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1) After six years, Sony has agreed to pay for its 2010 firmware update, which removed support for the Linux operating system in the PlayStation 3.

Sony Agrees to Pay Millions to Gamers to Settle PS3 Linux Debacle– Ars Technica

2) Belink, BitSE, INVeSHARE, MonetaGo, Moscow Exchange, Norbloc, & Onchain join the Hyperledger Project

The Hyperledger Blockchain Project Sees Seven New Members– Crypto Coin News

3) New project announcmeents at OPNFV Summit in Berlin this week. 

OPNFV Project Scales up Network Functions Virtualization Ecosystem– ComputerWeekly.com

4) The way software companies are built is changing to match the software itself. 

The Next Wave in Software is Open Adoption Software– TechCrunch

5) In the course of one year, Microsoft has seen customers use Linux in a third of its Azure machines, up from a fourth.

Microsoft: Nearly One in Three Azure Virtual Machines Now Are Running Linux– ZDNet

You can celebrate the 25th anniversary of Linux with Linus Torvalds and other open source innovators and leaders at LinuxCon North America and ContainerCon this year.

Torvalds, Linux and Git creator and Linux Foundation fellow, will keynote at the event, to be held in Toronto, Canada Aug. 22-24. He’ll be one among many open source innovators and influencers who will gather to discuss and demonstrate the latest in open source technologies beyond Linux.

The keynote speakers will focus on the technologies and trends having the biggest impact on open source development today, including containers, networking and IoT, as well as hardware, cloud applications, and the Linux kernel. See the full schedule, which is now available from The Linux Foundation.

Brian Behlendorf, founder of The Apache Software Foundation will give a keynote this year  in his new role as executive director at the Hyperledger Project. As a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, Behlendorf “changed the web,” says Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. Now he’s contributing to the next generation of the Internet technology stack, creating a shared, distributed ledger at the Hyperledger Project.  

Joe Beda, entrepreneur in residence at venture capital firm Accel Partners, will also give a LinuxCon keynote this year. Beda, the lead architect of Google Compute Engine who also helped launch Kubernetes, has carte blanche from Accel to come up with new business ideas and will eventually launch his own startup (possibly around Kubernetes.)  

Other keynote speakers include:

  • Abhishek Chauhan, vice president and CTO at Citrix

  • Cory Doctorow, science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger

  • Dr. Margaret Heffernan, entrepreneur, management expert and author of five books including “BEYOND MEASURE: The Big Impact of Small Changes”

  • Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, science and STEM education evangelist and author of “Save our Science”

  • Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat

  • Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation

LinuxCon will feature more than 150 sessions, ranging from tutorials to deep technical sessions, with new content on the latest kernel updates, DevOps, Professional Open Source Management, networking, hypervisors/virtualization, storage technologies and interfaces, security, Internet of Things and talks related to open source collaboration and best practices.

ContainerCon is a technical conference co-located with LinuxCon to expand the event and bring together leaders in the development and deployment of containers and the Linux kernel to innovate on the delivery of open source infrastructure.

“This year, (LinuxCon) is more than a meeting of the minds,” Zemlin said. “It’s also a celebration of open source software as we mark the 25th anniversary of Linux.”

Those who register by June 5 will save up to $300. This year, LinuxCon and ContainerCon will also feature a Hall Pass option, providing access to the exhibit hall, lounge spaces, evening booth crawl and more for $100.

See the full schedule of speakers or register now to attend LinuxCon North America and ContainerCon.

 

This Week in Linux News: Hyperledger Project could help solve counterfeit drug problem, Linux goals have changed, and more. Get the latest on open source with the weekly news digest.

1) Management consulting services company, Accenture, proposed a blockchain-supported solution to the counterfeit drug problem at a recent Hyperledger Project meeting.

Blockchain Technology Could Help Solve $75 Billion Counterfeit Drug Problem– International Business Times

2) World domination is no longer the most important goal for Linux, writes Bruce Byfield.

Linux and the Second Goal- Datamation

3) The Linux Foundation’s Open Container Initiative is “in the perfect position to draft a standard that meets everyone’s needs,” writes James Darvell.

New Container Image Standard Promises More Portable Apps– Linux Journal

4) The latest Ubuntu release emphasizes a user-friendly experience.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Brings Big Changes to the Linux Desktop– PCWorld

5) Red Hat has embraced open source OpenStack infrastructure-as-a-service cloud.

Red Hat Doubles Down on OpenStack– ZDNet