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Devs: Open Source Is Growing Despite Challenges

Optimism about the future of open source is high among software developers worldwide. However, a growing number of devs worry that a lack of funding and corporate support threatens its sustainability. That is one of the key takeaways from DigitalOcean’s second annual open source survey, published in its “Currents, Open Source 2019,” seasonal report last week.

The online survey provides a snapshot of the state of open source, as well as a gauge of the inclusivity and friendliness of contributors. More than 5,800 developers from around the world participated. Overall, developers were optimistic about the state of the open source community.

[Source: LinuxInsider]

Canonical to Sponsor Microsoft’s First Windows Subsystem for Linux Conference

Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, announced that they will be an official sponsor of Microsoft’s first-ever Linux Conference for WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux).

Announced earlier this fall, WSLconf, the first Microsoft Linux Conference for WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux), a Windows 10 feature that allows users to run various GNU/Linux distributions on top of their Windows installations, will take place next spring from March 10th to 11th, and it looks like Canonical will be there to give presentations and also sponsor the event.

[Source: Softpedia]

Meet The New Linux Desktop That Offers A Unique Twist On Ubuntu 19.10

Are you a fan of the Cinnamon Desktop used in Linux Mint, but prefer more recent software and the familiarity of the Ubuntu ecosystem? If so, there’s a brand new spin of Ubuntu 19.10 that may interest you. Say hello to Ubuntu Cinnamon (or, as Michael Tunnell from This Week in Linux cleverly dubbed it, “CinnaBuntu”).

Ubuntu Cinnamon is a brand new “remix” project that incorporates the Cinnamon Desktop Environment into Ubuntu. It’s not an official “flavor” of Ubuntu, but the developers are hoping that — like Ubuntu Budgie and Ubuntu MATE before it — it’s welcomed by both the community and Canonical to eventually join the ranks of the official Ubuntu family.

[Source: Forbes]

Chrome now warns you when your password has been stolen

Google is rolling out Chrome version 79 today, and it includes a number of password protection improvements. The biggest addition is that Chrome will now warn you when your password has been stolen as part of a data breach. Google has been warning about reused passwords in a separate browser extension or in its password checkup tool, but the company is now baking this directly into Chrome to provide warnings as you log in to sites on the web.

[Source: The Verge]

You can now search through Android Open Source Project code

At the core of every flagship Android phone, underneath the layers of brand-specific and device-specific extras, lies the same open-source foundation of Android, the Android Open Source Project. To help us all better understand that foundation, Google has made it possible to browse and search through Android Open Source Project code in a way that makes sense.

Google breaks down complex projects like Android and Chromium into smaller individual Git repositories, with Android having over 1500 different open source repositories. To help make the code more accessible to those outside of Google, the company offers things like Chromium Code Search. As the name suggests, the tool gives you the option to search as well as browse through the Chromium code as though it were one large repository.

[Source: 9to5Google]

Xs:code launches subscription platform to monetize open-source projects

Open source is a great source of free tools for developers, but as these projects proliferate, and some gain in popularity, the creators sometimes look for ways to monetize successful ones. The problem is that it’s hard to run a subscription-based, dual-license approach, and most developers don’t even know where to start. Enter Israeli startup xs:code, which has created a platform to help developers solve this problem.

The platform is available for the first time starting today in beta. You can sign up for free. Xs:code has raised $500,000 in pre-seed money to date.

[Source: TechCrunch]

Tern 1.0.0 is Generally Available!

Tern is a VMware-originated open source tool that inspects container images to find individual software packages and their metadata installed in the image.

Due to changes in the command line options, Tern version 1.0.0 is the first non-backwards compatible release. If you have been using previous versions of Tern, we recommend that you upgrade to the latest release. You can run Tern by installing it from PyPI or you can clone the project from GitHub and install the project after cloning it.

[Source: Blog post by VMware Open Source Engineer Rose Judge at linuxfoundation.org]

Keith White To Lead HPE GreenLake Business Unit

Keith White, one of Microsoft’s top cloud executives, will now be leading HPE’s GreenLake business. As general manager and senior vice president, White will be responsible for leading the go-to-market, field sales, strategy and ecosystem development efforts for Greenlake.

A Microsoft veteran for more than 20 years, White most recently served as vice president of the intelligent cloud, worldwide commercial business at Microsoft.

[Source: TFiR]

How open source can live up to its name in a post-Brexit world

“Brexit”, the popular term coined to represent Britain’s exit from membership of the European Union, has caused political and social turmoil in the UK for the past three years. And while the exit date may have shifted three times and prompted two general elections, clarity around whether the UK’s population and economy will be open or closed to the EU, after 46 years of membership, has yet to be realised. It is a situation which has left many people and businesses in the UK exhausted and uncertain of their future.

Perhaps those handling the Brexit crisis could benefit from taking a closer look at the open source community, whose philosophy is based on working collaboratively toward common goals with the accent on quality and transparency. With this approach in mind, could Brexit present an opportunity, whatever the outcome of the UK’s voting practices?

[Source: Information Age]

Money Moves: November 2019

Take a look at some of the most prominent venture capital and merger and acquisition news items from the past month. Google acquired CloudSimple, a startup that makes it easier for customers to move VMware workloads from their on-premises data centers into public clouds. The acquisition gives Google an edge as it competes against Amazon Web Services (AWS) and that public cloud provider’s hybrid cloud service with VMware called VMware Cloud on AWS.

Also, former Contrail Systems CEO Ankur Singla’s new startup Volterra officially launched with more than $50 million in funding and more than 30 customers using its distributed cloud platform.

[Source: SDxCentral]