Sep 192018

News briefs for September 19, 2018.

in partnership with Lenovo, announced availability of the Ampere eMAG for
hyperscale cloud computing. The first-generation Armv8-A 64-bit processors
provide “high-performance compute, high memory capacity, and rich I/O to
address cloud workloads including big data, web tier and in-memory
databases”. Pricing is 32 cores at up to 3.3GHz Turbo for $850 or
16 cores at up to 3.3GHz Turbo for $550.

LLVM 7.0.0 is out. This release is the result of six months of work by the
community and includes “function multiversioning in Clang
with the ‘target’ attribute for ELF-based x86/x86_64 targets, improved
PCH support in clang-cl, preliminary DWARF v5 support, basic support
for OpenMP 4.5 offloading to NVPTX, OpenCL C++ support, MSan, X-Ray
and libFuzzer support for FreeBSD, early UBSan, X-Ray and libFuzzer
support for OpenBSD, UBSan checks for implicit conversions, many
long-tail compatibility issues fixed in lld which is now production
ready for ELF, COFF and MinGW, new tools llvm-exegesis, llvm-mca and
diagtool.” See the release
for details, and go here to

Alibaba Cloud and MariaDB announce AsparaDB RDS for MariaDB TX, which is “the
first public cloud to incorporate the enterprise version of MariaDB
and provide customer support directly from the two companies. ApsaraDB RDS
for MariaDB TX provides Alibaba Cloud customers the latest database
innovations and most secure enterprise solution for mission-critical
transactional workloads.” See the press
for more information.

Unit 42 researchers have discovered a new malware family called
Xbash, which they have connected to the Iron Group, that targets Linux and
Microsoft Windows severs. Besides ransomware and coin-mining capabilities, “Xbash also has
self-propagating capabilities (meaning it has worm-like characteristics
similar to WannaCry or Petya/NotPetya). It also has capabilities not
currently implemented that, when implemented, could enable it to spread very
quickly within an organizations’ network (again, much like WannaCry or
Petya/NotPetya).” See the Palo
Alto Networks post
for more details on the attack and how to protect your

Kong Inc. yesterday announced the launch of Kong 1.0, the “only open-source
API purpose built for microservices, cloud native and server less
According to the
, Kong 1.0 is feature-complete: “it combines sub-millisecond low latency, linear scalability and unparalleled
flexibility with a robust feature set, support for service mesh patterns,
Kubernetes Ingress controller and backward compatibility between versions.”
See also the Kong
GitHub page

Ampere eMAG for Hyperscale Cloud Computing Now Available, LLVM 7.0.0 Released, AsparaDB RDS for MariaDB TX Announced, New Xbash Malware Discovered and Kong 1.0 Launched
Source: Linux Journal

Sep 192018

While previous years my trip to the Chess Olympiad often saw me extend my stay overseas by a week or two, this time it is straight there and straight back. Otherwise I would have been tempted to do a bit of walking in the English countryside, visiting the aptly named Chess Valley.
Named after the River Chess, there are plenty of walks to be had. One that I came across starts at The Cricketers in Sarratt and is a circular route of around 8km. From the description it covers a lot of farmland and wooded areas, so based on previous experience of walking in the UK, a sturdy pair of boots is a necessity.

Cricket, chess and exercise
Source: Chessexpress

Sep 192018

Linux and the open source business model are far different today than many of the early developers might have hoped. Neither can claim a rags-to-riches story. Rather, their growth cycles have been a series of hit-or-miss milestones. The Linux desktop has yet to find a home on the majority of consumer and enterprise computers. However, Linux-powered technology has long ruled the Internet and conquered the cloud and Internet of Things deployments. Both Linux and free open source licensing have dominated in other ways.
The Future of Open Source
Source: LinuxInsider