The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat® blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 Beta - Now Available

Work on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8 has continued and we are pleased to announce the beta availability of RHEL 8.1. RHEL 8.1 Beta improves manageability, adds new security enhancements and enables greater developer productivity. This release also includes updated drivers that deliver new features and bug fixes for supported hardware platforms.


VentureBeat - How open source and AI can take us to the Moon, Mars, and beyond

100% of the current TOP500 supercomputers run on some form of Linux. Therefore, it's likely that the future of space exploration will be built on the open source philosophy of knowledge sharing and collaboration among researchers and developers. Success will depend on the adoption of open technologies to stimulate collaboration among nations, as well as advances in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.


Command Line Heroes - Season 3, episode 3: Creating JavaScript

JavaScript was the underdog that won against all odds. Charles Severance explains how JavaScript went from a last-minute moonshot to the default web development language. Michael Clayton confesses he, like many others, underestimated JavaScript. And Klint Finley describes a gloomy internet without it.


Knative's first year: Where it's at and what's next in serverless

This week we celebrated the one year anniversary since the Knative project came to the world of Kubernetes. Knative helps developers build and run serverless applications anywhere Kubernetes runs—on-premise or on any cloud. It was originally started by Google, but is maintained by the community, which includes companies like Red Hat, Google, IBM and SAP and a great ecosystem of startups.


The business value of a Red Hat Technical Account Manager

Our technical account managers (TAMs) have been delivering personalized, proactive support to customers for more than 10 years. Red Hat commissioned a study with IDC on The Business Value of Red Hat Technical Account Management and ultimately, IDC found that having a Red Hat TAM resulted in a 432% three-year ROI among those surveyed.

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