Software

  • OpenEMR is an open source electronic health records and medical practice management solution that is widely used in healthcare around the globe. Researchers from Project Insecurity recently uncovered a number of security vulnerabilities including one that allowed attackers to bypass the login page by modifying the URL, potentially exposing patient data. Upon initial glance, this […]

  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a partnership with the Linux Foundation to launch the Academy Software Foundation, and open source foundation for the motion picture and media industries. Founding members include companies both the technology and the media space including Cusco, Animal Logic, Blue Sky Studios, Cisco, Disney, Google, and […]

  • TLS is a critical component that’s used to secure content that’s transmitted over the internet; TLS 1.3 incorporates several new features to improve this, but has so far received limited adoption. Facebook seeks to improve TLS 1.3 adoption with the release of Fizz: a robust, performant TLS library built in C++ 14. Read the announcement […]

  • Olabode Anise, and Jordan Wright, two researchers at Duo Security, have released an open source tool to identify bots on Twitter. The researchers gathered data from Twitter using the platform’s API and applied 20 traits they identified as bot behavior. They were able to identify two classifications of bots: a cryptocurrency giveaway scam, and social […]

  • CableLabs and Aricent have announced the launch of a new open source project for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV): SNAPS-Kubernetes. From the announcement: The use of cloud-native technologies, including Kubernetes, should provide for even lower overhead and an even better-performing network virtualization layer than existing virtual machine (VM)-based solutions. It should also improve total cost of […]

  • Google has hired a new person to lead the Android Open Source Project: Jeff Bailey. From the Announcement: As Jeff notes in his introduction, he has a history in free and open source software (FOSS). He’s been an avid user, contributor, and maintainer since before the Open Source Definition was inked! Jeff co-founded Savannah, where GNU software is developed and […]

  • Uber has released Fusion.js under an open source license; it’s a web framework that makes web development easier and produces lightweight, high-performing apps. The seek to address the following problems with this library: Complex configuration and required boilerplate of multiple tools needed for server-side rendering, code splitting, and hot module reloading Lack of good abstractions for […]

  • At a recent press conference, Sarah Novotny, head of open source strategy at Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Melody Meckfessel, VP of engineering for GCP shared some interesting insight into how Google decides when to release software under an open source license. Key points: Google has released more than 2,400 open source projects, however the major […]

  • Istio is a service mesh that collects logs, traces, and telemetry, and adds security policies without requiring client libraries to be embedded into an application. Google has announced the release of version 1.0, stating that it’s now ready for production use. It’s not uncommon for engineers to hyper their own project, but Google Cloud CTO Urs […]

  • disclose.io is a collaborative and vendor-agnostic project to standardize best practices around safe harbor for good-faith security research. The work of this project inspired by the Open Source Vulnerability Disclosure Framework and Dropbox’s call to better protect security researchers. From the project’s GitHub repo: Security is core to our values, and we value the input of […]

  • Mozilla has released the results of a study that was commissioned for internal purposes to better understand the various archetypes of open source projects. The goal of this study was to build a common vocabulary to use when discussing open source development, and to better understand the benefits and drawbacks of various project structures. These […]

  • Tidelift is a company that offers subscription services for companies to get development support for important open source; the company has raised $15M in funding to build out these services. From the article: The company wants to sign up independent developers working on core open-source projects as “lifters,” or ongoing maintainers of a given project, […]

  • goSDL is “is a web application tool that serves as a self-service entry point for following a Security Development Lifecycle checklist in a software development project.” Slack has released goSDL under an MIT license. Slack is known for churning out large amounts of code quickly with a relatively small developer team, and they had a hard […]

  • ExpressVPN has released leak testing tools under an open source license. They were developed by the company’s Privacy Research Lab and have been released under an MIT license. The tools were build for two reasons: To provide robust, automated regression testing of ExpressVPN applications To facilitate leak testing investigations to further strengthen those applications The […]

  • Google has released DeepVariant as open source. From the announcement: Today, we announce the open source release of DeepVariant, a deep learning technology to reconstruct the true genome sequence from HTS sequencer data with significantly greater accuracy than previous classical methods. This work is the product of more than two years of research by the Google Brain […]

  • Mozilla has announced new funding via their Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) program to support important open source projects. Ushahidi was the biggest benefactor of this program, receiving $194,000. Ushahidi is a platform for “crowdsourcing, monitoring, visualizing, and responding to reports from people caught up in political turmoil or subject to governmental or vigilante abuse.” […]

  • Yahoo has announced the release of Vespa, a big data processing and service engine. This engine is a critical component of the Yahoo search engine, and they hope that by making this open source more developers will be able to “build applications that can compute responses to user requests, over large datasets, at real time […]

  • GitHub has published the results of their 2017 open source survey that highlights many of the challenges the open source industry is currently facing. They “collected responses from 5,500 randomly sampled respondents sourced from over 3,800 open source repositories on GitHub.com, and over 500 responses from a non-random sample of communities that work on other […]

  • Random Articles from the OST Archives

    • The Google Summer of Code is an international program that provides stipends to students to participate in free and open source development. The program connects fledgling developers with open source communities to work in a mentor/student relationship and give emerging developers a chance to get real-world experience. The program has announced the participants for 2016 […]

    • Many of the major advances in computer technology come from an increase in openness and common standards. OpenStack is an effort to do this for the web and to improve web services for businesses by reducing costs, and vendor lock-in. More at OpenSource.com

    • Digital gaming has many software and creative components; the principles of open source can be applied to each in different ways. Digital games rely on game engines, the gaming hardware, and artwork, each must be licensed according to how the developers would like them to be used. More from OpenSource.com