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Article from Issue 222/2019

In the news: VMware rolls out essential PKS; Linux 5.0 is here; Kali Linux 2019.1 is available; Linux Foundation releases a new draft of OpenChain specification; hackers start exploiting a Drupal bug;  LibreOffice is vulnerable to a remote code execution flaw; and an early warning system for seismic events.

VMware Rolls Out Essential PKS

VMware is launching a new Kubernetes solution (https://blogs.vmware.com/cloudnative/2019/02/26/launching-vmware-essential-pks/) called VMware Essential PKS. Essential PKS includes an upstream Kubernetes version backed with commercial support by VMware. The new solution is designed to address the needs of users who want vendor support without the heavy customization and modification often associated with vendor-distributed Kubernetes alternatives. Essential PKS also comes with reference architectures to inform design decisions.

Why would someone want Essential PKS (with an upstream version of Kubernetes) rather than VMware's own fully managed Enterprise PKS? According to Scott Buchanan, senior director, product marketing at VMware, many potential customers have already invested in Kubernetes and would prefer to keep the open source, upstream version, but without the overhead of in-house maintenance.

Linux 5.0 Is Here

Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, has announced the release of Linux 5.0. Despite any excitement around the major release number, the fact is these numbers really don't mean much. Torvalds has often said that he chooses a new number when the version number becomes too long. He simply doesn't want a situation where "the numbers are big enough that you can't really distinguish them."

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