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Funding and Flunking

  • Creators of the Open Source ​DAML​ Smart Contract Language Digital Asset – Raises $35 Million in Series C

    The creators of the open-source ​DAML​ smart contract language, ​Digital Asset​ (DA), has raised approximately $35 million in Series C funding from new and existing investors. According to DA, the latest financing round brings the total amount raised by the company to $150 million.

  • High Fidelity lays off half of staff, pulls plug on open-source VR platform

    High Fidelity is laying off half of its workforce and halting development on its open-source VR platform. High Fidelity CEO Philip Rosedale announced the moves in a blog post yesterday. It is the second big pivot for the company this year. In May, it laid off 25% of its employees as it switched gears from building a VR "metaverse" to a narrower goal of building its tech for virtual office spaces. "We plan to continue to use our technology as our company's primary virtual office but we have decided not to commercialize the virtual workplace application at this time," Rosedale said. "Simply put, having taken a close look, while we can see that remote work is going to continue on its growth trajectory and we do have customers using it -- the opportunity is not big enough today to warrant additional development."

  • Andreessen Horowitz's new growth fund just invested $30 million into Imply, an open source data analytics startup taking on Microsoft and Salesforce's Tableau
  • EnterpriseDB Announces Postgres Platform 12; Extends Leading Open Source Database

    EnterpriseDB, the enterprise Postgres company, today announced the worldwide general availability of its EDB Postgres Platform 12. This new version includes updates to the company’s flagship database management system (DBMS) and tools. These deliver scalability, high availability and disaster recovery that build on the capabilities of PostgreSQL 12 required for enterprises. “Postgres has never been hotter both in terms of its end user adoption and technology momentum,” said Ed Boyajian, president and CEO of EnterpriseDB. “We are obsessed with helping our customers get to value faster with Postgres. Our engineers continue to set the standard for Postgres innovation in response to the needs of enterprises.”

Security News and FUD for Marketing Purposes

  • Winning the Cybersecurity Battle with Open Networking

    Open networking could be the solution. If vendors commit to open standards, systems can be created where a variety of networking and security products will work in concert. Designing products with maximum compatibility takes away the need to commit to a single vendor, and will also ensure that any existing network infrastructure will work in sync with future data center investments. An open networking approach also means there is no need to wait around for a vendor to integrate two products. With open source, and access to the relevant APIs, it’s possible to create your own scripts to connect and automate network defenses. Ultimately, there is no one solution in the rapidly evolving field of information security; good security practice requires interoperability and integration of solutions from multiple vendors. By creating systems where multiple products can work in concert, many layers of technologies and defense techniques can be woven together into the tapestry of everyday operations.

  • ZeroNorth Launches Solution to Jump-Start Application Security Initiatives

    ZeroNorth, the industry’s first provider of risk-based vulnerability orchestration for applications and infrastructure, today announced a new solution for Rapid Application Security, enabling customers to quickly stand up software security initiatives by leveraging open source vulnerability discovery tools. The solution is ideal for companies seeking to rapidly deploy new application scanning capabilities, while evaluating long-term deployments of commercial tools. [...] The ZeroNorth solution provides open source options for exploring emerging areas of vulnerability testing—such as container security and cloud management—or augmenting those technologies not yet covered by commercial tools. Specifically, the solution embeds open source products directly within the ZeroNorth platform, providing software composition analysis (SCA), static application security testing (SAST), dynamic application security testing (DAST), container security and cloud management.

  • Lazarus Hacking Group Strikes Again with Fileless Malware

    Researchers discovered a new kind of “Fileless Malware” distributed by the infamous Lazarus APT Hackers Group. According to a security researcher from K7 Labs, the hacking group was spreading malware targeting MacOS users, to create fake cryptocurrency trading applications. The researcher stated that the hacking group was targeting several cryptocurrency trading applications by trojanising a Mac application to steal cryptocurrency.

  • There’s No Such Thing as an Open Source Business Model [Ed: The "DevOps" crowd just cannot help attacking Free software to promote 'cloud computing' and proprietary software giants' agenda. Typical FUD right here; from the 90s?]
  • The world increasingly relies on open source -- here's how to control its risks [Ed: Justin Rodenbostel thinks secret code has no risks such as EULA violations, back doors, and bugs you cannot patch?]

    But while open source has transformed organizations’ ability to use proven and maintained code in the development of new software, it’s not untouchable in terms of security. Using code that’s readable by anyone brings risks -- and issues have occurred in the past.

  • Upload - The pitfalls of open-source software [Ed: Firms of lawyers and proprietary software allies continue to badmouth Free software based on things that impact proprietary software even more (and there are back doors)]

    Open-source software (OSS) is the leading software code used in the operating systems of the top 500 supercomputers in the world and is widely used by software developers. Due to the widespread use of OSS, it is important that businesses are aware of the potential pitfalls inherent in their software. Some of the key issues for consideration with regard to using OSS are set out below.

  • Securing Software from the Supply Side [Ed: This site is giving a platform to Microsoft propagandists… the typical Microsoft FUD]

Licensing, Standards, and Collaboration

  • GSA Satellite-Navigation Data May Be A Lot to Digest!

    Why is such software so important? The problem is that Galileo navigation signals travelling through the ionosphere can be significantly delayed by the electrical charges in this atmospheric layer before reaching the end-users’ terminal. To compensate this perturbation in the signal, Galileo receivers integrate a dynamic model of the ionosphere composition known as the NeQuick G model. Receiver manufacturers will now be able to benefit from an open version of the NeQuick G correction algorithm that implements a new coding approach.

  • If You ARIA Label Something, Give It A Role

    The longer version is that several elements created extraneous amount of announcements in screen readers in the past that were not really useful. Especially in the ARIA 1.0 days where a lot of things weren’t as clear and people were still gathering experience, this was an issue for elements or roles that mapped to regions, multiple landmarks of the same type on a page, etc. Therefore, best practice has become to label both widgets (which should be labeled anyway), and landmarks with means such as aria-label or aria-labelledby, to make them more useful. This is important for several reasons...

  • A small Wisconsin company stored thousands of people’s CDs, then suddenly vanished

    Last month, almost a million CDs stored in Wisconsin seemed to disappear. For years, thousands of people paid a Madison-based company, named Murfie, to rip, stream, and store their CDs, vinyl, and cassettes. But a few weeks ago, Murfie’s website went offline and nearly all communication from the company ceased. Now, customers fear their physical music collections may be lost forever.

    Murfie’s main service was digitizing people’s audio CDs for high-fidelity cloud playback. You’d mail in your collection, Murfie would rip them to the cloud, and if you kept paying a storage fee, Murfie would hold onto your physical collection and even let you buy and sell with other users. For nine years, it had done that. But late last month, the service stopped, and customers who went to the website found it had gone offline.

  • This open source farming technology aims to combat climate change

    This open source farming technology aims to combat climate change via soil health – Good Algorithms

  • Free, Downloadable Open Source Wood 3D Design Objects for BIM and CAD Software

    Metsä Wood's Open Source Wood Initiative and ProdLib, a free library of 3D design models, join forces to make the latest innovation in wood-based construction easily available to everyone. With ProdLib library, you can now download the elements available on Open Source Wood to your design software.

  • The Australians using social media and satellites to fight fake news in Syria
  • Amnesty International updates Citizen Evidence Lab for cutting-edge open-source human rights investigations

    Amnesty International is launching an updated version of its Citizen Evidence Lab website, bringing together cutting-edge open-source and other digital investigation tools which have revolutionized how evidence of serious human rights violations and other crimes are gathered and preserved. Investigations facilitated by the pioneering Citizen Evidence Lab website have already helped expose human rights violations Cameroon, war crimes in Syria and chemical weapons attacks in Sudan. The upgraded site provides a space for human rights researchers, investigators, students and journalists to explore and share investigative techniques in human rights. It enables them to take better advantage of the digital data-streams critical for modern fact-finding, while also leading the fight against mis- and disinformation campaigns.

  • Use of open-source journalism by Asian Tribune: Effective? You Bet

    Open-source journalism is a practice used by the U.S. Bureau of Asian Tribune, and I have found that sitting in my home office in front of the computer in a single city in the United States.

OSS Leftovers

  • Librecorps: an organization that connects student free/open source software developers with humanitarian NGOs

    Librecorps is a program based at the Rochester Institute for Technology's Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) initiative that works with UNICEF to connect students with NGOs for paid co-op placements where they build and maintain FOSS tools used by nonprofits.

  • Healthcare Industry: Open-Source is gaining momentum
  • The future of open source: 3 discoveries

    The majority (60%) of tech professionals said their involvement in open source has increased for three key reasons: They enjoyed it, they wanted to learn new skills, or they found their contributions fulfilling, a DigitalOcean report found. The popularity of open source isn't a huge surprise, since the market for open source is forecasted to exceed $32 billion by 2023, according to the report.

  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Apache APISIX

    “The APISIX will help speed development time and support configurable plugins for enterprise personality configuration,” the team added “APISIX is based on Nginx and etcd. Compared with traditional API gateways, APISIX has dynamic routing and plug-in hot loading, which is especially suitable for API management under micro-service system.” It includes dynamic load balancing to balance across multiple upstream services, additional security layers such as ACL, CORS, Dynamic SSL and IP restriction. It also has traffic control, analytics, monitoring and logging plugins.

  • Open Source and AI: Ready for primetime in government?

    The Office of Management Budget released its open source policy in 2016. [...] The policy requires agencies to examine the total life cycle cost of IT purchases. Open source software has a huge pricing spectrum from free to very expensive. There is a reason that IBM recently paid $34 billion for Red Hat, the largest provider of open source-based solutions. More often than not, there is an enterprise edition of open source software that packs a commercial license, and only a stripped-down “community edition” with a free license.

  • Open Software Means Kinder Science

    As a marine ecologist, I never expected I would one day advocate that science should operate more like the tech industry. This is not about “moving fast and breaking things.” For me, it is about openness. Open software, both a driver and a result of Silicon Valley’s success, has been game-changing for me as a scientist. Its transformative power has improved my ability to analyze data and collaborate with other scientists. But it is not only about the tool sets and skill sets. It is about mind-sets and culture: An unsung part of open software are its communities that promote and enable a more inclusive, kinder culture. When I truly began learning the open-source programming language R in 2014, I was part of a small team of marine ecologists who needed R to bring order to the chaos of repeating an annual and massive analysis of global ocean health. The first thing that surprised me was that R software was created by real people—real and incredibly nice people whom I could actually talk with and who made intentional efforts to welcome and include me.

  • Where To Get Noticed By Recruiters Before The Job Posting Goes Live

    Open-Source Technology Projects For software engineering and data science positions, recruiters will often spend time looking through open-source technologies that are relevant to the job descriptions. Specifically, who was contributing, and who was following? Similar to conferences, this is another way to measure who is actively interested in the same technologies and projects. Why is this important? Showing a drive to learn more means that a candidate is already likely a good fit as long as they have the right skills (both technical and soft). Often, people who are working on/contributing to these projects are doing it on their own time because it is one of their passions. Many of them would love to do it as a full-time job but haven’t found that position yet. As a recruiter, sourcing from these open-source projects means that you are catching them before their search has started, which saves them time.

  • Survey Reveals Talent, Tech and Compliance Key Drivers for Financial Institutions to Engage in Open Source

    For financial firms, seeing the value of engaging in open source isn't something that happens overnight-it requires a strategic commitment and understanding of the technology's long-term benefits. Aite Group's new report called, "From Secret Sauce to Open Source," addresses this issue and revealed key findings for firms looking to engage in open source. The report was commissioned by FINOS (the Fintech Open Source Foundation), a nonprofit member organization whose mission is to foster adoption of open source, open standards and collaborative software development practices in financial services and released at yesterday's Open Fintech Forum.

  • An Overview of Cloud Migration and Open Source

    The role and emergence of open source technologies simplified the equation of overall expenditure for all enterprises and organizations of any industry domains. Year by year, more open source projects are coming up and solve major challenges which businesses are facing. Companies such as Red Hat and communities like Linux Foundation have a major role in promoting open source projects at the heart of digital transformation.

  • A Guide to Open Source Support Providers
  • How open-source software took over the world

    What's more, lots of this software is actually developed collaboratively, created and maintained by an army of thousands, from unpaid volunteers to employees at competing tech companies.

    This is the world of open-source software, where code is written and distributed freely. So how did a business model that essentially revolves around giving away information and products take over the world?

  • This Mozilla Project Can Be A Game Changer Speech Recognition
  • How to Make Your Own Open-Source Voice Assistant With Raspberry Pi

    Want an open-source alternative to Amazon's Alexa or the Google Assistant? Download Mycroft onto Raspberry Pi for a privacy-focused voice assistant.

  • BP goes all-in on AWS migration of European mega data centres

    Oil and gas giant BP is planning on shutting down its two European data centres and shifting 900 applications to the cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS) over the next two and half years, as part of an ambitious cloud migration strategy.

    After already shifting the majority of workloads from its Houston, Texas data centre to both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services public cloud infrastructure, BP has decided to go all in with AWS for its European cloud migration.

  • Huawei, Intel, Bosch Et Al Take On Open Source Edge Computing

    The launch of the Edge Native Working Group sees the likes of ADLINK, Bosch, Edgeworx, Eurotech, Huawei, Intel, Kynetics, and Siemens collaborating as founding members. The Edge Native Working Group is a vendor-neutral and code-first industry collaboration that is set to drive the evolution and broad adoption of open source software for edge computing. With open source still yet to unleash its full potential, the Edge Native Working Group is focused on the near-term creation of an end-to-end software stack that will support deployments of today’s most transformative technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles, and more.

  • Huawei's HarmonyOS source code will be available to developers next year
  • Huawei’s HarmonyOS source code will be available to developers next year
  • Continuous Delivery Foundation Sets CI/CD Path for 2020

    In the world of DevOps, one of the foundational elements is the concept of continuous integration and continuous delivery, commonly referred to as CI/CD. CI/CD is not just a buzzword. It's a process that involves a number of different tools and technologies that help developers integrate new code and deploy code out to production. At the ground level of the CI/CD movement is the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF), which was formally announced on March 12 under the auspices of the Linux Foundation.