109: Linux Action News

9 June 2019

Mozilla's master strategy becomes clear, CockroachDB surrenders to the software as a service reality, while Microsoft and Oracle link up.

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  • Firefox Now Available with Enhanced Tracking Protection by Default — At Firefox, we’re doing more than that. We believe that in order to truly protect people, we need to establish a new standard that puts people’s privacy first.
  • Relicensing CockroachDB — But our past outlook on the right business model relied on a crucial norm in the OSS world: that companies could build a business around a strong open source core product without a much larger technology platform company coming along and offering the same product as a service. That norm no longer holds.
  • Microsoft and Oracle link up their clouds — Microsoft and Oracle announced a new alliance today that will see the two companies directly connect their clouds over a direct network connection so that their users can then move workloads and data seamlessly between the two.
  • Google is fighting to keep doing business with Huawei — Three sources told the Financial Times that Google’s argument is that cutting ties with Huawei could pose a national security risk.
  • Stadia details announced — Stadia games run on custom Linux-based server hardware maintained by Google, promising “10.7 teraflops of power in each instance.” Game audio and video is streamed from those servers to a user’s device, and inputs are streamed from the user to the server over a network of what Google says are “7,500 edge nodes” around the world.