News briefs for May 2, 2019.
GNU Guix 1.0.0 was released today. This big 1.0 release is the result of seven
years of development and contributions by more than 260 people. If you're not
familiar with GNU Guix, "GNU Guix is a transactional package manager and an
advanced distribution of the GNU system that respects user freedom. Guix can
be used on top of any system running the kernel Linux, or it can be used as a
standalone operating system distribution for i686, x86_64, ARMv7, and AArch64
machines." This version brings many new features, including a new VM image, a new "first-class, uniform
mechanism to configure keyboard layout" and more than 1,100 packages added. From the announcement: "The release comes with ISO-9660 installation
images, a virtual machine image, and with tarballs to install the package
manager on top of your GNU/Linux distro, either from source or from binaries.
Guix users can update by running
Season of Docs announces 50 participating open-source organizations. The full list is here. From the Google Open Source blog: "Season of Docs brings together technical writers and open source projects to foster collaboration and improve documentation in the open source space. You can find out more about the program on the introduction page of the website. During the program, technical writers spend a few months working closely with an open source community. They bring their technical writing expertise to the project's documentation and, at the same time, learn about the open source project and new technologies." Technical writer applications open May 29, 2019.
The beta version of Docker Enterprise 3.0 made its debut yesterday at DockerCon. ItPro Today reports that "Being a major point release, the software previewed today arrives with plenty of new features under the hood, such as integration with Docker Desktop, expanded Kubernetes capabilities, and a system for rolling multi-container applications into a single package deployable to any infrastructure." The article notes that "Most of the improvements made to this release of Docker Enterprise are aimed at streamlining the process of building and managing containers to make things easier for DevOps teams. In addition, the company is making it possible for developers with limited command line skills to take full advantage of the platform's capabilities with the integration of Docker Enterprise Desktop."
Nvidia and Red Hat have joined the Academy Software Foundation, "a consortium that aims to help Hollywood with the adoption and development of open source tools". Variety reports that the foundation also has accepted OpenEXR and OpenCue, two open-source projects. OpenEXR was developed by Industrial Light and Magic originally as a "high-dynamic range file format", first used in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Men in Black II. OpenCue is an "open source render manager developed by Google Cloud in partnership with Sony Pictures Imageworks". The Linux Foundation and the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences founded the Academy Software Foundation last summer.
Red Hat announced the latest release Red Hat Process Automation today at Red Hat Summit. This new release introduces "new capabilities designed to address functional and knowledge gaps between IT developers and business analysts, enabling them to apply domain-specific expertise to the development of applications that automate processes and decisions to more rapidly adapt to a changing business environment". In addition, it "introduces a collaborative environment where individuals can make changes to project assets independently and simultaneously. Using these shared workspaces can lead to a more efficient, iterative and agile development process." The latest updates are available for customers at the Red Hat customer portal.