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ISSUE 185: GitLab Commit Brooklyn

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The only area where proprietary software is seen as slightly better [over open source] is in the availability of reliable support and consulting services.”

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Tidelift’s Chris Grams, on a Tidelift/TNS survey of almost 400 developers.
Add It Up

Despite its overwhelming advantages, open source adoption is inhibited by concerns about the availability of reliable support, which is often needed to address security concerns. That is one of eight conclusions from the survey The New Stack conducted with Tidelift.

If open source has become the default stack for modern developers, then get ready for an onslaught of challenges as companies struggle to get reliable support for up-to-date code. In June 2019, Tidelift and The New Stack surveyed 369 people that use open source software to build applications at work. Across a range of criteria, respondents believe open source is inherently better than proprietary software. Eighty-six percent believe open source is more flexible and extensible, with only 3% choosing proprietary. Open source is also preferred by significant margins when it comes to developer satisfaction and speed, total cost of ownership and quality of code. The only area where proprietary software is seen as slightly better is in the availability of reliable support and consulting services. Nearly 40% of respondents report proprietary software as stronger in this category, versus 36% for open source.

What's Happening

When applying for an open award for activists in the Portland tech community, Netlify’s Head of Community Perry Eising found himself having to identify outside of his gender identity. The form didn’t have an option for nonbinary people to be recipients of the award. After realizing he was getting mixed signals, he decided to ask the company about it directly.

Eising’s experience addressing the issue of exclusion with the awards event organizer turned out positive, as they didn’t realize their form had been excluding those that were nonbinary. This interaction began a collaboration between Eising and the organization where he volunteered with them to make their events more inclusive. 

In this episode of The New Stack Makers, Eising also talked about how straight, white, cisgender, and neurotypical allies can help raise these issues and foster more belonging, diversity, and inclusion at the tech events they are attending, and in their own workplaces.

Netlify's Head of Community Perry Eising on Creating Accessible and Inclusive Tech Events

GitLab Commit Brooklyn

GitLab made its name with version control, but is now looking to expand its rapidly-growing fleet of services to encompass all aspects of continuous integration/continuous deployment, from development tools to the verification process that ensures code meets security and policy guidelines. Moreover, it sees this toolchain as potentially useful for not only developers but for project managers, line-of-business managers, executives and even data scientists.

We are seeing this from more companies, including some of our sponsors. From GitLab to CircleCI, as well as in many open source projects such as OpenStack’s Zuul. They are all rushing to build a complete CI/CD pipeline, one that promises to automate as much of the grunt work as possible.

“Cycle time compression is the key to business success. Almost every improvement you need to make must be done in software,” GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij said, explaining the need for integrated development workflow, during the company’s GitLab Commit Brooklyn event, held Wednesday in New York. 

There are some exciting opportunities here. At the show, GitLab showed off its work on a CI/CD pipeline prototype that would spot when a dependency embedded in a software package has a security update, and then automatically start a build to apply the update and even deploy the app back into production.

Exciting times for the CI/CD community!

Eclipse Che 7 Goes Kubernetes-Native, Leaves Eclipse IDE Behind

This week the Oracle Code One conference in San Francisco saw the release of Eclipse Che 7, the integrated development environment (IDE) created by the Eclipse Foundation. Eclipse Che has its origins in the desktop Eclipse IDE, but now stands alone as what the foundation calls in a statement “the First Kubernetes-Native IDE” with the release of Che 7.

Google Cloud Expands Its Managed Kubernetes Service Anthos with Serverless, Service Mesh

Google Cloud continues to expand its Anthos Managed Kubernetes service with new features that aim to make cloud native computing easier to use for the enterprise. A service mesh, based on the open source Istio, has been added, and Google leveraged its Knative work to incorporate serverless jobs, in a feature called Cloud Run.

A Tale of Two Realities: Do Your Execs Know What It Takes to Manage ELK?

A recent Logz.io survey of software engineers and the executives they report to suggests that engineers who troubleshoot and monitor their applications using open source tools like the ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana) stack are spending far more time maintaining these monitoring systems and troubleshooting production issues than their executives imagined. In this contributed post, Logz.io’s Evan Klein looks at why this is so and how executives should prepare for supporting the ELK stack.

Party On

Danielle Morrill, the general manager for the DataOps-focused GitLab startup Meltano, is a big proponent of version control for communications. GitLab Commit Brooklyn.

Get your socks, your free socks! All that GitLab’s Lorie Whitaker and Christine Lenneville need is a bit of UX feedback.

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