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This week in open source and Linux news, The Linux Foundation/OPNFV’s very own Heather Kirksey is recognized for her leadership as a finalist in Light Reading’s WiC awards, Ubuntu’s uncertainty grows, and more. Read on to say current in developing OSS stories!

1) The Linux Foundation/OPNFV’s Heather Kirksey is a finalist in Light Reading’s Women in Comms Leading Lights awards!

WiC Leading Lights: Meet the 2017 Finalists– Light Reading

2) Ubuntu’s week of surprising revelations and major shifts continues.

Ubuntu Linux Uncertainty Continues as Canonical CEO Walks Away– betanews

3) Keith Townsend makes a case for why you should follow Linux Foundation Projects PNDA, DPDK, and Open vSwitch.

3 Linux Foundation Networking Projects Your Business Needs to Know– TechRepublic

4) Carol Wilson continues a knowledge share from last week’s Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, CA

5 More Key Takeaways From ONS– Light Reading

5) A new project will allow users to run Android apps on top of current Linux Distros.

Running Android Apps On Any Linux Distro Run PC/Laptop is Now Possible With Anbox– TechWorm

This week in open source news, The Linux Foundation’s Open Networking Summit unites software-defined networking and network functions virtualization (SDN/NFV) pros, academics, and enthusiasts for announcements and collaboration, Microsoft has announced the end of CodePlex in favor of GitHub, & more! Keep reading to get caught up on the biggest headlines in open source this week.
 
1) At the annual Open Networking Summit, SDN & NFV leaders gather. Announcements included the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) becoming a Linux Foundation Project and CORD Project working on new OSS service delivery platform.
2) Microsoft “acknowledges that GitHub is the go-to option for project hosting” and announces the end of CodePlex in Q4.
 
3) ONAP Project names SVP of AT&T Labs Chris Rice as chair.
 
4) “After six years of pitching the dream of a converged Linux desktop experience that crosses desktop, mobile, server and cloud, Canonical pulls the plug.”
 
5) Uber’s open source deck.gl tool for data virtualization is getting scalable updates after being released in November.

Open source is now mainstream. More and more developers, organizations, and enterprises are are understanding the benefits of an open source strategy and getting involved. In fact, The Linux Foundation is on track to reach 1,000 participating organizations in 2017 and aims to bring even more voices into open source technology projects ranging from embedded and automotive to blockchain and cloud.

Just this week, AT&T joined The Linux Foundation as a Platinum Member, and 16 other organizations joined as Silver Members. Together, these organizations combine to help support development of the greatest shared technology resources in history, while accelerating innovation across industry verticals.

AT&T’s commitment to open source follows news of the company’s contribution of several million lines of ECOMP code to The Linux Foundation. Additionally, Chris Rice, senior vice president of AT&T Labs, joined The Linux Foundation Board of Directors and was also recently selected as the ONAP chairman.

The Linux Foundation is excited about the recent merger of open source ECOMP and OPEN-O, which formed the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project initiated by China Mobile. The newly formed ONAP will allow end users to automate, design, orchestrate, and manage services and virtual functions. Through this amalgamation of projects, ONAP creates a harmonized framework for real-time, policy-driven software automation of virtual network functions and is poised to deliver a unified architecture and implementation faster than any one project could on its own.

AT&T, along with other members, service providers, developers, and industry leaders, will be at Open Networking Summit next week, April 3-6, in Santa Clara, CA to discuss networking topics, share insights, and shape the future of the industry. The event will feature an enterprise track, more than 75 sessions, and keynotes from networking visionaries.

The new Silver members include: Amihan Global Strategies, BayLibre, Bell Canada, China Merchants Bank, Comcast, Ericsson, Innovium, Kinvolk, Kontena, Kubique, Metaswitch Networks, Monax, Pinterest, SAP SE, SELTECH, and Tech Mahindra.

In addition to joining the Foundation, many of these new members have joined Linux Foundation projects across a wide range of technologies, such as Automotive Grade Linux, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Hyperledger, Open Container Initiative, Open Mainframe Project, Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), OpenSwitch, and Yocto Project.

The Linux Foundation is also excited about a new initiative in the IoT space. If you’re working in the edge networking/IoT space and want to learn more, please contact Mike Woster.

On Friday, March 31, The Linux Foundation will kick off a new initiative. No, it’s not a new project, event, or training course, although there are plenty of those in store. Instead, the foundation will begin a monthly Twitter chat, called #AskLF, with leaders at the organization.

With #AskLF, we aim to increase access to the bright minds and community organizers within The Linux Foundation. While there are many opportunities to interact with staff at Linux Foundation global events, which bring together over 25,000 open source influencers, a live Twitter Q&A will give participants a direct line of communication to the designated hosts.

The first host will be Arpit Joshipura, the General Manager of Networking & Orchestration appointed in late 2016. His #AskLF session will take place in advance of Open Networking Summit, where he will speak on two keynote panels alongside Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin, ON.Lab/ONF Executive Director Guru Parulkar, and others. @linuxfoundation followers are encouraged to ask Joshipura questions related to the open source networking ecosystem.

Sample questions might include:

  • What is the goal of SDN? What can a network admin do in an SDN environment?

  • How can my company investigate the benefits of SDN/NFV?

  • How does The Linux Foundation help the open source community implement open networking at the individual and corporate level?

Here’s how you can participate in the first #AskLF:

  • Follow @linuxfoundation on Twitter: Hosts will take over The Linux Foundation’s account during the session.

  • Save the date: March 31, 2017 at 10 a.m. PT.

  • Use the hashtag #AskLF: To ask Joshipura your questions while he hosts, simply tweet it with the hashtag #AskLF on 3/31 between 10 am & 10:45 am PDT.

  • Draft questions in advance: Read about The Linux Foundation’s open networking strategy, Joshipura’s background, and upcoming speaking engagements in the links below. We can’t guarantee that he will have time to answer every inquiry, but every attempt will be made!

  • Consider attending Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara next month: This #AskLF session will prepare you to engage in the topics at ONS and you’ll get a chance to hear Joshipura speak live. Click here for registration details and discount info (that means you, students and academics!)

More dates and details for future #AskLF sessions to come! We’ll see you on Twitter, March 31st at 10 a.m. PT.

More information on Arpit Joshipura:

http://www.telcotransformation.com/author.asp?section_id=401&doc_id=731007&

http://www.networkworld.com/article/3147937/linux/linux-foundation-adds-an-open-source-networking-specialist-to-the-team.html

https://www.sdxcentral.com/articles/news/qa-arpit-joshipura-head-networking-linux-foundation/2017/01/

*Note: Unlike Reddit-style AMAs, #AskLF is not focused around general topics that might pertain to the host’s personal life. To participate, please focus your questions around open source networking and Arpit Joshipura’s career.

This week in open source and Linux news, a talk on diversity in tech sparked a pithy article for The New Stack via Darryl Taft, The Linux Foundation consolidates two projects to form ONAP, and more. Keep reading for a curated look at the top OSS headlines of this past week. 

1) “Diversity in Open Source” talk at Open Source Leadership Summit tackled the challenges women and minorities still face in the tech industry. Darryl Taft comments. 

Amidst Bias, Women Work to Find a Place in Open Source Communities– The New Stack

2) The Linux Foundation seeks to consolidate two of its open source orchestration and management efforts.

Linux Foundation Creates New Platform for Network Automation– WSJ

3) “Google fuzzer helps find 11-year-old memory-corruption flaw in the Linux kernel.” Linux’s Decade-Old Flaw: Major Distros Move to Patch Serious Kernel Bug– ZDNet

4) “Xen Project helps to advance the state of MirageOS unikernel operating system with a new release that now supports the KVM hypervisor.”

MirageOS Unikernel Effort Moves Forward– eWeek

5) Valve releases SteamVR for Linux, letting developers “create Linux content for the HTC Vive VR headset, trackers and other hardware.”

Valve Launches SteamVR Support for Linux– Engadget

IoT is largely transitioning from hype to implementation with the growth of smart and connected devices spanning across all industries including building automation, energy, healthcare and manufacturing. The automotive industry has given some of the most tangible examples of both the promise and risk of IoT, with Tesla’s ability to deploy over-the-air software updates a prime example of forward-thinking efficiency. On the other side, the Jeep Cherokee hack in July 2015 displayed the urgent need for security to be a top priority for embedded devices as several security lapses made it vulnerable and gave hackers the ability to remotely control the vehicle. One of the security lapses included the firmware update of the head unit (V850) not having the proper authenticity checks.

The growing number of embedded Linux devices coming online can impact the life and health of people, communities, and nations. And given the upward trajectory of security breaches coinciding with the increasing number of connected devices, the team at Mender decided to address this growing need.

Mender is an open source project to make it easier to deploy over-the-air (OTA) software updates for connected Linux devices (Internet of Things). Mender is end-to-end, providing both the backend management server for campaign management for controlled rollouts of software updates and the client on the device that checks for available updates. Both backend and client are licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

Mender recently became a corporate member of the Linux Foundation. Here, we sit down with their team to learn more about their goals and open source commitment.

Linux.com: What does Mender do?

Thomas Ryd, CEO of Mender: our mission is to secure the world’s connected devices. Our team is focusing the project to be an accessible and inexpensive approach to securing their connected devices. Our goal is to build a comprehensive security solution that is not only inexpensive to use, but easy to implement and use. That will naturally drive Mender to be the de facto standard for securing connected Linux devices.

Eystein Stenberg, CTO of Mender: our first application is an over-the-air software updater for embedded Linux and our first production-ready version will focus on an atomic, dual file system approach to ensure robustness — in case of a failed update due to power failure or poor network connectivity, the device will automatically roll back to the previous working state.

Linux.com: How and why is open source important to Mender?

Ralph Nguyen, Head of Community Development: When we initially ventured into this problem, there were very little OTA solutions that were end-to-end open source. There were limits to some end-to-end vendors for their backend, while others were simply incomplete and didn’t have either a backend or client. There are many proprietary software products targeting the automotive industry, but none provided the level of openness we anticipated. And most of the embedded Linux folks we’ve spoken to implemented a homegrown updater. It was quite common that they had a strong distaste for maintaining it! This was a recurring theme that sealed our initial direction with OTA updates.

And the accessibility of our project for embedded Linux developers is important from a larger perspective: security is a major, tangible threat given recent events such as the Mirai botnet DDoS attack and developers shouldn’t be faced with vendor lock-in to address these very real challenges.

Linux.com: Why did Mender join the Linux Foundation?

Ryd: The Linux Foundation supports a diverse and inclusive ecosystem of technologies and is helping to fix the internet’s most critical security problems. We felt it was only natural to join and become a member to solidify our commitment to open source. We hope it will be an arena for learning and collaboration for the Mender project.

Linux.com: What are some of the benefits of collaborative development for such projects and how does such collaboration benefit Mender’s customers or users?

Nguyen: Our team has a background in open source, and we get that the more eyes there are, the security and quality of the code will increase accordingly. A permissive open source license such as ours encourages a thriving open source community which in turn provides a healthy peer review mechanism that closed source or other restrictive licenses simply cannot compete with. We anticipate the Mender project will improve vastly from a thriving, collaborative community which we hope to encourage and support properly.

Linux.com: What interesting or innovative trends are you witnessing and what role does Linux or open source play in them?

Stenberg: The core mechanisms required for almost any IoT deployment, for example within smart home, smart city, smart energy grids, agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation, is to collect data from sensor networks, analyze the data in the cloud and then manage systems based upon it.

A simple use case from the home automation industry is to open your home from your smartphone. It typically requires the states of the locks in your home to be published to the cloud (data collection), the cloud to visualize the overall state to your smartphone, open or locked (analyze) and give you the ability to change the overall state (manage).

The capabilities of the IoT devices vary, it can be a very heterogeneous environment, but they can generally be split into 1) low-energy sensors that run a small RTOS (Real Time Operating System) firmware of tens or hundreds of kilobytes and 2) local gateways that aggregate, control and monitor these sensors, as well as provide internet connectivity.

Linux plays a large and increasingly important role in the more intelligent IoT devices, such as these local gateways. Historically, the majority of device vendors developed their own proprietary operating systems for these devices, but this is changing due to the increasing software complexity. For example, developing a bluetooth or TCP/IP stack, web server or cryptographic toolkit does not add any differentiation to a product, while it does add significant cost. This is an area where the promise of open source collaboration is working very well, as even competitors are coming together to design and implement the best solution for the community.

Cost and scale are two important keywords for the IoT. Embedded development has historically required a lot of customizations and consulting, but in the future we will see off-the-shelf products with very large deployments, both in terms of hardware and software.

Linux.com: Anything else important or upcoming that you’d like to share?

Ryd: We have been working on Mender for two years and it has been a market-driven approach. Our team has engaged with over a hundred embedded Linux developers in various capacities, including many many user tests to ensure we were building a comprehensive solution to address software updates for IoT. What has become clear is the state of the union is downright scary. There have and will forever be bugs in software. Shipping connected products that can impact people’s lives and health not having a secure and reliable way to update software should soon be a thing of the past.

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In this exercise, we learn about two of the most useful tools for troubleshooting networks. These tools will show what is happening as network traffic is transmitted and received. The tools are tcpdump and wireshark.

These are passive tools; they simply listen to all traffic exposed to the system by the networking infrastructure.

A fair amount of network traffic is broadcasted to all the devices that are connected to the networking gear. Much of the traffic is simply ignored by the individual systems because the traffic’s destination does not match the system’s address. The tools tcpdump and wireshark can “see”  all of the traffic on the connection and display the traffic in a format that can be analyzed.

tcpdump is a command-line, low-level tool that is generally available as part of a Linux distribution’s default package installation. tcpdump has a filtering capability as described in the pcap-filter man page; both tcpdump and wireshark use the pcap libraries to capture and decipher traffic data.

tcpdump lacks a graphical component as well as the ability to analyze the traffic it captures. For this reason, it is typically used to capture network traffic during an interesting session and then the resulting capture files are copied to a workstation for analysis using the wireshark utility.

Packet capture also requires placing the network interfaces into promiscuous mode, which requires root permissions.

Set up your system

Access to The Linux Foundation’s lab environment is only possible for those enrolled in the course. However, we’ve created a standalone lab for this tutorial series to run on any single machine or virtual machine which does not need the lab setup to be completed. The commands will be altered to comply with the standalone environment.  

To make this lab exercise standalone, let’s add a couple of IP aliases to the default adapter.

To add a temporary IP alias, determine the default adapter:

$ sudo ip a | grep "inet "

The result should be similar to:

   inet 127.0.0.1/8 scope host lo

   inet 192.168.0.16/24 brd 192.168.0.255 scope global dynamic enp0s3

   inet 192.168.122.1/24 brd 192.168.122.255 scope global virbr0

This system shows several adapters: the “lo” is the loopback device, “enp0s3” is the adapter with the address assigned by the DHCP server and is the default adapter. The “virbr0” adapter is a network bridge adapter used by the hypervisor, we will not use this one.  

To add IP aliases on adapter enp0s3:

$ sudo ip addr add 192.168.52.101 dev enp0s3

Then add the following to /etc/hosts:

192.168.52.101 main

This /etc/hosts entry should be removed after the exercise is completed.

On our testing system the commands looked like:

Setup.png

Start the exercise

Open a terminal and run the command:

$ sudo tcpdump -D

Notice that the “adapters” are shown by device name not by IP address. We will be using the adapter we added the extra IP addresses to. In the case of our test system “enp0s3” would be the logical choice. However, because we have a single system with IP aliases we will use the interface “any” for our monitoring. If you had several interfaces you could select traffic monitoring from any specific interface.  Below is the output from our test system.

tcpdump-D.png

$ sudo tcpdump -i any 

This will print a brief summary of each packet that the system sees on the interface, regardless of whether it is intended for the system “main”. Leave the process running and open a second terminal. In this second terminal, run ping, first pinging “main” and then pinging the broadcast address,(this is the same network as your adapter but with a host number of ”255”, something like 192.168.56.255.

$ ping -c4 main

$ ping -c4 -b  192.168.56.255

There may be extra packets displayed that are not related to our purpose. As an example, the command “ping -c4 www.google.com“ will generate traffice on the interface we are listening to “-i any”.  We can add a pcap filter to our tcpdump command to ignore packets that are not related to our subnet. The command would be:

$sudo tcpdump -i any net 192.168.52.0/24 

The tcpdump output from the “ping -c2 main” as captured by our test system is listed below:

ping-host.png

The tcpdump output from the “ping -c2 -b 192.168.52.255” as captured by our test system is listed below:

ping-broadcast.png

Notice that our system can see the broadcast ping coming in but there is no reply, this is because of a system tunable.  Broadcast pings could be used as a denial of service attack so are disabled by default.

Next, explore the pcap-filter and tcpdump man pages. We are going to construct a tcpdump command that captures HTTP traffic on our interface and save that traffic to a file.
Run the following commands:

For Fedora, RHEL, CentOS systems:

$ sudo yum install httpd elinks 

$ sudo systemctl start httpd

For Ubuntu and Debian systems:

$ sudo apt-get install apache2 elinks

$ sudo systemctl start apache2

For all distributions, create a test file:

$ sudo su -c ‘echo "test page" > /var/www/html/test.html’

Note: If your system has the “firewalld” service running you may need to open some ports.

To test if firewalld is running:

$ sudo systemctl status firewalld 

To open the http port:

$ sudo -i  

# firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=80/tcp --permanent

# firewall-cmd --reload

Start tcpdump listening for traffic on port 80:

$ sudo tcpdump -i any port 80

We could be more specific and say:

$ sudo tcpdump -i amy port 80 and host main 

Now let’s generate some HTTP traffic to test, first with a http get of a missing page then a good page:

$ elinks -dump http://main/no-file.html

$ elinks -dump http://main/file.html

Observe the output of tcpdump then terminate tcpdump command with a “ctl-c”

tcpdump-404.png

Analyze with wireshark

First lets create some information to analyse, on one terminal session:

$ sudo tcpdump -i any port 80 -w http-dump.pcap 

And on another terminal session issue the following commands:

Generates a “404 not found” error:

$ elinks -dump http://main/no-file.html

Should return the text of the file we created earlier:

$ elinks -dump http://main/file.html

Terminate the http://main/no-file.html tcpdump command and verify the file “http-dump.pcap exists and has bytes in it.

Next, we will analyze the captured data with wireshark. Verify wireshark is installed:

$ sudo  which wireshark

If the previous command fails, you will have to install the utility.

On RHEL-based systems:

$ sudo yum install wireshark wireshark-gnome

Or Debian based systems:

$ sudo apt-get install wireshark-gtk wireshark-qt 

You can launch it by running /usr/sbin/wireshark or finding it the application menus on your desktop, e.g., under Applications -> Internet menu, you may find the Wireshark Network Analyzer. If wireshark is launched from the GUI, go to the File -> Open dialog and browse to the capture file created above. Or launch wireshark with the capture file from the command line:

wireshark  http-dump.pcap

wireshark-404.png

Explore the wireshark output.  Wireshark can be run in an interactive mode without the requirement of tcpdump, but requires a GUI. A text version of wireshark exists called “tshark”. The process of capturing with tcpdump and analysing with wireshark, possibly on a different machine is handy for production type systems without GUI or console access.

Cleanup

Please remember to remove the entries from /etc/hosts. A reboot will remove the network alias we added.

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Read the other articles in the series:

Linux Security Threats: The 7 Classes of Attackers

Linux Security Threats: Attack Sources and Types of Attacks

Linux Security Fundamentals Part 3: Risk Assessment / Trade-offs and Business Considerations

Linux Security Fundamentals: Estimating the Cost of a Cyber Attack

Linux Security Fundamentals Part 6: Introduction to nmap

The Linux Foundation has announced keynote speakers and session highlights for Open Networking Summit, to be held April 3-6, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA.

ONS promises to be the largest, most comprehensive and most innovative networking and orchestration event of the year. The event brings enterprises, carriers, and cloud service providers together with the networking ecosystem to share learnings, highlight innovation and discuss the future of open source networking.

Speakers and attendees at Open Networking Summit represent the best and brightest in next-generation open source networking and orchestration technologies.

ONS keynote speakers

Martin Casado, a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and co-founder of Nicira (acquired by VMware in 2012) will give a keynote on the future of networking. (See our Q&A with Casado for a sneak preview.)

Other keynote speakers include:

  • John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President – AT&T Technology and Operations with Andre Fuetsch, President AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer at AT&T

  • Justin Dustzadeh, VP, Head of Global Infrastructure Network Services, Visa

  • Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi, Technical Advisor to Facebook, Chairman & CEO, 2020 Venture Partners

  • Albert Greenberg, Corporate Vice President Azure Networking, Microsoft

  • Rashesh Jethi, SVP Engineering at Amadeus IT Group SA, the world’s leading online travel platform

  • Sandra Rivera, Vice President Datacenter Group, General Manager, Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation

  • Amin Vahdat, Google Fellow and Technical Lead for Networking, Google

ONS session speakers

Summit sessions will cover the full scope of open networking across enterprise, cloud and service providers. Topics that will be explored at the event include container networking, software-defined data centers, cloud-native application development, security, network automation, microservices architecture, orchestration, SDN, NFV and so much more. Look forward to over 75 tutorials, workshops, and sessions led by networking innovators.

Session highlights include:

  • Accelerated SDN in Azure, Daniel Firestone, Microsoft

  • Troubleshooting for Intent-based Networking, Joon-Myung Kang, Hewlett Packard Labs

  • Beyond Micro-Services Architecture, Larry Peterson, Open Networking Lab

  • Combining AI and IoT. New Industrial Revolution in our houses and in the Universe, Karina Popova, LINK Mobility

  • Rethinking NFV: Where have we gone wrong, and how can we get it right?, Scott Shenker, UC Berkeley

View the full schedule with many more sessions across six tracks.

Linux.com readers can register now with the discount code, LINUXRD5, for 5% off the registration price. Register to attend by February 19 and save more than $800 over late registration pricing.

This week in Linux and open source news, CNCF announces purchase of RethinkDB’s source code, SnapRoute boasts new, industry-leading backers, and more! Use our weekly digest to round out your OSS news monitoring. 

1) CNCF announces purchase of RethinkDB’s source code and donation to The Linux Foundation, where it will “live on under an Apache license.”

After Corporate Failure, Open Source RethinkDB Lives On Under The Linux Foundation– App Developer Magazine

2) SnapRoute (founded by former Apple engineers) uses OSS to make data center networking more flexible– and now boasts $25 in funding.

Networking Startup SnapRoute Scores Big-Name Backers– Fortune

3) ECOMP has been open sourced and is now a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.

AT&T Open Sourced the Heart of Their Network– CIO

4) Slimbook’s Apple Air-like laptops come with KDE Neon installed.

Finally, a Linux Laptop Worthy of KDE– TechRepublic

5) Red Hat’s growth spurt has “allowed the company to invest in Africa……opening offices in SA and looking at entering other markets.”

Red Hat’s Cloud Application Platforms Boost Growth– ITWeb

An elite group of networking industry executives, investors and entrepreneurs will meet behind closed doors for a think tank discussion at Open Networking Summit (ONS) this year.

The intimate, invitation-only Open Networking Innovation Forum will facilitate a frank and open dialogue centered around the opportunities and challenges facing open networking acceleration and open source business models.                     

The purpose of this invitation-only forum is                                             

  • Open Collaboration among open networking’s visionaries, thought leaders, early adopters, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators together in an intimate setting for a high-quality dialogue.    

  • Stimulating Discussion about the state of open networking, opportunities and challenges, how to accelerate adoption of open networking by various Enterprise IT Teams in a Software Defined World with emerging cloud business models.

  • Informal Networking with leaders representing the entire Enterprise, Cloud & Carrier ecosystem: CIO/CTO/VP IT/Architects, Users from multiple verticals, silicon, box, and software vendors, open source platforms providers, system integrators, venture capitalists, and others.                                      

ONS, to be held April 3-6 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, promises to be the largest, most comprehensive and most innovative networking and orchestration event of the year. The private innovation forum will take place the second day of ONS to gather executive leaders from a cross-section of the industry, including enterprise, carriers and cloud providers, startups and VCs, and others in the networking ecosystem.

In this informational Q&A, Arpit Joshipura, general manager of networking and orchestration at The Linux Foundation, discusses why he organized a think tank event for networking industry executives and what they’ll likely discuss.

Linux.com: Why are you holding a leadership event for open networking executives at ONS?

Arpit Joshipura: ONS is a the largest networking event in Silicon Valley and attracts both developers and business executives. Executive leaders and creators of innovation need a neutral platform for discussion with other like-minded thought leaders. Linux Foundation serves as a catalyst to bring the top influencers together.

Linux.com: Who is invited?

Joshipura: Networking and Orchestration is a very innovative industry and touches many verticals and markets. We are working with key leaders to represent the entire ecosystem – all layers of the stack, from creators to end users across multiple industries. In addition, Silicon Valley is the innovation capital of the world and we will bring Venture Capitalists/Visionaries like Martin Casado from Andreessen Horowitz, and startup executives. A list of some of the confirmed attendees is available on our ONS Website (here)

Linux.com: What is the format?

Joshipura: We’ll hold roundtables, chats, and panels. The format is workshop-style brainstorming.

Linux.com: What will you discuss?

Joshipura: High-level topics for discussion include Architecture Harmonization, Business Models, Open Source Adoption catalysts and blockers, Innovative use cases, vendor research, and more. As the world of Software Defined Enterprise, Service Provider Network Automation and Cloud Technologies come together, there is a huge opportunity for collaboration on topics like 5G/Private Clouds/SDN/NFV that would have a huge impact on adjacent markets like Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and Business Intelligence.

Linux.com: How will the outcome of the discussion be used?

Joshipura: This elite group will be collectively driving the vision and direction of the entire networking and orchestration industry for the next five years to come.

Linux.com: Will there be anything published about it afterward? Why is it closed to the press?

Joshipura: No. It is closed to press to allow for open discussions specifically as several enterprise verticals like FinTech, healthcare, travel and hospitality, retail and of course communications will be sharing use cases, best practices, and lessons learned.

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