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  • Guest View: In praise of open source

    When you think of little social movements that bring about big societal shifts, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t open source. But maybe it should be.

    The technological revolution that is steadily digitizing every nook and cranny of human activity obviously relies on code, and open-source code underpins much of the recent surge in innovation. Streaming movies? Digital Assistants? Autonomous cars? All made possible to some degree by the open-source movement and the rapid evolution it has enabled. Access to open-source code lets us reversion, refine, enhance, and scale programs quickly and exponentially — it’s a font of collective knowledge that fuels a whirlwind of computational advancement.

  • OpenStack and Open Source MANO: Technologies for NFV Deployment

    We have experienced how open source software technologies revolutionized the application development process, which ultimately resulted in digital transformation across various industry verticals. Open source technologies now are disrupting the telecom sector for building 5G internet, which will be powered by network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN). With NFV and SDN, multiple network functions and control and management operations in telecom networks will be software-driven; enabling the cloud-native and DevOps approach.

  • 5 golden rules for working openly with difficult people

    Sometimes these personalities can rub each other the wrong way, generate conflict, and be difficult to work with. Some of these people can be unclear in their expectations, overreact to relatively benign scenarios, and be unreliable. They can be your founders, executives, team-mates, other team members, or people who report to you. In many cases, people handle these challenging personalities in a sub-optimal way. They get distracted by the ego and emotion in the situation as opposed to focusing on clear, productive outcomes and building lasting trust.

  • Engaging young people: How to include positive youth participation in our free software community
  • OSCON's 20th anniversary and more

    The O'Reilly Open Source Conference (OSCON) returned to Portland, Oregon this July for the 20th convocation of this venerable gathering. While some of the program focused on retrospectives, there were also talks and tutorials on multiple technical topics and open-source community management. To give you a feel for the whole conference, we will explore it in a two-part article. This installment will cover a retrospective of open source and some presentations on releasing projects as open source at your organization. A second article will include a few of the technical topics at the conference.

  • Open Source Visual Studio Code Extension Helps Create Alexa Skills [Ed: Microsoft propagandist (for at least a decade)  David Ramel does openwashing for Microsoft and surveillance in the listening device (bug) sense]
  • Guy Martin: Open Source Strategy at Autodesk [Ed: You know that Autodesk, a proprietary software giant, has paid some 'slush funds' to Zemlin's LF. Why else would Swapnil Bhartiya do an openwashing piece for them? Using the money they funnel to Zemlin?]

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