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Automation Is Not DevOps

It may sound counterproductive from an Automation specialist to reveal the limitations of his job, but I have seen a wide range of inefficiencies, and many failed attempt to fix them. To be clear from the outset, I do think technology and automation are a mandatory milestone in a company’s DevOps...
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Legends of Linux Part 1: Linus Torvalds

BERLIN: AS PART of our visit to LinuxCon this week we’re going to ask five key players in the Linux story the same 10 questions to get an idea of where Linux has been, where it is and where it’s going. And who better to start with than Linus Torvalds, the often outspoken creator of Linux itself....
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Reinforcement Learning in R: An Introduction to Dynamic Programming

Reinforcement Learning is an approach to learning that attempts to maximize a cumulative reward based on a set of actions and states. The techniques are very popular within operations research and control theory. It does not fall under the traditional paradigms of supervised or unsupervised...
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Linux Kernel 4.8 Officially Released, Merge Window for Kernel 4.9 Now Open

Today, October 2, 2016, Linus Torvalds proudly announced the release and availability for download of the Linux 4.8 kernel branch, which is now the latest stable and most advanced one. Linux kernel 4.8 has been in development for the past two months, during which it received no less than eight...
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Open Source Is Not to Blame for a Lack of Industry Standards

Carol Wilson wrings her hands over the "boring" nature of open source standardization, declaring that "Open source processes can take the fun out of everything, particularly technology wars." Putting aside for a minute the irony of expecting standards to ever be anything more than mind-numbingly...
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John Mark Walker explains how vendors and their customers can consummate their open source love.

Vendors and Customers Gettin' Open Sourcey With It

I’ve written extensively how open source has leveled the playing field between technology vendors and their customers. I’ve also written about how “users” -- aka, the customers of vendors -- are now driving much of the software innovation in the world by leading several large open source ecosystems...
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Use Models to Measure Cloud Performance

With good modeling, you can have a clear view of what is going on with your cloud deployment even though you don’t have control of the underlying systems. When I was young, I made three plastic models. One was of a car—a '57 Chevy.  Another was of a plane—a Spitfire. And a third was of the Darth...
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GitHub Open-Sources Internal Load-Balancing Software

GitHub will release as open source the GitHub Load Balancer (GLB), its internally developed load balancer. GLB was originally built to accommodate GitHub’s need to serve billions of HTTP, Git, and SSH connections daily. Now the company will release components of GLB via open source, and it will...
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Why China Is the Next Proving Ground for Open Source Software

Western entrepreneurs still haven't figured out China. For most, the problem is getting China to pay for software. The harder problem, however, is building software that can handle China's tremendous scale. There are scattered examples of success, though. One is Alluxio (formerly Tachyon), which I ...
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Microsoft Has The Most Open Source Contributors on GitHub

GitHub has published The state of the Octoverse 2016, a very interesting report that offers an insight into how its 14 million users leveraged the hugely popular repository this year. Among them is a list of organizations with the most open source contributors, most popular coding languages, most...
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