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Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Certification is Now Valid for 3 Years

To match other CNCF and Linux Foundation certifications, the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD)  is extending the expiration date of the earned certification from 24 months to 36 months! That means that if you met the Program Certification requirements, your certification will remain valid for 36 months rather than the original 24 months.

How Chrome is helping enterprises still using Windows 7

Running an OS outside of official support can leave organizations vulnerable to potential security threats. On Windows 7, Chrome will continue to provide built-in security capabilities that help keep users safe while on the web. With Safe Browsing, Site Isolation and new advanced password and phishing protections, Chrome proactively helps protect users working in the cloud. With policy management, IT teams can tighten controls as they see fit. And our fast update cycles mean better protection from vulnerabilities, especially for enterprises taking advantage of automatic updates.
[Source: Google Blog]

Automotive Grade Linux Has Large Presence At CES 2020

Automotive Grade Linux is the Linux Foundation project building frameworks and related open-source infrastructure around automotive use-cases. The 100+ member project is backed by many of the prominent automobile manufacturers as well as hardware vendors like NVIDIA and Samsung. AGL software has begun running on some 2018+ vehicles from the likes of Toyota and Mazda and various reference boards, instrument cluster displays, and more are showcased at this year’s CES 2020 with Automotive Grade Linux. This week at CES, Subaru did announce Automotive Grade Linux is used as part of their infotainment platform on the 2020 Subaru Outback and Legacy vehicles.

[Source: Phoronix]

Linux 5.6 Seeing Random Changes, New “Insecure” Option With GRND_INSECURE

The recent work by longtime kernel developer Andy Lutomirski on improving Linux’s random APIs and introducing a new “GRND_INSECURE” option is now queued into the random dev queue ahead of the Linux 5.6 cycle.

These changes to the random number generation add a new GRND_INSECURE flag for getentropy() and removes the blocking pool (though /dev/random can still block after the system has booted). These changes provide for some code cleanups and GRND_INSECURE allows returning potentially “insecure” random data.

[Source: Phoronix]

11 top open-source API testing tools

How do you find the right open-source API testing tool for your needs? While most vendors are talking up the benefits of AI- and UI-based testing tools in general, AI- and machine learning-based applications that help with API testing have arrived. Before you begin API testing, however, make sure you understand test automation basics and know how to avoid the most common test automation mistakes.

[Source: TechBeacon]

The open source licence debate: dead project walking & incentive models

If you don’t accept the options offered by the community contribution model of development, then you risk becoming a Proprietary 2.0 behemoth… or so the T-shirt slogan might go. But the issue of how open source software is licenced is still the stuff of some debate.

Chief operating officer (COO) for GitHub is Erica Brescia. Brescia has pointed out that the industry is witnessing rising levels of tension between open source projects (and open source development shops) and those commercially motivated organizations that are building services on top of open source, such as cloud vendors with their database services. So how do we move forward with open source?

[Source: ComputerWeekly.com]

flexiWAN Open Source SD-WAN Platform Hits GA

flexiWAN launched the first stable release of its open-source SD-WAN platform, which is available through one of the company’s hardware partners: Advantech, Lanner, and Silicom.

“This release is a major milestone for flexiWAN and our community as it is the world’s first production-ready open and community-driven SD-WAN solution,” said Amir Zmora, CEO and co-founder of flexiWAN, in a statement. “Our innovation and openness doesn’t stop at the technical level. By offering our services as a freemium business model, along with publicly sharing our pricing and source code with the community, we strive to lead the industry to more openness.”

[Source: SDxCentral]

With friends like AWS, who needs an open source business?

In response to the article, Andi Gutmans, vice-president of analytics and ElastiCache at AWS, wrote a blog post claiming that customers have repeatedly asked AWS to offer managed services for Elasticsearch and other popular open source projects.

“A number of maintainers of open source projects build commercial companies around the open source project,” he said. Open source licensing aims to encourage innovation by enabling contributors to build new functionality as a branch of the core open source code. The project maintainer can then choose to incorporate this contribution into the core code.

[Source: ComputerWeekly.com]

SUSE and Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences collaborate to enhance cloud and open source learning

The SUSE Academic Program, the education arm of SUSE, and Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences (KITS), have signed an MoU to collaborate in providing Linux and open source learning and skills to students. The program aims to provide aspiring professionals with essential technical expertise and help them leverage opportunities in the cloud job market via “SUSE Certified Administrator (SCA) in Enterprise Linux” certification.

SUSE will support the program with all course materials for cloud-related technologies such as DevOps, cloud application development, cloud administration, and enterprise Linux.

[Source: CRN]

Diversity: Why open source needs to work on it in 2020

Sometimes the answer to a problem is hiding in plain sight. Take, for example, the problem of diversity in tech and, specifically, in open source software. If we look at US Bureau of Labor data, 21.2% of professional developers are female. According to a 2017 GitHub open source survey, however, 95% of respondents were male and just 3% were female (1% identified as non-binary). It turns out that 68% of the female respondents are “very interested” in contributing to open source, but are significantly less likely to do so than men (45% vs. 61%).

[Source: Tech Republic]