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  • 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 […]

  • Docker, the company behind the rapidly growing open source container project, announced they raised $95 million in a Series D round of funding. This round included a large number of financial services companies including Goldman Sachs, Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capitol; this was a result of the growing popularity of Docker in financial services IT. Docker […]

  • Companies like Facebook have been closely involved with open source software, but as the cost of producing new prototypes continues to decrease open source mentality is spreading into other industries, including hardware manufacturing. The explosion of platforms like the Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and numerous 3-D printers has been coupled with the emergence of the maker […]

  • Ubuntu has officially made the switch to systemd, as a replacement for upstart, the distribution’s own init program. The change is being incorporated into the latest beta version and won’t be added to long-term-support until sometime next year. The decision was reluctantly made by Canonical after Debian, the popular Linux distro on which Ubuntu is […]

  • GitLab specializes in revision control systems and offers revision control SaaS as well as a Community Edition of their software which is open source and can be run on private servers. The ability to run the software on private servers makes it much easier for a company to configure their network and other tools to […]

  • 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 […]

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