This is the 19th post of a series of blog posts tracking the development and progress of Redox.
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For those interested in the Rust-written Redox OS open-source operating system project, a brief status update was posted today.
Some latest Redox OS development efforts revolve around supporting NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) storage and USB 3.0 / XHCI support. Redox is now running on NVMe SSDs and USB 3.0 is continuing to be worked on with a focus for USB Wireless network devices.
Storj Labs, a distributed cloud-storage provider, has created a peer-to-peer decentralized cloud storage solution. It protects your files both on the nodes and in transmission by using blockchain technology and cryptography to encrypt files. As an open-source project, Storj unites a large and growing community of developers who are committed to building tools, applications, and secure by design cloud storage.
Storj Labs announces new funding and general availability of its crowdsourced distributed storage platform, that lets anyone in the world sell their unused storage capacity, securely as part of an open marketplace.
Crowdsourcing, that is sourcing resources from many different individuals, is a popular concept for fundraising and for code development. Storj Labs is now bringing the idea of crowdsourcing to storage, enabling individuals to share their storage capacity in a secure encrypted way that makes use of Bitcoin's blockchain technology.
CoinScope, a tool that provides aggregated data about bitcoin nodes, has been made open source.
The code was made publicly available on GitHub on 22nd February. The project, which has been around since 2015, is somewhat akin to Bitnodes, the node data tool operated by startup 21 Inc that seeks to map the bitcoin network by measuring the amount of nodes connected at any given time.
That makes it difficult to attach open source licenses, according to the release, but the initiative “is experimenting with a legal pathway of using contract law in the Defense Open Source Agreement to add commonly used licenses to DoD software projects.”
Open education is a hot topic in both the K-12 and higher education spaces due to a number of factors, including the desire to make education more affordable.
The cost of textbooks has added a tremendous financial burden to students around the world. In response, the U.S. Department of Education initiated the #GoOpen movement last year, which helped provide the impetus for schools and universities to consider the use of open educational resources seriously. One of the leaders in this rapidly changing landscape in education is Cable Green, director of Open Education for Creative Commons.
The company also announced that its license management product by the same name was available in open Beta.
Let’s start with the funding, which was led by Bain Capital Ventures along with an all-star list of participants including Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff, former YouTube CTO/co-founder Steve Chen, former Skype CTO/co-founder Jaan Tallinn, Cloudera CTO/co-founder Amr Awadallah and Tinder CMO/co-founder Justin Mateen.
Open source code can be a nightmare for engineers who are developing software. Fossa, which announced today a seed round of $2.2 million, is launching technology to help companies understand what’s actually in those lines of code, as well as helping them automate open source license compliance and tracking.