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IGEL’s Linux-Based Edge OS to Support Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop

IGEL, provider of a next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces, today announced from Microsoft Ignite that its Linux-based IGEL OS will support Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop customers, enabling enterprises to centrally manage, control and secure thousands of endpoint devices. As a supporting vendor for Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop value-added partner program “early adopters,” IGEL is among the recommended Microsoft ecosystem partners for customers deploying Windows Virtual Desktop at scale.
Source: PR Newswire

You can now try Microsoft’s web-based version of Visual Studio

Earlier this year, at its Build developers conference, Microsoft announced that it was working on a web-based version of its Visual Studio IDE. At the time, Visual Studio Online went into a private preview, open to a select number of developers. Now, at its Ignite conference, the company has opened the service to all developers who want to give it a spin.
Source: TechCrunch

Robocorp announces $5.6M seed to bring open-source option to RPA

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has been a hot commodity in recent years as it helps automate tedious manual workflows inside large organizations. Robocorp, a San Francisco startup, wants to bring open source and RPA together. Today it announced a $5.6 million seed investment.
Source: TechCrunch

Linux Foundation introduces strict telemetry data collection and usage policy for all its projects

Last week, the Linux Foundation introduced a new policy around the collection and usage of telemetry data. As per this new policy all linux projects before using any telemetry data collection mechanism will have to take permissions from the Linux Foundation and the proposed mechanism will undergo a detailed review.
Source: Packt

Python creator Guido van Rossum quits Dropbox

Guido van Rossum has announced his retirement. The news is the final curtain on the career of the man behind the world’s most popular programming language. Van Rossum is leaving Dropbox, where he has spent the last six years as their Python Charmer in residence, a natural fit for a platform built, in no small part, in Python – the language he created and declared himself ‘Benevolent Dictator for Life’ (BDFL).
Source: The Inquirer

XPS 13 developer edition portfolio up 8X in the States, 6 core and more!

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Barton George, the founder of Dell’s Project Sputnik announced that the company is increasing the number of configurations in the developer edition portfolio by a factor of eight. “In total, we now offer 18 different configurations of the 9th generation developer edition, 16 of which are available both online and offline,” said George.
(Source: Barton George)

Why encrypted email service ProtonMail is open-sourcing its mobile apps

At a time when public trust in “big tech” is at an all-time low over countless data breaches and privacy scandals, even companies that specialize in online security are having to go the whole nine yards to convince people that they’re serious about privacy. Encrypted email service ProtonMail this week announced that its iPhone app is now open source, with anyone able to peruse the code on GitHub. Why? Well, thousands of eyes are better than dozens of eyes in terms of spotting flaws in the source code. Moreover, full transparency fosters a higher degree of trust where trust is paramount.
(Source: Venture Beat)

SUSE Linux Enterprise Now Available On Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

SUSE Linux Enterprise on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is now available. SUSE said that both SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications are now offered on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
Source: TFiR

KDE Plasma 5.17.2 Desktop Environment Brings More Than 25 Bug Fixes, Update Now

The KDE Project announced today the general availability of the second point release to their latest KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems. Coming just a week after the first point release, KDE Plasma 5.17.2 is here with another batch of bug fixes across a wide range of components, including Plasma Discover, Plasma Workspace, Plasma Desktop, KWin, System Settings, KMenuEdit, Breeze GTK, and Dr Konqi. This maintenance update contains a total of 27 changes.
Source: Softpedia

GitHub: All open-source developers anywhere are welcome

At Open Source Summit Europe in France, GitHub COO Erica Brescia said: “99% of software projects are built on open source.” With 96-million open-source projects from across the world living on the service, GitHub should know.

Brescia added:

“In these increasingly difficult geopolitical times. . . [many] companies have decided to geo-block access to their products for Iran, Syria, and Crimea, but GitHub has taken a different approach. We have left all of our open-source repositories available to developers in those countries.”

Source: ZDNet