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Google open sources gVisor, a sandboxed container runtime

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Thanks to Docker, containers are everywhere now. But, while containers have revolutionized how we develop, package, and deploy applications, we've not done a great job of securing them. That's where Google has a new answer in locking down containers: gVisor.

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Review: the Librem 13v2

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The Librem 13—"the first 13-inch ultraportable designed to protect your digital life"—ticks all the boxes, but is it as good in real life as it is on paper?

I don't think we're supposed to call portable computers "laptops" anymore. There's something about them getting too hot to use safely on your lap, so now they're officially called "notebooks" instead. I must be a thrill-seeker though, because I'm writing this review with the Librem 13v2 directly on my lap. I'm wearing pants, but apart from that, I'm risking it all for the collective. The first thing I noticed about the Librem 13? The company refers to it as a laptop. Way to be brave, Purism!

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OSS: ACM, "Open Source: What Is It Good For?" and More

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  • ACM Recognizes Innovators in Open Source Software, Biotechnology, Networks, and Artificial Intelligence

    Today ACM announced the recipients of four prestigious technical awards. These leaders were selected by their peers for making significant contributions that have had far-reaching impact on the ascendance of computing as an integral part of how we live and work today, opening promising new avenues for research exploration and commercial application in the coming years.

  • Open Source: What Is It Good For?

    Open source. It's a term that gets heads up from screens and bums moving on seats when it's aired in a telco room with more than one person in it.

    Some see it as the key to an automated, orchestrated future. Others see it as a distraction that has held back communications networking virtualization developments during the past few years.

    But what's the reality? As ever, somewhere in-between. So where are telcos actually gaining an advantage from open source developments and practices?

  • How do I choose between commercial SDN and open source? [Ed: "Open Source" and "commercial" are not opposites, stop perpetuating this false dichotomy when you mean proprietary rather than "commercial".]
  • FINOS Doubles Open Source Initiatives

    “At a board meeting last week, we already approved four additional programs,” Gabriele Columbro, executive director at FINOS, told Markets Media.

    He declined to go into further details about the new projects that FINOS expects to announce in the coming months than one relates to financial services developer workflow and another addresses the standardization of objects.

Kubernetes: Fedora, Ubuntu, Google and CNCF

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  • Fedora 28 Launches with a Focus on Server Modularity, Latest Linux Technologies

    Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Project announced the release and general availability of the Fedora 28 Linux-based operating system for desktops, servers, and cloud environments.

    Powered by the latest GNU/Linux and Open Source technologies, the Fedora 28 operating system looks to be a great release and the first to introduce long-anticipated modular repository for the Fedora Server edition, allowing sysadmins to choose between different available branches of server-oriented software programs, such as Django or Node.JS. It also ships with the Kubernetes 1.9 production-grade container orchestration tool, and the latest Linux 4.16 kernel.

  • Ubuntu LTS Release Tuned for AI and ML Workloads

    The recent long-term-support release of Canonical's Ubuntu (Ubuntu 18.04, code-named "Bionic Beaver"), announced last week, adds features and upgrades designed to make the company's Linux distro a more appealing platform for artificial intelligence (AI) development. Much more.

    Among those upgrades: Kubeflow, the Google approach to TensorFlow on Kubernetes, and a range of CI/CD tools were integrated in Canonical's distribution of Kubernetes and aligned with the Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) for on-premises and on-cloud AI development.

    Kubeflow is the open source project focused on making deployments of machine learning (ML) workflows on Kubernetes "simple, portable, and scalable," the project page states.

  • Now that Kubernetes has won, DigitalOcean takes a late dip in K8s

    Now that Kubernetes has become the de facto standard for overseeing software containers, it's all but obligatory for cloud platform vendors to offer the software as a managed service.

    Google, which created Kubernetes before turning it into a model open-source project, sells its paid service under the name Google Kubernetes Engine. Microsoft began doing the same last October with its Azure Kubernetes Service. And Amazon last November waded into pool with its Elastic Kubernetes Service and an even more hands-off variant called Fargate.

    Not to be left behind, DigitalOcean will test the water on Wednesday by announcing its own take on the open-source dish: DigitalOcean Kubernetes.

  • Google Stackdriver Kubernetes Monitoring helps developers find problems in Kubernetes apps

    The company made the announcement at Kubecon, the conference related to all things Kubernetes going on this week in Copenhagen.

  • X-ray your containers with Google's new Kubernetes monitoring tool

    On Wednesday at the KubeCon event in Copenhagen, Denmark, Google unveiled Stackdriver Kubernetes Monitoring, a new tool that aims to help developers improve their visibility into the health of their applications.

    The new tool looks at a Kubernetes environment and pulls metrics, logs, events, and metadata to analyze, helping users better understand how their app is behaving in production, according to a press release.

  • Everybody and Their Dog is Rolling Out New Kubernetes Solutions

    Google Cloud wheeled out two new features this morning: an open source sandbox with secure isolation for containers and the ability to intercept application system calls, and the beta release of Stackdriver Kubernetes Monitoring; an out-of-the-box monitoring solution for Kubernetes, the company said in a blog this morning. It also announced expanded collaboration with open-source Kubernetes monitoring solution, Prometheus.

  • Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces Sumo Logic as Gold Member

    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®), which sustains and integrates open source technologies like Kubernetes® and Prometheus™, today announced that Sumo Logic has joined the Foundation as a Gold Member.

PyTorch and More

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  • Facebook to release PyTorch 1.0 and open source AI tools for translation and gameplay

    Facebook today announced it plans to open-source some of its AI tools, including Translate, which translates 48 languages, and ELF, which teaches machines reasoning through gameplay. Facebook’s AI now conducts more than 6 billion translations a day. An ELF bot has competed with some of the top Go players around the world in recent weeks and currently has a record of 14-0, said Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer.

  • ​Facebook open-sources PyTorch 1.0 AI framework

    Would it surprise you to know Facebook is working on machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI)? No. I didn't think it would. Now, Facebook is open-sourcing PyTorch, its deep learning framework.

    PyTorch 1.0 provides developers with the power to seamlessly move from research to production in a single framework. PyTorch 1.0 integrates PyTorch's research-oriented aspects with the modular, production-focused capabilities of Caffe2, a popular deep learning framework and ONNX (Open Neural Network Exchange), an open format to represent deep learning models.

  • Facebook’s open-source Go bot can now beat professional players

    Go is the go-to game for machine learning researchers. It’s what Google’s DeepMind team famously used to show off its algorithms, and Facebook, too, recently announced that it was building a Go bot of its own. As the team announced at the company’s F8 developer conference today, the ELF OpenGo bot has now achieved professional status after winning all 14 games it played against a group of top 30 human Go players recently.

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF)

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  • Open Source, Operators Key to ONF’s New Optical Disaggregation Plan

    The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has shown yet again that it’s not afraid to use operator clout to sway the direction of vendors, nor that it’s afraid of acronyms. The latest evidence comes from its newly created Optical Disaggregated Transport Network (ODTN) project.

    The project looks to introduce open source for software control over optical transport networks. It follows similar projects like OpenConfig, the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), and the AT&T-led OpenROADM MultiSource Agreement (MSA).

  • ONF's ODTN Project Brings Disaggregation and Open Source to Optical Networking
  • ONF Announces ODTN, Open-Source Optical Project

    Today, the ONF announced a new community effort to bring the benefits of open networking to the optical domain. The ODTN project is an operator-led initiative to build optical transport networks using disaggregated optical equipment, open and common standards, and open source software. Backed by some of the world’s largest network operators, China Unicom, Comcast, NTT Communications, Telefonica and TIM are collaborating to build this first-of-its-kind open source solution to initiate a transformation within optical transport networking.

GDS makes new push on ODF usage

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Five-step plan focuses on getting more departments publishing on GOV.UK to use the open format

A fresh push is under way to encourage government bodies to publish documents in open formats.

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has produced a five-step plan to inject fresh momentum into a drive that began four years ago.

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Kubernetes: Cisco and MayaOnline

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  • Kubernetes press release roundup: Cisco and Weaveworks
  • Cisco Tucks Kubernetes Support Into CloudCenter, AppDynamics

    Cisco further stuffed its Kubernetes basket by adding support for the container orchestrator into its CloudCenter management tool and recently acquired AppDynamics monitoring platform.

    Fabio Gori, senior director of cloud solutions marketing at Cisco, said the moves are part of an ongoing process to ease Kubernetes deployments while not limiting the power of the platform. He noted this has become increasingly important as enterprises move toward multi-cloud environments but are running into complexity challenges.

  • Cisco Embraces Kubernetes in APM, Cloud Offerings

    Cisco today said it will add new support for the open source Kubernetes container orchestration platform in its offerings for application performance monitoring (APM) and cloud systems management.

  • Cisco Pushes Kubernetes to Brownfield

    Cisco wants to help cloud operators monitor and orchestrate Kubernetes containers, integrating the open source software AppDynamics and CloudCenter services, the company announced Tuesday.

  • Cisco Announces Support for Open Source Kubernetes Container Platform

    Cisco today said it will add new support for the open source Kubernetes container orchestration platform in two of its software offerings.

    The company unveiled support for Kubernetes in its AppDynamics application performance monitoring (APM) suite and its Cisco CloudCenter (formerly called CliQr), used to securely deploy and manage applications in multiple environments, including on-premises and private and public clouds.

  • MayaData Releases Litmus - Open Source Chaos Engineering for Kubernetes & Free Tier of MayaOnline

    This week at KubeCon, the leading conference discussing cloud native and microservice technologies, MayaData, the sponsor of the OpenEBS project and MayaOnline, released a new open source project called Litmus.

The GDPR Takes Open Source to the Next Level

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Stallman pointed out that running a free software operating system—for example Google's ChromeOS—offered no protection against this loss of control. Nor does requiring the cloud computing service to use the GNU Affero GPL license solve the problem: just because users have access to the underlying code that is running on the servers does not mean they are in the driver's seat. The real problem lies not with the code, but elsewhere—with the data.

Running free software on your own computer, you obviously retain control of your own data. But that's not the case with cloud computing services—or, indeed, most online services, such as e-commerce sites or social networks. There, highly personal data about you is routinely held by the companies in question. Whether or not they run their servers on open-source code—as most now do—is irrelevant; what matters is that they control your data—and you don't.

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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.