This week in Linux and open source news, The Linux Foundation welcomes Sheryl Chamberlain as new Chief of Staff as the organization’s collection of projects continues to grow, genomic analysis software opens up & more! Read on for the latest in OSS news. 


Sheryl Chamberlain

Sheryl Chamberlain joins The Linux Foundation this week as Chief of Staff to help oversee the organization’s continued growth.

1) The Linux Foundation welcomes Sheryl Chamberlain as new Chief of Staff to oversee projects.

Linux Foundation Grows So Much it Hires a Chief of Staff– SDxCentral

2) Broad’s new open source genomic analysis software features new tools and rebuilt architecture.

Broad Releases Open Source Version of Genomic Analysis Software– Health Data Management

3) The Linux Foundation’s General Manager of Networking & Orchestration, Arpit Joshipura, shares thoughts on how the network has come and where it needs to go.

Can the Open-Source Network Buzz Grow Up Into Enterprise-Ready Solutions?– SiliconANGLE

4) Tech industry heavyweights release open platform for creating network of deployed services

Google, IBM and Lyft Launch Istio, an Open-Source Platform for Managing and Securing Microservices– TechCrunch

5) “Post Unity, how will the transition to GNOME work?”

Distro Watch for Ubuntu Lovers: What’s Ahead in Linux Land– The Register

This week in open source news, The Linux Foundation’s Open Networking Summit unites software-defined networking and network functions virtualization (SDN/NFV) pros, academics, and enthusiasts for announcements and collaboration, Microsoft has announced the end of CodePlex in favor of GitHub, & more! Keep reading to get caught up on the biggest headlines in open source this week.
1) At the annual Open Networking Summit, SDN & NFV leaders gather. Announcements included the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) becoming a Linux Foundation Project and CORD Project working on new OSS service delivery platform.
2) Microsoft “acknowledges that GitHub is the go-to option for project hosting” and announces the end of CodePlex in Q4.
3) ONAP Project names SVP of AT&T Labs Chris Rice as chair.
4) “After six years of pitching the dream of a converged Linux desktop experience that crosses desktop, mobile, server and cloud, Canonical pulls the plug.”
5) Uber’s open source tool for data virtualization is getting scalable updates after being released in November.

One of the core tenets of DevOps is learning and sharing, said John Willis, co-author of the DevOps Handbook in an interview on “Individuals who are passionate about the health and performance of their organization find these patterns personally fulfilling,” he said.

Willis, who has been a leader in the DevOps movement from the beginning, will share his insights in an upcoming “Introduction to DevOps” webinar series hosted by The Linux Foundation. According to Willis, a primary advantage of DevOps is that it can help organizations go faster while being more reliable. And organizations that deploy faster and deliver services more quickly are better at resolving issues.

In this multi-webinar series which starts next week, Willis will help guide participants through the free Introduction to DevOps: Transforming and Improving Operations training course, which is available from In each webinar, Willis — the course author — will provide a quick chapter summary, leaving plenty of time to answer your questions.

Join us Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific for the first webinar session in which Willis provides a brief overview of the complete course, explaining the topics to be covered and describing the rationale for the course.

Sign up for the webinar now!

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

The Linux Foundation today released its third annual “Guide to the Open Cloud” report on current trends and open source projects in cloud computing.

The report aggregates and analyzes industry research to provide insights on how trends in containers, microservices, and more shape cloud computing today. It also defines the open source cloud and cloud native computing and discusses why the open cloud is important to just about every industry.

“From banking and finance to automotive and healthcare, companies are facing the reality that they’re now in the technology business. In this new reality, cloud strategies can make or break an organization’s market success. And successful cloud strategies are built on Linux and open source software,” according to the report.

A list of 75 projects at the end of the report serves as a directory for IT managers and practitioners looking to build, manage, and monitor their cloud resources. These are the projects to know about, try out, and contribute to in order to ensure your business stays competitive in the cloud.

The projects are organized into key categories of cloud infrastructure including IaaS, PaaS, virtualization, containers, cloud operating systems, DevOps, configuration management, logging and monitoring, software-defined networking (SDN), software-defined storage, and networking for containers.

New this year is the addition of a section on container management and automation tools, which is a hot area for development as companies race to fill the growing need to manage highly distributed, cloud-native applications. Traditional DevOps CI/CD tools have also been collected in a separate category, though functionality can overlap.

These additions reflect a movement toward the use of public cloud services and microservices architectures which is changing the nature of open source cloud computing.

“A whole new class of open source cloud computing projects has now begun to leverage the elasticity of the public cloud and enable applications designed and built to run on it,” according to the report.

To learn more about current trends in cloud computing and to see a full list of the most useful, influential, and promising open source cloud projects, download the report now.