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Red Hat: Interview With Lynne Chamberlain, Openwashing of Red Hat, and Fedora Updates

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:16
  • Executive Spotlight Interview with Lynne Chamberlain, VP of Business Dev. for Red Hat

    ​Red Hat has grown from $500M to $3B in revenues during this time and Paul Smith’s Public Sector Organization has been a key contributor. ​

    ​We started the Federal Business Development group to pursue government programs in the DOD, Intel, and Civilian Agencies. Today the organization captures both Federal and SLED programs, and supports our System Integrators through a premier partner program. The Business Development organization working with the top 20 System Integrators has successfully teamed to win major programs within Public Sector. Our continual growth of 30%+ YOY, through closing Open Source solutions that include: Linux, Cloud, Containers, Storage, middleware and management software. I have been fortunate to lead the BD organization to include 26 Capture/Alliance Managers, System Architects and BD Marketing.

  • How open is your organization?

    The Open Organization maturity model is a framework any organization can use to become more transparent, inclusive, adaptable, collaborative, and communal. It outlines steps that individuals, teams, and organizations can take to critically examine their organizational practices and chart their progress toward becoming a more open organization. You'll find it online—both at Opensource.com and on GitHub.

  • Three must haves in Fedora 26

    I’ve been using Fedora ever since it came out back in 2003. The developers of Fedora and the greater community of contributors have been doing a amazing job in incorporating features and functionality that subsequently has found its way into the downstream Red Hat Enterprise Linux distributions.

    There are lots to cheer Fedora for. GNOME, NetworkManager, systemd and SELinux just to name a few.

    Of all the cool stuff, I particularly like to call out three must haves.

  • Things To Do After Installing Fedora

    Fedora releases a new version in approximately every 6 months. Each now version is supported with updates for 13 months in total. The distribution is a good place to get the latest stable software and technologies consistently.

    If you are a new Fedora user, you may be wondering about what to do after installation. The guide will help you through this part. No matter the supported Fedora version you use, you can apply everything on this list.

  • New to Fedora: wordgrinder

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Devices: Purism Phone, Sailfish OS, and SparkFun

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:13
  • Is Purism About to Announce a Linux Phone?

    Hardware company Purism is best known for being the driving force behind the goal of creating a truly free software laptop — but are they about to launch a Linux phone? Fuelling speculation that, yes, they are, the company accidentally published a blog post earlier today titled: “Phone Campaign Temporary Page“.

  • Sailfish OS for Sony Xperia X single SIM, model F5121

    Interview on the collaboration between Jolla and Sony Open Devices program

    The official version is on its way, targeting to support for example MS Exchange Active Sync, Android apps and 20 MPx resolution for the camera. But an unofficial Sailfish OS for Xperia X might become available even sooner via the porters community.


  • A hands-on look at SparkFun's new Spectacle kit

    Spectacle is based entirely around the idea that artists shouldn't need to spend years studying electronics in order to use them in their art. To aid me in my review, I enlisted the help of Sophia, one of the coolest pre-teens I know. Sophia is a young artist who makes her own costumes and works in a wide variety of other physical mediums.

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Groups/Projects: Open Container Initiative, EdgeX, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and OPC

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:07
  • Open Container Initiative Specifications Reach 1.0 Milestone
  • Open Container Initiative Specifications are 1.0
  • Linux’s EdgeX IoT Group Adds Members, Forms Governing Team

    The Linux Foundation’s open source Internet of Things (IoT) group, EdgeX Foundry, is growing its membership and establishing its governing board that will guide business decisions and ensure alignment between the technical communities and members. In addition, the group has launched a series of technical training sessions designed to help developers get up to speed on the project.

  • Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Joined By Mastercard, Cisco, Et Al.

    On July 18, 2017, the EEA announced its latest additions. Over the last two months, 35 organizations, among them credit card giant Mastercard and technology conglomerate Cisco Systems, have become new members in the EEA. A complete list is available below.

    Initially, some redditors expressed confusion since Mastercard was not listed in the official EEA press release. However, according to Andrew Keys, head of global business development at ConsenSys, “Mastercard is indeed a new member of EEA. They asked not to be in the press release document but approved being on the EEA official website.”

  • Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Becomes World’s Largest Open-source Blockchain Initiative

    The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) announced today that 34 organizations have joined the Blockchain industry group since late May. This brings the total membership to over 150 organizations added since the group’s launch in February of this year.

  • ​Cisco among the 34 new members of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

    Blockchain is a type of digital ledger technology originally conceptualised to facilitate the trading of the bitcoin cryptocurrency. In a nutshell, blockchain allows for the tracking of digital assets so that a level of trust and consensus can be established, and previous transactions agreed upon.

  • Cipher Becomes First Ever OPC Certified Linux Connector

    RtTech Software is proud to announce the recent OPC Foundation Certification of its Cipher Embedded OPC UA Linux Connector. OPC is the interoperability standard for the secure and reliable exchange of data in the industrial automation space. The OPC Foundation is responsible for the development and maintenance of this standard.

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Security and DRM: Digital Ballots, Windows Disasters, gSOAP, and DRM on the Web

Thu, 2017-07-20 15:03

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Thu, 2017-07-20 13:41

While the rest of the Linux World is wrangling over fast changing paradigms and the plethora of new Linux Distributions that are popping up everywhere, Linux Mint just keeps on plodding along. They keep change to a minimum and endeavor to maintain a consistent user experience while still improving it. The latest version, Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” was officially released just days before this writing and it’s very good, indeed. The best Linux Mint yet.

I didn’t choose to support Linux Mint exclusively through the EzeeLinux Project. It chooses me. So many folks have asked for help getting started with Linux Mint over the last couple of years that I finally decided to focus on it and promote it for new users. It has proven itself to be a great place for newcomers to Linux to start and it also offers the kind of stability that people who want to use a computer to get stuff done. I keep close tabs on the Mint project’s progress and I downloaded and installed the ISO for 18.2 as soon it as it was announced. I was blown away by how polished it was in this very early form and the final release is rock solid. I have already upgraded most of my personal machines and I also have helped many EzeeLinux community members to upgrade… No one has reported any major issues thus far.

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Qt Creator 4.4 Beta released

Thu, 2017-07-20 12:34

This version of Qt Creator features inline annotations for warnings and errors from the code model and for bookmark comments. This way, you can easily see the details of issues while you type, without the need to hover your mouse over underlined text or the marker on the left side.

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SUSE Partners with Supermicro for OpenStack Cloud Hardware

Thu, 2017-07-20 09:02

Server vendor Supermicro has entered into a global partnership with Linux vendor SUSE that will benefit customers with new integrated OpenStack cloud hardware.

Patrick Quairoli, SUSE director of Alliance and Embedded Technology, told ServerWatch this is the first Supermicro SuperServeralliance agreement between SUSE and Supermicro.

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Low cost Cortex-A9 SBC offers GbE and up to 28K FPGA logic cells

Thu, 2017-07-20 08:52

MYIR’s 91 x 63mm, $69 “Z-turn Lite” SBC runs Linux on a Xilinx Zynq-7000 SoC, with up to 28K FPGA logic cells and single or dual Cortex-A9 CPU cores.

The Z-turn Lite board joins a growing number of SBCs and COMs built around the popular Xilinx Zynq-7000 ARM/FPGA SoC family. These include MYIR’s Z-turn board and MYC-CZ010/20 and MYD-CZ010/20 COM and carrier board, Avnet’s Zedboard and Microzed, the Red Pitaya, and the Parallela, among many others.

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Events: AnsibleFest London 2017 and FOSSCON 2017

Thu, 2017-07-20 07:52
  • #AnsibleFest London 2017 videos now available

    If you missed out on going to #AnsibleFest in London last month don't worry, you can catch up on some of the things you missed in the videos.

  • Free and open-source software is changing the way we view infrastructure: FOSSCON 2017

    Free and open-source software is all around us today, becoming part of our lives in ways we might never know. In the early days FOSS was primarily a hobbyist alternative, but today it has become ubiquitous, making its way into our phones, our cars, our schools, government, offices and even home appliances.

    This year at FOSSCON we’re seeing a new trend as FOSS explodes into the infrastructure space. While hardware is still largely closed behind the walls of patents and trademarks, virtual infrastructure means we are abstracted from the underlying hardware, and more and more infrastructure is being built on top of flexible, open and scalable FOSS solutions.

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Software: VirtualBox 5.1.24, Wireshark, Code::Blocks, Minuet, MPV, Cronopete, Darkstat, Krita 3.2, QdirStat

Thu, 2017-07-20 07:50
  • VirtualBox 5.1.24 Adds Initial Support for Linux 4.13, Improves Fedora Support

    Oracle announced the release and immediate availability of VirtualBox 5.1.24 as the latest and most advanced version of the open-source and cross-platform virtualization software.

    Nearly three months in development, VirtualBox 5.1.24 comes with a lot of improvements and bug fixes, in particular for users of GNU/Linux distributions. First off, it introduces initial support for the upcoming Linux 4.13 kernel series, whose development was kicked off last Saturday by Linus Torvalds.

  • Wireshark, World’s Most Popular Network Protocol Analyzer, Gets New Release

    Wireshark, the world’s most popular network protocol analyzer, an open-source and cross-platform network tool used for troubleshooting, development, analysis, and education purposes, has been updated today to version 2.2.8.

  • Code::Blocks IDE Review

    ​Codeblocks is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for programmers and developers. It comes with predefined tools to develop Qt applications, plugins, console applications, etc. considering one has installed the required tools independently (eg- Qt development tools). Most IDEs come with “project” feature and that’s the turning point because some of them requires user to create one before proceeding any further, where in some cases programming (in schools and colleges) exercise don’t really need tedious task of creating and setting up “projects” (More to this later).

  • Minuet – plugin architecture

    As the title of this blog post suggests, the first evaluation has been successfully passed, the project accomplishing all the proposed goals. Thus, let me present you the progress I’ve done for the first evaluation.

  • Terminal and shell performance


    Most terminals have enough latency that the user experience could be improved if the terminals concentrated more on latency and less on other features or other aspects of performance. However, when I search for terminal benchmarks, I find that terminal authors, if they benchmark anything, benchmark the speed of sinking stdout or memory usage at startup.

  • MPV 0.26 0 Open-Source MPlayer-Based Video Player Released with New Features

    MPV developer Martin Herkt released a new stable update of the MPV open-source and cross-platform video player software based on the MPlayer project, version 0.26.0.

    Coming approximately three months after the 0.25.0 update, the MPV 0.26.0 release is here to upgrade the VA-API/VDPAU hardware decoding code, which now requires the FFmpeg 3.2 multimedia framework or a higher version, as well as to enable support for C plugins by default.

  • Cronopete – An Apple’s Time Machine Clone For Linux

    If you use Mac OS, you certainly have known about or used Time machine. It is a backup software application distributed with the Apple’s Mac OS X. It is used to backup your data to an external drive, so that you can restore them later from the backup. If you are a fan boy/girl of Time Machine, you need to check out “Cronopete”. It is the clone of Time Machine for Linux operating systems. Using Cronopete, we can easily create periodic backups of a Linux system. It supports popular Linux distributions, including Arch Linux, Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu.

  • Darkstat – A Web Based Linux Network Traffic Analyzer

    Darkstat is a cross-platform, lightweight, simple, real-time network statistics tool that captures network traffic, computes statistics concerning usage, and serves the reports over HTTP.

  • Krita 3.2 Open-Source Digital Painting App Promises Some Very Cool New Features

    Development of the major Krita 3.2 open-source and cross-platform digital painting software kicked off yesterday with the release of the first Beta milestone, giving the community a first glimpse of the new features and improvements.

    Compared to Krita 3.1.4, which appears to be the last point release in the current stable Krita 3.1 series of the application, Krita 3.2 promises some very cool new features, such as the use the gmic-qt plugin, which completely replaces the older G'MIC plugin, and the addition of Radian’s brush set to create a strong, painterly look.

  • QdirStat Linux Disk Management

    QDirStat is an open source utility Linux disk management utility with GUI. Tree-map displays directories and files in rectangular areas. The larger a file the larger is the rectangle which represents it. All files in one directory are painted within the rectangle of that directory. It offers a great visual way of managing network and local file space.

  • Handy Backup – The Linux Compatible Software Solution

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GNOME/GTK: GNOME Games 3.26, GNOME Shell 3.25.4, GTK+ 3.91.1 and More

Thu, 2017-07-20 07:47
  • GNOME Games 3.26 Snags Some Serious Power Ups

    The GNOME Games apps one of my favourite core GNOME apps, so I'm stoked to learn it's getting a big power up for its next stable release due in September.

  • GNOME Shell 3.25.4 Adds Meson Build System Support

    With the GNOME 3.25.4 development milestone this week, new versions of GNOME Shell and Mutter are among the packages checked-in for release.

    GNOME Shell 3.25.4 as the latest development step towards GNOME 3.26 includes some GDM fixes, improved handling of extension errors, improved tablet rings/strips configuration, fixes many bugs, and perhaps most notably adds support for the Meson build system. GNOME Shell is now the latest component supporting the Meson build system as an alternative to Autotools and friends. For now Autotools is still supported by GNOME Shell, but eventually it may be dropped per the bug report discussion.

  • GTK+ 3.91.1 Toolkit Released

    We are one step closer to the release of GTK4 with today's GTK+ 3.91.1 tool-kit release.

    GTK+ 3.91.1 adds redone event delivery and focus handling and grabs, the prelight state is now automatically set on widgets, a new GtkCenterBox widget, native file chooser support on macOS, Wayland improvements, and more than a dozen bug fixes.

  • GNOME Is Finally Getting an Improved Control Center, Meet the New Wi-Fi Panel

    GNOME developer Georges Stavracas is teasing us again with the beautiful new design of the GNOME Control Center application that could be soon implemented in the popular desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions.

    Now that Ubuntu is switching back to the GNOME desktop by default with the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) release, due on October 19, 2017, GNOME gets a lot of attention lately from both the Linux and GNOME communities. And it looks like the revamped Control Center is a hot topic these days.

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OSS: EasyStack 10 Coolest Open-Source Products, Parallel Programming of Multicores

Thu, 2017-07-20 07:45
  • China-based EasyStack claims world's first open source AI cloud platform

    China-based open source cloud computing solutions provider EasyStack claims it has launched the world’s first open source AI cloud platform that supports GPU and FPGA heterogeneous computing, after having raised the single largest round of open source sector funding earlier this year.

    The platform is an OpenStack AI cloud platform designed to support big data and artificial intelligence technologies. The platform had previously received R&D funding support from the Administrative Committee of Zhongguancun Science Park’s Leading Edge Reserve Program.

  • The 10 Coolest Open-Source Products Of 2017 (So Far)

    This year has seen no slowdown in momentum for the open-source technologies movement. Open-source innovations are continuing to drive forward the larger tech industry as a whole, as developers and enterprises embrace open ways of approaching application development, IT infrastructure automation and other business-critical functions. During the first half of 2017, vendors with major new offerings in open source included industry giant Red Hat as well as up-and-comers such as Docker, Puppet and Mesosphere.

  • Open source tools set to help parallel programming of multicores

    Multicore AssociationThe Multicore Association, the processor standards body with a focus on multicore processor implementations, has announced the availability of an enhanced implementation of its Multicore Task Management API (MTAPI) integrated into an open source framework called Embedded Multicore Building Blocks (EMB2).

    The MTAPI takes care of task scheduling and execution on embedded parallel systems. While the EMB2 provides generic building blocks for compute-intensive applications, such as image recognition, big data analysis, that require parallelism on homogeneous or heterogeneous multicore platforms.

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Firefox 'Phones Home', Speech Recognition Project

Thu, 2017-07-20 07:43
  • Firefox marketshare revisited

    I posted a couple weeks ago about Chrome effectively having won the browser wars. The market share observations in the blog post were based on data provided by StatCounter. Several commenters criticized the StatCounter data as inaccurate so I decided to take a look at raw installation data Mozilla publishes to see whether it aligns with the StatCounter data.


    Firefox tries to contact Mozilla once a day to check for security updates. This is called the “updater ping”. The ADI number is the aggregate number of these pings that were seen on a given day and can be understood as the number of running Firefox installs on that day.

  • Common Voice: Mozilla Is Creating An Open Source Speech Recognition System

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Security: Internet of Things (IoT), Sonatype, Windows Files on GNU/Linux, NSA Back Doors

Thu, 2017-07-20 07:41

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Red Hat and Fedora: Financial News, Fedora 25 Live ISO, and Buildah 0.2

Thu, 2017-07-20 07:38

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GNU/Linux Distribution Quirky 8.2 Released

Thu, 2017-07-20 07:08
  • Quirky Xerus64 8.2 final

    This is it, the final official version 8.2 release of Quirky Linux Xerus series. This is for PCs with x86_64 (64-bit) CPUs.

  • Puppy Linux Fork Quirky 8.2 Out with Linux Kernel 4.11, Ubuntu 16.04.2 Packages

    Puppy Linux developer Barry Kauler announced today the release and immediate availability for download of Quirky Linux 8.2 "Xerus" operating system that uses Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) binary packages.

    Built using the woofQ Quirky Linux build system and binary packages from the Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, Quirky Linux 8.2 is fully compatible with all of the software repositories of Ubuntu Linux. The system is now powered by the Linux 4.11.11 kernel that's patched with AUFS support.

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Elive 2.9.5 beta released

Thu, 2017-07-20 07:05

The Elive Team is proud to announce the release of the beta version 2.9.5

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Pop! OS Linux from System76 is a rare DIY distro from a hardware vendor

Thu, 2017-07-20 06:52

Pop! OS is more than just another Linux distro. Many Linux OSes borrow from other OSes in one way or another but add their own spin to the OS in question--like a different desktop environment, for example. Pop! OS is not much different in this respect, except that it's developed by System76, a company that sells laptops and desktops preloaded with Ubuntu. Well, for now. System76 recently released an Alpha version of its own Ubuntu-based operating system, dubbed Pop! OS. The company has set the first official release for Pop! OS for October 19.

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