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Evolution or Revolution? The Impact of Open Source on Communication Providers

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The march toward open source is rapidly turning into an all-out race, with research projects and applications extending to new industry sectors, including communication providers. What started out in the software realm has moved into the hardware space, bringing with it significant changes for providers and vendors alike. Most recently, the Open Compute Project (OCP) and its spin-offs, including the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), have not only reinforced this shift toward open source, but have accelerated the trend.

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$35 open source RK3288 hacker SBC hits Indiegogo

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A tiny open source “MiQi” SBC that runs Linux or Android on a Rockchip RK3288, with HDMI, GbE, four USB ports, and expansion headers has launched on Indiegogo.

A Shenzhen startup led by Benn Huang called MQMaker launched an Indiegogo campaign for a MiQi hacker board. The MiQi is available in packages starting at $35 (1GB RAM, 8GB eMMC) and $69 (2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC). Last September, the company successfully launched an open spec, OpenWrt Linux-based WiTi router board, now available for $69.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Using NoSQL Databases to Handle Fast Data

    NoSQL databases can help enterprises handle so-called Fast Data. MongoDB, DataStax and Redis are three NoSQL databases worth checking out.

  • Redis plants the seeds for an open source ecosystem
  • The All Too Common Challenges with Open Source, Custom Ecommerce Website Design

    Developers and site owners alike are often impressed by the immense freedom they have on open source, custom platforms such as Magento. They laud the flexibility it gives them to create a site that fits their exact needs and wishes. However, although the unstructured open source format does provide great opportunities for an experienced team, it oftentimes opens the door to many unforeseen issues and complications –– especially for the typical ecommerce retailer.

  • Drupal and Alexa: The Next Big Thing?

    DrupalCon is underway in New Orleans, Louisiana, and it kicked off with the always energetic keynote from Drupal project founder, Dries Buytaert. While these regular keynotes, known as "DriesNotes" in the Drupal Community, tend to focus on the state of the Drupal project, with updates on the development cycle and community interests, there is frequently also a particularly inspiring look toward the future. This year, Dries wowed the audience with a quick demo of a Drupal site communicating with an Amazon Echo to provide a personalized shopping experience via Echo's conversational interface. And perhaps most interesting was Buytaert's take on conversational interfaces as the next big shake-up for developers and content creators, much like mobile interfaces changed the way we approach web development in the recent past.

  • Rancher Raises $20M to Expand Its Container Management Efforts

    Container management platform vendor Rancher Labs raised new capital to help fund the company's engineering, sales and marketing efforts.
    Rancher Labs announced a $20 million Series B round of funding, bringing total financing to date to $30 million. The funding round was led by GRC SinoGreen and included the participation of Mayfield and Nexus Venture Partners

  • SROP mitigation committed

    In a recent email, Theo de Raadt explains the SROP mitigation technique, a recent team effort.

  • Denemo Version 2.0.8 is out.
  • "Open data basic resource of 21st century"

    The Irish Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, has qualified open data as a basic resource of 21st century. Making government data publicly available for re-use brings economic, social and democratic benefits. That's why last year the country decided to set up a national data infrastructure. So told Eoin MacCuirc, Databank and Dissemination Manager at the Irish Central Statistics Office (CSO), his audience two months ago at the Open for Business v.2.0 conference in Dublin.

  • Networks need automation -- just ask the U.S. military

    Then there’s hacking: DISA logs 800 billion security events per day. Though many are innocuous, the Defense Department detects about 14 phishing attacks per day and rejects 85 percent of incoming email, Zabel said. Everyone from teen-age hackers to nation-states is targeting the network.

  • What Does DevOps 2.0 Look Like?

    In 2008, Patrick Debois laid the foundations for DevOps at an Agile conference in Toronto. He was trying to come up with a solution for the inherent conflicts between developers and system admins. Both disciplines seemed to be at odds: developers wanted to release software more frequently, but system admins wanted to ensure stability, performance, and scalability. While this conflict isn’t necessarily black and white, it highlighted the need for developers and system admins to no longer consider themselves as mutually exclusive roles, but rather as cross-functional partners.

Openwashing

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7 Open Source Big Data Analytics and Storage Tools

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Open source developers have built a burgeoning ecosystem of data analytics and storage solutions to address the data deluge over the past several years. Here's a look at several of the most popular open source tools for big data storage and analytics.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Google's Gale Powered By Qualcomm Added To Coreboot

    Topping off a lot of Google code landing in Coreboot in recent days for Chromebooks is support for another Google device and as part of that support for a Qualcomm SoC.

  • Chez Scheme Native Compiler now Open Source

    Chez Scheme is compiled using a nanopass compiler, which strives to reduce the number of transformations and optimizations that are done in a single pass to just one. This approach is claimed to make a compiler easier to understand and maintain, while also simplifying development, testing, and debugging. As an additional consequence of this, Chez Scheme should be particularly interesting for studying purposes.

  • Companies struggling to hire IT staff with open source skills

    Hiring talented developers can be a challenge given the current demand for OpenStack, CloudStack and other related cloud technologies skills. Some 87 per cent of the hiring managers find it difficult to find open source talent and have increased incentives to keep hold of the ones they have.

  • Cisco bets big on open source

    Open sources features heavily as the company boosts its software and services efforts

  • An in-depth guide to turning a product into an open source project

    One occasionally runs into a company trying to build an open source project out of an existing product. This is a nuanced problem. This is not a company that owns a project published under an open source license trying to also ship a product of the same name (e.g. Docker, MySQL), but the situation shares many of the same problems. Neither is this a company building products out of open source projects to which they contribute but don't control (e.g. Red Hat's RHEL). This is a company with an existing product revenue stream trying to create a project out of the product.

  • HPE’s IoT Platform Supports oneM2M, LoRa, SigFox

    HPE looks to make it easier for enterprises and service providers to connect and manage Internet of Things (IoT) devices with the debut of its IoT Platform 1.2. The platform is aligned with the oneM2M ETSI industry standard and will also support long-range, low-power networks such as LoRa and SigFox.

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Why the enterprise fell in love with open source

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Open source is becoming one of the most important sectors in IT. Not only does it underpin some of the most successful technology on the planet, it's increasingly bleeding into other areas of the enterprise, both in and out of the IT department.

GitHub's contribution to the rise of the open source revolution is in providing a platform for people to upload code for others to share and adapt freely. Its vice-president of product management, Kakul Srivastava, spoke to IT Pro to find out more about how open source is finding a home in the enterprise.

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CVE-2016-3710: QEMU: out-of-bounds memory access issue

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Quick Emulator (aka QEMU) is an open source systems emulator. It emulates various processors and their accompanying hardware peripherals like disc, serial ports, NIC et al. A serious vulnerability of out-of-bounds r/w access through the Video Graphics Array (VGA) emulator was discovered and reported by Mr Wei Xiao and Qinghao Tang of Marvel Team at 360.cn Inc. This vulnerability is formally known as Dark Portal. In this post we'll see how Dark Portal works and its mitigation.

VGA is a hardware component primarily responsible for drawing content on a display device. This content could be text or images at various resolutions. The VGA controller comes with its own processor (GPU) and its own RAM. Size of this RAM varies from device to device. The VGA emulator in QEMU comes with the default memory of 16 MB. The systems' CPU maps this memory, or parts of it, to supply graphical data to the GPU.

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