Microsoft and Salesforce have separately announced plans to release some key software products as open source for anyone to use in their data centers.
Microsoft plans to release its Open Network Emulator (ONE), a simulator of its entire Azure network infrastructure that it uses as a way to find and troubleshoot problems before they cause network outages. The announcement was made by Victor Bahl, a distinguished scientist with Microsoft Research, on a Microsoft podcast.
Meanwhile, Salesforce announced its intention to open source TransmogrifAI, key software behind its Einstein AI product. TransmogrifAI helps build machine-learning systems at enterprise scale. The news came on the Salesforce Engineering blog by Shubha Nabar, senior director of data science at Salesforce Einstein.
Such actions by either company would have been unthinkable ten years ago and reflects how important the cloud and AI have become. More to the point, it also reflects an acknowledgment by both companies that on-premises isn’t going anywhere.
Bahl said the emulator works by mimicking the network, so when networking engineers and operators make changes, they actually are changing the emulator. “It mimics the network underneath so amazingly that you can’t tell the difference. So, once you make the changes, the emulator will then try them out and make sure everything is good. Once everything is good, it’s going to go and put it on the network below,” he said on the podcast.
Microsoft ultimately decided that ONE is too important to keep to itself. “We have decided that this is such an important resource for everybody that just hoarding it ourselves is not the right thing to do,” Bahl said. “So, we are making it available to the entire community so that they can now — and it’s not just for production systems, but also for students that are now graduating.”
The software will help large enterprises improve their network uptime by simulating changes to their network before rolling them out live.
Microsoft hasn’t disclosed where it plans to release ONE, but GitHub — which Microsoft is in the process of acquiring — seems the logical choice.
TransmogrifAI is an automated machine learning library for structured data, which makes sense coming from Salesforce, since its CRM products are built on the traditional row-and-column structure of a relational database. It’s written in Scala and built on top of Apache Spark, Apache’s in-memory analytics software.
Nabar said Salesforce customers are looking to predict a host of outcomes, but every customer’s data is unique, with different schemas, different shapes, and different biases introduced by different business processes. That means building thousands of different models.
“The only way to achieve this without hiring an army of data scientists is through automation,” she wrote.“Most auto-ML solutions today are either focused very narrowly on a small piece of the entire machine learning workflow, or are built for unstructured, homogenous data for images, voice and language. But we needed a solution that could rapidly produce data-efficient models for heterogeneous structured data at massive scale.”
TransmogrifAI promises an efficient coding process with just a few lines of code executing tasks, where a data scientist can automate data cleansing, feature engineering, and model selection to arrive at a performant model without hassles.
IoT is one among the hot discussion topic in these days. It changes the way in which we communicate with the devices surrounding us. The majority of IoT devices use sensors and other actuators to interact with people. While there is a class of devices which requires a graphical display to communicate with people.
Linux is the most popular operating system chosen by IoT manufacturers and researchers to build IoT devices. When we use Linux on IoT devices, we have handful choices. It includes selecting a complete display server to custimizing a simple toolkit. The Mir server is a display server that can be used a variety of devices.
The IoT promises to bring about a revolution in the way we interact with devices around us. While many IoT devices will be hidden away, from sensors that measure manufacturing tolerances in a factory to hubs that control lighting around the home, there are a class of devices that need to provide some sort of graphical output or display to the user. Some examples include digital signage, interactive kiosks, automotive in-car entertainment gateways, smart meters, and the plethora of display screens seen on everything from washing machines to smart thermostats. All of these examples need some way to output graphics to a screen display but in an embedded environment that is not always easy.
Linux is one of the most popular OS choices for manufacturers and solution providers to use in IoT devices and with it there are a few options available for graphical environments. From custom software to drive the display, through direct frame buffer access with toolkits such as QT, to a full X windowing server. All of these options have their pros and cons and often it is a trade-off between custom software and off-the-shelf components to speed up development. Custom software takes time and requires developers to continue to maintain a code base for the lifetime of the device, while using a graphical toolkit such as QT requires less code but comes with commercial licencing. The open source X windowing server is a popular choice but, being over 30 years old, has some shortcomings. It has been well documented that the design of X windows, although revolutionary at the time, has some security risks especially around application isolation and privilege escalation which has led to efforts to replace it by redesigning the graphical server from the ground up. One such effort is Mir.
OnlyOffice project has announced the release of OnlyOffice Desktop Editors 5.1, the latest stable release of enterprise quality office productivity suite.
This release of this open source office suite introduces multiple fresh features including a tabbed interface to access various tools & configuration options easily.
The tabbed interface is adopted into the desktop application from the online version of the product and offers the same experience as the online version. The tabbed interface will make the application more accessible and familiar to the newbies. It also helps to accommodate the growing list of features.
Also, this version introduced several useful features distributed among the tabs:
Document editor. In the References tab, you can find a new Table of Contents Feature, next to Hyperlinks and Footnotes. For better navigation around the document ( based on Table of Contents), we added a Navigation button located on the left side panel.
All collaboration features have been moved to Collaboration tab (Comments, Version History, Sharing, etc.). Besides the toolbar updates, we also added export to RTF in the document editor.
Spreadsheet editor. We have added 11 new formulas and improved cell formatting with new date formats and regional presets.
Presentation editor. Presentations now support special paste, and presentation-level comments.
The OnlyOffice Desktop Editor 5.1 is available as AppImage for GNU/Linux distributions and it can be installed in any distribution without any additional dependencies. Also, it is available for Windows and MacOS.
Download the latest OnlyOFFICE version from onlyoffice.com
The Linux Mint team has released Linux Mint 19 Tara, the latest development release of upcoming Linux Mint 19 stable release. This beta release includes Xfce, MATE & Cinnamon releases.
The main highlights in Linux Mint 19 include Timeshift a tool to backup and restore your system, improved update manager which suggests installing all available updates instead of holding may break updates and relies on timeshift to restore the stable system in case of any issues.
Thanks to Timeshift users can go back in time and restore their computer to the last functional system snapshot. If anything breaks, they can go back to the previous snapshot and it's as if the problem never happened.
This release also includes a brand new Welcome Screen, redesigned Software Center with Flatpak support, Cinnamon 3.8 and more.
To download links please follow the Linux Mint official website. linuxmint.com.
1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).
Microsoft announced today it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform which used by more than 28 million developers.
Microsoft stated, in a blog post, that the acquisition will empower developers, accelerate GitHub’s growth and advance Microsoft services with new audiences.
"Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation", said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. "We recognize the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenges".
Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock. Subject to customary closing conditions and completion of regulatory review, the acquisition is expected to close by the end of the 2018 calendar year.
Microsoft's CEO of Xamarin, Nat Friedman, is taking over as CEO of the San Francisco-based development platform. GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath will become a Microsoft Technical Fellow as part of the arrangement.
The Linux Lite project has announced the availability of Linux Lite 4.0, latest stable release from Ubuntu based, lightweight GNU/Linux distribution offering a pleasant desktop experience with a fairly tweaked Xfce Desktop environment. This release marks the beginning of the 4.x series.
The main highlights of Linux Lite 4.0 release include a fresh icon theme, inclusion of Timeshift backup tool, shotwell image manager, and other Linux Lite specific applications like Lite Desktop, Lite Sounds, redesigned splash screen.
The new 4.x series will be available only in 64-bit versions. The project has announced that there are no more 32-bit ISO releases. If users still require a 32bit OS due to hardware limitations, Series 3.x is supported through to April 2021.
To download the new Linux lite 4.0 version please follow the link: linuxliteos.com
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VGA screen capable of 1024x768 resolution
DVD drive or USB port for the ISO image
VGA, DVI or HDMI screen capable of 1366x768 resolution+
DVD drive or USB port for the ISO image
Researcers Team at the University of Houston have announced they open source a 3D printed smartphone microscope attachment. The attachment is aimed at "researchers and healthcare providers in developing and rural areas, as well as hobbyists and backpackers" they said.
The attachment fits over a smartphone camera's lens and has its own light source. Wei-Chuan Shih, who heads the University of Houston team, said it was a simple decision to open source the attachment's design.
The attachment will, Shih said, "have more impact if we let people play with it, rather than trying to hold it as a secret. We should make it as easy and accessible as possible for everyone."
Users can download the attachment open source design from here
Apple has announced the release of Turi Create, an open source package that it says will make it easy for mobile app developers to infuse machine learning into their products with just a few lines of code.
Apple states that with Turi Create, mobile app developers can "focus on tasks instead of algorithms" and easily "infuse machine learning into their products with just a few lines of code." That includes adding "recommendations, object detection, image classification, image similarity, or activity classification" to an app.
Turi Create GitHub repository