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This week in Linux and open source, Microsoft’s new CNCF membership represents the company’s ongoing love for open source, Adobe Flash is the subject of enthusiast rescue mission, and much more

1) Microsoft continues its Linux lovefest with new CNCF membership.

Microsoft Further Pledges Linux Loyalty by Joining Cloud Native Computing Foundation– Beta News

2) While Adobe is “mercy killing” Flash, enthusiasts are hoping for an open source lifeboat.

Adobe Flash Fans Want a Chance to Fix Its One Million Bugs Under an Open Source License– Gizmodo

3) A project intended to “develop open source technology and standards for “computational contracting” for the legal world that deploys blockchain technology” is getting ready for liftoff

Accord Project’s Consortium Launching First Legal ‘Smart Contracts’ With Hyperledger– Forbes

4) Version 60 of Google Chrome has been released for Linux and features security fixes, developer-related changes, and more

Google Chrome 60 Released for Linux, Mac, and Windows– Bleeping Computer

5) SambaCry doesn’t just favor Linux…

Creators Of SambaCry Linux Malware Also Have A Windows Backdoor Program– Forbes

You may have heard about the world-changing potential of blockchains — the technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. But what are they exactly? And why are companies clamoring to use and develop blockchain technologies?

“It’s not too outlandish to think that in five years time, every Fortune 500 company and perhaps even the top 1,000 will have deployed a blockchain somewhere,” said Hyperledger Executive Director Brian Behlendorf, in a recent article on Linux.com.

In a free webinar to be held Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Pacific, guest speaker Dan O’Prey, CMO of Digital Asset Holdings, will provide an overview of blockchain technology and the Hyperledger Project at The Linux Foundation.

Hyperledger is an umbrella project for software developer communities building open source blockchain and related technologies. It is a neutral, foundational community for participating companies such as IBM, Intel, Cisco, JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, the London Stock Exchange, Red Hat, and Swift to work together to develop the technology and address issues of code provenance, patent rights, standards, and policy.

In this webinar, Dan will cover:

  • The foundations of distributed ledger technologies, smart contracts, and other components that comprise the modern blockchain technology stack.

  • Why a new blockchain project was needed for business and what the main use cases and requirements for the technology are for commercial applications, as well as extending the overview on the history and projects in the Hyperledger umbrella and how you can get involved.

Register now to attend the webinar, Hyperledger: Blockchain Technologies for Business! Can’t attend? Register anyways to make sure you get a link to the replay, delivered straight to your inbox.

1) The White House released federal source code policy, requiring agencies to release 20% of new code they commission as open source. 

Open Source Won. So, Now What?– WIRED

2) A flaw in the Transmission Control Protocol poses a threat to Internet users, whether they use Linux directly or not.

Use the Internet? This Linux Flaw Could Open You Up to Attack– PCWorld

3) New Trojan targets Linux servers and is exploiting servers running the Redis NoSQL database to use them for bitcoin mining.

Linux.Lady Trojan Turns Linux Servers into Bitcoin Miners– The Inquirer

4) “Will Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn slow down the social networking company’s cadence of open-sourcing core technology for developers?”

LinkedIn: Open-Sourcing Under the Microsoft Regime– eWeek

5) Today’s CEOs increasingly have impressive technical backgrounds and open source is more valuable than ever. 

2046 is the Last Year Your CEO Has a Business Major– VentureBeat