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Openwashing and FUD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ridgewater Instructors Publish “Open Source” Textbook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The German University in Cairo joins Red Hat Academy

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

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

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OSS Leftovers

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Oracle Lays Off Java Mission Control Team After Open Sourcing Product

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

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

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Ericsson proud of its open source history as Erlang turns 20

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

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OpenStack Leftovers

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  • An Inside Look at OpenStack Security Efforts

    The open source OpenStack cloud platform is used by major corporations such as Walmart, the world's largest carriers, such as AT&T, and even the world's largest science experiment at CERN. While there are security elements that are directly integrated into OpenStack, security is not necessarily always the default configuration.

  • Kubernetes and OpenStack solving AI complexities at scale

    Stu Miniman and John Boyer of theCUBE interviewed Stephan Fabel, Director of Ubuntu Product and Development at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. Read on for the full interview, and to hear more on Kubernetes, Kubeflow and MicroK8s.

Openwashing Leftovers

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Upcoming Events: Xen, Hyperledger, CHAOSSCON, Deconstruct

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  • Xen Project Developer and Design Summit

    The Xen Developer and Design Summit brings together the Xen Project’s community of developers and power users for their annual conference. The conference is about sharing ideas and the latest developments, sharing experience, planning, collaboration and above all to have fun and to meet the community that defines the Xen Project.

  • Hyperledger Hackfest

    Hyperledger ​Hackfests ​are ​regular ​gatherings ​for ​developers ​working ​on ​the ​different ​projects ​hosted ​at ​Hyperledger. ​ ​The ​primary ​goal ​for ​a ​Hackfest ​is ​to ​facilitate ​software ​development ​collaboration ​and ​knowledge ​sharing ​between ​participants, ​with ​an ​eye ​towards ​reflecting ​all ​ideas ​and ​conclusions ​back ​outward ​to ​the ​public ​open ​source ​community ​afterwards.

  • CHAOSSCON

    Meet the CHAOSS community and the tools used by several open source projects, communities, and engineering teams to track and analyze their development activities, communities health, diversity, risk, and value.

  • deconstruct conf 2018

     

    I was at Deconstruct, a little conference. It has no sponsors, a single track, no lunch, no public schedule, and no particular focus except computering. It was quite nice. Some notes from the talks.  

​What Microsoft buying GitHub means to open-source software development

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Roy Schestowitz, editor of the anti-Microsoft and software patent site, TechRights tweeted, "Microsoft is a saboteur whose sabotage relies on lies about 'love.'" He also claims "Git hosts other than #github getting 10 times the usual load (surge) as people migrate away from GitHub."

Indeed, Gitlab, a leading GitHub competitor, reports: "We're seeing 10x the normal daily amount of repositories." This is being driven not just because of old grudges against Microsoft, but because, as one Reddit writer put it, under Microsoft GitHub's "real future is a buggy and monetized site."

Nadella may say, "We recognize the responsibility we take on with this agreement. We are committed to being stewards of the GitHub community, which will retain its developer-first ethos, operate independently, and remain an open platform."

But, some very vocal developers don't buy that for a New York minute. They are certain that Microsoft will "Embrace, extend, and extinguish" the programs of potential rivals. As one put it on a Google+ thread, "What does M$ have to gain from this, other than by either shutting it down in the long term, monetizing it further or by data mining folks? In just a matter of hours, they made GitHub a completely toxic entity."

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Ubuntu: Snapcraft, Intel, AMD Patches, and Telemetry

  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Snapcraft
    Canonical, the company behind operating system and Linux distribution Ubuntu, is looking to help developers package, distribute and update apps for Linux and IoT with its open-source project Snapcraft. According to Evan Dandrea, engineering manager at Canonical, Snapcraft “is a platform for publishing applications to an audience of millions of Linux users.” The project was initially created in 2014, but recently underwent rebranding efforts.
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Now Certified on Select Intel NUC Mini PCs and Boards for IoT Development, LibreOffice 6.0.5 Now Available, Git 2.8 Released and More
    Canonical yesterday announced that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is certified on select Intel NUC Mini PCs and boards for IoT development. According to the Ubuntu blog post, this pairing "provides benefits to device manufacturers at every stage of their development journey and accelerates time to market." You can download the certified image from here. In other Canonical news, yesterday the company released a microcode firmware update for Ubuntu users with AMD processors to address the Spectre vulnerability, Softpedia reports. The updated amd64-microcode packages for AMD CPUs are available for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), "all AMD users are urged to update their systems."
  • Canonical issues Spectre v2 fix for all Ubuntu systems with AMD chips
    JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU'D HEARD THE END of Spectre, Canonical has released a microcode update for all Ubuntu users that have AMD processors in a bid to rid of the vulnerability. The Spectre microprocessor side-channel vulnerabilities were made public at the beginning of this year, affecting literally billions of devices that had been made in the past two decades.
  • A first look at desktop metrics
    We first announced our intention to ask users to provide basic, not-personally-identifiable system data back in February. Since then we have built the Ubuntu Report tool and integrated it in to the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS initial setup tool. You can see an example of the data being collected on the Ubuntu Report Github page.

Most secure Linux distros in 2018

Think of a Linux distribution as a bundle of software delivered together, based on the Linux kernel - a kernel being the core of a system that connects software to hardware and vice versa – with a GNU operating system and a desktop environment, giving the user a visual way to operate the system via a graphical user interface. Linux has a reputation as being more secure than Windows and Mac OS due to a combination of factors – not all of them about the software. Firstly, although desktop Linux users are on the up, Linux environments are far less common in the grand scheme of things than Windows devices on personal computers. The Linux community also tends to be more technical. There are technical reasons too, including fundamental differences in the way the distribution architecture tends to be structured. Nevertheless over the last decade security-focused distributions started to appear, which will appeal to the privacy-conscious user who wants to avoid the worldwide state-sanctioned internet spying that the west has pioneered and where it continues to innovate. Of course, none of these will guarantee your privacy, but they're a good start. Here we list some of them. It is worth noting that security best practices are often about process rather than the technology, avoiding careless mistakes like missing patches and updates, and using your common sense about which websites you visit, what you download, and what you plug into your computer. Read more

Red Hat and Fedora News

4MLinux 26.0 BETA released.

4MLinux 26.0 BETA is ready for testing. Basically, at this stage of development, 4MLinux BETA has the same features as 4MLinux STABLE, but it provides a huge number of updated packages, including major changes in the core of the system, which now uses the GNU C Library 2.27 and the GNU Compiler Collection 7.3.0. Read more