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Containers and Kubernetes

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  • Easier container security with entitlements

    During KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2018, Justin Cormack and Nassim Eddequiouaq presented a proposal to simplify the setting of security parameters for containerized applications. Containers depend on a large set of intricate security primitives that can have weird interactions. Because they are so hard to use, people often just turn the whole thing off. The goal of the proposal is to make those controls easier to understand and use; it is partly inspired by mobile apps on iOS and Android platforms, an idea that trickled back into Microsoft and Apple desktops. The time seems ripe to improve the field of container security, which is in desperate need of simpler controls.

  • Kubernetes, Four Years Later, and Amazon Redefining Container Orchestration

    Well, here we are. Kubernetes turns four years old this month—technically, on June 7, 2018—the very same platform that brings users and data center administrators scalable container technologies. Its popularity has skyrocketed since its initial introduction by Google. Celebrating the project’s birthday is not the only thing making the headlines today. Amazon recently announced the general availability of its Elastic Container Services for Kubernetes (EKS), accessible via Amazon Web Services (AWS).

    Once upon a time, it wasn’t a simple task to orchestrate and manage containers in the cloud. Up until this recent EKS announcement, it was up to the administrator to spin up a virtual machine through an Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) service, run Kubernetes on top of a traditional Linux server installation in EC2 and rely on other AWS moving components to host the container image registry. The entire process was very involved. Not any more!

3 journaling applications for the Linux desktop

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Keeping a journal, even irregularly, can have many benefits. It's not only therapeutic and cathartic, it's also a good record of where you are and where you've been. It can help show your progress in life and remind you of what you've done right and what you've done wrong.

No matter what your reasons are for keeping a journal or a diary, there are a variety of ways in which to do that. You could go old school and use pen and paper. You could use a web-based application. Or you could turn to the humble text file.

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How do you explain your organization's purpose? 3 lessons from Red Hat

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Last year, Red Hat embarked on a journey to articulate our company's "Why"—our highest level reason for existing in the world. We followed an open and inclusive process that engaged more than 10,000 Red Hatters, which I outlined in a previous column. Today, I'll share a few lessons we learned along the way.

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OSS Leftovers

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  • Databricks goes well beyond Spark into complex, multicloud AI pipelines

    Apache Spark was the pinnacle of advanced analytics just a few years ago. As the primary developer of this technology, Databricks Inc. has played a key role both in its commercial adoption, in the evolution of the community’s underlying open-source codebase, and in pushing Spark-based machine learning and streaming into the mainstream of enterprise computing.

  • Spark Summit 2018 Preview: Putting AI up front, and giving R and Python programmers more respect

    It shouldn't be surprising given the media spotlight on artificial intelligence, but AI will be all over the keynote and session schedule for this year's Spark + AI Summit.

  • Databricks Open Sources MLflow to Simplify Machine Learning Lifecycle

    Databricks today unveiled MLflow, a new open source project that aims to provide some standardization to the complex processes that data scientists oversee during the course of building, testing, and deploying machine learning models.

  • Open Source Platform Aims to Democratise “Machine Learning Zoo”

    Machine learning (ML) is hard and it’s messy. It’s hard to move models to production, due to a diversity of deployment environments; it’s hard to track which parameters, code, and data went into each experiment to produce a model and it’s generally something Talked About more than Done in most businesses.

    As a result, Big TechTM has been building internal machine learning platforms to manage the ML lifecycle. Facebook, Google and Uber, for example, have built FBLearner Flow, TFX, and Michelangelo respectively to manage data preparation, model training and deployment in contained environments.

  • Summer of Code: PGPainless 2.0

    In previous posts, I mentioned that I forked Bouncy-GPG to create PGPainless, which will be my simple to use OX/OpenPGP API. I have some news regarding that, since I made a radical decision.

    I’m not going to fork Bouncy-GPG anymore, but instead write my own OpenPGP library based on BouncyCastle. The new PGPainless will be more suitable for the OX use case. The main reason I did this, was because Bouncy-GPG followed a pattern, where the user would have to know, whether an incoming message was encrypted or signed or both. This pattern does not apply to OX very well, since you don’t know, what content an incoming message has. This was a deliberate decision made by the OX authors to circumvent certain attacks.

  • Launch of Phabricator and Lando for mozilla-central

    The Engineering Workflow team is happy to announce the release of Phabricator and Lando for general use. Going forward, Phabricator will be the primary code-review tool for modifications to the mozilla-central repository, replacing both MozReview and Splinter. Lando is an all-new automatic-landing system that works with Phabricator. This represents about a year of work integrating Phabricator with our systems and building out Lando. Phabricator has been in use by a few teams since last year, and Lando has been used by the Engineering Workflow team for several weeks and lately has successfully landed a few changesets to mozilla-central.

  • A Socially Responsible Way to Internet

    We champion openness because no one should be able to restrict anyone’s access to the Web for their own gain and competition leads to innovation and more meaningful choices for users. As Solana Larson said in Mozilla’s Internet Health Report, “a few big companies are closing in, closing doors, and creating walled gardens that concentrate their ownership and control of the Web. Together, we can fight to make sure no one limits our Internet access, experience, or creation.”

  • This Week in Rust 237
  • GNUnet 0.11.0pre66

    This is a pre-release to assist developers and downstream packagers to test the
    package before the final release after four years of development.

    In terms of usability, users should be aware that there are still a very
    large number of known open issues in particular with respect to ease of
    use, but also some critical privacy issues especially for mobile users.
    Also, the nascent network is tiny (~200 peers) and thus unlikely to
    provide good anonymity or extensive amounts of interesting information.
    As a result, the 0.11.0 release and especially this pre-release are only
    suitable for early adopters with some reasonable pain tolerance.

  • Public Money Public Code: a good policy for FSFE and other non-profits?

    FSFE has been running the Public Money Public Code (PMPC) campaign for some time now, requesting that software produced with public money be licensed for public use under a free software license. You can request a free box of stickers and posters here (donation optional).

    Many non-profits and charitable organizations receive public money directly from public grants and indirectly from the tax deductions given to their supporters. If the PMPC argument is valid for other forms of government expenditure, should it also apply to the expenditures of these organizations too?

Openwashing and FUD

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  • Why You Need To Understand Your Software Supply Chain
  • What's Next: The Future Is Open Source [Ed: Sites of overzealous patent lawyers decided that FOSS is the future only when a proprietary software company hijacks it]
  • Microsoft’s GitHub Acquisition Impacts Healthcare Open Source Dev

    Healthcare organizations tend to hang onto legacy systems and equipment. Providers that may not have the budget to replace legacy systems are given the opportunity to take advantage of more advanced technology with open source.

    The CMS managed has made all of its source code available on GitHub and all of its content available through an application programming interface (API). EHR vendors Epic and Cerner also have open source code available on GitHub as well.

  • Open source’s existential dilemma: the meaning of ‘free'

    Years ago, Donnie Berkholz documented the rise of permissive licensing: a shift from restrictive, GPL-style licensing to laissez-faire, Apache-style licensing. Ever the canny observer, Glyn Moody reviewed the data and lamented, “The logical conclusion of the move to more ‘permissive’ licenses [is] one that permits everything.”

  • How Tech's In-House Lawyers Balance IP and Open Source

    “Patents and open source are not mutually exclusive,” Moore said. “You can do both and do both correctly, but it takes education, especially for people who are newer in the industry.”

    Moore said engineers often join Pure Storage from companies that were not engaged in open source projects, and expect a similar policy. Others are pro-open source, but may not know the benefits of patents.

    That’s one reason why Gideon Myles, lead IP counsel at San Francisco-based Dropbox Inc., said his company educates new employees on both processes.

  • Cryptos Are a Goldmine for Open Source Intelligence, Says Expert
  • UC Berkeley open sources largest self-driving car dataset in the world

    One of the ways that autonomous car makers and companies working on tech for those self-driving rides make their algorithms and simulations better is with more data. Berkeley has announced that it has made the largest self-driving dataset ever gathered open source. The dataset contains 100,000 video sequences that are each about 40 seconds long.

  • Ridgewater Instructors Publish “Open Source” Textbook

    Four Ridgewater College Communication Instructors have published an open source textbook for the Introduction to Communication classes.

    Open source textbooks are textbooks that students can access for free.

    The instructors received a grant from Minnesota State to create, publish and market the book to other Minnesota State colleges and universities communication faculty.

    College and university faculty are responding to students concerns for the increasing cost of attending college by creating textbooks that faculty can choose to use for their classes, saving students money by not having to purchase textbooks.

  • Leap Motion open-sources North Star AR headset design and guide

    The open source North Star materials are available through the Leap Motion website now, including links to a GitHub repository. Leap Motion says that it will continue to update the core release package and release additional AR UX designs, including Virtual Wearables and Desk UI.

GitHub to be Run by People Who Killed Novell, RoboVM and More (the Mono Entryism)

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  • De Icaza links make Friedman wrong choice to head GitHub [Ed: De Icaza played a very major role in the Microsoft-Novell patent deal that eventually killed Novell]

    If Microsoft thought that selecting Nat Friedman to head its new acquisition, GitHub, would help burnish its open-source credentials, then it has made a big mistake.

    Members of the free and open source software community have very long memories and the contribution made by Friedman and his great friend and business partner, Miguel de Icaza, now also an employee of Microsoft, to numerous incidents many years ago that split the community have not been forgotten.

    For those who have been hiding under a rock, Microsoft on Monday (US time) announced that it was buying GitHub for for US$7.5 billion (A$9.79 billion) in Microsoft stock.

  • GitLab Ultimate and Gold now free for education and open source

    It has been a crazy 24 hours for GitLab. More than 2,000 people tweeted about #movingtogitlab. We imported over 100,000 repositories, and we've seen a 7x increase in orders. We went live on Bloomberg TV. And on top of that, Apple announced an Xcode integration with GitLab.

The German University in Cairo joins Red Hat Academy

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Red Hat Academy is an open source, web-deployed and web-managed education program that provides turnkey curriculum materials to academic institutions to start and sustain an open source and Linux curriculum program.

Prof. Dr. Ahmed Elsayed El-Mahdy dean of information engineering and technology said, “We would like to express our happiness at the fruitful cooperation with Red Hat Academy which is considered the world's leading provider of open source technology solutions. This cooperation is in line with our vision of training students in order to create a cadre of highly qualified personnel with a high level of skill and proficiency to meet the requirements and expectations of the labour market. The courses offered by Red Hat Academy will improve the technical skills of students and support future open source contributors and innovators."

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OSS Leftovers

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Oracle Lays Off Java Mission Control Team After Open Sourcing Product

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The Java Mission Control suite of tools, also known as JMC, was open sourced by Oracle on May 3rd with much applause and excitement from the Java development community. The excitement was replaced with unease as sources reported that the entire JMC development team had been laid off.

JMC is a well-known profiling and diagnostics tools suite for the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) primarily targeting systems running in production. It is used by developers to gather detailed low-level information about how the JVM and the Java application are behaving. The official open source announcement came on May 5th from Marcus Hirt, a member of the Java Platform Group at Oracle.

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Ericsson proud of its open source history as Erlang turns 20

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There’s an incorrect presumption that the telecoms vendor and OEM community is divided between the legacy equipment companies and the open source community, with clear separation between the two. Not so; although there are obviously significant differences and business models in play. The so-called legacy vendors are keen to maintain their sizeable gross margins on networking products, whereas the open source-based newer entrants are competing on both innovation and lower costs.

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openSUSE Tumbleweed Is Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.17, KDE Plasma 5.13 Landed

As of today, the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling operating system is now powered by the latest and most advanced Linux 4.17 kernel series, which landed in the most recent snapshot released earlier. Tumbleweed snapshot 20180615 was released today, June 17, 2018, and it comes only two days after snapshot 20180613, which added the Mesa 18.1.1 graphics stack and KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment, along with many components of the latest KDE Applications 18.04.2 software suite. Today's snapshot 20180615 continued upgrading the KDE Applications software suite to version 18.04.2, but it also upgraded the kernel from Linux 4.16.12 to Linux 4.17.1. As such, OpenSuSE Tumbleweed is now officially powered by Linux kernel 4.17, so upgrading your installs as soon as possible would be a good idea. Read more

today's howtos and leftovers

OSS Leftovers

  • Using Open Source Software in a SecDevOps Environment
    On 21 June 2018 the Open Source Software3 Institute is hosting a discussion that should be of high interest to enterprise technologists in the DC/Northern Virginia, Maryland area. From their invite: Come hear from our panelists about how the worlds of Open Source Software and the Secure Development / Operations (SecDevOps) intersect and strengthen one another. SecDevOps seeks to embed security in the development process as deeply as DevOps has done with operations, and Open Source Software is a major factor in Security, Development, and Operations. Tickets are free, but you need to register soon because seating is limited.
  • TenFourFox FPR8b1 available
    TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 8 beta 1 is now available (downloads, release notes, hashes). There is much less in this release than I wanted because of a family member in the hospital and several technical roadblocks. Of note, I've officially abandoned CSS grid again after an extensive testing period due to the fact that we would need substantial work to get a functional implementation, and a partially functional implementation is worse than none at all (in the latter case, we simply gracefully degrade into block-level divs). I also was not able to finish the HTML input date picker implementation, though I've managed to still get a fair amount completed of it, and I'll keep working on that for FPR9. The good news is, once the date picker is done, the time picker will use nearly exactly the same internal plumbing and can just be patterned off it in the same way. Unlike Firefox's implementation, as I've previously mentioned our version uses native OS X controls instead of XUL, which also makes it faster. That said, it is a ghastly hack on the Cocoa widget side and required some tricky programming on 10.4 which will be the subject of a later blog post.
  • GNU dbm 1.15
    GDBM tries to detect inconsistencies in input database files as early as possible. When an inconcistency is detected, a helpful diagnostics is returned and the database is marked as needing recovery. From this moment on, any GDBM function trying to access the database will immediately return error code (instead of eventually segfaulting as previous versions did). In order to reconstruct the database and return it to healthy state, the gdbm_recover function should be used.

Server: GNU/Linux Dominance in Supercomputers, Windows Dominance in Downtime

  • Five Supercomputers That Aren't Supercomputers
    A supercomputer, of course, isn't really a "computer." It's not one giant processor sitting atop an even larger motherboard. Instead, it's a network of thousands of computers tied together to form a single whole, dedicated to a singular set of tasks. They tend to be really fast, but according to the folks at the International Supercomputing Conference, speed is not a prerequisite for being a supercomputer. But speed does help them process tons of data quickly to help solve some of the world's most pressing problems. Summit, for example, is already booked for things such as cancer research; energy research, to model a fusion reactor and its magnetically confined plasma tohasten commercial development of fusion energy; and medical research using AI, centering around identifying patterns in the function and evolution of human proteins and cellular systems to increase understanding of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, or addiction, and to inform the drug discovery process.
  • Office 365 is suffering widespread borkage across Blighty

    Some users are complaining that O365 is "completely unusable" with others are reporting a noticeable slowdown, whinging that it's taking 30 minutes to send and receive emails.