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Moby and LinuxKit Open Source from Docker

by Chris Swan on  May 19, 2017

At DockerCon in Austin, Docker Inc announced two significant open source projects, Moby and LinuxKit. Moby essentially marks the split of Docker the open source project from Docker Inc the company, with the docker/docker GitHub repo moved to moby/moby. LinuxKit provides a set of tools to build ‘custom Linux subsystems that only include exactly the components the runtime platform requires’.

Linux Foundation EdgeX Foundry to Enable Edge Computing for IoT

by Sergio De Simone on  May 04, 2017

The Linux Foundation has launched the EdgeX Foundry, a new project aimed at building an open framework for IoT computing and an ecosystem of interoperable components. InfoQ has spoken with Philip DesAutels, senior director of IoT at The Linux Foundation.

Google Opens Up its Voice-Based Assistant on Third-Party Devices

by Sergio De Simone on  May 01, 2017

The Google Assistant SDK makes it possible to integrate Google Assistant voice-capabilities into custom devices running on Raspberry Pi 3 and also on Linux, writes Google assistant product manager Chris Ramsdale. Licensing terms for commercial use are not yet clear, however.

Swift 3.1 Improves Language, Package Manager, and Linux Implementation

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 31, 2017

Staying true to its plan, the recently announced Swift 3.1 is source compatible with Swift 3.0. Still, it includes a number of changes to the language, the standard library, and improved Linux implementation.

Public Docker Image Vulnerability Research Findings Released

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Mar 30, 2017 2

A researcher from Federacy released a report analyzing vulnerabilities in Docker images in public repositories. 24% of images were found to have significant vulnerabilities, with Ubuntu based ones having the most and Debian based ones having the least.

Swift Memory Ownership Manifesto

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 03, 2017 3

According to Chris Lattner, Swift creator and Swift team lead before moving to Tesla, defining a Rust/Cyclone-inspired memory ownership model is one of the main goals for Swift development. Now that Swift 4 has entered its phase 2, the Swift team has published a manifesto detailing how Swift memory ownership could work.

LLD, LLVM’s New Linker, Coming to LLVM 4

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 21, 2017

LLD, which touts great performance improvements over GCC ld, will be included in LLVM 4 rc1 and enabled by default. Although the new linker is already able to build a running FreeBSD/amd64 base system, its inclusion in LLVM is still experimental and could be set back in rc2 if it causes problems.

Fatigue, Spam, and Lack of Backups Take down GitLab.com

by David Iffland on  Feb 03, 2017 1

What started out as an attempt to protect GitLab.com from spammers turned sour as engineer fatigue and a lack of backups took the site down for nearly 18 hours and the loss of six hours worth of production data.

Q&A with Microsoft Azure Lead Architect John Gossman Regarding Joining the Linux Foundation

by Rags Srinivas on  Jan 10, 2017

Rags Srinivas talks to Microsoft Azure lead architect and Linux Foundation board member regarding Microsoft joining the Linux Foundation as a platinum member and other open source initiatives at the company.

Running Docker Containers Securely in Production

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Dec 17, 2016

Hardening Docker containers in production involves a combination of techniques including making them immutable, minimizing the attack surface and applying both standard Linux hardening procedures as well as ones that are specific to a container environment.

Swift 3.1 Enters its Final Development Stage

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 13, 2016

Apple’s Swift team has made public their release plan for Swift 3.1, expected to be available in the Spring of 2017 and source-compatible with Swift 3.0, writes Apple’s language and runtimes manager Ted Kremenek.

AWS Launches Amazon Linux Container Image

by Steffen Opel on  Nov 28, 2016

AWS recently launched a Docker container image for its Amazon Linux operating system, complementing the EC2 specific Amazon Linux AMI with a versatile deployment option for custom cloud and on-premise environments. The image is available through the Amazon EC2 Container Registry (Amazon ECR), and also as an official repository on Docker Hub.

Linux Foundation Welcomes JavaScript Community

by James Chesters on  Oct 20, 2016 2

The Linux Foundation has welcomed the addition of the JavaScript Foundation. The foundation says that it aims "to support a vast array of technologies that complement projects throughout the entire JavaScript ecosystem." jQuery Foundation projects will also be united within the JS Foundation including Lodash, ESLint, Esprima, Grunt, RequireJS, jQuery UI, Globalize, Sizzle, Jed, and Dojo.

Security Insights into the LXD Container Hypervisor

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Oct 15, 2016

A presentation at the Linux security summit last month covered various issues and edge cases with container security in LXD, a container hypervisor from Canonical that uses Linux Containers (LXC) under the hood.

IBM Announces Kitura 1.0 and Bluemix Runtime for Swift 3

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 04, 2016 2

Just a few days after Swift 3 official announcement, IBM has released version 1.0 of its open source, server-side Kitura framework along with the IBM Bluemix Runtime for Swift 3. InfoQ has spoken with IBM’s Chris Bailey about the status of Swift on the server.

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