Posts

This week in Linux and open source news, The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project to help China get greener, an old Linux vulnerability surfaces, and more! Read on to stay in the OSS know!

1) IBM and Energy-Blockchain Labs announced a blockchain-based trading platform for “green assets” that’s based on Hyperledger.

How Blockchain Is Helping China Go Greener– Fox Business

2) “A Linux developer discovered a serious security hole that’s been hiding for years in an out-of-date driver.”

Old Linux Kernel Security Bug Bites– ZDNet

3) Gates’ Radiant Earth Project hopes to “encourage the creation of more open source technologies and innovation that can help ‘solve societies’ most pressing issues.'”

Bill Gates Has Started a New Crusade to Save the World– Fortune

4) Containerd to become a CNCF project

Docker and Core OS Plan to Donate Their Container Technologies to CNCF– CIO

5) “IBM’s public cloud will run Red Hat’s OpenStack and Ceph storage products”

IBM + Red Hat = An Open Source Hybrid Cloud– NetworkWorld

This week in open source news, SDxCentral calls The Linux Foundation crucial to the networking evolution, the cloud should be central in kickstarting your business, and more! Read on for more Linux and OSS headlines.

1) “With the importance of open source and SDN, virtual switches, and open software stacks, the Linux Foundation has become highly relevant to the next-gen data center networking evolution.”

Web Titans Have Big Influence on Data Center Networking Efforts– SDxCentral

2) The cloud can help developers achieve great success while keeping costs down. The Register delves into how startups, PaaS, and blockchain factor in.

How the Cloud Can Kickstart Your Business– The Register

3) Karl-Heinz Schneider claims that there are no good reasons to migrate back to Windows, after a back and forth city debate.

Munich IT Chief Slams City’s Decision to Dump Linux For Windows– The Inquirer

4) A dangerous flaw in the kernel allowed attackers to elevate their access rights and crash systems.

Another Years-Old Flaw Fixed in the Linux Kernel– BleepingComputer

5) “Dramatic changes in the use of open source require modifications to organizations’ application security strategies.”

Security in the Age of Open Source– DarkReading

The breadth of the The Linux Foundation (affectionately known as The LF) is often overlooked due to its eponymous name. However, what may not be apparent to the layman is that The LF is providing a true foundation for the next generation of Internet infrastructure by cultivating the biggest shared technology investment in history. The LF is so much more than Linux. Our work encompasses projects from security and IoT, to networking and cloud computing, and beyond.

One blockbuster example, Hyperledger, celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. This is the open source blockchain project on which a new ecosystem of projects and products will be built that reinvents commercial transactions on the Internet. Hyperledger is helping redefine the financial industry to reduce fraud and improve security through a blockchain shared ledger.

Let’s Encrypt is another LF project that’s bringing a level of security to the Internet that was previously out of reach by offering a free and open automated certificate authority. Furthermore, our Core Infrastructure Initiative provides a collaborative effort for key infrastructure that’s used throughout the network but needed more resources to be developed and maintained effectively. CII helps provide support for OpenSSH, OpenSSL and NTP (the Network Time Protocol that is used for updating virtually every server on the Internet).

With Cloud Foundry and Node.js, we are working to help enable digital transformation of IT infrastructure by providing frameworks for delivering cloud applications that scale and thrive under an open source development model. Increasingly, Linux Foundation projects are addressing needs throughout the application stack. Cloud Foundry, a container-based application platform, provides a way for developers to deploy applications while abstracting away some of the complexities of the underlying infrastructure. In essence they help application developers deploy cloud-native applications. Node.js is providing a massively scalable Javascript framework that makes it much easier to build server-side applications for the cloud.

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), an LF project that supports the key projects needed to build and scale modern distributed systems, has just acquired the rights to the Rethink DB source code. The project was licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, Version 3 (AGPLv3), a strong copyleft license, which limited the willingness of some companies to use and contribute to the software. CNCF paid $25,000 to purchase the RethinkDB copyright and assets and has re-licensed the software under the ASLv2, one of the most popular permissive software licenses, which enables anyone to use the software for any purpose without complicated requirements. (See related blog post “Why CNCF Recommends ASLv2”.) RethinkDB joins CNCF’s solid stable of software built for the cloud including fluentd (data collection), Prometheus (monitoring), Kubernetes (container orchestration), and others.

And with the massive adoption of container technology (e.g. Docker, rkt) The Linux Foundation is providing an open governance structure for containers under the Open Container Initiative (OCI.) The OCI currently offers two specifications: the Runtime Specification (runtime-spec) and the Image Specification (image-spec). Such specs make it possible for companies to safely stake their products and services on container technologies by providing certainty that their applications can run across platforms. This is the foundation of a new container ecosystem.

Open Source Foundations Beyond Code

It wasn’t so long ago that we declared Linux to be the operating system of the cloud. Now a whole host of new cloud technologies are being built on that model of open source development (and run on top of Linux.) The Linux Foundation is not only providing the foundations for developing the code base of these technologies, but also the other mechanisms needed to foster collaboration, learning, and development.

We have launched a number of training courses, both free and paid, for those operators and developers learning to sharpen their skills. For example, we provide a free Introduction to Cloud Infrastructure Technologies course through edX. We have also created a Kubernetes Fundamentals course to help users validate and gain the skills needed to take advantage of what is becoming the most widely deployed container orchestration tool. We also fill the needs for skills training in open source software that we aren’t directly involved in, such as our OpenStack course that helps users prepare for the OpenStack certification.

Finally, our commitment to open source provides users the tools they need to appropriately consume, develop, and learn about open source. Our Open Source Summit events have multiple technology tracks, including cloud computing. And our CloudNativeCon and Kubecon series of events are the de facto place to learn about Kubernetes and how to build and use cloud native applications. We produce the events where users, developers and solution providers can come together to learn and collaborate on open cloud technologies.

In the end, what we are seeing is that technology is increasingly becoming open source and companies that originally develop software to scratch their own itch are finding much broader applications of those efforts. Savvy companies are taking their open source projects and mustering industry support around them. Pivotal did so with Cloud Foundry, Google’s done this with Kubernetes, and Joyent with Node.js.

The LF is a shepherd for valuable technologies that may need extra help to find success, such as RethinkDB, and we have stepped in to provide support around a project that was not prospering under a single entity. That support has to encompass a diverse ecosystem of users, developers, and solution providers which all collaborate to solve problems and improve the usability of these projects.

Through open collaboration we are creating a new generation of Internet infrastructure that will itself provide the foundation for companies and ecosystems to thrive well into the future.

Learn more about The Linux Foundation projects. Watch Jim Zemlin’s keynote talk at Open Source Leadership Summit 2017. Watch now!

This week in Linux and open source headlines, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth opens up about spawning new opportunities with the interoperability of various areas of OSS, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols urges the Linux community to roll up their sleeves in 2017, and more! Read on to stay on the forefront of open source news:

1) “When sensors, data, machine learning and the cloud collide, new kinds of opportunity can emerge.”

Open Source Pioneer Mark Shuttleworth Says Smart “Edge’ Devices Spawn Business Models– The Wall Street Journal

2) Linux turned 25 last year– but that doesn’t mean OSS is done proving itself. 

Linux 2017: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility– ZDNet

3) “Endless is launching its first products designed specifically for the United States.”

Endless Introduces Linux Mini Desktop PCs for American Market– Liliputing

4) The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project has formed a new working group to reach out to Chinese members, which make up over a quarter or their base. 

Hyperledger Blockchain Project Announces ‘Technical Working Group China’ Following Strong Interest– Cryptocoins News

5) “AT&T is an open-source software company now  — I just have to pinch myself.” said Jim Zemlin at CES.

The Linux Foundation is Still Adjusting to AT&T’s Embrace of Open Source– GeekWire

This week in Linux and OSS news, The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project continues to grow rapidly as its membership hits 100, Arpit Joshipura comes aboard The Linux Foundation’s staff as an OSS networking specialist, and more! Read up on the latest industry news with this weekly digest

1) The blockchain project continues to grow at an unprecedented speed.

Linux Foundation’s Blockchain Collective Hyperledger Hits 100 Members– Blockchain News

2) Arpit Joshipura, veteran tech exec who has worked at Dell, Ericsson and Nortel joins The Linux Foundation.

Linux Foundation Adds an Open Source Networking Specialist to the Team– NetworkWorld

3) A new Google program aimed at continuously fuzzing open source software has already detected over 150 bugs.

Google Debuts Continuous Fuzzer for Open Source Software– ThreatPost

4) AMD is bringing FreeSync support to Linux

AMD strengthens gaming and VR on Linux with graphics improvements– PC World

5) Bryan Lunduke makes his annual open source predictions for the upcoming year.

7 Linux Predictions for 2017– NetworkWorld

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.

This week in Linux and OSS news, The Linux Foundation’s annual Guide to the Open Cloud lists top open source cloud projects​ and trends, no Dirty Cow bug patch for Android this month, and more! Stay informed and engaged in open source news with this weekly digest!

1) The Linux Foundation releases its 2016 Guide to the Open Cloud report.

Linux Foundation Provides Insights Into the Open Cloud– SD Times

2) Though Linux users got a fix for “Dirty Cow” Android users might not be so lucky.

Fix for Critical Android Rooting Bug is a No-Show in November Patch Release– Ars Technica

3) Jeff Garzik, CEO and co-founder of Bloq, to join The Linux Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Linux Foundation Appoints Jeff Garzik to Board of Directors– Bitcoins.net

4) “More than 80 leading finance and technology organizations, including IBM, have joined The Linux Foundation Hyperledger, a project aimed at creating an enterprise-grade blockchain framework.”

How Blockchain Will Change Your Life– The Wall Street Journal

5) Munich, Germany is famous for rejecting Windows in favor of Microsoft but now faces proposals to make Windows 10 and Office available across the council.

City that Swapped Windows for Linux Debates Proposed Windows 10 Move– ZDNet

This week in Linux and open source news, R3 has made its blockchain platform’s code public, a newly identified vulnerability threatens Android phones, and more! Keep your finger on the pulse of OSS with this weekly digest.

1) Corda’s code will be contributed to the Hyperledger Project.

R3 Blockchain Code Goes Open Source– Banking Technology

2) Rowhammer attack targets an Android phone’s dynamic random access memory.

Elegant Physics (and Some Down and Dirty Linux Tricks) Threaten Android Phones– WIRED

3) “SUSE announces plans for server and storage versions of Linux supporting 64-bit ARM SoCs.”

SUSE Preps Linux for ARM Servers– EE TImes

4) Dirty COW: A nine-year-old bug in the Linux kernel has been recently revealed.

“Dirty COW” Is The Most Dangerous Linux Privilege-Escalation Bug Ever, Experts Say– FOSSbytes

5) “The same internal, deep learning tools that Microsoft engineers used to build its human-like speech recognition engine, as well as consumer products like Skype Translator and Cortana, are now available for public use.”

Microsoft makes its deep learning tools available to all– Engadget

This week in Linux and open source news, the popularity of blockchain amongst banks will continue to surge through 2017, Linus Torvalds refelcts on the anniversary of Linux at LinuxCon Europe, and more! Read on and stay in the know!

opensource-jobs.png

Open source jobs report

A new report from The Linux Foundation & Dice finds that Europeans working in open source are well situated in the global job market.

1) Four out of 5 banks will be using blockchain tech by next year, according to the World Economic Forum.

Why J.P. Morgan Chase Is Building a Blockchain on Ethereum– Fortune

2) Linus Torvalds shares thoughts on the past 25 years of Linux at LinuxCon Europe. Legends of Linux Part 1: Linus Torvalds– The Inquirer

3) A new jobs report from The Linux Foundation & Dice shows that open source employees in Europe have it even better than the rest of the world.

It’s Good to Be an Open Source Pro in Europe– ITProPortal

4) With just a mere 48 characters of code, Linux admin and SSLMate founder Andrew Ayer has figured out how to crash major Linux distributions by locally exploiting a flaw in systemd.

Hack Crashes Linux Distros With 48 Characters of Code– ThreatPost

5) Google’s 2D & 3D library for mapping movement in space goes open source.

Google Open-Sources Cartographer 3D Mapping Library– VentureBeat

This week in Linux and open source news, Hyperledger’s membership continues to surge, Adobe to resurrect Flash on Linux, and more! Read on to stay informed on the biggest industry news. 

The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project continues to dominate the industry.

The Hyperledger Project is Growing Like Gangbusters– ZDNet

Adobe Flash will once again receive updates in addition to security patches.

Adobe Flash Player Will Live on in Linux– BetaNews

Florida computer programmer accused of The Linux Foundation security breach.

Feds Pin Brazen Kernel.org Intrusion on 27-Year-Old Programmer– Ars Technica

“IBM has launched three Power8 Linux servers designed to accelerate artificial intelligence, deep learning, and advanced analytics applications.”

IBM Unveils Power8 Linux Servers for Deep Learning

Pivotal Cloud Foundry dubbed a “tremendous cloud operating system” by Michael Dell.

Meet Michael Dell’s New Tech Behemoth– Fortune