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Six things that make open source a no-brainer for your company

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So, you're about to start a new company and you want to make open-source software the driving force behind all technology decisions. Outside of it being an incredibly noble and honorable cause, what are the key data points you need to fully understand before implementing this strategy?

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Would You Open-Source Your Body?

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As you may have noticed, this column is pretty keen on opening things up - whether that's open source, open access or open government. But what about open-sourcing your body - releasing as open data the most intimate aspects of your physical existence? That's what the Open Humans Network is asking.

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How and why BackBee CMS went open source

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Our Parisian web agency and software company, Lp Digital, is open sourcing its content management system, BackBee CMS. In this article, I'll explain the tools that helped us release BackBee as open source software and measure the results.

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Ten New Members Join the AllSeen Alliance, Focus on IoT

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The AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry collaboration to advance the Internet of Everything (IoT) through an open source software project, today announced 10 new members are joining the initiative. Through collaborative development, Alliance members are looking to leverage their broad industry expertise to advance a common platform for devices, services and applications within the Internet of Everything. Back in February, we interviewed the Alliance's senior director of IoT, Philip DesAutels (shown), who said, “We are building out an open source software project that delivers code that will help people build interoperable tools and devices.”

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Halogenics bets on Javascript, open source

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Melbourne-based software developer Halogenics is hoping within the next few months to have prototype versions of the next-generation of its Genotrack application.

Genotrack, which helps biomedical research institutions manage animal tracking, breeding and reporting, is currently based on a classic client-server architecture.

Genotrack 2 will be a Web application built with open source components including MongoDB for the database component and a Node.js-based application server with a Sencha Ext JS interface.

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How to embrace the open source workforce

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Enterprises learned an important lesson on their way to embracing open source software: they could benefit from work that came from outside of their own rosters of employees. Now businesses are beginning to recognize that open source lessons apply beyond software development, and they are finding new ways to seek out talent beyond their walls.

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OpenStack: Can the open-source platform still win private cloud?

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"I think that doing open source work in a full committee style is often like pouring 1,000 engineers into a barrel and hoping they'll produce the works of Shakespeare. The monkeys in the barrel just don't manage to get it together, everybody wants to be the king and the directions and the priorities change.

"It's a very different situation to something like Linux, where you have a benevolent dictator Linus Torvalds controlling everything, or like Docker, where there is a corporate entity ultimately controlling the road map."

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3 steps to writing an open source project case study

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Case studies about open source project participants and users are a great way to showcase your project and how it works in the real world.

Such studies will highlight interesting features of your software, demonstrate different (and potentially unique) ways your project is in use, and foster positive communication among members of your community.

Case studies are also about transparency: while talking to the end user of your software, you can also learn about things that are not necessarily running smoothly in your project. And although no one loves to hear about the things that are going wrong, such feedback can also be invaluable to you and your team.

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Hungary universities move to EuroOffice and ODF

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The Eötvös University and Szeged University in Hungary are increasing their use of EuroOffice and the Open Document Format (ODF), reports MultiRáció, the Budapest-based ICT firm that develops EuroOffice. Together, the two universities have about 45,000 students. In February the company signed a licence and support contract for 34,000 copies of EuroOffice.

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Docker and Containers

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More containers:

  • Resin.io Raises Series A Funding to Transform IoT Development Using Linux Containers

    Resin.io, a disruptor in making IoT development as easy as web development, today announced a $3M Series A funding round led by DFJ, with participation from The OpenFund and angels Gil Dibner and Panos Papadopoulos. The investment will be used to expand its team, broaden its hardware platform support, and accelerate product development to deliver on its vision of making software development for embedded systems as easy as it is for cloud applications today.

  • Resin.io Launches And Raises Cash To Aid IoT Development

    The internet of things (IoT) is getting a lot of attention right now. It is, after all, an alluring story – 50 billion or so devices and sensors connected to the internet and all delivering immense amounts of valuable data that is just waiting to be harnessed for the betterment of corporations, individuals and the world. Or at least that is the general tone of the multitudinous press releases about new IoT offering that cross my desk every day.

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Linux/FOSS Events

  • The Linux Foundation Announces Session Lineup for ApacheCon(TM) Europe
  • OpenShift Commons Gathering event preview
    We're just two months out from the OpenShift Commons Gathering coming up on November 7, 2016 in Seattle, Washington, co-located with KubeCon and CloudNativeCon. OpenShift Origin is a distribution of Kubernetes optimized for continuous application development and multi-tenant deployment. Origin adds developer and operations-centric tools on top of Kubernetes to enable rapid application development, easy deployment and scaling, and long-term lifecycle maintenance for small and large teams. And we're excited to say, the 1.3 GA release of OpenShift Origin, which includes Kubernetes 1.3, is out the door! Hear more about the release from Lead Architect for OpenShift Origin, Clayton Coleman.

Security News

  • Report: Linux security must be upgraded to protect future tech
    The summit was used to expose a number of flaws in Linux's design that make it increasingly unsuitable to power modern devices. Linux is the operating system that runs most of the modern world. It is behind everything from web servers and supercomputers to mobile phones. Increasingly, it's also being used to run connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including products like cars and intelligent robots.
  • security things in Linux v4.6
    Hector Marco-Gisbert removed a long-standing limitation to mmap ASLR on 32-bit x86, where setting an unlimited stack (e.g. “ulimit -s unlimited“) would turn off mmap ASLR (which provided a way to bypass ASLR when executing setuid processes). Given that ASLR entropy can now be controlled directly (see the v4.5 post), and that the cases where this created an actual problem are very rare, means that if a system sees collisions between unlimited stack and mmap ASLR, they can just adjust the 32-bit ASLR entropy instead.

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