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Replace SourceForge with these Better Alternatives

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SourceForge is a long established web-based service that offers source code repository, downloads mirrors, bug tracker and other features. It acts as a centralized location for software developers to control and manage free and open-source software development.

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How to Make Money from Open Source Platforms, Part 4: The Key to Success

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I’ve been saying for some time now that open source was not about innovation, but rather freedom. It was the freedom to deploy what you want, when you want it that led to the massive global adoption of open source platforms. I get more than a little peeved, then, when I still see references in mainstream media circles about ragtag groups of conscientious hippies who don’t care about money and sing about sharing software. Don’t get me wrong, I *love* singing about sharing free software, but the false implication of this narrative is that there’s no money in free software. This is what Paul Krugman would call a “zombie lie” - an argument that just won’t go away no matter how many times you kill it with facts.

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Open source offers way into mature markets

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The answer, said Stirman, lies in open source. “The only way to move the needle is with an open-source strategy. First, get massive adoption. Then, figure out how to monetize it.”

The freemium model has been a good way for companies to build businesses around open-source projects. Offer the community-built software for free, and then offer advanced security, support and tooling as a high-value, commercial edition.

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BMJ CTO Sharon Cooper making 'everything open source'

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In order to build its wide range of products - more than 80 in total - the organisation relies heavily on bespoke development and open source technologies. This offers BMJ greater agility, as well as the cost benefits, said Cooper.

"Open source has always been really important to us and probably why we have a reasonably big in-house team to manage all of that open source technology and to tie it all together. And I think it will become increasingly important," she said.

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OpenStack Manila: File access storage for the open source cloud

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Manila isn’t restricted to deployment in traditional storage arrays, and there is currently supplier development activity on the Ceph and GlusterFS open-source storage platforms. This includes support for protocols outside of traditional NAS (NFS/SMB), for example using device drivers built into the KVM hypervisor that use the native Ceph protocol. The open-source project NFS-Ganesha that implements an NFS server in user space can also be used to abstract underlying NFS server hardware, although this does introduce latency and more complexity into the data path.

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Hadoop gets another open-source stream processing engine courtesy of DataTorrent

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A year to the week after launching its homegrown in-memory stream processing platform into general availability, DataTorrent Inc. is releasing the code for the core execution engine under a free license. The move levels the playing field against the open-source alternatives that have hit the scene since then.

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LibrePlan manages projects at French research network

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Renater, France’s research and education telecom network, is probably the first public administration outside of Spain to use LibrePlan, an open source project management solution, assumes Jeroen Baten, involved in the tool’s development. The French network connectivity agency started using LibrePlan in early 2014, says Baten.

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TISA Agreement Might Outlaw Governments From Mandating Open Source Software In Many Situations

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Now, this is nowhere near complete -- it is "bracketed text" which is still being negotiated, and Colombia already opposes the text. Also, some may argue that the second bullet point, which says it only applies to "mass market" software and not "critical infrastructure" software solves some of these issues. Finally, some might argue that this is reasonable if looked at from the standpoint of a commercial provider of proprietary software, who doesn't want to have to cough up its source code to a government just to win a grant.

But, if that language stays, it seems likely that any government that ratifies the agreement could not then do something like mandate governments use open source office products. And that should be a choice those governments can make, if they feel that open source software is worth promoting and provides better security, reliability and/or cost effectiveness when compared to proprietary software. That seems tremendously problematic, unless you're Microsoft.

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How telecoms can escape vendor lock-in with open source NFV

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The problem: As mobile devices continue to proliferate, the Internet of Things keeps growing immensely, and more users and new data are pushed across telecom networks every day, network operators must invest in expanded facilities. The revenue from mobile applications is tied to number of devices/consumers not amount of data consumed. As time goes on, average revenue per user will remain flat or even decrease as data demand will increase significantly over time.

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