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  • The Linux Foundation and Dice surveyed more than 1,000 hiring managers and Linux Professionals in December 2014 to gain perspective on the current job landscape for people working in Linux. The information they discovered paints a very bright picture for the future of Linux professionals and highlights how proper training and certification can help individuals […]

  • Walmart has already seen measurable benefits from investing money and developer time in the Node.js community. Now, the company is focusing on hapi, a framework for building applications and services. The company has found that investng time and money in open source communities like this has benefited them immensely by making it easier to find […]

  • The Hummingbird Robotics kit is a spin off product from Carnegie Mellon’s Create lab that is a $145 kit based on Arduino designed to introduce kids age 13 and up to robotic engineering. This kit could be great to use in a classroom setting by using the open source mentality to encourage teachers and students […]

  • Node.js is a popular server-side JavaScript framework that focuses on providing communication tools that are robust and easy to use. It was launched by Ryan Dahl, a Joyent employee, and has been led by the company ever since. Recently, members of the community have had issue with how the project release cycle has been managed; […]

  • Microsoft’s long reign at the top of the browser market with Internet Explorer came to an end last summer when Chrome surpassed it in overall desktop and mobile usage. It seems the combination of lack of IE on mobile devices and the fact that it is the only remaining browser that is proprietary from end-to-end […]

  • The personal computer was jump started by groups of people hacking together computers in their free time, but it seems our culture has come to accept computers as simple devices that are never opened up. Open hardware is benefiting from a wealth of low cost sensors, and low power technology that is allowing it to […]

  • Google recently made headlines when the company announced that Youtube would no longer use flash for streaming videos. Flash is proprietary software, owned by Adobe, and has been the target of considerable criticism from the free software movement since one of its primary purposes is to restrict the abilities of the user. You might expect […]

  • In less than a year, the Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) has raised more than $5.5M in committed funds over the next three years from many of the biggest tech companies in the world. The Initiative’s latest benefactor is Werner Koch, who has received a $60,000 commitment. Koch is the primary developer behind GnuPG, […]

  • Werner Koch is the man behind one of the most popular open source email encryption toosl GnuPG (GPG). He recently announced he would need to cease development on the project due to a severe lack of funds. He nearly gave up on the project in 2013, but stayed involved after seeing the need for his […]

  • Tesora emerged as an open source company in 2014 from ParElastic, which offered proprietary software for scaling out MySQL installations. The company offered highly-specialized services that were extremely challenging to expand because they often ran into clients who refused to use anything that wasn’t open source. They discovered OpenStack Trove in 2013 and quickly got […]

  • Microsoft’s recent investment in Cyanogen adds to the companies recent embrace of open source which has included open sourcing the .NET framework and supporting the Docker community. This growing embrace has been a classic case of open source working for a company that only understand proprietary approaches, as outlined in Eric Raymond’s classic book The […]

  • Microsoft will reportedly become a minority investor in Cryanogen, the company behind CyanogenMod: the open source alternative to Android, with an investment of $70M. This is part of an effort for the company to push back against Google’s dominance in the online search market. More from Wall Street Journal Digits Blog

  • The data science industry is growing quickly as more companies rely on the use of large amounts of data. Data science is all about extracting knowledge from data and is changing how companies approach business intelligence. At the center of the expansion of data science hiring is the programming language R. Started in 1993 in […]

  • On a morning with a less than excitable crowd (social events at these conferences can get a little wild), Linux Conf AU ran a 3-speaker keynote series to bring in people working for major companies in the open source landscape. Facebook, Google, and Red Hat are all represented in this keynote packed full of great […]

  • There is a wide variety of cloud technologies for IT experts to choose from these days, especially in the open source arena. The Linux Foundation released their 2015 guide to the open cloud on January 20th which servers as a primer to help any organization consider a migration to the cloud. This guide expands and […]

  • The Linux Foundation has released the schedule for the 2015 Collaboration summit, and it is a litmus test for where Linux and open source are headed for 2015. This year, IoT, drones, containers, networking, and the cloud seem to be the focal point of much of the open source industry as well as the tech […]

  • Jason Baker offers three predictions for trends in the open source cloud for 2015. Trust Matters – 2014 showed how quickly the open source community can respond to critical security flaws. Bugs will always be created and found, so expect to see more responses like we saw in 2014. Infrastructure is King – The operating […]

  • Cars are becoming much more intelligent every year, but many traditional manufacturers have developed strictly controlled, walled off gardens for the computer systems in their cars. OSVehicle is best known for their Tabby chassis, which is shipped in a flat-pack box and can be assembled in under an hour, but the company behind it looks […]

  • On November 12, Microsoft announced the .NET core stack would be made open source and that it would be capable of running on platforms other than Windows, such as Linux, and Mac. Under their new CEO, the company has refocused on attracting developers, and they realized that many smaller groups, open source developers, and academic […]

  • Random Articles from the OST Archives

    • Following a slow start to the year 2014, Red Hat is now showing strong gains for the second half. This is fueled by the expansion of their middleware and cloud services which have netted multiple contracts worth over $5 million this year. This, coupled with their acquisition of InkTank, the makers of Ceph, earlier this […]

    • Docker INC announced its second acquisition in as many months as buys Koality, a company that provides continuous integration services. CEO Ben Golub made it clear this acquisition was primarily about absorbing the talents of the company’s engineers and this move hints at Docker Inc’s plans to expand enterprise services. Koality CEO Jonathan Chu realized […]

    • Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation, made the point at the Linux Enterprise End-User Summit that Linux has become the leader in nearly every aspect of the tech industry. Businesses are recognizing how Linux exceeds proprietary solutions in performance, reliability, and adaptability. With programs like the Core Infrastructure Initiative, more problems are […]