Top 5 articles for the week of November 24, 2017

Top 5: Learning Python, analyzing Linux performance with bcc/BPF, and more

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Top 5 articles for the week of November 24, 2017
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This week we take a look at seven tools for analyzing performance in Linux, an introduction to machine learning with Apache Solr, how Linux Vendor Firmware Service makes updates easier, 10 things that Jen Krieger learned making LEGO blocks glow, and five approaches to learning Python.

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5. 7 tools for analyzing performance in Linux with bcc/BPF

Brendan Gregg, a senior performance architect at Netflix, explains how the Berkley Packet Filter Compiler Collection Tools can provide sysadmins and developers with a large number of new tools and dashboards for performance analysis and troubleshooting. These enhancements weren't developed in Berkeley, operate on much more than just packets, and do much more than just filtering. In the article, Brendan explains how all this works.

4. Introduction to machine-learned ranking in Apache Solr

Michael A. Alcorn, a machine learning engineer at Red Hat, is always looking for ways to ways to use the latest and greatest machine learning technology. In this article, he provides a step-by-step guide to setting up and using Apache Solr. If you have zero Solr experience but are comfortable with machine learning and information retrieval concepts, then this is tailor-made for you.

3. LVFS makes Linux firmware updates easier

Richard Hughes of Red Hat brings us this a great article about Linux Vendor Firmware Service, how it got started, and why it makes sense for end users and hardware vendors. LVFS allows vendors of any size to create an account for free and upload re-distributable firmware with standard metadata. LVFS now supports more than 70 different devices, and every month more than 165,000 devices are updated.

2. 10 things I learned about making LEGO bricks glow

By day, Jen Krieger is chief agile architect at Red Hat, but by night she architects stunning LEGO creations. In a recent lightning talk at All Things Open, she shared the expected and unexpected obstacles she overcame in adding LED lighting to her LEGO model.

1. 5 approaches to learning Python

Sophie Polson is a senior at Duke University studying computer science. Whatever your learning style, whether beginner or expert, Sophie has an approach that is sure to work for you. Be sure to share your own favorite Python learning tool in the comments.

About the author

Don Watkins - Educator, education technology specialist,  entrepreneur, open source advocate. M.A. in Educational Psychology, MSED in Educational Leadership, Linux system administrator, CCNA, virtualization using Virtual Box. Follow me at @Don_Watkins .