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: Microsoft open-sources tool to use AI in simulated attacks

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Microsoft open-sources tool to use AI in simulated attacks

As part of Microsoft’s research into ways to use machine learning and AI to improve security defenses, the company has released an open source attack toolkit to let researchers create simulated network environments and see how they fare against attacks.

Microsoft 365 Defender Research released CyberBattleSim, which creates a network simulation and models how threat actors can move laterally through the network looking for weak points. When building the attack simulation, enterprise defenders and researchers create various nodes on the network and indicate which services are running, which vulnerabilities are present, and what type of security controls are in place. Automated agents, representing threat actors, are deployed in the attack simulation to randomly execute actions as they try to take over the nodes.

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Article: WhiteSource Scores $75M in White-Hot Open Source Security Market

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WhiteSource Scores $75M in White-Hot Open Source Security Market

Open source security startup WhiteSource raised $75 million in Series D funding that its CEO says will allow it to acquire other companies and expand its application security platform. Pitango Growth led the funding round with participation by existing investors M12, Susquehanna Growth Equity, and 83North. This latest investment brings WhiteSource’s total funding to $121.2 million.

The Series D follows three years of growth for the company, which has seen a five-fold increase in customers and 800% revenue growth during that time. “We’re just on the cusp of 1,000 paying customers,” WhiteSource CEO Rami Sass said.

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Article: Microsoft open sources C# standards work

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Microsoft open sources C# standards work

Microsoft is moving standardization of its object-oriented, type-safe C# language to a public repository of the .NET Foundation, providing a public space for ongoing work on the standard.

Everything from language innovation and feature design through implementation and standardization will now take place in the “open,” with conversations public. This will make standardization work easier, Microsoft said. The dotnet/csharpstandard repo on GitHub will be the working space for the ECMA C# standard committee.

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Article: Gitpod nabs $13M for cloud-based open source software development platform

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Gitpod nabs $13M for cloud-based open source software development platform

Gitpod, a cloud-based open source development environment, today revealed it has raised $13 million in a round of funding. The German startup also introduced a handful of new features, including native support for Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code editor.

The raise comes amid a boom in activity in the browser-based coding sphere, as developers move away from local development environments to the collaboration-friendly cloud — particularly important in a world that has rapidly transitioned to remote work. Moreover, local development can cause problems when it comes to testing performance and security because not everyone has the same technological setup as the developer. Moving to the cloud helps circumvent many of these problems.

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Article: Open Source C# now has a repository for documentation work

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Open Source C# now has a repository for documentation work

Open source C# is set to get a boost with the announcement of dotnet/csharpstandard, a home on GitHub for ongoing work to document the standard, to complement the official repository for C# language design at dotnet/csharplang and the dotnet/roslyn repository created for the compilers.

Announcing the development on the .Net blog, Microsoft’s Bill Wagner said the creation of dotnet/csharpstandard “completes” the move to open source, providing a public space for the ongoing work to document the standard for the latest C# language versions.

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Article: The tale of the Chinese citizen who makes pro-China edits to open-source maps of the Line of Actual Control

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The tale of the Chinese citizen who makes pro-China edits to open-source maps of the Line of Actual Control

OpenStreetMap.org is a project that creates and distributes free geographic data to the world. Major corporations like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, etc. utilize the services of OpenStreetMap (OSM).

It is a free and editable map of the world built up by volunteer users from around the world. Naturally, the editable nature of the map has led to some users propagating the strategic territorial interests of their own countries in the form of OSM edits, demarcating any disputed or non-disputed territory in favour of their own particular country.

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Article: The 6 Best Open-Source Apps for Windows

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The 6 Best Open-Source Apps for Windows

Looking for free open-source apps for Windows? Here are some of the best software you can install. Open-source apps provide an alternative to pricey and often insecure commercial software. There are a ton of incredible free, open-source apps on Windows that can make your experience on the platform much better.

Open-Source apps are programs that you can run, modify, and re-distribute without worrying about licenses. Essentially, such apps are public domain programs, and everyone has access to their source code.

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Article: New Open Source Index: VS Code Is No. 1 Code Editor

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New Open Source Index: VS Code Is No. 1 Code Editor

Confirming many other studies, trackers and surveys, a new open source project tracker lists Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code as the top code editor, clocking in at No. 11 on the list of most popular and fastest-growing GitHub projects.

This ranking comes from Two Sigma Ventures, which launched the new Open Source Index last week. Right now (March 31), the index shows the TensorFlow machine learning framework at the top. In addition to VS Code at No. 11, other notable products from Microsoft — which has made much of its 180-degree turnabout embrace of open source years ago — include TypeScript (No. 15); ASP.NET Core (No. 24); and PowerShell (No. 40).

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

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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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