Drupal 9.1.0 is available


The first feature release of Drupal 9 includes the new experimental Olivero frontend theme and various additions to the Claro administration theme. Installer performance is improved 20% and full Composer 2 and PHP 8 support is available. Images with known dimensions are set to lazy-load by default to improve frontend performance.

Source: Drupal 9.1.0 is available

Looks like PHP 8, Composer 2, Symphony 4,5,6 will get us to Drupal 9. Upgrades paths from Drupal 7 are stable.

KNN (K-Nearest Neighbors) is Dead! | by Marie Stephen Leo | Towards AI | Dec, 2020 | Medium

KNN (K-Nearest Neighbors) is Dead! | by Marie Stephen Leo | Towards AI | Dec, 2020 | Medium https://medium.com/towards-artificial-intelligence/knn-k-nearest-neighbors-is-dead-fc16507eb3e

Learning how to apply some of the algorithms mentioned in this article would likely improve students’ and teachers’ ability to locate CALI resources and allow us to build a useful recommender system.

Quick Look at Cockpit for Linux server management


Cockpit is a service for Linux that provides a web-based interface for managing and monitoring hosts. It can be deployed in any size organization, even a small office, and it’s a great way for home users to maintain the family IT infrastructure. I use it to manage and monitor all of the computers in my house—including Raspberry Pi. Cockpit is a free and open source software project released under the LGPL v2.1+. It is sponsored by Red Hat and included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the RHEL Web Console.

Source: How I use Cockpit for my home’s Linux server management

GitHub – themsaid/ibis: A PHP tool that helps you write eBooks in markdown and convert to PDF.

GitHub – themsaid/ibis: A PHP tool that helps you write eBooks in markdown and convert to PDF. https://github.com/themsaid/ibis

How to fix the Chrome 80 cookies issue in Drupal

There’s plenty of articles out there explaining what the changes are (https://blog.chromium.org/2020/02/samesite-cookie-changes-in-february.html), why they’ve been done (https://www.troyhunt.com/promiscuous-cookies-and-their-impending-death-via-the-samesite-policy) and how to ‘theoretically’ fix them with simple code examples, but we haven’t stumbled upon many articles explaining ‘practical’ solutions to apply to a Drupal site to actually fix the issues that arise due to the stricter cookie policies implemented since the Chrome 80 release.

Source: How to fix the Chrome 80 cookies issue in Drupal

Drupal Distribution: Opigno LMS

It allows to very easily create engaging learning pathsassess the knowledge of students, employees or partners, and monitor their achievements thanks to the reporting dashboards. It offers innovative features like adaptive learning depending on the user’s results, automatic skill management, a mobile application, and much more…

  • manage training paths organized in courses, modules, and activities
  • configure adaptive learning paths
  • manage and ensure skill acquisition by students
  • assess students thanks to varied quizzes
  • manage blended learning by combining online modules with in-house sessions and virtual classrooms
  • award certificates to successful students
  • sell your trainings online
  • facilitate interactions thanks to live meetings, forums and chats
  • and much more!

Opigno LMS is fully compliant with SCORM (1.2 and 2004 v3) and Tin Can (xAPI).

It integrates the innovative H5P technology, making possible to create rich interactive training contents.

Source: Opigno LMS

Drupal for e-Learning websites

What a Drupal website for distance learning should be like? We will talk about technologies for students’ assignments, collecting statistics on the work done, functionality, Drupal modules, and distributions for its work.

Source: Drupal for e-Learning websites

BlueSpice, based on MediaWiki, is an open source alternative to Confluence 

Knowledge management is a key to success in modern enterprises—but it is not exactly easy to achieve. Keeping track of all relevant details across all employees is a huge challenge, especially in agile environments, which most companies say they are.

Most companies resort to buying wiki-like solutions, such as Confluence from Atlassian, which exposes them to the lock-in effect of proprietary software. But many would do well to consider BlueSpice, an open source alternative to Atlassian Confluence that has a noble ancestry: it’s based on Wikipedia’s MediaWiki.

Source: Manage knowledge with BlueSpice, an open source alternative to Confluence

Migrating content to Drupal using CSV

Drupal 8 content migrations from CSV or spreadsheet, full tutorial. Learn to import complex data from CSV in 20 minutes, example code included.

Drupal 8 content migrations from CSV or spreadsheet

Time to start thinking about this.

Run Bastions on Demand to Access Your AWS VPCs

Any time you have a VPC, you’ll likely need some way to gain access to the resources within the VPC from your local box. Typically, the way to do that is to run a bastion (or jumpbox) which you and your team can SSH into. The downside is that you are exposing an entry point into your network that is accessible by multiple people and running 24×7. And depending on how you manage permissions, you may not be able to restrict access to the box via IAM. Obviously, this is not ideal.

Luckily, we have Fargate.

With Fargate, we no longer need to maintain permanent bastion instances—we can create bastions when needed and tear them down when no longer in use. We can lock down bastion instances to an individual user both in terms of SSH keys and IP address. And we can restrict access via IAM to both the API used to manage bastions and to which SSH keys are used to log into an instance.

All in all, we save on infrastructure spend while reducing our attack surface.

Bastions on Demand :: The Consulting CTO

This looks like an intriguing solution to a problem that has bothered me for years. Running sshd provides an attack surface for bad actors just because it’s there. Ideally you should never expose the ssh port to the public network, even if it is well secured. Bastion hosts are a well known solution to this but one that is often not implemented for one reason or another. Turning it inot a service seems like a good idea.