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MariaDB ColumnStore Adds Simultaneous Analytics, Transactional Processing

MariaDB has released into general availability ColumnStore 1.0, a storage engine allows users to run analytics and transactional processes simultaneously with a single front end on the MariaDB 10.1 database. While the open source community pushed back against the licensing model of MariaDB’s...
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Fedora and Ubuntu Zero-Days Show that Hacking Desktop Linux is Now a Thing

If you run a mainstream distribution of Linux on a desktop computer, there's a good chance security researcher Chris Evans can hijack it when you do nothing more than open or even browse a specially crafted music file. And in the event you're running Chrome on the just-released Fedora 25, his code-...
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Mark Rutland, a kernel developer at ARM Ltd, discusses various kernel hardening techniques at the recent Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2016 in Berlin.

Hardening the Kernel to Protect Against Attackers

The task of securing Linux systems is so mind-bogglingly complex and involves so many layers of technology that it can easily overwhelm developers. However, there are some fairly straightforward protections you can use at the very core: the kernel. These hardening techniques help developers guard...
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Docker Open Sources Critical Infrastructure Component

Docker announced today that it was open sourcing containerd (pronounced Container D), making a key infrastructure piece of its container platform available for anyone to work on. Containerd, which acts as the core container runtime engine, is a component within Docker that provides “users with an...
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Data Wrangling at Slack

For a company like Slack that strives to be as data-driven as possible, understanding how our users use our product is essential. The Data Engineering team at Slack works to provide an ecosystem to help people in the company quickly and easily answer questions about usage, so they can make better...
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9 Lessons From 25 Years of Linux Kernel Development

Because the Linux kernel community celebrated a quarter-century of development in 2016, many people have asked us the secret to the project's longevity and success. I usually laugh and joke that we really have no idea how we got here. The project has faced many disagreements and challenges along...
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Experts, True Believers and Test-Driven Development: How Expert Advice Becomes a Religion

If you've encountered test-driven development (TDD), you may have encountered programmers who follow it with almost religious fervor. They will tell you that you must always write unit tests before you write code, no exceptions. If you don't, your code will be condemned to everlasting brokenness,...
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Containers Are The Future But The Future Isn't Finished

Containers are a big deal, and they're only going to get bigger. That's my view after attending the latest KubeCon (and CloudNativeCon) in Seattle last week. A year ago, I was confused about what containers mean for IT, because the name 'container' had me thinking it was about the little box that...
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Cloud Foundry Launches Open Service Broker API Project

The Cloud Foundry Foundation is spearheading an effort to create APIs for connecting applications to cloud-platform services. This involves getting collaborators to work on a piece of not-so-special software that each of them would otherwise have to develop. The aptly named Open Service Broker API ...
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Kubernetes 1.5: Supporting Production Workloads

We're announcing the release of Kubernetes 1.5. This release follows close on the heels of KubeCon/CloundNativeCon, where users gathered to share how they’re running their applications on Kubernetes. Many of you expressed interest in running stateful applications in containers with the eventual...
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