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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

Linux is hot right now. Everybody is looking for Linux talent. Recruiters are knocking down the doors of anybody with Linux experience, and there are tens of thousands of jobs waiting to be filled. But what if you want to take advantage of this trend and you’re new to Linux? How do you get started?

  1. Install Linux  It should almost go without saying, but the first key to learning Linux is to install Linux. Both the LFS101x and the LFS201 courses include detailed sections on installing and configuring Linux for the first time.
  2. Take LFS101x If you are completely new to Linux, the best place to start is our free LFS101x Introduction to Linux course. This online course is hosted by edX.org, and explores the various tools and techniques commonly used by Linux system administrators and end users to achieve their day-to-day work in a Linux environment. It is designed for experienced computer users who have limited or no previous exposure to Linux, whether they are working in an individual or enterprise environment. This course will give you a good working knowledge of Linux from both a graphical and command line perspective, allowing you to easily navigate through any of the major Linux distributions.
  3. Look into LFS201 Once you’ve completed LFS101x, you’re ready to start diving into the more complicated tasks in Linux that will be required of you as a professional sysadmin. To gain those skills, you’ll want to take LFS201 Essentials of Linux System Administration. The course gives you in-depth explanations and instructions for each topic, along with plenty of exercises and labs to help you get real, hands-on experience with the subject matter.

    If you would rather have a live instructor teach you or you have an employer who is interested in helping you become a Linux sysadmin, you might also be interested in LFS301 Linux System Administration. This course includes all the same topics as the LFS201 course, but is taught by an expert instructor who can guide you through the labs and answer any questions you have on the topics covered in the course.

  4. Practice! Practice makes perfect, and that’s as true for Linux as it is for any musical instrument or sport. Once you’ve installed Linux, use it regularly. Perform key tasks over and over again until you can do them easily without reference material. Learn the ins and outs of the command line as well as the GUI. This practice will ensure that you’ve got the skills and knowledge to be successful as a professional Linux sysadmin.
  5. Get Certified After you’ve taken LFS201 or LFS301 and you’ve gotten some practice, you are now ready to get certified as a system administrator. You’ll need this certification because this is how you will prove to employers that you have the necessary skills to be a professional Linux sysadmin.

    There are several Linux certifications on the market today, and all of them have their place. However, most of these certifications are either centered on a specific distro (like Red Hat) or are purely knowledge-based and don’t demonstrate actual skill with Linux. The Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator certification is an excellent alternative for someone looking for a flexible, meaningful entry-level certification.

  6. Get Involved At this point you may also want to consider joining up with a local Linux Users Group (or LUG), if there’s one in your area. These groups are usually composed of people of all ages and experience levels, so regardless of where you are at with your Linux experience, you can find people with similar skill levels to bond with, or more advanced Linux users who can help answer questions and point you towards helpful resources. To find out if there’s a LUG near you, try looking on meetup.com, check with a nearby university, or just do a simple Internet search.

    There are also many online communities available to you as you learn Linux. These sites and communities provide help and support to both individuals new to Linux or experienced administrators:

7. Learn To Love The Documentation

Last but not least, if you ever get stuck on something within Linux, don’t forget about Linux’s included documentation. Using the commands man (for manual), info and help, you can find information on virtually every aspect of Linux, right from within the operating system. The usefulness of these built-in resources cannot be overstated, and you’ll find yourself using them throughout your career, so you might as well get familiar with them early on.

Interested in learning more about a career in system administration? Check out our free ebook “Future Proof Your SysAdmin Career

The Call For Papers (CFP) for MesosCon Europe is closing soon! Submit your proposal by July 28 for consideration.

MesosCon is an annual conference that brings together users and developers to share and learn about the project and its growing ecosystem. The conference will feature two days of sessions to learn more about the Apache Mesos core and related technologies. The program will include workshops to get started with Apache Mesos, keynote addresses from industry leaders, and sessions led by adopters and contributors.

Dates to Remember

  • CFP Close: July 28, 2017

  • CFP Notifications: August 28, 2017

  • Schedule Announced: August 30, 2017

Submit a proposal to speak at MesosCon Europe »

Suggested Topics

Here are a few examples of topics we would like to see:

  • Best practices and lessons on deploying and running Mesos at scale

  • Deep dives and tutorials into Mesos

  • Interesting extensions to Mesos (e.g., new communication models, support for new containerizers, new resource types and allocation models, etc.)

  • Improvements/additions to the Mesos ecosystem (packaging systems, monitoring, log aggregation, load balancing, service discovery, etc.)

  • New frameworks

  • Microservice design

  • Continuous delivery / DevOps (automating into production)

If you’re unsure about your proposal, or want some feedback or general advice, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’ll be happy to help!

Our events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the Linux community and we work closely with our attendees, sponsors, and speakers to help keep The Linux Foundation events professional, welcoming, and friendly.

Not interested in speaking but want to attend? Linux.com readers receive 5% off the “attendee” registration with code LINUXRD5.

Register for MesosCon North America »

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Actor and online entrepreneur Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be speaking at Open Source Summit North America — Sept. 11-14 in Los Angeles, CA — about his experiences with collaborative technologies.

Gordon-Levitt, the founder and director of HITRECORD — an online production company that makes art collaboratively with more than half a million artists of all kinds — will share his views on the evolution of the Internet as a collaborative medium and offer some key technological lessons learned since the company’s launch.

Other new additions to the keynote lineup are:

  • Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle

  • Chris Wright, Vice President & Chief Technologist, Office of Technology at Red Hat

And, previously announced speakers include:

  • Linus Torvalds, Creator of Linux and Git, in conversation with Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation

  • Tanmay Bakshi, a 13-year-old Algorithm-ist and Cognitive Developer, Author and TEDx Speaker

  • Bindi Belanger, Executive Program Director, Ticketmaster

  • Christine Corbett Moran, NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, CalTech

  • Dan Lyons, FORTUNE Columnist and Bestselling Author of “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble”

  • Jono Bacon, Community Manager, Author, Podcaster

  • Nir Eyal, Behavioral Designer and Bestselling Author of “Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products”

  • Ross Mauri, General Manager, IBM z Systems & LinuxONE, IBM

  • Zeynep Tufekci, Professor, New York Times Writer, Author and Technosociologist

The full exciting lineup of Open Source Summit North America speakers and 200+ sessions can be viewed here.

Register by July 30th and save $150! Linux.com readers receive a special discount. Use LINUXRD5 to save an additional $47.

Do you use or contribute to open source technologies? Or, are you responsible for hiring open source professionals? If so, please take a minute to complete a short open source jobs survey from Dice and The Linux Foundation and make your voice heard.

During the past decade, open source development has experienced a massive shift, becoming a mainstay of the IT industry. Flexibility in accommodating new technologies and adapting to a changing market make open source software vital to modern companies, which are increasingly investing in open source talent.

To gather more information about the changing landscape and opportunities for developers, administrators, managers, and other open source professionals, Dice and The Linux Foundation have partnered to produce two open source jobs surveys — designed specifically for hiring managers and industry professionals.

Take the Hiring Managers Survey

Take the Professionals/Candidates Survey 

As a token of our appreciation, $2,000 in Amazon gift cards will be awarded to survey respondents selected at random after the closing date. Complete the survey for a chance to win one of 10 $100 gift cards, or one of two $500 gift cards. 

The survey results will be compiled into the 2017 Open Source Jobs Report. This annual report evaluates the state of the job market for open source professionals and examines what hiring managers are looking for and what motivates employees in the industry. You can download the 2016 Open Source Jobs Report for free.  

Survey responses must be received by Thursday, July 27, at 12:00 pm Eastern time.

This series previews the new self-paced Containers for Developers and Quality Assurance (LFS254) training course from The Linux Foundation. In earlier articles, we installed Docker, introduced Docker Machine, performed basic Docker container and image operations, and looked at Dockerfiles and Docker Hub.

In this article, we’ll talk a bit about Docker Volumes and networking. To create a volume, we use the docker volume create command. And, to list the volumes, we use the docker volume list command.

To mount the volume inside a container, we need to use the -v option with the docker container run command. For example, we can mount the myvol volume inside the container at the /data location. After moving into the /data folder, we create two files there.

Next, we come out of the container and create a new container from the busybox image, but mounting the same myvol volume. The files that we created in the earlier container are available under /data. This way, we can share the content between the containers using the volumes. You can watch both of the videos below for details.

 To review Docker networking, we first create a container from the nginx image. With the docker container inspect command, we can get the container’s IP address, but that IP address would be given by the docker0 bridge, which would not be accessible from the external world. 

To access the container from the external world, we need to do port mapping between the host port and the container port. So, with the -p option added to the docker container run command, we can map the host port with the container port. For example, we can map Port 8080 of the host system with Port 80 of the container.

Once the port is mapped, we can access the container from the dockerhost by accessing the dockerhost on Port 8080.

 Want to learn more? Access all the free sample chapter videos now!

This online course is presented almost entirely on video, and the material is prepared and presented by Neependra Khare (@neependra), Founder and Principal Consultant at CloudYuga, Docker Captain, and author of the Docker Cookbook.

Check out the session highlights for the new Diversity Empowerment Summit (DES), which will take place Sept. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles as part of Open Source Summit North America.

Featured sessions and speakers for DES include:

  • Chaos Theory + Civil Liberties = 21st Century Corporate Practices – Kate Ertmann, GO

  • Open Your Arms to Open Source – Solutions to Bring in Social Innovation to All Walks of Life All Over the World – Arpana Durgaprasad, IBM

  • You’re Not a *Real* Software Engineer – Amy Chen, Rancher Labs

  • CO.LAB: A Collaborative, Mobile Learning Experience – John Adams, Red Hat

Other diversity and inclusion activities at Open Source Summit North America include:

Note that registration for DES is included in Open Source Summit registration fees at no additional cost.  Anyone in open source who wants to learn more about furthering diversity and inclusion in the community, as well as the broader technology industry, is encouraged to attend.

Onsite resources to increase accessibility to the event include:

  • Nursing room

  • Complimentary child care

  • Wheelchair & medical equipment rental from One Stop Mobility

  • Quiet room where conversation and interaction are not allowed

  • Communication stickers to indicate an attendee’s requested level of interaction

  • Non-binary restrooms

  • Strictly enforced Code of Conduct

The full lineup of all Open Source Summit North America sessions, including those at the DES, features more than 200 sessions covering everything from Cloud and Containers, to Security and Networking, to Linux and Kernel Development. Register now & Save $150!

In this series, we’re sharing a preview of the new self-paced Containers for Developers and Quality Assurance (LFS254) training course from The Linux Foundation. In earlier articles, we looked at installing Docker and setting up your environment, and we introduced Docker Machine. Now we’ll take a look at some basic commands for performing Docker container and image operations. Watch the videos below for more details.

To do container operations, we’ll first connect to our “dockerhost” with Docker Machine. Once connected, we can start the container in the interactive mode and explore processes inside the container.

For example, the “docker container ls” command lists the running containers. With the “docker container inspect” command, we can inspect an individual container. Or, with the “docker container exec” command, we can fork a new process inside an already running container and do some operations. We can use the “docker container stop” command to stop a container and then remove a stopped container using the “docker container rm” command.

To do Docker image operations, again, we first make sure we are connected to our “dockerhost” with Docker Machine, so that all the Docker commands are executed on the “dockerhost” running on the DigitalOcean cloud.

The basic commands you need here are similar to above. With the “docker image ls” command, we can list the images available on our “dockerhost”. Using the “docker image pull” command, we can pull an image from our Docker Registry. And, we can remove an image from the “dockerhost” using the “docker image rm” command.

Want to learn more? Access all the free sample chapter videos now! 

This online course is presented almost entirely on video, and the material is prepared and presented by Neependra Khare (@neependra), Founder and Principal Consultant at CloudYuga, Docker Captain, and author of the Docker Cookbook.

In this series, we’re taking a preview look at the new self-paced Containers for Developers and Quality Assurance (LFS254) training course from The Linux Foundation.

In the first article, we talked about installing Docker and setting up your environment. You’ll need Docker installed to work along with the examples, so be sure to get that out of the way first. The first video below provides a quick overview of terms and concepts you’ll learn.

In this part, we’ll describe how to get started with Docker Machine.

Or, access all the sample videos now!

Docker has a client server-architecture, in which the Client sends the command to the Docker Host, which runs the Docker Daemon. Both the Client and the Docker Host can be in the same machine, or the Client can communicate with any of the Docker Hosts running anywhere, as long as it can reach and access the Docker Daemon.

The Docker Client and the Docker Daemon communicate over REST APIs, even on the same system. One tool that can help you manage Docker Daemons running on different systems from our local workstation is Docker Machine.

If you are using Docker for Mac or Windows, or install Docker Toolbox, then Docker Machine will be available on your workstation automatically. With Docker Machine, we will be deploying an instance on DigitalOcean and installing Docker on that.  For that, we would first create our API key from DigitalOcean, with which we can programmatically deploy an instance on DigitalOcean.

After getting the token, we will be exporting that in an environment variable called “DO_TOKEN”, which we will be using in the “docker-machine” command line, in which we are using the “digitalocean” driver and creating an instance called “dockerhost”.

Docker Machine will then create an instance on DigitalOcean, install Docker on that, and configure the secure access between the Docker Daemon running on the “dockerhost” and our client, which is on our workstation. Next, you can use the “docker-machine env” command with our installed host, “dockerhost”, to find the respective parameters with which you can connect to the remote Docker Daemon from your Docker Client.

With the “eval” command, you can export all the environment variables with respect to your “dockerhost” to your shell. After you export the environment variables, the Docker Client on your workstation will directly connect with the DigitalOcean instance and run the commands there. The videos below provide additional details.

In the next article, we will look at some Docker container operations.

This online course is presented almost entirely on video, and the material is prepared and presented by Neependra Khare (@neependra), Founder and Principal Consultant at CloudYuga, Docker Captain, and author of the Docker Cookbook.

Watch the sample videos here for more details:

Want to learn more? Access all the free sample chapter videos now!

The MesosCon program committee is now seeking your fresh ideas, enlightening case studies, best practices, or deep technical knowledge to share with the Apache Mesos community at MesosCon North America and Europe in 2017.

Submit a proposal to speak at MesosCon North America » The deadline is June 30.

MesosCon is an annual conference held in three locations around the globe and organized by the Apache Mesos community in partnership with The Linux Foundation. The events bring together users and developers of the open source orchestration framework to share knowledge and learn about the project and its growing ecosystem.

Best practices, lessons learned, and case studies are among the topics the program committee is seeking for 2017. Sample topics include:  

  • Best practices and lessons on deploying and running Mesos at scale

  • Deep dives and tutorials into Mesos

  • Interesting extensions to Mesos (e.g., new communication models, support for new containerizers, new resource types and allocation models, etc.)

  • Improvements/additions to the Mesos ecosystem (packaging systems, monitoring, log aggregation, load balancing etc., service discovery)

  • New frameworks

  • Microservice design

  • Continuous Delivery / DevOps (automating into production)

This list is by no means an exhaustive set of topics for submissions, and we welcome you to submit proposals that fall outside the mentioned areas. Check out these videos of previous talks to see the types of presentations that have been accepted in the past.

All 2017 MesosCon events will be held directly following Open Source Summit events in China, North America, and Europe. Dates are as follows:

MesosCon Asia June 21 – 22, 2017 in Beijing, China

MesosCon North America September 14 – 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA

MesosCon Europe October 26 – 27, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic

Not interested in speaking but want to attend? Linux.com readers receive 5% off the “attendee” registration with code LINUXRD5.

Apache, Apache Mesos, and Mesos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) in the United States and/or other countries. MesosCon is run in partnership with the ASF.