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Open Source and the Rise of as-a-Service Businesses

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If we can accept for the sake of argument that this is not a unique adjustment of Oracle’s, but a pattern replicating itself across a wide range of businesses and industries, there are many questions to be answered about what the impacts will be to the industry around it. Of all of these questions, however, none is perhaps as important as the one I have discussed with members of the Eclipse and Linux Foundations over the past few weeks: what does the shift towards as-a-service businesses mean for open source? Is it good or bad for open source software in general?

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St. Paddy's Day Special: 7 Irish open source developers

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The Republic of Ireland celebrates its national holiday St. Patrick's Day this week, when the rivers flow green and the Guinness flows too. This small country has produced some world-reknowned open source and free software developers, and we've rounded up a few in honor of St. Paddy's Day.

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An open source software updating tool

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Once a piece of software is installed on a user's system, how do you keep it updated? While Linux users typically have a package management system to pull latest versions from a repository of their choice, users of other systems aren't so lucky. We have developed an open source tool to assist in this process, based on an open source protocol from Google know as Omaha.

Several years ago Google released an open source protocol called Omaha (otherwise known as Google Update) as a part of its Chromium project. The protocol is intended to make the updating process of complicated desktop software easier.

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Customer Service and Open Source Software: A Budding Relationship

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In business today there is an emphasis on leveraging big data analytics in order to improve customer service. There is much to derive about consumer behavior and market trends that can all be found in the stacks of incoming data received by customer service industries such as contact centers, for example. So, how is open source software relevant to the customer service industry? As of late, many organizations are opting for open source solutions, rather than proprietary software, to augment customer service data analysis.

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We need open data to become the new open source

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The open source movement is one of the most powerful forces pushing technology forward. It’s easy to forget that not long ago, startups had to raise tons of money from VCs to license Oracle or a web server. Today any tiny startup has access to the best tools in the world.

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Open Source Software Fuels a Revolution in Data Science

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It’s hard to downplay the influence of open source software on the spectacular rise of data science. From my perspective as a technology consultant, open source isn’t just an interesting aspect of the data science revolution; it’s absolutely critical.

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Feds look to developers to improve big data, open source projects

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The vision behind the open source and big data initiatives underway in the federal government is far more ambitious than just a series of technology projects, but aims to further transparency, citizen engagement and achieve a major shift in agency culture.

So argues Chris Rasmussen, who heads up open source development at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), an organization that has been a pioneer within the intelligence sector in developing crowd-sourced applications and pushing out data to the development community.

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German Greens ask Foreign Affairs to amend way

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The Greens in the German parliament want the Foreign Ministry to revert back to open source software solutions on its workstations. The ministry in 2010 abandoned its open source desktop strategy, pressured by staffers struggling with interoperability problems. The Greens are now asking the ministry to justify the proprietary licence costs it has made since then.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop Is Making Its Way Into The Android Open Source Project

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Google officially announced the coming of Android 5.1 Lollipop earlier this afternoon, followed by a statement in the same blog post that they would be pushing it out to devices today. T-Mobile confirmed soon after that they would be pushing out Android 5.1 Lollipop to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7 2013 models on their network beginning today as well. While the updates may begin today(even though there is not much day time left)Google had yet to start pushing the Android 5.1 Lollipop source code up to AOSP, which is where developers can go to grab all the necessary files and use the code to work with and create awesome custom ROM experiences based off of the latest Android version of software, as well as use the code to make any changes or updates to their apps.

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Pinterest Shoots ‘Pinball’ Into Open Source

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Pinterest announced yesterday that it’s making the workflow management software it developed to manage big data pipelines, called Pinball, available as open source. Now anybody can use the same technology that Pinterest uses to manage the flow of work on Hadoop and other cluster resources.

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