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5 Ways Open Source Programmers and Companies Make Money

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Open source software is usually free of cost. So how do open source developers and companies make money? Here's a look at different open source business models, and examples of companies and organizations that have successfully endorsed them.

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Finally there's an open source drop-in replacement for MS Office

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Personally, I'll be sticking with the one-two punch of Google Docs and LibreOffice...but I have no need to work with MS Office (as my editor now works with LibreOffice as well). However, it's reassuring to know, should I have to open an MS Office password protected file (or a file that LibreOffice doesn't care for), I now have an option.

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Red Hat open sources how it makes decisions

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Five core open source principles--open exchange, participation, meritocracy, community, and release early and often--are outlined in Red Hat's framework.

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ReactOS Is a Promising Open Source Windows Replacement

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ReactOS is the closest working clone of the proprietary Microsoft Windows OS that currently is available. Its developers are meeting their stated goal of creating a quality operating system that is compatible with applications and drivers written for the Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems: NT4, 2000, XP, Windows 2003, Vista and Windows 7.

What they have not fully explained is how ReactOS avoids the vulnerabilities that render the outdated OSes unsafe to use online today. The Windows OS security flaws may not be a pressing issue, though, since the developers have created a clone rather than duplicating Windows code.

Open source fans might be drawn to future developments of ReactOS for the same reasons of choice and freedom that draw them to the Linux OS families.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Firefox 47.0 Is Ready For Release

    The final expected binaries of Firefox 47.0 are now available ahead of the expected official debut tomorrow.

    Firefox 47.0 now supports embedded YouTube videos with HTML5 vieo even if Flash is not installed, the Firefox User Extension Library was removed, ChaCha20/Poly1305 ciphers were added, various HTML5 WebCrypto additions, and other improvements. Firefox 47.0 also now supports Google's Widevine CDM, but unfortunately that's just for Windows and OS X right now.

  • Productivity tips for working from home in tech

    Dave Stokes is a MySQL Community Manager at Oracle and leads the North Texas MySQL User Group. He'll be speaking at SouthEast LinuxFest in Charlotte, NC this year (June 10-12, 2016) about Working From Home: Tips For Keeping Your Sanity, Productivity, and a Manatee.

  • Flatpak is gaining momentum

    The Xdg App project has been renamed to Flatpak to get an easy-to-remember name and reflect that after almost two years of development it’s finally ready for broader adoption.

  • No poop, Datadog loops in Hadoop

    As such, cloud applications require monitoring tools so that we can look at their workflow metrics, external dependencies, stress levels, idle periods, bottlenecks and resource allocation ineffeciencies.

  • DragonFlyBSD Has Initial NVMe Driver Support

    The DragonFlyBSD kernel now has an initial NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) driver for supporting these modern, super-fast storage solutions.

    A few days back Matthew Dillon added the initial NVMe driver code and since then he's begun to work it into basic shape.

  • Alejandro Aravena's Downloadable Housing Plans and the Real Meaning of "Open-Source Urbanism"

    Earlier this year, we reported that 2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena announced that his practice, ELEMENTAL, released four of their social housing designs available to the public for open source use. A recent article published by Urbanisms in beta discusses what exactly “open source use” means to the architecture world, and how we may see these designs applied to projects in the future.

  • Priorities: Better data use, reduce administrative burden

    Better use and reuse of data, and a reduction in the administrative burden are two eGovernment priorities, according to a statement concluding last week’s 'Digital Open Government: next step to maturity' conference.

  • UK continues to refine central govt. platform

    The United Kingdom is continuing to improve its central eGovernment service platform, GOV.UK. “The major focus of our improvement effort this year is to make it possible for organisations across government to join their content together as coherent services for users”, writes Neil Williams, head of GOV.UK.

    The UK’s Government Digital Service is rebuilding the way services publish and share content on GOV.UK, providing a publishing API. GDS is standardising publishing methods, to harmonise the look of content that is being made available. The agency is also merging several databases into one, to prevent data duplication and data mismatches, and is improving the caching technology for the platform.

  • "Put more commitments on open budgets and public participation in new OGP Action Plans"

    Countries working on their new OGP Action Plans should incorporate more steps to increase budget and fiscal transparency. They should also create more opportunities for public participation in the design and implementation of fiscal policies in the whole budget cycle, as well as in the delivery of public services and the construction of public investment projects. So says Murray Petrie, Lead Technical Advisor to the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), in a recent blog post.

  • PyCon Report, 2016
  • Charting Pulp’s Issues, Stories, etc

    Redmine’s charting capabilites make it easy to visualize bug counts, story counts, and other metrics on our community issue tracker at Below is a video showing off the charting capabilities and some simple interpretation about what these charts mean. Here is a link to the charting area so you can check it out for yourself.

  • Commission renews focus on standards for services

    The European Commission will investigate if there are duplicate or conflicting service standards in the EU. The EC also wants to get standardisation organisations and stakeholders to agree on priorities for these standards, it announced in its 2017 annual work programme. Examples of service standards include terminology on hotels and other tourism accommodation.


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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.”

Leftovers: OSS

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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!

Leftovers: OSS

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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.

Spark Summit

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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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  • Grafana – An Open Source Software for Analytics and Monitoring
    Grafana is an open source, feature rich, powerful, elegant and highly-extensible analytics and monitoring software that runs on Linux, Windows and MacOS. It is a de facto software for data analytics, being used at Stack Overflow, eBay, PayPal, Uber and Digital Ocean – just to mention but a few. It supports 30+ open source as well as commercial databases/data sources including MySQL, PostgreSQL, Graphite, Elasticsearch, OpenTSDB, Prometheus and InfluxDB. It allows you to dig deeply into large volumes of real-time, operational data; visualize, query, set alerts and get insights from your metrics from differen
  • Heaptrack v1.1.0 release
    Better memory profiling on Linux After more than a year of work, I’m pleased to release another version of heaptrack, the Linux memory profiler! The new version 1.1.0 comes with some new features, significant performance improvements and – most importantly – much improved stability and correctness. If you have tried version v1.0 in the past and encountered problems, update to the new v1.1 and try again!
  • Ten Years of Vim

    The philosophy behind Vim takes a while to sink in: While other editors focus on writing as the central part of working with text, Vim thinks it's editing.


    You see, most of the time I don't spend writing new text; instead, I edit existing text.