November 2022

AI/ML in retail: how the shopping experience has changed

AI/ML is reinventing the reality of many industries, including retail. From brick-and-mortar stores to online marketplaces, retail companies are all increasing their investments in artificial intelligence, in order to gain a competitive advantage, better understand their customers and solve some of their long-lasting problems.  Unlike some other spaces, retailers quickly moved towards a data-driven approach,

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Ruby concurrency is hard: how I became a Ruby on Rails contributor

For the past several weeks, I’ve been trying to fix a cranky spec in Karafka integrations suite, which in the end, lead me to become a Ruby on Rails micro-contributor and submitting similar fix to several other high-popularity projects from the Ruby ecosystem. Here’s my story of trying to make sense of my specs and

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Announcing the results of the Ubuntu Membership Board elections

We had a call for nominations for the Ubuntu Membership Board and then voted in the Community Council. The following people have been elected to the Ubuntu Membership Board for the next two years: Khairul Aizat Kamarudzzaman (fenris) Dani Llewellyn (diddledani) Billy D. Quinn (Bashing-om) Mattia Rizzolo (mapreri) Miles Sharpe (Kilos) Larry Tarvin (wild_man) Congratulations

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Open source and cybersecurity: from prevention to recovery

So you have just installed the latest antivirus and turned on your shiny new firewall. Now your organisation is fully secure, right?  The reality is that all the security products in the world will never be able to fully protect your data centre or your business from security threats. Because of the asymmetry between attackers

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Accelerate automotive 3D models with vGPU

In previous blog posts, we’ve covered digital twins in the automotive industry and how they can help further the development of autonomous vehicles, among other use cases. We’ve also explored how to speed up development in distributed engineering teams cost effectively with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with virtual graphics processing units (vGPUs), like those from

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Wallpaper Contest for Xfce 4.18 – End of submissions

Nov 20,2022 Wallpaper Contest for Xfce 4.18 – End of submissions The submission deadline for the Xfce 4.18 wallpaper contest just ended, and I am happy to see that many submissions! Starting by now, one week of voting will show which wallpapers are the most popular ones. In order to cast your vote, login at

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Empowering developers in financial services with desktop as a service

The pandemic has accelerated the trend toward remote working environments but it also pushed governance and security issues to the top of the priority list for IT departments within financial institutions. Employees, and developers in particular, need the technological agility to work remotely given the hybrid workplace model being adopted by the majority of organisations.

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