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The State of Docker Container Documentation

We need to confront container documentation as the crucial, non-trivial problem that it is. TL;DR — As far as I can tell, there’s currently no way of providing documentation for specific containers that we could fairly call canonical, “best practice,” or even all that widely used. This blog post...
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Linux For Beginners: Understanding The Many Versions Of Ubuntu

But did you know there are seven different "flavors" of Ubuntu?*  I'll briefly explain the kind of user each Ubuntu version is designed for, what differentiates them and what you can expect from each distribution's desktop environment (basically its look and feel). It's not an exhaustive deep dive...
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Nithya Ruff
Nithya Ruff talks with Swapnil Bhartiya about Comcast’s contributions to open source and more.

Nithya Ruff on Open Source Contributions Beyond Code

Sometimes when we think about open source, we focus on the code and forget that there are other equally important ways to contribute. Nithya Ruff, Senior Director, Open Source Practice at Comcast, knows that contributions can come in many forms. “Contribution can come in the form of code or in the...
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Bio-Linux: A Stable, Portable Scientific Research Linux Distribution

Bio-Linux was introduced and detailed in a Nature Biotechnology paper in July 2006. The distribution was a group effort by the Natural Environment Research Council in the UK. As the creators and authors point out, the analysis demands of high-throughput “-omic” (genomic, proteomic, metabolomic)...
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Mass Router Hack Exposes Millions of Devices to Potent NSA Exploit

More than 45,000 Internet routers have been compromised by a newly discovered campaign that’s designed to open networks to attacks by EternalBlue, the potent exploit that was developed by, and then stolen from, the National Security Agency and leaked to the Internet at large, researchers said...
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Linux Fu: Controlling the Terminal

The most fundamental question you have to ask is what kind of terminal are you talking to. The answer is in the $TERM environment variable and if you ask your shell to print that variable, you’ll see what it thinks you are using: echo $TERM. For example, a common type is vt100 or linux console....
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The Beginner’s Guide to the CNCF Landscape

The cloud native landscape can be complicated and confusing. Its myriad of open source projects are supported by the constant contributions of a vibrant and expansive community. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has a landscape map that shows the full extent of cloud native solutions,...
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Compromised npm Package: event-stream

Ownership of a popular npm package, event-stream, was transferred by the original author to a malicious user, right9ctrl. This package receives over 1.5mm weekly downloads and is depended on by nearly 1,600 other packages. The malicious user was able to gain the trust of the original author by...
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Patrick Ball
Patrick Ball, Director of Research, Human Rights Data Analysis Group, offered examples of when statistics and machine learning have proved useful and when they’ve failed in this presentation from Open Source Summit Europe.

Machine Learning, Biased Models, and Finding the Truth

Machine learning and statistics are playing a pivotal role in finding the truth in human rights cases around the world – and serving as a voice for victims, Patrick Ball, director of Research for the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, told the audience at Open Source Summit Europe. Ball began his...
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Google Integrates Istio Service Mesh into Kubernetes Service

Istio, the open source service mesh that helps provide traffic management, observability, and security to microservices and distributed applications, is taking another step forward this week, as Google announces that it will be coming to Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) next month in the form of a...
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