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Why Linux containers are a CIO’s best friend

CIOs have many challenges today (to say the least), but one of the biggest is enabling the constant development and delivery of new applications — no longer a “nice to have” but a “must have” in today’s ever-changing business and global environments. There are many tools that can help CIOs provide this support, but one of the most important is Linux containers.

In a recent Smarter with Gartner report, Gartner Distinguished VP Analyst Gene Alvarez named “enabling and balancing product and project management of applications to focus on delivering business outcomes while maintaining highly reliable core business operations” as being one of the key challenges CIOs face in 2020.

[Source: CIO Dive]

These hackers have been quietly targeting Linux servers for years

Hacking campaigns linked to China have been exploiting vulnerabilities in Linux servers in an operation which successfully stayed under the radar for almost a decade.

Detailed by researchers at BlackBerry, the operation, linked to the interests of the Chinese government, is conducting hacking and cyber espionage against a wide array of industries for the purposes of intellectual property theft and data collection. While the overall campaign is multi-platform, a newly uncovered part of it has been exploiting vulnerabilities in Linux since at least 2012 – and without the attackers having to update their offensive capabilities in that time.

[Source: ZDNet]

The top open source licenses

Open-source security and license compliance management platform provider WhiteSource has released a complete guide for understanding and learning about open source licenses.

According to the guide, open-source licenses can be categorized under copyleft or permissive. Under a copyleft license, users who use a component of the open-source software must make their code available to others. Under a permissive open-source license, the open-source software can be free to use, modify or redistribute, but it also permits proprietary derivative works.

In addition, the guide reveals permissive open-source licenses are on the rise.

[Source: SDTimes.com]

Robotic Process Automation (RPA): 6 open source tools

As with many new software implementations, there’s a build-or-buy choice when getting started with Robotic Process Automation (RPA).

On the build side, you can write your own bots from scratch, provided you’ve got the right people and budget in place. On the buy side, there’s a burgeoning marketplace of commercial software vendors offering RPA in various flavors, as well as overlapping technologies. (Some market themselves under different but related terms like “intelligent automation.”)

In fact, Gartner previously called RPA the fastest-growing enterprise software segment of 2018, with 63 percent growth in worldwide revenues. It’s a competitive market, too – you’ve got options.

[Source: The Enterprisers Project]

Chip Childers Appointed Executive Director Of Cloud Foundry Foundation

Cloud Foundry Foundation, home to open source projects simplifying the developer experience, today announced CTO Chip Childers will assume the role of executive director. The current executive director, Abby Kearns, has accepted an executive role elsewhere, to be announced.

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6 Open-Source AI Frameworks You Should Know About

Artificial intelligence (AI) is slowly becoming more mainstream, as companies amass large amounts of data and look for the right technologies to analyze and leverage it. That’s why Gartner predicted that 80% of emerging technologies will have AI foundations by 2021.

With the trend towards predictive analytics, machine learning and other data sciences already underway, marketers need to start paying attention to how they can leverage these techniques to form a more data-driven marketing strategy. With this in mind, we’ve asked AI industry experts why marketing leaders need to start considering AI, and some of the best open-source AI frameworks to keep tabs on.

[Source: CMSWire]

How to use the dig Command on Linux

The Linux dig command allows you to query DNS servers and perform DNS lookups. You can also find the domain an IP address leads back to. We’ll show you how!

People use the Linux dig command to query Domain Name System (DNS) servers. dig is an acronym for Domain Information Groper. With dig, you can query DNS servers for information regarding various DNS records, including host addresses, mail exchanges, name servers, and related information. It was intended to be a tool for diagnosing DNS issues. However, you can use it to poke around and learn more about DNS, which is one of the central systems that keep the internet routing traffic.

[Source: How-To Geek]

Linux Beat IBM, Will Open-Source Software Beat Waymo And Tesla?

In technology, open-source environments have been one of the most important organizational models in the last 30 years. Perhaps the most successful of these has been the Linux operating system. Linux was born in a world of proprietary operating systems (remember OS2, Sun OS, and others?). Operating systems provide the interface between hardware developers and application software developers. Proprietary operating systems have difficulty providing all the functionality required by both communities at a rate required for rapid progress.

In 1991, Linux was introduced as an open source platform and soon grew in popularity. Today, Linux has significant market share in the commercial landscape, and in fact, the Linux ecosystem is larger than anything any single company or even country can build. The seminal moment occurred in 2000 when IBM announced its full support of Linux effectively deemphasizing the path of their own proprietary operating systems. Android, WordPress, Apache and countless other open-source environments show the viability of this organizational model.

[Source: Forbes]

Linux Exec Should Be Less Deadlock Prone In Future Kernels

Ongoing work around Linux’s exec() code should make it less deadlock prone in future kernel versions. The current exec functionality within the kernel is “extremely deadlock prone” but Eric Biederman and others have been working to clean up that code and put it in a better state to avoid potential deadlocks. Sent in for the Linux 5.7 kernel was the first part of the exec rework that makes trickier cases easier to spot and the hope is for Linux 5.8 the code to solve exec deadlocks might be ready.

Linus Torvalds pulled the proc/exec changes into the Linux 5.7 kernel but provided feedback that has ignited a lengthy discussion on the topic. Linus noted, “I’ve pulled it, but I’m not entirely happy about some of it…This code is subtle as h*ll, and we’ve had bugs in it, and it has a series of tens of patches to fix them. But that also means that the explanations for the patches should take the subtleties into account, and not gloss over them with things like this. Ok, enough about the explanations. The actual _code_ is kind of odd too.”

[Source: Phoronix]

Open-source giant Red Hat has a new CEO

IBM’s open-source software company Red Hat has named Paul Cormier as its president and CEO. Cormier, previously Red Hat’s president of products and technologies, replaces Jim Whitehurst, who is now president of IBM.

IBM has made a huge bet on Red Hat, hoping to dominate a potentially trillion-dollar market by scooping up the open-source giant for $34 billion last year.

Cormier joined Red Hat in 2001, and according to the company is responsible for driving the move to a subscription model and shifting Red Hat Linux from offering a freely downloadable operating system to focus on selling an enterprise version to big business. The company said its Red Hat Enterprise Linux is now used by 90% of Fortune 500 organizations.

[Source: TFiR]