• The LTS Release and Zowe V1 Conformance Program supports product stability, security and interoperability
  • Open Mainframe Project continues momentum with two new global members and new COBOL resources
  • Open Mainframe Project will have sessions at the Open Source Summit on June 29-July 2

SAN FRANCISCO, June 24, 2020 – The Open Mainframe Project (OMP) announced today that Zowe, an open source software framework for the mainframe that strengthens integration with modern enterprise applications, marks a major technical milestone with the first Long Term Support (LTS) release. The Zowe LTS release will offer vendors and customers product stability, security, interoperability as well as easy installation and upgrades.

OMP launched Zowe, the first-ever open source project based on z/OS, in 2018 to serve as an integration platform for the next generation of   administration, management and development tools on z/OS mainframes.  The Zowe framework uses the latest web technologies among products and solutions from multiple vendors. Zowe enables developers to use   familiar, industry-standard, open source tools to access mainframe resources and services.

“Mainframes are the foundation of businesses in every industry,” said John Mertic, Director of Program Management for the Linux Foundation and Open Mainframe Project. “Zowe continues to evolve rapidly due to numerous contributions from the open source community. The LTS release is our first major step into longevity and security that will offer innovative possibilities for the next generation of products and solutions.”

Benefits of the Zowe LTS release include:

  • Stability: Organizations can confidently adopt the technology for enterprise use and upgrade when appropriate for their environment, minimizing the risk of disruption
  • Interoperability: Zowe consumers can be assured LTS-conformant extensions have adapted to and support LTS features
  • Longevity: Zowe is designed for years of use and plans are in place for continued updates and support
  • Ease of Use: Mainframe System Administrators can use standard z/OS processes to install and upgrade Zowe z/OS components including SMP/E, Unix Shell Scripts, and z/OSMF workflows
  • Smaller Footprint: The updated install process leverages standard z/OS technology. In addition to being more intuitive, by eliminating optional services at install time the process lowers the number of configuration changes required for software updates and reduces the complexity of the Zowe footprint

The Zowe Conformance Program is Updated with LTS Guidelines

Aimed to build a vendor-neutral ecosystem around Zowe, Open Mainframe Project’s Zowe Conformance Program launched last year.  The program has helped Open Mainframe Project members such as Broadcom, IBM, Phoenix Software and Rocket Software incorporate Zowe with new and existing products that enable integration of mainframe applications and data across the enterprise. To date, more than 28 products have implemented extensions based on the Zowe framework and earned these members conformance badges.

“The extensible nature of Zowe offers an infinite number of pluggable products, processes and services,” said Leonard J Santalucia, Chair of the Open Mainframe Governing Board and CTO of Vicom Infinity.  “Extenders can creatively address business challenges with their own service APIs, web applications or drive product actions from off-platform using a command line plug-in. Consumers of these extensions need the same assurance that they are stable, reliable, interoperable, and consistent with core Zowe. The updated Zowe Conformance Program does just that.”

“When it comes to mission critical software, end users want to know that it will behave as expected, period,” said David Stokes, senior director engineering, Mainframe Division, Broadcom. “Achieving Zowe Conformant status for our products provides our customers with the assurance that they can expect smooth compatibility and a superior overall user experience from the extensions they adopt. As a major contributor to the program, Broadcom fully embraces the customer value that conformance delivers as a priority for all of our open and commercial Zowe extensions.”

“Rocket Software, as original authors and contributors to Zowe’s mainframe virtual desktop, is uniquely positioned to leverage the Zowe Application Framework for developing new virtual desktop products,” said Milan Shetti, President, Z Systems Business Unit, Rocket Software. “Rocket® is excited to see the Zowe Conformance Program taken to the next level as part of the broader effort to get Zowe ready for production deployment and drive Zowe adoption. Rocket has more Zowe plug-ins in the pipeline for 2020 as we develop a portfolio of apps for the virtual desktop.”

Each vendor follows the Testing Guidelines to ensure their offering is aligned with the conformance standards. For the LTS release, each extensible component’s test criteria was modified to allow exploitation of the new Zowe LTS capabilities. Applications that satisfy the new testing criteria requirements will earn a Zowe “V1” conformance badge as soon as they submit for / are approved for V1.

New products or solutions recently accepted into the updated Zowe Conformance Program include:

  • CA SYSVIEW® PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
  • CA File Master™ Plus
  • CA JCLCheck Workload Automation
  • CA Endevor® Bridge for Git
  • IBM RSE API Plug-in for Zowe CLI v1.0.0

The Open Mainframe Project hosted a Zowe LTS Release webinar earlier this month that shares more details. To watch the webinar on-demand, click here.

Open Mainframe Project Momentum Continues

Hosted by The Linux Foundation, the Open Mainframe Project is comprised of business and academic leaders within the mainframe community that collaborate to develop shared tool sets and resources. Today, the project welcomes YADRO, the largest technology vendor in Russia with full-cycle in-house R&D, manufacturing and services, and SOFTWARE ENGINEERING GmbH, providing strong Db2 z/OS solutions for more than 40 years.

“International technology collaboration and global partnerships are the core drivers in the YADRO strategy,” said Anna Egorova, Chief Delivery Officer for YADRO. “In this journey, we contribute significantly to the development and support of open source technologies and communities. The Open Mainframe Project ecosystem is perfect to leverage our hardware expertise and knowledge of local customers’ needs along with the resources available worldwide through the project community.”

“As experts in the mainframe industry continue to evolve, there is still time to modernize the mainframe and join forces with 3rd party vendors to work out a unified framework that merges proven and latest technology,” said Ulf Heinrich, Managing Director of SOFTWARE ENGINEERING GmbH. “With ZOWE being the very first open source project on z/OS designed to make the mainframe an agile, integrated platform. The common UI for senior mainframe staff and the new workforce will simplify the architecture and reduce the operational costs. For SOFTWARE ENGINEERING GmbH, Zowe is THE  ecosystem addressing everything from application developers, system programmers, DBA’s and DevOps architects.”

Last year, the number of projects that are hosted under the Open Mainframe Project doubled and include ADE, Ambitus, ATOM, Feilong, Mentorship, Polycephaly, TerseDecompress, Zorow. This year, the momentum continues with resources and a new project for COBOL.

In April, Open Mainframe Project announced several COBOL resources in response to the desperate call for help from government officials. The project followed this up with the availability of a COBOL Training Course that offers introductory-level COBOL materials with Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code editor (VS Code). The free COBOL Training Course educates those developers or students who would like to learn COBOL skills with VS Code and extensions. These materials provide an overview of the language with hands-on labs. The course has already gained lots of traction with more than 100,000 views and 27,000 unique visitors.

Open Mainframe Project will host a booth and several sessions at the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference virtual event on June 29-July 2 and a Mini-Summit on July 2 from 2-3:30 pm. The Mini-Summit is free to OSS + ELC attendees. To register, click here. Learn more about the OMP sessions here.

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About the Open Mainframe Project

The Open Mainframe Project is intended to serve as a focal point for deployment and use of Linux and Open Source in a mainframe computing environment. With a vision of Open Source on the Mainframe as the standard for enterprise class systems and applications, the project’s mission is to Build community and adoption of Open Source on the mainframe by eliminating barriers to Open Source adoption on the mainframe, demonstrating value of the mainframe on technical and business levels, and strengthening collaboration points and resources for the community to thrive. Learn more about the project at https://www.openmainframeproject.org.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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SAN FRANCISCO, December 17, 2019The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced enrollment is now open for a new, free course – Introduction to Site Reliability Engineering and DevOps. This course is offered through edX, the trusted platform for learning.

As Agile practices started revolutionizing software development, there has been an increasing need to bridge the gap between faster development and traditional waterfall practices. With its modern principles, practices and an array of state-of-the-art automation tools, DevOps provides a path to bring your operations into the Agile era, ultimately resulting in faster software delivery, without compromising on quality. The 2018 Open Source Jobs Report from Dice and the Linux Foundation highlighted the strong popularity of DevOps practices, along with cloud and container technologies. DevOps skills are in high demand, and DevOps jobs are among the highest-paid tech jobs.

As DevOps processes mature, there is a growing need for professionals with expertise in key practices and tools. DevOps has not only opened up new opportunities for Operations personnel but also provides them with a logical career progression. There is also an emergence of Site Reliability Engineering as a specific job description. This course is designed as a first step in the journey of transforming operations personnel into an all-round DevOps expert. 

“Deep understanding of DevOps is a critical skill set that stands out in the workplace and translates into promotions and new job opportunities. Investing time in improving your skills is critical to modern technology jobs and the ease and accessibility of the Linux Foundation online courses brings self-training within reach,” said Dan Lopez, CDF program manager. ” The CD Foundation is seeing an explosion of interest in DevOps and continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) and this ‘Introduction to Site Reliability Engineering and DevOps’ is a great way to quickly take advantage of the explosive growth of opportunities in the field.”

Created by Gourav Shah from the School of DevOps, LFS162x is addressed to a wide audience: from managers looking for guidelines on how to start transforming organizations and understand where to start, to professionals looking to make a career in the world of Site Reliability/DevOps Engineering. Upon completion, students should have a good understanding of the foundation, principles, and practices of DevOps and Site Reliability Engineering. Students will gain an understanding of:

  • How DevOps is influencing software delivery and why it is important for IT operations personnel to skill up with DevOps practices.
  • How Cloud Computing has enabled organizations to rapidly build and deploy products and expand capacity.
  • How the open container ecosystem, with Kubernetes in the lead, is truly revolutionizing software delivery and what role an Operations Engineer plays in it.
  • The why, what and how of writing Infrastructure as a Code.
  • The role played by Continuous Integration in software delivery.
  • What is Continuous Deployment and Continuous Delivery and what does a deployment pipeline look like.
  • The role played by Observability systems, what to observe and why.

This course is a great starting point for aspiring DevOps and Site Reliability professionals looking to get the knowledge and skills to understand how to deploy software with confidence, agility and high reliability using modern DevOps and SRE practices.

Introduction to Site Reliability Engineering and DevOps is available at no cost, with content access for up to 10 weeks. Learners may upgrade to the verified track for $99, which includes all graded assessments, unlimited access to the course content and the ability to earn a Verified Certificate upon passing the course.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training, and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Engineers and developers from Facebook, Google, Trail of Bits and more to help advance osquery through neutral forum

SAN FRANCISCO – June 18, 2019 –Facebook and the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced plans to create a new foundation for the osquery project, which will be dedicated to growing and sustaining a neutral osquery ecosystem. Engineers and developers from Dactiv, Facebook, Google, Kolide, Trail of Bits, Uptycs, and other companies who are using osquery have committed to supporting the project under the new Foundation.

osquery is an open source tool developed by Facebook in 2014 that makes it easier to collect low level system information and detect potential security issues. It works by exposing an operating system as a high-performance relational database. This design makes it possible to easily and efficiently write SQL-based queries to detect and investigate anomalies.

osquery is being used in production by a variety of high scale companies such as Airbnb, Dropbox, Netflix, Palantir, Etsy, and Uber. Osquery also plays an important role in maintaining insight into the security of Facebook’s infrastructure. The osquery community is among the most vibrant in advancing operating system health and security, with more than 280 contributors and 5,000 commits.

“osquery has fostered a lively and active community that continues to develop new capabilities and use cases based on the ability to monitor their infrastructure more easily. We are thrilled to see the growing engagement with this project, and we believe the creation of the osquery Foundation is the best next step to support the community’s ongoing development and priorities,” said Teddy Reed, an engineering manager at Facebook and longtime osquery contributor.

The osquery Foundation will have an open governance model that encourages participation and technical contribution and will provide a framework for long-term stewardship by an ecosystem invested in osquery’s success. A Technical Advisory Board (TAB) made up of active community contributors will help facilitate the transition to this new model and drive the collective priorities set forth by the foundation members.

“Trail of Bits has long believed that osquery was destined to become an essential part of security infrastructure. Our involvement began in 2016 when we contributed the Windows platform support to osquery, and since then we have continuously provided the engineering services for organizations that wanted to grow its capabilities and contribute those improvements to the project. Trail of Bits has only seen interest in the osquery project increase, and we are pleased to know that the project will transition to a foundation and enter a new stage of growth,” said Mike Myers, principal security engineer at Trail of Bits.

“It is our pleasure to welcome the osquery Foundation into the Linux Foundation. Osquery has drastically simplified the process of operating system monitoring, which has unlocked new methods for securing infrastructure, detecting anomalies and more. We look forward to working with the osquery community to develop the Foundation in a manner that will continue to foster the growth and adoption of osquery while supporting the community’s diverse needs,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation.

About the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Leaders from Red Hat, IBM, Sine Nomine Associates & SUSE will Mentor Interns in dockerHub, Kubernetes and OMP’s Zowe framework

SAN FRANCISCO, May 30, 2019 – The Open Mainframe Project (OMP), an open source initiative that enables collaboration across the mainframe community to develop shared tool sets and resources, announced the launch of this year’s internship program with 9 global students. Each intern will be paired with mentors from Open Mainframe Project member organizations such as Red Hat, IBM, Sine Nomine Associates and SUSE who designed a project to address a specific mainframe development or research challenge.Mainframes are often seen as traditional and antiquated technology. However, the mainframe is the core IT system handling critical data and applications for organizations in finance, retail, insurance, transportation and the government. In fact, according to Forrester, 96% of new initiatives are powered by mainframes. Open Mainframe Project increases awareness of open source being a technology driver for the mainframe and is dedicated to educating the future mainframe engineers.

In its fourth year, the annual OMP internship program has helped 32 students learn more and gain experience with Linux, open source and mainframes. This year, almost 100 applicants applied, which is a 43% increase from 2018. As a result, OMP increased the number of interns to 9 with six projects including compliance engine, dockerHub development stacks, BoringSSL, Kubernates on Z and Zowe, Open Mainframe Project’s framework that strengthens integration with modern enterprise applications. The mentors will provide regular evaluations and feedback during the 15-week program, which kicks off this week. Interns can work from anywhere and will be invited to travel to an industry conference where they will recap their experience at the end of the internship.

“The mainframe is the heart of many businesses and Open Mainframe Project is dedicated to training the next generation of mainframers to get into a lucrative career,” said John Mertic, Director of Program Management for the Linux Foundation and Open Mainframe Project. “With the ability to work remotely and learn from current leaders, this is a huge stepping stone for students that has an immense impact on the open source and mainframe communities. We look forward to watching their progress and see what these interns can do.”

Hosted by The Linux Foundation, the Open Mainframe Project is comprised of more than 30 business and academic leaders that collaborate to educate the next generation of mainframe engineers including ADP, Broadcom, Docker, Marist, North Carolina A&T State University,  Rocket Software, Ubuntu, VCU, Vicom Infinity and William Paterson University. OMP strives to build an inclusive community through investment in programs, career development, and events that provide opportunities to underrepresented and disadvantaged groups around the world.

Additional details on the OMP projects, mentors, and students can be found below.

The Compliance Project: Students will develop a compliance engine where rules are added and then analyze by the compliance engine, which will check whether blockchain records conform to those rules. The two mentors are Petr Novotny, Research Staff Member in Enterprise Solutions group at IBM Research, and Donna Dillenberger, IBM Fellow at IBM’s Watson Research Center will work with Shivam Singhal, a Computer Science and Engineering student at the University of Washington and a bug squasher with Mozilla Addons Ecosystem. Priyanka Advani, a student in the Master’s in Computer Science Program at Santa Clara University, will also work on this project. She has more than seven years of experience working in the mainframe industry.

The DockerHub Development Stacks: This project will produce a suite of Docker images for OpenSUSE and ClefOS (a CentOS clone for Z). These are all based on a CentOS clone called ClefOS. The source for most of these (excluding the OpenShift and Source-to-Image images).

Neale Ferguson, Principal Engineer at Sine Nomine Associates, will work closely with Vedarth Sharma, a programmer who has contributed to open source projects for two years, and Kautila Tripathi, a backend developer who has a rich history of contributing to the open source community.

Big-Endian Support for BoringSSL: BoringSSL gained popularity when Google used OpenSSL for many years in various ways and as Google’s product portfolio became more complex, more copies of OpenSSL sprung up and the effort involved in maintaining all these patches in multiple places was growing steadily. This project aims to add support for Big Endian systems such as Z. Neale Ferguson will also lead this project and mentor Sladyn Nunes, a Computer Science and Engineering student from Mumbai University.

Boost Context Module implementation for s390x: – boost.context is a foundational library that provides a cooperative multitasking on a single thread. This project aims to fix the missing module blocks and help other projects get available on the s390x. Dan Horak, Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat, will lead this project with Naveen Naidu, a Computer of Science and Engineering student in India and 2018’s Google Code mentor for Coala.

Cloud Foundry Operator for Kubernates on Z: The goal of this project is to successfully build and test the incubating Cloud Foundry Operator on Z. Vlad Iovanov, Technical Lead for Cloud Foundry at SUSE, will work with Dan Pavel Sinkovicz, a Computer Software Engineering student at the University of Northampton.

Open Mainframe Project’s Zowe Features Addition: Zowe offers modern interfaces to interact with z/OS and allows you to work with z/OS in a way that is similar to what you experience on cloud platforms today. The focus of this project would be to create new applications/plugins for Zowe. Matt Hogstrom, Zowe Leadership Community Chairperson and Chief Architect and Distinguished Engineer for IBM, will mentor Yash Jain, a Computer Science and Engineering student at the University of Mumbai, and Usman Haider, a master’s student at National University of Science Technology.

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About the Open Mainframe Project

The Open Mainframe Project is intended to serve as a focal point for deployment and use of Linux and Open Source in a mainframe computing environment. With a vision of Open Source on the Mainframe as the standard for enterprise class systems and applications, the project’s mission is to Build community and adoption of Open Source on the mainframe by eliminating barriers to Open Source adoption on the mainframe, demonstrating the value of the mainframe on technical and business levels, and strengthening collaboration points and resources for the community to thrive. Learn more about the project at https://www.openmainframeproject.org.

About The Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more.  The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

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