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The Linux Foundation and NGMN Collaborate on End-to-End 5G and Beyond

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.  and FRANKFURT, GERMANY – May 10, 2021 – The Linux Foundation and the Next Generation Mobile Network Alliance (NGMN), today announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for formal collaboration regarding end-to-end 5G and beyond. 

NGMN’s mission is to provide impactful industry guidance to achieve innovative and affordable mobile telecommunication services for the end user, placing a particular focus on Mastering the Route to Disaggregation, Sustainability and Green Future Networks, as well as on 6G and the continuous support of 5G’s full implementation.

Creating and providing open, scalable building blocks for operators and service providers is critical to the industry adoption of 5G and beyond. Therefore, the collaboration between NGMN and the Linux Foundation will focus on end-to-end 5G architecture and beyond 5G. Specific areas of alignment may include sustainability, network automation and network autonomy based on Artificial Intelligence, security, edge cloud, virtualization, disaggregation, cloud native, and service-based architecture, to name a few. 

“We very much look forward to a mutually inspiring and beneficial collaboration with The Linux Foundation. Open Source is gaining increasing relevance for the strategic topics of our Work Programmes such as Mastering the Route to Disaggregation, Green Future Networks and 6G. We are delighted to partner with The Linux Foundation to jointly drive our mission for the benefit of the global ecosystem”, said Anita Doehler, CEO, NGMN Alliance.

“We are thrilled to be aligning with such an innovative, industry-leading organization,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking, Edge and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “Integrating NGMN’s expertise across pivotal areas like Disaggregation, Green Future Networks, cloud native, automation, and early work on 6G into LF Networking’s 5G Super Blueprint initiative is a natural next step for the industry.”

The Linux Foundation’s vision of harmonizing open source software with open standards has been in effect for several years, including collaborations with ETSI, TMF, MEF, GSMA, the O-RAN Alliance, and more. NGMN also maintains longstanding co-operations with all of these organisations. The alignment between The Linux Foundation and NGMN represents the latest in a long-standing effort to integrate open source and open standards across the industry. 

About NGMN

About NGMN Alliance (www.ngmn.org)

The NGMN Alliance (Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance) is a forum founded by world-leading Mobile Network Operators and open to all partners in the mobile industry. Its goal is to ensure that next generation network infrastructure, service platforms and devices will meet the requirements of operators and, ultimately, will satisfy end user demand and expectations. The vision of the NGMN Alliance is to provide impactful industry guidance to achieve innovative and affordable mobile telecommunication services for the end user with a particular focus on supporting 5G’s full implementation, Mastering the Route to Disaggregation, Sustainability and Green Networks, and work on 6G.

NGMN seeks to incorporate the views of all interested stakeholders in the telecommunications industry and is open to three categories of participants (NGMN Partners): Mobile Network Operators (Members), vendors, software companies and other industry players (Contributors), as well as research institutes (Advisors).

About the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Btrfs: Advantages of upgrading from UEK5 to UEK6

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OpenPOWER Foundation announces LibreBMC, a POWER-based, fully open-source BMC

News from the OpenPOWER Blog:

Baseboard management controllers (BMCs) are a mainstay in data centers. They enable remote monitoring and access to servers, and they’re responsible for the rise of “lights out management.” But from a hardware perspective, there has been little innovation in this space for years. BMC processors are built on legacy architectures that are proprietary and closed.

The OpenPOWER Foundation is announcing a new workgroup to develop LibreBMC, the first ever baseboard management controller with completely open-source software and hardware. The processor will be based on the POWER ISA, which was open-sourced by IBM at OpenPOWER Summit North America in August, 2019.

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Interview with Masato Endo, OpenChain Project Japan

Linux Foundation Editorial Director Jason Perlow had a chance to speak with Masato Endo, OpenChain Project Automotive Chair and Leader of the OpenChain Project Japan Work Group Promotion Sub Group, about the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s (METI) recent study on open source software management.

JP: Greetings, Endo-san! It is my pleasure to speak with you today. Can you tell me a bit about yourself and how you got involved with the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry?

遠藤さん、こんにちは!本日はお話しできることをうれしく思います。あなた自身について、また経済産業省とどのように関わっていますか。

ME: Hi, Jason-san! Thank you for such a precious opportunity. I’m a manager and scrum master in the planning and development department of new services at a Japanese automotive company. We were also working on building the OSS governance structure of the company, including obtaining OpenChain certification.

As an open source community member, I participated in the OpenChain project and was involved in establishing the OpenChain Japan Working Group and Automotive Working Group. Recently, as a leader of the Promotion SG of the Japan Working Group, I am focusing on promoting OSS license compliance in Japan.

In this project, I contribute to it as a bridge between the Ministry of Economic, Trade, and Industry and the members of OSS community projects such as OpenChain.

For example, I recently gave a presentation of OpenChain at the meeting and introduced the companies that cooperate with the case study.

Jasonさん、こんにちは。このような貴重な機会をありがとうございます。

私は、自動車メーカーの新サービスの企画・開発部署でマネージャーやスクラムマスターを務めています。また、OpenChain認証取得等の会社のオープンソースガバナンス体制構築についても取り組んでいました。

一方、コミュニティメンバーとしてもOpenChainプロジェクトに参加し、OpenChain Japan WGやAutomotive WGの設立に関わりました。最近では、Japan WGのPromotion SGのリーダーとして日本におけるOSSライセンスコンプライアンスの啓発活動に注力しています。

今回のプロジェクトにおいては、経済産業省のタスクフォースとOpenChainとの懸け橋として、ミーティングにてOpenChainの活動を紹介させて頂いたり、ケーススタディへの協力企業を紹介させて頂いたりすることで、コントリビューションさせて頂きました。

JP: What does the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) do?

経済産業省(METI)はどのような役割の役所ですか?

ME: METI has jurisdiction over the administration of the Japanese economy and industry. This case study was conducted by a task force that examines software management methods for ensuring cyber-physical security of the Commerce and Information Policy Bureau’s Cyber Security Division.

経済産業省は経済や産業に関する行政を所管しています。今回のケーススタディは商務情報政策局サイバーセキュリティ課によるサイバー・フィジカル・セキュリティ確保に向けたソフトウェア管理手法等検討タスクフォースにより実施されたものです。

JP: Why did METI commission a study on the management of open source program offices and open source software management at Japanese companies?

なぜ経済産業省は、日本企業のオープンソースプログラムオフィスの管理とオープンソースソフトウェアの管理に関する調査を実施したのですか?

ME: METI itself conducted this survey. The Task Force has been considering appropriate software management methods, vulnerability countermeasures, license countermeasures, and so on.

Meanwhile, as the importance of OSS utilization has increased in recent years, it concluded that sharing the knowledge of each company regarding OSS management methods helps solve each company’s problems.

今回の調査は、METIが主体的に行ったものです。タスクフォースは適切なソフトウェアの管理手法、脆弱性対応やライセンス対応などについて検討してきました。

そんな中、昨今のOSS利活用の重要性が高まる中、OSSの管理手法に関する各企業の知見の共有が各社の課題解決に有効だという結論に至りました。

JP: How do Japanese corporations differ from western counterparts in open source culture?

日本の企業は、オープンソース文化において欧米の企業とどのように違いますか?

ME: Like Western companies, Japanese companies also use OSS in various technical fields, and OSS has become indispensable. In addition, more than 80 companies have participated in the Japan Working Group of the OpenChain project. As a result, the momentum to promote the utilization of OSS is increasing in Japan.

On the other hand, some survey results show that Japanese companies’ contribution process and support system are delayed compared to Western companies. So, it is necessary to promote community activities in Japan.

欧米の企業と同様、日本の企業でもOSSは様々な技術領域で使われており、欠かせないものになっています。また、OpenChainプロジェクトのJPWGに80社以上の企業が参加するなど、企業としてOSSの利活用を推進する機運も高まってきています。

一方で、欧米企業と比較するとコントリビューションのプロセスやサポート体制の整備が遅れているという調査結果も出ているため、コミュニティ活動を促進する仕組みをより強化していく必要があると考えられます。

JP: What are the challenges that the open source community and METI have identified due to the study that Japanese companies face when adopting open source software within their organizations?

日本企業が組織内でオープンソースソフトウェアを採用する際に直面する調査の結果、オープンソースコミュニティと経済産業省が特定した課題は何ですか?

ME: In this case study, many companies mentioned license compliance. It was found that each company has established a company-wide system and rules to comply with the license and provides education to engineers. The best way to do this depends on the industry and size of the company, but I believe the information from this case study is very useful for each company of all over the world.

In addition, it was confirmed that Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) is becoming more critical for companies in the viewpoint of both vulnerability response and license compliance. Regardless of whether companies are using OSS internally or exchanging software with an external partner, it’s important to clarify which OSS they are using. I recognize that this issue is a hot topic as “Software transparency” in Western companies as well.

In this case study, several companies also mentioned OSS supply chain management. In addition to clarifying the rules between companies, it is characterized by working to raise the level of the entire supply chain through community activities such as OpenChain.

今回のケーススタディでは、多くの企業がライセンスコンプライアンスに言及していました。各企業はライセンスを遵守するために、全社的な体制やルールを整え、エンジニアに対してライセンス教育を実施していることがわかりました。ベストな方法は産業や企業の規模によっても異なりますが、各社の情報はこれからライセンスコンプライアンスに取り組もうとしている企業やプロセスの改善を進めている企業にとって非常に有益なものであると私は考えます。

また、脆弱性への対応、ライセンスコンプライアンスの両面から、企業にとってSBOMの重要性が高まっていることが確認できました。社内でOSSを利用する場合であっても、社外のパートナーとソフトウエアをやりとりする場合であっても、どのOSSを利用しているかを明確にすることが最重要だからです。この課題はソフトウエアの透過性といって欧米でも話題になっているものであると私は認識しています。

このケーススタディの中で複数の企業がOSSのサプライチェーンマネジメントについても言及していました。企業間でのルールを明確化する他、OpenChainなどのコミュニティ活動によって、サプライチェーン全体のレベルアップに取り組むことが特徴になっています。

Challenge 1: License compliance

When developing software using OSS, it is necessary to comply with the license declared by each OSS. If companies don’t conduct in-house licensing education and management appropriately, OSS license violations will occur.

Challenge 2: Long term support

Since the development term of OSS depends on the community’s activities, the support term may be shorter than the product life cycle in some cases.

Challenge 3:OSS supply chain management

Recently, the software supply chain scale has expanded, and there are frequent cases where OSS is included in deliveries from suppliers. OSS information sharing in the supply chain has become important to implement appropriate vulnerability countermeasures and license countermeasures.

Challenge 1: ライセンスコンプライアンス

OSSを利用してソフトウエアを開発する場合は、各OSSが宣言しているライセンスを遵守する必要があります。社内におけるライセンスに関する教育や管理体制が不十分な場合、OSSライセンスに違反してしまう可能性があります。

Challenge 2: ロングタームサポート

OSSの開発期間はコミュニティの活性度に依存するため、場合によっては製品のライフサイクルよりもサポート期間が短くなってしまう可能性があります。

Challenge 3: サプライチェーンにおけるOSSの使用

最近はソフトウエアサプライチェーンの規模が拡大しており、サプライヤからの納品物にOSSが含まれるケースも頻繁に起こっています。適切な脆弱性対応、ライセンス対応などを実施するため、サプライチェーンの中でのOSSの情報共有が重要になってきています。

JP: What are the benefits of Japanese companies adopting standards such as OpenChain and SPDX?

OpenChainやSPDXなどの標準を採用している日本企業のメリットは何ですか?

ME: Companies need to do a wide range of things to ensure proper OSS license compliance, so some guidance is needed. The OpenChain Specification, which has become an ISO as a guideline for that, is particularly useful. In fact, several companies that responded to this survey have built an OSS license compliance process based on the OpenChain Specification.

Also, from the perspective of supply chain management, it is thought that if each supply chain company obtains OpenChain certification, software transparency will increase, and appropriate OSS utilization will be promoted.

In addition, by participating in OpenChain’s Japan Working Group, companies can share the best practices of each company and work together to solve problems.

Since SPDX is a leading international standard for SBOM, it is very useful to use it when exchanging information about OSS in the supply chain from the viewpoint of compatibility.

Japanese companies use the SPDX standard and actively contribute to the formulation of SPDX specifications like SPDX Lite.

企業がOSSライセンスコンプライアンスを適切に行うために行うべきことは多岐に渡るために何かしらの指針が必要です。そのための指針としてISOになったOpenChain Specificationは非常に有用なものです。実際、今回の調査に回答した複数の企業がOpenChain Specificationに基づいてOSSライセンスコンプライアンスプロセスを構築し、認証を取得しています。

また、サプライチェーンマネジメントの観点からも、サプライチェーン各社がOpenChain認証を取得することで、ソフトウエアの透過性が高まり、適切なOSSの利活用を促進されると考えられます。

更にOpenChainのJPWGに参加することで、各社のベストプラクティスを共有したり、協力して課題解決をすることもできます。

SPDXは重要性の高まっているSBOMの有力な国際標準であるため、サプライチェーン内でOSSに関する情報を交換する場合に、SPDXを利用することは互換性等の観点から非常に有益です。

日本企業はSPDXの標準を利用するだけではなく、SPDX LiteのようにSPDXの使用策定にも積極的にコントリビューションしています。

JP: Thank you, Endo-san! It has been great speaking with you today.

遠藤さん、ありがとうございました!本日は素晴らしい議論になりました。

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Open Mainframe Project Launches Call for Proposals for the 2nd Annual Open Mainframe Summit on September 22-23

Registration for the Virtual Event is now Open

SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2021 The Open Mainframe Project (OMP), an open source initiative that enables collaboration across the mainframe community to develop shared tool sets and resources, today announced plans for its 2nd annual Open Mainframe Summit, the premier mainframe event of 2021. The event, set for September 22-23, is open to students, developers, users and contributors of Open Mainframe projects from around the globe looking to learn, network and collaborate. As a virtual event again this year, Open Mainframe Summit will feature content tracks that tackle both business and technical strategies for enterprise development and deployment.

In Open Mainframe Project’s inaugural event last year, more than 380 registrants from 175 companies joined the two-day conference that featured 36 sessions. Some of the most popular sessions were the Women in Tech panel, COBOL sessions, new mainframer journey and project overview sessions for Ambitus, Feilong, Polycephaly, and Zowe. The event report can be found here and all of the videos can be watched here.

“Open Mainframe Project is becoming the gateway to all educational tools and initiatives that run some of the world’s biggest enterprise systems,” said John Mertic, Director of Program Management at the Linux Foundation. “For our inaugural event last year, we merely dipped our toes in the water as a new summit. This year, we’ll see more change makers speaking about open source innovation, creativity and diversity in mainframe related technologies. We look forward to igniting conversations that are going to positively impact all facets of mainframes.”

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now open and will be accepting submissions until July 16, 2021. Interested speakers can submit proposals in five tracks such as business overview, Linux on Z, z/OS, education and training and diversity, equity and inclusion. Options for presentations include lightning talks, 30-minute sessions and panel discussions.

A program committee, which will include maintainers, active community members and project leaders, will review and rate the proposals once all the submissions are in. This year, Open Mainframe Project welcomes Greg MacKinnon, Distinguished Engineer at Broadcom, Inc; Joe Winchester, Technical Staff Member at IBM; Kimberly Andersson, Director of Experience Design at Rocket Software; Stacey Miller, Product Marketing Manager at SUSE; and Harry Williams, Chief Technology Officer at Marist College as the 2021 Open Mainframe Summit program committee.

Submit a proposal here: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/open-mainframe-summit/program/cfp/.

Whether a company is a member or contributor of Open Mainframe Project or is sponsoring the event has no impact on whether talks from their developers will be selected. However, being a community leader does have an impact, as program committee members will often rate talks from the creators or leaders of an open source project more highly. Focus on work with an open source project, whether it is one of the Open Mainframe Project’s 18 hosted projects or working groups that adds value to the ecosystem.

Conference Registration for the online event is $50 for general attendance and $15 for academia. Registration is now open, click here to register.

Thank you Sponsors

Open Mainframe Summit is made possible with support from our Platinum Sponsors Broadcom Mainframe Software, Rocket Software, and SUSE; our Gold Sponsor Vicom Infinity; and our Academic and Community Sponsors CD Foundation and the Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS). To become a sponsor, click here.

For more about Open Mainframe Project, visit https://www.openmainframeproject.org/

About the Open Mainframe Project

The Open Mainframe Project is intended to serve as a focal point for deployment and use of Linux and Open Source in a mainframe computing environment. With a vision of Open Source on the Mainframe as the standard for enterprise class systems and applications, the project’s mission is to build community and adoption of Open Source on the mainframe by eliminating barriers to Open Source adoption on the mainframe, demonstrating value of the mainframe on technical and business levels, and strengthening collaboration points and resources for the community to thrive. Learn more about the project at https://www.openmainframeproject.org.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Linux Foundation Launches Open Source Digital Infrastructure Project for Agriculture, Enables Global Collaboration Among Industry, Government and Academia

AgStack Foundation will build and sustain the global data infrastructure for food and agriculture to help scale digital transformation and address climate change, rural engagement and food and water security

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 5, 2021 –  The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the launch of the AgStack Foundation, the open source digital infrastructure project for the world’s agriculture ecosystem. AgStack Foundation will improve global agriculture efficiency through the creation, maintenance and enhancement of free, reusable, open and specialized digital infrastructure for data and applications.

Founding members and contributors include leaders from both the technology and agriculture industries, as well as across sectors and geographies. Members and partners include Agralogics, Call for Code, Centricity Global, Digital Green, Farm Foundation, farmOS, HPE, IBM, Mixing Bowl & Better Food Ventures, NIAB, OpenTeam, Our Sci, Produce Marketing Association, Purdue University / OATS & Agricultural Informatics Lab, the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC-ANR) and University of California Santa Barbara SmartFarm Project.

“The global Agriculture ecosystem desperately needs a digital makeover. There is too much loss of productivity and innovation due to the absence of re-usable tools and data. I’m excited to lead this community of leaders, contributors and members – from across sectors and countries – to help build this common and re-usable resource – AgStack – that will help every stakeholder in global agriculture with free and open digital tools and data,” said Sumer Johal, Executive Director of AgStack.

Thirty-three percent of all food produced is wasted, while nine percent of the people in the world are hungry or undernourished. These societal drivers are compounded with legacy technology systems that are too slow and inefficient and can’t work across the growing and more complex agricultural supply chain. AgStack will use collaboration and open source software to build the 21st century digital infrastructure that will be a catalyst for innovation on new applications, efficiencies and scale.

AgStack consists of an open repository to create and publish models, free and easy access to public data, interoperable frameworks for cross-project use and topic-specific extensions and toolboxes. It will leverage existing technologies such as agriculture standards (AgGateway, UN-FAO, CAFA, USDA and NASA-AR); public data (Landsat, Sentinel, NOAA and Soilgrids; models (UC-ANR IPM), and open source projects like Hyperledger, Kubernetes, Open Horizon, Postgres, Django and more.

“We’re pleased to provide the forum for AgStack to be built and to grow,” said Mike Dolan, general manager and senior vice president of projects at the Linux Foundation. “It’s clear that by using open source software to standardize the digital infrastructure for agriculture, that AgStack can reduce cost, accelerate integration and enable innovation. It’s amazing to see industries like agriculture use open source principles to innovate.”

For more information about AgStack, please visit: http://www.agstack.org

Member/Partner Statements

Call for Code

“Through Call for Code and IBM’s tech-for-good programs, we’ve seen amazing grassroots innovation created by developers who build solutions to address local farming issues that affect them personally,” said Daniel Krook, IBM CTO for Call for Code. “As thriving, sustainable open source projects hosted at the Linux Foundation, applications like Agrolly and Liquid Prep have access to a strong ecosystem of partners and will be able to accelerate their impact through a shared framework of open machine learning models, data sets, libraries, message formats, and APIs such as those provided by AgStack.”

Centricity Global

“Interoperability means working together and open source has proven to be the most practical means of doing so. Centricity Global looks forward to bringing our teams, tools and applications to the AgStack community and to propelling projects that deliver meaningful value long-term,” said Drew Zabrocki, Centricity Global. “Now is the time to get things done. The docking concept at AgStack is a novel way to bring people and technology together under a common, yet sovereign framework; I see great potential for facilitating interoperability and data sovereignty in a way that delivers tangible value on the farm forward across the supply value chain.”

Digital Green

“The explosion of agri-tech innovations from large companies to startups to governments to non-profits represents a game changer for farmers in both the Global South and North.  At the same time, it’s critical that we build digital infrastructure that ensures that the impact of these changes enables the aspirations of those most marginalized and builds their resilience, particularly in the midst of climate change. We’re excited about joining hands with AgStack with videos produced by & for farmers and FarmStack, a secure data sharing protocol, that fosters community and trust and puts farmers back in the center of our food & agricultural system,” said Rikin Gandhi, Co-founder and Executive Director.

Farm Foundation

“The advancements in digital agriculture over the past 10 years have led to more data than ever before—data that can be used to inform business decisions, improve supply and demand planning and increase efficiencies across stakeholders. However, the true potential of all that data won’t be fully realized without achieving interoperability via an open source environment. Interoperable data is more valuable data, and that will lead to benefits for farmers and others throughout the food and ag value chain,” said Martha King, Vice President of Programs and Projects, Farm Foundation.

farmOS

“AgStack’s goal of creating a shared community infrastructure for agricultural datasets, models, frameworks, and tools fills a much-needed gap in the current agtech software landscape. Making these freely available to other software projects allows them to focus on their unique value and build upon the work of others. We in the farmOS community are eager to leverage these shared resources in the open source record keeping tools we are building together,” said Michael Stenta, founder and lead developer, farmOS.

HPE

“The world’s food supply needs digital innovation that currently faces challenges of adoption due to the lack of a common, secure, community-maintained digital infrastructure. AgStack – A Linux Foundation’s Project, is creating this much needed open source digital infrastructure for accelerating innovation. We at Hewlett Packard Enterprise are excited about contributing actionable insights and learnings to solve data challenges that this initiative can provide and we’re committed to its success!” said Janice Zdankus, VP, Innovation for Social Impact, Office of the CTO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Mixing Bowl & Better Food Ventures

“There are a lot of people talking about interoperability; it is encouraging to see people jump in to develop functional tools to make it happen. We share the AgStack vision and look forward to collaborating with the community to enable interoperability at scale,” said Rob Trice, Partner, The Mixing Bowl & Better Food Ventures.

NIAB

“Climate change is a global problem and agriculture needs to do its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during all stages of primary production. This requires digital innovation and a common, global, community-maintained digital infrastructure to create the efficient, resilient, biodiverse and low-emissions food production systems that the world needs. These systems must draw on the best that precision agriculture has to offer and aligned innovations in crop science, linked together through open data solutions. AgStack – A Linux Foundation Project, is creating this much needed open-source digital infrastructure for accelerating innovation. NIAB are excited to join this initiative and will work to develop a platform that brings together crop and data science at scale. As the UK’s fastest growing, independent crop research organization NIAB provides crop science, agronomy and data science expertise across a broad range of arable and horticultural crops,” said Dr Richard Harrison, Director of NIAB Cambridge Crop Research.

OpenTEAM

“Agriculture is a shared human endeavor and global collaboration is necessary to translate our available knowledge into solutions that work on the ground necessary to adapt and mitigate climate change, improve livelihoods, and biodiversity as well as the produce of abundant food fiber and energy.  Agriculture is at the foundation of manufacture and commerce and AgStack represents a collaborative effort at a scale necessary to meet the urgency of the moment and unlock our shared innovative capacity through free, reusable, open digital infrastructure.  OpenTEAM is honored to join with the mission to equip producers with tools that both support data sovereignty for trusted transactions while also democratizing site specific agricultural knowledge regardless of scale, culture or geography,” said Dr. Dorn Cox, project lead and founder of Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management and research director for Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment.

Our Sci

“AgStack provides a framework for a scalable base of open source software, and the shared commitment to keep it alive and growing.  We’re excited to see it succeed!” said Greg Austic, owner, Our Sci.

Produce Marketing Association

“The digitization of data will have tremendous benefits for the Fresh Produce and Floral industry in the areas of traceability, quality management, quality prediction and other efficiencies through supply chain visibility. The key is challenges to adoption is interoperability and the development of a common, community-maintained digital infrastructure. I am confident that AgStack – A Linux Foundation’s Project, can create this much needed open-source digital infrastructure for accelerating innovation. We at Produce Marketing Association are excited about this initiative and we are committed to its success,” said Ed Treacy, VP of Supply Chain and Sustainability.

Purdue University

“We need fundamental technical infrastructure to enable open innovation in agriculture, including ontologies, models, and tools. Through the AgStack Project, the Linux Foundation will provide valuable cohesion and development capacity to support shared, community-maintained infrastructure. At the Agricultural Informatics Lab, we’re committed to enabling resilience food and agricultural systems through deliberate design and development of such infrastructure,” said Ankita Raturi, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Informatics Lab, Purdue University.

“True interoperability requires a big community and we’re excited to see the tools that we’ve brought to the open-source ag community benefiting new audiences.  OATS Center at Purdue University looks forward to docking the Trellis Framework for supply chain, market access and regulatory compliance through AgStack for the benefit of all,” said Aaron Ault, Co-Founder OATS Center at Purdue University.

UC Davis

“Translating 100+ years of UC agricultural research into usable digital software and applications is a critical goal in the UC partnership with the AgStack open source community. We are excited about innovators globally using UC research and applying it to their local crops through novel digital technologies,” said Glenda Humiston, VP of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California.

“Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are critical to food and agriculture transformation, and will require new computational models and massive data sets to create working technology solutions from seed to shelf. The AI Institute for Next Generation Food Systems is excited to partner with the AgStack open source community to make our work globally available to accelerate the transformation,” said Ilias Tagkopoulos, Professor, Computer Science at UC Davis and Director, AI Institute of Next Generation Food Systems.

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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10 great sysadmin articles you might have missed from April 2021

10 great sysadmin articles you might have missed from April 2021

The best of April 2021 from Enable Sysadmin. Thank you to our contributors and to our readers.
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April 2021 was a great month for Enable Sysadmin. We published 30 articles and received 549,684 pageviews from over 370k unique visitors. Today, we are looking back at our top ten articles to give readers a chance to catch up on any of the great content they may have missed. In this list, you will see various topics covered and we are confident that some, if not all will be of interest to you.

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Linux Foundation & CNCF Launch Free Kubernetes on Edge Training

Offered on the edX.org learning platform, the new online course explores use cases and applications of Kubernetes at the edge

SAN FRANCISCO, May 4, 2021The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, and Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which builds sustainable ecosystems for cloud native software, today at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe (Virtual) announced the availability of a new online training course on edX.org, the online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT. The course, Introduction to Kubernetes on Edge with K3s (LFS156x), takes a deep dive into the use cases and applications of Kubernetes at the edge using examples, labs, and a technical overview of the K3s project and the cloud native edge ecosystem.

In this 15 hour course, participants will learn the use cases for running compute in edge locations and about various supporting projects and foundations such as LF Edge and CNCF. The course covers how to deploy applications to the edge with open source tools such as K3s and k3sup, and how those tools can be applied to low-power hardware such as the Raspberry Pi. Students will learn the challenges associated with edge compute, such as partial availability and the need for remote access. Through practical examples, students will gain experience of deploying applications to Kubernetes and get hands-on with object storage, MQTT, and OpenFaaS. It also introduces the fleet management and GitOps models of deployment, and helps the student understand messaging, and how to interface with sensors and real hardware.

LFS156x is designed primarily for developers who need to learn about the growing impact the cloud native movement is having on modernizing edge deployments, though others working with Kubernetes or edge computing will find the content of use.

The course was developed by Alex Ellis, a CNCF Ambassador and the Founder of OpenFaaS and inlets. Ellis is a respected expert on serverless and cloud native computing. He founded OpenFaaS, one of the most popular open-source serverless projects, where he has built the community via writing, speaking, and extensive personal engagement. As a consultant and CNCF Ambassador, he helps companies around the world navigate the cloud native landscape and build great developer experiences. Ellis also authored the existing Introduction to Serverless on Kubernetes (LFS157x) course.

“K3s fills a very specific need and helps lower the barrier to entry for development and operation teams,” said Alex Ellis, Founder of Inlets and OpenFaaS, CNCF Ambassador. “I’ve seen the project grow from Darren’s initial post on Hacker News, to a GA, production-ready Kubernetes distribution housed within CNCF. I’m excited to share this course with the community and customers alike, and am looking forward to seeing increased use of Kubernetes at the edge.”

Introduction to Kubernetes on Edge with K3s is available to begin immediately. Auditing the course through edX is free for ten weeks, or participants can opt for a paid verified certificate of completion, which provides access to the course for a full year and additional assessments and content to deepen the learning experience. 

About the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Cloud native computing empowers organizations to build and run scalable applications with an open source software stack in public, private, and hybrid clouds. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) hosts critical components of the global technology infrastructure, including Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy. CNCF brings together the industry’s top developers, end users, and vendors, and runs the largest open source developer conferences in the world. Supported by more than 500 members, including the world’s largest cloud computing and software companies, as well as over 200 innovative startups, CNCF is part of the nonprofit Linux Foundation. For more information, please visit www.cncf.io

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.

The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see its trademark usage page: www.linuxfoundation.org/trademark-usage. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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2021 State of the Edge Report Shows Impact of COVID-19 on Edge Use

Christine Hall writes in ITPRo:

A recent edge report by the Linux Foundation concluded that COVID-19 has changed the prognosis on which industries will have the largest edge computing architecture footprint going forward.

“Our 2021 analysis shows demand for edge infrastructure accelerating in a post-COVID-19 world,” said Matt Trifiro, co-chair of State of the Edge and CMO of the edge data center company Vapor IO, in a statement. “We’ve been observing this trend unfold in real-time as companies re-prioritize their digital transformation efforts to account for a more distributed workforce and a heightened need for automation. The new digital norms created in response to the pandemic will be permanent. This will intensify the deployment of new technologies like wireless 5G and autonomous vehicles, but will also impact nearly every sector of the economy, from industrial manufacturing to healthcare.”

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