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Events: DGPLUG, Cockpit Virtual Hackfest, and LCA

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  • Looking back at the history of dgplug and my journey

    During a session of the summer training this year, someone asked about the history of DGPLUG and how I started contributing to it. The story of the dpglug has an even longer back-story about my history with Linux. I’ll start with there, and then continue with the story of dgplug.

  • Cockpit Virtual Hackfest Wrapup

    Last week a bunch of us met up in Karlsruhe in Germany to work on virtual machines support in Cockpit. We had some specialists there who helped us get up to speed with VMs. Tons of pull requests opened, designs put together. Some of the changes are already merged and released in Cockpit 144.

    Marek helped all of us understand how Redux stores and models data. The oVirt folks are using Redux a lot in front end code and want to be able to share code. Marius managed to reconcile Redux with our dialog and promise code.

  • The linux.conf.au 2018 CFP is open

    The call for presentations for the 2018 linux.conf.au event is now open. "linux.conf.au is one of the best-known community driven Free and Open Source Software conferences in the world. In 2018 we welcome you to join us in Sydney, New South Wales on Monday 22 January through to Friday 26 January." The submission deadline is August 6.

The problem with software before standards

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By any measure, the rise of open source software as an alternative to the old, proprietary ways has been remarkable. Today, there are tens of millions of libraries hosted at GitHub alone, and the number of major projects is growing rapidly. As of this writing, the Apache Software Foundation hosts over 300 projects, while the Linux Foundation supports over 60. Meanwhile, the more narrowly focused OpenStack Foundation boasts 60,000 members living in more than 180 countries.

So, what could possibly be wrong with this picture?

What's missing is enough awareness that, while open source software can meet the great majority of user demands, standing alone it can't meet all of them. Worse yet, too many members of the open source community (business leads as well as developers) have no interest in making use of the most appropriate tools available to close the gap.

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IoT Operating System Linux Takes Lead in IoT Market Keeping 80% Market Share

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As new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud have spread, open source operating system (OS) “Linux” is destroying the stronghold of Microsoft OS “Windows.”

According to Korea IDC on July 3, Linux had the most share in the X86 server market with 50.4 percent for the first time last year, surpassing Windows with a 49.4 percent share. It means Linux has shown a strong presence in the x86 server OS market, a core server in cloud computing, as well.

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New Kubernetes Release and Older Docker News

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  • Kubernetes 1.7: Security Hardening, Stateful Application Updates and Extensibility

    Today we’re announcing Kubernetes 1.7, a milestone release that adds security, storage and extensibility features motivated by widespread production use of Kubernetes in the most demanding enterprise environments. 

    At-a-glance, security enhancements in this release include encrypted secrets, network policy for pod-to-pod communication, node authorizer to limit kubelet access and client / server TLS certificate rotation.

  • [Older] Moby and LinuxKit Open Source from Docker

    At the recent DockerCon event in Austin, Docker Inc announced two significant open source projects, Moby and LinuxKit. Moby essentially marks the split of Docker, the open source project from Docker Inc the company, with the docker/docker GitHub repo moved to moby/moby. LinuxKit provides a set of tools to build 'custom Linux subsystems that only include exactly the components the runtime platform requires'.

  • [Older] Docker Downsides: Container Cons to Consider before Adopting Docker

    Docker containers are massively popular -- and for good reason. But like any technology, Docker is not a silver bullet. It has its downsides, and it's important to understand them if you're considering migrating to Docker.

    Let me be clear that I think Docker is a great platform for many use cases. Docker containers are an excellent way to deploy microservices-based applications that are more modular and easier to manage. There are also security benefits to using containers, and containers consume system resources more efficiently.

OSI News, LinkedIn Openwashing, Hedge Fund Openwashing, and Wikipedia as a Game

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  • OSI extends support to OW2 as Associate Organization.

    OW2, the global community for open source infrastructure software and application platforms, and the Open Source Initiative (OSI), the global steward of the Open Source Definition, announced at OW2con’17 that OSI has extended our support to OW2 as an associate member.

  • LinkedIn Releases Open-Source Tools

    The social networking service for professionals, LinkedIn, has announced that it will be releasing a couple of key tools that will be available as open source projects. These have been primarily created to help businesses deal with issues regarding website outages. The new tools will also be enabling organizations to automatically connect with engineers whenever their applications fail.

  • Hedge Fund Launches Currency for Open Source AI Network

    Back in the eighteenth century, Adam Smith identified what he called the “invisible hand” of the free market. This was a characterization of the naturally emerging equilibrium that transpired from the actions of a multitude of self-interested individuals.

    Now a new virtual currency, the first from a hedge fund, is set to play a key role in perhaps conjuring a new invisible hand. This synergy is expected to emerge, as with Smith’s version, from a multitude of individuals – but this time from collaboration, not competition – driving value for both the individuals and the company. With marquee backers, this “open-source” hedge fund has attracted notice, and, if it succeeds, it could introduce a revolutionary new ethic into ultra-Darwinian Wall Street.

    [...]

    According to Craib, the Numeraire can bring an open source ethic to finance, potentially delivering the kind of network effects already harnessed by companies like Uber and Facebook. “Finance is totally competitive right now,” he says. “There’s no reason why you’d want to help your friend with a hedge fund if you have a hedge fund. But if you both held the same cryptocurrency, and it went up in value together, maybe there would be more collaboration.”

  • A programmer turned Wikipedia into a classic text adventure

    Wikipedia as a classic text adventure: this "game" now exists, and it's thanks to a London developer who figured out a clever way to interpret the gushing fountain of data that is Wikipedia's API.

    The Javascript project works on any desktop or mobile web browser, and it starts out looking like an '80s Infocom video game box. (Always a good beginning.) Wikipedia: The Text Adventure generates a list of major landmarks, and clicking any of them takes you to a landing page with a basic location description as pulled from its Wikipedia article summary, along with a list of nearby locations marked off by cardinal directions. You're restricted to a text box, and, appropriately, typing "help" into it brings up a list of commands you can type. (Mobile users can also tap on keywords in the summaries, which isn't as cool, but it's a welcome alternative.)

Older FOSS News (Catchup)

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  • [Older] Analysts predict perfect storm of innovation, courtesy of open source

    As the $148 billion cloud market continues to grow at a rate of 25 percent annually, the open-source community can take much responsibility for the adoption and innovation driving businesses to go all in on the cloud, according to Krish Subramanian (pictured), founder and principal analyst at Rishidot Research LLC.

    “I would even go one step further and say open source is completely disrupting the traditional enterprise software in modern business,” Subramanian said.

  • [Older] Open Source Codecs Pave Way for High-Resolution Streaming Video

    First, some background: The video compression standard H.264, also known as AVC (Advanced Video Coding), has been the workhorse codec for broadcasters, internet streamers and video producers around the world for the past decade. Users can see what codec is being used to compress video on YouTube by right-clicking on any video and selecting “Stats for nerds.”

  • [Older] Block.one Preps Open Source Blockchain Operating System

    Most IT organizations are a long way from deploying applications based on blockchain technologies into a production environment. But many of them are encouraging developers to build prototypes of applications that employ distributed ledgers based on blockchain technologies.

    To facilitate those efforts, block.one announced it is developing an open source instance of what it describes as a blockchain operating system dubbed EOS. Company CEO Brendan Blumer says an open source approach will give developers a way to build blockchain applications that are not based on the number of transactions processed using a blockchain cloud service.

  • [Older] Yahoo fuels open source speedway with Daytona, looks to automate application analysis

    Daytona – not the Florida city famous for its annual NASCAR race, but Yahoo’s latest open source offering which aims to maximise application throughput.

    Daytona is an open-source framework for automated performance testing and analysis, which users can deploy as a hosted service in public cloud or on-premise.

    The key selling point of Daytona is its simple, unified user interface, in which users can test and analyse the performance of any application. This allows users to focus on performance analysis without changing context across various sources and formats of data.

  • [Older] AppNexus and Unruly launch open-source video header bidding solution
  • [Older] AppNexus & Unruly Launch Open-Source Pre-bid Solution For Outstream Video
  • [Older] Google Is Open Sourcing Firebase SDKs for App Back-End Services
  • [Older] What Do Open Source and DevOps Have in Common? A Lot, Actually
  • [Older] [Paywall] 6 free and feature-filled open source project management tools
  • [Older] Spinnaker 1.0 Open-Source App Release Management Platform Debuts
  • [Older] Google hoists Spinnaker for continuous delivery
  • [Older] Google Releases New Version of Spinnaker Cloud Code Update Platform

    Google has released a new version of Spinnaker, an open-source software release management platform for deploying application code to the cloud.

    Video streaming giant Netflix originally developed the technology to enable continuous delivery of software updates to its hosted applications and services on Amazon's cloud platform.

  • [Older] Open-source software for satellite deformation monitoring

    PyRate is open source Python software for collating and analysing Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) displacement time series data.

  • [Older] LanguageTool is an open-source proof reader for 25+ languages

    LanguageTool is an open-source spelling and grammar checker for Chrome, Firefox, the desktop (via Java) and more.

    The browser extensions enable checking the text you’re entering a web text box, or any other selectable text on a web page. The system works much like other spell checks. Enter text, click the LanguageTool icon and it instantly displays a report listing any issues. Browse the list, click any corrections you’d like to accept and it’s updated in the source text.

    If you don’t want to apply a particular rule, you can turn it off from the report with a single click. Similarly, you’re able to add special words to a personal dictionary so they won’t be flagged as misspelled.

  • [Older] What is Open Source?

    Another popular application of open source technology is in Linux. Operating systems like Ubuntu, Fedora and Linux Mint use open source software licenses, and are modified and updated regularly by their user communities. All Linux -based operating systems are offered free of charge, offering an attractive alternative to expensive Windows licenses.

  • [Older] The biggest misconception about open source? It's free

    When companies start looking toward open source, there is a misconception that the technology is free, according to Lisa Caywood, director of ecosystem development at the OpenDaylight Project, The Linux Foundation, speaking Tuesday at Interop ITX in Las Vegas. Though core components are freely accessible, companies still have to build, test and integrate open source solutions at scale.

  • [Older] Five Ways MSPs Can Add Value to Free and Open Source Software

    In other words, if you're an MSP, you should understand how open source code – which is usually (but not always) given away for free – can be leveraged to provide products or services that people are willing to pay for.

  • [Older] SNAS open source networking project captures BGP telemetry

    Conry-Murray pointed out that SNAS is hardly a new effort. Instead, he said it is a renaming of the OpenBMP project, which was first developed by Cisco and later released under an Eclipse license as an open source networking system. The real-time topology information is aimed at improving visibility and understanding of the state of the network to boost security and performance. Data can be collected using an x86 server and stored in a MySQL database, which is part of the SNAS package. The program parses and sorts data using protocol headings and makes it accessible via APIs.

  • [Older] Impact of Open Source Technology on Analytics

    With the help of open source analytics, companies are able to improve the project by contributing to it, adding advanced features at their will, and collectively moving the platform forward. One of the main reasons why software vendors choose open source platforms is to be independent. Most of the times vendors and their platforms are well supported while in contract, but if the firm wants to move on, the relationship gets tarnished. With an open source platform, enterprises can be independent from vendor’s proprietary software stack. It also allows them to be part of a community.

  • [Older] Open Source in Business Intelligence

    Most advantages associated with the open source product category, generally hold good for analytics, as well. The ease of downloading, absence of licensing or even the scope for customizing source code to suit the needs of enterprise, apply for the analytics product domain too. The absence of license costs simplifies the task of building prototypes and testing with minimum investment.

  • [Older] Open-source ubiquitous at DCD>Webscale

    Lacking in enterprise credentials just a few years ago, today open-source technology standards are rapidly becoming acceptable when designing, building and operating digital infrastructure. Whether in the form of the Open Compute Project (OCP), OpenStack, IBM’s OpenPOWER, or others, open-source standardization and commoditization of the “factory of the future” is now an accepted evolutionary path.

  • [Older] Elementary OS is trying to create a business model for open source app developers

    What makes elementary OS apart from the rest of the crowd is their attention to details and polish. It comes naturally as the team behind elementary OS comes from a graphic design background, so their approach towards desktop Linux is to use a stable base of Ubuntu LTS and create an experience that matches the gloss and polish of macOS.

    The Elementary OS team has released a new version of the OS, code-named Loki. In addition to newer kernel (4.8), and improvement in every component of the operating system the most notable feature of the release is AppCenter.

    In a previous interview Daniel Fore, the founder of the project, told me about his vision to create a platform for third party application developers where they cannot only reach out to more users through a store, but also monetize from their work.

  • [Older] Open Source Lab inaugurated at VVCE

    The Open Source Lab is setup with a vision to create a community of excellent programmers and increase awareness about open source.Open Source Lab is open to all students and faculties of VVCE and will function as a library for open source software and hardware. During the event, the students of IV semester, CSE demonstrated one of the innovative project “Remote Display”, developed using the Raspberry Pi 3 platform available in the lab, which is implemented with the objective of displaying instant news, messages, images and videos on the remote display.

  • [Older] Open Source Lab at VVCE
  • [Older] Is There Life After Open Source?

    It's not like we don't have a lot of open-source successes out there. Linux, which is open source, has dominated the server market for years. OpenDaylight and OpenStack are huge in software-defined networking and the cloud, respectively. AT&T's software for network functions virtualization (NFV), called Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy, or ECOMP, is now stealing the limelight from NFV vendors, and plenty of startups would like to be the "new Red Hat." The challenge is that open source changes the whole supply-and-support relationship, and that means it could change the whole tech business model.

    [...]

    A shift to an open-source model with community support has to somehow address that reality. If it does, we could see a true open-source revolution. If not, we may end up reinventing "products" and "vendors."

  • [Older] Sprint unveils C3PO for open source NFV/SDN
  • [Older] The importance of and open-source Network Operations System

    Linux-based NOS offering freedom of innovation whilst maintaining stability and minimising vulnerability.

  • [Older] Sprint Builds its 5G Clout Through Open Source, NYU Affiliation
  • [Older] Open Sores: Are Telcos on a Collision Course With Vendors?

    But companies that have thrived by selling proprietary technology have much to lose from this transition. And not all accept that open source will inevitably run riot. "I find it hard to see that very large portions of software in the telco industry will be open sourced because, ultimately, if there are no vendors then every operator has to build its own system," said Ulf Ewaldsson, the head of digital services for Sweden's Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), during a recent conversation with Light Reading. "There is a tendency to think about doing that, but for the majority it is not close to being an option." (See Ericsson's Ewaldsson Takes Aim at Telco 'Conservatism'.)

  • [Older] Oracle delays Java 9, modularity issues blamed

    Java 9 had been expected to drop by July of this year in 2017.

  • [Older] CoreOS chief decries cloud lock-in

    CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi spent his morning on Wednesday biting the hands that fed attendees at his company's conference, CoreOS Fest 2017.

    "Every shift in infrastructure that we've seen ... has promised more efficiency, reliability and agility," said Polvi. "But every single one has resulted in a massive proprietary software vendor that has undermined all the work done in the free software community. And we're beginning to believe cloud is looking the same."

  • [Older] IBM, Google, Lyft launch Istio open source microservices platform

    IBM, Google and Lyft joined forces on Istio, an open source microservices platform that connects and manages networks of microservices, regardless of their source or vendor.

  • [Older] How open-sourcing your code base can kickstart growth

    The main driver of Stream’s growth might sound somewhat surprising. “The open-source community is by far our biggest source of traffic. It is key for the growth of Stream, as we have quite a complex product. I actually already knew Thierry via his open-source libraries before we met in real life,” says Barbugli.

    To accelerate their growth, Stream puts a lot of effort into creating example apps and distributing these in the communities.

  • [Older] Benefits of an open source approach to IoT application enablement [Ed: No, proprietary and commercial are not the same thing]

    Open source AEPs have some of distinct advantages over commercial [sic] AEPs.

  • [Older] The Great OpenStack Delusion – how open source cloud infrastructure can overcome a crisis

    Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth delivers some tough love in his assessment of OpenStack and what needs to happen to get it out of a crisis.

  • [Older] The evolution of OpenStack: Where next for the open source cloud platform?

    In the case of OpenStack, and its pool of contributors and supplier partners, any hint of a company opting to downsize their involvement is often seized upon by industry watchers as a sign the wheels are coming off the open source cloud juggernaut.

  • [Older] As open-source adoption skyrockets in enterprise, Linux addresses ease of use

    Joshipura explained how discriminating the organization is with each project it works on. From setting up the requirements to the architecture, Linux provides an explicit definition of the end user’s use case to the community. Linux facilitates the design work, architectural leadership, inter-project cross-leadership in an actively managed, sustainable ecosystem.

  • [Older] Spinnaker, an open-source project for continuous delivery, hits the 1.0 milestone

    Google announced the 1.0 release of Spinnaker, which was originally developed inside Netflix and enhanced by Google and a few other companies. The software is used by companies like Target and Cloudera to enable continuous delivery, a modern software development concept that holds application updates should be delivered when they are ready, instead of on a fixed schedule.

  • [Older] Chef Automate for application automation in cloud-native container-first
  • [Older] Chef tightens the links between Chef Automate and its open-source DevOps products
  • Second update from summer training 2017

    We are already at the end of the second week of the dgplug summer training 2017. From this week onwards, we’ll have formal sessions only 3 days a week.

  • openbsd changes of note 624
  • “Absolute FreeBSD 3rd Edition” update
  • [Older] Initial Artifex Ruling Is A Victory For Open-Source Software
  • How to apply traditional storage management techniques to open-source tech
  • [Older] Open-source approach provides faster, better solubility predictions

    Predicting solubility is important to a variety of applications. In the pharmaceutical field, for example, it is crucial to know the solubility of a drug since it directly determines its availability to the body. The petroleum industry provides another example: Substances with low solubility can form scales or unwanted deposits in pipes or on drills, causing blockages and other big problems.

  • [Older] PrismTech Announces Availability of Open Source DDS Community Edition v6.7 Software
  • [Older] VN plans interactive, open-for-all web knowledge base

    Việt Nam will soon have its own "Wikipedia" page, maybe even more interactive, developed by Vietnamese people for Vietnamese people.

    The page is a proactive, interactive effort to spread knowledge and awareness of scientific and technological developments, promoting education resources and sci-tech creativity in the country.

  • [Older] Open source textbooks help keep college affordable

    Keeping college education affordable is a guiding principle at Dalton State College, and one key way faculty members contribute is by collaborating to create open educational resources for their students, allowing them to avoid buying costly textbooks for some classes.

  • Launch Of Open Access Book On Geographical Indications In Asia-Pacific

    A new book launched this week in Geneva offers a unique compilation of the challenges and promises of the protection of geographical indications (GIs) with a particular focus on countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

    We should “not romanticise GIs,” but we need to be “very pragmatic and practical” and “a bit more sceptical,” Irene Calboli, professor at the Management University of Singapore, said at the launch.

    Calboli presented on 27 June the launch of the book Geographical Indications at the Crossroads of Trade, Development, and Culture. Focus on Asia-Pacific at the World Trade Organization. The book, co-edited by Calboli and Wee Loong Ng-Loy, professor at the National University of Singapore, is available by open access, as a contribution to the global body of knowledge on the subject.

  • [Older] Sweet dreams: Eclipse creates IoT Open Testbeds

    Open source software lifecycle group the Eclipse Foundation has laid down additional cornerstones that it is hoping will bring more unity and compatibility to the IoT.

  • SDL2 Brought To QNX 7.0

    For fans of the QNX operating system, SDL2 mainline can now run on QNX 7.0.

    There's been past QNX + SDL work while now the latest mainline SDL2 code can work with QNX 7.0, which was released by BlackBerry earlier this year. The support landed this weekend in the Simple DirectMedia Layer with this Git commit.

Web Browsers and Blockchain

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  • Mozilla Rolls Out First Firefox 54 Point Release to Fix Netflix Issue on Linux

    More than two weeks after Mozilla unveiled Firefox 54 as the first branch of the web browser to use multiple operating system processes for web page content, we now see the availability of the first point release.

    Mozilla Firefox 54.0.1 was first offered to the stable release channel users on June 29, 2017, and, according to the official release notes, it fixes a Netflix issues for users of Linux-based operating systems, addresses a PDF printing issue, and resolves multiple tab-related issues that have been reported from Firefox 54.0.

  • The Top Four Open-Source Blockchain Projects in Media

    1. Brave Web Browser

    Once upon a time, getting users to pay attention to ads on webpages was the biggest problem facing online marketers. Today, that challenge has grown even more daunting. Convincing users not to block online ads entirely has become a major task in online media.

    Brave is an open-source web browser that gives users the option to block the ads that they would normally see when they visit a website. If the user so chooses, Brave replaces those blocked ads with ones tailored to a user's preferences. The browser gives the users a slice of the advertising revenue from the tailored ads. By paying users to view ads tailored to them, Brave delivers a better user experience, while also making it easier for advertisers to reach qualified leads through online ads.

    Blockchain technology enters the picture in two ways. First, Bitcoin is used to facilitate financial transactions between Brave and its advertising partners and users. Second, Brave uses the Bitcoin ledger to store data about user browsing behavior. This eliminates the need for a centralized database where specific users' behavior would be linked to their names. Instead, browsing behavior remains anonymous and essentially un-hackable.

  • Blockstack: An Open Source Browser Powered By Blockchain For Creating A New Internet

    Blockstack, a blockchain startup, has released a decentralized browser to make an internet that would be free from dependence on large organizations and key players. The makers of Blockstack browser have called it the Netscape of the decentralized internet for running and making apps. A developer release of Blockstack browser is available, and a user version will arrive in six months.

  • Colu Launches Bankbox, an Open-Source Protocol to Help Banks Issue Digital Currencies
  • BloqLabs from Bloq goes live to connect enterprises with open source blockchain projects
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  • Bloq Launches BloqLabs to Bring Open Source Blockchain Technologies to Enterprise

    Bloq, a leader in the development of enterprise-grade Blockchain solutions, has launched BloqLabs to expand its ongoing sponsorship and support of critical open source projects in the bitcoin and Blockchain ecosystems.

  • [Older] Blockchain pioneers back open source code, Greenwich Associates

    81% view permissioned blockchains as inherently more secure than public blockchains. “In the end, a blockchain-enabled financial market will likely consist of a core plumbing of market infrastructure developed by the open source community, operating beneath proprietary applications that provide a higher level of security,” says Johnson.

Openwashing

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FOSS Databases: Older News

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  • [Older] Crate.io Introduces CrateDB 2.0 Enterprise and Open Source Editions
  • [Older] CrateDB 2.0 Enterprise stresses security and monitoring—and open source

    When open source SQL database CrateDB first debuted, its professed mission was to deliver easy, fast analytics on reams of machine-generated data, while running in containerized, cloud-native environments.

    That mission hasn't changed with the release of version 2.0, but it has been expanded by way of an enterprise edition with pro-level features. Rather than distribute the enterprise edition as a closed-source, binary blob, the maker of CrateDB is offering it as open source to help speed uptake and participation.

  • [Older] New open source database designed for enterprise users

    Businesses are looking for database technology that increases their agility, scalability, security, and supports a range of different use cases, at the same time keeping down costs.

    On the other hand developers want a database that is open and extensible, and lets them easily develop many different types of application.

    Open source specialist MariaDB Corporation is looking to meet these conflicting demands with MariaDB TX 2.0, an open source transactional database solution for modern application development.

  • [Older] IBM's new platform readies open source databases for private cloud
  • [Older] IBM announces open source DBaaS on Power Systems

    Database as a Service solutions are on the rise. IBM is looking to take advantage of that and build momentum as the launch of POWER9 gets closer. The announcement will also appeal to many in the OpenStack community  especially those running OpenStack-based private clouds. It will be interesting to see how many of the other OpenStack distributions begin to offer this on their platforms.

Events: FOSScamp, IT Olympics, and Containers Microconference

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  • A FOSScamp by the beach

    I recently wrote about the great experience many of us had visiting OSCAL in Tirana. Open Labs is doing a great job promoting free, open source software there.

    They are now involved in organizing another event at the end of the summer, FOSScamp in Syros, Greece.

  • Event report and personal experience – June 1 – 5, “X International IT Olympics IT-Planet 2016/17” international contest in Sochi, Russia

    On Monday, 5th of June, a massive event in Russian IT industry ended. The X International IT-Olympics “IT-Planet” for students and young specialists took place in the city of Sochi, Russia, which hosted 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Finals for the contest and the accompanying conference took place over four days. The days were filled with the contest itself, lesson, and master-classes from major player in the local and worldwide IT industry, recreational activities. Among the sponsors, there were companies like Cisco, Oracle, Huawei, Intel, InterSystems, AT Consulting, 1C, GNU/Linuxcenter. Of the 17000 participants, only little more than 300 took part in the final tier of the contest. The finals were preceded with two tiers of contests, held over the previous year, that decided if the candidate was of sufficiently knowledgable to take part in such a big event.

  • Containers microconference accepted into Linux Plumbers Conference

    A microconference on containers will be featured at this year's Linux Plumbers Conference, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA, US on 13-15 September in conjunction with The Linux Foundation Open Source Summit.

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Oracle's Exadata (GNU/Linux-powered) and VirtualBox 5.2 Beta

  • Oracle Brings Bare Metal Exadata Performance to the Cloud
    Oracle's Exadata Cloud Service price list for non-metered services currently starts at a list price of $55,000 a month. For that price, organizations get the Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service with a quarter-rack bare-metal Exadata X6 system.
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The future of Python and when not to use a regex

  • The future of Python: Concurrency devoured, Node.js next on menu
    The PyBay 2017 conference, held in San Francisco over the weekend, began with a keynote about concurrency. Though hardly a draw for a general interest audience, the topic – an examination of multithreaded and multiprocess programming techniques – turns out to be central to the future of Python. Since 2008, the Python community has tried to reconcile incompatibility between Python 2 and newly introduced Python 3. For years, adoption of Python 3 was slow and some even dared to suggest Python didn't have a future. As late as last year, Zed Shaw, an accomplished developer and author of the popular Learn Python the Hard Way, even ventured to opine, "There is a high probability that Python 3 is such a failure it will kill Python." Despite these unsubstantiated odds, Shaw – a polarizing figure for some Pythonistas – this year released a version of his book for Python 3.
  • When not to use a regex
     

    A regex is useful for validating simple patterns and for finding patterns in text. For anything beyond that it’s almost certainly a terrible choice.

Linux: Cloud Foundry, HMM, AMD Radeon and NVIDIA

  • Navigating Cloud Foundry
    This open source platform-as-a-service cloud platform bridges the gap between legacy applications and cloud services. For all the talk about the cloud, many applications continue to run on traditional servers. Hybrid architectures are sometimes the right option, but if you want to move corporate applications onto the Internet, you don’t want to start from scratch. Cloud Foundry, a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) cloud platform, enables enterprises to move older software to the cloud and build new cloud-centric programs using familiar tools and programming languages.
  • HMM Revised Its 25th Time, Seeking Inclusion In Linux 4.14
    Jerome Glisse of Red Hat has published his 25th revision to the Heterogeneous Memory Management (HMM) patch series. HMM is about allowing a process address space to be mirrored and for system memory to be transparently used by any device process. With HMM v25, there are more code comments and documentations, fixes to the code, merging the HMM-CDM patches into this patch series, and other improvements.
  • Radeon X.Org Driver Gets Fixed Up To Always Allow Page-Flipping With TearFree
    It's fairly rare these days seeing improvements to the xf86-video-ati DDX: the driver for those running a pre-AMDGPU (GCN 1.2) graphics card with this driver paired with Radeon DRM and not using the generic xf86-video-modesetting driver instead. But if you are using xf86-video-ati and use the "TearFree" feature to try to avoid screen tearing, a number of patches landed today. Michel Dänzer of AMD landed a handful of patches to the xf86-video-ati Git repository today for the Radeon DDX. Notably the patches make for always allowing DRI2 page-flipping to be used with TearFree and the same goes for DRI Present page-flipping with the TearFree option. Long story short, page-flipping should now always work in the TearFree mode.
  • NVIDIA Releases Vulkan 381.26.13 Beta Linux Driver
    NVIDIA's driver team has today released new Vulkan beta drivers for both Windows and Linux. The new NVIDIA Linux Vulkan beta is versioned at 381.26.13, so still not yet re-based to the current 384 series, but these changes should end up being merged for their next feature series to mainline.

Krita 3.2.0 Released

  • Krita 3.2.0 Released
    Later than planned, here’s Krita 3.2.0! With the new G’Mic-qt plugin integration, the smart patch tool, finger painting on touch screens, new brush presets and a lot of bug fixes. Read the full release notes for more information!. Here’s GDQuest’s video introducing 3.2.0:
  • Krita 3.2 Released For Leading Open-Source Digital Painting
    The Krita project has today announced version 3.2 is ready of their open-source, cross-platform digital painting program. Krita 3.2 features new G'Mic-qt plugin integration, a smart patch tool, finger painting on touch screens, new brush presets, a variety of fixes, and other minor improvements.