GitHub updates Innovation Graph with latest developer trends

GitHub's Innovation Graph has been updated with data from Q4 2023, offering a comprehensive view of global developer activity over the past four years.

The latest findings highlight the increasing popularity of AI among developers, leading to a rise in project documentation. This trend is attributed to the widespread use of chat-based generative AI tools like GitHub Copilot Chat and ChatGPT.

"While we recognise that it's not a panacea, perhaps generative AI technologies...

Linux Kernel closes in on 10M git objects

Linus Torvalds has announced version 6.8 of the Linux Kernel, inching ever closer to a major milestone in the project's codebase. In his announcement on Sunday, Torvalds noted that the git repository tracking the kernel's development now contains 9.996 million objects.

"This is the last mainline kernel to have less than ten million git objects," Torvalds wrote, though he was quick to add, "Of course, there is absolutely nothing special about it apart from a nice round number. Git...

Asahi Linux’s OpenGL support leapfrogs Apple’s on M-chip Macs

The team behind the Asahi Linux project, which aims to support Linux on Apple Silicon Macs, has achieved a major milestone: its open-source graphics driver now fully supports up to OpenGL 4.6 and OpenGL ES 3.2, surpassing the OpenGL 4.1 support currently offered in macOS.

Asahi developer Alyssa Rosenzweig announced the new driver in a blog post, noting it had to pass "over 100,000 tests" to be deemed officially conformant with the OpenGL standards. This was achieved despite...

Asahi Linux announces ‘Fedora Asahi Remix’ for Apple Silicon machines

Asahi Linux, a project dedicated to bringing full Linux support to Apple Silicon machines, has unveiled its highly anticipated flagship distribution: Fedora Asahi Remix.

The announcement was made at the Flock To Fedora event and has been a monumental undertaking, involving extensive reverse engineering, development, and integration work to support the unique hardware architecture of Apple Silicon on various Linux distributions. 

With a focus on offering a polished...

GSMA’s Open Gateway aims to give developers universal operator network access

The GSMA has announced the launch of GSMA Open Gateway, a framework of universal network APIs to provide universal access to operator networks for developers – with names including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) on board.

The industry body has traditionally pursued the interests of telcos and mobile operators, and continues to do so here, with 21 mobile network operators on board for the initial push. Yet the GSMA is keen to stress that the ‘whole mobile ecosystem...

Windows Subsystem for Linux is now delivered via the Microsoft Store

Anyone wanting to use Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) should now grab it from the Microsoft Store.

WSL enables Linux binary executables to be run natively on Windows 10, 11, and Server 2019.

The compatibility layer was previously obtained through the ‘Turn Windows Features on or off’ dialogue, which required a machine restart.

By decoupling WSL’s binaries from the Windows image and making it available via the Microsoft Store, Redmond says it will help...

Linux Foundation: Companies are struggling to find open-source talent

The Linux Foundation and edX have released the 2021 Open Source Jobs report which reveals the struggle companies are having in finding talent.

As the world recovers from the pandemic, the general talent shortages across industries have been well-documented. However, the new report shows just how pronounced the problem is when it comes to hiring open-source expertise.

Technology helped to keep the world moving during the pandemic and even the most resistant-to-change...

Torvalds hopes future Linux 5.13 release candidates will ‘start shrinking’

Linux creator Linus Torvalds has expressed mild concern over the size of kernel 5.13 following its fifth release candidate.

“Hmm,” Torvalds opened his latest State of the Kernel post. “Things haven't really started to calm down very much yet, but rc5 seems to be fairly average in size. I'm hoping things will start shrinking now.”

In April, Torvalds warned that 5.13 would likely be “making up” for the smaller release of 5.12 – a position he maintained...

Chrome OS support for Linux apps will exit beta in a few weeks

Google has announced that Chrome OS support for Linux apps will finally exit beta in a few weeks.

Linux apps have been available on Chrome OS for three years, albeit in beta. Google is now ready to drop the beta label and declare the feature stable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8kkzdOfAgU

Chrome OS supports running Chrome, Android, Linux, and even Windows apps (through a partnership between Google and Parallels) – making it one of the most versatile operating...

IBM brings Python data science platform Anaconda to Linux

IBM is bringing the Python data science platform Anaconda to the company’s LinuxONE and IBM Z customers.

Anaconda is the world's most popular Python distribution platform and boasts over 25 million users worldwide. Today’s announcement is the latest part of IBM’s effort to bring popular data science frameworks and libraries to its enterprise platforms.

Barry Baker, VP of Product Management for IBM Z & LinuxONE, wrote in a blog post:

“Data scientists...