Software

  • Sony and Google have partnered to release OpenCue: an open source, high-performance render manager specifically built for the needs of the visual effects and animation industry. OpenCue has been used internally at Sony for many years where they used it in their on-premise data centers to scale up to over 150,000 cores. Sony and Google […]

  • The Linux Foundation has announced the launch of LF Edge: “an umbrella organization to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system.“ The projects include Akraino Edge Stack – an open source software stack for high-availability cloud services. EdgeX Foundry – a common framework for IoT edge computing. […]

  • Amazon has announced the release of a new project Neo-AI, which seeks to optimize the performance of machine learning models for a wide range of platforms. This work is based on SageMaker Neo, a platform to optimize ML models for specific deployment targets. The motivation for this is to provide ML capabilities to edge devices […]

  • The US National Security Agency has announced they will release GHIDRA, an open source reverse engineering tool, at an upcoming RSA security conference this Spring. GHIDRA is a disassembler that breaks down executable binaries into human-readable assembly code. The NSA first started work on this software in the 2000’s and has been sharing it with […]

  • Damn Vulnerable Serverless Application (DVSA) is a new open source tool from Protego: a company that provides security services for serverless applications. Details from technical.ly: The idea is to allow organizations and devs train in securing serverless environments, and provide security professionals a place to test their skills and tools. The testing application includes cloud […]

  • Baidu has released OpenEdge: an edge computing platform targeted at IoT devices. This is part of their strategy to increase adoption of the Baidu Intelligent Edge platform, a paid cloud service from the company. Read more at Silicon Angle. View the source code on GitHub.

  • 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, […]

  • Random Articles from the OST Archives

    • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications are known to have lackluster user interfaces, especially open source ERP’s. ERPNext is no exception to this, and the community behind it recently decided to focus on improving the design of the software. The community lacked talented designers, so they went out and hired a design team to come up […]

    • Takoma Park Maryland Library uses Linux for 28 public stations running at the library. The library chose provider Userful, a company that specializes in multi-lingual Linux environments using Fedora. The library has spent considerable effort making the Linux experience feel similar to other traditional desktop environments, and users often aren’t even aware they are using […]

    • On Monday a change was made to how Linux Kernel developers commit codes to the Linux code. Now, all developers must use two-factor authentication to prove their identity, a step that will make it much harder for outsiders to make malicious code changes. As a part of this effort a Swedish company Yubico donated 100 […]

    • The Python Software Foundation has the mission to “to promote, protect, and advance the Python programming language, and to support and facilitate the growth of a diverse and international community of Python programmers.” The organization is led by an elected board with membership limited to invite-only. Now, the foundation is opening membership to anyone in […]