Open Source

SourceForge Interview: Win32 Disk Imager Project

The software’s core team talk about their Win32 Disk Imager project, originally developed for the Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) Netbook release. continue…

Forrester Ranks Firms’ Apache Hadoop Work

Lots of IT vendors are jumping aboard the Hadoop bandwagon. The research firm decided to rank them. continue…

A Look at Microsoft’s PCL for SQLite

Posted In C++/C#, Working in Tech
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Having grown up in a world where the concept was anathema to Microsoft, it seems strange to think of them now on the side of open source. In 2002, for instance, there was public debate about the GPL with Microsoft taking a stand against it. Now, there’s a part of Microsoft that’s pushing out open source, “Building bridges between Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies.” Now it has to be said that this does not come from sheer altruism. Microsoft has come… continue…

The 5 Best Ways to Contribute to Open Source Projects

Posted In Looking in Tech
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So you’ve got a bit of programming experience and some spare time available, and the thought of gaining experience, reputation and maybe even a paid job (hey, it worked for Linus Torvalds!) has tempted you to look at open source and maybe dip a toe in. But where to start? Well, first, you could look through open source projects, find something you like and get into it. As for places to go, there are many projects and repositories. First of… continue…

Cloudinary vs. Blitline: Cloud-Image Services Compared

As Web applications grow in number and capability, storing large amounts of images can quickly become a problem. continue…

Imagine if OpenStack Could Get Its Act Together

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Linux won. If you think that statement is inaccurate you need only look at the nearest Android device or AMI options on Amazon to find out you’re mostly wrong. It took years — more than a decade and then some — but Linux has not only arrived, it’s nearly taken over the world. Fast forward 10 years and we’re looking at another highly recognizable open source effort, OpenStack. OpenStack is most often referenced in conjunction with cloud because it’s seen as one… continue…

DARPA’s Open-Source Software Is Now Yours

Posted In Cloud
The agency claims it’s interested in building new communities on the basis of open-source software and research. continue…

A Tenuous Future for Google Code?

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Google Code, the company’s project-hosting site for developers, could soon get the axe, reports InfoWorld. The “most obvious” reason why Google Code might be dumped is that it hasn’t added a new feature since 2011, InfoWorld notes, though there is also the rise of GitHub, which has accelerated the practice of coding as a “collective and social” endeavor — exactly what Google Code had set out to accomplish. Indeed, the last feature added to Google Code was the addition of… continue…

Amazon’s Closed Approach to Open Source Costs It Talent

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Amazon’s unwillingness to contribute to the open source projects it relies on is costing it potential talent as some tech professionals avoid the company, says the Register. Insiders describe Amazon as a “black hole” where improvements and fixes for open-source software are kept close to the vest, a policy that comes “right from the top.” Amazon contributes far less software code and research papers to open source projects than either Microsoft or Google, its main rivals. The secrecy goes so… continue…

What to Expect from Big Data in 2014

Hadoop will continue to reign; more clients will demand the latest in encryption; and a lot of analytics firms could fail. continue…