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Linux Foundation Focuses on Science and Research to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in Software Engineering

Mon, 10/26/2020 - 22:15

Open Source Summit Europe, October 26, 2020 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the Software Developer Diversity and Inclusion (SDDI) project. SDDI will explore, evaluate, and promote best practices from research and industry to increase diversity and inclusion in software engineering. Founding contributors include Comcast, Facebook, GitHub, Intel and VMware and research professors from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Eindhoven University of Technology, Oregon State University, University of Auckland and University of Victoria.

According to StackOverflow’s 2020 survey of more than 65,000 developers, 91.7 percent identify as male and 70.7 percent as white or of European descent. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done to create inclusive environments that can lead to a more diverse community building the software that is the foundation for our digital society. Research indicates that racially diverse groups make better decisions, diverse open source projects are more productive and that working on gender diverse teams improves attitudes towards women.

“While there are a variety of important diversity and inclusion initiatives in the technology industry, none are focused on increasing diversity across categories – race, gender, age and cognitive ability –  in software engineering and informed by science and research,” said Kate Stewart, senior director of strategic programs at Linux Foundation. “We have optimism about the future of the open source community and our collective ability to increase diversity and inclusion. The work we do today can influence the vibrancy of the community and effectiveness of our technologies tomorrow.”

SDDI will include a steering committee and working groups that explore, evaluate and promote best practices from research and industry to increase diversity and inclusion in software engineering. The steering committee will be responsible for prioritizing the initial working groups, which could address research methods, ethics, resources and data, as well as diversity in the areas of gender, age, cognitive ability and education.

Open source projects are encouraged to participate in SDDI to inform best practices and to benefit from the findings of the Project. Existing Linux Foundation projects – TODO, which focuses on open source program office best practices, and the CHAOSS Project, which identifies tooling and metrics for diversity and inclusion – will also work closely with the new SDDI Project.

Supporting Comments

“The Software Developer Diversity and Inclusion Project (SDDI) is an excellent initiative that complements the work of the CHAOSS Project. Through collaboration, we can accelerate progress towards building a better virtual workplace for all developers,” said Nicole Huesman, Governing Board Co-Chair, the CHAOSS Project. “We’re looking forward to the research and best practices that surface from this work, so we can implement it in our work on metrics and tooling.”

“Diversity and inclusion are the cornerstone of building long term sustainable open source communities and programs,” said Chris Aniszczyk, co-founder of the TODO Group and CTO, CNCF. “The TODO Group looks forward to collaborating with the SDDI to share lessons and best practices from corporate open source programs.”

“Inclusive Open Source is of vital importance to industry and academia. The Software Developer Diversity and Inclusion (SDDI) project is a great initiative to bring inclusivity to OSS projects and products. For example, gender biases are embedded in the very tools that OSS projects use and the way information is structured. I look forward to working with SDDI to bring down these barriers, one feature at a time,” said Dr. Anita Sarma, Associate Professor, Computer Science, School of EECS, Oregon State University.

“Software systems are responsible for all aspects of modern life. They help humans make critical short-term and long-term societal and personal decisions, and yet the diversity and values of the people designing software systems do not remotely represent the diversity and values of people on our planet. The SDDI initiative, an active collaboration between industry and academia, will drive essential and rigorous research towards understanding barriers to diversity and inclusion while also discovering and promoting best practices,” said Margaret-Anne Storey, University of Victoria, Canada.

“Despite significant efforts over recent years to increase diversity and inclusion in many software companies, little traction has been made. This signals that new ways of thinking are needed to better understand the barriers and best practices. This initiative can help to stimulate new understanding and develop improved diversity and inclusion practices, which will lead to more innovative and useful software products,” said Kelly Blincoe, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

“Diversity is essential not only to create products that address needs of diverse groups of users but also to create sustainable and vibrant development teams. SDDI has the power and the promise to combine best industrial practices, insights from open source software developments and findings of the academic research to bring change in the ways teams are are organised and work together, and ultimately both in more comfortable and sustainable working environment, and better software products,” said Alexander Serebrenik, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.

“Diversity and inclusion in software development have broad impact beyond our industry, particularly for those who are living in low and medium HDI countries. For them, being included in the software development profession is often a life-changing opportunity. I believe SDDI, a strong collaboration between academia and industry, would benefit the disadvantaged groups around the world,” said Yi Wang, Professor, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

“Diversity of thought is a vital component for building sustainable and healthy open source communities. Individuals from diverse backgrounds injecting new and innovative ideas advances an inclusive and welcoming ecosystem for all. SDDI with its focus on best practices in increasing D&I will be instrumental in providing the right direction for all committed to increasing diversity,” said Shuah Khan, Kernel Maintainer & Fellow, the Linux Foundation.

“Without an intentional and coordinated effort like the SDDI, it will be hard to move the needle on more diversity in software engineering.   There are many great practices across open source, companies and universities that we need to aggregate, make easier to discover and put into action.  The Linux Foundation is at the center of all of these communities and can get us together to improve the state of diversity in tech,” said Nithya Ruff, Head of Comcast Open Source Program Office, Chair, Linux Foundation Board.

“At Intel, we believe diverse and inclusive teams are more creative and innovative. We continue to raise the bar in areas such as representation, pay equity, and inclusion initiatives. This year, we announced our 2030 goals, global challenges and RISE strategy to create a more responsible, inclusive, and sustainable world, enabled through technology and our collective actions. We welcome the Linux Foundation’s new SDDI initiative to focus on improving inclusion and representation in the Open Source community and look forward to furthering this effort,” said Melissa Evers-Hood, Vice President, General Manager of Software Business Strategy, Intel Architecture, Graphics and Software, Intel Corporation

“Open source lifts all boats — creating innovation and opportunity for developers around the world. For Facebook, investing in open source is a way to empower developers as well as broader communities of individuals and businesses. To that end, we’re thrilled to support Linux Foundation’s SDDI effort which will not only help us invest in the next generation of open source developers but also promote increasing diversity in tech,” said Kathy Kam, Head of Open Source, Facebook.

“As home to most of the world’s open source software, GitHub believes deeply in the potential of a passionate, diverse open source community to move our world forward and accelerate human progress. GitHub is thrilled to collaborate on this project, which will allow us to “open source diversity and inclusion” for the benefit of us all. By making software development more accessible, inclusive, and sustainable, we can support the growth of a community where all developers — no matter who or where they are in the world — can learn, contribute, grow, and feel like they belong,” said Demetris Cheatham, Senior Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, GitHub.

“Innovation is a core tenet of VMware. We know that to make faster progress around Diversity and Inclusion we need to apply innovation and research the same way we do to technology problems. Supporting initiatives like this aligns with our values and is critical to the long term success of the technology industry as a whole,” said Shanis Windland, vice president, Diversity and Inclusion, VMware.

“SDDI will be an important initiative,” said Daniel Izquierdo, cofounder of Bitergia. “We at Bitergia do D&I research for customers and we look forward to sharing our experience and learning from others through SDDI.”

For more information about SDDI and to contribute, please visit: https://sddiproject.org/

About the Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,500 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more.  The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

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Goldman Sachs Open Sources its Data Modeling Platform through FINOS

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 02:00

Open Sourced Codebase Contribution Addresses Data Efficiency and Governance Challenges in the Financial Services Industry

October 19, 2020 / The Fintech Open Source Foundation (“FINOS“), together with platinum member Goldman Sachs (GS), today announced the launch of Legend, Goldman’s flagship data management and data governance platform. Developed internally and used by both engineers and non-engineers alike across all divisions of the bank, the source code for five of the platforms’ modules have today been made available as open source within FINOS.

Today’s launch comes on the heels of the completion of a six-month pilot in which other leading investment banks, such as Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital Markets, used a shared version of Legend, hosted on FINOS infrastructure in the public cloud, to prototype interbank collaborative data modeling and standardization, in particular to build extensions to the Common Domain Model (CDM), developed by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). This shared environment is now, starting today, generally available for industry participants to use and build models collaboratively. With the Legend code now available as open source, organizations may also launch and operate their own instances. The components open-sourced today allow any individual and organization across any industry to harness the power of Goldman Sachs’ internal data platform for their own data management and governance needs as well as contribute to the open code base.

“Legend provides both engineers and non-engineers a single platform that allows everyone at Goldman Sachs to develop data-centric applications and data-driven insights,” said Atte Lahtiranta, chief technology officer at Goldman Sachs. “The platform allows us to serve our clients better, automate some of the most difficult data governance challenges, as well as provide self-service tools to democratize data and analytics. We anticipate that the broad adoption of Legend will bring real, tangible value for our clients as well as greater standardization and efficiency across the entire financial services ecosystem.”

“Information is the lifeblood of financial services, but it is becoming increasingly more difficult to ensure you have accurate, complete and timely information,” said Neema Raphael, chief data officer and head of data engineering at Goldman Sachs. “Over the last seven years, Goldman Sachs has been developing, in the form of the Legend platform, a new way to provide fast, easy, secure access to our information-for revenue generation, better client service, operational efficiency and regulatory compliance. We believe this new data platform is so powerful and important that we are making it available to our clients and the world fully open and free of charge as an open source platform through FINOS.”

The Legend platform and language were together known as “Alloy” and “PURE” internally within the bank. “The choice of a new holistic name, Legend, reflects our vision of a singular platform to serve as a critical guide-a legend-for Goldman’s internal data strategy, whether building data services for the full lifecycle of a trade or more easily servicing client and regulatory requests,” added Pierre De Belen, head architect of the Legend platform.

“Financial services firms have much to gain from open source adoption as the potential for its use to reduce financial burdens and needless complexity is nearly unlimited,” said Gabriele Columbro, executive director of FINOS. “A leader in our foundation from day one, Goldman Sachs shares this vision. Legend provides a concrete path towards greater collaboration and data standardization which will benefit all market participants, large and small.”

“Legend is an impressive technology with great potential for improving industry efficiency,” said Stephen Goldbaum, an executive director at FINOS platinum member Morgan Stanley, which participated in the Legend Pilot. “We see tremendous potential for synergies between Legend and our own Morphir project, also open-sourced through FINOS, just last month. These contributions together validate the FINOS model of bringing industry competitors together to solve industry challenges.”

“Elements of a complex instrument, such as a currency option, might be stored in dozens, even hundreds, of systems within a modern investment bank’s infrastructure across its front, middle, and back office-Legend is a critical tool Goldman Sachs uses to maintain data consistency across those various applications and databases and now it’s available for the entire industry to use,” said Rob Underwood, FINOS’ chief development officer who led the open sourcing effort for the foundation.

“Fierce market competitors, such as those that participated in pilot, do tremendous amounts of trading business with each other daily. They operate under common regulatory frameworks across the globe, such as MiFID II, which necessitate advanced data lineage tooling such as what’s available in Legend. The power of Legend to help drive data consistency and improve interoperability will compound as it’s adopted by more institutions, both sell-side and buy-side,” added Underwood.

Along with Goldman Sachs, FINOS members Deutsche Bank, Itau Unibanco, Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets, ScottLogic, Wells Fargo as well as Digital Asset, ISDA and REGnosys participated in the pilot. The pilot group chose to use Legend for modeling work in two areas-FX option extensions to the CDM, as well as nascent work on commodities reference data. The pilot group also identified ESG data as a good potential future use case for Legend. The FX option extensions, specifically the Averaging Model used in the CDM, modeled collaboratively by the pilot group financial institutions participants using Legend, were proposed into the CDM and have since been accepted, released and integrated into a recent release to the public.

“The Legend pilot proved FINOS to be a great vehicle for open source enablement of the CDM for ISDA and its members,” said Ian Sloyan, director, market infrastructure and technology at ISDA. “Community use of the shared environment to do even more collaborative modeling will generate more interest in Legend, as well as the CDM and other standards maintained by ISDA. This is a win-win for all concerned.”

“Data architecture and modeling teams need to consistently innovate in order to improve data governance and controls, increase efficiency, reduce operating costs and deliver a seamless user experience,” said Russell Green, head of group architecture, Deutsche Bank, and a FINOS board member. “This is in addition to meeting the ever increasing data modeling requirements from data sourcing needs. Deutsche Bank is keen to explore and operationalize data modeling tools to further build seamless integration between different participants, toolkits and simplify data management. From our participation in the FINOS pilot, we believe that Legend Studio holds promise to enhance collaborative and federated data architecture and modeling within the bank and the industry.”

“We see great potential for banks and financial institutions to address common challenges of the industry collaboratively, with great potential for sustainability, ESG, market data distribution and risk management. We look forward to experimenting with the platform further and working together with an amazing community,” said Vanessa Fernandes, chief technology officer of emerging technologies & open source at FINOS Silver member Itau Unibanco.

“As an open core company, we are proud to have Legend deployed using GitLab for modeling source control which is now fully available to the open source community for further innovation within the financial services industry,” said Sid Sijbrandij, CEO at GitLab, a FINOS silver member. “GitLab is committed to open source contribution and stewardship and we see an incredible potential to simplify complexity, improve compliance, reduce costs and increase efficiencies, which ultimately strengthens institutions and supports the customers they serve.”

“REGnosys was founded on the premise that to solve the regulatory compliance challenge, the industry must collaborate out of shared, open source data and processing models,” said Leo Labeis, CEO, REGnosys, another participant in the pilot and curator of the Rosetta DSL used in the ISDA CDM. “We are extremely pleased to collaborate with FINOS and Goldman Sachs to further promote the development of industry standards, such as the ISDA CDM, which has stood the test of working across platforms.”

“At Scott Logic, we’ve long been proponents of the benefits of open source in creating common industry standards and a shared ecosystem of value. We were delighted to participate in the Legend pilot and look forward to contributing to its future development-including possible integrations with some of our own FINOS contributions, such as DataHelix,” said Colin Eberhardt, Scott Logic’s chief technology officer and FINOS board member.

Raphael first announced Goldman Sachs’ intention to open source Legend at last November’s Open Source Strategy Forum (OSSF), FINOS’ annual conference, and the only conference dedicated to driving collaboration and innovation in financial services through open source. Speakers from Goldman Sachs will return this year to OSSF, to be held virtually on November 12-13, to present on the next steps in Legend’s developments and adoption, including the bank’s intentions to open source additional portions of Legend in 2021.

The five modules open sourced today are Legend StudioLegend EngineLegend SDLCLegend Shared, and the Legend-PURE language itself.

To request an account on the hosted instance of Legend, go to www.finos.org/legend. Legend’s documentation is available at legend.finos.org. To view, download and contribute to the Legend source code open sourced today, go to http://github.com/finos/legend.

To find out more about how to contribute to FINOS projects and participate in the FINOS open source community, please visit www.finos.org/get-involved.

About FINOS

FINOS (The Fintech Open Source Foundation) is a nonprofit whose mission is to foster adoption of open source, open standards and collaborative software development practices in financial services. It is the center for open source developers and the financial services industry to build new technology projects that have a lasting impact on business operations. As a regulatory compliant platform, the foundation enables developers from these competing organizations to collaborate on projects with a strong propensity for mutualization. It has enabled codebase contributions from both the buy- and sell-side firms and counts 33 major financial institutions, fintechs and technology consultancies as part of its membership. FINOS is also part of the Linux Foundation, the largest shared technology organization in the world.

About Goldman Sachs

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.

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Introducing the Open Governance Network Model

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 21:00
Background

The Linux Foundation has long served as the home for many of the world’s most important open source software projects. We act as the vendor-neutral steward of the collaborative processes that developers engage in to create high quality and trustworthy code. We also work to build the developer and commercial communities around that code to sponsor each project’s members. We’ve learned that finding ways for all sorts of companies to benefit from using and contributing back to open source software development is key to the project’s sustainability. 

Over the last few years, we have also added a series of projects focused on lightweight open standards efforts — recognizing the critical complementary role that standards play in building the open technology landscape. Linux would not have been relevant if not for POSIX, nor would the Apache HTTPD server have mattered were it not for the HTTP specification. And just as with our open source software projects, commercial participants’ involvement has been critical to driving adoption and sustainability.

On the horizon, we envision another category of collaboration, one which does not have a well-established term to define it, but which we are today calling “Open Governance Networks.” Before describing it, let’s talk about an example.

Consider ICANN, the agency that arose after demands emerged from evolving the global domain name system (DNS) from its single-vendor control by Network Solutions. With ICANN, DNS became something more vendor-neutral, international, and accountable to the Internet community. It evolved to develop and manage the “root” of the domain name system, independent from any company or nation. ICANN’s control over the DNS comes primarily through its establishment of an operating agreement among domain name registrars that establishes rules for registrations, guarantees your domain names are portable, and a uniform dispute resolution protocol (the UDRP) for times when a domain name conflicts with an established trademark or causes other issues. 

ICANN is not a standards body; they happily use the standards for DNS developed at the IETF. They also do not create software other than software incidental to their mission, perhaps they also fund some DNS software development, but that’s not their core. ICANN is not where all DNS requests go to get resolved to IP addresses, nor even where everyone goes to register their domain name — that is all pushed to registrars and distributed name servers. In this way, ICANN is not fully decentralized but practices something you might call “minimum viable centralization.” Its management of the DNS has not been without critics, but by pushing as much of the hard work to the edge and focusing on being a neutral core, they’ve helped the DNS and the Internet achieve a degree of consistency, operational success, and trust that would have been hard to imagine building any other way. 

There are similar organizations that interface with open standards and software but perform governance functions. A prime example of this is the CA Browser Forum, who manages the root certificates for the SSL/TLS web security infrastructure.

Do we need such organizations? Can’t we go completely decentralized? While some cryptocurrency networks claim not to need formal human governance, it’s clear that there are governance roles performed by individuals and organizations within those communities. Quite a bit of governance is possible to automate via smart contracts (and repairing damage from exploiting them), promoting the platform’s adoption to new users, onboarding new organizations, or even coordinating hard fork upgrades still require humans in the mix. And this is especially important in environments where competitors need to participate in the network to succeed, but do not trust one competitor to make the decisions.

Network governance is not a solved problem

Network governance is not just an issue for the technical layers. As one moves up the stack into more domain-specific applications, it turns out that there are network governance challenges up here as well, which look very familiar.

Consider a typical distributed application pattern: supply chain traceability, where participants in the network can view, on a distributed database or ledger, the history of the movement of an object from source to destination, and update the network when they receive or send an object. You might be a raw materials supplier, or a manufacturer, or distributor, or retailer. In any case, you have a vested interest in not only being able to trust this distributed ledger to be an accurate and faithful representation of the truth. You also want the version you see to be the same ledger everyone else sees, be able to write to it fairly, and understand what happens if things go wrong. Achieving all of these desired characteristics requires network governance!

You may be thinking that none of this is strictly needed if only everyone agreed to use one organization’s centralized database to serve as the system of record. Perhaps that is a company like eBay, or Amazon, Airbnb, or Uber. Or perhaps, a non-profit charity or government agency can run this database for us. There are some great examples of shared databases managed by non-profits, such as Wikipedia, run by the Wikimedia Foundation. This scenario might work for a distributed crowdsourced encyclopedia, but would it work for a supply chain? 

This participation model requires everyone engaging in the application ecosystem to trust that singular institution to perform a very critical role — and not be hacked, or corrupted, or otherwise use that position of power to unfair ends. There is also a trust the entity will not become insolvent or otherwise unable to meet the community’s needs. How many Wikipedia entries have been hijacked or subject to “edit wars” that go on forever? Could a company trust such an approach for its supply chain? Probably not.

Over the last ten years, we’ve seen the development of new tools that allow us to build better-distributed data networks without that critical need for a centralized database or institution holding all the keys and trust. Most of these new tools use distributed ledger technology (“DLT”, or “blockchain”) to build a single source of truth across a network of cooperating peers, and embed programmatic functionality as “smart contracts” or “chaincode” across the network. 

The Linux Foundation has been very active in DLT, first with the launch of Hyperledger in December of 2015. The launch of the Trust Over IP Foundation earlier this year focused on the application of self-sovereign identity, and in many examples, usually using a DLT as the underlying utility network. 

As these efforts have focused on software, they left the development, deployment, and management of these DLT networks to others. Hundreds of such networks built on top of Hyperledger’s family of different protocol frameworks have launched, some of which (like the Food Trust Network) have grown to hundreds of participating organizations. Many of these networks were never intended to extend beyond an initial set of stakeholders, and they are seeing very successful outcomes. 

However, many of these networks need a critical mass of industry participants and have faced difficulty achieving their goal. A frequently cited reason is the lack of clear or vendor-neutral governance of the network. No business wants to place its data, or the data it depends upon, in the hands of a competitor; and many are wary even of non-competitors if it locks down competition or creates a dependency on a market participant. For example, what if the company doesn’t do well and decides to exit this business segment? And at the same time, for most applications, you need a large percentage of any given market to make it worthwhile, so addressing these kinds of business, risk, or political objections to the network structure is just as important as ensuring the software works as advertised.

In many ways, this resembles the evolution of successful open source projects, where developers working at a particular company realize that just posting their source code to a public repository isn’t sufficient. Nor even is putting their development processes online and saying “patches welcome.” 

To take an open source project to the point where it becomes the reference solution for the problem being solved and can be trusted for mission-critical purposes, you need to show how its governance and sustainability are not dependent upon a single vendor, corporate largess, or charity. That usually means a project looks for a neutral home at a place like the Linux Foundation, to provide not just that neutrality, but also competent stewarding of the community and commercial ecosystem.

Announcing LF Open Governance Networks

To address this need, today, we are announcing that the Linux Foundation is adding “Open Governance Networks” to the types of projects we host. We have several such projects in development that will be announced before the end of the year. These projects will operate very similarly to the Linux Foundation’s open source software projects, but with some additional key functions. Their core activities will include:

  • Hosting a technical steering committee to specify the software and standards used to build the network, to monitor the network’s health, and to coordinate upgrades, configurations, and critical bug fixes
  • Hosting a policy and legal committee to specify a network operating agreement the organizations must agree to for connecting their nodes to the network
  • Running a system for identity on the network, so participants to trust other participants who they say they are, monitor the network for health, and take corrective action if required.
  • Building out a set of vendors who can be hired to deploy peers-as-a-service on behalf of members, in addition to allowing members’ technical staff to run their own if preferred.
  • Convene a Governing Board composed of sponsoring members who oversee the budget and priorities.
  • Advocate for the network’s adoption by the relevant industry, including engaging relevant regulators and secondary users who don’t run their own peers.
  • Potentially manage an open “app store” approach to offering vetted re-usable deployable smart contracts of add-on apps for network users.

These projects will be sustained through membership dues set by the Governing Board on each project, which will be kept to what’s needed for self-sufficiency. Some may also choose to establish transaction fees to compensate operators of peers if usage patterns suggest that would be beneficial. Projects will have complete autonomy regarding technical and software choices – there are no requirements to use other Linux Foundation technologies. 

To ensure that these efforts live up to the word “open” and the Linux Foundation’s pedigree, the vast majority of technical activity on these projects, and development of all required code and configurations to run the software that is core to the network will be done publicly. The source code and documentation will be published under suitable open source licenses, allowing for public engagement in the development process, leading to better long-term trust among participants, code quality, and successful outcomes. Hopefully, this will also result in less “bike-shedding” and thrash, better visibility into progress and activity, and an exit strategy should the cooperation efforts hit a snag. 

Depending on the industry that it services, the ledger itself might or might not be public. It may contain information only authorized for sharing between the parties involved on the network or account for GDPR or other regulatory compliance. However, we will certainly encourage long term approaches that do not treat the ledger data as sensitive. Also, an organization must be a member of the network to run peers on the network, required to see the ledger, and particularly write to it or participate in consensus.

Across these Open Governance Network projects, there will be a shared operational, project management, marketing, and other logistical support provided by Linux Foundation personnel who will be well-versed in the platform issues and the unique legal and operational issues that arise, no matter which specific technology is chosen.

These networks will create substantial commercial opportunity:

  • For software companies building DLT-based applications, this will help you focus on the truly value-delivering apps on top of such a shared network, rather than the mechanics of forming these networks.
  • For systems integrators, DLT integration with back-office databases and ERP is expected to grow to be billions of dollars in annual activity.
  • For end-user organizations, the benefits of automating thankless, non-differentiating, perhaps even regulatorily-required functions could result in huge cost savings and resource optimization.

For those organizations acting as governing bodies on such networks today, we can help you evolve those projects to reach an even wider audience while taking off your hands the low margin, often politically challenging, grunt work of managing such networks.

And for those developers concerned before about whether such “private” permissioned networks would lead to dead cul-de-sacs of software and wasted effort or lost opportunity, having the Linux Foundation’s bedrock of open source principles and collaboration techniques behind the development of these networks should help ensure success.

We also recognize that not all networks should be under this model. We expect a diversity of approaches that will be long term sustainable, and encourage these networks to find a model that works for them. Let’s talk to see if it would be appropriate.

LF Governance Networks will enable our communities to establish their own Open Governance Network and have an entity to process agreements and collect transaction fees. This new entity is a Delaware nonprofit, a nonstock corporation that will maximize utility and not profit. Through agreements with the Linux Foundation, LF Governance Networks will be available to Open Governance Networks hosted at the Linux Foundation. 

If you’re interested in learning more about hosting an Open Governance Network at the Linux Foundation, please contact us at governancenetworks@linuxfoundation.org

Thanks!

Brian

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The Linux Foundation and Fintech Open Source Foundation Announce Keynote Speakers for Open Source Strategy Forum 2020

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 21:00

Global industry leaders and experts across financial services, technology and open source will come together virtually for thought-provoking insights and conversations about how to best leverage open source software to solve industry challenges.

SAN FRANCISCO, October 13, 2020The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, along with co-host Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS), a nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate adoption of open source software, standards and best practices in financial services, today announced initial keynote speakers for Open Source Strategy Forum (OSSF). The event takes place virtually November 12 – 13 in the Eastern Standard Time (EST), UTC−05:00. The schedule can be viewed here and the keynote speakers can be viewed here

OSSF is the ONLY conference dedicated to driving collaboration and innovation in financial services through open source, and provides unparalleled opportunities to hear from and engage with the executives and individuals driving open source in financial services. The event will gather experts from financial services, technology and open source who will come together to deepen collaboration and drive innovation across the industry in order to deliver better code, faster.

“Open source is continuously showing its power to financial institutions as a key technology element and growth strategy driver,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation. “After welcoming FINOS to The Linux Foundation in April, we are thrilled to co-host Open Source Strategy Forum and work together to support and collaborate with the open source communities supporting financial services, as we continue to bring open source closer and closer to the end users.”

Keynote speakers this year include:

  • Alejandra Villagra, Managing Director, Citi
  • Kim Prado, Global Head of Client, Banking & Digital Technology, RBC
  • Tosha Ellison, Chief Operating Officer, Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS)
  • Gabriele Columbro, Executive Director, Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS)
  • John Jeremiah, Product Marketing Manager, GitLab
  • Pierre de Belen, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
  • Sarah Novotny, Open Source Wonk, Azure Office of the CTO, Microsoft
  • Alessandro Petroni, Global Director & Head, Strategy Financial Services, Red Hat
  • Jo Ann Barefoot, Founder and CEO of AIR, the Alliance for Innovative Regulation
  • Pia Mancini, Co-founder & CEO at Open Collective

“Now in its fourth year, and especially as the world adapts to a new normal, we’re excited to bring together an even broader and more diverse representation from financial services and the tech industries in what has consistently been called out as one of the most compelling and energetic events in our industry,” said Gabriele Columbro, Executive Director, FINOS. 

The 2-day event will feature 50+ sessions dedicated to showcasing recent developments and the direction of open source in financial services, with a focus on topics at the cross section of finance, open source and technology, including: 

  • Leveraging open source to drive innovation and deliver business value in highly regulated industries.
  • Introductions and technical talks on open source projects driven by and relevant to financial services.
  • Cloud, blockchain, AI, desktop interop, synthetic data, regulation and many more open source tech topics changing the financial services landscape.
  • Tools, policies and processes for successfully engaging with open source from legal and compliance concerns to growing and sustaining your open source projects.

Registration for the virtual event is open and is just US$75. Members of The Linux Foundation receive a 20 percent discount – members can contact events@linuxfoundation.org to request a member discount code. Members of FINOS can attend at no cost – members can contact ossf@finos.org to request the FINOS Member registration code. The Linux Foundation provides diversity and need-based registration scholarships for this event to anyone that needs it; for information on eligibility and to apply, click here. Visit our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest event updates and announcements.

Open Source Strategy Forum is made possible thanks to our sponsors, including Leader Sponsors GitLab and Red Hat. For information on becoming an event sponsor, click here.

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The one-millionth commit: The search for the lucky Linux kernel contributor

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 21:00

This week has been “a week of millions” for the Linux Foundation, with our announcement that over 1 million people have taken our free Introduction to Linux course. As part of the research for our recently published 2020 Linux Kernel History Report, the Kernel Project itself determined that it had surpassed one million code commits. Here is how we established the identity of this lucky Kernel Project contributor. 

Methodology:

The historical repo of BitKeeper (converted to Git) has 63,428 commits. We then found the merge at which Linus Torvalds’ repo has at least 936,572 commits (his repo has at least this many commits).

At commit 92c59e126b21fd212195358a0d296e787e444087 the repo had 936,456 commits (116 shy of the million)

 

>git checkout 92c59e126b21fd212195358a0d296e787e444087 >git log --oneline | wc  936456 7483489 62991540

 


The next merge 2f3fbfdaf77f3ac417d0511fac221f76af79f6fc passed that number, with 937,105

 

> git checkout 2f3fbfdaf77f3ac417d0511fac221f76af79f6fc > git log --oneline | wc  937105 7489456 63037625

 

So on merge 2f3fbfdaf77f3ac417d0511fac221f76af79f6fc Linus’ repo passed the 1M mark (to be precise, 1,000,533 including BitKeeper commits):

 

commit 2f3fbfdaf77f3ac417d0511fac221f76af79f6fc 92c59e126b21fd212195358a0d296e787e444087 f510ca05271b6f71bd532fe743b39f628110223f (HEAD) Merge: 92c59e126b21 f510ca05271b Author: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org> Date:   Mon Aug 3 19:19:34 2020 -0700 Merge tag 'arm-dt-5.9' of git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/soc/soc

 

At this point, we can simply list the 936,572nd commit in the log:

 

>git log --oneline | tail -936572 | head -1 85b23fbc7d88 x86/cpufeatures: Add enumeration for SERIALIZE instruction

 

And the committer is…

 

git log -1 85b23fbc7d88 commit 85b23fbc7d88f8c6e3951721802d7845bc39663d Author: Ricardo Neri <ricardo.neri-calderon@linux.intel.com> Date:   Sun Jul 26 21:31:29 2020 -0700     x86/cpufeatures: Add enumeration for SERIALIZE instruction

 

Ricardo’s momentous commit to the Kernel was to add enumeration support for the SERIALIZE instruction, supported in Intel’s forthcoming Sapphire Rapids and Alder Lake microarchitectures for their 10-nanometer server and workstation chips. Ricardo is a software engineer who has been working on Linux feature support for Intel’s microprocessors for 12 years as part of the company’s CPU enabling team.

For more about Intel Corporation’s Ricardo Neri, the one-millionth Linux Kernel code committer, please read and watch our interview, conducted by Swapnil Bhartiya on Linux.com.

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Google Cloud Joins Linux Foundation Networking at Platinum Level

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 00:00
  • Demonstrates collaborative commitment to open source networking across telecom, 5G, cloud native, network automation enabled by critical projects like ONAP, Anthos, Kubernetes
  • Move signals growing importance of open networking community in Cloud, Telecom and Enterprise markets 
  • Amol Phadke joins the LFN Governing Board that comprises global executives operators, vendors, system integrators across ecosystem

  

SAN FRANCISCO– September 28, 2020 – LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open source networking projects, announces Google Cloud has joined as a Platinum member. Since its beginnings, Google’s mission has been to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, and Google Cloud’s vision is to be the most trusted, simple, innovative cloud for customers around the world. Through its membership, Google will further the acceleration of open source technologies across cloud native networking, telecoms, network automation, 5G, and more. 

“We look forward to working with all members and the larger community to continue to find ways to bring further value to consumers and communications services providers alike, demonstrating how public cloud can help fundamentally transform networking in new and exciting ways“, said Amol Phadke, Managing Director: Global Telecom Industry Solutions, Google Cloud. “Google’s excellence in creating and sponsoring components like Kuberntes, Istio and Knative—and successfully integrating them into products like Anthos—will be a key pillar within the Linux Foundation Networking.”

“We look forward to Google’s collaboration in powering the future of open networking,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge and IOT, the Linux Foundation. “As technology evolves, cross-vertical integration is increasingly important. Google’s expertise and leadership is a welcome addition to the LFN community.”

Google’s Amol Phadke, managing director, Global Telecom Industry Solutions, joins the LFN Board of Directors.  

Google Cloud joins additional LFN Platinum members: Amdocs, AT&T, Bell, China Mobile, China Telecom, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, Nokia, Orange, RedHat, Samsung, Tech Mahindra, Turk Telekom, Verizon, VMWare, Vodafone, and ZTE. To learn more about LFN, its projects, and the global community it represents, visit here.

This week, LFN co-hosts the Open Networking & Edge Summit (ONES), the industry’s premier open networking event now expanded to comprehensively cover Edge Computing, Edge Cloud & IoT. ONES enables collaborative development and innovation across enterprises, service providers/telcos and cloud providers to shape the future of networking and edge computing. To register and join the virtual event through September 30, visit: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/open-networking-edge-summit-north-america/register/ 

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Software-defined vertical industries: transformation through open source

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 23:00

“When I say that innovation is being democratized, I mean that users of products and services-both firms and individual consumers-are increasingly able to innovate for themselves. User-centered innovation processes offer great advantages over the manufacturer-centric innovation development systems that have been the mainstay of commerce for hundreds of years. Users that innovate can develop exactly what they want, rather than relying on manufacturers to act as their (often very imperfect) agents.”  — Eric von Hippel, Democratizing Innovation

Overview

What do some of the world’s largest, most regulated, complex, centuries-old industries such as banking, telecommunications, and energy have in common with rapid development, bleeding-edge innovative, creative industries such as the motion pictures industry?

They’re all dependent on open source software. 

That would be a great answer and correct, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. A complete answer is these industries not only depend on open source, but they’re building open source into the fabric of their R&D and development models. They are all dependent on the speed of innovation that collaborating in open source enables. 

As a recent McKinsey & Co. report described, the “biggest differentiator” for top-quartile companies in an industry vertical was “open source adoption,” where they shifted from users to contributors. The report’s data shows that top-quartile company adoption of open source has three times the impact on innovation than companies in other quartiles.

Over the last 20 years, the Linux Foundation has expanded from a single project, the Linux kernel, to hundreds of distinct project communities. The “foundation-as-a-service” model developed by Linux Foundation supports communities collaborating on open source across key horizontal technology domains, such as cloud, security, blockchain, and the web. 

However, many of these project communities align across vertical industry groupings, such as automotive, motion pictures, finance, telecommunications, energy, and public health initiatives. They may have started as individual efforts looking for a neutral home at the Linux Foundation. Still, over time these communities found it useful to collaborate as the organizations supporting the projects expanded their collaboration to other areas.

This paper will delve into the major vertical industry initiatives served by the Linux Foundation. We will highlight the most notable open source projects and why we believe these key industry verticals, some over 100 years old, have transformed themselves using open source software.

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Vibrant Networking, Edge Open Source Development On Full Display at Open Networking & Edge Summit

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 22:00

  • Deep Dive demonstrations on 5G, Edge, IOT, O-RAN, AI, Cloud Native & CNFs covering most important enterprise, cloud and telecom use cases 
  • Expert live sessions on “Why Open Source for Edge?” answered – Over 75% say collaborative market creation and adoption acceleration are top factors for participating in open source
  • Total value of software created by shared innovation model totals $7.3B (2000+ Devs over 6+ years), according to new COCOMO research, “Estimated Development Value of LFN Software”
  • 5 tracks, 13  keynote presentations, 80+ sessions with thousands of peers attending to collaborate on business value of open networking & edge 

SAN FRANCISCO  September 23, 2020The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today marked significant progress in the open networking and edge spaces. In advance of the Open Networking and Edge Summit happening September 28-30, Linux Foundation umbrella projects LF Edge and LF Networking demonstrate recent achievements highlighting trends that set the stage for next-generation technology. 

“We are thrilled to announce a number of milestones across our networking and edge projects, which will be on virtual display at ONES next week,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge and IOT, at the Linux Foundation. “Indicative of what’s coming next, our communities are laying the groundwork for markets like cloud native, 5G, and edge to explode in terms of open deployments.” 

Recent Acceleration within Networking & Edge includes:

  • LFN is shepherding the culmination of Cloud Native and 5G (5G Cloud Native demo, OVP, which now includes Cloud Native requirements). 
  • The industry is becoming accustomed to a new way of compliance and verification  out in the open (via OVP) – be it cloud native, 5G, Edge, or otherwise. 
  • SDN + NFV: OPNFV celebrates its sixth birthday as CNTT prepares to issue its Baraque release; meanwhile, OpenDaylight issues Aluminum, its 13th release. 

“We are together in a tough period. Thanks to all developers and contributors of LFN and LF Edge to tirelessly propel various projects to be on the trac,” said Dr. Junlan Feng, chief scientist at China Mobile, general manager of AI and Intelligent Operation R&D Center, and LFN Board chair. “Cloud Native and 5G are also top priorities of China Mobile to strengthen the experience of our customers. For moving forward, we see there is a great opportunity to fuse together network automation and network intelligence through ONAP, Acumos, Edge, etc. EUAG under LFN is conducting a study to collect and analyze the common requirements of 5G and intelligent network in our industry. We as a community will continuously work together. Thanks to Linux Foundation for taking the lead.”

At the edge, unification has happened and projects (e.g., Akraino, EdgeX Foundry, and Fledge) have delivered deployable code. And the new LF Edge Vertical Solutions Group is working to enable easily-customized deployments based on market/vertical requirements. Opportunities exist for end users across verticals – e.g., enterprise, automotive, industrial – to participate in shaping the direction of how open source gets deployed at the edge. Join the launch event, “Launching the LF Edge End User Community” on October 1, co-located with ONES. 

“Open source collaboration from edge to network is critical to achieve compatibility and complementarity.  ONES is THE event for communities to come together – learning about the latest trends in projects and determining how to evolve technology across boundaries and borders, ” said Melissa Evers-Hood, governing board chair for LF Edge and vice president, Intel Architecture, Graphics and Software, Software Business Strategy.

Technology in action at Open Networking & Edge Summit

See innovation in action during the virtual ONES event, September 28-30 and immerse yourself in the latest open source innovations across networking and edge with community-driven demos in the LF Networking & LF Edge Pavilion. The demos will be open throughout the event but visit during booth hours to engage with the demo managers and ask questions. 

Key demonstrations include:

  • OVP Automation DevOps: Agile Adoption in VNF/CNF based Network Service Industry: This demo will leverage ONAP SDC, ONAP VF-C, and OVP VTP projects to build DevOps for OPNFV Verification Program end-to-end VNF and Network service testing which helps to address agility, automation, and testing challenges.
  • Self-Healing Using Streaming Analytics & Observability for Latency Sensitive Kubernetes Workloads: This demo showcases components necessary towards zero touch infrastructure automation using Kubernetes enhancements, streaming analytics, host telemetry, and a viable path to deployment.
  • Real-Time Sensor Fusion for Loss Detection: This demo shows how different sensor devices can use LF Edge’s EdgeX Foundry open-middleware framework to optimize retail operations and detect loss at checkout. 
  • Managing Industrial IoT Data Using LF Edge: LF Edge projects EVE and Fledge will show how they can securely manage, connect, aggregate, process, buffer and forward any sensor, machine or PLC’s data to existing OT systems and any cloud.

More details and a list of all demos is available here: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/open-networking-edge-summit-north-america/features/lfn-lfe-demos/ 

The event also features an impressive line up of expert keynote speakers, 80+ sessions and five separate tracks, including: Business Critical & Innovation; Carriers: Core/Edge/Access; Cloud Networking & Edge; Enterprise, Networking & Edge; and Sponsored Tutorials.

Don’t miss out on additional experiences, including “Ask the Expert Sessions” where attendees can engage directly with open networking and edge technical, business and community leaders daily in our Ask the Expert Sessions. “Mingle with Your Board and Technical Executives,” happening Tuesday at 4:00 pm ET, is facilitated by Will Townsend, Analyst Moor Insights & Strategy and will provide an open, informal discussion about the future of Networking, Edge, IOT, 5G, with top people at end users, operators, and vendors. No question is off the table – Ask Anything!

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, ONES is being offered virtually for only $50 US. Register today and join the community September 28-30: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/open-networking-edge-summit-north-america/register/

Support from Project Technical Steering Committee Chairs

Akraino
“Launched in 2018, and founding project of LF Edge umbrella, Akraino delivers an open source software stack that supports a high-availability cloud stack optimized for edge computing systems and applications. With three successful releases, the community of over 40+ companies engaged worldwide, more than 20 fully integrated edge blueprints, blueprints tested in 15 user labs and a community lab, and a growing list of user deployments across the globe, Akraino truly become the enabler of edge computing use cases across Telco, IoT, Cloud, and Enterprise use cases,” said Kandan Kathirvel, TSC-Chair, AT&T, and Tina Tsou, Co-Chair, Arm. “This ONES event will be an opportunity to learn more about the edge use cases and Akraino solutions to it.”

EdgeX Foundry
“EdgeX Foundry is in its 4th year of development as a Linux Foundation project.With 6 successful releases, a community of over 180 committers worldwide, more than 7 million container downloads, and a growing list of commercial companies adopting and using EdgeX (like Accenture, HP, ThunderSoft, Tibco, IOTech Systems, and Jiangxing Intelligence), we believe EdgeX has established itself as one of, if not the, premier open source edge solution frameworks,”  said Jim White, TSC Chair, EdgeX Foundry and CTO of IOTech. “We are excited that ‘edge’ has been incorporated into the formerly Open Network Summit, and we are looking forward to our participation in the new “edge” tracks with our fellow LF Edge project members.”

Fledge
“Fledge is an open source framework and community for the industrial edge focused on applications for critical operations, condition-based monitoring, predictive maintenance, quality, situational awareness and safety.   Fledge integrates IIoT, sensors, machines, processes and other industrial assets with existing ISQ95 systems and the cloud” said Mark Riddoch, Fledge TSC Chair.  ” Fledge 1.8 is a mature, field-tested solution operating in power generation/transmission/distribution, water and wastewater processing, oil and gas, discrete manufacturing,  pharma and professional auto racing.  We invite manufacturers, equipment suppliers, system integrators, and partners to use Fledge and join our community as we grow THE open source application stack for industrial transformations.”

Open Horizon
“Being a young stage one project, Open Horizon is grateful for the opportunity to meet so many people active in the open source networking and edge computing areas.  Despite not being able to meet face-to-face, the Linux Foundation’s LFN and LF Edge have provided us with a great format that allows us to have personal, in-depth discussions with anyone who is interested from the comfort of home, and without needing to shout over the crowds to be heard.  We hope you’ll come visit us and enjoy our short demo,” said Joe Pearson, TSC chair, Open Horizon and Technology Strategist, and IBM Cloud. 

OPNFV
“This event will be an opportunity to learn about the pivotal changes, new emphasis, and growth in the OPNFV community. OPNFV’s conformance testing and infrastructure projects, led by the contributions of Orange and many other industry leaders, will soon benefit from even more Telco participation as the CNTT task force members merge with OPNFV. Also, we have paid-forward our successes by taking-on many Linux Foundation Networking Interns in OPNFV this year. Join us and hear our stories,”  said Al Morton, OPNFV TSC Chair.

ONAP
Our ONAP Community is actively working on the certification of our 7th Major Release (Guilin) scheduled for the end of this year. This release continues to increase the support for 5G in areas of network slicing and O-RAN integration, ETSI (e.g. SOL007) and 3GPP standards, as well as our E2E CNF Orchestration chain,” said Catherine Lefevre, AVP-Network Cloud and SDN Platform Integration, AT&T, and chair of the ONAP Technical Steering Committee. “The ONES Summit is a great event where enterprises who have embraced ONAP can showcase their latest innovations. Also, do not miss our demo corners, which will illustrate areas such as: Onboarding 5G CNFs with ONAP, Policy-based RAN Management using O-RAN’s Open-Source Non-RealTime-RIC, ONAP Policy Framework Integration with Bell Canada’s Control Loop Use-cases, and much more. We also invite you to our special panel, ‘ONAP & Cloud Native – the Best of the Two Worlds’,  where we will present an overview of our ONAP Cloud Native journey.”

State of the Edge (SOTE)
“As edge computing goes mainstream it will bring forth a wave of technologies that require cooperation across the entire ecosystem to deliver value to end customers,” said Matt Trifiro, CMO of Vapor IO and co-chair of The Linux Foundation’s State of the Edge project. “The Open Networking and Edge Summit creates opportunities for technologists and end users to collaborate around open source for edge and networking that will revolutionize the cloud, robotics, artificial intelligence, healthcare, manufacturing, data centers, mobile devices, smart cities, and autonomous vehicles.”

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SODA Foundation Announces New Framework Release to Support Data Mobility from Edge to Core to Cloud, Welcomes New Members

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 23:00

SODA Foundation’s open data framework Greenland release simplifies data storage in heterogeneous environments; Japan Data Storage Forum and Seagate Technology become newest contributors

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22, 2020 STORAGE DEVELOPER CONFERENCE — The SODA Foundation, which hosts the open source, unified and autonomous data management framework for data mobility from edge to core to cloud, today announced the Greenland release of its open data framework and that Japan Data Storage Forum (JDSF) and Seagate are joining the Foundation. The Greenland release simplifies data storage in heterogeneous environments, while the new members will further accelerate data mobility and autonomy across the industry. The Greenland release will be available at the end of September.

“The demand for and complexity of data mobility between cloud, on premise and the edge is resulting in rapid collaboration and development on the SODA Foundation’s open data framework,” said Steven Tan, chairman, SODA Foundation and VP & CTO of Cloud Solution at Futurewei. “The Greenland release represents this rapid collaboration and important advances in data storage. We are also welcoming some of the world’s most significant leaders in the data storage space. We’re looking forward to contributions from JDSF and Seagate Technology.”

JDSF is the first and leading storage-related organization in Japan and is a source for the latest information for manufacturers, systems integrators and users who require storage network system verification and data backup operations standards.

“The SODA Foundation represents a global collaboration on the future of data mobility in every environment,” said Takatsuna Chikaraishi, Chairman at JDSF. “It’s a natural move for us to join the Foundation and help advance an open data framework for everyone.”

Seagate Technology is a world leader in data storage and management solutions and helps to maximize humanity’s potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships.

“We see the SODA Foundation’s open source approach to data movement and management API’s enabling hybrid cloud storage architecture management as key to datasphere growth,” said Ken Claffey, Vice President, Enterprise Data Solutions, Seagate Technology.”

Also announced today is the release of Greenland, the 2.0 version of SODA Foundation’s open data framework. It includes Storage Performance Monitoring (SPM), SODA CSI plug-and-play, multi-cloud file services, KubeEdge integration and file support for NetApp ONTAP, among others. Details include:

  • SPM offers a unified view in heterogeneous storage environments and integrates with tools such as Prometheus and Kafka to provide deep visibility and insights into cloud native environments.
  • SODA CSI plug-and-play enables multi-vendor CSI storage to be managed by the SODA Open Data Framework, simplifying storage management for Kubernetes.
  • Multi-cloud file services offer support for Google Cloud Platform in addition to AWS and Azure
  • KubeEdge integration experimental feature provides a first glimpse into edge data
  • management with SODA.
  • File Support for NetApp ONTAP and more South Bound Drivers enables more on-premise Data Center use cases.

Greenland builds on the previous Faroe release, which included support for block, file, and object storage, multi cloud data control, telemetry, resource management across heterogeneous storage, Container Storage Interface (CSI) storage plug-and-play as an experimental feature that simplifies Kubernetes storage management by abstracting CSI storage with SODA.

As data moves between the cloud, on premise and, increasingly, the Edge, data management is becoming more complex. And the increasing number of technologies supporting data management has created even more difficulty, including unintentional silos for data storage. During a time when data mobility and autonomy is more important than ever, it’s critical to simplify management, unify storage pools and provide a vendor neutral forum and platform that can accelerate innovation for end users. SODA Foundation seeks to reduce silos by integrating efforts across platforms for overall data mobility and autonomy.

Additional Member Comments
NTT Communications
“The SODA v2.0 Greenland release has extremely useful features for unified data management across multi cloud and on premise and new file support for NetApp ONTAP. We are happy to be integrating VMWare support for heterogeneous storages for our on-premise data center use cases. SODA engineering team and community welcomes priorities from end users like us,” said Kei Kusunoki, Storage Manager, Innovation Center, NTT Communications.

Yahoo! JAPAN
“We are happy to see the Greenland release with its features for heterogeneous storage . The SODA community is actively providing very good support for this integration and always open for improvements and new features,” said Yusuke Sato, Storage Architect, Yahoo! JAPAN.

About the SODA Foundation
Previously OpenSDS, the SODA Foundation is part of the Linux Foundation and includes both open source software and standards to support the increasing need for data autonomy. SODA Foundation Premiere members include China Unicom, Fujitsu, Huawei, NTT Communications and Toyota Motor Corporation. Other members include China Construction Bank Fintech, Click2Cloud, GMO Pepabo, IIJ, MayaData, LinBit, Scality, Sony, Wipro and Yahoo Japan.

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Open Source Collaboration is a Global Endeavor, Part 2

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 23:28

The Linux Foundation would like to reiterate its statements and analysis of the application of US Export Control regulations to public, open collaboration projects (for example, open source software, open standards, open hardware, and open data) and the importance of open collaboration in the successful, global development of the world’s most important technologies.

Today’s announcement of prohibited transactions by the Department of Commerce regarding WeChat and TikTok in the United States confirms our initial impact analysis for open source collaboration. Nothing in the orders prevents or impacts our communities’ ability to openly collaborate with two valued members of our open source ecosystem, Tencent and ByteDance. From around the world, our members and participants engage in open collaboration because it is open and transparent, and those participants are clear that they desire to continue collaborating with their peers around the world.

As a reminder, we would like to point anyone with questions to our prior blog post on US export regulations, which links to our more detailed analysis of the topic. Both are available in English and Simplified Chinese for the convenience of our audiences.

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TODO Group: Why Open Source matters to your enterprise

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 21:00
Overview

There are many business reasons to use open source software. Many of today’s most significant business breakthroughs, including big data, machine learning, cloud computing, Internet of Things, and streaming analytics, sprang from open source software innovations. Open source software often comes into an organization as the backbone of many essential devices, programs, platforms, and tools such as robotics, sensors, the Internet of Things (IoT), automotive telematics, and autonomous driving, edge computing, and big data computing. Open source software code is working on many smartphones, laptops, servers, databases, and cloud infrastructures and services. Developers build most applications by leveraging frameworks like Node. js or pulling in libraries that have been tested and proven in many production use cases. To use almost any of these things is to use open source software in one form or another, and often in combination.

By using open source software, companies also avoid building everything from the ground up, saving time, money, and effort while also rendering more innovation from the investment. Open source software is generally more secure than using the commercial proprietary counterparts too. That is due in large part to the collaborative nature of open source software projects. As Linux creator Linus Torvalds once explained, “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” That holds so long as there are “enough eyeballs,” which, given open source software’s adoption rate, may be challenging to have across all projects. Drawbacks do exist, as no software is perfect, not even open source software. However, for most organizations, the good far outweighs the bad. The codebase’s open nature also means it’s easier to report and fix software versus alternative models.

While open source software offers many reliable and provable business advantages, sometimes those advantages remain obscure to those who have not looked deeply into the topic, including many high-level decision-makers. This paper, published by the European Chapter of the TODO Group, aims to provide a balanced and quick overview of the business pros and cons of using open source software.

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The Linux Foundation Announces the Full Line-up of Sessions for the Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2020 Virtual Experience, October 26 – 29 Open for all – Anytime. Anywhere.

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 23:00

The leading vendor neutral open source event will virtually showcase existing and emerging technologies as well as bring together global open source leaders and community visionaries.

SAN FRANCISCO, September 3, 2020 –The Linux Foundation announced today the full line-up of sessions for the Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2020 Virtual Experience, the leading conference for open source developers, technologists, and community leaders. The event takes place virtually October 26 – 29 in the Greenwich Mean Time Zone. The schedule can be viewed here and the keynote speakers can be viewed here.

The 4-day event is dedicated to everything open source and will showcase a program of 250+ talks (conference session, tutorials, BoFs and keynotes) across tracks covering Linux Systems, IoT, AI, Cloud & Cloud Native, OS Dependability, OS Databases, Diversity & Inclusion, OS Leadership, Open Source Program Office Management (TODO) and the  Embedded Linux Conference.

“Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference Europe has proven to be an important event for the European open source community to gather annually for learning and collaboration that helps to grow and sustain the ecosystem,” said Angela Brown, SVP & General Manager of Events at The Linux Foundation. “While the event is being held virtually in 2020, it  will continue to deliver innovative content from open source leaders across the globe on key open source topics and technologies, and will include numerous ways for attendees to further pursue  the engagement and collaboration opportunities the event has become synonymous with.”

Featured Conference Sessions Include:

  • State of Linux Gaming – Gabriel Krisman Bertazi, Collabora
  • From Remote First Towards Async First – Isabel Drost-Fromm, Europace AG
  • Using the TPM – It’s Not Rocket Science (Anymore) – Johannes Holland & Peter Huewe, Infineon Technologies AG
  • Building Trustworthy AI: Lessons from Open Source – Abigail Cabunoc Mayes, Mozilla
  • Fast Execution for Function Compositions in Serverless Computing – Ruichuan Chen & Istemi Ekin Akkus, Nokia Bell Labs
  • MySQL Performance for DevOps – Sveta Smirnova, Percona

Confirmed Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Liz Rice, Vice President, Open Source Engineering, Aqua Security
  • Andrew Wafaa, Director, Open Source Communities, Arm & Chair, The Yocto Project
  • Jesús Labarta Mancho, Director, Computer Sciences Department, Barcelona Supercomputing Center
  • Nithya Ruff, Executive Director, Open Source Program Office, Comcast & Chair, Board of Directors, The Linux Foundation
  • Sam Ramji, Chief Strategy Officer, DataStax
  • Ali Fenn, President, ITRenew
  • Shuli Goodman, Executive Director, LF Energy
  • Thomas Gleixner, Chief Technology Officer, Linutronix GmbH
  • Sachiko Muto, Chief Executive Officer, OpenForum Europe
  • Angela Benton, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Streamlytics
  • Neil McGovern, Executive Director, The GNOME Foundation
  • Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation
  • Allan Friedman, Director, Cybersecurity Initiatives, National Telecommunications & Information Administration, US Department of Commerce

Registration for the virtual event is open and is just US$50. Members of The Linux Foundation receive a 20 percent discount – members can contact events@linuxfoundation.org to request a member discount code. The Linux Foundation provides diversity and need-based registration scholarships for this event to anyone that needs it; for information on eligibility and to apply, click here. Visit our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest event updates and announcements.

Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2020 is made possible thanks to our sponsors, including Platinum Sponsors Cloud Native Computing Foundation and IBM, Gold Sponsors Red Hat and VMware. For information on becoming an event sponsor, click here.

Members of the press who would like to request a media pass should contact Kristin O’Connell at koconnell@linuxfoundation.org.

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New LF Climate Finance Foundation to Host Open Source Initiative to Address Climate Risk and Opportunity in Financial Sector

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 21:00

Open data and analytics initiative aims to enable better risk management and boost financing for climate solutions

San Francisco, Calif., September 1, 2020 —The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the intent to form the LF Climate Finance Foundation (LFCF), a new initiative with the goal of empowering investors, banks, insurers, companies, governments, NGOs and academia with AI-enhanced open source analytics and open data to address climate risk and opportunity. Allianz, Amazon, Microsoft and S&P Global have already committed to be founding members. The Climate Finance Foundation’s planning team includes representatives from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Ceres and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

The signing of the Paris Climate Accord in 2015 brings both unprecedented opportunity and challenges to the global investment community. Avoiding catastrophic levels of global warming and ensuring resilience will require at least $1.2 trillion more financing of climate solutions each year. Achieving this dramatic increase in investment requires better data and analytic tools to fully account for climate-related risk and opportunity. To help with this effort, the LFCF is building the OS-Climate platform, with the goal of enabling asset owners, asset managers and banks to manage climate risk and identify the climate-aligned companies, infrastructure, capital projects and technologies that will thrive in a low-carbon economy.

The LF Climate Finance Foundation is hosting the OS-Climate platform, which is expected to consist of multiple physical and economic scenarios, a global and open Data Commons and economic and financial models that accelerate predictive analytic tools and investment products that manage climate-related risk and finance climate solutions across every geography, sector and asset class.

“There is a clear call from major pension funds, banks, governments and civil society for public access to corporate climate data and other data needed for finance to support Paris Climate Accord goals, as well as for better tools to inform financial decisions,” said Truman Semans, who has led community building to support the OS-Climate platform and to form the LF Climate Finance Foundation.

Development on technology to be incorporated into the OS-Climate platform is already underway. For example, the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) just released a beta version of its open source Finance Tool, which is being developed by OS-Climate and Ortec Finance. The LFCF community anticipates integrating the Finance Tool into the OS-Climate platform and undertaking community-based development to further build out this tool. SBTi is a joint initiative of WWF, the World Resources Institute (WRI), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and CDP.

“The cost and complexity of analytics for climate-related investments require highly organized collaboration and resource sharing across hundreds of users and contributors,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. “The LF Climate Finance Foundation will enable neutral governance, shared development costs and technical leadership from many of the world’s leading financial institutions, multilateral organizations, academia, governments and NGOs.

“The collaboration among the LF Climate Finance Foundation’s stakeholders will deliver on these data and analytics needs with more speed and innovation than any one company could achieve on its own,” said Michael Tiemann, OS-Climate Senior Technical Advisor and former President of OSI, the leading international body for open source licensing and standards..

“Since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the world has been striving to bring together the innovation and capital of the private sector with the information and influence of governments and international institutions,” said Monique Barbut, former CEO of the global environment facility and former UN undersecretary. “The LF Climate Finance Foundation can make the OS-Climate Platform a vital tool to realize this goal, and boost investment not only for addressing climate change but also for protecting biodiversity.”

Investors and banks could use the platform to analyze portfolios and individual financings and investments. Governments are expected to use it to invest in resilient infrastructure, develop effective policy and enable regulators to manage market-related climate risk. Researchers could rely on the LF Climate Finance Foundation and its open data to surface even greater insights for advancing scalable climate opportunities. Investors and NGOs could to use the platform to advocate more effectively for corporations to align with Paris Accord goals.

“Leading asset owners and asset managers around the world understand climate change not only as an environmental challenge but also as an economic and risk management issue that is central to prudent investment,” said Lionel Johnson, president of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute. “LF Climate Finance’s OS-Climate platform can help provide the data and analytics that are essential to fulfilling fiduciary responsibilities.”

For more information about this effort, please email membership@lfclimatefinance.org

Supporting Comments

Allianz
“Allianz is committed to steering our investment portfolios to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. High quality and reliable information about all the companies in which we are invested is the raw material for all decisions. Open source analytics and open climate data is a very promising way to support the financial industry in working with the investee companies to transition to carbon neutrality,” says Claus Stickler, Managing Director and Co-lead Allianz Investment Management SE.

Amazon
“To fight climate change, Amazon last year co-founded and signed The Climate Pledge – a commitment to be net zero carbon 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. We believe that more climate risk data and information will support signatories of this pledge and others in achieving the goal of becoming carbon neutral, and, at the same time, climate resilient,” said Kara Hurst, Vice President, Worldwide Sustainability, Amazon. “We are proud to be a technical lead working with the LF Climate Finance Foundation to leverage the AWS Cloud and the many Petabytes of climate-relevant data we are making available through the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative to push this project forward.”

Ceres
“Climate risk is mispriced all across financial markets, and that’s blocking transition to a low carbon economy,” said Mindy Lubber, CEO of Ceres. “As Ceres found in our recent report, regulators, bank and investors urgently need open access to corporate climate-related data and better tools for scenario analysis.”

Microsoft
“Addressing climate issues in a meaningful way requires people and organizations to have access to data to better understand the impact of their actions. Opening up and sharing our contribution of significant and relevant sustainability data through the LF Climate Finance Foundation will help advance the financial modeling and understanding of climate change impact – an important step in affecting positive change. We’re excited to collaborate with the other founding members and hope additional organizations will join,” said Jennifer Yokoyama, Microsoft Chief IP Counsel.

SASB
“LF Climate Finance Foundation’s OS-Climate platform enables analysis of how companies would perform on standardized, financially material metrics under various climate conditions and scenarios,” said Matthew Welch, President & COO of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Foundation. “We see investor demand for this kind of standardized comparison of companies manifest in the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures and in the more than 3,000 corporate signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investing.”

S&P Global
Martina Cheung, President of S&P Global Market Intelligence, said: “Businesses and investors are acknowledging the global climatic changes and its impact on the future performance of companies. There is an increasing demand from pension funds, asset managers and governments for climate related data to incorporate into their decision-making. Now more than ever, there’s a need for greater company disclosure of climate and environmental data as well as continued advancement in data and analytical tools to better assess climate risks and opportunities.”

 

About the Linux Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more.  The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

 

 

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Download the 2020 Linux Kernel History Report

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 05:22

Over the last few decades, we’ve seen Linux steadily grow and become the most widely used operating system kernel. From sensors to supercomputers, we see it used in spacecraft, automobiles, smartphones, watches, and many more devices in our everyday lives. Since the Linux Foundation started publishing the Linux Kernel Development Reports in 2008, we’ve observed progress between points in time. 

Since that original 1991 release, Linux has become one of the most successful collaborations in history, with over 20,000 contributors. Given the recent announcement of version 5.8 as one of the largest yet, there’s no sign of it slowing down, with the latest release showing a new record of over ten commits per hour.

In this report, we look at Linux’s entire history. Our analysis of Linux is based on early releases, and the developer community commits from BitKeeper and git since the first Kernel release on September 17, 1991, through August 2, 2020. With the 5.8 release tagging on August 2, 2020, and with the merge window for 5.9 now complete, over a million commits of recorded Linux Kernel history are available to analyze from the last 29 years. 

This report looks back through the history of the Linux kernel and the impact of some of the best practices and tooling infrastructure that has emerged to enable one of the most significant software collaborations known. 

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FinOps Foundation Quickly Gains Industry-Wide Support to Advance Cloud Financial Management and Education

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 23:00

New Linux Foundation effort to increase education and best practices for emerging cloud financial management discipline attracts founding members; representatives from Apptio, Google and VMware appointed to new Technical Advisory Council

San Francisco, Calif., August 20, 2020 –  The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the formation of the FinOps Foundation to advance the discipline of cloud financial management through best practices, education and standards. The Linux Foundation announced an intent to form the FinOps Foundation at Open Source Summit North America in late June. Today it’s announcing formation and support from founding members Apptio, Cloudeasier, Cloudsoft, CloudWize, Contino, Kubecost, Neos, Opsani, ProsperOps, Timspirit and VMware.

The newly formed Technical Advisory Council welcomes representatives from Apptio, Google and VMware alongside existing practitioner member seats held by individuals from Atlassian, Nationwide and Pearson. The TAC’s charter requires a combination of appointed and elected members and end-user practitioners who will be added in the coming months. The initial TAC members include:

  • Eugene Khvostov, VP of Product & Engineering at Apptio
  • Matt Leonard, Product Management lead for Google Compute Cloud billing
  • John McLoughlin, Director of Product Management for CloudHealth by VMware
  • Mike Fuller, Principal Systems Engineer for FinOps at Atlassian
  • Joseph Daly, Director of Cloud Optimization at Nationwide
  • Ashley Hromatko, Sr. Mgr FinOps at Pearson

“With demand for new collaboration to support cloud procurement between IT and finance teams, the FinOps community is growing fast,” said J.R. Storment, executive director of the FinOps Foundation. “We have the infrastructure and governance in place to support this acceleration and provide best-in-class training and education opportunities to grow this discipline. Our founding members are making this possible with today’s commitments, and we look forward to working with them in the years to come.”

“We are thrilled to see the FinOps Foundation formalize their launch at KubeCon and CloudNativeCon where efficiency and cloud financial management is becoming a growing concern,” said Chris Aniszczyk, CTO, Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). “CNCF looks forward to collaborating with the FinOps Foundation to improve cloud financial management for all.”

Also launching today is the formalization of the FinOps Certified Platform, FinOps Service Certified Service Provider and Training Partner programs.

FinOps Certified Platform (FCP) is a pre-qualified tier of vetted technology providers who offer software solutions to successfully adopt cloud financial management practices. Launch partners include Apptio Cloudability, CloudHealth by VMware, CloudWize, Kubecost, Opsani and ProsperOps.

FinOps Certified Service Provider (FCSP) is a pre-qualified tier of vetted service providers who have deep experience helping enterprises successfully adopt cloud financial management practices. The FCSP partners offer FinOps support, consulting, professional services and training for organizations embarking on their cloud financial management journey. Launch partners include Apptio, Cloudeasier, Cloudsoft, Contino, Neos and Timspirit.

FinOps Foundation recognizes a select group of FinOps Training Partners (FTP). This is a tier of vetted training providers who have deep experience in cloud financial management training. Launch partners include Apptio, Cloudeasier, Contino and VMware.

Training opportunities for members include the free edX course, Introduction to FinOps, launched by Linux Foundation and FinOps Foundation just this summer. The course is open for enrollment now. The FinOps Foundation also offers the FinOps Certified Practitioner Exam (FOCP). The FinOps landscape is depicted here: https://landscape.finops.org

The FinOps Foundation includes nearly 2000 individual practitioner members across the globe, representing more than 1200 companies. In the same way that DevOps revolutionized development by breaking down silos and increasing agility, FinOps increases the business value of cloud by bringing together technology, business and finance professionals with a new cultural set, knowledge skills and technical processes.

FinOps is the operating model for the cloud, which is resulting in a shift that combines systems, best practices, and culture to increase an organization’s ability to understand cloud costs and make informed business decisions. FinOps ensures that companies get the most value from every dollar spent in the cloud. It pushes accountability for spending to the edge where developers control purchasing decisions and provides a new set of centralized processes to maximize efficiency of purchases and the ability to allocate spending to teams.

For more information about the FinOps Foundation, please visit: https://www.finops.org/

Founding Member Quotes

Apptio
“Managing cloud costs and usage continues to be a top concern as cloud spending accelerates even faster than forecasted as a result of the business disruption, we’ve experienced this year. It’s been incredible to watch the FinOps Foundation grow from Cloudability’s Quarterly Customer Advisory Board meetings to a robust community dedicated to helping the industry manage cloud costs more effectively. We look forward to continuing our support of the Foundation’s efforts to standardize best practices and education for cloud financial management,” said Eugene Khvostov, VP of Product & Engineering at Apptio.

Cloudeasier
“Over recent years, most companies have experienced opening the ‘Pandora’s Box’ of the Public Cloud. The ease of consumption and availability of innovative services have been opposed by the necessity to understand, forecast, and report on the IT costs of every project. FinOps aims to solve this equation with the setup of processes, teams, and tools, which will make companies take full advantage of all Public Cloud benefits. As a FinOps pure player, it was an obvious choice for Cloudeasier to be part of the FinOps Foundation adventure. We are thrilled to participate, contribute, and learn, together with the Foundation, to set the next industry standard for Cloud Finance Management,” said Aymerc Thas-Pinot, CEO Cloudeasier.

Cloudsoft
“Cloudsoft is proud to be a member of the FinOps Foundation and we are excited to be part of the growing community focused on developing and sharing best practices in Cloud Financial Management. Our customers need to innovate without exploding costs. Therefore, the best practices established within the FinOps Foundation are crucial to gaining optimum business value from the cloud,” said Aled Sage, Head of FinOps at Cloudsoft.

CloudWize
“We see FinOps need in cloud cost-control, and optimization is on the rise. As a member of the FinOps Foundation, CloudWize provides a seamless solution that helps FinOps write policies to monitor and alert on undesired situations and prevent cost overhead. With CloudWize, FinOps analysts can query and search for misconfigurations and abnormal metrics that impact costs, without writing a single line of code,” said Yotam Atad, CEO of CloudWize.

Contino
“Contino is delighted to become a member of the FinOps Foundation. As organizations start to become more mature with their cloud adoption programs, many are recognizing the importance of adopting FinOps practices and Financial Agility as an integral part of their strategy. Working alongside the FinOps Foundation to create best practices, we will be able to better support our customers in creating modern Cloud Operating models by aligning their cloud adoption journey with spend-to-engineering efforts and business initiatives. We look forward to further sharing our experiences, whilst upskilling the community and our clients.”

Kubecost
“As more teams adopt Kubernetes and next generation cloud native technologies at scale, we are excited to be part of the community that is thinking deeply about how to help teams manage spend in these new environments. We look forward to developing more open source solutions to help benefit this growing community!” said Webb Brown, Kubecost co-founder.

Neos
“We are adamant in taking steps towards a positive change in Cloud financial management,” says Neos CEO Davorin Capan. “FinOps offers us necessary practices that facilitate our transition towards a truly ‘cloud-first’ strategy, bringing together technology, business and finance. Understanding the significance of this movement, we already have half a dozen of certified of FinOps practitioners in our team. Moreover, we are developing CloudVane, Multicloud Cost Management solution built on basic FinOps principles. We aim to include FinOps methodology into every consulting project, particularly in the form of turn-key solutions for our clients’ cloud demands.”

Opsani
“Optimizing cloud expenditures and managing workloads to be at their utmost efficiency is a paramount business concern as more businesses are shifting their traditional IT models to the cloud and implementing SaaS business lines. The FinOps Foundation is providing the essential service of highlighting best practices for managing cloud costs across the enterprise for better financial and computation results,” said Ross Schibler, CEO and Founder of Opsani, a leading Silicon Valley startup.

ProsperOps
“Cloud success cannot be achieved without Cloud Financial Management success and the FinOps Foundation is leading the way for every business to master this critical discipline. We’re thrilled to be a FinOps Certified Platform founding member and offer our service to practitioners looking to fully automate industry-leading savings outcomes,” said Chris Cochran, CEO of ProsperOps.

Timspirit
“For many years, Timspirit has been helping its customers understand, control and optimize their costs in an on-demand environment without any proven standards. We have also seen the emergence of the Cloud and FinOps, not only as an obvious source of savings, but also as an essential lever in reducing the carbon footprint of IT by sharing resources and improving efficiency. Timspirit is convinced that FinOps will become the ubiquitous discipline leading to a controlled, economical and sustainable IT. As a member of the FinOps Foundation, Timspirit is proud to work with our peers to offer our clients a shared FinOps framework based on market best practices.”

VMware
“Cloud financial management has never been more critical than it is right now. Organizations around the world are accelerating their cloud strategies while at the same time trying to control costs in a turbulent economic environment. The FinOps Foundation is doing important work to advance cloud financial management practices and practitioners. We’re excited to learn from FinOps Foundation members and contribute best practices we’ve gathered through our partnership with thousands of organizations worldwide,” said Joe Kinsella, vice president and CTO, CloudHealth by VMware.

 

About the FinOps Foundation

The FinOps Foundation (F2) is a nonprofit trade association made up of FinOps practitioners around the world. Grounded in real world stories, expertise and inspiration for and by FinOps practitioners, the F2 is focused on codifying and promoting cloud financial management best practices and standards to help community members and their teams become better at cloud financial management. For more information or to join, please visit: https://www.finops.org/

About the Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,500 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more.  The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

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Linux Foundation project news for August 2020

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 03:57
The ACRN Open Source Hypervisor for IoT Development Announces ACRN v2.0 and Functional Safety Certification Concept Approval

New hybrid-mode architecture expands the scope of the project to include industrial IoT and edge device use cases, delivers new flexibility in resource sharing across virtual machines and new levels of real-time and functional safety

How Laird Connectivity leverages Zephyr RTOS to create social distancing trackers

Laird Connectivity’s Sentrius BT710 wearable tracker/multi-sensor, which is based on Zephyr RTOS, is a great way to automate and simplify the challenges of social distancing and contact tracing.

OpenAPI Initiative Welcomes Postman as Newest Member

Postman joins 35 current members on the fast-growing initiative that includes Atlassian, Google, Microsoft, Red Hat, and Bloomberg

LF Edge’s Fledge project announces release 1.8 that integrates with industry leaders like Google, Nokia, OSIsoft, ZEDEDA and Dianonic to enable open industrial edge software with AI/ML and Public Cloud Integration

Expanded community includes integrations and contributions from Google, Nokia, Flir, OSIsoft, Nexcom, RoviSys, Advantech, Wago, Zededa and Dianomic

LF Edge’s Akraino Project Release 3 Now Available, Unifying  OpenSource Blueprints Across MEC, AI, Cloud, and Telecom Edge

6 New R3 Blueprints (total of 20)  covering use cases across Telco, Enterprise, IoT, Cloud and more

[New White Paper] Sharpening the Edge: Overview of the LF Edge Taxonomy & Framework

This original, collaborative community-driven white paper details the new LF Edge taxonomy with the goal of clarifying market confusion by breaking the continuum down based on inherent technical and logistical tradeoffs rather than using ambiguous terms.

ONAP’s 6th Release, ‘Frankfurt,’ Available Now – Most Comprehensive, Secure and Collaborative Software to Accelerate 5G Deployments

Rich feature set including End-to-end 5G network slicing, security and deployment-ready automation anchored in Frankfurt

[New Guide] 5G Networking: An Introduction

Download this paper for an exploration of the business opportunities in 5G, the role of open source, Linux Foundation projects, and how to participate.

Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) Publishes Defining White Paper

Produced by Avid Think and Converge! Network Digest with DPDK community support, the paper outlines the critical role DPDK plays in the evolution of networking infrastructure while dispelling a number of myths and misconceptions about the technology.

Virtual LFN Developer & Testing Forum: June 2020 Report

See the quick highlights from the June event and the LFN workstreams in motion.

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Facebook’s Long History of Open Source Investments Deepens with Platinum-level Linux Foundation Membership

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 23:00

From its efforts to reshape computing through open source to its aggressive push to increase internet connectivity around the world, Facebook is a leader in open innovation. Perhaps more important today than ever, Facebook’s focus on democratizing access to technology enhances opportunity and scale for individuals and businesses alike. That’s why we’re so excited to announce the company is joining the Linux Foundation at the highest level.

Facebook’s sponsorship of open innovation through the Linux Foundation will help support the largest shared technology investment in history with an estimated $16B in development costs of the world’s 100+ leading open source projects and supports those project communities through governance, events and education. The company is also already the lead contributor of many Linux Foundation-hosted projects, such as Presto, GraphQL, Osquery and ONNX. It has been an active participant in Linux kernel development, employing key developers and maintainers across major kernel subsystems.

In addition to these efforts, Facebook has a long history of leveraging open source to unlock the potential of open innovation:

  • Through Facebook Connectivity and the open source Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Foundation, Facebook hopes to bring fast, reliable internet to those without it. Facebook’s Magma open source project allows telecom operators to easily deploy mobile networks in hard-to-reach areas — reducing the costs of building and maintaining telecom networks. Together, Facebook Connectivity and TIP have created hundreds of billions of dollars of value through open source collaboration.
  • Facebook created a unique dataset of over 100,000 videos and launched the Deepfake Detection Challenge in order to accelerate development of new ways to detect deepfake videos. This open, collaborative effort will help the industry and society at large meet the challenge presented by deepfake technology and help everyone better assess the legitimacy of content they see online.
  • Facebook’s Data for Good program enables geographic data to be shared with the aim of addressing some of the world’s greatest humanitarian issues, including COVID-19.
  • Facebook also leads the industry in open hardware, having founded the Open Compute Project (OCP), which uses open source to enable the creation of efficient, flexible, and scalable hardware designs for data centers.
  • By creating and sustaining an open source ecosystem around PyTorch, Facebook also accelerates the pace at which data scientists and developers can leverage the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning in computer vision, natural language processing, and other disciplines.
  • Facebook’s React.js library powers some of the world’s most popular websites and has become the standard for frontend web development due to its simplicity and flexibility.
  • In working with Github to sponsor the first-ever remote open source fellowship run by Major League Hacking, Facebook also hopes to create a trend of empowering a new generation of diverse open source contributors.

Facebook’s commitment to the open source community can be seen in both its multi-million dollar investments and its genuine passion for technology development. It is this combination that makes the company an incredible supporter of the open source developer community.

As a Platinum member of the Linux Foundation, Facebook’s Kathy Kam joins the LF board. Kathy is head of Open Source at Facebook where she manages the Open Source Engineering, Developer Advocacy, and Open Source Program Management teams. Kathy is a 20-year engineering, product management, and developer relations leader previously with Google and Microsoft.

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