The wireless router world remains safe for open source -- at least for users of certain Linksys Wi-Fi devices, which will still allow the installation of open source firmware like DD-WRT after new FCC rules take effect next week.
Here's the back story: Last fall, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) introduced new regulations that required device manufacturers to ensure "that third parties are not able to reprogram the device to operate outside the parameters for which the device was certified." Those rules go into effect June 2.
In this Keynote, Luciano Resende, Architect, Spark Technology Center at IBM, will showcase Open source Analytic platforms. Luciano will also discuss how they are being leveraged by different organizations to upend their competition, as well as enable new use cases.
The field of pure mathematics has always depended on computers to make tables, prove theorems and explore new theories. Today, computer aided experiments and the use of databases relying on computer calculations are part of the pure mathematician's standard toolbox. In fact, these tools have become so important that some areas of mathematics are now completely dependent on them.
After a couple of years working on Mozilla’s mobile operating system project, I’m coming back to Firefox!
I’ll be doing some familiar things and some new things. My official title is Product Manager, Firefox Roadmap and Community. What that means, first and foremost, is that I’ll be returning as our storyteller, making sure that we’re communicating regularly about where Firefox is heading, and that we’re fully engaged with Firefox users, fans, and contributors.
Big Data and Databases
Hadoop has been hamstrung by complexity, skills shortages and a lack of standardization, but new approaches to using Hadoop are emerging.
It's been a decade since Hadoop became an Apache software project and released version 0.1.0. The open source project helped launch the Big Data era, created a foundation for most of the big cloud platform providers and changed how enterprises think about data.
Supercomputer shop Cray is branching into analytics with tailored high-end systems packing open-source number-crunching software.
Cray Tuesday unveiled the Urika-GX ticking some of the best-known technology boxes and due in the second-half of 2016.
The Urika-GX is preinstalled with OpenStack and Apache Mesos for cloud and data-center abstraction, Spark and Hadoop for big analytics.
Postgres database company EnterpriseDB has released the EDB Postgresâ„¢ platform, an enterprise class, integrated open source-based database management platform, the company said.
The platform enables a wide range of deployment topologies; integrates EDB´s mature, enterprise-ready Postgres database with other leading data management solutions; and offers a specialized partner ecosystem for new, more agile deployment models.
EnterpriseDB has announced its latest move in the battle for dominance of the open source database market, the EDB Postgres platform. It is claiming to be the first integrated open source-based operational database management platform. This is a big claim and one that will make many sit up and take a second look at Postgres.
"We want to enable and empower the UK to lead the way in licensing, and believe it is a big step to be releasing the OPP to the developer community as open source technology. With the OPP, licensing a creation through the use of lawyers, emails, and snail mail will become a thing of the past," he said.
The 2012 European Directive on Standardisation needs to be revised, three researchers on ICT standards say. The directive is hindering European companies that wish to implement software standards. Negative side effects are especially dire for small companies, the experts say.
“To avoid unfair competition, European governments and public sector organisations should only refer to software standards which are provided under royalty free conditions when expressing mandatory requirements in public sector procurement”, the experts recommend.
The three researchers, Björn Lundell, Jonas Gamalielsson, and Andrew Katz, working for the University of Skövde (Sweden) also warn against allowing FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, And Non-Discriminatory) licensing in the European Commission’s European Interoperability Framework, which is being revised. “FRAND can be very problematic when applied to software standards, in particular for small companies that are important for innovation in Europe”, the researchers comment.
Lundell, Gamalielsson and Katz contacted all organisations involved in the JPEG and TIFF patents. Most of these fail to respond to the enquiries and reminders sent by the researchers. The few that do respond, decline to allow implementation of their patent in the GPLv3, a free software licence, decline to answer, or decline to provide details on the patents. This hinders implementation of the standards by small companies and by open source projects, the experts elaborate in their study.
What containers and unikernels can learn from Arduino and Raspberry Pi
There is a lot of interesting buzz around specialized container hosts, rump kernels, and unikernels because they hold the potential to revolutionize certain workloads (embedded, cloud, etc.). Keep your eye on this exciting, fast moving space, but cautiously.
Currently, unikernels seem quite similar to building printed circuits. They require a lot of upfront investment to utilize and are very specialized, providing benefits for certain workloads. In the meantime containers are quite interesting even for conventional workloads and don't require as much investment. Typically an operations team should be able to port an application to containers, whereas it takes real re-engineering to port an application to unikernels and the industry is still not quite sure what workloads can be ported to unikernels.
Here's to an exciting future of containers, rump kernels, and unikernels!