Wine 1.7.48 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.48 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • Fleshed out OpenMP implementation.
  • I/O stream support in the MSVCIRT C++ runtime.
  • Support for pixel snapping in DirectWrite.
  • More support for OpenGL core contexts.
  • Various bug fixes.

The source is available now.
Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

Canonical Throws In 10,000 Euro Rewards for New Ubuntu Phone Ad Campaign

On July 27, Canonical, the company behind the world’s most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux, has announced on one of their Twitter accounts that they launched a new campaigned targeted towards movie directors.

Entitled “Scopes, enter your content Wonderland,” the new Ubuntu Phone campaign calls all filmmakers to create video ads for the company’s Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, especially for Scopes.

“Create a video story that expresses the emotion, wond… (read more)

Distribution Release: VectorLinux 7.1 “Light”

Robert Lange has announced the release of VectorLinux 7.1 “Light” edition, a Slackware-based distribution featuring the lightweight IceWM window manager: “Vector Linux Light 7.1 is released and available for download. The ‘lightness’ of this edition is relative to our Standard edition, and is achieved by using the lightweight….

Canonical Apologizes for Telephony Regression in Ubuntu Touch for Nexus 4, Fix Released

On July 27, Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak sent in his daily report informing us all about the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in the last couple of days, as well as to apologize for a regression introduced by the Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 update.

According to Mr. Zemczak, today’s biggest news is that the Ubuntu Touch development team decided to release a hotfix for the OTA-5 … (read more)

ARNU Box Announces the First Pure Linux Kodi 15.0 “Isengard” Powered Set-Top Boxes

On July 27, ARNU Box (formerly Armada) had the great pleasure of informing Softpedia about the immediate availability for purchase of two new Pure Linux set-top box devices powered by the recently released Kodi 15.0 “Isengard” media center software (formerly XMBC Media Center).

Two new set-top boxes powered by the… (read more)

Google Promotes Chrome 45 Web Browser to the Beta Channel with Cool New Features

On July 27, the Google Chrome developers, through Alex Mineer, were excited to announce the promotion of the Google Chrome 45 web browser to the Beta channel for all supported computer operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

According to the announcement, the new Beta build of Google Chrome retains the same version number tha… (read more)

After Firefox, LibreOffice Has Been Hacked to Work on Wayland – Video

Caolán McNamara, a renowned Red Hat engineer, has recently published some interesting details, claiming that he managed to get the well-known LibreOffice open-source office suite to run on the next-generation Wayland display server.

According to Mr. McNamara, LibreOffice runs on the Wayland 1.8 display server via the GTK+ 3 VCL plugin. As expected, the developer did … (read more)

pfSense 2.2.4 BSD Firewall Fixes Multiple Stored XSS Vulnerabilities in the WebGUI

Electric Sheep Fencing LLC., through Chris Buechler, has announced the immediate availability for download of the fourth maintenance release of the pfSense 2.2 FreeBSD-based firewall software.

According to the release notes, pfSense 2.2.4 is an important release that patches multiple stored XSS vulnerabilities in the software’s web-based interface, fixes various issues with the tcp package, most… (read more)

Docker 1.8 Linux Container Engine to Bring Better LXC and Fedora 22 Support, More

The developers of the famous open-source Docker Linux container engine have recently announced that the first RC (Release Candidate) version of the anticipated Docker 1.8 app is now available for download and testing.

According to the comprehensive changelog, attached at the end of the article for reference, Docker 1.8.0 RC1 brings with it a vast array of new features and fixes many of the annoying bugs re… (read more)

Git 2.5 Has Been Officially Released with Numerous New Features, over 60 Bugfixes

On July 27, the developers of the famous Git open-source version control system were more than proud to announce the immediate availability for download of version 2.5.0 of Git.

According to the release notes, Git 2.5.0 is a major feature release that includes countless improvements to various areas of the software but also fixes some of the most annoying bugs reported by users since the previ… (read more)

Mr. Robot TV Show Now Uses BackTrack Linux’s Successor, Kali Linux, for Hacking

I wrote an interesting editorial a while ago related to the Mr. Robot TV show that runs on the USA Network channel every Wednesday, starring Rami Malek as a computer hacker who goes by the name of Elliot.

At the point in time, I was very impressed with the level of information offered on the show about various open-s… (read more)

Exton|OS Light Distro Brings Linux Kernel 4.0 and Openbox to Ubuntu 15.04

On July 27, Arne Exton, the creator of several Linux kernel-based operating systems, had the pleasure of informing us about the immediate availability for download of a new build of his Exton|OS Light distribution.

Being based on Canonical’s Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) operating system, Exton|OS Light Bui… (read more)

Akademy Day 3 the start of BoFs, meetings and workshops

Akademy Awards

Each year the KDE Community presents Akademy Awards to people who have made special contributions. The jury this year was made up of recipients from last year.

Last night the 2015 recipients were announced:

  • Best Application: Milian Wolff and the KDevelop team
  • Best Non-Application: Jens Reuterberg and the Visual Design Group for the Breeze interface design
  • Jury’s Award: Albert Vaca for the KDE Connect application.
  • Jury’s Award: Scarlett Clark for her work advancing the continuous integration infrastructure to more platforms and modules

BoFs, meetings and workshops

Following the weekend of talks inspiring and informing the community, the focus shifted today to working on details.

For an overview of what happened today you can watch the wrap-up session video

We had some issues with sound at today’s wrap-up session location,
so the wrap-up will be moving to a better place tomorrow.

About Akademy 2015, A Coruña, Spain

For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest free and open software communities in the world—works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the next year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work bringing those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those that are looking for opportunities.

For more information, please contact The Akademy Team.

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Voting begins for OpenStack Tokyo talks


We’ve submitted several talks to the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo in Vancouver. We’ve listed them all below with links to where to vote for each talk so if you think they are interesting – please vote for them!


Creating business value with cross cloud infrastructure

Speaker: Mark Shuttleworth
Track: Enterprise IT Strategies

Building an OpenStack cloud is becoming easy. Delivering value to a business with cloud services in production, at scale to an enterprise class SLA needs knowledge and experience. Mark Shuttleworth will discuss how Ubuntu, as the leading linux for cloud computing is taking knowledge and experience from OpenStack, AWS, Azure and Google to build technologies that deliver robust, integrated cloud services.

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Mark Baker

Supporting workload diversity in OpenStack

Speaker: Mark Baker
Track: Targeting Apps for OpenStack Clouds

It is the workloads that matter. Building cloud infrastructure maybe interesting for many but the value it delivers is derived from the business applications that run in it. There are potentially a huge range of business applications that might run in OpenStack: some cloud native, many monolithic; some on Windows, others in RHEL and increasing numbers in Ubuntu and CentOS. Diversity can create complexity. Issues of support, maintenance, backup, upgrade, monitoring, alerting, licensing, compliance and audit become amplified the more diverse the workloads are. Yet successful clouds should consume most workloads so the problems need to be understood and addressed. This talk will look at some of thecurrent challenges support workload diversity in OpenStack today, how end users are managing them and how they can be addressed by community in the future.

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Mark Baker

Building an agile business for Asia market with OpenStack

Speaker: Mark Baker (Canonical), Yih Leong Sun, Dave Pitzely (Comcast)
Track: Enterprise IT Strategies

In a previous talk at Vancouver summit, “Enabling Business Agility with OpenStack”, we shared a few strategies of integrating OpenStack into an organisation including selecting enterprise workload, gaining developer acceptance, etc. This talk extends the previous one by focusing on the business aspect in the Asia market. The audience will learn how to take advantage of the growing OpenStack community in order to create a business case that meet regional market requirements and understand what are the challenges in evaluating and deploying OpenStack. This presentation is brought to you by the OpenStack Enterprise Working Group.

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Victor Estival   arturo

Sizing Your OpenStack Cloud

Speakers: Arturo Suarez & Victor Estival
Track: Planning your OpenStack Cloud

Sizing your OpenStack environment is not an easy task. In this session we will cover how to size your controller nodes to host all your OpenStack services as well as Ceph nodes and Overcommit CPU and Memory based on real use cases and experiences. VMs? Containers? Baremetal? How do I scale? We will cover diferent approaches to do the sizing and we will also talk about the most bottlenecks that you might find while deploying an OpenStack cloud.

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Victor Estival  ryan

Deploying OpenStack in Multi-arch environments

Speakers: Victor Estival & Ryan Beisner
Track: Compute

On this session we will talk and demonstrate how to deploy a OpenStack environment on a IBM Power 8 server and ARM processors. We will talk about the differences between the deployment over the different architectures (Intel, Power and ARM) discuss about multi-arch deployments and advantages.

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David Cheney

High performance servers without the event loop

Speakers: David Cheney

Conventional wisdom suggests that high performance servers require native threads, or more recently, event loops.

Neither solution is without its downside. Threads carry a high overhead in terms of scheduling cost and memory footprint. Event loops ameliorate those costs, but introduce their own requirements for a complex callback driven style.

A common refrain when talking about Go is it’s a language that works well on the server; static binaries, powerful concurrency, and high performance.

This talk focuses on the last two items, how the language and the runtime transparently let Go programmers write highly scalable network servers without having to worry about thread management or blocking I/O.

The goal of this talk is to introduce the following features of the language and the runtime:

Escape Analysis
Stack management
Processes and threads vs goroutines
Integrated network poller

These four features work in concert to build an argument for the suitability of Go as a language for writing high performance servers.

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Chen Liang

Container networking

Speakers: Chen Liang & Hua Zhang
Track: Networking

Container is making a lightweight alternative to hypervisors. There are lots of great work have been done to simplify container-to-container communication like neutron, fan, kubernetes, SocketPlane, dragonflow etc. What are the main characteristics of the container technology? What kind of design challenges those characteristics bring us? What are the main technical differences between those great container networking solutions? All of these are main topics in this session. Beyond that, we will also talk about some of our rough thought to make networking best for the container.

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arturo  Victor Estival

Competing with Amazon and winning

Speakers: Arturo Suarez, Victor Estival
Track: Telco Strategy

IT departments of companies of any size and any industry have been loosing workloads to Amazon Web Services and the likes in the last decade. OpenStack is the vehicle to compete with the public clouds for workloads, but there are several factors to considering when building and operating it in order to stay competitive and win. In this session we will walk through the some of the factors (cost, automation, etc) that made AWS and other public clouds successful and how to apply them to your OpenStack cloud. And then we will focus on our competitive edge, on what we should do to win.
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Arturo Suarez  OmarLara

Unlocking OpenStack for Service Providers

Speakers: Arturo Suarez, Omar Lara
Track: Public and Hybrid Clouds

Is OpenStack commercially viable for service providers?
Any service provider looking to develop its cloud solution business wants a service that can be brought to market quickly and cost effectively. It needs to provide differentiation, and to be able to scale as the service grows.
How to achieve that? Build or buy? or any combination?
In this session we will go through some of the challenges we faced when creating OpenStack based Cloud Service Providers in the early days and how we would do some things differently.
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Ryan Beisner

Copy & Paste Your OpenStack Cloud Topology

Speakers: Ryan Beisner
Track: Products, tools and services

A discussion and live demonstration, covering the use of service modeling techniques to inspect an existing OpenStack deployment and re-deploy a new cloud with the same service, network, storage and machine topology. This talk aims to demonstrate that modeling and reproducing a cloud can help an organization test specific scenarios, stage production upgrades, train staff and develop more rapidly and more consistently.
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Ryan Beisner

The Reproducible, Scalable, Observable, Reliable, Usable, Testable, Manageable Cloud

Speakers: Ryan Beisner
Track: User Stories

This talk discusses a proven and open-source approach to describing each of your OpenStack deployments using a simple service modeling language to make it manageable, discoverable, repeatable, observable, testable, redeployable and ultimately more reliable.

A live demonstration and walk-through will illustrate a simple method to consistently define, describe, share or re-use your cloud’s attributes, component configurations, package versions, network topologies, api service placements, storage placement, machine placement and more.

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Deep dive OvS on Ubuntu

Speakers: Hui Xiang
Track: Networking

As many more people starting to use OvS, there are a lot of great work have been done to integrate with OpenStack, and many new areas are in the process of implementing and exploring, here we would like to talk the experience to make OvS works best on Ubuntu.

1. Performance tuning on OvS
– What would affect OvS performance, i.e. MTU,TCP options.
– Current status with dpdk to get fast running
2. What would happen when upgrading Open vSwitch and Ubuntu kernel
– Possible issues cause worse behavor after upgrading
3. Deep dive Open vSwitch for better debug
– The theory to better debug OvS
4. A quick look at Open vSwitch flow implementation
– What’s happening for supporting OVN
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OpenStack as proven and open-souced Hypver-Converged OpenStack

Speakers: Takenori Matsumoto (Canonical), Ikuo Kumagai (BitIsle), Yuki Kitajima (Mellanox)
Track: User Stories

Many Datacenter providers are looking for proven and open-source hyper converged OpenStack solution so that they can provide simple, low-cost, high-performance and rapid-deployment OpenStack environment. To archive this goal, the followings topics become key considerations.
– Infrastructure should be simple as much as possible.
– Using commodity hardware and open source software.
– Using tool to help rapid and ease of deployment.
– High density.
– Secure performance and network bandwidth.

To address this challenges, in this session we will share the best practices and lesson learns about the idea to use OpenStack as hyper converged infrastructure with high standard technologies.
The key concept of this PoC is to evaluate OpenStack as hyper converged infrastructure with following key technologies.

* Network
40G/56G physical network
VXLAN offload capability
DVR or Some SDN

* Storage
PCI Express SSD
Ceph RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access)

* Deploy
Ubuntu Juju/MAAS and publish charm bundle as executable whitepaper.

The agenda to be covered in this session are below.
1. System Architecture overview.
2. Performance test and verification method.
3. Best practice and Lesson leans.

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  Ryan Beisner  gema

Testing Beyond the Gate – Openstack Tailgate

Speakers: Malini Kamalambal (Rackspace), Steve Heyman (Rackspace), Ryan Beisner (, James Scollard (Cisco), Gema Gomez-Solano (Canonical), Jason Bishop (HDS)
Track: Community


This talk aims to discuss the objectives, motivations and actions of the new #openstack-tailgate group. Initially comprised of QA, CI and system integrator staff from multiple organizations, this effort formed during the Liberty summit to take testing to the next level: functional validation of a production OpenStack cloud. The tailgate group intends to focus on enhancing existing test coverage, utilizing and improving existing frameworks, converging the testing practices across organizations into a community based effort, and potentially spinning off new useful tools or projects in alignment with this mission.

We are not starting with predetermined tools, we are starting with the problem of testing a production openstack cloud composed of projects from the big tent and figuring out how to effectively test it.

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  Ryan Beisner  gema

Testing Beyond the Gate – Validating Production Clouds

Speakers: Malini Kamalambal (Rackspace), Steve Heyman (Rackspace), Ryan Beisner (, James Scollard (Cisco), Gema Gomez-Solano (Canonical), Jason Bishop (HDS)
Track: Operations

Join QA and operations staff from Rackspace, Canonical, Cisco Systems, Hitachi Data Systems, DreamHost and other companies as they discuss and share their specific OpenStack cloud validation approaches. This talk aims to cover a wide range of toolsets, testing approaches and validation methodologies as they relate to production systems and functional test environments. Attendees can expect to gain a high-level understanding of how these organizations currently address common functional cloud validation issues, and perhaps leverage that knowledge to improve their own processes.

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High performance, super dense system containers with OpenStack Nova and LXD

Speakers: James Page
Track: Related OSS Projects 

LXD is the container-based hypervisor lead by Canonical, providing management of full system containers on Linux based operating systems.

Combined with OpenStack, LXD presents a compelling proposition to managing hyper-dense container based workloads via a Cloud API without the associated overheads of running full KVM based virtual machines.

This talk aims to cover the current status of LXD and its integration with OpenStack via the Nova Compute LXD driver, the roadmap for both projects as we move towards the next LTS release (16.04) of Ubuntu, and a full demonstration of deployment and benchmarking of a workload ontop of a LXD based OpenStack cloud.

Attendees can expect to learn about the differences between system and application based containers, how the LXD driver integrates containers into OpenStack Nova and Neutron, and how to effectively deploy workloads ontop of system container based clouds.

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Why Top of Rack Whitebox Switches Is The Best Place To Run NFV Applications

Speakers: Scott Boynton
Track: Network

Since network switches began they have been created with a common design criteria that packets should stay in the switching ASIC and never be sent to the CPU. Due to the latency involved such events should happen only by exception and avoided at all cost. As a result switches have small CPUs with only enough memory to hold two images and small channels between the CPU and the switching ASIC. This works well if the switch is only meant to be a switch. However, in the world of the Open Compute Project and whitebox switches a switch can be so much more. Switches are no longer closed systems where you can only see the command line of the network operating system and just perform switching. Whitebox switches are produced by marrying common server components with high powered switching ASICs, loading a Linux OS, and running a network operating system (NOS) as an application. The user has the ability to not only choose hardware from multiple providers, they can chose the Linux distribution, and the NOS that best matches their environment. Commands can be issued from the Linux prompt or the NOS prompt and most importantly, other applications can be installed along side the NOS.

This new switch design opens up the ability to architect data center networks with higher scale and more efficient utilization of existing resources. Putting NFV applications on a top of rack switch allows direct access to servers in the rack keeping the traffic local and with lower latency. Functions like load balancing, firewalls, virtual switching, SDN agents, and even disaster recovery images are more efficient with smaller zones to manage and in rack communications to the servers they are managing. The idea of putting NFV applications on large powerful centralized servers to scale is replaced with a distributed model using untapped resources in the switches. As a server, the switch is capable of collecting analytics, managing server health, or even acting as a disaster recovery platform. Being able to recover images from a drive in the switch instead of from a storage array across the network will not only be faster but lower the expensive bandwidth required to meet recovery times.

Whitebox switch manufacturers are already delivering switches with more powerful CPUs, memory, and SSD drives. They have considerably more bandwidth between the CPU and the switching ASIC so applications running in secure containers on the Linux OS can process packets the same way they would on a separate server. With expanded APIs in the NOS, many of the functions can be performed directly between applications without even touching the PCI or XFI bus for even more performance.

A new design for how to distribute NFV applications is here today with an opportunity to stop wasting money on task specific devices in the network. With an NFV optimized whitebox switch, top of rack functionality is taken to new heights.
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Deploying Openstack from Source to Scalable Multi-Node Environments

Speakers: Corey Bryant
Track: Products, Tools & Services

OpenStack is a complex system with many moving parts. DevStack has provided a solid foundation for developers and CI to test OpenStack deployments from source, and has been an essential part of the gating process since OpenStack’s inception.
DevStack typically presents a single-node OpenStack deployment, which has testing limitations as it lacks the complexities of real, scalable, multi-node OpenStack deployments.
Ubuntu now addresses the complexity of multi-node service orchestration of OpenStack deployments and has the ability to deploy OpenStack from source rather than from binary packages.
Come and hear about how we’ve implemented this feature for Ubuntu OpenStack, how to use it yourself, and even see a live deployment of OpenStack Mitaka from source!

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OmarLara  arturo

Containers for the Hosting Industry

Speakers: Omar Lara, Arturo Suarez
Track: Enterprise IT Strategies

Currently the market for the sale of virtual machines in cloud is reaching a break-even point and with the introduction of the containers we will show how it is more profitable for the hosting industry to take advantage of high-density schemes that allow us to generate economies of scale more sexy in this sector.

We will discuss about deployment LXC/LXD capabilities for this industry and how to generate value by OpenStack and LXD Lightervisor to face the new challenges in terms of provisioning services like messaging / communication and collaboration / storage and web hosting workloads.

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Deploying tip of master in production on a public cloud

Speakers: Marco Ceppi
Track: Planning your OpenStack cloud

Over the past six months I’ve been deploying and managing a public, production grade, OpenStack deployment from the lastest commits on the master branch for each component. This was not an easy process, as if deploying the lastest development release, for a production cloud no less, wasn’t challenge enough; The entire effort to do so has been done by me alone. In this session I’ll dive into the decisions I made when designing my OpenStack cloud, pitfalls I encountered into when performing my first deployments, and lessons learned during design, execution, maintenance, and upgrades of my OpenStack cloud.

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MarcoCeppi  CoreyBryant

Building a CI/CD pipeline for your OpenStack cloud

Speakers: Marco Ceppi, Corey Bryant
Track: Planning your OpenStack cloud

Maintaining and upgrading an OpenStack deployment is a time consuming and potentially perilous adventure. For years software developers have been using continuous integration and continuous delivery tools to validate, test, and deploy their code. By using those same ideaologies, your OpenStack too can benefit from that process. In this session we’ll go over some ways this can be achieved for an OpenStack deployment which are applicable to the smallest of OpenStack deployments to full scale OpenStacks. We’ll discuss how existing techniques and tools can be leveraged to produce a stable OpenStack deployment that is updated regularly based on a continuous testing cycle.

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Life on the edge – deploying tip of master in production for a public cloud

Speakers: Marco Ceppi
Track: User Stories

Take a walk on the other side. The goal of this cloud was simple: could you deploy the latest master development of OpenStack? Could you deploy that same setup in a production system? Now how about as a public cloud. In this talk I walk through my process to achieve this, from the first deployment, to testing and validation of a staging version, to continuously updating production with the lastest versions. This was a multi-month journey to get right and leads to some interesting findings in how to maintain and grow an OpenStack deployment over time.

In this session I’ll walk through my thought process in picking components and tools, issues I ran into, lessons I’ve learned, and discuss the future of a cloud deployed from the bleeding edge.

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Time to Upgrade

Speakers: Billy Olsen
Track: Planning your openstack cloud

Your OpenStack cloud has been deployed on a Long Term Service release such as Ubuntu 14.04 using the Icehouse release. Now that Icehouse is out of support from core OpenStack developers and moved into the hands of the Distros its time to start planning the move from Icehouse to Kilo, Juno, Liberty or beyond. Upgrading a live cloud is no trivial task and this talk aims to walk you through the dos, don’ts, and how tos for planning and implementing your cloud upgrade.

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Charm your DevOps and Build Cloud-Native apps using Juju

Speakers: Ramnath Sai Sagar (Mellanox), Brian Fromme (Canonical)
Track: Targeting Apps for OpenStack Clouds

DevOps are interested in building applications that are scalable, portable, resilient, and easily updatable. Oftentimes, one looks to adopt the cloud to achieve this. However, it is not as easy as simply lifting and shifting your application to the cloud or splitting your application into smaller containers or VMs. The key to cloud-native application is to be micro, requiring a complete rewrite of the application as microservices from scratch. Alternatively, one could leverage an existing microservice that is efficient, scalable and easily deployable. Juju is the next-generation open-source universal modelling framework allowing developers to reuse existing microservices using Charms and to configure them using simple relations. Join us in this presentation to see how Juju allows cloud-native tools, such as Docker, to be deployed and how Mellanox’s Efficient Cloud Interconnect helps these applications to get highest performance with Juju.

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Have container. Need network? Ubuntu LXD+MidoNet

Speakers: Antoni Segura Puimedon (, Mark Wenning (Canonical)
Track: Networking

The LXD hypervisor from Canonical represents a pure-container approach to virtual machines. In our session, we describe how LXD connects with open-source MidoNet to deliver a distributed and highly available software-defined network for containers. The combination brings Ubuntu OpenStack container usage to the next level in networking performance and resilience.

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Putting the D in LXD: Migration of Linux Containers

Speakers: Tycho Andersen
Track: Compute

lxc move c1 host2:. In 18 characters, you can live migrate containers between hosts. LXD makes using this powerful and complex technology very simple, and very fast. In this talk, I’ll give a short history of the underlying migration technology CRIU, describe a few optimizations that LXD is doing in the space.

Although this talk will include some specific examples and high level strategy for LXD it will be useful for anyone who is interested in general container migration via CRIU. In particular, I will discuss limitations and common pitfalls, so that interested users can gauge the project’s usefulness in their applications. to make things fast, and discuss future areas of work both in CRIU and in LXD to support a larger class of applications and make things even faster.

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Better Living Through Containers: LXD with OpenStack

Speakers: Tycho Andersen
Track: Compute

In this talk I’ll cover the experience operators and users will have when using LXD as their Nova-compute driver. For operators this includes access to much better density and potentially significant cost savings for particular workloads. Users will see more rapid provisioning and access to more capacity but may experience some limitations compared to KVM. I will examine these limitations and discuss how nova-compute-lxd works around them today, as well as discuss what the kernel community is doing to lift these restrictions in the future. Finally, I’ll give a few examples of workloads that will benefit from LXD’s performance and density advantages.

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Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition Gets Big Improvement for Battery

The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition is now available for purchase, and anyone can get one from the official website, and the latest update for the Ubuntu Touch that’s powering it has brought some serious improvements to it.

Ubuntu for phones is constantly being improved on, and major patches are published all the time. Each new update brings new functionality, new features, improvements, and too many fixes to count. It’s also true that the OS is still young, and there is a lot of … (read more)

BSD Release: pfSense 2.2.4

Chris Buechler has announced the release of pfSense 2.2.4, a FreeBSD-based firewall solution. The new release mostly includes bug fixes and security updates. The bug fixes include patches to prevent cross-site scripting attacks against the web interface, a fix for a TCP resource exhaustion attack and enhancements….

Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 Update with All the Latest Linux Kernels

Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 has received a fresh update pack and the developers have upgraded some of the supported Linux kernels, a number of important packages have been updated, and some important fixes have been implemented.

Manjaro is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, but it’s not following the same release model. Instead of being a rolling release distro that gets upgraded all the time, the Manjaro devs have decided to make intermediary releases and publish big patch… (read more)

Debian GNU/Linux No Longer Supports the SPARC Hardware Architecture

On July 27, the Debian Project, through Joerg Jaspert, announced the effective removal of support for the SPARC hardware architecture from the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.

Following a previous email, where Joerg Jaspert had reported the fact that the … (read more)

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 620

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Following Debian’s GNU/Hurd in 2015 News: Ubuntu MATE tests new Welcome program, using Telegram on Fedora, Plasma for phones and Linux running on supercomputers Book review: Linux Bible (Ninth Edition) Torrent corner: BackBox, Calculate, Neptune Released last week: Red Hat Enterprise Linux….

Manjaro Linux Needs Your Help, Here’s How You Can Contribute – Updated

The Manjaro development team, through Philip Müller, has posted an interesting article on the project’s website informing the entire Linux community that they need your help to contribute to the Arch Linux-based distribution.

According to Mr. Müller, the Manjaro Community is a bunch of great people, but the Manjaro Linux distribution still needs talented members who love to work in … (read more)