Fedora 30 Is Here, Raspberry Pi Foundation Announces the Gender Balance in Computing Project, Open ZFS/ZFS On Linux Working on a Code of Conduct, Docker Hub Breach and Help Promote the Coming openSUSE Leap 15.1 Release

News briefs for April 30, 2019.

Fedora 30 was released today. TechRepublic reports that this version brings some "quality-of-life improvements", such as the flicker-free boot process. It includes GNOME 3.32 with all new app icons, but it also includes Fedora spins for KDE, XFCE, LXQT, MATE-Compiz, Cinnamon, and LXDE. In addition, "New to Fedora 30 include packages for DeepinDE and Pantheon, the desktop environments used in Deepin Linux, called "the single most beautiful desktop on the market" by TechRepublic's Jack Wallen, as well as elementaryOS, which Wallen lauded as "spectacularly subtle." While these are only packages—requiring simple, though manual, installation—packaging these desktops is the first step to building a full independent spin." Go here to download, and see the full changelog here.

Raspberry Pi Foundation announces a consortium has been awarded £2.4 million for a new research project to investigate how to engage more girls in computing, as part of its work with the National Centre of Computing Education. The project is called Gender Balance in Computing and "is a collaboration between the consortium of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, STEM Learning, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and the Behavioural Insights Team". Here's how it will work: "Gender Balance in Computing will develop and roll out several projects that aim to increase the number of girls choosing to study a computing subject at GCSE and A level. The consortium has already identified some of the possible reasons why a large percentage of girls don't consider computing as the right choice for further study and potential careers. These include: feeling that they don't belong in the subject; not being sufficiently encouraged; and feeling that computing is not relevant to them. We will go on to research and pilot a series of new interventions, with each focusing on addressing a different barrier to girls' participation."

OpenZFS/ZFS On Linux is working on a code of conduct to help encourage new contributors. According to Phoronix, "The OpenZFS Code of Conduct would apply to OpenZFS, ZFS On Linux, ZFS On OSX, and ZFS On Windows projects. They are working on this CoC to ensure 'The OpenZFS community values respectful, welcoming behavior towards everyone. This enables our members to thrive and contribute, and encourages new participants to join our community.'" You can read the draft here.

There was a Docker Hub breach recently that impacted 190,000 accounts. eWeek reports that the breach was first reported on April 26, and was discovered the day before. From Director of Docker Support Kent Lamb's email to Docker Hub users: "During a brief period of unauthorized access to a Docker Hub database, sensitive data from approximately 190,000 accounts may have been exposed (less than 5% of Hub users). Data includes usernames and hashed passwords for a small percentage of these users, as well as GitHub and Bitbucket tokens for Docker autobuilds." Docker recommends that impacted users "change their Docker Hub account passwords, review GitHub activity, and unlink and then relink GitHub access."

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