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Oracle Linux 8 Released

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 03:17

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.

First Preview Release Of Fedora CoreOS

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 03:12

First Preview Release Of Fedora CoreOS

VMware To Acquire AI, ML Accelerator Bitfusion

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 03:07

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

SAP Contributes UI5 Web Component to Open Source community

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:45

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. 

GitLab Survey Reveals Disconnect Between Developer And Security Teams

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:19

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.

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

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 20:56

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.

New EvilGnome Backdoor Spies on Linux Users, Steals Their Files

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 03:13

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

IBM announces three new open source projects

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 03:10

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

Fujitsu and GE Research join LF Edge

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 08:00

Fujitsu and GE Research have joined LF Edge as Premier members.

Microsoft Open Sources software to guard U.S. voting machines

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 08:00

Microsoft is rolling out an open-source software product called ElectionGuard, which it said uses encryption to "enable a new era of secure, verifiable voting." The company is working with election machine vendors and local governments to deploy the system in a pilot program for the 2020 election. Microsoft  would give away software designed to improve the security of American voting machines, even as the tech giant said it had tracked 781 cyberattacks by foreign adversaries targeting political organizations so far this election cycle.

Pivotal brings ‘cf push’ experience to Kubernetes

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 08:00

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.

A new ransomware targeting Linux-based (NAS) devices

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:44

A new ransomware family has been found targeting Linux-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices made by Taiwan-based QNAP Systems and holding users' important data hostage until a ransom is paid. Dubbed "QNAPCrypt" by Intezer and "eCh0raix" by Anomali, the new ransomware is written in the Go programming language and encrypts files with targeted extensions using AES encryption and appends .encrypt extension to each.
Source: The Hacker News

Aqua Security Launches Microsoft Azure Marketplace Private Offers

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 09:58

Aqua Security has announced a new Private Offer for software licensing and procurement directly through Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Software purchased directly from Aqua can easily be installed on Azure while still taking advantage of streamlined deployment through the Azure Marketplace.  The Aqua Cloud-Native Security Platform (CSP) now offers full support for the widest range of Microsoft cloud-native technologies including Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure Container Instances (ACI) and the Azure Functions serverless compute service. 

Epic Games Awards Open Source 3D Creation Tool Blender With $1.2 Million

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 18:21

Epic Games has announced that they have donated $1.2 million in cash towards the Blender Project, an open source tool to create 3D graphics animation and even entire games. This award is part of the Epic MegaGrants Initiative which Epic Games has committed $100 million. This program was created to help game developers, students, professionals, and creators. [Source: TheOuterHaven]

Linux May Gain Protection Against Hyper-Threading Attacks

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 08:38

Oracle security researchers have been working on security feature for Linux kernels that could protect Linux-based systems against attacks that affect Intel’s Hyper-Threading (HT) feature. Multiple side-channel threats the feature's vulnerable against, including L1TF/Foreshadow and the MDS attacks, have been revealed over the past few months. [Souce: Tom's Hardware]

London Launches Open Source App for Homebuilding

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 08:33

Bryden Wood, Cast, and the Mayor of London have launched a new app to speed up the capital’s home building. The freely-available app, titled PRISM, is aimed at the design and construction of high-quality, factory-built homes to address the current demand of 50,000+ houses per year. London will be the first city in the world to make sure of a freely-available app of this kind, sharing precision housing knowledge and leveraging technology to revolutionize the design process.

A New Open Source JavaScript engine by Facebook

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 08:31

Facebook has released a new open-source JavaScript engine, Hermes, to speed up start times for native Android apps built with Facebook's own React Native JavaScript framework. Facebook software engineer Marc Horowitz unveiled the new JavaScript engine at the Chain React 2019 conference on Thursday in Portland, Oregon. Hermes is a new tool for developers to primarily improve app startup performance in the same way Facebook already does for its apps, and to make apps more efficient on low-end smartphones.

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Kali Linux now available for Raspberry Pi 4

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 06:56

Kali Linux is a specialized distribution targeted at security professionals that also shows up on popular TV show, Mr. Robot. Kali Linux is now compatible with the Raspberry Pi 4. Currently, the distro is only available as a 32-bit OS, but the project is planning on releasing a 64-bit version soon. In the meantime, security aficionados who have a spare Raspberry Pi 4 lying around can head over to the Kali Linux site and download the distro image.

GNOME Software Moving Forward With Disabling Snap Plugin

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 06:45

Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports that GNOME developers are planning to disable the Snap plug-in for GNOME Software. Canonical has begun writing their own Snap Store. They don't plan to use GNOME Software in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and thus have taken their developers away from working on the upstream support.

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