry Ellison.

More of "Public Money, Public Code"

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  • Public money? Public Code!
  • Public Money? Public Code! 31 organisations ask to improve public procurement of software

    Digital services offered and used by public administrations are the critical infrastructure of 21st-century democratic nations. To establish trustworthy systems, government agencies must ensure they have full control over systems at the core of our digital infrastructure. This is rarely the case today due to restrictive software licences.

  • Public Money, Public Code, Public Control

    An interesting article published by the UK Government Digital Service was referenced in a response to the LWN.net coverage of the recently-launched “Public Money, Public Code” campaign. Arguably, the article focuses a little too much on “in the open” and perhaps not enough on the matter of control. Transparency is a good thing, collaboration is a good thing, no-one can really argue about spending less tax money and getting more out of it, but it is the matter of control that makes this campaign and similar initiatives so important.

  • FSFE: publicly funded software has to be open source

    Digital services offered and used by public administrations are the critical infrastructure of 21st-century democratic nations. To establish trustworthy systems, government agencies must ensure they have full control over systems at the core of our digital infrastructure. This is rarely the case today due to restrictive software licences.

Ubuntu Press/Development: Kernel Team Summary, Snap, NEC, Servers and GNOME Desktop

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Debian Development and News: Google Blobs, RcppMsgPack 0.2.0, RcppRedis 0.1.8 and devscripts needs YOU!

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Debian
  • Google Hangouts in Debian testing (Buster)

    Google offers a lot of software components packaged specifically for Debian and Debian-like Linux distributions. Examples are: Chrome, Earth and the Hangouts plugin. Also, there are many other Internet services doing the same: Spotify, Dropbox, etc. I’m really grateful for them, since this make our life easier.

    Problem is that our ecosystem is rather complex, with many distributions and many versions out there. I guess is not an easy task for them to keep such a big variety of support variations.

  • RcppMsgPack 0.2.0
  • RcppRedis 0.1.8
  • devscripts needs YOU!

    Over the past 10 years, I've been a member of a dwindling team of people maintaining the devscripts package in Debian.

  • My Free Software Activities in August 2017

    Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian.

Red Hat, Fedora and Flock

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Security: Windows Zeo-Day, Cryptography, Updates, Reproducible Builds, Vendor Bans, AT& and More

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Equifax Failed to Patch, Now Fails as a Company

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Kernel Sources for Motorola Devices Appear to Differ from Binaries on Live Devices

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  • Kernel Sources for Motorola Devices Appear to Differ from Binaries on Live Devices

    Android's foundations are born in open source, releasing as an open source operating system and growing to be the largest operating system in the world. Without licenses like the General Public License (GPL), open source could not have been enforced...

    [...]

    The GPL has protected so much of the growing Android community over the years. It allows developers from anywhere in the world to take a device and use the kernel source code to make something great out of it. It’s a recipe for brilliance in some cases, with some amazing feats of intuition and development shown daily by our amazing developer community. To build an AOSP-based ROM for any device, for instance, it’s imperative that we have access to the kernel source code to ensure that the ROM can boot properly.

  • Videos: A Conversation with Linux and Git Creator Linus Torvalds

…and today is Software Freedom Day!

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OSS

For its fourteenth edition the Digital Freedom Foundation is happy to celebrate Software Freedom Day! At the time of this writting we have 112 teams listed on the wiki and about 80+ events registered. Over the year we’ve notice that this “double registration process” (creating a wiki page and then filling the registration form) is a bit difficult for some of our participants and we wish to change that. In the plan for the coming months we plan to have a single registration process which will in turn generate a wiki page. We also want to display the event date as some of us cannot celebrate exactly on this international day due to local celebrations or other reasons.

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Ubuntu-enabled open source SDR board shrinks in size and price

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Lime Microsystems launched the $139 “LimeSDR Mini,” a size- and cost-reduced sibling of its Ubuntu Core-enabled LimeSDR board, at CrowdSupply.

Lime Microsystems, a developer of field programmable RF (FPRF) transceivers for wireless broadband systems, has gone to CrowdSupply again, to fund a size- and cost-reduced variant of the LimeSDR board that it launched there last year. Like its larger sibling, the LimeSDR Mini is a “free and open source project” that supports the company’s “entirely open-source” LimeSuite host-side software that supports a range of SDRs.

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​Check Point's bogus Windows Subsystem for Linux attack

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Security companies, desperate for attention and headlines, love to come up with flashy, dangerous-sounding security hole names. The latest is Check Point's Bashware. This one, Check Point claims, can render 400 million Windows 10 PCs open to malware using Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) to launch Windows malware from a WSL Linux instance, thus bypassing most Windows security products in the process.

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today's leftovers

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Misc
  • IBM Linux-only mainframe delivers breakthrough security
  • Kubernetes Meets HPC

    Anyone who has worked with Docker can appreciate the enormous gains in efficiency achievable with containers. While Kubernetes excels at orchestrating containers, high-performance computing applications can be tricky to deploy on Kubernetes.

    In this post, I discuss some of the challenges of running HPC workloads with Kubernetes, explain how organizations approach these challenges today, and suggest an approach for supporting mixed workloads on a shared Kubernetes cluster. We will also provide information and links to a case study on a customer, IHME, showing how Kubernetes is extended to service their HPC workloads seamlessly while retaining scalability and interfaces familiar to HPC users.

  • The latest Windows Server beta has a surprising feature: Support for Linux containers
  • VMware wants the support of open-source developers
  • Public Money? Public Code!

    31 organisations ask to improve public procurement of software

    Today, on 13 September 2017, 31 organisations are publishing an open letter. The letter calls for lawmakers to advance legislation requiring publicly financed software that has been developed for the public sector be made available under a Free and Open Source Software licence.

  • WordPress to ditch React library over Facebook patent clause risk

    Automattic, the company behind the popular open source web publishing software WordPress, has said it will be pulling away from using Facebook’s React JavaScript library over concerns about a patent clause in Facebook’s open source license.

    In a blog post explaining the decision yesterday, WordPress’ Matt Mullenweg said Automattic had hoped to officially adopt React for WordPress — noting it has already used it for the Calypso ground-up rewrite of WordPress.com a few years ago, and had started using it for its major Gutenberg core project.

    But he reveals it’s changed its mind after seeing Facebook dig in behind the patent clause — which was recently added to the Apache Software Foundation’s (ASF) list of disallowed licenses.

  • Havenlabs' Open Source 3D Printed Utility Band Offers Simple Functionality for Amputees
  • Bluetooth problem could let hackers take control of Apple, Samsung and Google devices

    Millions of mobile phones, laptops and smart home devices could be at risk of hacking after researchers discovered a way to take over devices using the Bluetooth connection.

Linux Hardware: Asustor, Advantech

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Hardware

Latest in Linux 4.14 and Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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  • FBDEV Is Still Seeing Improvements With Linux 4.14

    It has been five years since a call was made to deprecate Linux FBDEV back during LPC 2012. Five years later while there are now more DRM and V4L2 drivers, FBDEV is still alive and kicking within the mainline later.

  • CNCF Adds Oracle, Onboards the Envoy and Jaeger Projects

    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation continues to gain momentum, signing on as a sponsor one of the most venerable enterprise software companies, Oracle, and adding two more cloud-native projects to its portfolio, the Envoy service mesh and the Jaeger microservice debugging software.

    The CNCF announced the new inclusions at the Open Source Summit North America, being held this week in Los Angeles.

Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" Beta Test Drive and a Digital Signage Solution

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  • Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" Beta Test Drive

    ​It has been a while since Canonical has launched Ubuntu 17.10 daily builds but most users don't want to switch to the latest builds as they are still in daily build period. Ubuntu 17.10 daily builds were quite unstable and many things were broken and as the first beta has released on Aug 31, I got my hands on it and tried it. Using it since then many things have been fixed. So in this article, I'm going to share my experience with Ubuntu 17.10 beta.

  • Canonical and NEC Work on Digital Signage Solution Based on Ubuntu, Raspberry Pi

    Canonical announced that it partnered with NEC Display Solutions Europe to collaborate on a new digital signage platform powered by the Ubuntu Core operating system for embedded and IoT devices.

    NEC is a Japanese multinational manufacturer of display solutions and technology services aimed at mass audiences and professional environments. Today's partnership with Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system and Screenly, the leading digital signage software solution that leverages the Raspberry Pi single-board computer aims to facilitate the development of an upcoming, innovative digital signage solution.

    "Digital signage platforms are now an increasing must-have feature for businesses all around the world. By partnering with the brightest minds in the industry, we can continue to develop enterprise and embedded IoT uses for Ubuntu Core," said Mike Bell, EVP of IoT and Devices at Canonical. "NEC’s large format displays with their support for Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 running Ubuntu Core, offers a compelling and fully-integrated solution."

Events: Broadband Forum in Helsinki; Samsung Developer Conference 2017

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OSS: Tanmay Bakshi, Jono Bacon, Blockchain, Instaclustr, and BlueZ

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  • 13-year-old coder works to advance cognitive tech

    Folks say computers are a young person’s game, and one of the best examples is Tanmay Bakshi (pictured), algorithmist and cognitive developer. Thirteen years old, going on 14, he represents the energy and innovation of young coders. Some of the biggest companies in the industry have offered the enthusiastic Bakshi a seat at the table.

    When asked about the coolest thing he’s working on, Bakshi replied: “It would have to be a tie between AskTanmay, DeepSPADE and advancements with the cognitive story.” Bakshi is an Honorary Cloud Advisor with IBM Corp.

  • Developers must simplify, standardize tech to expand reach, says analyst

    It’s good for a company to have the technology it needs, however, putting that tech to use is another matter. Few companies are staffed with enough tech wizards, and for technology to expand into the mainstream, developers must make it easy for non-tech businesses to integrate new innovations in open source software, according to Jono Bacon (pictured), founder of Jono Bacon Consulting.

  • GMO Blockchain Open Source Software project enters fourth phase

    This time, GMO Internet has teamed up with GMO-Z.com RUNSYSTEM JSC to demonstrate the security applications of blockchain technologies. As many of you are aware, the enhanced security is one of the main advantages of this type of technologies.

  • Open Source as a Service platform launches

    Instaclustr has announced the launch of its Open Source-as-a-Service platform. This comprehensive platform offers customers across industries - and from startups to the enterprise - fully hosted and securely managed Apache Cassandra, Apache Spark, Elasticsearch, Kibana, Lucene, and Zeppelin. Each is delivered to customers in its 100% open source form, with no vendor or technical lock-in. The platform arrives as the company continues to deliver top-line growth in excess of 100% YoY, and has reached milestones of 10 million node hours and 1 petabyte of data under management.

    In an industry where, all too often, providers will deliver open source solutions repackaged into proprietary versions that promote vendor lock-in, Instaclustr is ensuring that every solution it provides will always consist of fully portable open source code.

  • BlueZ 5.47 Released, Working On Bluetooth 5.0 Support & More

    BlueZ 5.47 has been released as the latest user-space components to the Linux Bluetooth stack.

    BlueZ 5.47 is a bit more exciting on the feature front than some of the past releases. BlueZ 5.47 includes support for decoding Bluetooth 5.0 commands and events, Bluetooth Mesh advertising bearer decoding, support for Bluetooth Mesh control applications, the ability to retrieve supported discovery filters, and support for appearance and local name advertising data.

Red Hat News Leftovers

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Debian Development Reports

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The GNOME Foundation Backs Librem 5

  • GNOME Foundation partners with Purism to support its efforts to build the Librem 5 smartphone
    The GNOME Foundation has provided their endorsement and support of Purism’s efforts to build the Librem 5, which if successful will be the world’s first free and open smartphone with end-to-end encryption and enhanced user protections. The Librem 5 is a hardware platform the Foundation is interested in advancing as a GNOME/GTK phone device. The GNOME Foundation is committed to partnering with Purism to create hackfests, tools, emulators, and build awareness that surround moving GNOME/GTK onto the Librem 5 phone. As part of the collaboration, if the campaign is successful the GNOME Foundation plans to enhance GNOME shell and general performance of the system with Purism to enable features on the Librem 5.
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