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VMware In Talks To Acquire Pivotal

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 09:23

VMware today confirmed that it is in talks to acquire software development platform Pivotal Software, the service best known for commercializing the open-source Cloud Foundry platform. The proposed transaction would see VMware acquire all outstanding Pivotal Class A stock for $15 per share, a significant markup over Pivotal’s current share price (which unsurprisingly shot up right after the announcement). (Source: TFiR)

CNCF Reaches 100 End User Community Members

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 07:24

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation  (CNCF), which sustains and integrates open source technologies like Kubernetes and Prometheus, today announced that its End User Community has grown to 100 members. The CNCF End User Community consists of enterprises and startups that are committed to accelerating the adoption of cloud native technologies and improving the deployment experience. (Yahoo!)

rideOS Launches Ridehailing Platform

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 07:23

rideOS, a technology platform designed to accelerate the safe, global rollout of next-generation transportation fleets, today launched its new Ridehail Platform — including a Ridehail API and open-source mobile apps. The Ridehail API offers an easy way for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), autonomous vehicle (AV) companies, and transportation network companies (TNCs) to create and manage their own ridehailing network using rideOS’ underlying technology. (Yahoo!)

CloudBees And Google Cloud Partner To Accelerate Application Development On Anthos

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 07:19

CloudBees and Google Cloud are collaborating to deliver a modern DevOps platform based on open source technologies powered by Google Cloud’s Anthos. The companies are using transformational technologies like Jenkins X, Kubernetes and Tekton to create a unified, end-to-end software delivery system. CloudBees provides companies large and small with Jenkins-based continuous delivery solutions that are secure, open toolchain-enabled and scalable to transform software delivery processes across hybrid computing environments.

Google Cloud Adds Compute, Memory-Intensive VMs

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 00:58

Google added virtual machine (VM) types on Google Compute Engine including second-generation Intel Xeon scalable processor machines and new VMs for compute- and memory-heavy applications. The former, available in beta, are general-purpose VMs. They provide greater than 20% price-performance improvement for many workloads and support up to 25% more memory per virtual CPU compared with first-generation machines, according to Google.

Teaching People to Share Technology: Adafruit Founder Limor Fried

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 10:51
Title: Teaching People to Share Technology: Adafruit Founder Limor Fried14 AugLearn more

NVIDIA Publishes GPU Hardware Documentation

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 06:39

NVIDIA is releasing freely-available hardware interface documentation to assist in the development of the open-source NVIDIA Linux driver (Nouveau). The documentation made public at this point primarily covers Maxwell, Pascal, Volta, and Kepler generations of NVIDIA graphics as more is being worked on -- obviously the latest-generation Turing we'd certainly like to see sooner rather than later. When asking about open-source Turing documentation, I hear it's a work-in-progress. (Source: Phoronix)

Huawei To Help Create Nation's First Open-Source Foundation

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 01:01

Huawei Technologies Co said it plans to partner with other companies to set up China's first open-source software foundation, which is expected to begin to operate in a month or two to expand the nation's software community. The plan for the software foundation came after GitHub, the world's largest host of source code, prevented in July users in Iran and other nations sanctioned by the United States government from accessing portions of its service.

University Research Teams Open-Source Natural Adversarial Image DataSet for Computer-Vision AI

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 00:57

Research teams from three universities recently released a dataset called ImageNet-A, containing natural adversarial images: real-world images that are misclassified by image-recognition AI. When used as a test-set on several state-of-the-art pre-trained models, the models achieve an accuracy rate of less than 3%. (Source: InfoHQ)

Nvidia Breaks Real-time Conversational AI Records

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 00:54

Nvidia’s GPU-powered platform for developing and running conversational AI that understands and responds to natural language requests has achieved some key milestones and broken some records that have big implications for anyone building on their tech — which includes companies large and small, as much of the code they’ve used to achieve these advancements is open source, written in PyTorch and easy to run. (Source: TechCrunch)

Kasten Raises $14 Million For App Backup And Recovery Services

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 00:47

Kasten, which bills itself as an enterprise-scale and cloud-native data management company, today announced that it’s raised $14 million in series A funding led by Insight Partners, bringing its total raised to $17 million to date. CEO Niraj Tolia says the infusion will accelerate the growth of the Los Altos, California-based startup’s sales, engineering, and marketing departments and the expansion of its research and development center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Essential Developer Guide for Building Blockchain Applications Using Hyperledger Sawtooth

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 21:07
Title: Essential Developer Guide for Building Blockchain Applications Using Hyperledger Sawtooth13 AugLearn more

Rook v1.0 Adds Support for Ceph Nautilus

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 03:56

Rook, a storage orchestrator for Kubernetes, has released version 1.0 for production-ready workloads that use file, block, and object storage in containers. Highlights of Rook 1.0 include support for storage providers through operators like Ceph Nautilus, EdgeFS, and NFS. For instance, when a pod requests an NFS file system, Rook can provision it without any manual intervention. (Source: InfoQ, Rook)

Huawei Announces HarmonyOS, An Open-Source Operating System

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 20:51

HarmonyOS is “the first microkernel-based distributed OS for all scenarios,” consumer group CEO Richard Yu told attendees at the Huawei Developer Conference. The new platform supports smartphones, smart speakers, computers, smartwatches, wireless earbuds, cars, and tablets. In fact, Yu says the platform supports RAM sizes ranging from kilobytes to gigabytes. (Source: Android Authority)

CNCF Completes Kubernetes Cybersecurity Audit

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 10:03

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) this week announced the results of its recent audit performed as part of its ongoing commitment to continuously improve Kubernetes security. CNCF CTO Chris Aniszczyk says as part of the effort, the CNCF later this year also plans to kick off a bounty program through which it will provide incentives to researchers who identify bugs and other cybersecurity flaws. (Source: Container Journal)

MIT Publishes Report On Open Source Publishing Tools And Platforms

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 09:53

The MIT Press has announced the release of a comprehensive report on the current state of all available open-source software for publishing. “Mind the Gap,” funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “shed[s] light on the development and deployment of open source publishing technologies in order to aid institutions' and individuals' decision-making and project planning,” according to its introduction. It will be an unparalleled resource for the scholarly publishing community and complements the recently released Mapping the Scholarly Communication Landscape census.

GitHub Actions Moves GitHub Into DevOps

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 09:49

Yes, Git, Linus Torvalds' distributed source code control system, is essential to modern-day programming, but it's far more than that. Git is key to essentially all DevOps operations. GitHub recognizes that, and with GitHub Actions, it's transforming its Git services into a DevOps workflow pipeline. (Source: ZDNet)

NSA's Ghidra To Get New Features

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 09:46

Just five months ago at the RSA conference, the NSA released Ghidra, a piece of open source software for reverse-engineering malware. It was an unusual move for the spy agency, and it’s sticking to its plan for regular updates — including some based on requests from the public. (Source: CyberScoop)

CircleCI Brings Its CI To Microsoft Ecosystem

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 00:18

CircleCI has been supporting continuous integration for Linux and Mac programmers for some time, but up until today, Microsoft developers have been left on the outside looking in. Today, the company changed that announcing new support for Microsoft programmers using Windows Server 2019. (Source: TechCrunch)


Microsoft Open-Sources TensorWatch AI Debugging Tool

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 09:16

Microsoft Research open-sourced TensorWatch, their debugging tool for AI and deep-learning. TensorWatch supports PyTorch as well as TensorFlow eager tensors, and allows developers to interactively debug training jobs in real-time via Jupyter notebooks, or build their own custom UIs in Python. (Source: InfoQ)