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Critical Flaw Leads Google to Patch Thousands of Open-Source Projects
A 50-member team of Google engineers voluntarily worked to patch 2,600 open-source projects against a Java deserialization bug in 2016. A Google security researcher this week offered the first details...
Weaveworks Releases Weave Cloud SaaS Platform for Container Control
After months of availability in the beta test cycle, the commercial edition of the Weave Cloud Software-as-a-Service platform is now generally available. Weaveworks announced the general availability...
Walmart's Take on Open-Source OpenStack Technology
Walmart wasn't always an open-source advocate, but now it's one of the biggest consumers of open-source technology and is actively building a culture that fosters open-source development. BARCELONA, Spain—Walmart,...
SDN Organizations ONF, ON.Lab to Merge
The move will help consolidate open-source efforts around SDN and NFV and bring together such efforts as ONOS, CORD and OpenFlow. Two key players in the open-standards efforts around network virtualization...
Black Duck Brings Its Open-Source Security Research to Northern Ireland
Black Duck Software has formed an Open Source Security Research Group in Northern Ireland, tapping into the region's base of cyber-security expertise. Black Duck, a provider of solutions for managing...
LinuxCon: What Red Hat Has Learned From Linux
Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, explains at LinuxCon how the open-source management style works. TORONTO—Five years ago, on the 20th anniversary of Linux, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst delivered a keynote...
LinuxCon: Open Source Part of Day-to-Day Operations at Microsoft
VIDEO: Wim Coekaerts, corporate vice president of enterprise open source at Microsoft, details how open source is the new normal in Redmond. TORONTO—Wim Coekaerts spent 21 years working at Oracle, much...
Will Microsoft Limit LinkedIn’s Open-Source Strategy?
Q&A: Will Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn slow down the social networking company’s cadence of open-sourcing core technology for developers? In June, Microsoft announced its intent to acquire LinkedIn,...
IBM's Efforts at Openness Paying Dividends, Executive Says
Server GM Doug Balog says OpenPower and Linux-on-Power initiatives are opening up new opportunities for the tech vendor. Red Hat hosted its annual conference last week in San Francisco, bringing together...
Dirk Hohndel Leaves Intel to become VMware's Chief Open Source Officer
Dirk Hohndel has been a fixture for years at open-source conferences, always delivering wisdom. Since October 2001, Hohndel has been the Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist at Intel, prior to that...
Eclipse Updates Four IoT Projects, Launches a New One
The Eclipse Foundation announced new releases of four open-source IoT projects to accelerate IoT solution development. The Eclipse Foundation, which has been leading an effort to develop open-source technologies...
7 Developer Tools Anyone Can Use to Build Modern Enterprise Apps
The craft of application development is in a renaissance. Spending for developer tools and DevOps is increasing. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts there will be 1.4 million computer specialist jobs...
ownCloud Gets Its' Own Foundation
The open-source ownCloud storage project has had a tumultuous 2016 so far, with the public exit of founder Frank Karlitschek from ownCloud Inc on April 27. Today in what really does feel like a 'knee-jerk'...
Rancher Rolls Out Docker Container Management Platform
The open-source effort hits general availability, enabling developers to manage and deploy containers. Rancher Labs today announced the general availability of its namesake platform Rancher 1.0, which...
Google launches the Android Experiments I/O Challenge for open-source app developers
Google is launching the Android Experiments I/O Challenge today in an effort to bring more interesting open-source apps to its Android Experiments showcase. The three winners of the challenge, which...
Black Duck Names Open-Source Rookies of the Year
Black Duck, which provides automated solutions for securing and managing open-source software, has announced its annual Open Source Rookies of the Year awards, recognizing the top new open-source projects...
The one thing Microsoft must do - but won't - to gain open-source trust
I've been a Linux and open-source software user since the early days. I'm writing this story using LibreOffice 5.1 on a Linux Mint 17.3 desktop. And I don't just believe -- I know -- that Microsoft has...
The US government buys into open-source programming
Microsoft isn't the one only that's recognizing that open-source is the best way to create great software. Tony Scott, the US Chief Information Officer, announced that the federal government is "releasing...
OPNFV Unveils Second Release of Open-Source NFV Platform
"Brahmaputra" brings a range of new features that come from collaboration with other projects, including OpenDaylight and OpenStack. The industry consortium developing an open-source platform for network-functions...
Will open-source farming topple agribusiness giants?
Open-source data and innovative crop-growth strategies will allow independent plant labs to take on big agribusiness and produce healthier, more efficient crops, MIT's Caleb Harper arguesBy: Caleb Harper,...
The Money In Open-Source Software
It’s no secret that open-source technology — once the province of radicals, hippies and granola eaters — has gone mainstream. According to industry estimates, more than 180 young...
10 Mistakes to Avoid to Make Open Source More Secure
It's no secret that open source is becoming more popular in the enterprise. Organizations from service companies to manufacturers to banks are tapping open source to take advantage of factors such as lower...
8 Reasons to Consider Open-Source Databases for Your Business
Over the past decade, the database market has undergone a transformation that affects both the IT and the finance departments. In fact, as data becomes increasingly vital to business success, some of the...
Linux Foundation Moves Dronecode Project Forward
In just a year after the open-source Dronecode effort launched, its membership has taken off, and code and product are available. As interest in drone technology continues to grow, also expanding is the...
9 Ways Elasticsearch Helps Us, From Dawn to Dusk
Elasticsearch is a distributed, open-source search and analytics engine built on Apache Lucene and designed for horizontal scalability, reliability and easy management. Apache Lucene is an open-source,...
Linux and open source have won, get over it
In 2015, Microsoft embraced Linux, Apple open-sourced its newest, hottest programming language, and the cloud couldn't run without Linux and open-source software. So, why can't people accept that Linux...
15 products Microsoft should definitely open source – and 5 it won't
IntroductionMicrosoft has been getting more involved in open source for the last few years, from donating code to the Linux kernel in order to make Linux distros run better on Hyper-V, to open sourcing...
5 things you should know about the plan to open source artificial intelligence
Elon Musk is one of the high-profile tech backers of OpenAI, a new type of non-profit AI research company. (Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images) Arguably, the open source movement — the idea that a group of...
The Golden Age Of Open Source Has Arrived
In the new economy, it’s not the code that matters — it’s how you use it to connect people to things they need. From 3D printers to Docker, open-source-based innovation is fueling...
AMD embraces open source to take on Nvidia’s GameWorks
AMD's position in the graphics market continues to be a tricky one. Although the company has important design wins in the console space—both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are built around AMD CPUs with...
Hashcat password cracker goes open source
The Hashcat password recovery tool and cracker is now available to developers under an open source license, sending the Github community into meltdown with the news. Hashcat and oclHashcat are popular...
Was Apple the first major open-source company? Not even close
Many open-source developers were happy when Apple announced that it was open-sourcing its popular Swift language. They weren't so happy, however, when Apple claimed it was also "the first major computer...
Microsoft to open-source key part of its Edge browser by Jan 2016
Comments By: Tech Desk | Updated: December 7, 2015 1:59 pm Microsoft Edge browser’s core engine will be made open-source (Source: Reuters) Microsoft has announced that a part of its Edge browser will...
Apple open sources Swift and makes a Linux port available
You no longer need a Mac computer to build apps using Apple's newest code platform: Apple made its Swift programming language open source on Thursday, just as Google has done for Dart. The company introduced...
Intel Debuts Snap Open-Source Project for Cloud Visibility
VIDEO: Intel VP Jonathan Donaldson discusses new open-source Snap effort, and how Jevon's Paradox will fuel commercial growth of Intel silicon in the cloud. NEW YORK—Getting visibility into applications...
Top 10 Open Source Developments of 2015
Open source is driving an ever-expanding market. The notion of community-driven development is a growing disruption to proprietary software controlled by commercial vendors, and the free open source software...
Microsoft Doubles Down on Open Source
Microsoft this week announced at its Connect conference in New York City an expansion of its developer tools with a focus on Linux, Android and open source. The move is an effort to help close the gap...
Meet The Team Helping Bring Pinterest’s Code To The Rest Of The World
Pinterest has built plenty of its technology on open source projects, so of course it wants to open its projects up to the developer community, as well. So the company has built a committee at Pinterest...
Sourcehunt PHP: Contribute to Crypto, Validation, Payments…
Last month, we introduced a new effort called Sourcehunt - a category of post intended to direct attention to less popular open source projects that show promise and need exposure. We’ve called for new...
Researchers study motivations of open-source programmers
Open source software development is a model that provides free public access to software packages and source code. Since programmers can freely contribute improvements, bug fixes and modifications, open...
OpenCar wants to open source in-vehicle infotainment
OpenCar has launched a new portal for collaborative in-car application development. The software development lifecycle (SDLC) management service, called InsideTrack, is the latest part of the Seattle-based...
Microsoft's Developer Chief Somasegar: The exit interview
Today is Microsoft Developer Division Corporate Vice President S. "Soma" Somasegar's last day at Microsoft. In October, Somasegar announced he was leaving the company to pursue the next phase of his career....
Unwilling to fix what's not broken, Asia firms hold back on open source
Years after Linux and open source first emerged in the market, organisations in Asia remain unsure about the platform's ability to support enterprise applications and are cautious about moving out of...
Supercomputer leaders come together on new open-source framework
Linux has long ruled supercomputing. In the latest TOP500 supercomputer ranking, 97 percent of the world's fastest supercomputers were running Linux. There's more to running a high-performance computer...
Fire up Your E-Commerce Site with Solidus
A few days ago Sean Schofield, the CEO of Spree, announced the acquisition of Spree by First Data. It appears that the open source project Spree will no longer be supported. Solidus is an open source,...
Microsoft's Mark Russinovich to Linux faithful: Send us your resumes
Mark Russinovich went into the lion's den of All Things Open, a major SouthEast open-source technology conference, to explain to the Linux faithful how Microsoft is now embracing Linux and open-source...
Red Hat and Black Duck partner to secure containers
RALEIGH, NC -- We love Docker and containers. But, the more we use containers the more we worry exactly what it is we're running when we spin them up. So, Linux giant and cloud power Red Hat and Black...
Sourcehunt: Hacktoberfest 2015 Edition – Hack to Glory
We love open source. In fact, it’s almost exclusively what we write about. But using the outreach we have for drawing attention only to our own work wouldn’t be fair - so we decided to try something new...
ONOS SDN Project Joins Linux Foundation
Officials with the year-old project are looking to the Linux Foundation for help in growing the community around its open-source offerings. The ONOS Project, less than a year after launching the first...
At the Heart of OpenStack Evolution
There is little question regarding the prevalence and significance of open source software in enterprise IT, but one of the best places to more deeply examine how open source software fits into today's...
Google wants to speed up the mobile web with AMP project
Open Network Linux Simplifies Open Compute Project Switch Configuration
Big Switch Networks, Facebook and NTT, announced today that they have come together to create a unified operating system for the Open Compute Project‘s (OCP) open source networking switch called...
Browser Trends October 2015: Sustained Safari Slips
Chrome continued its meteoric growth mostly at IE's expense in September's browser trends. Is there better news for Microsoft in October's StatCounter statistics? Er, no… Worldwide Desktop &...
HP launching open source network OS, OpenSwitch dev community
Hewlett-Packard is expanding its outreach to the open source community with a new initiative and networking operating system to fuel new data center technologies.The Linux-based, open source network operating...
Top Open Source Content Management Systems
Top Open Source Content Management Systems September 2, 2015 By Uma Narayanan Bio » Send Email » More Articles » Tweet Introduction In this article, we will compare some of the popular open source CMS...
SQL vs NoSQL: How to Choose
In the previous article we discussed the primary differences between SQL and NoSQL databases. In this follow-up, we'll apply our knowledge to specific scenarios and determine the best option. To recap:...
SQL vs NoSQL: The Differences
SQL (Structured Query Language) databases have been a primary data storage mechanism for more than four decades. Usage exploded in the late 1990s with the rise of web applications and open source options...
European Broadcasting Union simplifies MySQL with Severalnines
The European Broadcasting Union, comprising 73 Broadcast Network members in 56 countries, has used automation software from Severalnines to help it manage its MySQL databases. The European Broadcasting...
Debunking Open-Source Database Myths
Open-source database technology has gained a strong foothold in the data center. Database ranking Website DB-Engines shows a nearly 50-50 split of commercial versus open-source databases. According to...
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