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SUSE Appoints First Female CEO » Linux Magazine

SUSE has appointed Melissa Di Donato as the next CEO of the company to succeed, Nils Brauckmann, who will be retiring and leaving SUSE.

“I am incredibly proud of SUSE’s progress and growth over the last eight years, which has culminated in it securing independent status,” Brauckmann said.

Prior to SUSE, Di Donato was chief operating officer and chief revenue officer at SAP where she was responsible for the worldwide revenue, profit and customer satisfaction of the company’s digital core solutions.

“SUSE is at the cusp of a historic shift as open-source software is now a critical part of any thriving enterprise’s core business strategy,” said  Di Donato in a press release. “We are well-positioned to emerge as the clear leader of this shift, with our ability to power digital transformation for our customers at their own pace and with agile, enterprise-grade open source solutions, edge to core to cloud.”

Di Donato also held senior executive positions at Salesforce and was recognized for her contributions to growing global organizations by winning the 2018 Digital Masters Award for Excellence in Commercial Management.

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Fedora CoreOS Preview Released » Linux Magazine

The Fedora community has released a preview of Fedora CoreOS, a Linux-based operating system designed to run containers.

Red Hat acquired CoreOS, an open-source company last year and has been integrating CoreOS products and services with its own. CoreOS used to have a distribution with the same name, which was later renamed to Container Linux.

Benjamin Gilbert of Red Hat wrote on the mailing list that Fedora CoreOS is built to be the secure and reliable host for compute clusters. “It’s designed specifically for running containerized workloads without regular maintenance, automatically updating itself with the latest OS improvements, bug fixes, and security updates,” he said.

The initial preview release of Fedora CoreOS runs on bare metal, QEMU, VMware, and AWS, on x86_64 only. It supports provisioning via Ignition spec 3.0.0 and the Fedora CoreOS Config Transpiler, automatic updates with Zincati and rpm-ostree, and running containers with Podman and Moby.

The community will be adding more features and supported platforms to Fedora CoreOS. If you want to test Fedora Core OS, you can download it from the official site. Just don’t use it in production.

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IBM Acquires Red Hat » Linux Magazine

IBM has completed the acquisition of Open Source company Red Hat for approximately $34 billion. Founded in 1993 as a Linux vendor, Red Hat has evolved into an open-source infrastructure player. Red Hat has become synonymous with successful ‘Open Source’ business model that’s often called the Red Hat Business Model.

Red Hat has become one of the most successful Open Source companies, clocking in at around $3.4 billion in annual revenues. The company will become an independent entity within IBM as part of IBM’s Cloud and Cognitive Software segment.

Red Hat will continue to be led by Jim Whitehurst and its current management team. Whitehurst will report to IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty.

IBM will maintain Red Hat’s headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina, its facilities, brands, and practices.

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Debian Buster Arrives » Linux Magazine

The Debian community has announced the release of Debian 10 “Buster.” Debian is one of the most popular GNU/Linux-based distributions. Buster will be supported for the next five years.

Buster ships with several desktop environments including, Cinnamon 3.8, GNOME 3.30, KDE Plasma 5.14, LXDE 0.99.2, LXQt 0.14, MATE 1.20, and Xfce 4.12. In this release, GNOME will default to using the Wayland display server instead of Xorg. “The Xorg display server is still installed by default and the default display manager allows users to choose Xorg as the display server for their next session,” said Debian community in a blog post.

The Reproducible Builds project enabled Debian developers to build bit-for-bit identical binary packages of the open-source packages available in Debian 10. “This is an important verification feature, which protects users against malicious attempts to tamper with compilers and build networks. Future Debian releases will include tools and metadata so that end-users can validate the provenance of packages within the archive,” said the blog post.

To make Debian more secure, AppArmor is installed and enabled by default. Furthermore, all methods provided by the APT package manager (except cdrom, gpgv, and rsh) can optionally make use of seccomp-BPF sandboxing. The https method for APT is included in the apt package and does not need to be installed separately.

Buster supports a total of ten architectures, including 64-bit PC / Intel EM64T / x86-64 (amd64), 32-bit PC / Intel IA-32 (i386), 64-bit little-endian Motorola/IBM PowerPC (ppc64el), 64-bit IBM S/390 (s390x), ARMel, and more.

Debian 10 is available for free download.

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Ubuntu Takes A U-Turn with 32-Bit Support » Linux Magazine

Canonical, the maker of the world’s most popular Linux-based distribution Ubuntu, has revived support for 32-bit libraries after feedback from WINE, Ubuntu Studio and Steam communities.

Last week Canonical announced that its engineering teams decided that Ubuntu should not continue to carry i386 forward as an architecture. “Consequently, i386 will not be included as an architecture for the 19.10 release, and we will shortly begin the process of disabling it for the eoan series across Ubuntu infrastructure,” wrote Will Cooke, Director of Ubuntu Desktop at Canonical.

However, the news was not received well. Canonical was criticized for the move. Responding to the uproar, Canonical decided to continue to support 32-bit applications.

That said 32-bit applications must go away. Why do we still have these legacy applications? The problem lies with companies and developers who created these applications ages ago and have not modernized and updated them. Since some of these applications are critical to some users, the onus is on distributions like Ubuntu to continue to support these legacy applications.

As Steve Langasek, a Debian and Ubuntu developer wrote in a mailing list, that maintaining support for 32-bit libraries is “a cost largely paid by Canonical (both in terms of infrastructure and in terms of engineering work to keep the base system working). It’s not very compelling to say that Canonical should continue bearing these costs out of pocket on the grounds that some other companies are unwilling to update their software to an ISA from this millennium :)”

The only problem is that in most cases these legacy applications are either no longer maintained or the developers have no incentive to update them. In any case, desktop Linux users should demand developers of these apps to modernize their applications.

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