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Red Hat is boring -- and more open source companies should emulate it

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Instead of chasing venture capital dollars, companies competing around open source projects should instead take a more measured approach to earning customer dollars by selling enterprise value. It’s boring but, if Red Hat is any indication, it works.

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Top 3 open source Python IDEs

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Python is everywhere. These days, it seems it powers everything from major websites to desktop utilities to enterprise software. Python has been used to write all, or parts of, popular software projects like dnf/yum, OpenStack, OpenShot, Blender, Calibre, and even the original BitTorrent client.

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Open Source Security Process -- Part 1: A Cloud Security Introduction

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With vulnerabilities like last year’s Heartbleed and more recently VENOM, software that runs the modern Internet and cloud systems has never been more at risk and less secure. Many assume that to keep a system as secure as possible, you must eliminate any entry for an attacker. However, this is simply not the case. The key here is that IT teams really need to determine the probability that an attacker knows of an exploitable vulnerability.

Let’s examine this idea a little more closely through understanding the nature of risk as it relates to virtual and cloud environments. Once we have this framework, we’ll dive into putting this philosophy into practice.

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The new era of community

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The new Director of Community at GitHub, Jono Bacon, delivered a keynote at All Things Open this year titled: The new era of community. His talk was largely a call action to do better job of leading, guiding, and engaging in open source communities. Here's how.

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Kirin brews OpenStack private cloud to reduce IT operation costs by 75 percent

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Sets up internal platform as a service in partnership with systems integrator, NTT Data

Japanese brewer and drinks producer Kirin has built a platform as a service (Paas) using OpenStack as its private cloud platform, reducing operational IT costs by automating server test and deployment.

Kirin, which has almost 40,000 employees, is headquartered in Tokyo, and does around half of its business overseas.

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BitGo Launches Open Source Software to Ease Burden of Key Storage and Recovery

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On October 28th, 2015, BitGo, a digital asset security platform, is set to launch the first-of-its kind automated, open source Key Recovery Service (KRS) software for provisioning cold backup keys. BitGo has stated that this new KRS offering is part of their commitment to providing the most secure digital asset vault in the world while also ensuring wallet users maintain control of their digital assets.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Open Sourced Greenplum Data Warehouse Now on GitHub

    Pivotal Software Inc. followed through on its February promise to open source core components of its Big Data platform, placing the Greenplum data warehouse software on GitHub with an Apache 2 license.

  • Infinity updates

    In case you hadn’t noticed, I8C 0.0.1 was released last week. As well as the note compiler, this package contains I8X, an interpreter for unit testing compiled notes.

    In case you had noticed and you’ve been working with it, please note there’s some compatibility-breaking source language and note format changes in the pipeline.

  • PC-BSD's Lumina Desktop 0.8.7 Out Now with New Desktop Item Interaction System

    The developers of the PC-BSD operating system have had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the Lumina Desktop 0.8.7 desktop environment.

  • Nonscandinavia: an open-source, image collection for the rest of the world
  • Free At Last: New DMCA Rules Might Make the Web a Better Place

    Another positive from the change is that smartphone users will be able to jailbreak their phone and finally enjoy running operating systems and applications from any source, not just those approved by the manufacturer.

  • Victory for Users: Librarian of Congress Renews and Expands Protections for Fair Uses

    The new rules for exemptions to copyright's DRM-circumvention laws were issued today, and the Librarian of Congress has granted much of what EFF asked for over the course of months of extensive briefs and hearings. The exemptions we requested—ripping DVDs and Blurays for making fair use remixes and analysis; preserving video games and running multiplayer servers after publishers have abandoned them; jailbreaking cell phones, tablets, and other portable computing devices to run third party software; and security research and modification and repairs on cars—have each been accepted, subject to some important caveats.

Rackspace serves up free Carina Docker-based container-as-a-service beta on OpenStack

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Until its probable general availability next year, the beta version of the Carina container service unveiled today by Rackspace will be free.

It offers developers, data scientists, and operators what the web-hosting firm says is a quick way to create and deploy a cluster for containerised apps.

Demonstrated at this week's OpenStack Summit conference in Tokyo, Carina is designed to widen the use of container clusters, employing the native Docker API and tooling, such as Swarm for orchestration, to move applications between dev, test, and production environments.

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Linux cousins Part 2: Reviewing ReactOS, the Open Source version of Windows

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ReactOS is built with the primary purpose of providing full binary compatibility with applications (and device drivers) written for Windows Server 2003. That means you can literally take a piece of software built for Windows and run it on ReactOS, without too much trouble

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ROSA Fresh R9

ROSA is a desktop distribution that was originally forked from Mandriva Linux, but now is independently developed. While the company which produces ROSA is based in Russia, the distribution includes complete translations for multiple languages. The ROSA desktop distribution is designed to be easy to use and includes a range of popular applications and multimedia support. ROSA R9 is available in two editions, one featuring the KDE 4 desktop and the second featuring the KDE Plasma 5 desktop. These editions are scheduled to receive four years of support and security updates. I decided to download the Plasma edition of ROSA R9 and found the installation media to be approximately 2GB in size. Booting from the ROSA disc brings up a menu asking if we would like to load the distribution's live desktop environment or begin the installation process. Taking the live option brings up a graphical wizard that asks us a few questions. We are asked to select our preferred language from a list and accept the project's warranty and license. We are then asked to select our time zone and keyboard layout from lists. With these steps completed, the wizard disappears and the Plasma 5.9 desktop loads. Read more