• Netflix, Intel, Google, Cisco, Mozilla, Amazon, and Microsoft have joined forces to launch the Alliance for Open Media. This alliance will develop a next-generation video format that is interoperable, optimized for the web, scalable to any modern device, designed with a low computational footprint, and provided royalty-free. The alliance will operate under W3C patent rules […]

  • August 25th, 2015 was the 24th birthday for Linux. In 24 years, Linux has come to dominate much of the software world including mobile devices, the enterprise, web infrastructure, data centers, super computing, and more. It is the largest software project in the world and is built by thousands of developers from all corners of […]

  • Facebook has released an open source code generator for Hack: a spinoff of the PHP programming language. Named Hack Codegen, it enables easy generation of Hack code in addition to writing it into signed files to prevent undesired modifications. It’s an effort to raise the level of abstraction and reduce coupling, and Hack was built […]

  • A new open source Linux filesystem is now available to the general public. The Bcache File System (Bcachefs) is a Linux kernel block layer cache that aims at offering a faster and more advanced method of storing data on servers. It supports checksumming, compression, caching, and copy-on-write which will allow the file system to ensure […]

  • As a part of the White House’s efforts to expand the federal government’s involvement in open source technology, the administration has released an open source tool that shows government projects on an interactive map. The source code is hosted on Github, and developers are invited to check out the code and get involved in it’s […]

  • GEGL is the image processing engine that forms the foundation for many of GIMP’s functions. Version 0.3 was recently released, and is the first update the engine has seen in three years. It includes experimental multi-threading support, mipmaps, a new default tile backend, and 71 new image processing operations which are mostly ports of existing […]

  • A problem with Wayland’s license was recently uncovered when a Wikipedia editor pointed out a discrepancy between the license statement in the project’s FAQ, and the license found in the actual code. The code was licensed under a Historical Permission Notice and Disclaimer (HPND) license when it should have been licensed under MIT. This confusion […]

  • Pinot has been the de-facto analytics program used by LinkedIn for more than two years to provide insight to information like profile views, company follow analytics and A/B testing analytics. The program provides an OLAP datastore that emphasizes scalability, low latency, data freshness, and high availability. It uses data from Hadoop and Kafka, and provides […]

  • Fedora 22, the latest version of a popular Linux distribution that’s backed by Red Hat, has been released. It includes quite a few improvements, with one of the major changes being the new package management system, DNF. This new package management system replaces Yum and is a fork of the same project. It makes use […]