Paul McKenney has announced that the
first edition of his 500-page book Is
Parallel Programming Hard, And, If So, What Can You Do About It? is
available in electronic form; a printed version will follow soon. The
entire book is available under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.
On March 27, there will be a meeting between database and kernel developers
at the Linux Foundation's Collaboration summit; interested developers are
invited to attend. "If there are developers attending Collaboration
Summit that work in the database or kernel communities, it would be great
if you could come along. Previous discussions were on the PostgreSQL list
and that should be expanded in case we accidentally build postgres-only
features. The intent is to identify the problems encountered by databases
and where relevant, test cases that can be used to demonstrate them if they
The 2014 edition of Google's Summer of Code (GSoC) marks the tenth year of
the program. Opensource.com covers a
few of this year's 190 mentoring organizations. "What is likely to remain the same this year is the overwhelming response from students from all over the world who want the chance to work on free and open source projects with mentoring organizations that Google has hand-picked.
The 3.14-rc6 kernel prepatch is out. Linus
says: "There haven't been any huge problems, but there's been quite a few
small bumps that shouldn't happen this late in the release cycle. And
rc6 is noticeably bigger than rc5 was, as well.
So I'm really hoping that the upcoming week will be calmer, because
otherwise I'll start thing rc8 and even rc9."
Mozilla has announced
that it is "transitioning Persona to community ownership" — or, in other
words, dropping development support for this identity management project.
"For a variety of reasons, Persona has received less adoption than we
were hoping for by this point. However, we do still believe that Persona
offers a unique and useful alternative to passwords, and we intend to
support it as such.
The Linux Foundation has announced that it is building a massive open online course (MOOC) with edX, the non-profit learning platform created by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). "The Linux Foundation and edX are partnering to develop a MOOC program that will help address this issue by making basic Linux training materials available to all for free.