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  • 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 […]

  • Docker has achieved incredible success in the short two years it has been in existence, but some of the tech companies that have been involved since the early days are beginning to question whether or not the project still lives up to its original goal of making packaging software simpler. CoreOS is one of the […]

  • Weaveworks announced on December 3 that the company has raised $5 million in series A funding to develop Weave: software that provides virtual networking services for the deployment of Docker containers. Weave established layer 2 connectivity between Docker containers, effectively making them appear as a giant Ethernet switch. The next step for the project is […]

  • Networking vendor Juniper has announced they will be embracing the open compute platform with the upcoming OCX 1100 switch. This is a significant deviation from their normal business practices as they have relied on their own proprietary hardware running their own proprietary operating system. The company views open compute as an opportunity to expand their […]

  • The arguments against the viability of open source in the enterprise have mostly disappeared, but with mainstream adoption of open source comes a number of companies seeking to unjustly capitalize on the success of open source. Much like the practice of greenwashing, openwashing is when a business claims to be open source, use open source, […]

  • CoreOS has announced the release of app container, an application that works similar to Docker by allowing applications to be packaged inside containers. Along with this release, CoreOS is also releasing Rocket for deploying and orchestrating app container. The company will continue to support Docker for anyone who would rather use it by allowing Docker […]

  • A recent survey by Mendix found that 71% of companies are not able to deliver what the business is looking for, and 89% of companies have a project backlog that is not decreasing in size year over year. Meanwhile, the security company Coverity recently released a survey that found 16 different big data Apache applications […]

  • According to a report sponsored by unified collaboration software specialist Zimbra, more than 70% of IT professionals in the US believe open source software provides more control and ensures better business continuity than proprietary software. More than 1,300 IT professionals were surveyed and the findings indicate a continued move away from cost savings as the […]

  • For decades, proprietary technology has been the norm for geospatial tracking. Boundless is a company trying to change that by offering open source solutions for geospatial tracking that allow developers to build tools that rely on locational information. Since their software is open source, there are no additional license costs associaed with scaling projects which […]

  • Standardize on a common platform – Use tools that help you provide a consistent, standardized, stable, and secure open source foundation Automate through system management tools – Automation will make keeping your system running securely much easier and make it easier to scale. Use SCAP to continuously monitor data center security – The Security Content […]

  • Microsoft has added Linux and Docker container support to Azure, their cloud platform. This move was made as an effort to expand Microsoft’s market in cloud services, specifically PaaS. The company has realized it needs to accept and support services from its competitors as more businesses become concerned with locking into a platform that might […]

  • Brocade has identified software-defined networking as an area their business needs to expand into, and the company sees this happening through open source. Much like how Red Hat created a business around supporting a standardized platform for enterprise operations, Brocade hopes to do the same for the network. The company has recognized the value of […]

  • OpenStack has com a long way since its start as a collaborative project between NASA and Rackspace, and many major corporations like HP, Intel, and IBM have gotten on board with the project. New functionality is being added in areas like network functions virtualization and as a platform for building applications. With all these new […]

  • The open source movement has created an incredible amount of value for the software industry, but unfortunately it is still a major challenge for developers to get paid for their work, with many contributing their time and skills freely. Assembly is a new startup that recently received $2.9 million in funding to launch a platform […]

  • Random Articles from the OST Archives

    • 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 […]

    • Standardize on a common platform – Use tools that help you provide a consistent, standardized, stable, and secure open source foundation Automate through system management tools – Automation will make keeping your system running securely much easier and make it easier to scale. Use SCAP to continuously monitor data center security – The Security Content […]

    • Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat CEO, believes open source will be at the center of a new paradigm shift in cloud services. Whitehurst seeks to expand Red Hat as a replacement to the proprietary services offered by the deeply entrenched VMWare and Microsoft. More from Forbes

    • Someone who is learning about electronics engineering once had many huge obstacles that needed to be overcome while learning the fundamentals of building electronics. Today, open source electronics like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Beaglebone are proving to be fantastic resources for people to build upon the highly-technical work of others. Now, those getting into electronics […]