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  • Netflix Open Sources Another Time-Tested Tool

    We've reported before on Netflix open sourcing a series of interesting "Monkey" cloud tools as part of its "simian army," which it has deployed as a series satellite utilities orbiting its central cloud platform. These utilities are notable because they have been tested and hardened at Netflix. The company has also recently open sourced some machine learning tools.

    Now, in its latest open source move, Netflix is contribution what it calls a "traffic intuition tool" called Vizceral. This was previously called Flux, and here is more on it.

  • Vizceral Open Source
  • Black Duck cooks up extra security sauce [Ed: Black Duck is more like a Microsoft proxy that exploits FOSS to sell proprietary software. Black Duck was created by a Microsoft marketing person and by its own admission in order to mock the GPL and warn about it (classic Microsoft modus). Black Duck is trying to rewrite its history to gain acceptance in the FOSS world that it is actually exploiting/attacking to sell proprietary software. Don't feed Black Duck. It's yet another Trojan horse.]
  • Open Source Storage Announces NEW Global Cloud Platform [Ed: “Open Source Storage” is NOT Open Source. They’re misusing the label and OSI should stop them.]

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