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KDE Plasma 5.17.3 Desktop Environment Released

The KDE Project released today the third maintenance update to its latest KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment series to address more issues and update translations.

Coming two weeks after KDE Plasma 5.17.2, KDE Plasma 5.17.3 is here as yet another bugfix release that addresses a total of 43 issues across various core components and apps, including Plasma Workspace, Plasma Desktop, System Settings, KWin, KScreen, Plasma Addons, Plasma Discover, Breeze GTK, Dr Konqi, KDE GTK Config, and xdg-desktop-portal-kde.
Source: Softpedia

KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 Open-Source Software Suite Released with over 200 Changes

The KDE Project released over the weekend the KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 open-source software suite, a monthly update for October 2019 that packs numerous changes and bug fixes.

KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 brings more than 200 hundred changes to the open-source software suite used by the KDE Plasma Desktop environment and the KDE Applications software suite, in an attempt to improve the overall performance, stability, security and reliability of the KDE Plasma desktop and related apps.

Source: Softpedia

CollabNet VersionOne To Connect With SAFe Community At RTE Summit

Amsterdam-based CollabNet VersionOne looks forward to engaging with the global (RTE) and the SAFe community at RTE Summit 2019. The company is all set to demonstrate how its Value Stream Management (VSM) solutions and support of SAFe empowers enterprise IT organizations to scale Agile and DevOps transformations at the two-day summit, starting today at BIMHUIS Amsterdam.
Source: TFIR

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Released for Linux

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is now available on Linux and macOS. The third entry in the rebooted Tomb Raider ‘origins’ series, Shadow pits Lara Croft against the “impenetrable jungles of Central America”, sees her explore underwater environments, and take on a rogue paramilitary organisation known as Trinity. The Linux and macOS ports of the game, which received fairly decent reviews on its console debut, is handled by Feral Interactive.
Source: OMG! Ubuntu

How Open Source Software Is Defining the Future of Mobile Connectivity

Mobile operators face intense pressure to deliver more data, faster connectivity, better coverage and more functionality to end users who are (unfortunately) more demanding than ever. Increasingly, these end users will not be people as we know them but rather Internet of Things (IoT) devices. IDC has projected that by 2025, 60% of the world’s data will be generated by enterprises, double its level in 2017, largely due to the growth in connected devices, sensors, automation and related equipment.
Source: DevOps

LG open-sources Auptimizer, a tool for optimizing AI models

Despite the proliferation of open source tools like Databricks’ AutoML Toolkit, Salesforce’s TransfogrifAI, and IBM’s Watson Studio AutoAI, tuning machine learning algorithms at scale remains a challenge. Finding the right hyperparameters — variables in the algorithms that help control the overall model’s performance — often involves time-consuming ancillary tasks like job-scheduling and tracking parameters and their effects. That’s why scientists at LG’s Advanced AI division developed Auptimizer, an open source hyperparameter optimization framework intended to help with AI model tweaking and bookkeeping. It’s available from GitHub.
Source: Venture Beat

Google Open Sources its Cardboard VR Platform

Low-cost virtual reality (VR) platform Google Cardboard is now available as an open source project to let developers create new VR-powered apps and adapt existing ones to new devices. Google’s announcement comes a few weeks after the discontinuation of its Daydream VR platform.
Source: InfoQ

Rust 1.39.0 released

Version 1.39.0 of the Rust language is available. The biggest new feature appears to be the async/await mechanism, which is described in this blog post: “So, what is async await? Async-await is a way to write functions that can ‘pause’, return control to the runtime, and then pick up from where they left off. Typically those pauses are to wait for I/O, but there can be any number of uses.”
Source: LWN

Red Hat Advances Java on Kubernetes Project

Red Hat today achieved a 1.0 milestone in its efforts to make an instance of Java available for Kubernetes via the open source Quarkus project. Mark Little, vice president of engineering for Red Hat, says Quarkus 1.0 advances an effort to create a more efficient means for building and deploying Java applications on Kubernetes by reducing the size of the Java virtual machine (JVM). The JVM used today assumed that the JVM would include the code required to write once and deploy anywhere. However, in a container environment, portability issues are addressed by Docker containers and Kubernetes. That creates an opportunity to shrink the JVM in a way that will make Java applications running on Kubernetes run faster, notes Little.
Source: Container Journal

CNCF Adopts Longhorn Storage Project from Rancher Labs

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced this week that a Longhorn block-based storage software for Kubernetes clusters developed by Rancher Labs has become an open source CNCF sandbox project. Rancher Labs CEO Sheng Liang says Longhorn will make it significantly easier to deploy stateful applications on top of Kubernetes clusters by eliminating the need for specialized drivers.
Source: Container Journal