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January 18, 2022
by sjvn01
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Get ready for the ‘Great Shutdown’

This fall, even as the Omicron variant gained steam, we largely pretended it wasn’t that bad. We were wrong.

But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I want to focus on what you’re going to do when you literally can’t keep your doors open because all your employees are home sick. (It’s already happening.)

In my hometown of Asheville, N.C., schools have closed because the latest spike left the city schools system without enough staff to “maintain facilities operations or hold classes.” Restaurants, already hard hit by the Great Resignation, are also shutting their doors. Retail stores, concert venues, and theaters are following suit, as they can’t keep enough staffers on the floor to take care of customers.

It’s not just where I live. It’s happening everywhere, though perhaps not all at once. In many ways, what we’re seeing are rolling shutdowns. Airlines that can’t get enough pilots or ground crowds. Retail shops with salespeople out. You get the idea.

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January 18, 2022
by sjvn01
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Open Source Security at the White House

There’s no question that open source security and supply chain security has become top of mind issues in the aftermath of the Apache Log4j security problem quartet and the SolarWinds security fiasco. But so important that the White House would call a meeting with open source foundations and company officials? Yes, it’s that important.

The meeting was led by White House cybersecurity leader Anne Neuberger. Executives and officials from organizations like the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and the Linux Foundation and executives from Apple, Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle. Government agencies such as the Department of Defense and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) were also represented.

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January 18, 2022
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Open Invention Network expands Linux patent protection

Today, everyone — yes, even Microsoft — use Linux and open-source. It’s been years since Linux was under attack by SCO for imaginary copyright violations, and then Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer claimed that Linux violated over 200 of Microsoft’s patents. So over 15-years ago, the Open Invention Network (OIN) patent consortium was formed to defend Linux against intellectual property (IP) attacks. Even so, Linux and open-source software are still under attack from patent trolls and other attackers. That’s where the Open Invention Network (OIN) steps up by expanding its patent non-aggression coverage by updating its Linux System definition.

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January 13, 2022
by sjvn01
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Wireshark creator joins Sysdig to extend it to cloud security

If you’re a real network administrator, you know and love open source Wireshark. For over 15-years, it’s been the tool that professionals use for network traffic protocol analysis. Nothing else even comes close. Now, Sysdig, the container and cloud security company, has hired Gerald Combs, its creator and project leader, to join its open source team. There, Combs will help them with Sysdig-related open-source projects such as  FalcoPrometheuseBPF, and Sysdig Inspect. In addition, Sysdig will sponsor and manage the Wireshark community and extend Wireshark to monitoring and analyzing cloud networks.

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January 13, 2022
by sjvn01
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EVerest: The open source software stack for EV charging infrastructure

Even if you’d never buy a Tesla, electric vehicles (EVs) are the future. There’s only one big problem. Unlike a gas-based car, where you can always find a gas station when you need to top off, there’s nothing like enough electrical charging stations. One big reason for this is that there’s no standardization to speak of behind those chargers. The Linux Foundation (LF) plans on changing this with the new LF Energy EVerest project.

It’s become an LF Energy project, Shuli Goodman, Linux Foundation Energy‘s Executive Director, explained because, “At LF Energy, we firmly believe that only open source has the speed and transformative power to change industries fast. Our mission is to decarbonize the global economy by enabling the transformation of power systems, the transition to electric mobility, and the radical efficiency of the built environment. In this regard, EVerest is the perfect addition to our ecosystem.”

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January 13, 2022
by sjvn01
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When open-source developers go bad

Chances are unless you’re a JavaScript programmer, you’ve never heard of the open-source Javascript libraries ‘colors.js‘ and ‘faker.js.” They’re simple programs that respectively let you use colored text on your node.js, a popular JavaScript runtime, console, and create fake data for testing. Faker.js is used with more than 2,500 other Node Package Manager (NPM) programs and is downloaded 2.4 million times per week. Colors.js is built into almost 19,000 other NPM packages and is downloaded 23 million times a week. In short, they’re everywhere. And, when their creator, JavaScript developer Marak Squires, fouled them up, tens of thousands of JavaScript programs blew up.

Thanks guy.

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