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CloudFormation gets open source CLI to automate external resource creation

AWS has updated its infrastructure as code product CloudFormation, fitting it with an open source CLI and a registry to get started with custom resource providers. The refresh is meant to let users automate the creation of non-AWS resources and improve resource coverage, both of which seem to have been requested a lot in the past months.

CloudFormation CLI comes with sample code and documentation facilitating the creation of resource providers. To build one, users first have to describe their resource, including attributes and properties, in a schema which conforms to AWS’ Resource Provider Definition Schema.

[Source: DevClass]

Linux Kernel 5.4 to Arrive on November 24th as Linus Torvalds Releases Last RC

The highly anticipated Linux 5.4 kernel finally has a release date as Linus Torvalds announced over the weekend the last Release Candidate (RC). Last week, Linus Torvalds was considering if there’s need for an eighth Release Candidate (RC) for the upcoming Linux 5.4 kernel series, which is only needed on very busy development cycles, but while things were quite calm he still released the RC8 milestone just to make sure everything is in place and working out-of-the-box because more testing never hurts.

[Source: Softpedia]

Open Invention Network Joins Forces With IBM, Linux Foundation And Microsoft

Open Invention Network (OIN) is teaming up with IBM, the Linux Foundation and Microsoft to further protect open source software (OSS) from Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) leveraging low quality patents, also called patent trolls. The group will support Unified Patents’ Open Source Zone with a substantial annual subscription. This expands OIN’s and its partners’ patent non-aggression activities by deterring PAEs from targeting Linux and adjacent OSS technologies relied on by developers, distributors and users.

[Source: TFiR]

Google Acquires CloudSimple To Bring VMware Customers To Its Cloud

Google today has announced it has acquired VMware-as-a-Service provider CloudSimple for an undisclosed sum. This acquisition has some interesting competitive dimensions, particularly relating to Microsoft Azure. CloudSimple is currently the main mechanism for running VMware on Azure and GCP, while VMware on AWS is jointly engineered between VMware and AWS. It’s a more tightly integrated offering, and not subject to this kind of pull-the-rug-out-from-underneath-us maneuver.

[Source: Forbes]

IBM Kicks Up Kubernetes Compatibility With Open Source

On the first day of KubeCon IBM kicked up its Kubernetes compatibility by announcing two new open source projects — Kui and Iter8 — along with advancements to existing open source Tekton and Razee. IBM has a long history contributing open source code, and today’s announcement comes as the vendor quickly moves to integrate its legacy software portfolio with Red Hat’s Kubernetes-focused OpenShift platform.

The mass migration to containerize and orchestrate applications in hybrid- and multi-cloud environments has seen Kubernetes emerge as the de facto container orchestration platform for cloud-native applications. And as such, vendors are scrambling to re-orient their operations to accommodate the burgeoning Kubernetes ecosystem.

[Source: SDxCentral]

Google Cloud Trumpets New Security Capabilities At Next ’19 UK

Google Cloud took the wraps off new data encryption, network security, security analytics and user protection capabilities today in London for the kickoff of its Next ’19 UK conference expected to draw 7,000 attendees as its largest customer event in Europe.

The cloud provider’s announcements come on the heels of the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a law regulating data protection and privacy in the Europe Union that was implemented last year. Google Cloud also announced the general availability of Migrate for Anthos, Apigee hybrid and Cloud Code.

[Source: CRN]

CloudFactory raises $65 million to prep and process data sets

CloudFactory is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Mark Sears, who in nine years grew it from a small-time data prep solutions company to an international conglomerate with offices in the U.K., U.S., Nepal, and Kenya. (CloudFactory is headquartered in Reading.) Today the company announced that it has raised $65 million in a growth equity round that brings its total raised to $78 million.

To date, CloudFactory has completed over 150 projects, and it now processes “millions” of tasks a day.

[Source: VentureBeat]

Codefresh Targets 2020 For $100M Open Source Fund Launch

Codefresh has established a $100 million open source fund offering grants up to $1 million. The move is expected to foster the growth and expediency of open source projects from development and deployment to ongoing maintenance. The fund is set to launch in 2020 with a focus on CI/CD.

The fund will provide grants to open source projects specifically to improve their DevOps, systems, and processes for increasing contributions and improving the quality of code delivered, Codefresh said.

[Source: TFiR]

UNSW to open source its Microsoft classroom platform on GitHub

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has announced that it will begin open sourcing its cloud-based classroom platform built on Office Education, and releasing it on GitHub this December, starting with its artificial intelligence-driven chatbot, called Question. According to Dr David Kellerman, a senior lecturer at UNSW school of mechanical and manufacturing engineering, Question was developed on Microsoft’s bot framework to help ensure the thousands of online posts received from students were never missed.

[Source: ZDNet]

Google wants to unfork Android back to the Linux kernel

GOOGLE HAS SAID it wants to bring Android into line with the main Linux kernel. Although Android already works on a Linux kernel, it’s been so heavily modified over the years, it’s almost unrecognisable, and certainly no longer compatible with the main Linux operating system. Now, however, Google has expressed its desire to right that wrong and bring Android back into line with the regular fork of Linux.

The advantages are manifest. For a start, it would save thousands of hours of work to maintain a separate fork for years at a time.

[Source: The Inquirer]