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  • pgpoolAdmin 4.2.0 is now released.

    Pgpool Global Development Group is pleased to announce the availability of pgpoolAdmin 4.2.0.

    pgpoolAdmin is the administration tool for Pgpool-II. For more information, please see the website.

  • PostgreSQL JDBC 42.2.22 Released

    Due to a regression found in 42.2.21 we have released and pushed 42.2.22 to maven central Thanks to all that reported and helped me address the issue.

  • The Network Edge has Evolved – and it’s Open Source

    In a bid to keep pace with technology advancements and voracious customer demand, the telecoms industry has always been laser-focused on network innovation. As digital transformation strategies mature, open source technologies are taking their place not only deep within the network core but are now defining how we deliver services at the far reaches of the network edge.

  • Continental Evolves Manufacturing with Kubernetes

    “Transforming large manufacturing organizations like Continental is a huge technical and philosophical challenge. The emphasis is on finding the most intuitive and efficient way to modernize while maintaining competitive advantage. Kubernetes and SUSE Rancher will help us achieve this.” Roland Paxián, Manufacturing Infrastructure Team Lead, Continental.

  • Writing a Controller for Pod Labels

    Operators are proving to be an excellent solution to running stateful distributed applications in Kubernetes. Open source tools like the Operator SDK provide ways to build reliable and maintainable operators, making it easier to extend Kubernetes and implement custom scheduling.

    Kubernetes operators run complex software inside your cluster. The open source community has already built many operators for distributed applications like Prometheus, Elasticsearch, or Argo CD. Even outside of open source, operators can help to bring new functionality to your Kubernetes cluster.

    An operator is a set of custom resources and a set of controllers. A controller watches for changes to specific resources in the Kubernetes API and reacts by creating, updating, or deleting resources.

    The Operator SDK is best suited for building fully-featured operators. Nonetheless, you can use it to write a single controller. This post will walk you through writing a Kubernetes controller in Go that will add a pod-name label to pods that have a specific annotation.

Apache vs Nginx: Which Web Server You Should Choose

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Apache versus Nginx is a well-deserved topic. If you are confused about which server is the better solution for you, let’s find out the answer in this article.

Apache and Nginx are the most popular web servers that power the internet today. Together, they are responsible for serving over 50% of traffic on the internet. But Apache has seen a decline in recent years, in favor of Nginx. At a high level, both platforms do the same core thing: host and serve web content. Both of them have unique capabilities catering to particular computing requirements, therefore making one more suitable than the other in various scenarios.

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10 reasons to stick with MySQL

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The first statement that describes or defines MySQL is that it is a relational database system. Such a system is one in which data storage takes the structural format of rows and columns. Reason? When you start querying for specific database values, the rows and columns parameters you specified make it easy to pinpoint and lock these DB values.

The term relational implies that the values on the targeted database have a unique connection or relationship. These database relationships or connections may also extend to other tables within the same database.

Since MySQL has its basis on SQL, it makes sense to break it down to Structured Query Language. At first, you have a database structure defined by tables that have columns and rows. Afterward, you use a query language to access and manipulate the data values existing on these defined database tables.

MySQL is limitless in its contribution to industrial and enterprise applications. Whether you need logging, warehousing, or e-commerce application, you will always want the association of a MySQL footprint. Whether your app works offline or online, a MySQL database can store anything from single product records to entire inventories without exhibiting system glitches.

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Linux Foundation Leftovers

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  • A New Tool Wants to Save Open Source From Supply Chain Attacks [Ed: IBM and Google (or GIAFAM) centralisation is not security but the very opposite of it. They want to restrict what people can run, based on what Pentagon-connected companies say]

    RUSSIA'S HISTORICALLY DESTRUCTIVE NotPetya malware attack and its more recent SolarWinds cyberespionage campaign have something in common besides the Kremlin: They're both real-world examples of software supply chain attacks. It's a term for what happens when a hacker slips malicious code into legitimate software that can spread far and wide. And as more supply chain attacks emerge, a new open source project is angling to take a stand, making a crucial safeguard free and easy to implement.

    The founders of Sigstore hope that their platform will spur adoption of code signing, an important protection for software supply chains but one that popular and widely used open source software often overlooks. Open source developers don't always have the resources, time, expertise, or wherewithal to fully implement code signing on top of all the other nonnegotiable components they need to build for their code to function.

  • Why service mesh adopters are moving from Istio to Linkerd [Q&A]

    This offers a number of benefits including secure connections and visibility of communications. The two main competitors in the service mesh space are Istio and Linkerd, and the market has recently seen a shift towards the latter. We spoke to William Morgan, CEO of Buoyant and co-creator of Linkerd, to find out more about service mesh and why the shift is happening.

  • Google SLSA, Linux Foundation Drops SBOM for Supply Chain Security Boost

    Google and the Linux Foundation separately debuted new tools to improve supply chain security, with a specific focus on open source software, as federal agencies work on software-related standards and guidelines called for in President Biden’s recent cybersecurity executive order.

    Google launched Supply chain Levels for Software Artifacts or SLSA, pronounced “salsa.” It’s a framework for ensuring the integrity of software artifacts throughout the software supply chain. The cloud giant also included SLSA in its proposed recommendations to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which called on organizations to submit solutions for boosting supply chain security.

Top 11 open-source Kanban tools for work teams in enterprises

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Kanban is a simple but powerful tool that can help business owners and project managers stay organized maybe in a conference room and I'll explain it.

Kanban is a Japanese term meaning something like billboard it was developed by Toyota in the 1950s for manufacturing however it has since been applied to a number of industries including construction architecture, software development, and even personal time management.

Kanban board keeps all of your team members collaborating and informed.

In many cases, the digital Kanban system along with thoughtful participation can eliminate the need for the dreaded weekly status report

in its most basic form, a Kanban board has just a few columns such as to do, in progress, and completed with digital systems like stars any number of columns can be created to reflect how workflows through your organization.

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Proprietary Software Leftovers

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  • For hacked companies, paying a ransom may not work: Many say they paid but were attacked again
  • Microsoft no longer offers Windows 7 drivers via Windows Update
  • 50,000 security disasters waiting to happen: The problem of America's water supplies

    The [cracker] had the username and password for a former employee's TeamViewer account, a popular program that lets users remotely control their computers, according to a private report compiled by the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center in February and seen by NBC News.

    After logging in, the [cracker], whose name and motive are unknown and who hasn't been identified by law enforcement, deleted programs that the water plant used to treat drinking water.

  • Police Bust Major Ransomware Gang Cl0p [iophk: Windows TCO]

    In the last few months Cl0p hit dozens of victims, encrypting their files and demanding a ransom. More recently, the hackers were trying to extort their victims by threatening to leak their files publicly on their dark web site, which displays 57 companies as of Wednesday.

    These victims include: oil giant Shell, security company Qualys, U.S. bank Flagstar, the controversial global law firm Jones Day, Stanford University, and University of California, among several others. The hackers were able to hack some of these victims by taking advantage of a flaw in Accellion File Transfer Appliance (FTA), a file-sharing service used by around 300 companies all over the world, according to Accellion.

  • Proofpoint identifies malware targeting government institutions

    Cybersecurity company Proofpoint has identified a malware called LastConn which has targeted government institutions in the Middle East and global government organisations associated with geopolitics in the region.

  • Christian Eriksen to get an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator unit

    According to a new Facebook update by the Danish national team, Christian Eriksen will be getting an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) following his cardiac arrest against Finland on Saturday.

    National team doctor Morten Boesen confirmed the decision following talks with the cardiac specialist at city hospital Rigshospitalet, where Eriksen is still undergoing tests.

  • To stop the ransomware pandemic, start with the basics [iophk: Windows TCO]

    Trillions of dollars are at stake. Most people have a vague sense of narrowly avoided fiascos: from the Sony Pictures attack that roiled Hollywood in 2014, to Equifax in 2017, when the details of 147m people were stolen. The big hacks are a familiar but confusing blur: remember SoBig, or SolarWinds, or WannaCry?

    A forthcoming study from London Business School (LBS) captures the trends by examining comments made to investors by 12,000 listed firms in 85 countries over two decades. Cyber-risk has more than quadrupled since 2002 and tripled since 2013. The pattern of activity has become more global and has affected a broader range of industries. Workers logging in from home during the pandemic have almost certainly added to the risks. The number of affected firms is at a record high.

Introducing Ubuntu Pro for Google Cloud

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Ubuntu
  • Introducing Ubuntu Pro for Google Cloud | Ubuntu

    Canonical and Google Cloud today announce Ubuntu Pro on Google Cloud, a new Ubuntu offering available to all Google Cloud users. Ubuntu Pro on Google Cloud allows instant access to security patching covering thousands of open source applications for up to 10 years and critical compliance features essential to running workloads in regulated environments.

    Google Cloud has long partnered with Canonical to offer innovative developer solutions, from desktop to Kubernetes and AI/ML. In the vein of this collaboration, Google Cloud and Canonical have created a more secure, hardened, and cost-effective devops environment: Ubuntu Pro on Google Cloud for all enterprises to accelerate their cloud adoption.

  • Ubuntu Pro launches for Google Cloud - TechRepublic

    Canonical's Ubuntu Pro is making its debut on another cloud-based service. On Monday, Canonical and Google announced the availability of Ubuntu Pro for all Google Cloud users. A premium version of Ubuntu geared for developers and administrators at enterprises, Ubuntu Pro offers a secure DevOps environment with instant security patching, 10-year support, and compliance for regulated applications and workloads.

  • Google + Canonical Bring Ubuntu Pro To Google Cloud - Phoronix

    At the end of 2019 "Ubuntu Pro" was announced as Ubuntu for Amazon's EC2 cloud with ten years of package updates/security, kernel livepatching, Canonical Landscape integration, and more. Google and Canonical are announcing today that Ubuntu Pro is now coming to Google Cloud.

    Ubuntu Pro is now available with Google Cloud as their premium version of Ubuntu over the standard Ubuntu Linux distribution that has always been available via Google's public cloud.

Stéphane Graber: Inexpensive highly available LXD cluster: 6 months later

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Over the past few posts, I covered the hardware I picked up to setup a small LXD cluster and get it all setup at a co-location site near home. I’ve then gone silent for about 6 months, not because anything went wrong but just because of not quite finding the time to come back and complete this story!

So let’s pick things up where I left them with the last post and cover the last few bits of the network setup and then go over what happened over the past 6 months.

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WordPress Dominance, Interview, and WP Briefing

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  • WordPress Economy Drives More Than Half a Trillion in Revenue, New Global Study Shows

    WP Engine, the world's most trusted WordPress technology company, announced the results of a new, first-of-its-kind research study examining the combined global economy for WordPress, which was estimated at $596.7 billion in 2020, and is expected to grow to $635.5 billion by the end of 2021. The study examined both the economic value of the WordPress ecosystem and the social impact of this ever-expanding community of open source developers, agencies and users.

    To put the global WordPress economy in context, if WordPress were a country, its economy would rank 39th in the world according to an IMF list of countries by GDP. The estimated 2021 economy facilitated by WordPress is comparable to that generated by the Apple App Store at $643B, and if it were equivalent to the market cap of a company it would come in at no. 10 on the list of companies by market capitalization (as of May 13th), bigger than that of the world’s most valuable automaker, Tesla at $550.72B.

  • People of WordPress: Tijana Andrejic

    WordPress is open source software, maintained by a global network of contributors. There are many examples of how WordPress has changed people’s lives for the better. In this monthly series, we share some of the amazing stories.

    This month to coincide with WordCamp Europe, we feature Tijana Andrejic from Belgrade, Serbia, about her journey from fitness trainer to the WordPress world, with the freelance and corporate opportunities it introduced.

    [...]

    Tijana was hired as a Customer Happiness Engineer for a hosting company, where she discovered the benefits of having a team. She realized that having close working relationships with colleagues is helpful for business success and accelerates personal growth.

    Tijana hopes that by sharing her story, she can help others who are either starting their career or are moving roles. She describes the opportunities she discovered in the WordPress community as ‘a huge epiphany’, especially in the world of freelancing.

  • WP Briefing: Episode 10: Finding the Good In Disagreement

    To Agree, disagree, and everything in-between. In this episode, Josepha talks about forming opinions and decision-making in the WordPress project.

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