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Open Source Leaders: Solomon Hykes and the Docker Revolution

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Not often we come across technologies that are so disruptive that they turn industries upside down. Docker container is one such technology that’s literally transforming the IT world. Docker founder and Chief Technology Officer Solomon Hykes is one of the few technology leaders who thoroughly understands the open source development model and the sauce that’s needed to turn into a profitable business.

Hykes may not sound very French, but he grew up in France. His parents moved there when he was very young. Hykes began programming as a teenager. Throughout most of high school, he skipped classes to work on programming jobs at the local cyber café. Eventually, he went to a programming school for software engineering training.

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OSS and Openwashing

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  • How to create a blog with AsciiDoc

    I work daily with content management tools and support documentation writers whose preferred markup language is AsciiDoc. It has a simple syntax, but enough features to keep even a hardcore documentation nerd happy. AsciiDoc allows you to write documentation in a more natural way and mark it up cleanly for presentation on the web or as a PDF. This got me thinking, "Wouldn't it be handy to be able to maintain a website purely with AsciiDoc?"

    After some googling and chatting with colleagues, I found Hugo, a publishing platform that can transform articles written in Markdown or AsciiDoc into usable content for the web. It is a very feature-rich platform, with a rich language for working with templates and theming, and it's a lot of fun to work with.

    One big advantage to me is that Hugo doesn't require a database to support a blog site with plenty of functionality. The pages are rendered in HTML, so sites are blazingly fast and very easy to maintain. It even comes with its own server, so I can test my site while I work on it. As long as your server can deliver HTML, you're good to go.

  • ArduPilot Team Creates 'OpenSolo Initiative' From 3DR's Open-Source Code
  • Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Promises New Open Source Blockchain Tech [Ed: It says it will "improve privacy as well." But Microsoft is the antithesis of privacy.]
  • Microsoft Unveils Coco: An Open-Source Blockchain Framework [Ed: No, it's not "Open-Source", it's just Azure (surveillance, back doors, patent abuse) lock-in from Microsoft]

Making open source clouds more accessible than ever

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A prime example of our efforts with open source is the work we’ve been doing with Red Hat to make OpenStack implementations stable, reliable, and able to integrate with enterprise IT systems. We focus on addressing key challenges of OpenStack — namely executing seamless automated deployments for the entire hardware and software stack, supporting non-disruptive upgrades, and building integrations with complementary open technologies like Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

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OSS: CoreOS, Liferay, APIs and Hortonworks

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  • These two millennials are taking over the world with open source

    That was the case of 23-year-old Mackenzie Burnett, product manager at container infrastructure software organisation CoreOS, and 24-year-old Dan Gillespie, software engineer also at CoreOS.

    Burnett graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015 with a double degree in International Relations and Government & Politics.

  • Liferay puts new sting in open source web developer tools

    If there’s one technical expression likely to induce nausea in most industry watchers it is (arguably) digital (or user) experience.

    Sometime even written as User eXperience (UX), this term is thankfully absent from TechTarget’s Computer Glossary pages, yet still, it exists.


    Despite the initial UX fluffiness, Liferay is admirably open source and the firm has now introduced a dedicated Liferay Developer Relations team, a new Liferay Community website and a new Liferay Community instant-chat vehicle to make it easier for the open source community to engage.

  • What are some solid options for open source API management tools? [Ed: usually connecting to proprietary things]

    Created by Mashape, Kong acts as a management layer for all your APIs. It sits between the microservices that contain the API agents and the load balancer that routes requests across all APIs. Powered by Nginx, Kong excels at distributing API tasks, whether on premises or in the cloud. It can be set up in a single or multi-data center environment and is compatible with any modern infrastructure stack.

    Based on plug-ins, Kong is easy to extend and has ready-made plug-ins for many popular services. For example, it can be used to manage and invoke Amazon Web Services Lambda functions, and monitoring data can be sent to a monitoring tool, like Datadog, or a logging service, like Loggly.

  • DLT, Hortonworks Forge Open-Source Analytics Tech Partnership; Shaun Bierweiler Comments [Ed: surveillance industry]

    DLT Solutions and Hortonworks have teamed up to expand the adoption of open source-based analytics platforms designed to help federal agencies and other public sector institutions perform data analysis and management operations.

4 open source tools that got my startup off the ground

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When I started my first company, money was tight. We had a small office and a couple of computers, but not much else. I'd done all my cost planning without even thinking about business licenses and software costs. I know it was a mistake, but it can be easy to treat these sorts of things as an afterthought.

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Docker Is Said to Be Raising Funding at $1.3 Billion Valuation

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Business software company Docker Inc. is raising fresh funds, valuing the company at $1.3 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

The latest influx of $75 million, which is expected to close by the end of the month, will help fuel Docker’s newest push to win business customers and finally monetize its free open-source tools popular with developers worldwide. Part of the funding will go toward building a sales and marketing team for corporate clients, one of the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private matters. The valuation would represent a marginal increase from the $1 billion it was ascribed when it last raised money in 2015.

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Raspberry Pi Zero clone: This open source board offers Chromecast-quality sound

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A Berlin developer has launched the VoltaStream Zero, a hand-crafted and open-source integrated audio module in the same form as a Raspberry Pi Zero.

Despite the similar form to the Raspberry Pi Zero, the VoltaStream Zero from PolyVector is an entirely different platform, thanks to its in-built Texas Instruments (TI) digital audio converters (DACs). Their inclusion partially explains the VoltaStream Zero's price, which starts at €50 ($52) compared with the Raspberry Pi Zero's $5.

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OSS: Paranoid Android, Networking, Apache OpenOffice (AOO), Liferay and New FUD

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  • All Parts Of The Paranoid Android ROM Are Now Open Source

    Paranoid Android, one of the most popular custom ROMs on the Android scene, is now completely open source, with all parts of it now available for members of the community to use and modify. All of Paranoid Android’s original features like the Color Engine and Accidental Touch are hence open to anyone and can be compiled right alongside stock AOSP or put into other ROMs. The full codebase is available on GitHub and can be contributed to with approval, integrated into original projects, or simply recompiled from scratch for just about any Android device. This means that AOSPA can now expand to any device with a willing maintainer, rather than only those that the official AOSPA team wants to support on their own.

  • Open source network tools compete with shrinking vendor equipment

    Vendor equipment consolidation does a lot of things -- both good and bad -- to the service-provider buyer. It also affects network design and deployment -- including service automation and the tools that can make it happen -- and the potential for vendor lock-in, unless operators back open source network tools.

    To start with the good, the first effect of network vendor equipment consolidation is a reduction in vendor costs, which is what drives consolidation in the first place. That lets prices fall. Obviously, the price-reduction effect of consolidation can't last forever, which means, eventually, other pressures could make network vendor equipment consolidation a net risk to operators.

  • Waiting for AOO

    Eleven months ago, Dennis Hamilton, the chair of the Apache OpenOffice (AOO) project's project management committee at the time, raised the idea of winding the project down. He worried that AOO lacked a critical mass of developers to keep things going, and that no new developers were coming in to help. At the time, various defenders came forward and the project decided try to get back on track. Nearly a year later, a review of how that has gone is appropriate; it does not appear that the situation has gotten any better.

    The project did manage to get the 4.1.3 bug-fix release — its first in nearly one year — out in October, but has not made any releases since. At the time, the plan was to move quickly to release 4.1.4, followed by a 4.2.0 feature release shortly thereafter. The 4.1.4 branch was created on October 11, shortly before the 4.1.3 release. Since then, it has accumulated 24 changesets (which map to about 30 changes in the original SVN repository). There have only been four commits to this branch since early February, at least one of which includes security fixes.

  • Liferay Puts Open Source Community In the Driving Seat with New Tools and Developer Relations Team

    Liferay, Inc., which makes digital experience software for enterprises, today announced a new initiative intended to reinvent the Liferay open source community experience to better support its growing international needs.

  • Is the end of open source VoIP in sight? Five reasons why it's on the way out [Ed: Brendan Ritchie from some proprietary software firm is attacking FOSS with very old FUD on behalf of his employer]

The best open source CRM software

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If you're a small business looking to take the next step in your evolution, you may be looking at implementing a customer relationship management (or CRM) solution. But with enterprise-grade vendors like Oracle and Salesforce charging such a high premium for their services, how can smaller companies afford to get started with CRM software?

The answer lies in open source. As with many kinds of software, there are multiple vendors who provide open source CRM solutions that are completely free to use. They may have restrictions on them, such as limited features and support, but for small businesses looking to try out CRM, they can be an excellent starting point.

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7 open source Twitter bots to follow

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We are quickly entering a world in which you may spend more of your day communicating with robots than with humans.

Don't believe me? Ask yourself how many times you've used an automated checkout machine or ATM in lieu of a human, called the 1-800 number for a customer service need and been greeted by a machine, asked Google or Alexa what temperature to roast your brussels sprouts at, or interfaced with a website that gave you a personalized recommendation.

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Security: Adobe and Apple Fail/Fare Badly

  • In spectacular fail, Adobe security team posts private PGP key on blog
    Having some transparency about security problems with software is great, but Adobe's Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) took that transparency a little too far today when a member of the team posted the PGP keys for PSIRT's e-mail account—both the public and the private keys. The keys have since been taken down, and a new public key has been posted in its stead.
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Games: Open Source Puzzle Games and SDL 2.0.6 Release

  • Improve Your Mental Mettle with These Open Source Puzzle Games
    The puzzle genre often tests problem-solving skills enhancing both analytical and critical thinking skills. Word completion, pattern recognition, logical reasoning, persistence, and sequence solving are some of the skills often required to prosper here. Some games offer unlimited time or attempts to solve a puzzle, others present time-limited exercises which increase the difficulty of the puzzle. Most puzzle games are basic in graphics but are very addictive.
  • SDL 2.0.6 Released With Vulkan Helpers, DRM/KMS Driver
    SDL 2.0.6 was released on Friday as the latest feature update for this widely-used library that allows for more cross-platform portability of applications and games centered around input, audio, and video helpers.