Open Source

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

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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?

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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…

AllSeen Alliance Wants to Standardize Internet of Things

The new alliance of major companies proposes an open-source framework for uniting devices and services. continue…

Valve Joins Linux Foundation

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Valve touts the move as a sizable investment in the advancement of Linux gaming. continue…

Open-Source a Double-Edged Sword for Analytics Firms

Open source is the road to success for many a tech firm, but it will inevitably ding others that specialize in proprietary software. continue…

Is Hadoop THE Answer for Big Data?

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Are companies and Big Data professionals who embrace Hadoop putting themselves at risk by being at the mercy of Google? In March 2013, after about four years, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office granted Google 10 foundational patents related to MapReduce, a programming model for processing large datasets with a parallel distributed algorithm on a cluster of computers. MapReduce is also the basis for the Hadoop framework. Rather than transfer, assign, or license these foundational patents to the Apache Software… continue…

Ubuntu Edge Project Fails to Meet Fundraising Goal

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The crowdfunded smartphone effort ended up bringing in a little under $13 million, well short of the $32 million it needed. continue…