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Fedora Silverblue Test Day Next Week, Nextcloud 14 Released, Plasma 5.4 Beta Now Available, openSUSE's Recent Snapshots and Ansible Tower 3.3 Is Out

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News briefs for September 14, 2018.

The Fedora Workstation Team is holding a test day next week for Fedora Silverblue, a new variant of Fedora that has rpm-ostree at its core and provides fully atomic upgrades. The test day is Thursday, September 20, 2018. For more information on how to participate, visit the Silverblue Test Day Wiki page.

Nextcloud announced the release of version 14 this week. This new version introduces two big security improvements: video verification and signal/telegram/SMS 2FA support. Version 14 also includes many collaboration improvements as well as a Data Protection Confirmation app in compliance with the GDPR. Go here to install.

KDE released Plasma 5.14 beta yesterday. New to this version are improvements to Plasma's Discover software manager and the addition of a Firmware Update feature, among other things. The final release should be available in three weeks.

openSUSE has released three new snapshots, and the latest brought new major versions of Flatpak and qemu. Flatpak version 1.0 came with snapshot 20180911, and Mozilla Thunderbird received a major update in snapshot 20180910. See the announcement for more details on all the recent snapshot updates.

Ansible Tower 3.3 is now available. New enhancements include added functionality with Red Hat OpenShift, more granular permissions, improvements to the scheduler, support for multiple Ansible environments and more. Visit here for a free trial of Ansible Tower.

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Jill Franklin

Lights, Camera, Open Source: Hollywood Turns to Linux for New Code Sharing Initiative

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by Gabriel Avner

Software has permeated all industries, bringing us technologies to help create fantastic products and even works of art.No longer confined to sectors whose products are software-focused, everyone from the automotive to the medical industries are writing their own code to meet their needs, some of which may surprise you.

In looking to code smarter, faster and more efficiently, developers across the globe and industries are turning to open-source components that allow them to add powerful features to their work without having to write everything from scratch themselves. One of the latest groups to embrace the Open Source movement is the entertainment industry.

Similar to many other initiatives that have come together in recent years to support the sharing of code between companies, a number of key players under the umbrella of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) have teamed up with The Linux Foundation to establish the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF). Members include companies like Disney, Google, Dreamworks, Epic Games and Intel, just to name a few.

Facing the Reality of Open Source

The drive for these entertainment industry players to team up with The Linux Foundation comes after a two-year study by the AMPAS’ Science and Technology Council into how the sector was using open source. Their survey found that some 84% were using open source in their work, specifically in the fields of animation and visual effects.

However, even as these actors understood the benefits of using open-source projects that were being developed by others, maintaining an ecosystem of sharing software between often competing interests proved to be a challenge. Issues of governance, licensing, multiple versions of libraries and siloed development by individual companies proved to be significant pain points.

According to information available from the ASWF, they are providing much of the infrastructure for the projects, including running their CI server on Jenkins where code can go through the build, test and eventually release for use by the members. Using a centralized system, developers at the various member companies can upload their code to the ASWF repository and CI where it is then available to the other teams.

They note that along with support for Linux, their CI infrastructure will offer service for Windows and Mac desktops and servers, an important requirement in an industry with a high level of Apple usage.

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Gabriel Avner