• Rust is a programming language that combines low-level performance control with high-level convenience and safety guarantees to serve as a “drop-in” replacement for C. The language is designed to appeal to both experienced systems programmers and newcomers alike. The release of version 1.0 marks the community’s commitment to providing a stable language, and the project […]

  • Canonical, the lead company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, has announced an expansion of their effort to run Ubuntu on as many platforms as possible. The company announced that Ubuntu Snappy will be coming to the Open Compute Platform (OCP) network switches.Ubuntu will bring an assortment of benefits to the OCP, including the fastest, smallest, […]

  • For the last 15 years, North Bridge and Black Duck Software have joined efforts every year to conduct a survey about the use of open source in modern business. A record 1,300 people responded to the survey, up from 822 in 2013. Respondents included software engineers, CIO’s, CEO’s, educators, analysts, and more. There is little […]

  • LucidWorks is a company the uses open source tools to help improve information accessibility through search, machine learning, and natural language processing. Their heavy reliance on open source software requires them to take a different approach to business than companies that rely on proprietary software. The founder has taken away three key lessons from running […]

  • Netflix has released FIDO (Fully Integrated Defense Operation) as open source. This is a tool that has been used internally by the company for years to manage security alerts and incidents. The tool is designed to research, score, and categorize threats to help speed up the process of identifying the most important. FIDO was used […]

  • The US Federal Government has attempted to pass bills in recent years to reform the US patent system, but so far nothing has made it through. One of the major attempts in recent years was the Innovation Act which passed the House in 2013, but never made it through the Senate. This bill is back […]

  • Valve recently launched a program to allow video game mod developers to sell their mods through Steam: Valve’s game distribution platform. The program was promptly removed after a severe backlash from the community which included a group of gamers on Reddit who decided to launch their own open source platform to improve competition in video […]

  • These 5 FOSS projects focus on helping people in need. Humanitarian OpenStreetMap – After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the OpenStreetMap community joined together to build maps of Haiti from any pre-earthquake data they could find. After the crisis, the community stayed involved in the recovery process to help continually improve the map information. Literacy Bridge […]

  • A European Parliament study has recommended that the EU finance open source audits and bug bounties in order to improve privacy in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations. The study was led by a dozen European security experts and concluded “EU should promote and foster the development and usage of open protocols, open implementations and […]

  • Much like how the software industry is shifting from large companies controlling the production to distributed open source communities controlling the production, the energy production industry is going through a similarĀ  transformation to small-scale renewable technologies, such as solar panels, to produce energy through distributed networks. PowerMatcherSuite is a new open source project that includes […]