KDE Plasma Desktop review: I’m still not switching from GNOME

Jack Wallen shares what he likes and dislikes about KDE Plasma and reveals who might be best suited to use the open source desktop.

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I have to confess: I don’t give KDE a fair shake. It’s not because I don’t believe it to be a strong take on the Linux desktop, it’s just that I prefer a much more minimal desktop. Also, I was never a big fan of the old taskbar/start menu/system tray combo. I leaned more toward the GNOME way of thinking and doing things.

Recently, a reader called me out on my lack of KDE coverage, so I thought it was time to offer up my take on where KDE Plasma stands, and who might be best suited to use this open source desktop. Comparing Plasma to my usual GNOME desktop is really quite challenging, given these two desktops are night and day. It’s

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MuleSoft CTO: API-based infrastructures helped company and customers adapt to the new normal

Agile, API-based systems are helping both MuleSoft customers and Salesforce react to the new business reality of increased remote work and rapid digital transformation.

In conjunction with Salesforce’s
TrailheaDX 2020

developer event, which was completely virtual this year, I had a chance to speak with MuleSoft CTO Uri Sarid for out
Dynamic Developer

podcast. Sarid discussed a variety of topics, including the company’s continued efforts to help companies build API-based infrastructures and capabilities, how these API-based systems are helping both customers and Salesforce adapt to the new normal of the COVID-19, and what’s on the horizon for MuleSoft, such as a new feature they’ll be releasing later this year called API Federation. The following is a transcript of our interview, edited for readability.

Bill Detwiler: So, when you and I spoke last at Dreamforce last year, we had a great conversation about how MuleSoft, and how you, really see the

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How Diamanti wants to bridge Kubernetes into the cloud

Commentary: Diamanti started off as a way to make on-premises Kubernetes deployments sing. Now it’s aiming to extend that to the cloud.

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Despite Kubernetes being scorchingly hot, it’s nevertheless true that it remains too hard for many enterprises. Fortunately, Kubernetes is innovating at such a rapid clip that anything I write about Kubernetes today may no longer be true tomorrow. At the heart of this fast-paced innovation is a broad-based community that approaches Kubernetes development from diverse angles. Running in the cloud? You’re covered. On-premises? Also covered. Hybrid architecture? Here things get interesting.

Diamanti, which tackles the Kubernetes market with an appliance approach, has long positioned itself as the “easy button” for enterprises that struggle to weld together the software, hardware, and networking necessary to make Kubernetes hum on-premises. As Diamanti CEO Tom Barton said in an interview, it’s also trying to make it easier for

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Intel, Georgia Tech, and MIT code similarity project could address tech shortages

The machine inferred code similarity system has recorded scores that are at times 40 times more accurate than other existing systems, according to Intel.

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In the era of digital transformation, more companies are looking to leverage automation to streamline their business models and enhance efficiencies. At the same time, many companies are struggling to onboard the talent to fulfill their operational objectives. The tech talent shortage has been widely discussed over the past few years.

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In 2017, it was estimated that there would be as many as 1 million developer positions left unfilled by 2020, according to
Gartner

. At the time, more than 80% of representatives on the TechRepublic CIO Jury reported difficulties finding necessary tech talent at their organizations. The coronavirus pandemic has even highlighted the risks associated with scant programmer talent; namely COBOL programmers to assist with older mainframe systems.

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Ford Bronco reservations surpass 150,000 – TechCrunch

The reception to Bronco 2021 — Ford’s flagship series of 4×4 vehicles that were revealed earlier this month — surpassed expectations of the company’s most optimistic initial projections, CEO Jim Hackett said in an earnings call Thursday. 

More than 150,000 customers have plunked down $100 to reserve a spot to order one of the vehicles, according to Ford. 

“We think this family of vehicles has big upside potential in the growing off-road category and this is a category with a leading OEM has not been seriously challenged until now,” Hackett said.

These are, of course, mere reservations, not actual orders. The deposits are refundable. Now, Ford is focused on the due diligence required to determine how many of these reservations will be converted to orders as it lay outs its manufacturing strategy for the brand.

The Ford Bronco 2 and Bronco 4 will be built at Michigan Assembly Plant in

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Amazon Web Services (AWS): A cheat sheet

This comprehensive guide about AWS covers the expansive cloud services offered by Amazon, common use cases and technical limitations, and what to know when adopting this technology.

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The rise of cloud computing provides businesses the ability to quickly provision computing resources without the costly and laborious task of building data centers, and without the costs of running servers with underutilized capacity due to variable workloads.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) was the first large vendor of easily affordable cloud infrastructure and services, and remains the single largest player in the cloud computing market. For startups, this low barrier to entry has enabled the rise of popular photo sharing services such as imgur, while established companies like Netflix have transitioned their workloads to AWS to decrease the complexity of their deployment while reducing costs.

This guide to AWS is both an easily digestible introduction to Amazon’s cloud ecosystem, as

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