Article: Accelerating Innovation — Uniting Research & Open Source

Innovation, Open Space

Accelerating Innovation — Uniting Research & Open Source

Open-source software (OSS) underpins all major cloud platforms and a large number of cloud-based services today. Core technologies that power cloud computing –Linux, Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, Docker, to name a few –are developed in open communities. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation supports innovation in OSS for cloud computing and has sponsorship and participation from practically all major players in the cloud ecosystem.

A recent survey [1] of 3,440 professional developers and managers showed the widespread influence of open source, both in cloud technology and as an essential in-demand and growing skill in the industry. For example, 69% of respondents thought that contributions to open-source projects result in better professional opportunities.

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Article: 11 Open Source DevOps Tools We Love For 2021

Free, Libre, Open Software, Open Source

11 Open Source DevOps Tools We Love For 2021

DevOps isn’t just a cultural shift — it requires great tools to come to fruition. Below, we’ve pulled together a list of some of the most well-loved DevOps tools available today. But, throwing loads of money into fancy SaaS solutions can quickly gobble up the cloud budget.

These DevOps tools all are open source, and enable everything from container builds and orchestration to microservices networking, configuration management, CI/CD automation, full-stack monitoring and more. Here are some of our favorite open source DevOps tools for 2021.

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Article: How we dodged risks and raised millions for our open-source machine language startup

Free, Language, Open Data, Open Software, Open Source

How we dodged risks and raised millions for our open-source machine language startup

Open-source software gave birth to a slew of useful software in recent years. Many of the great technologies that we use today were born out of open-source development: Android, Firefox, VLC media player, MongoDB, Linux, Docker and Python, just to name a few, with many of these also developing into very successful for-profit companies.

While there are some dedicated open-source investors such as the Apache Software Foundation incubator and OSS Capital, the majority of open-source companies will raise from traditional venture capital firms.

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Article: This Week in Programming: Microsoft Jumps Back into Java with OpenJDK Build Preview

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This Week in Programming: Microsoft Jumps Back into Java with OpenJDK Build Preview

Who’s ready to get down and party like it’s 1990-something again because Microsoft is taking the internet by storm this week with its scintillating preview of some Java-related tech!

No, no, no, the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (MJVM) hasn’t risen from the ashes to fight another day, and neither has Visual J++, nor J#. Worry not, dear developer, for all those Microsoft-made Java-esque implementations are buried deep under litigation long past. Rather, this week’s exciting news in the world of Java (aside from the Supreme Court ruling in Oracle v. Google — we touch on that below) is Microsoft’s release of a preview of the Microsoft Build of OpenJDK.

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Article: Gitpod DevXConf ‘developer experience’: never mind UX, what about DevX?

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Gitpod DevXConf ‘developer experience’: never mind UX, what about DevX?

The company’s software is positioned as a software engineering platform to automate the provisioning of ready-to-code development environments. Alongside some financial updates, the GitPod has detailed what it calls a veritable ‘bevy’ of product features and the first-ever DevX Conf purely focused on improving the developer experience.

About time too eh? Well, to be fair, we do hear a whole lot about so-called User eXperience (UX) with its fancy lower-case upper-case nametag and acronym, so very arguably, we should be thinking about DevX first… otherwise, none of that UX will ever get delivered properly, if at all… right?

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Article: Equinix’s Tinkerbell is a bare metal provisioning pixie

Hardware, Materials, Open Manufacturing

Equinix’s Tinkerbell is a bare metal provisioning pixie

Article: 17 open-source container security tools

Free, Libre, Open Software, Open Source

17 open-source container security tools

For container security, you’ll find plenty of open-source tools that can help prevent a debacle such as the one that befell Tesla, which suffered a Kubernetes cluster breach. But container security is still tricky, so you need to know which utilities to add to your arsenal.

If you’ve spent significant time choosing the best application security testing tool and ensuring your application is as secure as possible, you don’t want it run on an insecure container. Fortunately, there are commercial container security products out there, but open-source projects can also take you pretty far.

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Article: Tesla Just Helped Patch a Bug in This Open Source Bitcoin Payment Processor

Code, Money, Open Governance, Open Software, Open Source

Tesla Just Helped Patch a Bug in This Open Source Bitcoin Payment Processor

Tesla just contributed to Bitcoin open source software. The car maker disclosed a bug in the open-source Bitcoin payment processor and wallet BTCPay Server, and it also helped the project’s team patch the flaw.

The electric vehicle and renewables company informed BTCPay’s team of the bug after reviewing the project’s GitHub last week. It affects users who boot BTCPay from “Docker Deployment, have a configured email server and enabled registration for users in Server Settings > Policies,” according to a post on BTCPay’s GitHub that included a software patch.

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Article: SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Rend-o-matic

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SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Rend-o-matic

The Rend-o-matic project is a musical collaboration project that features a web-based interface that allows disconnected artists to record their individual segments via a laptop or phone.

This is done by using acoustic analysis and AI to find patterns across multiple musical segments. These tracks are then automatically synced and played out as a single track.

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Article: How open source changed everything — again

History, Open Data

How open source changed everything — again

We’re about to conclude another decade of open source, and what a long, strange trip it has been. Reading back through predictions made in 2009, no one had the foggiest clue that GitHub would change software development forever (and for everyone), or that Microsoft would go from open source pariah to the world’s largest contributor, or a host of other dramatic changes that became the new normal during a decade that was anything but normal.

We are all open sourcerors now as we round out the decade. Let’s look back at some of the most significant open source innovations that got us here.

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