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  • 2019 predictions: Open Source, Instant Payments and PSD2 to spur payments transformation

    Open source technology is second nature to big tech and challenger upstarts who are looking to build ecosystems around their platforms. In 2019, to meet the resiliency and scalability demands of an open, data driven, real-time market, banks will increasingly adopt open source technology. The use of a DevOps approach to deployment, utilising open source tools, will enable greater use of the cloud (public and private) and help banks to provide the flexibility needed to serve customers, partner with fintechs, and leverage the opportunities of platform banking in an open world.

  • Is the End of the Benevolent Dictator for Life in Open-Source Software Here?

    Unlike commercial software, open-source software is designed and built by communities of developers. Communities don’t have vice presidents, directors, managers or corporate committees to guide development.

    There are a number of open-source governance models. One of those is the foundation model, which supports community-led development. Foundations ensure independence and efficiency, and under that model everyday decisions about features and releases don’t come from the top down. Those decisions are made by the project teams themselves and are centered in the community. Consensus is an important part of such community-led efforts.

    There are also company-led open-source projects. A company-led project is controlled and financed by a software company, usually to accelerate development and ensure alignment with customer needs. In such a setup, the company has more control over development than the foundation does in a community-led effort, but governance is still rooted in the community.

  • Protego has a new open source tool to provide serverless security training

    Baltimore startup Protego is looking to provide security for serverless computing. It’s a new field, and so there’s some education involved.

  • AT&T, Nokia Tighten 5G Focus on O-RAN, Akraino

    The specific work is to develop a software platform for the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC). This would provide for a set of functions and interfaces that allow for easier integration through policy-driven closed loop automation and more flexible deployments and programmability within the RAN.

    The platform is being architected as an extensible real-time microservices framework tied to a radio information database and open control plane interfaces. These would be able to handle mobility management, spectrum management, load balancing, radio resource control, and RAN slicing. The open nature will also allow for multiple vendors and third parties to have access to the RAN architecture.

  • AT&T, Nokia team up on RAN controller software platform for O-RAN Alliance

    AT&T is working with Nokia to develop an open source software platform for the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) that aligns with the O-RAN Alliance.

    AT&T and Nokia are co-creating the RIC platform to further spur the development of open source software in the 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) sector. The platform will feature a set of functions and interfaces that enable increased optimization through policy-driven, closed-loop automation.

    The RIC software will also create faster, more flexible service deployments and programmability within the RAN. The overarching intent of RIC is to help create a multivendor, open ecosystem of interoperable components for the various RAN elements and vendors.

  • CES 2019: Mycroft's privacy-minded smart speaker wants to be your Alexa alternative

    Alexa and the Google Assistant have taken the mainstream by storm -- but some find the idea of sharing their in-home audio data a little unnerving.

    Enter Mycroft, an alternative smart assistant that promises never to collect or store any of your data, not even anonymously. It's a smart assistant without a search history. And now, here at CES 2019, we're getting an early look at the upcoming Mycroft Mark II smart speaker that the virtual assistant will soon call home. The asking price: $189.

  • Alibaba Buys Open Source Big Data Firm Data Artisans for $130M

    Founded in 2014, Data Artisans has built an open source framework for enterprise-scale data processing. The startup claims that its framework, Apache Flink, is one of the fastest growing communities within the Apache Software Foundation and has hundreds of contributors. Data Artisans uses Apache Flink to power its dA platform. The platform, which also has an application manager, helps enterprises build, operate, and run streaming applications using stream processing.

  • Meet the Apache Software Foundation’s Top 5 Code Committers

    The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) — which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary — is the meritocratic heart of arguably the world’s most vibrant open source community. The non-profit organisation watches over 350 projects, from the well-known (Hadoop, Kafka) through to more niche “podlings” in the Apache incubator.

    With 200+ million lines of code under its stewardship, the foundation’s success rests on the shoulders of an open source army of contributors; some volunteers, others paid to maintain code bases used in mission-critical applications. (Apache projects are used by blue chips ranging from Cisco to Bloomberg, Netflix to Goldman Sachs).

    Among the organisation’s 7,032 committers (developers who have earned write access to a given project’s code repository) five stood out for their contributions in 2018.

  • Ixis acquires LiberoNet to expand open source expertise

    DIGITAL development, hosting and support company Ixis has acquired Warrington-headquartered LiberoNet as part of ambitious growth plans.

  • Open source the winner in 2018

    The evolution of technology and its increasing importance in business across industry sectors have contributed to open source becoming a focal point for many decision-makers during the past year. As such, it has changed the conversation around how innovation is happening at organisations.

  • 2019: From open source battles to the cloud war

    2019 will increasingly see the areas of open source, open source-based business models and cloud computing collide. It is clear that public cloud providers have benefited from open source more than open source has benefited from public cloud providers – with a lack of a solid business model, innovative open source-based companies have unfortunately been crushed by the waves of disruption. This is not a sustainable equilibrium and while this topic was already quite visible in 2018, it will become a key theme in 2019. And Richard Stallman knew it all along.

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    This week in KDE’s Usability & Productivity initiative, something big landed: virtual desktop support on Wayland, accompanied by a shiny new user interface for the X11 version too. Eike Hein has been working on this literally for months and I think he deserves a round of applause! It was a truly enormous amount of work, but now we can benefit for years to come.
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    KDE landing virtual desktop support on Wayland this week is certainly quite exciting while also a new UI was added for the X11 virtual desktop support too. Some of the other KDE improvements that landed this week and relayed by Nate Graham include the digital clock widget now allowing adjustments to the date formatting, the KDE Information Center's USB devices section will now actually display all USB devices, wallpaper chooser view improvements, and various other improvements.

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Livepatching With Linux 5.1 To Support Atomic Replace & Cumulative Patches

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