Women are an underrepresented group in the open source world. According to data from the FLOSS 2013 survey, a little more than 10% of open source developers are women. Recently, there have been several attempts to make open source more welcoming to women contributors and supportive of their accomplishments. Two good examples of these efforts are GNOME's Outreach Program for Women, an internship program designed to welcome women into the open source community and provide them with mentoring, and Red Hat's Women in Open Source Award.
These efforts are certainly welcome, but not everyone who wants to bring about change has the clout of a large organization or corporation. So, what can smaller groups or individuals who want to make open source more welcoming to women do? The Ada Initiative has a wonderful solution—the Ally Skills Workshop.
Without the fuss and delays that have plagued so many large government IT projects, a key part of the NHS digital infrastructure was recently migrated and updated in a single weekend.
The collection of applications and directory services known as the Spine connects clinicians, patients and local services to core NHS services such as the GP2GP patient record transfer, the Electronic Prescription Service, patients' Summary Care Records, and the Choose and Book service. More than 250,000 health service staff connect to it every day, sending more than 400m messages each month.
"Why not get the open source software that you plan to use for free, and then use the money that you would otherwise have spent on proprietary license fees to modify the open source software to meet your needs more closely?" he asks. "Why pay for software that is the same for all users when you can pay to have something that is unique?"
NoSQL, object storage and Hadoop have ushered in a brave new world of storage technologies and applications for the cloud and Big Data. But Oracle (ORCL) thinks the future remains bright for MySQL databases, too, and has unveiled new technologies to make the traditional storage platform easier to administer and deploy.
I came back from OSCON this year with a new fire to contribute to an open source project. I’ve been involved in open source for years, but lately I've been more of an enthusiast-evangelist than a hands-on-contributor to an open source community. So, I started some thinking about what to do next. When I was involved in projects before, it was due to a clear progression from user to forum guru to contributor. It’s a great path to take but what do you do if you just want to jump into something?
Open source is playing an ever-expanding role in education at all levels. One school board that’s embraced open source is the Penn Manor School District in Pennsylvania. The District has rolled out the largest open source student laptop program in the state, with 3,500 Linux-powered computers distributed to students.
But Penn Manor’s commitment to open source goes deeper than just handing out laptops. The schools themselves are now run on open source.
At the All Things Open conference in Raleigh this year, Charlie Reisinger, IT director of the Penn Manor School District, will be sharing Lessons from the Open Source Schoolhouse. Reisinger talked with me ahead of All Things Open and offered his insights into why Penn Manor’s open source efforts have been so successful.
The Linux Foundation's OpenDaylight Collaboration Project is out today with its' Helium SDN platform release.
The Helium is the second major release since the OpenDaylight effort got underway in April of 2013. The first major release for OpenDaylight was the Hydrogen release, which debuted in February of this year.
OpenDaylight is a multi-stakeholder effort to build an open Software Defined Networking (SDN) platform. Neela Jacques, executive director of the OpenDaylight project told Enterprise Networking Planet that the initial Hydrogen release was all about getting the platform out into the market.
Clearly, open source is changing the way software is procured. In the era of monster contracts and a few monster software vendors, upper IT management called all the shots and passed down applications and tools the rest of the organization had to live with. Open source is helping to crack that monolith, so businesses and individuals can make their own software decisions.
Make no mistake: Although open source incurs less capital expense, it's not free -- nor even necessarily cheap compared to proprietary software. Generally speaking, at scale, open source solutions require a higher level of effort and expertise to implement and maintain. Open source's rapid pace of innovation often results in more frequent updates, which means a closer eye on dependencies. In addition, professional services and commercial open source contracts result in significant cost.
It's Friday morning and marketing tells you they need a Wordpress blog up and running by Monday and they want a theme like this and features like that and, and, and ... you've not got much time if you plan to have a weekend off so the last thing you’re going to want to do is work with a remote server. If you did you'd be loading themes one after another, testing them with various plugins, and generally beating the application into submission while dealing with the delays inherent in using a machine that’s somewhere out on the Internet. That would mean you’d be waiting just that little bit longer (or quite possibly, a lot longer) to do everything than you’d prefer.