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Why all software needs a license

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All software developers should add a copyright license. Why? Because open source licensing is all about granting permission in advance

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You Can't Trust Closed-Source Code - Germany Agrees

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Similarly, moves by both Microsoft and Amazon, among others, to set up local data centres in the EU will not on their own protect European data unless that is encrypted by the companies themselves, and the cloud computing providers do *not* have access to the keys. Indeed, if the data is encrypted in this way, local storage is not so important, since the NSA will have an equally hard time decrypting it wherever it is held - as far as we know, that is.

Because of that recent US court judgment ordering Microsoft to hand over emails held in Ireland, many people are now aware of the dangers of cloud computing in the absence of encryption under the control of the customer. But very few seem to have woken up to the problems of backdoors in proprietary software that I mentioned at the start of this post. One important exception is the German government, which according to Sky News is working on an extremely significant law in this area

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OpenSSL, Bash bugs show why firms should back FOSS projects

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This year has been an unusual one for free software in that two popular projects have been hit by vulnerabilities that have had wide ramifications for all classes of software. And that is one good reason why the big proprietary software firms should look to support such projects financially.

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3 great reasons to give away your precious tech under an open-source license

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Earlier this week, cloud provider Joyent did a surprising thing: It shared its finely tuned cloud software, SmartDataCenter, under an open-source license.

But while it might seem like the company is giving away its high-value intellectual property at a time when Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have made the public cloud market ultra-competitive, Bryan Cantrill, the company’s chief technology officer, actually has some very smart justifications for the move, which he spelled out in a blog post.

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Joyent and Canonical to open source container technologies

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Joyent and Canonical are the latest cloud firms to open source their container technologies.

Joyent, which recently raised $15m in funding, announced a container-based cloud-hosting platform that could be used as the basis for running large-scale, big-data tasks

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Also: Joyent Makes Open Source Private Cloud Container Platform Available

Companies Are Finally Learning To Share—The Open Source Way

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What may be new is a willingness to actually engage in open source, rather than simply use it.

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Root access for students at Penn Manor

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So, what is Penn Manor doing differently? First, they’re doing everything with open source. They use Koha, Moodle, Linux, WordPress, Ubuntu, OwnCloud, SIPfoundry, and VirtualBox.

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OpenStack: Distribution or service?

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OpenStack cloud technology is getting very popular, but how should your business use it: By deploying an OpenStack distribution in your servers or data center, or by using it as a service from a service provider?

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Joyent open-sources its core technology

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Not all the action is happening at the OpenStack Summit in Paris. In a bold move, cloud specialist Joyent has announced it's open-sourcing its core technology. That includes software that competes directly with OpenStack and enables high-performance use of container technology like Docker. The newly open projects enable easy management of containers at scale.

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Look out OpenDaylight, there's a new open source SDN controller

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ON.Lab pitches ONOS, an open source SDN controller that offers more scalability than OpenDaylight. Competition could be good and bad.

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