IRC’s 30th Birthday; Mozilla Working on New JavaScript APIs for VR; Arch Linux Answering Questions on Reddit; Microsoft Splits Its Visual Studio Team Services; and Hortonworks, IBM and Red Hat Announce the Open Hybrid Architecture Initiative

News briefs for September 11, 2018.

IRC recently celebrated its 30 birthday. The internet chat system was developed in 1988 by
Jarkko Oikarinen at the Department of Information Processing Science of the
University of Oulu. See the post on the University of Oulu
for more details.

Mozilla yesterday announced
it is beginning a new phase of work on JavaScript APIs “that will help everyone
create and share virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) projects on the
open web”. Mozilla’s new WebXR Device API has two goals: 1) “To support a wider
variety of user inputs, such as voice and gestures, giving users options for
navigating and interacting in virtual spaces”; and 2) “To establish a technical
foundation for development of AR experiences, letting creators integrate
real-world media with contextual overlays that elevate the experience.” For more
information, see the Immersive Web
Community Group

The Arch Linux team is answering questions on Reddit.
The post also mentions they are looking for new contributors. See the
Arch Linux wiki
for more information.

Microsoft is splitting its Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) into five separate
Azure-branded services, which will be called Azure DevOps, Ars
Technica reports
. In addition, the Azure Piplines component—”a continuous integration, testing, and
deployment system that can connect to any Git repository”—will be
available for open-source projects, and “open-source developers will have
unlimited build time and up to 10 parallel jobs”.

Hortonworks, IBM and Red Hat yesterday announced
the Open Hybrid Architecture Initiative
, a “new collaborative effort the
companies can use to build a common enterprise deployment model that is designed
to enable big data workloads to run in a hybrid manner across on-premises,
multi-cloud and edge architectures”. For the initial phase, the companies will
work together to “optimize Hortonworks Data Platform, Hortonworks DataFlow,
Hortonworks DataPlane and IBM Cloud Private for Data for use on Red Hat
OpenShift, an industry-leading enterprise container and Kubernetes application

Source: Linux Journal