Oracle Linux 8 Released

Oracle has announced the general availability of Oracle Linux 8. With the release, the core operating environment and associated packages for a typical Oracle Linux 8 server are distributed through a combination of BaseOS and Applications Streams. BaseOS gives you a running user space for the operating environment. Application Streams provides a range of applications that were previously distributed in Software Collections, as well as other products and programs, that can run within the user space.

Source: Oracle

First Preview Release Of Fedora CoreOS

First Preview Release Of Fedora CoreOS

Fedora community has announced the preview release of Fedora CoreOS. The initial preview release of Fedora CoreOS runs on bare metal, QEMU, VMware, and AWS, on x86_64 only. It supports provisioning via Ignition spec 3.0.0 and the Fedora CoreOS Config Transpiler, automatic updates with Zincati and rpm-ostree, and running containers with Podman and Moby. Benjamin Gilbert of the Fedora team said that Fedora CoreOS is designed specifically for running containerized workloads without regular maintenance, automatically updating itself with the latest OS improvements, bug fixes, and security updates.

Source: Fedora Mailing List

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VMware To Acquire AI, ML Accelerator Bitfusion

VMware is acquiring Austin, Texas-based Bitfusion in a move to boost its ability to support artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) workloads in its core vSphere virtualization platform. Bitfusion last year joined VMware’s Technology Alliance Partner program. It later linked its FlexDirect platform with VMware and Mellanox for attaching GPUs to any virtual machine (VM) and be part of a common infrastructure resource pool.

Source: SDX Central

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SAP Contributes UI5 Web Component to Open Source community

SAP has deepened its commitment to the developer and open source community with the contribution of UI5 Web Components, a comprehensive library for Web developers. The new UI5 Web Components from SAP allow developers to take advantage of the features offered by OpenUI5 while using other frameworks such as React, Angular or Vue.js. This library enables web developers to create enterprise-grade Web applications more easily. 

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GitLab Survey Reveals Disconnect Between Developer And Security Teams

In a survey conducted by GitLab, software professionals recognize the need for security to be baked into the development lifecycle, but the survey showed long-standing friction between security and development teams remain. While 69% of developers say they’re expected to write secure code, nearly half of security pros surveyed (49%) said they struggle to get developers to make remediation of vulnerabilities a priority. And 68% of security professionals feel fewer than half of developers are able to spot security vulnerabilities later in the lifecycle. Roughly half of the security professionals said bugs were most often found by them after code is merged in a test environment.

Source: Gitlab, DevOps.com

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Linux Foundation Energy member TenneT “open sources” their open source strategy

This post was written by Loek Bakker, Corporate Information Management Office Head at TenneT

TenneT is the first European cross-border electricity transmission system operator (TSO), with activities in the Netherlands and in Germany, providing uninterrupted electricity to over 41 million people. The security of our supply is among the best in Europe, with 99.99% grid availability. With the energy transition, TenneT is contributing to a future in which wind and solar energy are the most important primary sources to produce electricity.

As an LF Energy member, we recognize that open source is the commodity foundation upon which the entire IT industry rests. A recent Synopsis study indicated that 100% of the proprietary software our vendors are using in the energy and utility space have open source inside [1]. Yet, as an industry, we do not manage our software as a community, and we have relative ignorance about what exists within our “black boxes”. The open source model refers to the software development practice that encourages transparent governance and open collaboration to create software for which the original source code (design, code, ingredients) is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. For TenneT, like many other utilities, open source is essential to our strategic success.

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New EvilGnome Backdoor Spies on Linux Users, Steals Their Files

A new Linux malware masquerading as a Gnome shell extension and designed to spy on unsuspecting Linux desktop users was discovered by Intezer Labs’ researchers in early July. “EvilGnome’s functionalities include desktop screenshots, file stealing, allowing capturing audio recording from the user’s microphone and the ability to download and execute further modules,” Intezer researchers found.
Source: Bleeping Computer

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IBM announces three new open source projects

IBM has announced three new open source projects for developers to help them build cloud-native apps faster for Kubernetes. All three projects — Kabanero, Appsody, and Codewind — are hosted on GitHub. Kabanero brings together open source projects Knative, Istio, and Tekton, with new open projects Codewind, Appsody, and Razee into an end-to-end solution for developers to architect, build, deploy, and manage the lifecycle of Kubernetes-based applications.

Source: IBM

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Pivotal brings ‘cf push’ experience to Kubernetes

Pivotal has introduced the alpha version of PAS on Kubernetes, as well as new products based on PAS features that improve the developer and operator experience when using Kubernetes. The alpha version of PAS on Kubernetes brings the popular “cf push” experience to Kubernetes, making it easier for developers to focus on code, and lets the platform stitch together the required components for software deployment, networking, monitoring, and logging.

Source: Pivotal Blog

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Fujitsu and GE Research join LF Edge

Fujitsu and GE Research have joined LF Edge as Premier members. Fujitsu and GE Research join a growing roster of 70+ current members, which includes existing Premier members Aricent, Arm, AT&T, Baidu, Dell EMC, Dianomic Inc., Ericsson, HP Inc., HPE, Huawei, IBM, Intel, inwinStack, Juniper Networks, MobiledgeX, Netsia, Nokia Solutions, NTT, OSIsoft, Qualcomm Technologies, Radisys, Red Hat, Samsung Electronics, Seagate Technology, Tencent, WindRiver, Wipro, and  ZEDEDA.  LF Edge is an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system.

Source: LF Edge Blog