Open Source Wrap Up: May 20 – June 5, 2014
Automotive Grade Linux Released
Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is a collaborative environment to bring a Linux software stack to the connected car. The project has released its own open source In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) software that features a dashboard, home screen, navigation map, media playback, audio controls, and more. Each feature also includes detailed design requirement documents with descriptions, use cases, graphical assets, and architecture diagrams, all available on the project wiki. Moving forward, the project will focus on developing standardized instruments clusters in an effort to expand the role of AGL into more aspects of the car ecosystem as a part of the push towards autonomous cars.
Fedora 22 Released
Fedora 22, the latest version of a popular Linux distribution that’s backed by Red Hat, has been released. It includes quite a few improvements, with one of the major changes being the new package management system, DNF. This new package management system replaces Yum and is a fork of the same project. It makes use of the libsolv library, which was initially pioneered by the openSUSE project to provide faster dependency management. The release coincides with the launch of Fedora Labs, which provides downloads of fedora that are tailored to specific needs such as design, gaming, music production, robotics, and more.
High Priority Security Flaws Found in Numerous Docker Hub Images
The Docker Hub is a central repository for Developers to push and pull container images. Banyan performed a study on the security of numerous Docker Hub images to understand how vulnerable they might be to security threats. Their research uncovered the fact that 36% of Docker Hub images contain what the US Government considers high-profile security vulnerabilities as classified in the NVD database. This is the level of classification given to a few major recent security flaws that were uncovered including Shellshock and Heartbleed. Some of these images have been downloaded more than 100,000 times, and this study highlights a major problem in the Docker ecosystem that must be addressed.
Valve’s Steam Machines Available for Preorder, Will Arrive in October
Valve, the company behind the popular video game distribution platform Steam, has announced that the first round of their Linux-based Steam Machines are now available to be preorderd, and will be shipped to preorder customers starting October 16, with retailers to have them available shortly thereafter. These devices run Valve’s own SteamOS, a derivative of Debian, and are part of Valve’s push to bring more gamers to the PC market and to improve gaming on Linux. Valve has encouraged developers to port their games to Linux in recent years, and they have slowly grown the list of supported games to more than 1,000 titles. Even with this success, they have struggled to get widespread adoption of Linux from the largest development companies, and the release of these new devices should help improve this by trying to direct a greater portion of the $22 Billion consumers spend on video games a year towards the Linux ecosystem.