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Govt formulates policy on adoption of open source software

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The Government on Wednesday formulated a 'Policy on Adoption of Open Source Software for Government of India' that would encourage the formal adoption and use of Open Source Software (OSS) in Government organisations.

Currently most eGovernance solutions are developed using Closed Source Software (CSS), which is licensed under the exclusive legal right of the copyright holder. In that the users' right to make modifications, sharing, studying, redistribution or reverse engineering is limited.

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Also: How open source can improve your software's security

What the New York Times CIO asks when evaluating open source software

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In this interview, New York Times CIO Marc Frons explains how his teams evaluate whether to use open source or proprietary software and the simple question that helps guide the conversation.

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Open source and DevOps aren’t mandatory, but neither is survival

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I can’t recall the exact time I learned about open source software, but I can certainly narrow down the place. I quickly realized how transformative it could be. In 1996, I was sitting in the tech support department of a large ISP that provided hosting and connectivity to the Fortune 1000. Most of our servers ran Solaris, floppy disks arrived via snail mail, and we applied security updates manually adhering to a regime of updates and invoices prescribed by Sun Microsystems. It was a huge change from my university career of dumb terminals and mainframes.

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Azul tackles Oracle with open-source Java for Internet of Stuff

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Azul Systems has added a new, ultra-compact entry to its portfolio of alternative Java environments, taking a run at Oracle for the lucrative mobile, embedded, and Internet of Things (IoT) markets.

Zulu Embedded is a stripped-down sibling of Zulu and Zulu Embedded, Azul's certified, cross-platform build of OpenJDK, Oracle's open source reference implementation of the Java Developer Kit.

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Docker's No Flash in the Pan

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There are similarities between Docker and recent open source communities. Not only in the surge of supporting developers, IT operations pros, vendors, investors and end users, but also in the way the technology is making its way to the market through developers and lines of business before central IT departments. Expect to see a support-and-services-driven market for Docker and containers.

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HP Expands Open Source Cloud Push

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When Hewlett-Packard rolled out its Helion cloud infrastructure last May, it pledged to invest $1 billion over two years to deliver converged infrastructure geared toward hybrid IT platforms. Making good on that pledge, the company announced Helion Rack on Tuesday (March 24), a preconfigured private cloud based on OpenStack and Cloud Foundry technologies.

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Also: Why OpenStack is different from other open source projects

Federal open source software activities are growing

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Patricia M. Loui-Smicker of Hawaii was confirmed by the Senate, just the other day, as a director of the Export-Import bank. Not the kind of routine confirmation that makes the news. Gilberto de Jesus of Maryland withdrew his nomination to be chief counsel for advocacy at the Small Business Administration. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs reported favorably on a bill "to reduce the operation and maintenance costs associated with the Federal fleet by encouraging use of remanufactured parts."

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New version of SecureDrop, open-source whistleblower submission system originally created by Aaron Swartz

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At Freedom of the Press Foundation, we’re excited to announce the release of a brand new version of SecureDrop, our open source whistleblower system which media organizations can use to communicate and receive documents from sources.

Version 0.3 has been over a year in the making, and is the result of extensive feedback from both news organizations who already have SecureDrop—like the New Yorker and The Intercept—and from a security audit done by iSec Partners. In addition, we have a new website for SecureDrop, SecureDrop.org, which will serve as a hub for all the news organizations that have installed their own instances, and where you can find all the information you need to use it yourself.

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Q&A: IBM's Adam Jollans talks Linux & Open Source strategy

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CBR asks Adam Jollans, the firm’s director for Linux and open source strategy, for his views on several topics including security, and where IBM is heading with open source in 2015.

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Why OpenStack is different from other open source projects

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The OpenStack project feels different from other open source projects to me. Let me try to explain.

Henrik Ingo did an excellent analysis of open source project size versus governance structure a few years ago. Essentially, the nine largest, most vibrant open source communities were anchored inside nonprofit foundations. The 10th largest was 10 times smaller than the ninth and existed inside a corporation. Like a good engineer, Henrik provided his data and listed his assumptions. He was not suggesting that the growth was causal, simply that there was a strong correlation. He rightly observed that it will be fascinating to see what it all means using OpenStack as an example when he presented his findings in summer 2011. (He wrote an excellent follow-up post comparing cloud projects later.)

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