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How CHAOSS Measures Diversity; Windows Gets a Proper Terminal

10 May 2019 1:40pm, by

This week on The New Stack Context podcast, we speak with Nicole Huesman, open source community and developer advocate and Georg Link, an open source community strategist and Ph.D. student, about their work on the Linux Foundation’s CHAOSS project.

Yes, that’s CHAOSS with two s’s and it stands for Community Health Analytics for Open Source Software. It is an effort to project focused on creating analytics and metrics to help define community health. The New Stack featured a contributed article last week about how the group went about creating a set of standard metrics for diversity and inclusion in open source projects. And here, they share what they learned and set out the next steps the group plans to take to help open source communities begin to measure and document their progress around diversity and inclusion.

Then in the second half of the show, we’ll review the top podcast and stories for the week as well as discuss two conferences that were held this week, Red Hat Summit 2019 and Microsoft Build 2019.

TNS Editorial and Marketing Director Libby Clark hosted this episode and is joined by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, and Joab Jackson, TNS managing editor.

Other Posts Mentioned in the Podcast

  • Red Hat’s OpenShift 4 Adds Knative, Key CoreOS Features: Red Hat has released OpenShift 4, which it says has been “re-engineered to address the complex realities of container orchestration in production systems” in a company statement. The latest version of OpenShift has been designed to deliver a cloud-like experience across the hybrid cloud by driving automated updates across Kubernetes deployments everywhere.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Addresses the Hybrid, Multicloud Future: This week, Red Hat also launched RHEL 8 with a number of new features intended to make the system easier to manage, wherever it’s deployed, whether through automation, analytics, or even simply a new web interface for system administrators. Next, RHEL 8 looks to provide a single location to handle various sysadmin tasks with its RHEL web console, RHEL 8 introduces Red Hat Smart Management, which the company says combines Red Hat Satellite for on-premise systems management with cloud management services to provide “a single capability to manage, patch, configure and provision Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments across the hybrid cloud.”
  • Red Hat, Microsoft Team to Offer Event-Driven OpenShift on Azure: Also this week at the Red Hat Summit in Boston, Red Hat announced general availability of Azure Red Hat OpenShift, bringing the first jointly-managed version of Red Hat’s OpenShift Container Platform to Microsoft’s public cloud, Microsoft Azure. According to a Red Hat statement on the release, Azure Red Hat OpenShift “combines the innovation of trusted enterprise Kubernetes with the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, running on the scale and power of Azure.”
  • Microsoft Windows Gets an Open Source Terminal with Tabs, Rich Text Rendering: Microsoft unveiled a new command line terminal for Windows. Developers spoiled by the Linux Bash shell have always felt crimped by the Windows cmd shell, so this update/replacement comes as good news, with this radical update, with Unicode support, tabs, 24-bit color and other features. Best yet, it is open source. While it may not herald the open sourcing of the entire Windows platform, TNS correspondent Mary Branscombe noted, it, nonetheless is still a significant development for the platform.
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux Brings the Full 4.19 Kernel to Windows: The next release of Windows, which will be available to Windows Insiders in June, Microsoft will offer, for the first time, the full Linux kernel (v4.19) to support Linux binaries, thanks to version 2 of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Having the fill kernel onboard will offer full compatibility for Linux, as well as performance improvements, thanks to its use of the very lightweight Hyper-V virtual machine.

The Linux Foundation and Red Hat are sponsors of The New Stack.

Feature image: The students from Franklin Middle School in Minneapolis, aspiring technologists and teachers, attended the Red Hat Summit, offering a bit of their own expertise in open source. (Photo by Alex Williams).

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