While Free Software was not born in Europe, the relative disadvantage of the European I.T. sector compared to the U.S. can be greatly mitigated by enabling Free and Open Source Software models across the I.T. ecosystem and the industries increasignly relying on software as one of their core components. It is important to realize that the objective of building a Europe-based I.T. industry as strong or as rich as the U.S. one is a delusion. You cannot turn back the time, and the circumstances that led to the booming of the U.S. I.T. sector cannot be replicated entirely. I am aware the European Commission was sold on the idea that somehow we could replicate America’s crazy software patent system and that somehow this would strengthen our economy. I am curious to see where that will end, but I’m very pessimistic in that regard.
The open source NGINX web server (and load balancer, HTTP cache and reverse proxy server) is turning 10 this month and its commercial counterpart, NGINX Plus is celebrating its first birthday at the same time. To mark this moment, the company provided me with its latest user stats and I also had a chance to get a few comments from Gus Robertson, the company’s CEO.
The topic of digital security often brings to mind the image of bleak and dark future, where computers, mobile devices and other systems are riddled with malware and cyber criminals lurk, ready to steal our data and crash our systems. We have good reason to be nervous. We’ve seen plenty of cyber-security breaches in the past few years, like credit card thefts at Target and password issues at sites like LinkedIn.
Digital security is a major concern. Few other issues affect everyone, from individuals to companies to entire nations. So what is the future of digital security?
Open-source software, once the domain of reclusive programmers with long beards and conspiracy theories, is going mainstream.
Popularized by trendy Silicon Valley startups and evangelized by companies that offer maintenance and support, software once seen as buggy and risky is gaining respect in the private and public sector.
Even the Quebec government, long derided for its refusal to consider open-source solutions, is showing more interest, and companies are lining up to provide.
CherryPy is an open source, fast, and stable python web framework that allows the developers to build the web applications. The developers can build the web applications as the way they would build the other object-oriented python programs. Many developers still haven’t heard this simple, yet powerful framework, because it is not a complete stack with built-in support for a multi-tier architecture. The developers of CherryPy call it as pythonic framework, because it closely follows the conventions of Python.
Open source and HL7, an open standard for healthcare IT solutions, are key elements in a tender for an e-health telemedicine project to be implemented at the Danish municipality of Syddjurs. "By using open source, we aim to encourage the development of new functionalities", says Frederik Mølgaard Thayssen, IT project leader.
Where I see open source failing is when the goal is only for companies to maximize profits and minimize costs without taking a broader view of their product. I am not naïve, companies exist to make a profit but they need to figure out how to maximize their leverage by participating in open source which involves creating a healthy project that extends farther than their own self interest. I often say those that miss the point are taking the Tom Sawyer, “Paint my fence” approach to opens source. The ones that benefit the most are those that take the Beautiful Mind/John
Nash (referring to his theories in game theory) where contributors act in both their own best self interest as well as the best interest of the community.
A new organisation wants to promote the use of open-source software in South Africa’s public and private sectors.
“Not using this software in South Africa is detrimental to our economy and skills development,” says Open Source Software for South Africa (OSSSA) founder Charl Botha.
Open-source software is software that does not conform to traditional software licence models and can be used and distributed freely.