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The Basics of Open Source Software

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With many organizations incorporating open source code into their software, business managers should have a basic understanding of what open source is all about. After all, Gartner and Accenture report open source adoption rates nearing 100% so it’s likely that your development team is already incorporating open source code into their projects.

So, what is open source? When a developer chooses to make his or her project open source, it gives third party developers the right to tinker and innovate with it. Check out this comprehensive video for an in depth explanation.

Developers incorporate open source into their projects to accelerate development time, thus reducing costs for the organization overall. Most of the time, the code is open to the public; but it is imperative that collaborators refer to a set of chief regulations and terms involved in open source software license management and dispersal.

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Red Hat creates open source enterprise grade foundation for Cloud

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Red Hat has released new enterprise virtualisation software which allows organisations to deploy an IT infrastructure that services traditional virtualisation workloads, while creating a foundation for cloud infrastructure.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5 delivers standardised services for mission critical workloads, and offers IT organisations greater visibility into provisioning, configuring and monitoring of their virtualisation infrastructure, all based on open standards.

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Hitachi captures open source big data firm Pentaho for $600m

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Hitachi is making a major play for the big data and Internet of Things markets with the acquisition, which is expected to close in June

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How we used an open source meme generator to promote our journalism

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One of the tasks of a digital team in any major news organisation is to make the newsroom more efficient. We leverage new technologies in ways that haven’t been done before, and at a pace that’s challenging to keep up with. At The Times and Sunday Times, our team is constantly on the lookout for ways of improving our editorial workflow, and ensuring we get the very best from our great quality journalism.

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Hortonworks dishes out Hadoop for HDS: Mmmm, open source with big vendor gravy

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HDS will offer open-source data muncher Hadoop to the enterprise after doing a deal with Hortonworks.

Hadoop distributor Hortonworks has signed an agreement with HDS to jointly promote and support the software. HDS can now deliver Hortonworks' Data Platform (HDP), Hadoop in other words, to its enterprise customers.

Hortonworks strategic marketing veep John Kreisa offered this canned quote: "The strategic agreement also provides a joint engineering commitment for the two companies on current and future projects that will help make Hadoop enterprise-ready."

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How open source delivers for government

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Amid the well-deserved hype around the impact of cloud technology and big data analytics, it is possible that casual industry watchers may have missed the real story behind the recent wave of IT re-architecting.

Enabling many of these recent, powerful trends is a newly validated embrace of open source software technology. The movement to OSS solutions is empowering system designers and solution architects to re-examine methodologies that evolved out of the legacy proprietary, closed source software license model. Put simply, OSS allows developers of IT systems to create better results and cut costs.

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Rocket and the application container spec

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To learn more about Rocket, and the Application Container spec which underlies is, we caught up with Jonathan Boulle. Boulle is an engineer at CoreOS who is leading the development of Rocket and doing a lot of the coordination work around the App Container spec. Before working at CoreOS, Boulle worked on a similar project at Twitter that never quite saw the light of day, but was able to apply some of the ideas and experiences to his current work on Rocket.

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I Do Not Fear the Greeks Bearing Gifts

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Free software is particularly well-suite to Greece because it is a small market compared to those for the anglophone or francophone worlds, say. That means software is unlikely to be produced in regional versions as a priority. Open source, of course, can be modified by anyone, allowing localised versions of existing free software to be produced easily. All of these considerations apply elsewhere, especially among smaller countries, and it has always been something of a mystery to me why they don't embrace open source more readily.

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What happens to open source vendors when they get mature

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It took a long time after Red Hat's IPO in 1999 to see other significant open source exits. But things have been accelerating lately, with large funding rounds, acquisitions, and an IPO. Open source vendors are maturing, and making a deeper and deeper impact

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The Open-Source Question

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You’d be forgiven for thinking that the tech world is a loathsome hotbed of rapacious venture capitalists, airheaded trend-riders, and publicity hounds. That’s the image presented by much of the tech press, which prizes stories about the Montgomery Burnses of the tech world over ones about its more idealistic denizens.

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