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NASA Just Released the Massive VICAR Collection of Apps as Open Source

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NASA has released its VICAR Core set of applications as open source and it looks like the agency is opening its tools toward the international community.

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Walmart decries cloud lock-in, plans to open-source OneOps

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Vendor lock-in has plagued the corporate world since well before the arrival of the cloud, but now -- with ever more of today's technology operating in an online environment dominated by providers such as Amazon Web Services -- it's taken on new urgency.

Aiming to strike a blow at the problem, Walmart on Wednesday announced that it will open-source the cloud technology it has built up following its acquisition of startup OneOps roughly two years ago.

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8 best free and open source inventory management systems: how to save money and improve service for your customers

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Inventory management is the process of specifying and quantifying the shape and percentage of goods you hold in stock. By knowing what you have, and where, you can save money and improve your service to customers. There are myriad free inventory management software systems to choose from, so here are the 8 best free and open source inventory management systems, listed in alphabetical order. For more free software, see our free software downloads. See all of our IT Business tutorials.

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Liberty Is First OpenStack Release Under 'Big Tent' Model

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The OpenStack Liberty release, set to become generally available on Oct. 15, will provide users of the open-source cloud platform with new projects and features. The second major OpenStack update in 2015, the Liberty release follows Kilo, which debuted on April 30.

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Why open source is a safe choice for agencies

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Thousands of security engineers, cryptographers and developers in the open-source community are regularly searching for vulnerabilities and, more often than not, fix them before anyone else notices.

Vulnerabilities are always present in software, but because of the sheer number of community-oriented contributors and the speed of innovation within open-source projects, they are often noticed and fixed more quickly than those in their proprietary counterparts. Often, proprietary software vulnerabilities are not noticed until they are hacked.

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Free, open source alternatives to LastPass

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Now that LastPass has been acquired by LogMeIn, you might be interested in a free open-source alternative

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Leftovers: OSS

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How a love for open source led to the first Ubuntu magazine

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It was via Ubuntu Forums that the name Full Circle was first suggested. It was also at this time that I made myself an unwritten rule: The magazine must be entirely produced using free and/or open source software. To me, it would be hypocritical to produce an Ubuntu magazine using anything other than FOSS. I settled on GIMP, LibreOffice, and Scribus.

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Couchbase CEO on rise of NoSQL

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NoSQL benefits from open source in a number of ways. Open source projects often innovate faster than proprietary projects due largely to the openness of the community. Open source communities share and spread knowledge about the use of key technologies across companies and industries. This allows NoSQL developers to leverage the contributions from many outside developers.

Open source also allows for a more natural market adoption process. NoSQL technology can be adopted much more rapidly because it can be downloaded and tried for free for exploration or small usage.

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HP launches open source network operating system

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HP has announced the launch of the OpenSwitch community and a new open source network operating system (NOS). HP and key supporters, Accton Technology Corporation, Arista, Broadcom, Intel, and VMWare, are delivering a community-based platform that provides developers and users the ability to accelerate innovation, avoid vendor lock-in and realize investment protection as they rapidly build data center networks customized for unique business applications.

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