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: Digital Twin Consortium pursues open source collaboration

Innovation, Open Space

Digital Twin Consortium pursues open source collaboration

Digital twins promise to bring digital transformation across various industries by harmonizing data flows between applications and users. However, this interest has also driven growth in various trade groups, standards bodies, and consortiums to ensure interoperability. The concern is that the rise of so many standards could slow down meaningful adoption.

Such concerns form the backdrop to the Digital Twin Consortium (DTC) announcement last month of a significant open source effort to facilitate digital twin collaboration across different groups on open source projects, open source code, and open source collateral to address this Tower of Babel

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Article: Jupiter Nano open source development board

Hardware, Materials, Open Manufacturing

Jupiter Nano open source development board

A small yet high-performance computer capable of running Linux will be launching via the Crowd Supply website very soon in the form of the Jupiter Nano. The small open source development board is equipped with a Microchip SAMA5D27C-LD1G running at 498 Mhz and is capable of running NuttX RTOS or Linux. The tiny 48-pin form factor measures just 1.125″ x 2.5″, similar in size to Teensy 4.1.

“Jupiter Nano is perfect for Arduino users who need a tiny, powerful computer with more CPU power, lots of RAM, or an internet-connected real time operating system (NuttX). It should also be attractive to any Linux users who need a tiny, open-source hardware computer with lots of I/O and high-speed Wi-Fi. The applications for a board this small, and this powerful, are nearly endless.”

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Article: How cryptographic ledgers are helping geospatial researchers deal with information overload

Geospatial, Open Data

How cryptographic ledgers are helping geospatial researchers deal with information overload

Out of all the potential use cases of geospatial services, it could be that location-based real-time monitoring applications are the fastest growing. Some experts believe that these are expected to be the biggest drivers of the Earth Observation field in coming years, which could end up creating an unprecedented amount of data. Existing GIS solutions for long had to deal with increasingly large datasets, but this could potentially portend the creation of exponentially massive ones.

Computer industry representatives believe that blockchain-based solutions could be used to manage these geospatial datasets regardless of their physical size. Agricultural supply chain managers have been turning to distributed cryptographic ledgers to manage GIS data collected in that industry. Programmers might soon start to apply these to the observation industry, which has been one of the biggest information-creators in recent years.

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Article: Microsoft Build and the Hidden Benefits of Open Source

Innovation, Open Source, Open Space

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: The State Of Open-Source Ecosystem In India

API, Innovation, Open Governance, Open Space, Standards

The State Of Open-Source Ecosystem In India

India has a vibrant and growing open-source community. In March, Microsoft’s GitHub, which has 5.8 million Indian contributors, announced a grant of Rs.1 crore to support India-based open-source maintainers and contributors who build world-class software using open-source tools. As per GitHub COO Erica Brescia, India is the fastest-growing country in terms of new developers contributing to open-source projects.

Open-source software development has a lot of potential in India and could become the best in the world under the right circumstances. The government of India can play a major role here. Introducing policy-level changes to open-source development could encourage a mutually beneficial relationship for both the government and the developers and give ‘Digital India’ a much needed push.

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Article: Open source energy: could collaboration drive the clean energy transition?

Energy, Open Provisioning

Open source energy: could collaboration drive the clean energy transition?

New power projects are almost synonymous with technological innovation, with each new solar facility or power grid system backed by a solar cell of record-breaking effectiveness, or an energy network of inconceivable efficiency. But technological developments affect not only the ways power is produced and consumed, but the ways power is managed, and how those involved in power communicate and collaborate.

From simple remote working operations, highlighted by the demands of the Covid-19 pandemic, to industrial-scale communication and management networks powered by open source architecture, the energy sector is undergoing a revolution in both power production and personal communication.

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Article: System76’s Open Source Keyboard “LAUNCH”: What Makes It Special?

Hardware, Open Manufacturing

System76’s Open Source Keyboard “LAUNCH”: What Makes It Special?

System76 manufactures laptops and computers, and develops one of the most popular Linux distros in the market named Pop!_OS which we have previously covered in detail. The company is now set to launch its first open-source keyboard, called LAUNCH.

In July last year, we covered the announcement of the keyboard, and it looks like the manufacturer is finally ready to spice things up. LAUNCH’s product page reveals quite a bit of information on what to expect from the keyboard. Here’s everything you need to know about LAUNCH

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Article: The future of farming could be based on Linux

Food, Open Provisioning

The future of farming could be based on Linux

The Linux Foundation has just launched an open source digital infrastructure project specifically designed to tackle the challenges of the global agriculture sector. The AgStack Foundation looks to promote collaboration among all key stakeholders in the global agriculture ecosystem, including private business, governments, and academia.

It also hopes to build free and open digital infrastructure for data and applications tailored to enhance the efficiency of agriculture across the world. “The global Agriculture ecosystem desperately needs a digital makeover. There is too much loss of productivity and innovation due to the absence of re-usable tools and data…. AgStack will help every stakeholder in global agriculture with free and open digital tools and data,” said Sumer Johal, Executive Director of AgStack.

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

Innovation, Open Source, Open Space

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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