Article: What is open source?

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What is open source?

It’s difficult to overstate the role that open source plays in today’s technology-centric world, given that it intersects with just about every piece of software. Data from Synopsys, the company behind open source security management platform Black Duck, indicates that 98% of codebases contain at least some open source code.

But open source software is not only eating the world, as the popular expression goes, it’s also devouring the solar system — recent GitHub data showed that almost 12,000 GitHub developers contributed to the code that made the very first Martian helicopter flight possible on April 19, 2021. Chances are, though, most weren’t even aware that their contributions were used in the historic NASA mission.

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Article: The Enterprise Future is Open Source

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The Enterprise Future is Open Source

When modernizing their IT infrastructure and business processes, many companies around the world already rely on open-source technologies. One of the main reasons for this choice is the sheer speed at which innovative solutions can be developed and implemented through the use of open source in their businesses.

When decision-makers are deciding between the closed or open-source path for their company, they have to think pragmatically. Digitalization technologies are developing rapidly, and what might be the height of innovation one day can quickly fall out of practice soon after. Therefore, one important, and often decisive, aspect for businesses to consider is the speed with which innovation can occur with the technologies in use.

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Article: Microsoft Build and the Hidden Benefits of Open Source

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Microsoft Build and the Hidden Benefits of Open Source

At Microsoft Build 2021, I was struck by how different the company was from when I first started covering it in 1994 during the ramp up to Windows 95.  Back then, Microsoft, just like Apple and IBM, was particularly proprietary and fiercely competitive.

But in the early 2000s, Microsoft started to change its external behavior. Instead of challenging interoperability, they embraced it. Instead of challenging open source and Linux, they became one of the biggest advocates. And last week at Microsoft Build, it was clear that this has also had a positive impact on the company.  Microsoft is a company folks want to work in tech.

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Article: Top Quantum Computing Project Ideas In 2021

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Top Quantum Computing Project Ideas In 2021

Aquantum computer offers exorbitant processing power compared to classical computers. This is achieved by manipulating qubits. Generating and managing Qubits is a huge challenge. “While the classical computer is very good at calculus, the quantum computer is even better at sorting, finding prime numbers, simulating molecules, and optimization, and thus could open the door to a new computing era,” according to a Morgan Stanley report. In other words, Quantum computing is the future.

Introduced last year by Atos, Q-score is a free and open-source quantum metrics that apply to all programmable quantum processors. Q-score measures a quantum system’s effectiveness at handling real-life problems which traditional computers cannot solve, rather than simply measuring its theoretical performance.

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Article: 6 examples of open source best practices in knowledge-sharing projects

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6 examples of open source best practices in knowledge-sharing projects

As someone who has watched my fair share of projects and initiatives come and go, I value the follow-on effects of good knowledge sharing. Even knowledge from bygone projects is available to learn from the past; such is the benefit and the curse of an internet that never forgets—all the practices good, no-longer-good, and never-were-good are out there to be found.

As the head of Red Hat’s Open Source Program Office (OSPO), I both appreciate and benefit from the myriad ways different communities create and share knowledge about open source. The very effort of creating open source software is a massive knowledge-sharing experience, covering all the domains of software development with many methods and practices.

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Article: Many hands make light work: The secret of open source’s success

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Many hands make light work: The secret of open source’s success

Open source software is now the de facto choice for most businesses, but it’s been a long time coming. We asked Marc Linster, CTO at EDB, a company that provides software and services based on the database PostgreSQL (Postgres) – one of the very earliest open source projects – for his take on the current state of enterprise open source.

For many years, open source software was the domain of academics and hobbyists. What was the tipping point that convinced businesses and public sector organizations to take it seriously? It’s not so much a tipping point but rather a confluence of events, said Linster, addressing Postgres as an example.

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Article: Why Open Source Matter more than ever in Education

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Why Open Source Matter more than ever in Education

For education to be successful in transforming our global community, it must be accessible – and that is what open-source technologies bring to the world of learning. By definition, open-source software has freely available code that can be redistributed and modified without limitation. Unlike closed-source software, which does not share its code and must be licensed, open-source software alleviates one of the most pressing barriers to education across the globe: cost.

At the forefront in the open source education space has been Moodle™, which, since its inception in 2002, has helped revolutionize the education space as we know it by providing educators with a free tool to support learning in various forms. At the time of writing, there are almost 260 million users on over 180,000 registered Moodle™ sites across the globe relying on this platform to power their initiatives. This is exponentially more users and institutions than use any other platform.  For many, this would not be possible if it were not open source.

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Article: Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Market to Cross $20 Bn by 2027; Global Market Insights, Inc.

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Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Market to Cross $20 Bn by 2027; Global Market Insights, Inc.

Global Market Insights Inc. has recently added a new report on the open source intelligence market which estimates the market valuation for OSINT will cross US $20 billion by 2027. Increasing availability of open-source data, coupled with rising cyber threats, terrorism, and other illegal practices, is likely to drive the industry’s growth.

The growing adoption of open source intelligence among multiple organizations and the surge in demand for cloud-based OSINT among SMEs will drive the growth of the market. In addition, the increase in the need for OSINT by various industries to gain valuable insights for business decisions will fuel the growth of the open-source intelligence market. Social media analytics and text analytics will provide major opportunities for the expansion of the market in the future.

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Article: Github Announces Open Source Grants For Indian Developers; Will Offer A Total Sum Of Rs 1 Crore

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Github Announces Open Source Grants For Indian Developers; Will Offer A Total Sum Of Rs 1 Crore

GitHub, has announced an Open Source Grants for Indian developers, where it will offer a total sum of Rs 1 crore to select developers. The program will support and fund open source maintainers and contributors in their work. Github will have a jury of three, including Amit Ranjan, who is currently Architect for the Digital Locker & OpenForge at the government of India, to select the best projects. Github, which is the world’s largest open source developer community platform, had set up an official entity in India last year.

“We had over 1.8 million developers who joined GitHub in India just over the past year, which brings the total to 5.8 million developers on the platform. When we extrapolate that forward, we’re hoping by our third anniversary of operating in dia, which is in February 2023, we will have more than 10 million developers on the platform from India,” Erica Brescia, Chief Operating Officer at GitHub told indianexpress.com.

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Article: Tecton Unveils Major New Release of Feast Open Source Feature Store, the Fastest Path to Production for Machine Learning Data

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Tecton Unveils Major New Release of Feast Open Source Feature Store, the Fastest Path to Production for Machine Learning Data

Tecton, the enterprise feature store company and primary contributor to Feast, today announced Feast 0.10, the first feature store that can be deployed locally in minutes without dedicated infrastructure.

The new release makes it possible for data scientists to reap the benefits of a functionally complete feature store with no infrastructure overhead or maintenance. Feast has seen strong adoption to date with more than 1,700 GitHub stars and contributions from Agoda, Cimpress, Farfetch, Google Cloud, Tecton and Zulily.

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