This week in Linux and OSS news, GitHub CEO shares thoughts on tech industry’s heavyweights shifting to Linux, National Law Review spotlights Hyperledger, and more! Read on to get caught up on this week’s top Linux and open source headlines.



GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath speaks about how tech industry heavyweights are “no longer opposed to open source software” and why.

1) “Big companies are now embracing open source. If more companies are turning to software, they are going to need someplace to store all that code. Enter GitHub…”

GitHub CEO Talks About How Microsoft and Apple Are Changing– Fortune

2) NLR provides an overview of blockchain and its importance, including The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project.

Beyond Bitcoin: The Potential of Distributed Ledger Technology (Part 1) – The National Law Review

3) Orange to be the first network operator to test AT&T’s ECOMP network management and orchestration platform.

Orange First to Test AT&T’s ECOMP– Light Reading

4) “Microsoft has been focused on open sourcing software for at least a decade, but it has rapidly increased this work in recent years.”

Microsoft Really Does Love Linux– The Verge

5) Vim 8 has been released. 

Classic Unix/Linux Editor Vim Gets First Update in Years– ZDNet

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 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

1) Brian Behlendorf, developer of Apache web-server software, announced as the Hyperledger Project’s new executive director.

Internet Heavyweight Joins Open-Source Blockchain Consortium– Bloomberg


Greg Kroah-Hartman

Senior Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman supervised the major security improvements in Linux 4.6. Full release review in Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols’ article for ZDNet

2) Linux 4.6 provides improved security, ARM support, & gaming hardware support. 

Linux 4.6 is a Major Release: Here’s What’s New & Improved– ZDNet

3) OpenDaylight executive director Neela Jacques explains the ubiquity of open source.  

The Shift in Open Source: A New Kind of Platform War– NetworkWorld

4) Adam Jaffe testifies in the Oracle’s copyright infringement case against Google.

Economist: There Was No ‘Fair Use’ of Java APIs in Android– eWeek

5) Major security vulnerability in the Symantec Antivirus Engine has been uncovered and could compromise Linux, Mac and Windows PCs.

Security Hole in Symantec Antivirus Exposes Windows, Linux and Macs– SecurityBrief NZ