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In the news: Microsoft gets an Open Source Web browser; Canonical launches MicroK8s; A new Raspberry Pi board; OpenStack Foundation changes name of the OpenStack Summit; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta; and System76 announces a line of US-made PCs.

Microsoft Gets an Open Source Web Browser

The "new" Microsoft under Satya Nadella is now going deeper with open source. The company is dropping its own technologies that power its Edge web browser, which replaced Internet Explorer. But instead of reinventing the wheel and creating their browser from scratch, Microsoft will use Google's open source Chromium browser as the base of its web browser.

Microsoft will cease to use the EdgeHTML rendering engine for its Chromium-based web browser and will use Google's Blink rendering engine.

"We will move to a Chromium-compatible web platform for Microsoft Edge on the desktop. Our intent is to align the Microsoft Edge web platform simultaneously (a) with web standards and (b) with other Chromium-based browsers," said Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows in a blog post (https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/12/06/microsoft-edge-making-the-web-better-through-more-open-source-collaboration/#zeyDolmr4eDwoZzX.97).

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