Fedora Pinos to do for Video what PulseAudio did for Audio

There were quite a few interesting headlines in the reader tonight. First up, Linux Mint 17.2 was released and openSUSE Tumbleweed is back on a roll. Christian Schaller recently said that Fedora is planning to do for video what PulseAudio did for audio. Several reviews warrant a mention and RedMonk published their bi-annual programming language rankings report. Sourceforge is forming a community panel and Linus Torvalds was interviewed over at Slashdot.

Stephen O’Grady today posted the RedMonk Programming Language Rankings for June 2015. For a language to be included in the analysis it must "be observable within both GitHub and Stack Overflow." The ranking is for interest only, but is believed to be an indicator of current and future trends. JavaScript took the top spot followed by Java. PHP came in third followed by Python and C#, C++, and Ruby tied for fifth. Perl tied Shell for eleventh and R came in thirteenth. See the full report at RedMonk.com.

Christian Schaller said Tuesday that "One of the original goals of Pinos was to provide the same level of advanced hardware handling for Video that PulseAudio provides for Audio." He said they want cameras to be available to more than one application at a time or more than one device available within any application. Dubbed Pinos, it "will allow you to share your video camera between multiple applications and also provide an easy to use API to do so." They’re hoping to build better screen casting capabilities and desktop sandboxing support for video in the process. Pinos will be built with GStreamer integration and, coincidently, the co-creator of GStreamer (and contributor to PulseAudio) is the lead designer and programmer. Schaller said Pinos "draws many of its ideas" from early prototype PulseVideo. The name PulseVideo was dropped to avoid confusion with PulseAudio and Pino was chosen to honor lead designer and Red Hat engineer Wim Taymans.

Neil Rickert today reported that openSUSE’s "Tumbleweed is rolling again." The repository had been frozen for several weeks while transitioning to GCC 5. Rickert said an update today installed 4437 packages! He reported, "The update when smoothly enough and after reboot the system continued to run well with the updates in place." Speaking of Tumbleweed, Ben Kevan today blogged, "The openSUSE project has finally decided to split the deprecated net-tools binaries from the core net-tools package and moved them into net-tools-deprecated." These include netstat, arp, ifconfig, and route.

Other interesting tidbits today include:

* Turning Windows users into Linux users with MakuluLinux Aero

* Scientific Linux 7.1 review – More fiasco

* Mageia 5: I See no Change… and That’s Good!

* SourceForge forming Community Panel

* Interviews: Linus Torvalds Answers Your Question

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New Cloud Security Working Group is Gathering Heavy-Hitting Partners

Have you heard of the cloud access security broker (CASB) space? If not, you will be hearing about it. Keeping cloud deployments and tasks secure is a big deal at many organizations, and now CipherCloud, which focuses on data protection, and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) are forming a Cloud Security Open API Working Group to jointly define protocols and best practices for implementing cloud data security.

Deloitte, InfoSys, Intel Security, SAP and other technology leaders are also pledging to contribute.

According to an announcement post:

"The Cloud Security Open API Working Group will provide guidance on vendor-neutral data-security implementation to help accelerate cloud services adoption. Collaboration on these guidelines will also further accelerate security integrations across multiple clouds and with third-party technologies. This initiative will enable enterprises to leverage standards-based APIs to protect data via encryption, tokenization and other technologies across cloud environments, helping eliminate the need for custom integration for each cloud. The working group plans to produce API specifications and a reference architecture to guide cloud data protection.

"Standards are an important frontier for the cloud security ecosystem," said Jim Reavis, CEO of CSA. "The right set of working definitions can boost adoption. This working group will help foster a secure cloud-computing environment – a win for vendors, partners and users. Standardizing APIs will help the ecosystem coalesce around a universal language and process for integrating security tools into the cloud applications."

"Cloud is the killer app for security innovation," said Pravin Kothari, founder and CEO of CipherCloud. "But currently, inefficiencies at the technical level in the form of custom connector protocols can hold back innovations in cloud security. Defining a uniform set of standards can enable us all to operate from the same playbook. As a pioneer in CASB, we are excited to co-lead this initiative with CSA to accelerate security across clouds."

Working group activities will commence in early July upon completion of the CSA corporate member subject matter expert review. Participation is open to all qualified experts. If you are interested, you can contact research@cloudsecurityalliance.org to be added to the Open API WG announcement list. 

 

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Red Hat’s Container Announcements Highlight New Areas of Focus

The recent Red Hat Summit was packed with news, much of it pertaining to the company’s existing initiatives, but the really big news has to be the fact that Red Hat is taking a leadership stance in the container space. The summit included news of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2, which is targeted to "improve server, networking and even desktop performance." That release will feature High-Availability support for IBM Z-systems, full ARM support, security improvements, and performance gains of as much as 35%. GNOME 3.14 will be the desktop, if desired. And, Red Hat also has a far-reaching alliance surrounding mobile technology with Samsung.

But one of the bigger announcements was the introduction of Red Hat Atomic Enterprise Platform, an integrated infrastructure platform designed to run, orchestrate and scale multi-container-based applications and services.  Several outlets are interpreting the move as a strong statement about containers from Red Hat.

As Computerworld notes, Red Hat is making its case to be the container company:

"Atomic Enterprise Platform [is] a pared-down version of OpenShift that is solely a container-management platform. It also uses the open source Kubernetes container clustering and orchestration tools. Atomic is meant for organizations that are comfortable managing their own apps infrastructure, but would like to deploy those apps in containers."

 According to Red Hat:

"Based on the world’s leading enterprise Linux, Red Hat Atomic Enterprise Platform provides the foundation for production scale container deployments, utilizing the same core enabling technologies as Red Hat OpenShift Enterprise 3, including Docker as a Linux container format, and Kubernetes for container orchestration. With the addition of Red Hat Atomic Enterprise Platform, Red Hat will offer the world’s most comprehensive integrated family of open source container-enabling platforms, from bare-metal Red Hat Enterprise Linux, to a scale out container orchestration platform, to full Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions – all utilizing the same core technologies, and enabling container-based applications to be fully portable across a hybrid cloud fabric."

Containers are quickly making inroads in today’s enterprise environment, with 67 percent of respondents in a recent Red Hat-sponsored survey of global IT decision makers and professionals planning production roll-outs of container-based applications over the next two years. "As organizations move toward container implementations on both cloud-native services and traditional applications, they need a secure and reliable foundation upon which they can consistently run and orchestrate multi-container based applications at scale," claim Red Hat officials.

And Computerworld U.K. noted the following after a talk with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst:

 "Red Hat has an early-mover advantage in platform refactoring. OpenShift and Cloud Foundry, two major open source PaaS platforms, both started refactoring with container technology last year. The developers of Cloud Foundry are still working hard to complete the platform’s framework after implementing Diego, the rewrite of its runtime. But OpenShift has already completed its commercial release, with two major replacements around containers: It replaced Gears, its original homegrown container model, with Docker and replaced Broker, its old orchestration engine, with Kubernetes."

Indeed, Red Hat is moving so fast in the container space that some people are missing the moves the company has already made. Red Hat Atomic Enterprise Platform is available via a Red Hat Partner Early Access Program to existing Red Hat partners and customers as well as prospects. To request entry to the program, you can fill out the form that is found here

 

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How to setup Apache Cassandra NoSql Database with Ubuntu 15.04

Introduction: This is the part-I of a Cassandra No-sql Database Series, in This first part we will configure Apache Cassandra with Ubuntu 15.04, will go little bit deeply in upcoming series. Apache…

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Engine Yard’s Deis Launches Support for its PaaS

Over the years, we’ve covered of Engine Yard‘s focus on everything from Ruby on Rails to cloud computing. For years, the company focused on a cloud-based hosting environment for Ruby on Rails applications.  Ruby on Rails is an open source software framework that helped expand Twitter and many other services.

This year, Engine Yard bought Deis, an open source Platform-as-a-Service project. It provides a PaaS that can rub on public clouds, private clouds, or bare metal. Starting now, Engine Yard will offer its well-known support options to companies that want Deis support.

The support options are detailed here, and are extensive. Gabriel Monroy, the CTO at Engine Yard, launched Deis back in 2013, and Deis is a Docker- and CoreOS-based platform that Mozilla, Coinbase and other companies use.

Engine Yard itself has been doing PaaS since 2006. The company has helped scale some of the largest web properties on the Internet. 

According to Gabriel:

"The whole ‘container’ movement is less about containers themselves and more about the type of distributed applications they facilitate. I think we’re going to see a big shift in the way software teams write applications—not just the trendy companies in Silicon Valley, but the more conservative software teams around the US and the rest of the world. I’m excited to help those companies succeed in this new world of distributed applications."

Engine Yard’s support offerings for Deis are available in standard and premium ooptions. The standard plan will offer web and email support during normal business hours, while the premium plan offers 24×7 phone support.

The Deis team has provided more details in a blog post.

 

 

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Amazon Web Services Delivers Open Source Cryptographic Tool

Without a doubt, Heartbleed was one of the most high-profile security problems to arise over the past few years, and some people even used its arrival as a platform to question the security of all open source software. With an eye toward preventing future problems like Heartbleed, Amazon Web Services has delivered an open source cryptographic tool for sensitive data running on the Internet secure.

The open source tool, s2n, is a spin on Transport Layer Security (TLS), a data encryption protocol. TLS is the older sibling of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), and AWS uses SSL to secure many parts of its cloud platform. 

 According to an Amazon post:

"At Amazon Web Services, strong encryption is one of our standard features, and an integral aspect of that is the TLS (previously called SSL) encryption protocol. TLS is used with every AWS API and is also available directly to customers of many AWS services including Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon S3, Amazon RDS, and Amazon SES."

"The last 18 months or so has been an eventful time for the TLS protocol. Impressive cryptography analysis highlighted flaws in several TLS algorithms that are more serious than previously thought, and security research revealed issues in several software implementations of TLS. Overall, these developments are positive and improve security, but for many they have also led to time-consuming operational events, such as software upgrades and certificate rotations."

 In order to simplify its TLS implementation, Amazon created s2n as a new open source implementation of the TLS protocol.  s2n is a library that has been designed to be small, fast, with simplicity as a priority. Amazon claims it consists of just over 6,000 lines of code. "We have already completed three external security evaluations and penetration tests on s2n, a practice we will be continuing," the company reports.

If you are interested in using or contributing to s2n, the source code, documentation, commits and enhancements are all available under the terms of the Apache Software License 2.0 from the s2n GitHub repository.

 

 

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​Supreme Court decision threatens programmers’ API rights

The Supreme Court decision that let stand a lower court decision that Java’s application programming interface may be subject to copyright could be a developer disaster in the making.

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