January 2023 - Lens Champions, We're Hiring, Lens Forums, All About Lens 6

Happy new year! We wish you the best for your Kubernetes!

At Lens, we are starting 2023 with several community projects, including this brand-new newsletter, to keep you updated on all the good stuff we are preparing for you!

  • Are you interested in becoming a Lens Champion?

Lens Champions are ambassadors who share their knowledge with the community, provide direct feedback to the development team, preview new features, and influence the Lens roadmap.

They are at the heart of the Lens community and get exclusive Lens Champions Swag!

Fill this form if you are interested, and we will contact you shortly:

  • Lens Forums are open!

Get ready for some amazing news! We’ve got something special in store for all the valued members of the Lens Community. While Slack is a fantastic tool for real-time interaction, sometimes finding the answers you need can be a bit of a scavenger hunt. Discover a world of knowledge and interact with the brightest minds in the Lens community on the brand-new Lens Forums!

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Effortless discovery: Say goodbye to endless scrolling and hello to instant answers. You’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for, faster than ever.

  • Community connection: Interact with other Lens enthusiasts and share your experiences, knowledge, and ideas.

  • Use cases, issues, and extensions: Dive into in-depth discussions on use cases, troubleshoot any issues you may encounter, and learn about the latest and greatest in Lens extensions development.

So, what are you waiting for? Join us on Lens Forums and let’s take our community to the next level!

We can’t wait to see you there!

  • Lens is hiring!

We are looking for a Senior Fullstack Engineer and a Senior Frontend Developer to join our team, and help us revolutionize the way developers work with Kubernetes.

Our Senior Fullstack Engineers and Senior Frontend Developers are contributing to the development of Lens and are part of a cross-functional team that handles the full software development life cycle, from conception to deployment. They work with the latest technologies, including Electron, React, TypeScript, Node.js, and Golang. They have a passion for visual design and user experience is important to them.We value team players who are excited to try new things and tackle technical challenges.

Read more about it: Join Team Lens. Join the Lens revolution and shape the… | by Elodie Meste | k8slens | Jan, 2023 | Medium

  • Lens 6 release - New features and subscription

Lens 6 is the biggest release to date. With new features and an entirely new product subscription model, we understand there may be an abundance of questions. So you may be wondering, how does this affect me?

Lens Desktop Kubernetes
Lens Desktop Kubernetes is a local Kubernetes cluster built-in directly to Lens Desktop. Whether you are just getting started or are a seasoned cloud native developer, you can now start a Kubernetes cluster with a single click. Since Lens Desktop Kubernetes is built-in to Lens Desktop, there is no need to install any additional software (note: if you are on Windows, you will need WSL2).

You can configure the Kubernetes version, CPU, memory, and disk size for your cluster to make Lens Kubernetes as small or large as you need to develop and test your workloads. This feature is included in the Lens Pro subscription.

Lens security
Lens Security provides container image scanning and CVE reporting for everybody using Lens Desktop. You can now easily browse through the container images running in your cluster, namespace, deployment, or even pod and spot scan images to immediately see their vulnerabilities. You can even automate scanning by deploying an operator to secure your inner development loop.

Lens Desktop can also integrate with your centralized scanning system to show you vulnerabilities while you are using Lens. No need to jump to yet another dashboard and be overwhelmed by CVEs to find what you are looking for. This feature is included in the Lens Pro subscription.

Lens Support maximizes the value of Lens for your cloud native developers. It is integrated with Lens Desktop and comes with a built-in chat to have a conversation with a Team Lens support engineer, making it easy for you to get the answers you need. We also have a support portal and regardless of how you reach out to us, every submission creates a ticket.

On the Lens support portal, you can view and manage all your tickets as well as search through our knowledge base, if you prefer self-service to find answers to Lens issues and questions you might have. This feature is included in the Lens Pro subscription.

Lens subscription
In order for us to continue delivering high quality products and invest more into new capabilities, we will need the support of our community and users. We want Lens to remain free but at the same time, we need to find a way to cover the costs to make it sustainable. There’s an entire team devoted to making Lens the best possible product on this planet! To accommodate this, we put in place a new Lens subscription model with two tiers: Lens Personal and Lens Pro. This change will ensure we can keep on maintaining and investing more into the future of Lens!

  • If you are using Lens for personal use, education or as a startup (less than $10 million in annual revenue or funding), you can choose Lens Personal subscription that is free of charge. You may also choose to upgrade your productivity and go for a more advanced Lens Pro subscription.
  • If you are working for a large business (more than $10 million in annual revenue or funding), you’ll have to purchase a Lens Pro subscription, or convince your manager to do so. You can use our solution brief to convince your manager.

Check out our FAQ for frequently asked questions related to this change.
Read more about Lens 6!

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Thanks for using our product!
Team Lens