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  • SDN is Coming. Is Your Workforce Ready?

    SDN will not emerge in a vacuum, however, and with the entire data center turning into a software construct, today’s network manager will find that tomorrow’s enterprise will require skills in storage, server and virtual infrastructure as well. And all the while, new technologies like containers will be coming online that must be integrated into an increasingly dynamic data environment. As’s Amber Ankerholz points out, Docker utilizes SDN and VXLAN technologies reasonably well, but numerous development projects like Calico and Weaveworks are underway to enable crucial management, integration and orchestration functions. All of this will simply add to the burden of learning the ins and outs of maintaining connectivity across abstract and increasingly distributed infrastructure.

  • AT&T: Domain 2.0 has upset vendors' business models, says Prabhu

    AT&T's (NYSE: T) creation of the Domain 2.0 program, which is driven by the implementation of software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), is causing the telecom equipment industry to rethink how they deliver products and services.

  • SDN Factors Into Packet Optical Convergence

    Earlier this year, Facebook led the charge to launch a new open source group – the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) – whose mission is to improve global Internet connections. TIP will employ the same methods Facebook has used to re-design data centers via its Open Compute Project (OCP). Some of TIP’s goals are lofty: such as rethinking network architectures and bringing the Internet to underserved regions of the globe.

  • Support Builds for P4 to Boost NFV

    In a world where network processors are viewed as a commodity, the assumption is that most innovation will be driven by software. But support is building for the P4 language to boost NFV, as chip specialists point to hardware improvements that will be key for more demanding applications in a virtualized environment.

    “Too many people think innovation is all about software,” says Cliff Grossner, an industry analyst with Infonetics. “The pendulum is now swinging back to hardware.”

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  • What we can learn from ownCloud's collapse

    OwnCloud was founded by Frank Karlitschek in 2010, a KDE developer who created many other open source projects. Concerned about the rise of proprietary cloud, Karlitschek's vision for ownCloud was to give users complete control over their cloud storage and sync software.

    After the successful launch of the project, Karlitschek started looking to build a business model around it. In 2012, he co-founded ownCloud Inc. with Markus Rex. They raised over $10 million in venture capital and the company was growing tremendously well.

  • Open Source's Big Challenges Today: Cloud, IoT and Closed Distributions

    Open source has become the "default" way to build software. But that does not mean open source has overcome all challenges. New ones are arising as the cloud and embedded computing (including in the Internet of Things) expand.

    The software world has come very far since Richard Stallman launched the free software movement by founding GNU in 1984. It drives billion-dollar businesses like Red Hat. It powers a majority of smartphones in the form of Android (which is only kind of open source, but still). It delivers scalable, low-cost ways to build clouds through platforms like OpenStack and ownCloud.

  • Russia’s VisionLabs partners with Facebook, Google for machine vision

    RUSSIA: A Russian developer here has created an open source computer vision platform, in collaboration with Facebook and Google that acts as a teaching machine and enables them to "see".

  • Russia's VisionLabs Collaborates With Facebook, Google on Machine Vision

    A Russian developer in Skolkovo has created an open source computer vision platform, in collaboration with Facebook and Google, that acts as a teaching machine and enables them "see".

  • Introducing Runway, a distributed systems design tool

    As of three weeks ago, we open sourced Runway (MIT license), and there’s a live version running at The project is still in early stages of development, but we wanted to start growing the community now. We invite others to browse the existing models, build and share their own models, and help contribute to Runway’s development. We’re looking for help in a variety of areas, including compilers and programming languages, model checking optimizations, front-end, UX, and documentation. But most of all, we’re really excited to see what models you build and share with the world!

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  • ownCloud Folds in U.S. as Its Founder Starts New Firm

    ownCloud Inc., an open-source Dropbox replacement, shut down its U.S. operations. Meanwhile, its founder forked the code to start a new company.

    Open-source cloud file storage, sharing and synchronization vendor ownCloud Inc. is shutting down in the United States amid internal turmoil. At the same time, Frank Karlitschek, founder of the ownCloud project, is forking the code to create a new company called Nextcloud.

  • HPE 'rewrites' ALM to target agile and open source folks

    Application Lifecycle Management – ALM – was, in many ways, the early 2000s version of DevOps.

    In that pre-cloud world, it was the idea of taking software from build through test and retirement from inside your integrated development environment.

  • Developer creates open source computer vision platform that lets ‘machines see’

    A Russian developer here has created an open source computer vision platform, in collaboration with Facebook and Google, that acts as a teaching machine and enables them “see”.

    VisionLabs, a solutions developer in the field of computer vision, data analysis and robotics, and a Skolkovo IT Cluster resident have developed this as a global open-source computer vision project with the support of Facebook and Google, an official said.

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Open source and IoT: A match made for the enterprise

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Open source IoT platforms are starting to emerge as an attractive options for organizations embarking in the IoT journey. In an extremely nascent and crowded market like enterprise IoT, organizations are trying to rely more and more on open platforms and control their own destiny. Although we are still in the first generation of open source IoT technologies we can already see how this model can become dominant in the enterprise.

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Open source networking: The time is now

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We are never going back to proprietary networks. Today’s world is all about open—from APIs to partnerships to end-to-end orchestrated services. It's about time.

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Qt 5.7 GUI Toolkit to Port the NFC API to Android, Add Raspberry Pi 3 Support

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The Qt Company, through Jani Heikkinen, announced the general availability of the Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming Qt 5.7 open-source and cross-platform GUI (Graphical User Interface) toolkit.

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  • Employment agreements for free-software developers

    At OSCON 2016 in Austin Texas, Karen Sandler of the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) spoke about an issue that impacts an ever-growing number of free-software developers: employment agreements. As the number of paid contributors to free-software projects grows, so do the complications: copyright assignment, licensing, patents, and many other issues may be codified in an employment agreement, and a developer who fails to consider the implications of an agreement's conditions may be in for an unpleasant surprise years down the road.

  • The value of drive-through contributions

    The conventional viewpoint among open-source projects is that drive-through contributors—meaning people who make one pull request, patch, or other contribution then are never seen again—are problematic. At best, one would prefer to lure the contributor back, eventually cultivating them into a regular project participant. At worst, they can be seen as a disruption, taking up developers' time for work that may, ultimately, lead nowhere. At OSCON 2016 in Austin Texas, however, Vicky "VM" Brasseur from HP Enterprise presented an alternative viewpoint. Drive-through contributors are a good sign of a healthy project, she said, and optimizing the project to meet drive-through contributors' needs benefits contributors of every stripe.

  • WebGazer turns webcams into eye-trackers for free

    Eye-tracking technology has long been the domain of high-end research, but this week new – and freely available – code brings it within reach for anyone with a website.

  • Russian developer collaborates with Facebook, Google to make 'machines see'

    A Russian developer here has created an open source computer vision platform, in collaboration with Facebook and Google , that acts as a teaching machine and enables them "see".

  • Nextcloud
  • ownCloud Forked as Nextcloud & More…

    The week ahead looks exciting. Again this year, I’ll be going to the SouthEast LinuxFest and will be turning in reports from the conference. Also, FOSS Force will have a booth at this year’s event, a first for us at any conference. So if you’re going to be there, remember to keep an eye out for us.

  • Why Did File Sharing Startup OwnCloud Shut Down?

    OwnCloud Inc., is (or was) a Boston-area company that sold software for sharing files to business users. Products like ownCloud, along with rival services from Box and Dropbox Business, let people store and share their documents and synchronize changes so they’re all working off the most recent version.

  • Open Source: Speeding Development and Driving Business Innovation

    Open source provides the benefits of enabling developers to work more quickly and for businesses to accelerate the time it takes them to go to market. The quality of open source software, the features, and the technical capabilities often make it not only competitive but often the preferred solution in a specific market category.

  • What is open source software?

    Fact or fiction, open source software is free. Find out below.

    Open source software has grown in popularity as a way for businesses to avoid vendor lock-in and to develop in a more collaborative way.

    The increased interest in open source software (OSS) has resulted in numerous vendors supporting this method of development, including proprietary driven businesses.

  • EMC’s newest open-source project attempts to unify storage access for containers
  • CloudBees snuggles Mesosphere -- 5 steps to high-velocity cloud apps
  • CloudBees And Mesosphere Partner To Enable High-Velocity Continuous Delivery Workloads For Modern Application Development
  • GRsecurity is preventing others from employing their rights under version 2 the GPL to redistribute source code

    GRsecurity is preventing others from employing their rights under version 2 the GPL to redistribute (by threatening them with a non-renewal of a contract to receive this patch to the linux kernel.)

  • Dutch government publishes updated 'Manual for the Law on the Re-use of Public Sector Information'

    Thirty questions and answers, and two flow charts, guide the reader through the implications of the law, clarify the differences between this law and the Dutch Freedom of Information Law ('Wet Openbaarheid van Bestuur', WOB), and explain how to handle requests for public sector information.

  • Finland: fifth anniversary of open data service in Helsinki

    The HRI service, created in 2011, “distributes municipal public data from the Helsinki Metropolitan Area for free use by anyone“, according to information on the service’s website. It also centralises data from the cities of Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen.

    According to HRI usage statistics, city procurement data, historical aerial photos and postal codes are the most downloaded open data in the service. “The Helsinki procurement data contains tens of thousands of transactions made by city departments,” the statement said. The information covers “stationary purchases worth less than one euro all the way to the city’s half-billion-euro contribution to the health care operations of the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District.”

  • Open data important resource and growth driver in Danish Digital Strategy

    Public sector data is defined as an important resource and growth driver in the Danish 'Digital Strategy 2016-2020' published earlier this month. Making available high-quality public sector data will remain an essential focus area to boost data-driven innovation.

    "In an international perspective, Danish public sector data is of high quality and holds a large commercial productivity and growth potential," the strategy states. "Businesses can use public sector data to optimise their business processes and to develop new products and services which create value for citizens, public authorities and fellow businesses. In the digital age, data is one of the most valuable resources for running a business."

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  • ANNOUNCE: libosinfo 0.3.1 released
    I am happy to announce a new release of libosinfo, version 0.3.1 is now available, signed with key DAF3 A6FD B26B 6291 2D0E 8E3F BE86 EBB4 1510 4FDF (4096R). All historical releases are available from the project download page.
  • There and Back Again: The MongoDB Cloud Story
    Before it was a database company, MongoDB was a cloud company. Founded in 2007 and originally known as 10gen, the company originally intended to build a Java cloud platform. After building a database it called MongoDB, the company realized that the infrastructure software it had built to support its product was more popular than the product itself, and the PaaS company pivoted to become a database company – eventually taking the obvious step of renaming itself to reflect its new purpose.
  • C++17: New Features Coming To 33-Year-Old Programming Language
    The C++17 standard is taking shape and adding new features to the vintage programming language. This major update aims to make C++ an easier language to work with and brings powerful technical specifications.
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Red Hat Summit

  • Red Hat Summit Advocates the Power of Participation
    Red Hat hosted its annual Red Hat Summit customer event June 28-30 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, with a theme of harnessing the power of participation. Once again, the DevNation developer event, which is the successor to JBoss World, was co-located with Red Hat Summit. For JBoss, 2016 is a particularly significant year as it marks 10 years since Red Hat acquired it. At DevNation, Red Hat announced the new JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) 7 release, providing new cloud-enhanced capabilities for Red Hat's flagship middleware platform. JBoss is now also working to help enable Java for the container era, with the launch of the MicroProfile Project, an effort to optimize enterprise Java for a microservices architecture. Java wasn't the only focus of DevNation this year either, as Microsoft took center stage too, announcing the availability of its .NET Core for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the highlights of the Red Hat Summit and DevNation 2016 events.
  • How Red Hat is tailoring OpenStack to fit … everyone
    Even though there have been no major changes announced to the OpenStack platform of late, it was still one of the most talked about subjects at this year’s Red Hat Summit. Red Hat plays a significant role in the development of the platform and is very proud of its contribution to the community.
  • New technologies foster an open-source environment
    In 2007, when 3scale, Inc. was founded, some people thought it was crazy to be investing so much time and energy into API. But Steven Willmott, CEO of 3scale, Inc., said that even at that time his team knew that the future was API-driven, and they wanted to help that happen.

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