First NEO Dev Comp announced

NEO and Microsoft China announced developer's competition with $490,000 in prizes
21 November 2017   640

NEO together with Microsoft announced the first developer's competition. There is $490,000 worth in prizes, with a first prize pool of $150,000. The entries will be judged by NEO founders Da Hongfei and Eric Zhang, City of Zion founder Fabio Canesin, Elastos Founder Rong Chen, and Ontology founder Jun Li. The purpose of the competition is to continue the growth of the development community and further development of the NEO ecosystem.

There are 5 rules in this competition:

  1. The competition will open on November 20, 2017 and close at 11:59 PM Beijing time (GMT+8), March 10, 2018.
  2. Participants are required to develop on the NEO blockchain.
  3. During the competition, developers are free to collaborate and to submit their work as a team.
  4. Teams or individuals who fail to submit their work before 11:59 PM Beijing time (GMT+8), March 10, 2018 will not be eligible for prizes.
  5. Your submission must contain executable programs and codes.

The prize fund was divided as follows:

  1. First prize - $150 000 (1 team)
  2. Second prize - $50 000 (2 teams)
  3. Third prize - $30 000 (3 teams)
  4. Award of merit - $10 000 (10 teams)

Outstanding projects will be invited to attend NEO DevCon which will be held in Silicon Valley in January 2018.

Canonical to Represent Minimal Ubuntu

New version of Ubuntu is created for servers, isolated containers based on Docker and cloud systems
12 July 2018   101

Ubuntu team presented a simplified version of the base image - Minimal Ubuntu. It is designed for servers, isolated containers based on Docker and cloud systems. The release features high performance, minimal load time and automation of applications in the cloud.

The small footprint of Minimal Ubuntu, when deployed with fast VM provisioning from GCE, helps deliver drastically improved boot times, making them a great choice for developers looking to build their applications on Google Cloud Platform.
 

Paul Nash

Group Product Manager, Google Cloud

The authors of the project emphasize the size of the distribution kit, which "weighs" 157 MB, and also supports the main cloud systems like Amazon EC2, Google Compute Engine (GCE), LXD and KVM / OpenStack, each of which has its own optimized version of the package. In addition, the OS-based image for operating with containers based on the Docker platform, compatible with the Kubernetes.

Minimal Ubuntu is designed for automated execution, so it includes only a minimal set of tools. The distribution can be upgraded to a set of Ubuntu Server packages using the special utility "unminimize", which returns components that are convenient for interactive management.

According to Canonical representatives, the deletion of the manual control functions resulted in the acceleration of the load time by 40% and the reduction of the occupied disk space by 50%. At the same time, this release remained completely compatible with all the packages from standard Ubuntu repositories. Required packages can be installed using the standard package manager apt or using snapd, which are included in the distribution by default.

Two assemblies are available for download, based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and 18.04 LTS. You can download them on the official website.