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The New Stack Update

ISSUE 158: Linux Foundations

Talk Talk Talk

“It’s really easy to offer someone else’s technology for free, I suppose.”

Sharone Zitzman, on Amazon Web Services’ distribution of the Elastic search stack.
Add It Up
Top Technologies Running on Docker
Last year, F5 Networks found that 63 percent of its BIG-IP customers’ virtual servers were HTTP/S. According to F5’s State of Application Services Report 2019, the percentage of survey respondents deploying HTTP/2 gateways has increased 27 percent in 2017 to 47 percent 2019, with another 25 percent expecting to use this service within the next 12 months. With its huge installed base of servers and advanced capabilities, it is no wonder F5 Networks sought to acquire NGINX as a way to bolster this area of growing demand.

According to data from Netcraft and Web Technology Surveys, Ngnix and Apache web servers are used on approximately the same percentage of computers and lead in adoption worldwide. By itself, Ngnix is a mature technology, but its use as a reverse proxy puts it at the center of microservice architectures.
What's Happening

Kubernetes, microservices and the advent of cloud native deployments have created a Renaissance-era in computing. As developers write and deploy code as part of continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) production processes, an explosion of tools has emerged for CI/CD processes, often targeted for cloud native deployments.

As a countermeasure to this chaos, The Linux Foundation created the CD Foundation, along with more than 20 industry partners, to help standardize tools and processes for CI/CD production pipelines. Priyanka Sharma has played a big part in establishing the CD Foundation, which she discusses in this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and editor-in-chief of The New Stack.

CI/CD Gets Standardization and Governance

Linux Foundations

Lots of news this week from The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Leadership Summit, in Half Moon Bay, California, where The New Stack founder Alex Williams and Editorial Director Libby Clark were on hand to record some of the conversations and debates happening there.

To answer ongoing worries about compensating the thousands of developers working on the Linux kernel and other open source projects, the foundation set up a CommunityBridge, which was designed to help open source projects secure the funding they need for development and maintenance and upkeep.

CommunityBridge will initially provide early access to select project, members and organizations, and access will be provided to maintainers and developers at no cost. The Linux Foundation, which is a sponsor of The New Stack, also set up a foundation devoted to continuous delivery. The automation of the development process requires new tools, as well as new standards of interoperability. “If you look at the cloud native landscape, there are at least 20 to 30 tools out there, and it’s constantly growing, with a mix of startups and cloud providers,” said The Linux Foundation Vice President of Developer Relations Chris Aniszczyk, about the forming of the CD Foundation. “It’s an opportune time amongst vendors and users to bring sanity to this space.

“We are thinking that the whole life cycle is important as we try to improve the lives of our fellow developers and to eventually build better software,” Priyanka Sharma, director of alliances at GitLab and a member of the governing board at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), said as she provided some more insight into this work for The New Stack Makers podcast recorded on site. This foundation covers many well-known technologies to TNS readers — including Spinnaker as well as Jenkins and JenkinsX.

Finally, in a  surprise announcement at the event, we learned of a set of service mesh technologies from a new startup called Tetrate, founded by now-CEO Varun Talwar, who created the popular service mesh Istio at Google. It will be a while before we see the bits, TNS news reporter Mike Melanson informs us. But at least the newfound company has released some open source utilities — including GetEnvoy, Apache Skywalking, and the Tetrate Istio Cloud Map Operator.

What the Fork, Amazon?

Recently, Amazon Web Services released its own open source distribution of the Elastic search software, raising concerns by open source advocates everywhere that the Web giant was exploiting the hard work done by Elastic and its contributors. In this contributed Op-Ed, developer advocate Sharone Zitzman explains why this is a bad idea, both for AWS and for the open source community.

F5 to Buy NGINX to Enhance Cloud Native and Multicloud Capabilities

Application controller delivery software provider F5 is planning to acquire NGINX Inc. for $670 million. NGINX manages the popular open source web server/load balancer and reverse proxy of the same name. F5 plans to use NGINX software and talent to “enable multicloud application services across all environments,” according to an F5 statement.

Google Cloud’s Emma Haruka Iwao Sets a New Record for Calculating Pi

Emma Haruka Iwao is one of Google’s cloud developer advocates, and she’s saved a very special announcement for “Pi Day.” Using Google Compute Engine (powered by Google Cloud), Iwao set up 25 virtual machines to begin calculating Pi to more decimal places than anyone had ever calculated it before. And after 121 days, the calculation was finally complete, returning 31,415,926,535,897 digits — a number which, astute observers will notice, also happens to be the first 14 digits of pi.

Party On

GitLab’s Priyanka Sharma and TNS founder Alex Williams kicked off Open Source Leadership Summit with a livestream run by TNS A/V editor Edward Rogers.

Travis Gorkin, engineering manager at Uber, gives a keynote on their urban computing project at Open Source Leadership Summit.

New TLF Fellow Shuah Khan talks about their new diversity initiative with Executive Director Jim Zemlin at Open Source Leadership Summit.

Pre-interview time for The New Stack @Scale with Priyanka Sharma of GitLab and Kit Merker of JFrog.

Shuah Khan talking one on one about The Linux Foundation's new diversity initiative with Alex Williams at Open Source Leadership Summit.

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