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Linux Foundation & CNCF Launch Free Kubernetes on Edge Training

Offered on the edX.org learning platform, the new online course explores use cases and applications of Kubernetes at the edge

SAN FRANCISCO, May 4, 2021The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, and Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which builds sustainable ecosystems for cloud native software, today at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe (Virtual) announced the availability of a new online training course on edX.org, the online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT. The course, Introduction to Kubernetes on Edge with K3s (LFS156x), takes a deep dive into the use cases and applications of Kubernetes at the edge using examples, labs, and a technical overview of the K3s project and the cloud native edge ecosystem.

In this 15 hour course, participants will learn the use cases for running compute in edge locations and about various supporting projects and foundations such as LF Edge and CNCF. The course covers how to deploy applications to the edge with open source tools such as K3s and k3sup, and how those tools can be applied to low-power hardware such as the Raspberry Pi. Students will learn the challenges associated with edge compute, such as partial availability and the need for remote access. Through practical examples, students will gain experience of deploying applications to Kubernetes and get hands-on with object storage, MQTT, and OpenFaaS. It also introduces the fleet management and GitOps models of deployment, and helps the student understand messaging, and how to interface with sensors and real hardware.

LFS156x is designed primarily for developers who need to learn about the growing impact the cloud native movement is having on modernizing edge deployments, though others working with Kubernetes or edge computing will find the content of use.

The course was developed by Alex Ellis, a CNCF Ambassador and the Founder of OpenFaaS and inlets. Ellis is a respected expert on serverless and cloud native computing. He founded OpenFaaS, one of the most popular open-source serverless projects, where he has built the community via writing, speaking, and extensive personal engagement. As a consultant and CNCF Ambassador, he helps companies around the world navigate the cloud native landscape and build great developer experiences. Ellis also authored the existing Introduction to Serverless on Kubernetes (LFS157x) course.

“K3s fills a very specific need and helps lower the barrier to entry for development and operation teams,” said Alex Ellis, Founder of Inlets and OpenFaaS, CNCF Ambassador. “I’ve seen the project grow from Darren’s initial post on Hacker News, to a GA, production-ready Kubernetes distribution housed within CNCF. I’m excited to share this course with the community and customers alike, and am looking forward to seeing increased use of Kubernetes at the edge.”

Introduction to Kubernetes on Edge with K3s is available to begin immediately. Auditing the course through edX is free for ten weeks, or participants can opt for a paid verified certificate of completion, which provides access to the course for a full year and additional assessments and content to deepen the learning experience. 

About the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Cloud native computing empowers organizations to build and run scalable applications with an open source software stack in public, private, and hybrid clouds. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) hosts critical components of the global technology infrastructure, including Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy. CNCF brings together the industry’s top developers, end users, and vendors, and runs the largest open source developer conferences in the world. Supported by more than 500 members, including the world’s largest cloud computing and software companies, as well as over 200 innovative startups, CNCF is part of the nonprofit Linux Foundation. For more information, please visit www.cncf.io

About the Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more. The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see its trademark usage page: www.linuxfoundation.org/trademark-usage. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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2021 State of the Edge Report Shows Impact of COVID-19 on Edge Use

Christine Hall writes in ITPRo:

A recent edge report by the Linux Foundation concluded that COVID-19 has changed the prognosis on which industries will have the largest edge computing architecture footprint going forward.

“Our 2021 analysis shows demand for edge infrastructure accelerating in a post-COVID-19 world,” said Matt Trifiro, co-chair of State of the Edge and CMO of the edge data center company Vapor IO, in a statement. “We’ve been observing this trend unfold in real-time as companies re-prioritize their digital transformation efforts to account for a more distributed workforce and a heightened need for automation. The new digital norms created in response to the pandemic will be permanent. This will intensify the deployment of new technologies like wireless 5G and autonomous vehicles, but will also impact nearly every sector of the economy, from industrial manufacturing to healthcare.”

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Open-source software economics and community health analytics: Enter CHAOSS

George Anadiotis at ZDNet writes:

CHAOSS stands for Community Health Analytics Open Source Software. It’s a Linux Foundation project, and its roots go back 15 years ago. A research team at the University of Juan-Carlos in Madrid, Spain, was trying to understand how software is being built in open source.

There was no tooling to help them do that, so they built their own open-source software. That was the foundation of what is now called GrimoireLab: A set of free, open-source software tools for software development analytics.

The tools gather data from several platforms involved in software development (Git, GitHub, Jira, Bugzilla, Gerrit, Mailing lists, Jenkins, Slack, Discourse, Confluence, StackOverflow, and more), merge and organize it in a database, and produce visualizations, actionable dashboards, and analytics.

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Certification Exam Prices Increase July 1 – Lock in Current Pricing

Since we launched our first certification exam in August of 2014, all Linux Foundation performance-based certification exams have been priced at $300. To address the rise in costs associated with administering these exams, we will be implementing a modest price increase effective July 1, 2021. 

All performance-based exams will increase in price from $300 to $375. Bundles of performance-based certifications and their associated training courses will increase from $499 to $575. Bootcamp pricing will also increase in price from $999 to $1,200, and the Linux Foundation Certified IT Associate (LFCA) knowledge-based exam will increase from $200 to $250. We continue to provide the industry’s only free-retake guarantee (an automatic second attempt if your first is unsuccessful on most exams), and are in the process adding other features for exam takers such as an enhanced interface and exam simulation labs.

We strive to make quality open source certifications as accessible as possible so we want to provide plenty of notice, and the old pricing will remain in place through June 30th.

Don’t forget that our Linux exams and training courses including LFCA, LFCE and LFCS are discounted 30% through the end of 2021 in recognition of the 30th anniversary of Linux. Use code LINUX30 at checkout to take advantage of these savings.

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May the Fourth be with you via Podman

A unique approach to rewatching the original Star Wars movie in a container.
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5 totally useless Linux commands

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The Linux Foundation Announces Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference 2021 Will Move From Dublin, Ireland to Seattle, Washington

Calls for Speaking Proposals close June 13OSPOCon and Linux Security Summit will also move to SeattleAll events will take place September 27 – October 1

SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2021The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced today that Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference 2021, along with Linux Security Summit and OSPOCon, will take place in Seattle, Washington, USA, from September 27 – October 1. 

Earlier in the year, it was announced that instead of separate North America and Europe editions of Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference (OS Summit + ELC), only one would be held in 2021, located in Dublin, Ireland. The decision to move these events from Dublin, Ireland to Seattle, Washington, USA, has been made due to the current state of vaccination rates in Europe and upon review of past attendee survey results regarding where and when they would feel comfortable traveling this year.  

OS Summit + ELC will be held in a hybrid format, with both in-person and virtual offerings, to ensure that everyone who wants to participate is able to do so.

KVM Forum, which was also scheduled to take place in Dublin, will now be a virtual event taking place September 15 -16. New details on Linux Plumbers Conference and Linux Kernel Maintainer Summit, also previously scheduled in Dublin, will be announced shortly. A second OSPOCon – OSPOCon Europe, will be held in London on October 6, 2021, with more details coming soon.

Registration for all events will open in June, after more details on local regulations and venue safety plans are available. 

Calls for Speaking Proposals
The Call for Speaking Proposals for OS Summit + ELC and OSPOCon are open through Sunday, June 13 at 11:59pm PDT.  Interested community members are encouraged to apply here. Speakers will be able to speak in person or remotely. 

Linux Security Summit’s Call for Proposals is open through Sunday, June 27 at 11:59pm PDT.  Applications are being accepted here.

Sponsorships
Sponsorships are available for all events. Benefits include speaking opportunities, prominent branding, opportunities to support diversity and inclusion, lead generation activities, event passes, and more. View the sponsorship prospectus here or email us to learn more.  

Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference 2021 is made possible thanks to Diamond Sponsors IBM and Red Hat, Platinum Sponsor Huawei and Gold Sponsor Soda Foundation, among others. For information on becoming an event sponsor, click here.

OSPOCon is presented by The Linux Foundation and the TODO Group and is made possible by Host Sponsors Eclipse Foundation and Huawei, and Supporter Sponsor Sauce Labs. For information on becoming an event sponsor, click here

Linux Security Summit is made possible by General Sponsor Technology Innovation Institute, and Supporter Sponsors IBM and Indeed. For information on becoming a sponsor, click here

Members of the press who would like to request a media pass should contact Kristin O’Connell at koconnell@linuxfoundation.org

About The Linux Foundation
Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure, including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more.  The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users, and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.

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The Linux Foundation Events are where the world’s leading technologists meet, collaborate, learn and network in order to advance innovations that support the world’s largest shared technologies.

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BPF: Application Development and libbpf

Notes on BPF: Building applications using libbpf
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Introducing the Production Engineering Track of the MLH Fellowship, powered by Facebook

This article was originally posted at Major League Hacking

This Summer, Major League Hacking (MLH) is launching the Production Engineering Track of the MLH Fellowship, powered by Facebook. This is a 12-week educational program that will use industry leading curriculum from the Linux Foundation Training & Certification and hands-on project-based learning to teach students how to become Production Engineers. The program will provide opportunities to 100 aspiring software engineers to broaden their skills and career options, by learning important Production Engineering and DevOps skills. The program will run between June 7 – August 30, 2021 and will be open to United States, Mexico, and Canada based students who are enrolled in a 4 year degree granting program. Applications are open and will run until May 28, 2021.

What is Production Engineering anyway?

Early career software engineers are passionate and motivated to learn new skills and create a positive impact on the world, but many have not been exposed to the wider array of career options that are available to them. Production Engineering, also known as Site Reliability Engineering and DevOps, is one of the most in-demand skill sets that leading technology companies are hiring for, yet it is not widely available as an educational option in university settings. 

Production Engineers (PEs) at Facebook are a hybrid between software and systems engineers and are core to engineering efforts that keep Facebook running smoothly and scaling efficiently. PEs work within Facebook’s product and infrastructure teams to make sure their products and services are reliable and scalable. This means writing code and debugging hard problems in production systems across Facebook services like Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus as well as backend services like Storage, Cache and Network.

What is the Production Engineering Track of the MLH Fellowship?

Initially launched in Summer 2020, the MLH Fellowship pairs early career software engineers with widely used open source projects like React, Jest, Docusaurus. This gives them the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real world projects, which helps them learn important concepts and patterns while also having production-level code to showcase in their portfolio. Through the Fellowship, MLH has created opportunities for hundreds of developers from around the world to level up and hone their skills in a 12-week cohort surrounded by peers and expert mentors. The Production Engineering Track takes this proven model and expands it to a broader range of technology disciplines, creating even more valuable opportunities for developers starting off their careers. 

Program participants will gain practical skills thanks to educational content from Linux Foundation Training & Certification’s LFS201 – Essentials of System Administration training course, which covers how to administer, configure and upgrade Linux systems, along with the tools and concepts necessary to efficiently build and manage a production Linux infrastructure. By pairing this industry leading curriculum with hands-on project-based learning, students in the Production Engineering Track can build on their foundational software engineering knowledge to learn a broader array of technology skills and open the door to a variety of exciting and challenging new career options. Creating these types of non-traditional learning experiences helps  empower developers from many diverse backgrounds and educational institutions to accelerate their careers and make an impact on the world.

Who is eligible?

The Production Engineering Track starts in June, and guarantees a $3,600 educational stipend to each participant. Applications are open now until May 28, 2021. Eligible students are rising sophomores or juniors who are United States, Mexico, and Canada based, enrolled in a 4 year degree granting program, and able to code. MLH invites and encourages people to apply who identify as women or non-binary. MLH also invites and encourages people to apply who identify as Black/African American or LatinX. In partnership with Facebook, MLH is committed to building a more diverse and inclusive tech industry and providing learning opportunities to under-represented technologists.

Learn more and apply

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Video: Open Policy Agent Is Now A CNCF Graduate

OPA, or Open Policy Agent, is one of the most popular open-source tools for administrators to have fine-grained control for their cloud-native environment. The project was created by Styra and contributed to CNCF. The project recently graduated from CNCF to join matured projects like Kubernetes. Torin Sandall, VP of Open Source at Styra, sat down with Swapnil Bhartiya, CEO of TFiR and host of video interviews at Linux.com, to talk about the significance of graduation for a project like OPA which is already being used in production, the importance of OPA in the cloud-native world and what are some of the most exciting use-cases of the project.