Article: Comcast makes waves in open source

Cures, Open Health, Procedures (Medical)

Comcast makes waves in open source

Comcast’s amplified focus on open source projects reached a milestone with word that two projects – Kuberhealthy and Trickster – recently were accepted as “Sandbox” projects by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

Kuberhealthy, a project created by Comcast’s Eric Greer, was developed to help the operator perform real-time monitoring of the health of its Kubernetes clusters at scale, and to stream that data into a Prometheus dashboard that tracks cloud native applications. Meanwhile, Trickster, created by Comcast’s James Ranson, speeds up how dashboards are rendered to Comcast from Prometheus.

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Article: A new collaboration demonstrates how tech can help understand rare diseases

Cures, Open Health

A new collaboration demonstrates how tech can help understand rare diseases

The Linux Foundation’s open source software will be used to develop gene therapies for rare genetic diseases in the newly announced RareCamp project. Gene therapies for rare genetic diseases is the goal of the newly founded RareCamp software project from the collaboration of The Linux Foundation and the OpenTreatments Foundation.

There are 400 million patients worldwide affected by more than 7,000 rare diseases, yet treatments for rare genetic diseases are an underserved area. More than 95% of rare diseases do not have an approved treatment, and new treatments are estimated to cost more than $1 billion.

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Article: Understanding and Complying with Open Source Software Licenses – an Intellectual Property Perspective

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Understanding and Complying with Open Source Software Licenses – an Intellectual Property Perspective

Open source compliance is not just for software companies. More and more business-critical tools take the form of mobile applications, downloadable software and web interfaces – from email and customer-relationship management to data analytics. These products may utilize open source components to varying degrees, even if offered as a proprietary offering.

What is Software?

Software is merely a compilation of instructions directing some sequence or action. These instructions are first written in some human-readable form, usually a programming language, known as source code.

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Article: Chip maker Innovium certifies white-box switches on open-source SONiC to disrupt networking industry

Circuits, Hardware, Open Infrastructure, Open Manufacturing

Chip maker Innovium certifies white-box switches on open-source SONiC to disrupt networking industry

The open-source SONiC software will bring the same benefits of reduced total cost of ownership in networking as happened in white-box servers, Innovium claims. Networking equipment from Cisco Systems, Arista Networks, and Juniper Networks and others runs on operating system software owned and built by those vendors. Some parties think that needs to change.

Tuesday morning, Innovium, a vendor to Cisco and others of switching chips, announced it with partners in the original device maker, or ODM, field, it is testing and certifying network switches built on its chips and the open-source SONiC operating systems, a network operating system developed by Microsoft and the Open Compute Project and licensed under a mix of the GNU GPL and the Apache License.

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Article: Open Source 101: Go Online & Find Your Way Around Open Source

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Open Source 101: Go Online & Find Your Way Around Open Source

This five-year-old event, which played to small regional audiences in pre-COVID times, is hosted by the people behind All Things Open, one of the largest open source conferences on the East Coast. While All Things Open is targeted at folks who work in the deepest levels of open source, Open Source 101 is designed for folks who are just getting their feet wet in the open source ecosphere.

“A lot of the attendees at open source 101 are early career technologists,” said Todd Lewis, the founder and chairperson for both events.

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Article: How open-source software transformed the business world

Open Software, Open Source

How open-source software transformed the business world

Eric S. Raymond, one of open-source’s founders, said in his seminal work, The Cathedral and the Bazaar,  “Every good work of [open-source] software starts by scratching a developer’s personal itch.” There’s a lot of truth to that. Vital programs such as the Apache web server, MySQL, and Linux began that way and numerous smaller programs did too.

Eric S. Raymond, one of open-source’s founders, said in his seminal work, The Cathedral and the Bazaar,  “Every good work of [open-source] software starts by scratching a developer’s personal itch.” There’s a lot of truth to that. Vital programs such as the Apache web server, MySQL, and Linux began that way and numerous smaller programs did too.

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