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Free/Open Source Software in Networking

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  • The role of open source in networking

    Technology is always evolving. However, in recent time, two significant changes have emerged in the world of networking. Firstly, the networking is moving to software that can run on commodity off-the-shelf hardware. Secondly, we are witnessing the introduction and use of many open source technologies, removing the barrier of entry for new product innovation and rapid market access.

    Networking is the last bastion within IT to adopt the open source. Consequently, this has badly hit the networking industry in terms of slow speed of innovation and high costs. Every other element of IT has seen radical technology and cost model changes over the past 10 years. However, IP networking has not changed much since the mid-’90s.

  • Ericsson becomes newest member of O-RAN Alliance

    The vendor said that it will “actively support and drive discussions and development of network architecture evolution”

    Ericsson has joined the O-RAN Alliance, which focuses on evolving the radio access network (RAN) architecture and orchestration toward open-source, rather than proprietary, implementations.

    Ericsson said that joining the O-RAN Alliance “reinforces [its]commitment to network evolution, openness, and industry collaboration” and that it will “focus on the open interworking between RAN and network orchestration and automation, with emphasis on AI-enabled closed-loop automation and end-to-end optimization, with the aim of lowering operating cost and improve end-user performance.”

  • AT&T Inks '8-Figure' Kubernetes & OpenStack 5G Deal With Mirantis

    AT&T needs Kubernetes and OpenStack to provide the flexibility and agility required for a cutting edge, continent-spanning 5G network. "There really isn't much of an alternative," Van Wyk says. "Your alternative is VMware. We've done the assessments, and VMware doesn't check boxes we need."

    He adds, "We're progressive, we're on the bleeding edge. The 5G core and architecture we're implementing -- we're doing it for the first time in the world. When you're pushing the capabilities of the available software and you're in the front end of that, you need to innovate fast. We believe the communities around open source projects are the way to do that."

  • Mirantis signs huge networking deal with AT&T

    This is an eight-figure, three-year deal to build out AT&T 5G's infrastructure using Airship. Airship is a project originally founded by AT&T, SKT, and Intel. It was launched as a pilot Open Infrastructure Project under the OpenStack Foundation in May 2018. Airship is designed to enable telcos to take advantage of on-premises Kubernetes infrastructure to support their SDN infrastructure builds.

    Mirantis will collaborate with AT&T and other core contributors to develop Airship's critical features. This work will then be rapidly deployed in production at scale via AT&T's Airship, Kubernetes, and OpenStack-based Network Cloud infrastructure.

  • Charter Might Paint Its Home Gateways & Devices 'Prpl'

    Charter Communications is giving serious consideration to Prpl, a new open source software stack for broadband gateways and other devices, as the MSO mulls its next-gen plans for gateways and other broadband devices that can support and run a mix of new value-added smart home and IoT services and applications, multiple industry sources said.

    Prpl, an open source software effort run by the Prpl Foundation , has some linkages to OpenWrt, a generic platform that's on millions of retail routers and has gained some traction with various telcos. As it's been retail-focused, OpenWrt itself doesn't have a service provider layer, but Prpl is adding those key elements, providing hooks into service provider backend systems. That effort emerges as carriers seek out open source software options that can provide consistency across different OEMs and establish a way for them to manage and orchestrate new services across their population of devices.

  • CPU Selection for uCPE Is About More Than Architecture

    I've often said that network functions virtualization (NFV) is about bringing cloud technologies to the telco network. One of the biggest benefits of such a transition is the replacement of closed appliances with open servers. The most common of these servers are built on Intel architecture (IA), but other architecture options are available, including ARM.

  • Coders and developers: The new heroes of the network?

    The news announcements came thick and fast, and at every turn, they were software-defined. From the extension of its intent-based networking (IBN) platform to the edge of the enterprise to support application innovation around the internet of things (IoT), to the introduction of HyperFlex for Branch, which supports “datacentre-class app performance” in branch offices and remote sites, software is on the march at Cisco, and is now well on its way to becoming firmly established at the core of Cisco’s customers’ networks.

Nextcloud 15 review

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Overall, we can’t help but be impressed with Nextcloud.

It provides almost all the features that you can get from Google, Microsoft or Dropbox, at a fraction of the cost and with the flexibility that only self-hosting provides.

The only caveat to self-hosting is that backing up the storage is the responsibility of the business, not the software provider.

Therefore, anyone implementing this might want to merge it with an off-site secure storage solution for those scenarios where the worst happens.

For those wanting to explore what Nextcloud has to offer, they have a free evaluation version where they do the hosting and an instant trial.

Have a look around the evaluation, as you might find that it is substantially better fit for your business than what the big providers have.

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How open source drives innovation in the UK public sector

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In the last decade or so, the UK public sector has accelerated through a sea change of tech-driven modernisation under the banner of digital transformation. A report released last week revealed that mobiles and tablets now account for the majority of internet traffic to GOV.UK services.

Mobile access has been non-negotiable for most modern businesses for a number of years. Yet the figure truly crystallises the progress made in a segment not known for being on the pulse of tech trends, and one often satirised for lagging remarkably behind wider industry. Last July, in a dish seemingly readymade for farce-hungry twitter trolls, the Government’s new Digital Secretary was revealed to have not tweeted since 2015.

To say that Government ministers are overflowing with enthusiasm for solutions that improve the speed, efficiency and quality of their services would be to put it mildly. The fervour is best exemplified by the new UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, who since taking on the role has embarked on a PR stroke evangelical mission to eulogise how AI and other technologies can transform the NHS once and for all.

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Mattermost Funding

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  • What matters most to open-source chat plat Mattermost? To shove this fresh $20m into security, privacy

    Slack-for-engineers Mattermost has said it plans to plough its $20m Series-A funding into privacy and security.

    Mattermost is open source and, its CEO Ian Tien told The Register, is "by developers for developers" – words that usually strike fear into the heart of UI designers.

    However, the messaging platform has proved popular with engineering teams, enamored by access to the code as well as the many, many add-ons published. A quick look at GitHub shows more than a thousand in various stages of development.

  • Slack Competitor Mattermost Raises $20 Million in Funding

    Mattermost, an open source messaging platform, this week announced it has closed a $20 million series A funding round led by Redpoint Ventures, with participation from S28 Capital and Y Combinator.

  • Slack competitor Mattermost raises $20 million for its workplace chat app

    Private, open source Slack competitor Mattermost today closed a $20 million funding round to help members of its community create new plugins and integrations.

    The news comes a day after Slack shared plans to go public and workplace collaboration app Coda launched out of beta.

    Mattermost has shaped itself in Slack’s image. Like that popular real-time workplace messaging app, Mattermost began as a provider of communications for gamers, CEO Ian Tien told VentureBeat in a phone interview, but was later sold as a team communications service to enterprise customers.

  • How open source Mattermost is sneaking up on Slack's messaging empire

    Slack may be making the headlines with its confidential, $8 billion filing to go public, but there's another, under the radar open source phenomenon playing in that same enterprise messaging market. Mattermost, which just announced a $20 million, Redpoint-led Series A venture round, started as a gaming platform, like Slack, but unlike Slack Mattermost delivers enterprise messaging flexibility through open source, to the tune of 10,000 downloads per month, each of which supports hundreds of Slack-sized teams.

    While this may sound like an underdog story, Mattermost already boasts large customers as varied as Amazon, Uber, and the US Department of Defense. Indeed, Mattermost offers an interesting case study on how to do open source right as a component of a business strategy.

Free Software Foundation Europe Calls for Open Source 5G License

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The Free Software Foundation Europe has said the recent controversy surrounding Huawei shows governments and consumers don’t trust tech giants. However, FSFE believes one potential fix would be for companies to publish code through the Free and Open Source Software license.

Huawei has been a long-time target of regulators around the world. The company is believed to be using its technology to backdoor spy for the Chinese government. There is an ongoing debate around Huawei’s 5G networks and concerns over privacy.

Canada could block Huawei 5G and the Chinese government has responded. It seems China suspects Huawei will be blocked, and the country’s ambassador said Ottawa will face repercussions if a bad is imposed.

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OSI Board Pledges Allegiance to Open Source Definition, Now and Forever

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Earlier this week the Board of Directors of the Open Source Initiative issued an Affirmation of the Open Source Definition, inviting others to endorse the same position. The stated purpose of the release was to underline the importance of maintaining the open source software (OSS) definition in response to what the directors see as efforts to “undermine the integrity of open source.” Certainly, that definition has stood the test of time, and OSI has ably served as the faithful custodian of the definition of what can and cannot be referred to as OSS.

That said, while well-intentioned, the statement goes too far. It also suggests that the directors would do well to reflect on what their true role as custodians of the OSI definition should be.

That becomes apparent in the opening lines of the press release, where the directors anchor their argument on the concept that the OSS definition is a standard, and that standards can never change. Which is nonsense. True, they use metric system standards as the basis for their metaphor, but that’s exactly the wrong basis for comparison because the OSS definition refers not to an immutable physical property, but to the consensus of a set of individuals at a certain point in time regarding a set of goals and values.

In fact, weights and measures are some of the few standards that should never change. Just about every other type of standard in existence needs to change, and does change, in order to maintain its value. Indeed, most standards bodies institutionalize the process of monitoring the continuing relevance of standards, requiring that they be regularly reviewed and updated to make sure that they are as useful and up to date as possible.

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Pine64 previews open source phone, laptop, tablet, camera, and SBCs

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Pine64’s 2019 line-up of Linux-driven, open-spec products will include Rock64, Pine H64, and Pinebook upgrades plus a PinePhone, PineTab, CUBE camera, and Retro-Gaming case.

At FOSDEM last weekend, California-based Linux hacker board vendor Pine64 previewed an extensive lineup of open source hardware it intends to release in 2019. Surprisingly, only two of the products are single board computers.

The Linux-driven products will include a PinePhone Development Kit based on the Allwinner A64. There will be second, more consumer focused Pinebook laptop — a Rockchip RK3399 based, 14-inch Pinebook Pro — and an Allwinner A64-based, 10.1-inch PineTab tablet. Pine64 also plans to release an Allwinner S3L-driven IP camera system called the CUBE and a Roshambo Retro-Gaming case that supports Pine64’s Rock64 and RockPro64, as well as the Raspberry Pi.

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OSS and Sharing Leftovers

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  • A Venture Capitalist's Read On Themes From Davos: Open Source And Observability


    For the second year in a row, I asked Jacob Jofe, a Vice President at Index Ventures where he focuses on the firm’s enterprise investments, to provide some thoughts on themes he found particularly poignant. He highlights two areas that have now become CEO-level topics of conversation: the rise of open source software, and the importance of observability.

  • Cloudera And Hortonworks: Combination Plans To Take On Amazon

    According to a Zion Market research report, the global Hadoop market was estimated to grow at a CAGR of 50% to $87.14 billion by the end of 2022. Billion-Dollar Unicorn Cloudera (NYSE:CLDR) is a leading player in the segment which recently strengthened its standing in the market by announcing its merger with rival Hortonworks (NASDAQ:HDP).

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  • QA on non-Intel at Guix Days

    During the second day of Guix Days (a FOSDEM fringe event) we split up into smaller working groups based on our areas of interest. I led a group which aimed to address some of the package issues which exist on non-Intel architectures. Of course not everyone has access to an ARM board, but with the qemu-binfmt-service service it is possible to use QEMU and the binfmt_misc functionality of the Linux kernel to emulate these systems. Many have reported that this system emulation is comparable in speed to many of the available ARM boards on the market. Yet another possibility would be to do the hacking on an x86_64 system and, when we had a working prototype, to test it with QEMU or on actual ARM hardware.

  • An open-source artificial pancreas

    Dana Lewis said that her keynote at 2019 would be about her journey of learning about open source and how it could be applied in the healthcare world. She hoped it might lead some attendees to use their talents on solutions for healthcare. Her efforts and those of others in the community have led to a much better quality of life for a number of those who suffer from a chronic, time-consuming disease.

    She began with a well-known joke in hacker circles ("there are 10 kinds of people in the world ..."), but she added a twist. Beyond those who know binary and those who don't, there are also another 10 kinds of people: those who can produce their own insulin and those who can't. Lewis has type 1 diabetes, so she "just" needs to add insulin to her system because her pancreas does not produce it, but it is not quite that simple. Getting diagnosed with a chronic disease is "like getting struck by lightning", she said; there is no time to prepare and you know that everything will be different from that point forward.

  • Open up to open-source

    Tesla founder-CEO Elon Musk reiterated the company’s commitment to the open source philosophy and climate change action by tweeting a link to a 2014 blog post where he writes that there will be no patent barrier to any of Tesla-developed technologies for bona fide users; Musk claims to have done this in the interest of faster propagation of electronic vehicles that will bring down greenhouse gas emissions. Musk exhorting innovators and entrepreneurs around the world to make use of Tesla’s intellectual property is, undoubtedly, good news on the climate front. Some Musk-critics believe there is more to it than just climate-action championing, but whatever the motive, business captains could perhaps take a cue on meeting the changing expectations of leadership from Musk.

  • "Ours is an open source model": Ogilvy's Sumanto Chattopadhyay on 82.5 Communications

    WPP's newly launched 82.5 Communications, an Ogilvy group agency, is based on a similar model; the team calls it an 'open source model', wherein they partner with many different firms depending on the needs of a given client, put all the solutions through a "brand filter" and serve a composite end result to the advertiser.

  • Bitcoin for the biological literature

    When Sarah Bajan finished a study on the argonaute-2 protein last year, she found herself in a position all too common in scientific research: she had an interesting finding, but not enough for a full publication. “I had data from a project that was mostly observational, with no more resources to continue,” says Bajan, a geneticist at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. But she was happy with the results, which revealed a previously unidentified form of the protein, and it would have been a shame to stuff them in a drawer.

    Fortunately, she didn’t have to. A colleague told Bajan about ScienceMatters, an open-access publishing platform that posts peer-reviewed short papers and single-observation studies — research that most journals would dismiss. Bajan submitted her work last October and it was accepted two weeks later.

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Umpires of open source licenses

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Open source, like most areas of human endeavor, has institutions and rules that enable it to function. Recently, the open source community has been challenged regarding its licensing. Here's a scenario to illustrate the problem.

Imagine yourself at a baseball game and the pitcher decides he doesn't feel like throwing the ball that day, so he sets up a machine to do it instead. Fans on both sides would be thinking, "Is this a joke? This isn't baseball, what's going on here?" The umpire (referee) would stop the game and have the machine removed and probably the pitcher too. This is why leagues hire umpires to enforce the rules. They make sure the rules are obeyed to uphold the integrity of the game.

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Events:, FOSDEM, GTK Hackfest, CHAOSS EU 2019 and LCA

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  • 2019 trip report

    I’ve just got back from my 2019 trip, after spending a few days after the conference in Red Hat’s Brno office with other Fedora QA team members, then a few days visiting family.

  • Adrien Plazas: FOSDEM and GTK Hackfest 2019

    This year was my second time at FOSDEM and it was both exhausting and a lot of fun!

    I went from Montpellier to Brussels in TGV, via the direct line connecting the two cities. I love high speed trains, they are comfy, you can bring lots of baggage, you are not probed, you can see the countryside, they typically connect the center of cities, and they even have Wi-Fi and power plugs! Thanks to that, I have been able to bring the booth box that was sitting at my house since Capitole du Libre 2018 for free!

  • FOSDEM 2019 and CHAOSS EU 2019 report

    FOSDEM is over and it is time to recap.

    Last year I decided to take a break and did not attend to the event. This year I was really looking forward to attend.

    I will start by thanking Codethink Ltd for sponsoring my trip. It is always a pleasure to work in a company that supports their employees in attending to Open Source community events. Codethink sponsored FOSDEM once again by the way.

    It has not been the easiest edition for me because I have been sick the past days and was not fully recovered. The cold weather didn’t help so I decided to stay away from late nights and Trappist beers. It was hard to go to bed at a decent time every night and miss some night gatherings like the KDE and GNOME ones or the FOSDEM party on Friday at Delirium Cafe.

    On February 1st I attended to the CHAOSScon EU conference. I liked it. It was well organised and I could have several interesting conversations about what to measure and why when it comes to Open Source communities. I attended to most of the talks and I participated in one of the workshops. I think I can add some value in the GMD working group. Let’s see if I have the time to contribute. It would be fun.

  • Changing the world with better documentation

    Rory Aronson started his 2019 keynote with a statement that gardening just isn't his passion; an early attempt degenerated into a weed-choked mess when he couldn't be bothered to keep it up. But he turned out to be passionate indeed about building a machine that would do the gardening for him. That led to the FarmBot project, a successful exercise in the creation of open hardware, open software, and an open business. A big part of that success, it turns out, lies in the project's documentation.

    A few years after his garden went to seed, Aronson was taking an organic agriculture class when he stumbled across a piece of advanced industrial agricultural equipment. It was a tractor attachment that contained an array of cameras, one for each of a dozen or so rows of plants. The device can distinguish lettuce plants from weeds; it uses that information to automatically till the weeds under the soil. It can also selectively spray materials as needed. This was, he thought, a piece of cool technology, but he found himself wondering why there was no version of it for his backyard.

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