Linus Torvalds Ships "Fairly Big" Linux Kernel 4.6 Release

Linus Torvalds this week released the final code for version 4.6 of the Linux kernel. This release comes two months after the previous 4.5 version and has gone through seven release candidates.

“The 4.6 kernel on the whole was a fairly big release - more commits than we've had in a while,” Torvalds wrote in his release notes on the LKML mailing list. “But it all felt fairly calm despite that.”

Greg KH: Update to Linux Kernel 4.6 for New Security Features

Greg Kroah-Hartman is a superstar in the open source world. He is a Linux Foundation Fellow and the maintainer of the stable branch of the Linux kernel, the staging subsystem, USB, Linux drivers, userspace I/O, TTY layer...the list of his work is quite long. He was also the creator of openSUSE Tumbleweed, a rolling release distribution.

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New Self-Paced Online Course Preps SysAdmins for Linux Foundation Advanced Certification

ODPi Won’t Fork Hadoop, Pledges Support for Apache Software Foundation with New Gold Sponsorship

The folks at the Open Data Platform Initiative (ODPi) have heard the concerns and the criticisms of the Hadoop community, and today John Mertic, the standards organization’s Director of Program Management, took to Apache Big Data in Vancouver to clear the air.

Contrary to the Hadoop community’s concerns, ODPi does not want to take over the development of Hadoop, it does not want to fork Hadoop, Mertic said.

Spark 2.0 Will Be Faster, Easier for App Development, and Tackle Streaming Data

It only makes sense that as the community of Spark contributors got bigger the project would get even more ambitious. So when Spark 2.0 comes out in a matter of weeks it’s going to have at least three robust new features, according to Ion Stoica, the founder of Databricks and keynote speaker at Apache Big Data in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon.

“Spark 2.0 is about taking what has worked and what we have learned from the users and making it even better,” Stoica said.

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Integrating Docker Hub In Your Application Build Process

On the Rise: Six Unsung Apache Big Data Projects

Countless organizations around the world are now working with data sets so large and complex that traditional data processing applications can no longer drive optimized analytics and insights. That’s the problem that the new wave of Big Data applications aims to solve, and the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has recently graduated a slew of interesting open source Big Data projects to Top-Level status. That means that they will get active development and strong community support.

OpenStack, SDN, and Container Networking Power Enterprise Cloud at PayPal

Experimenting with software-defined networking (SDN), overlays and container networking is the latest step in PayPal's journey to build its next generation Enterprise Cloud infrastructure. At Open Networking Summit 2016 (ONS), Jigar Desai, VP of Cloud and Platforms at PayPal, shared the company’s transition over the past three years from a consumer perspective. He covered why and how this SDN journey started, key business use-cases, the current state of SDN, challenges, and its future vision.

Live from Apache Big Data: A 5-Point System for Data Project Success [Video]

It takes a village to make data projects work - and the most important members of the team may not have anything to do with the data science itself.

That’s been the experience of Amy Gaskins, a data scientist with more than 10 years experience as a senior intelligence analyst supporting various agencies within the United States Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. She delivered the final keynote this morning at Apache’s Big Data Conference in Vancouver.

Live from Apache Big Data: Netflix Uses Open Source Tools for Global Content Expansion

“We measured, we learned, we innovated, and we grew.”

Brian Sullivan, Director of Streaming Data Engineering & Analytics at Netflix, recited this recipe for the streaming video giant’s success several times during his keynote address at the Apache Big Data conference in Vancouver today. It was this mantra, combined with an open source toolkit, that took the stand-alone streaming product from a tiny test launch in Canada to making Netflix a global presence.

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