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GNU/Linux and FOSS: Splashtop, ArcoLinux Fix, BusKill USB, Intel, Firebird, Storage and FSF Offer

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  • Splashtop Announces Support for Remote Access to Linux Computers from Any Other Device

    Splashtop Inc., the worldwide leader in remote access, collaboration, and remote support solutions, now officially supports remote access to Linux computers through Splashtop’s award-winning remote desktop solutions.

    Subscribers of Splashtop’s core business products can now remotely access and control their Linux computers from any other Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Chromebook device. Through the Splashtop Business App, users can initiate a remote session to their desired Linux computer with just a few clicks.

  • Fix for kernel panic when dualbooting with intel-ucode or amd-ucode

    As always you can choose what to install. Either you install intel-ucode or amd-ucode or you do not.
    We point you to the Arch wiki and let you decide what to do.

    In Calamares you are given the option. It is up to you to choose.

    But remember that if you intend to dual-boot you will have to fix the grub manually IF you installed intel-ucode or amd-ucode.

    We assume now that you have installed two ArcoLinux systems on one harddisk/ssd.

  • A USB Based Greater Contingency Spell For Linux Wizards Who Work In Public Spaces

    The BusKill USB system was designed by Michael Altfield and while not yet for sale, he has kindly posted the instructions on how to make one and modify what it does here. Physically it is a USB drive with a sturdy hole for a key chain to secure it to yourself, connected to a USB extension cord which runs from aforementioned USB drive to your computer. To make sure you get a clean disconnect if someone were to snag your laptop off of a table that cord is connected to a magnetic breakaway adapter which connects the assembly to a USB port on your machine.

    If the cord is cut, or disconnected physically by a wannabe thief, it triggers a udev file which can then lock your machine, delete certain files and folders or even wipe it, the limit of contingencies is defined by your programming level. The parts to make this are rather inexpensive and can save you quite a bit of headache in the long term. It would be an interesting project to see if this could be replicated for Windows machines.

  • Intel At CES 2020 Talks Up One Of Their Open-Source Projects, Shows Off Tiger Lake

    Following AMD's keynote with announcing the Ryzen 4000 series + RX 5600 XT + Threadripper 3990X, Intel now has up their address from the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Here are all the highlights from the perspective of a Linux user.


    - 25 new Athena laptop designs, including two Project Athena Google Chromebooks.

  • SHA-256 in Firebird 3.0.x

    Thanks to contributions from Alex Peshkov and Tony Whyman in Firebird 3.0.4

    SHA-256 message digest may be used instead of SHA-1 for generating the client proof:

  • Tips for implementing an open source storage solution

    Open source storage is a solution that solves vertical and pain point challenges.

    There are many scenarios where it is not necessary. Organisations might just want to hold onto the data they have. In this instance, an S3 bucket or Blobstore API will cover them.

    But, implementing an open source storage solution makes sense for targeted use cases. Lustre is a good example if your organisation needs to do some aggressive high performance computing. “For those sorts of workloads, Lustre is extremely mature,” said Stephen Manley, chief technologist at Druva. “It’s extremely well integrated into the ecosystem.”

    And, in general, in terms of the maturity curve, the open source storage system itself is quite robust.

  • Extending our offer for exclusive membership gifts through January

    In the final weeks of 2019, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) welcomed nearly 300 new associate members. That is a strong achievement, but we to boost our numbers further in order to continue our work to educate others about free software and defend copyleft.

    Every day, millions of new people globally are gaining access to software, and are integrating it into their lives. We need to continue to spread the message of software freedom far and wide to reach these newcomers, and the millions of longtime software users who are unaware of how proprietary software is being used to exploit and abuse them. It’s a big challenge.

    At the beginning of this new decade, we're inspired to dream up a freer future. To help turn this dream into reality, we're extending our membership drive and our offer for exclusive associate membership gifts as an extra incentive for people to join the movement until January 17th. To assist us further, our friends at Technoethical are offering a 5% discount for FSF members until this date as well.

    Will you start out the new decade with an FSF associate membership?

IOTA developer builds OpenEmbedded Layer for Linux based devices

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The independent developer Bernardo Rodrigues was selected by the IOTA Foundation for funding by the Ecosystem Development Fund. The project of an OpenEmbedded Layer for IOTA projects – Meta-iota – is designed to enable an easy and fast integration of IOTA projects into Yocto-based Embedded Linux distributions. As Rodrigues explained in a Medium post, the Yocto project and OpenEmbedded are focused on Internet of Things (IoT) devices, as is the IOTA project, which aims to drive a machine-to-machine economy.

Yocto project is an open source collaboration project that helps developers create custom Linux-based systems independent of hardware architecture. OpenEmbedded is a build automation framework and cross compile environment used to build Linux distributions for embedded devices. Together, both projects (YP/OE) provide a set of tools for developing Linux-based embedded and IoT devices. Concerning the integration for IOTA, Rodriguesv writes...

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Raspberry Pi 4 based robot targets manipulation and service tasks

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Pollen Robotics is launching a modular, open source “Reachy” robot that runs Raspbian and Luos on a Raspberry Pi 4 with Google’s Coral AI Accelerator. The torso-like bot has one or two articulated, 7-DoF arms with pincers and a ball-joint head with dual cams.

French robotics firm Pollen Robotics has opened limited pre-orders for an open-spec robot for R&D, public hospitality and service, and basic manipulation duties. The human torso sized Reachy is built from modular, MCU-driven parts that communicate with each other using the Luos distributed OS (see farther below). Reachy is touted as “the only humanoid service robot that is open source and can manipulate objects.”

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Audiocasts/Shows: Open Source Security Podcast, Python Podcast, Linux Action News and More

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  • Open Source Security Podcast: Episode 177 - Fake or real? The security of counterfeit goods

    Josh and Kurt talk about marketplace safety and security. Will we ever see an end to the constant flow of counterfeit goods? The security industry has the same problem the marketplace industry has, without substantial injury we don't see movement towards meaningful change.

  • Checking Up On Python's Role in DevOps

    Python has been part of the standard toolkit for systems administrators since it was created. In recent years there has been a shift in how servers are deployed and managed, and how code gets released due to the rise of cloud computing and the accompanying DevOps movement. The increased need for automation and speed of iteration has been a perfect use case for Python, cementing its position as a powerful tool for operations. In this episode Moshe Zadka reflects on his experiences using Python in a DevOps context and the book that he wrote on the subject. He also discusses the difference in what aspects of the language are useful as an introduction for system operators and where they can continue their learning.

  • Linux Action News 139

    It's our annual predictions episode. We review how we did in 2019, and then set out to predict what we think will happen in 2020.

  • Quick Tiling Fusion 360 in the Kitchen

    One user gave a fantastic well thought out, logical reason for building Fusion 360 to work in Linux and he gave the typical reasons for not doing so with answers:

    the management sees not enough customers here. It’s a question about cost/income ratio.
    I think if done right, there are not much costs (keyword continuous integration)
    Number of potential customers. Linux users need to raise there hand and write to Autodesk, so that they can see, there are potential customers. Linux leads already on the server market, and on embedded devices, smart phones and tablets (if you count Android as Linux).
    On the desktop, Windows is still the dominating system (88%), Mac (9%), Linux (2%). But this is for the average user, this doesn’t need to be true for engineers and makers using CAD software.
    I have no statistic here, but I personally have never seen engineers working on Mac.
    But I have seen many engineers, software developers and scientists that work on Linux.

  • KaOS 2020.01 Run Through

    In this video, we are looking at KaOS 2020.01. Enjoy!

OSS Leftovers

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  • Huawei OpenEuler operating system source code is live

    On 19th September 2019, at Shanghai, Huawei announced that it is developing its own OS, EulerOS. Xiaomi further claimed that the server of this operating system will become open source.

    Hou Jinlong, Huawei Cloud & AI products and services president revealed that Huawei is partnering with companies like Red Flag and Wuhan Shenzhidu in order to prepare its open source community.

    Apart from this, Hou Jinlong also announced that Huawei’s database GaussDB will also be open source and it will be online from online before 30th June 2020 onwards. He said right now, GaussDB currently covers 70% of enterprise business data.


    If you are a developer yourself, then we would suggest you check out the below-mentioned repository inks. These links will redirect to obtain relevant code and documents for reference, learn, understand and download Huawei openEuler operating system source code.

  • TT2020: an old-timey typewriter typeface that doesn't look fake

    The example he shows from The Irishman is similarly egregious. Doesn't anyone in Hollywood own a real typewriter?

    TT2020 comes in a variety of weights and styles to emulate specific reproduction environments. It's open-source, too, with technical notes to enjoy.

  • We Need to Talk About Apache Camel

    The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) oversaw 339 projects in 2019 — with a robust community of over 3,000 committers tweaking a huge 59,309,787 lines of code.

    The most active project, by commits, was Apache Camel — a tool designed to allow enterprise developers to integrate a huge range of applications.

    Apache Camel lacks the brand recognition of fellow ASF projects Hadoop, Kafka, or Spark; all widely used by well-known businesses, many of which have build critical components of their architecture on such open source software.

  • Why 2019 was the year of Linux and open-source software
  • GitLab Open Sources Monitoring Tools

    GitLab has decided to make its monitoring and observability tools available as part of its core open source platform to help reduce the total cost of DevOps. Previously, the tools were available as part of the commercial tools in GitLab’s DevOps platform.

  • Pulse SMS application goes fully open source

    After initially being released back in November 2016 the small development team behind the excellent Pulse SMS have this week announced that the Android version of Pulse is now open source. “The Android version joins the ever-expanding list of open-source contributions for the app. Most of the other platforms have already been open source for years, including: the web app, the iOS app, the desktop apps, the Chrome apps, and the Tizen OS app.” Developer Luke Klinker explains more about the move to open source.

    “I have been developing Pulse by my self since its initial release. I am so proud of where the app is at and what I have been able to do with it. My development work and ownership of the project obviously doesn’t stop here! The move to open source is simply the next step in the growth of the project.

  • Can Tech Startups Have An Open Source Business Strategy?
  • Together with the community, we’ve given away more than €100,000 for important causes

    We’re happy to announce that the 2019 Lifetime account auction has raised over €30,000. Proton will match these contributions for a total donation of over €60,000 to three organizations working to build a more equitable, free, and sustainable world: NetBlocks,, and the Web Foundation’s Women’s Rights Online project.

    This is the second year of our charity auction. Between this year’s fundraiser, the 2018 Proton Lifetime auction, and our matching contributions, we have now contributed over €100,000 for important causes that align with our mission. The three causes we are supporting this year will receive €20,000 each in the coming weeks.

  • 7 game-changing moments for open source technologies in 2019

    The founder of “Free Software” stepped away from his role at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and from his Presidency of the Free Software Foundation in September, although not from the GNU software project it would seem. Both GNU and the FSF were founded by him. The exit was the result of an inappropriate contribution to an MIT e-mail thread relating to disgraced Jeffrey Epstein’s funding of MIT and inappropriate sexual relationships with underage girls.

    Stallman stated on his website: “I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT. I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations.”

    The Free Software Foundation website states: “The board will be conducting a search for a new president, beginning immediately. Further details of the search will be published on” But, nothing further has been added to their website since September 2019.

  • Open-Source Software in Federal Procurements: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Part 1 – The Good

    Open-source code is all the rage. With developers at Fortune 500 companies and hobbyists alike using it to make better products and cut development costs, it is ubiquitous in the commercial market, and government contractors are catching the buzz. Faced with ever-evolving software regulations, though, they need facts before dealing with a federal buyer. In this short blog series, we will walk through the key benefits, drawbacks, and risks associated with use of open-source code in government contracting, especially at the federal level. Indeed, when it comes to the use of open-source software, all contractors should be aware of the “good,” the “bad,” and the “ugly.”


    More recently, however, this has changed as many of the open-source licenses no longer require publication of derivative code. This has helped open-source expand beyond its original reach, since companies and individuals can use open-source code to jumpstart projects while still monetizing that development. The move away from full collaboration on open-source projects means the government’s concerns about publication of its own software are no longer an issue (in most cases) and, thus, the government can begin to take advantage of the lower cost and faster development that open-source allows. While contractors still have to prove that the open-source licenses they use do not run counter to law or policy goals, the latest iteration of open-source development should steer clear of any major hurdles, and both the contractors and the government can take full advantage of open-source’s benefits.

Sharing/Collaboration: OSINT, Journalism and PLOS ONE

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  • OSINT journalism goes mainstream

    It used to be the domain of intelligence agencies, but in 2020, more journalists will use the power of digital open sources for journalism. Open source intelligence (OSINT) used for journalism builds on a wide range of digital sources deriving from new camera technology and internet services.

    An OSINT investigation is not one single method to get at truth, but rather a combination of creative and critical thinking to navigate digital sources on the web. Satellite imagery, social media, databases of wind, weather, and vessel movement — you name it. All of these datasets can all be combined to recreate an environment of the past in order to better understand what happened at a specific place and point in time. What started out as a nerdy effort by amateurs such as Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat, is set to upend investigative journalism in the digital age.

  • The science and the art of open-source journalism

    From Xinjiang, China to Douma, Syria - how challenging stories are being reported using tools of open-source journalism.

  • Piggybacking on open source and open data

    Elections and electoral results occupy a key slot among the events that animate our regular coverage. From ground reportage to data-based analyses, The Hindu strives to bring to its readers all the features of what is probably the most vibrant aspect of India’s electoral democracy.

    Today, thanks to the Election Commission’s website, finding out the rural-urban difference in voter choice and the regional break-up of the mandate and obtaining minute-by-minute coverage of the electoral results is possible due to advanced data visualisation tools. Most TV channels depend on third-party agencies to provide them regular updates from polling booths for their live coverage of election results, but newspaper websites rely extensively on EC data. This method is slower than the updates given by agencies, but it is more thorough and accurate.

    The print edition is the best place to provide context and analyses of electoral results. For example, geographical analyses of the recent Jharkhand results using Census data showed that it was not just traditional weakness in rural areas or lack of adequate tribal support that put paid to the ruling BJP’s hope of retaining power, but an urban backlash too.

    The creation of both live and static electoral maps is not an altogether difficult exercise for a software coder, but it is a steep learning curve for a political journalist, whose job is to interpret the data and present conclusions. When I first wanted to present electoral data in a readable constituency map format nearly eight years ago, there were many technical hurdles. Downloading live electoral data from the EC website required knowledge of web scraping tools. Visualising this information in the form of both static and live electoral maps required a familiarity with web GIS tools. There was also the additional and seemingly insurmountable problem of having no shapefiles (map contours) for newly delimited constituencies. The EC had provided shapefiles for seats before the delimitation exercise in 2009, but there was no non-proprietary shapefile available for the post-2009 constituency boundaries.

  • New Open-Source System Developed to Manage and Share Complex Datasets
  • Simplifying how scientists share data

    Data is often at the heart of science – researchers track velocities, measure light coming from stars, analyze heart rates and cholesterol levels and scan the human brain for electrical impulses.

    But often, sharing that data with other scientists – or with peer-reviewed journal editors, or funders – is difficult. The software might be proprietary, and prohibitively expensive to purchase. It might take years of training for a person to be able to manage and understand the software. Or the company that created the software might have gone out of business.

    A research team has developed an open-source data-management system that the scientists hope will solve all of those problems. The researchers outlined their system today in the journal PLOS ONE.


    The Ohio State University team, in collaboration with Professor Thomas Vosegaard at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, and Dr. Dominique Massiot at the University of Orléans in France, built software that can run on a Mac or PC. They uploaded it to the web and made the code open-source (meaning anyone can look at it, use it, and download it for free.) The publication in PLOS ONE is intentional: The journal is also available to anyone, free of charge.

    And, the researchers hope, the system could be a simple, free way to combine multiple types of data into one place.

    “We study multiple datasets as scientists – and as a scientist myself, I’d like to be able to get the data from all those files and put them together in a way that I can work with,” said Deepansh Srivastava, a postdoctoral researcher in Grandinetti’s group.

FOSS in Digital Coinage

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  • Insiders Weigh January Deadline for Bold AML Regulations Targeting Bitcoin and Crypto Exchanges

    The European Union’s Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD), published in April, is expected to be implemented in the UK on January 10, 2020. The legislation attempts to influence open-source software, making it subject to customer due diligence and anti-money laundering requirements.

    Through the directive, HM Treasury is attempting to regulate digital assets, the open-source community and developers who write code that facilitates Bitcoin and crypto transactions.

  • Uruguayan government asks open-source blockchain platform to solve regional challenges

    The open-source blockchain platform, Aeternity, was recently asked by the Uruguayan government and Universidad ORT Uruguay to prove real-world applications of the blockchain technology by solving seven challenges.

  • Open Source Built Exchange HollaEx Launched

    On January 1st, 2020,, a cryptocurrency trading platform engineered using open-source exchange software by bitHolla, will be open for trading. For the launch, HollaEx will be launching a promotion where users who register using the referral link will get 30% lower trading fees on the platform.
    BitHolla announced the release of as an innovative digital asset exchange utilizing in October 2019 and the exchange will be open to the public on January 1st, 2020.

  • Orbs co-founder Tal Kol: Don't decentralize for the sake of it

    The co-founder of Orbs and former head of engineering at Kin explains why setting up a business in blockchain is like building a colony on Mars.

Development and Free Software Events

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  • The best software engineering conferences of 2020

    As a developer, you expect to get practical, technical content when you go to a conference, but you also want to network with other engineers in your field—​hopefully people who are dealing with some of the same challenges as you. You want to get up to speed on the latest trends, from quality-driven development to DevOps transformations. And if you're like most of your peers, expo halls are a lower priority.

    Fortunately, most software engineering conferences focus on the technology more than the vendors. That makes developer conferences a great place not just to broaden your technical horizons, but to expand your other technical roles.

    Here is TechBeacon's shortlist of the most popular software engineering conferences in 2020. We've listed them all, although not all dates, locations, and pricing were available at publication time, especially for those events taking place later in the year.

  • Events in 2020 (first half)

    January where I’ll give a few talks and a workshop, I think. Also, time to hang out with the cool Plasma Mobile developers and some young Plasma developers.
    February FOSDEM. This is on the edge of February, but still counts for that month. There’s a FreeBSD dev-thing going on, and then the main event.
    March .. nothing yet! But I have in my mind I want to visit the Open Source community in Medellin, Colombia.
    April FOSS-North in Gothenburg, for my third time. A great conference with good community vibes.
    May .. nothing yet! Isn’t there a PIM thing around this time? I feel I should go to a PIM thing again.
    June .. nothing yet! Maybe I should organize a Calamares sprint with the folks from Manjaro and Netrunner and Arcolinux, in Aachen or so.
    July non-KDE stuff, I’ll be at the European Championships Rubik’s Cubing in Almere, in some not-actually-cubing-because-I-can’t role.

  • Planning

    For foss-north, my aim is to do at least one themed event, much like the cancelled foss-north Iot and Security Day planned for October last year. This event will be in the Øresund region or in Stockholm. Feel free to reach out to me if you want to help out.

    On a 12 month time frame, I have some professional goals. I’m working with Mbition together with an amazing group of people. We are building a platform for future in-car software. There my goal is to be more focused in what I’m doing – to do more of what I do well better, and less of what I do badly.

    Kuro Studio is also in an interesting phase, having a couple of start-ups underway and a constructive partnership in an interesting phase. Again, my personal goal here is to focus more.


    When looking at a longer time-frame than a year, the goals become fuzzier. This might seem like speculation, but I embrace the fuzziness and use them to prioritize my short-term goal. If I run into something that seems fun, I map it to my long term goals to determine if I should do it or not.

    On this time scale, I’d like for foss-north and foss-gbg, I want them to be more independent of me as an individual. To create more a role based setup and stable economical environment (currently the margins are super slim). If I can enjoy a foss-north conference as a visitor in 2030, I’ve achieved this.

    For my Mbition work, I want us to reach multiple releases. The reason for the automotive industry to take on more responsibility for software is to increase the reusability. That is why it is key for Mbition to do multiple releases. Then we have proven that our existence makes sense.

    For Kuro Studio, we want to continue doing start-ups, more partnerships, building a larger team, meeting more people, and doing more awesome stuff. Getting Kuro properly off the ground is very high on my list of priorities.

    Another professional goal I have is to speak more at conferences and speak more about how open source is the way to do software. Transparency is the only way to ensure proper quality, maintainability, and trust – and what better way than open source is there to be transparent.

Bruce Perens quits Open Source Initiative amid row over new data-sharing crypto license: 'We've gone the wrong way with licensing'

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Last year, lawyer Van Lindberg drafted a software license called the Cryptographic Autonomy License (CAL) on behalf of distributed development platform Holo – and submitted it to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) for approval as an Open Source Definition-compliant (OSD) license.

The debate over whether or not to approve the license, now in its fourth draft, has proven contentious enough to prompt OSI co-founder Bruce Perens to resign from the organization, for a second time, based on concern that OSI members have already made up their minds.

"Well, it seems to me that the organization is rather enthusiastically headed toward accepting a license that isn't freedom respecting," Perens wrote in a missive to the OSI's license review mailing list on Thursday. "Fine, do it without me, please."

Perens, for what it's worth, drafted the original OSD.

Another open-source-community leader familiar with the debate – who spoke with The Register on condition of anonymity – claimed Lindberg lobbied OSI directors privately to green-light the license, contrary to an approval process that's supposed to be carried out in public.

"I don't think that's an appropriate characterization," said Lindberg, of law firm Dykema, in a phone interview with The Register. "I think there are number of people who from the beginning made up their minds about the CAL. You'll see a lot of people jumping onto any pretext they can find in order to oppose it."

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State saves millions with open source EHR

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In the decade since they were made a cornerstone of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009, electronic health records (EHRs) have become omnipresent in the US health system. EHRs enable healthcare providers to keep track of their patients' medical data and share it with other authorized parties.

VistA, an open source EHR solution developed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is a highly rated and free alternative to expensive, proprietary EHR software. The State of North Carolina saved millions of dollars by choosing VistA, says K.S. Bhaskar, president of database company (and VistA implementer) YottaDB, in his Lightning Talk at All Things Open 2019, "VistA on Linux: A complete FOSS stack for electronic health records."

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KeePassXC 2.5.3 and Some Tips

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Red Hat and IBM: Stronger Now?

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  • IBM’s Quarterly Sales Finally Rose—But Not By Much

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    International Business Machines Corp. is expected to report fourth-quarter earnings after the market closes Tuesday. The technology giant may be heading for its sixth successive quarter of year-over-year revenue decline—but has been trying to reverse that slide, in part, through the $33 billion purchase of open source software giant Red Hat Inc.

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    International Business Machines Corp. reported a slight increase in quarterly revenue, ending a streak of falling sales and providing a first indication Chief Executive Ginni Rometty’s roughly $33 billion acquisition of open-source software giant Red Hat may help turn around Big Blue’s fortunes.

  • IBM Open Sources SysFlow Monitoring Platform

    Fred Araujo, a research scientist in the Cognitive Cybersecurity Intelligence Group at IBM Research, said IBM developed lightweight SysFlow agent software and monitoring tools as a way to provide more context around the telemetry data being collected while simultaneously reducing the amount of data that needs to be stored. SysFlow encodes a representation of system activities into a compact format that records how applications interact with their environment, Araujo said, noting that level of context provides deeper visibility in everything from container workloads to cybersecurity forensics. However, unlike existing monitoring platforms, SysFlow doesn’t require IT organizations to collect a massive amount of data to achieve that goal—it is intended to provide for a superset of the NetFlow framework used to analyze network traffic patterns to capture system events, he said. Araujo noted IBM doesn’t envision SysFlow eliminating the need for legacy log analytics platforms, as they provide a way to analyze log data. However, SysFlow does enable IT organizations to apply analytics via a graph-like visualization to surface patterns that goes beyond a comparative simple rules-based approach, said Araujo. For example, SysFlow’s approach will make it easier to uncover the relationship between various events that make up a cybersecurity attack and subsequently to identify what countermeasures to employ to create the appropriate kill chain response. It also should substantially reduce the amount of fatigue cybersecurity teams experience from chasing down false-positive alerts, he said.

  • Open source principles key to digital transformation

    The book outlines how open source principles can be used to build a better business by powering the transformation of not only technology, but also culture and business practices. However, there is no single understanding of exactly what digital transformation is. Most people recognise that the world has changed with digital devices and services connecting everything and everyone, and customers have more choice than ever before. As a result, every industry faces disruption and businesses have to change – transform – if they are to meet new consumer demands and stay ahead of the competition.

  • Fedora program update: 2020-04

    Here’s your report of what has happened in Fedora this week. I will not hold office hours next week due to travel, but if you’ll be at FOSDEM, you can catch me in person.

Internet Wars: Microsoft EEE Against Mozilla's Rust, Moving From Chrome to Mozilla Firefox, Cake PR and Microsoft Still Playing Dirty

  • Developers love Rust programming language: Here's why

    In fact, Rust has been voted the most-loved language for the past four years in Stack Overflow's annual developer surveys, even though 97% of respondents haven't used it. So how has it become the most-loved programming language? "The short answer is that Rust solves pain points present in many other languages, providing a solid step forward with a limited number of downsides," explains Jake Goulding on Stack Overflow's blog. [...] Mozilla Research describes Rust as a "systems programming language that focuses on speed, memory safety, and parallelism". It's often seen as an alternative to systems programming languages like C and C++ that developers use to create game engines, operating systems, file systems, browser components, and VR simulation engines. Mozilla, which continues to sponsor the project, says programmers can use Rust to make software that's less prone to bugs and attacks.

  • I finally switched from Chrome to Mozilla Firefox — and you should too

    I have been in an on-and-off relationship with Mozilla Firefox for the past five years. Every time I’d get ecstatic over a major new Firefox update — hoping to, at long last, break free from the hegemony of Google Chrome — my hopes would be crushed as soon as I began browsing the web like I normally do. Firefox’s performance would fall noticeably short and struggle to keep up with my workflow, sending me scurrying back to Google Chrome after a few minutes of poking around. No matter how compelling the rest of Mozilla’s offerings were, they could never convince me to hit that “Yes” button whenever Firefox asked whether I’d like to set it as my default browser. Catching up to Chrome almost started to seem like a far-fetched goal for Firefox — until recently. [...] Today, in addition to being fast, Firefox is resource-efficient, unlike most of its peers. I don’t have to think twice before firing up yet another tab. It’s rare that I’m forced to close an existing tab to make room for a new one. On Firefox, my 2015 MacBook Pro’s fans don’t blast past my noise-canceling headphones, which happened fairly regularly on Chrome as it pushed my laptop’s fans to their helicopter-like limits to keep things running. This rare balance of efficiency and performance is the result of the countless under-the-hood upgrades Firefox has rolled out in the last couple of years. One of the recent major performance updates arrived in May when Mozilla natively integrated a handful of clever optimizations for which users previously had to rely on third-party extensions.

  • Passive aggressive baking at its finest

    Cakes are a long standing weapon in the browser wars. Whenever a major browser hits a new milestone or makes an important release, cakes are rapidly exchanged.

  • Microsoft will never win the search engine wars by forcing people to use Bing

    Bing is known as the default search engine for Windows, and not much else. Microsoft’s solution? To forcibly install a Bing search extension in Chrome for Office 365 ProPlus users. The company says that this is designed for enterprise and business users to find relevant workplace information directly from the browser address bar, but we all know Microsoft is desperate to get more people using its search engine. It sounds harmless, but here’s why forcing people to use Bing won’t help Microsoft in the long run. [...] Fast forward to today, Bing still has a few problems that need to be addressed, and where Microsoft should put some extra attention towards, instead of forcing Bing down people’s throats. These include both search relevance and design — the two core areas of any search engine. First of all, there is a search relevance. In our testing, searching for Digital Trends on Google and Bing provide two different results. On Bing, we get a look at some older Digital Trends articles, which at the time of this writing, were older stories from 4, 6, and 3 hours ago. Compared that to Google, and articles are more relevant pulled from a most recent time frame.