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  • Radio ham's Open Satellite Project

    Radio amateur Lucas Teske PU2NVX explains the Open Satellite Project and its open-source weather satellite software

    "The final goal is to have a generic satellite receiver that is easy to configure to a new satellite or protocol," project originator Lucas Teske PU2NVX explains of the Open Satellite Project and its open-source weather satellite software.

    Developer Lucas Teske has a very clear reason for having started the Open Satellite Project, an ongoing effort to develop open-source software for the receipt and decoding of satellite data using software-defined radio (SDR) hardware including the LimeSDR family.

  • Puppet makes a change at the top with new CEO Yvonne Wassenaar

    After years of buying enterprise technology from software vendors, new Puppet CEO Yvonne Wassenaar will get a chance to run one.

    Puppet plans to announce Tuesday that Wassenaar will take over the CEO role from Sanjay Mirchandani, who informed Puppet’s board a few months ago that he had decided to pursue other opportunities. Wassenaar was CEO of drone image-analysis company Airware until last September, and might be familiar to the tech community in Puppet’s hometown of Portland after several years as CIO at New Relic.

  • 5 Advantages Of Open Source Software

    Over the years, open source software has become crucial to the running of many businesses around the world. Many businesses prefer the use of proprietary software because they know that the software packages are perfect for their business. However, many other businesses prefer the option of open source software and hardware because they can alter it to their needs. There are many advantages to using open source software and below we’ll have a look at some of the most beneficial reasons why many businesses prefer open source software.

    If you’re interested in getting your hands on open source software and hardware for your business, it could pay to look at, which is a supplier of all the top branded names, such as Arduino products, in the open source software and hardware industry.

  • At IndusInd Bank, Adoption Of Proprietary Technologies Is Being Surpassed By Pure Open Source Tech

    The product space includes keeping tabs on the developments taking place in the area of payments and e-commerce. The element of innovation, being taken up in many financial institutions has a lot of bearing on studying and exploring the potential avenues of strengthening the financial products. Understanding the process end to end across functions is also important. CIOs cannot afford to restrict themselves to having an understanding of just the technology part of the process and being unaware of how the process works in other functions. After product and process comes technology. A thorough understanding and grasp over product and process will help a CIO in taking a decision on whether to innovate with the product or process or both in order to come up with a sustainable innovation that will stand out in the market. It will not be a ‘me too’ innovation.

  • Drone companies to develop open source code for DGCA compliance

    A group of companies are working towards creating an open source code, certified by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), to meet the requirements of the ‘no permission - no takeoff’ (NPNT) software programme. The programme was mandated by the Drone Regulations which came into effect on 1 December 2018.

    Some of the companies which are a part of the Drones Working Committee at industry body Digital India Collective for Empowerment (DICE) are working on multiple pieces of the flight control software for drones in India which are NPNT compliant.

  • Keyhole Software Releases Open Source "Byzantine Tools" For Blockchain

    Keyhole Software has announced the release of Byzantine Tools, a series of blockchain open source projects to enhance Hyperledger blockchain networks.

    The new release includes Byzantine Browser, Byzantine Config, and Byzantine Flu open source tools. All add functionality to Hyperledger blockchains or show examples demonstrating the importance of blockchain to the enterprise-level organizations.

  • Red Hat notes open source rise

    Digital transformation and economic crises are pushing business organisations to embrace open source technology, says Red Hat Inc.

    "Business organisations are adopting open source software, lowering their operating costs and becoming more scalable, with better time to market, enabling digital transformation," said Damien Wong, vice-president and general manager for Asian growth and emerging markets of Red Hat Inc.

    With the stagnant global economy, companies are taking a wait-and-see approach to technology spending, he said.

    Open source helps organisations lower upfront investment and leads to faster innovation.

    Open source leads to open organisations, configuring their architecture for the future in terms of interoperability and engagement with others through agile and adaptable processes, he said.

  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Hacktoberfest

    While not exactly an open-source project, Hacktoberfest is a monthlong celebration of open-source software, and provides many contributions to the open-source community. The sixth annual Hacktoberfest won’t be taking place until October, but organizer DigitalOcean wants to help developers looking to get in on the festivities this year by providing developers with a few things to know before they release their repos into the public.

  • The future of open source and DevOps

    The writing on the wall is clear: for large, independent software vendors not doing open source today, you’ll need to either start open sourcing your code or else purchase an open source vendor to stay relevant in 2019. Your open source will need to be layered on top of DevOps, responsible for bringing together everything from coding and building to deploying and monitoring applications.

  • What are the pros and cons of open source network monitoring tools?

    Open source network monitoring tools are increasingly attractive to IT groups trying to meet service-level agreement demands while operating under tight budgets that limit their ability to invest in sophisticated network monitoring services.

    The price point for open source network monitoring software -- starting at free -- makes these tools pretty appealing for enterprises seeking new and better ways to manage performance across complex and highly distributed networks.

    In the past, the knock on open source tools was that they were difficult to install and not user-friendly. And, unlike their commercial peers, open source network monitoring tools did not always have a strong customer support team that could help IT managers when they ran into problems.

  • Casa open sources its Lightning Network node software

    The Casa Node has easily been one of the most desired and sought-after Bitcoin-related items during the 2018 holiday season. The demand for the “Lightning node in a box” product has been so high that the shipping had to be delayed during the month of December just to keep up with the orders.

    However, some critics have pointed out that there isn’t anything special about the device: it takes the rather modest hardware capabilities of the Raspberry Pi 3+, adds a hard drive for storage, and completes the package with all the necessary cables to make the device work. But just like in the case of Apple products, the costumers are paying for three essential elements: software, user experience, and costumer support.

  • Capital One Banks on Open Source to Scale Innovation

    When they started their transformation journey, Capital One was opposed to open source. In 2012, they started developing their continuous integration pipeline with Apache Subversion, Jenkins, SonarQube, etc. But because of the risks posed by open source, they quickly engaged their legal department and together developed a formal due diligence approach and strategy. First, they identified and categorized all perceived risks associated with using open source software, such as security, trade secret disclosure, devaluation of patent portfolio, M&A devaluation, intellectual property infringement, etc. The key development risks were touching on security, licensing and reputation. They then identified a monitoring and remediation plan for each risk category, trained and empowered every employee involved in the process to act.

  • Simple Mobile Tools – A Collection of Open Source, Ad-Free apps

    “Be together, not the same” – that’s the slogan Google used back in 2016 to describe how every person in the world can set up Android to their liking. There are literally thousands of variations of thousands of applications, themes, and mods. But, every now and then, we like to settle and look for something simple. Unfortunately, Android isn’t as consistent as iOS. That’s exactly what XDA Junior Member tibbi2 is aiming to fix with his apps.

  • App developer releases open-source version of Chroma for the Razer Phone 2

    The Razer Phone 2 could be a solid option for fans of mobile gaming on Android. However, it may be less attractive to those who also like to have root access.

  • Logo+ is an open source version of the Chroma app on the Razer Phone 2

    Nowadays, the smartphone industry is as challenging for newcomers as it gets. It’s not so easy to stay relevant when dozens of flagship-tier smartphones are released each year. We all saw what happened to Essential and their pretty standard phone, which is a shame since they offer great software support. User feedback has shown that to keep afloat in the game, you need to have some unique features. Razer has managed to get its user base in just 2 years. Their “gaming phone,” AKA the Razer Phone 2, is aimed at Android enthusiasts. Apart from the obvious flagship specs, it features a 120Hz variable refresh rate HDR screen, stereo speakers, and a glowing RGB logo on the back which can be customized by a system app, Chroma.

  • Startup Behind Ubiquitous NGINX Web Server Ready To Embrace The Channel
  • Nginx: managing monolithic app traffic is an API game

    Nginx is the company that likes to be called NGINX, except it’s not… because it’s not an acronym, it’s supposed to say “engine-X”, which is a cool snazzy name, right?

    Actually, Nginx would only ever rank as Nginx, because almost all reputable press outlets only allow acronyms up to a maximum of three letters.

    There’s always an exception that proves the rule and SuSE might be the fly in the ointment. Or could it be TIBCo (who would prefer we say TIBCO, for The Information Bus Company) that makes this an imperfect rule?

  • Open Source & Machine Learning: A Dynamic Duo

    In recent months, machine-learning code has become readily available in the open source community, putting security analysts on a path toward easier data pattern recognition.
    As a data scientist, I'm always looking for new patterns and insights that guide action — especially ways to make data science more effective for cybersecurity. One pattern I see consistently throughout the industry is the inability to operationalize machine learning in a modern security operations center. The challenge is that the capabilities behind different machine-learning models are difficult to explain. And if those of us in security can't understand how something works, and how to apply it to what we do, why on earth would we trust it?

  • Open Source for enterprise trends in 2019

    We know that open source is well established as the place where software innovation happens. Today enterprises are looking at open source even more closely for pro-active, adaptive and innovative technologies to deliver better customer experience. As we move into 2019, we see open source technologies further making its mark in some of the key trends we are already experiencing.

    Software Defined Approach to Data Management

    Industrial IoT, smart cities and wearables are bringing together and producing more sophisticated data than ever before. While the proliferation of data is nothing new, the volume of unstructured data and the way in which it is managed is. Additionally, many enterprise IT teams are moving to hybrid-environments that have on-prem systems and cloud environments, creating additional challenges for these teams. In 2019, more companies will adopt software-defined storage (SDS) to address the performance and availability challenges caused by the data explosion.

  • Intel Publishes Open-Source AV1 Video Encoder "SVT-AV1"

    Yet another open-source project out of Intel is SVT-AV1, which is a new AV1 video encoder implementation for Windows and Linux Systems.

    SVT-AV1 is short for the Scalable Video Technology AV1 encoder. Intel is aiming to make this encoder fast enough for video on-demand and live encoding/transcoding applications. Hearing their CPU-based performance plans for SVT-AV1 is certainly exciting and much welcomed, since there isn't any speedy AV1 encoder at this stage nor any really dominant player among the open-source options... On the decoding front, dav1d is doing very well and hopefully SVT-AV1 will take over on the encoding front at least until GPUs begin supporting native AV1 accelerated encoding.

Latest (Past Week's) Openwashing Examples

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Top 5 open source network monitoring tools

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Maintaining a live network is one of a system administrator's most essential tasks, and keeping a watchful eye over connected systems is essential to keeping a network functioning at its best.

There are many different ways to keep tabs on a modern network. Network monitoring tools are designed for the specific purpose of monitoring network traffic and response times, while application performance management solutions use agents to pull performance data from the application stack. If you have a live network, you need network monitoring to make sure you aren't vulnerable to an attacker. Likewise, if you rely on lots of different applications to run your daily operations, you will need an application performance management solution as well.

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Getting started with Scalar, a semantic web publishing platform

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Budget cuts at universities and the increased cost of printing journals have created a crisis in academic publishing. These factors plus the desire for open access to academic publishing have accelerated interest in alternatives to traditional print publications, such as Scalar.

Scalar is open source publishing software that enables authors to create rich, long-form scholarly content. In other words, according to its website, it "gives authors tools to structure essay and book-length works in ways that take advantage of the unique capabilities of digital writing, including nested, recursive, and non-linear formats."

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OSS Leftovers

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  • Google and Sony Pictures Imageworks release OpenCue, LF Edge organization launches, and more news

    In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the Google and Sony Pictures Imageworks releasing OpenCue, The Linux Foundation launching LF Edge, six tips for jumpstarting open educational resources initiatives, and more.

  • Open source in the enterprise presents a two-edged sword [Ed: Some FUD here. To Beth Pariseau's credit, she does not call proprietary software "enterprise" or "commercial"; instead she accepts that FOSS is equally suitable for large corporations, too]

    Open source in the mainstream enterprise is a powerful trend, and nobody wants to go back to the bad old days of proprietary software. But not every enterprise is prepared for a DIY approach that uses upstream code.


    Even Bloomberg sometimes looks to commercial open source vendors for a leg up on open source tools, depending on how new they are, and their long-term importance to the company, Fleming said. In the early days of Hadoop, for example, Bloomberg worked with vendors such as Hortonworks and Cloudera to stabilize its infrastructure for the big data processing platform.

    It will lean on other vendors like Percona for help with utilities such as Metrictank that it doesn't plan to modify or enhance internally, and when in doubt, it will seek consultations with open source community developers who work for commercial vendors, he said.

    Most mainstream companies, meanwhile, seek a middle ground between pure upstream open source software and completely proprietary products that is serviced by vendors that use a business model called open core.

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  • DebConf Videoteam sprint @ FOSDEM report

    For the past week, the DebConf Videoteam has been hard at work, sprinting in Diegem, Belgium. We've had a lot of fun, but were also able to improve a lot of things.

  • Christopher Allan Webber: I've been awarded the Samsung Stack Zero Grant

    This should fund my next couple of years of work on full time advancement of the fediverse.

    You may remember that I've talked about Spritely before. In fact I am finally in launch-mode... I am currently sitting in a wizard's tower at a hackathon, getting out the first release of Golem, a Spritely artifact.

  • Open source cloud databases battle software 'strip mining'

    "It is important to contribute things back, and licensing should be maintained in a way that people can use the software to create something bigger," he said. "But swinging the pendulum to the direction where licenses are changed to the degree that no cloud provider can offer it as a service -- that, too, becomes an issue," he said.

Mozilla Thunderbird and Firefox Nightly, DevTools, and Chrome 72

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4 confusing open source license scenarios and how to navigate them

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As an attorney running an open source program office for a Fortune 500 corporation, I am often asked to look into a product or component where there seems to be confusion as to the licensing model. Under what terms can the code be used, and what obligations run with such use? This often happens when the code or the associated project community does not clearly indicate availability under a commonly accepted open source license. The confusion is understandable as copyright owners often evolve their products and services in different directions in response to market demands. Here are some of the scenarios I commonly discover and how you can approach each situation.

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OSS: FOSS goals for 2019, 3 Most Popular NoSQL Databases, and "OSI weighs in on open-source licensing conflict"

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  • FOSS goals for 2019

    With the advent of 2019, Maddog makes a wish list and some resolutions for both himself and the FOSS community.

    I am writing this article on Christmas Eve of 2018. While (due to the workings of a print magazine) you may not see it for a while, I am going to use this as a combination of a 2019 Christmas wish list and some 2018 New Year's resolutions for myself and (hopefully) some resolutions for the free software community.

    My Christmas wish list for next year is simple. I hope to have FOSS even more dominant in the world of computing than it is today.


  • 3 Most Popular NoSQL Databases To Start In Cloud

    The path of the Cloud generally starts in migrations to infrastructure platforms as a Service (IaaS); where we make a virtual mirror of our physical structure on which we deploy our applications.
    The next step comes when we recognize that the true value and productivity of the Cloud is in the Platform as a Service (PaaS), and we face new challenges in the form of software transformation and reconstruction in the search for the optimal cost/benefit ratio.

    And one of the initial decisions that have more impact is to adopt the storage of our information in Databases as a Service by selecting which one to use in our software; being the NoSQL solutions, an affordable first step, of remarkable simplicity, powerful and of contained cost.

  • OSI weighs in on open-source licensing conflict


    The problem these open-source businesses are finding is that technology giants and cloud providers are taking advantage of their work for monetary gain without contributing back to these projects. However, the issue with creating and applying new licenses or clauses to existing open-source licenses is that it the projects become technically no longer open source, unless the licenses are approved by the Open Source Initiative (OSI), an organization dedicated to promoting and protecting open-source software, projects and communities.

Openwashing of Linux Foundation Members and New Hyperledger Members

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  • SAP: One of Open Source’s Best Kept Secrets [Ed: LF is so corrupt that in exchange for money from proprietary software giants it's openwashing them. Looks almost satirical, but this is the power of bribery.]
  • Hyperledger Kicks Off the New Year with Eight New Members

    Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, begins 2019 by announcing it has added eight new members to the consortium. In addition, Hyperledger has delivered some key technology updates and now has a total of 12 projects.

    Hyperledger is a multi-venture, multi-stakeholder effort that includes various enterprise blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Recent project updates include the release of Fabric v1.4 LTS, the first long term support version of the framework, as well as the addition of two new projects Hyperledger Ursa and Hyperledger Grid. Grid uses shared, reusable tools to accelerate the development of ledger-based solutions for cross-industry supply chain applications. Additionally, a detailed case study on Circulor’s Hyperledger Fabric-based production system for tracing tantalum mining in Rwanda adds to growing list of resources for guiding enterprise blockchain adoption.

    “We wrapped up 2018 with a successful and exciting Hyperledger Global Forum,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “This first worldwide meeting of the Hyperledger community underscored the growing pace of development and deployment of blockchain in general and our tools and technologies in particular. We are seeing more signs of this accelerating pace of maturation and adoption here in early 2019. We welcome these newest members and look forward to their help in driving this growth.”

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