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Meet Reachy, an expressive, open-source humanoid system

This is Reachy, a very expressive and open-source robot developed by the French company Pollen Robotics. The robot was presented during CES this year.

Obviously, among the pros of the robot, the fact that it is based on an open-source platform capable of learning more and more. At the moment, the robot has already shown its ability with simple games, but developers can use Python to create countless applications for the system. The modular nature of the robot allows an unlimited number of applications: use within the restaurant, customer service, demonstrations is possible, and it can also be dedicated to research and development sectors.

[Source: InceptiveMind]

It’s a no to ZFS in the Linux kernel from me, says Torvalds, points finger of blame at Oracle licensing

Linux kernel jockey, Linus Torvalds, has taken time out to remind open source loyalists that he is no fan of the ZFS file system due, in part, to the sometimes tortuous nature of open source licensing. Torvalds was responding to a question late last week regarding a recent update to the Linux kernel breaking the third party ZFS module.

With his new non-sweary hat on, Torvalds patiently explained his position around out-of-tree components such as ZFS. In essence, they aren’t his problem. We imagine ensuring nothing breaks in the user space is challenging enough.

[Source: The Register]

IBM Research open-sources SysFlow to tackle cloud threats

IBM Corp.’s research division today announced the release of SysFlow, an open-source security toolkit for hunting breaches in cloud and container environments. SysFlow is designed to tackle a common problem in network protection. Modern security monitoring tools capture system activity with a high degree of granularity, often down to individual events such file changes.

That’s useful to a point but also creates a large amount of noise that makes spotting threats harder. IBM researchers Frederico Araujo and Teryl Taylor described looking for breaches under such circumstances as “akin to searching for a needle in an extremely large haystack.”

[Source: SiliconANGLE]

Linux gaming made easy: The fastest way to get up and running

Did you know that there are many top-tier commercial games available for Linux? Here’s the quickest way we know to get up and running. You don’t have to be running Windows to play great Triple-A game titles. Many are available in Linux. Let’s look at how you can make it all work.

We’re starting in Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver using GNOME. Since Linux distros can be so different, you may need to follow other instructions depending on your distro.

[Source: ZDNet]

Want To Build An Open Source Hardware And Software Robot?

The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is full of engineering marvels. Many of these marvels are manifested as advances in robots. For example, consider UBTech highlights are this year’s show. The company’s intelligent humanoid service robot named “Walker” won the Best of CES 2019 and will be back with additional features at the 2020 show. According to the company, Walker will be faster and demonstrate more human-like walking as well as yoga poses that show its huge improvement in motion control. The robot will also demonstrate the ability to push a cart, draw pictures, and write characters, plus showing improved static balance with full-body compliance control.

[Source: Design News]

T-Mobile Poland deploys ONF’s open-source EPC

T-Mobile Poland is using OMEC’s gateway control, user plane and billing components to deliver a Fixed Mobile Substitution (FMS) service to its customers. The OMEC components include standard 3GPP interfaces for interconnecting to T-Mobile’s existing base stations, mobility management entities and lawful intercept platforms.

Michal Sewera, head of the EPC Shared Service Center at T-Mobile Poland, commented, “Our OMEC deployment provides us with a lightweight packet core providing connectivity, billing and charging at scale for a large number of fixed-mobile subscribers.

[Source: Mobile Europe]

Copyright Notices in Open Source Software Projects

“What copyright notice should appear at the top of a file in an OSS project with many contributors?” This is a question we get all the time. Many of our communities have discussed this issue and aligned on a common approach that we thought would be useful to share.

When source code, documentation and other content is contributed to an OSS project, the copyrights in those contributions typically remain owned by the original copyright holders1.

[Source: Linux Foundation Blog]

AWS announces AutoGluon, an open-source library for writing AI models

Amazon Web Services Inc. today launched a new open-source library to help developers write, with just a few lines of code, machine learning-based applications that use image, text or tabular data sets. Building machine learning apps that rely on such data isn’t an easy task. For example, developers need to know how to tune the “hyperparameters” that represent the choices made when constructing an AI model. They also need to grapple with issues such as neural architecture search, which enables them to find the best architecture design for their machine learning models.

[Source: Silicon Angle]

Firefox 72 Released with Improved Tracking Protection + More

Mozilla Firefox 72 is now available to download, the latest in the web browser’s new monthly release cycle. The headline change in Firefox 72 for Linux and macOS users is out-of-the-box support for picture-in-picture video support on sites like YouTube and Netflix.
[Source: OMG! Ubuntu]

CNCF upgrades Falco runtime security tool to incubator status

Falco, originally created by Sysdig in 2016, is approved to join CNCF Incubation after 257% increase in downloads. The CNCF’s only open source Kubernetes runtime security project has more than 8.5 million downloads as runtime security becomes cemented as a standard component of the cloud-native stack. Falco entered the CNCF as a Sandbox Project in October 2018, the first and still the only runtime security technology to join. In the event of unexpected behavior at runtime, Falco detects and alerts, reducing the risk of a security incident.
[Source: TFiR]