Monthly Archives: August 2019

AMD Has A Number Of Graphics Driver Fixes To Add For Linux 5.4


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In addition to the new hardware support and other features queued already in DRM-Next for the upcoming Linux 5.4 merge window, on Friday AMD sent in a final pull request to DRM-Next of new material ahead of this upcoming kernel cycle.

Though with the Linux 5.4 merge window coming in soon and the soft deadline for new DRM feature work having passed, this new pull request from AMD is mostly about delivering fixes. But there is one big exception to that and it’s the Renoir display support for those recently post patches wiring up “DCN 2.1” and other Display Core bits for this next-gen AMD APU. Considering the Renoir APU support is new to Linux 5.4, this late addition to DRM-Next of the display support will most likely be honored.

Besides the ability to drive displays attached to Renoir APUs, this AMDGPU DRM-Next update has fixes concerning GPU VM hardware bug workarounds, support for the SMU11 i2c controller, GPU reset vRAM bug fixes, and other fixes. There is also a number of Navi specific fixes concerning power-gating and other power management behavior.

This pull request outlines all of the fixes in full. The pull is some 91k lines of new code, but that’s because the vast majority of that is auto-generated header files around the Renoir DC support with DCN 2.1.


Stackrox Launches Kubernetes Security Platform Version 2.0





StackRox, the security for holders and Kubernetes company, declared the general accessibility of form 2.5 of the StackRox Kubernetes Security Platform. The new form incorporates upgraded arrangement and runtime controls that empower organizations to flawlessly authorize security controls to improve use cases, including threat detection, network segmentation, configuration management, and vulnerability management. (Source: Toolbox)




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Swapnil Bhartiya has decades of experience covering emerging technologies and enterprise open source. His stories have appeared in a multitude of leading publications including CIO, InfoWorld, Network World, The New Stack, Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN Magazine, HPE Insights, Raspberry Pi Geek Magazine, SweetCode, Linux For You, Electronics For You and more. He is also a science fiction writer and founder of TFiR.io.

Wine 4.15 Brings Initial HTTP Service Implementation (HTTP.sys)


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Wine 4.15 is out for testing this US holiday weekend. With Wine 4.15 it brings an initial implementation of Windows’ HTTP.sys as the HTTP protocol stack that is a kernel-mode driver that lists for HTTP requests and passes it onto Microsoft’s IIS.

An initial implementation of this HTTP.sys service is now in place as one of the major features to Wine 4.15. HTTP.sys has been the replacement to the Winsock API by IIS and is geared to provide better performance than the Windows Sockets API and other features. This big round of HTTP.sys work was led by Wine developer Zebediah Figura.

In addition to this initial HTTP service implementation, Wine 4.15 brings stack unwinding support for 64-bit ARM, better multi-monitor support on macOS, and RichEdit control optimizations. There are 28 known bug fixes in this release ranging from SuperTux issues to Titanfall 2, World of Warcraft 7, and other game problems.

More details on Wine 4.15 at WineHQ.org.


RPA: Resuscitation of Process Automation? | IT Infrastructure Advice, Discussion, Community


The growth of the market for Robotic Process Automation (RPA) looks a bit like a rocket heading to the moon. RPA vendors are taking off.

According to the 2018 Robotic Process Automation Annual Report by Everest Group Research, the global RPA independent technology vendor market grew by about 92 to 97 percent in 2017 and is expected to grow between 75 and 90 percent annually through this year. Gartner Research says the worldwide RPA software market grew 63 percent in 2018, and RPA software revenue will reach $1.3 billion this year. According to Forrester Research, the market could reach $1 billion in revenue by the end of this year.

Is this what real digital transformation should look like? Or is RPA the rocket fuel that will take digital transformation into new, unexplored territory?

BPM as a foundational automation tool

Let’s look back a bit. A decade ago, Business Process Management (BPM) was all about improving operations by managing business processes.

BPM engines (also known as workflow engines) made it possible to connect information systems and people in a way that supports a business process from beginning to end. BPM is a way to coordinate the entire organization through multiple departments, areas of responsibility, and information systems: it offers end-to-end process orchestration.

As BPM has evolved into Digital Process Automation, its automation capability has expanded to offer the opportunity for digital transformation initiatives. Low-code platform capabilities and iterative application development results in faster innovation and better user experiences. Intelligence capabilities offer more ways for continuous improvement through process knowledge and insights captured in process data.

Enter RPA – automation today

RPA uses software robots to automate repetitive tasks that humans really don’t need to do. They can assist or take over the manual, routine sets of actions. Either way, they can free up creativity in the enterprise, allowing irreplaceable human ingenuity to innovate and improve.

But those tasks don’t exist in a vacuum. They’re highly likely to be part of await for itbusiness process. And further, digital process automation is really about transformation, not about the technology. Today’s BPM is focused on orchestration of people, process, information systems, and now… the digital workforce of RPA robots.

You might ask if BPM has been providing solid automation capabilities along with process capabilities for decades, why hasn’t the BPM market been growing at 90+ percent year-over-year as RPA is? We could answer that the BPM market is bigger and so it’s harder to grow 90 percent year-over-year in a mature market, but the reality is that RPA is delivering fast ROI to companies vs. a traditional BPM implementation. I believe this is what explains the amazing RPA momentum. UiPath and other RPA providers can convince a customer in days to give RPA a try immediately because putting a robot in production to automate tasks is way faster than a BPM automation project. 

But I don’t think it’s going to be enough for true digital transformation.

BPM turbocharges automation through RPA

As we used to say about BPM: automating an inefficient manual process without improving it just automates an inefficient process. What we can say about RPA: using robots on isolated tasks is an inefficient process just automates parts of an inefficient process.

With processes that involve multiple organizational layers and integration of an enterprise information systems environment that can include legacy and best-of-breed systems for CRP, ERP, communications, and more, a workflow engine with business process management capabilities is a necessity. A BPM process manages both human interactions and robotic exceptions. The workflow engine orchestrates essential manual approvals, applies business rules, and manages two-way integrations with third-party IS platforms. RPA software robots can handle repetitive and mundane tasks that humans really don’t need to do. They can also automate integrations that are not easily accessible via BPM engine APIs.

Using BPM techniques to model and then create critical business applications based on core business processes is the real first step to getting the most from RPA. BPM offers end-to-end process orchestration, so humans, robots, and systems work together efficiently. The ultimate result of this approach is full end-to-end digital transformation.

Make the most of RPA for business innovation

To accomplish real transformation, I recommend starting by rethinking core processes as a means to generate ideas for innovation.

Use process automation to keep processes moving and monitor them for improvement and intervention. Identify where people are wasting time and effort on repetitive tasks and use RPA to automate those and find where RPA robots can act effectively as digital assistants to augment human judgment and action.

Take full advantage of the new generation of BPM technologies…I mean, DPA technologies…together with RPA to push digital transformation in those key places where processes give you your strategic advantage.

Shoot for the moon in digital process automation. The sky’s the limit!

 



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Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS Makes It Easier to Patch the Linux Kernel without Rebooting





Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS arrived earlier this month with updated kernel and graphics stacks, as well as all the latest package updates and enhanced Livepatch integration. Powered by the Linux 5.0 kernel series from Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS is the third maintenance updates to the long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS operating system series, which is supported by Canonical with security and software updates for at least five years, until 2023. (Source: Softpedia)




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Swapnil Bhartiya has decades of experience covering emerging technologies and enterprise open source. His stories have appeared in a multitude of leading publications including CIO, InfoWorld, Network World, The New Stack, Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN Magazine, HPE Insights, Raspberry Pi Geek Magazine, SweetCode, Linux For You, Electronics For You and more. He is also a science fiction writer and founder of TFiR.io.