Software

  • Teradata has released Kylo, a platform for managing data lakes, under the Apache 2.0 license. Kylo evolved from software the company developed over eight years, and it’s built upon Apache Hadoop, Spark, and NiFi. The goal with Kylo is to reduce the amount of time and expertise it takes to build data lakes by simplifying […]

  • The Java “Apache Commons Collections Deserialization Vulnerability” CVE 2015-6420 was first identified in 2015, but it received very little attention in the months after it was announced. Since then, it has been the source of a handful of high profile attacks, including the 2016 ransomware attacks on Baltimore’s Union Memorial Hospital and the San Francisco Municipal network. […]

  • Ladar Levinson received considerable attention in 2013 when he was forced to shut down Lavabit, the email service he provides, as a result of actions from the US federal government related to the email account of Edward Snowden. Instead of being forced to implement back-door that could potentially harm all of the company’s users, Levinson […]

  • Google is preparing for the 13th annual Google Summer of Code (GSoC), and they are now accepting applications for open source organizations to get involved. In this program, students spend 3 months working under the guidance of mentors to expand and improve upon open source software. Last year, the program had 178 open source organizations […]

  • Google has released Draco, an open source compression library to improve the storage and transmission of 3D graphics. From the announcement: Draco can be used to compress meshes and point-cloud data. It also supports compressing points, connectivity information, texture coordinates, color information, normals and any other generic attributes associated with geometry. With Draco, applications using 3D graphics […]

  • D-wave is a company that specializes in quantum computing systems. The complex nature of quantum computing has limited the software field primarily to individuals who have expertise in particle physics, D-wave looks to reduce the barrier to creating software that uses quantum processing with the release of qbsolv: software that greatly simplifies the process of […]

  • The Swedish National Survey is leading an effort to track land ownership in their country using a public blockchain; testing for this is set to begin in March 2017. At this time, the system will be populated with test data and made public, and the public is invited to test out the system from a […]

  • Walmart has released Electrode as open source. Electrode is a React-based application the company uses to power Walmart.com. From the project about page: Electrode is a platform for building universal React/Node.js applications with a standardized structure, best practices, and modern technologies baked in. Electrode focuses on performance, component reusability, and simple deployment to multiple cloud […]

  • Google has released Cartographer: an open source, real-time, simultaneous localization and mapping library for 2D and 3D spaces. It can combine data from various sensors like LIDAR, IMU, and cameras. The program is intended primarily for robots to map local facilities. To learn more, read the post on the Google Open Source Blog.

  • Government institutions are a prime target for open source software for many reasons, primarily the low cost of ownership and relative ease of upgrading to the latest standards and software. Network World has pieced together a map of governmental adoption of open source around the world, and it paints an interesting picture of worldwide open […]

  • The Linux Foundation has compiled a report of the companies and individuals who contribute to and influence the Linux Kernel code. The latest report includes kernel releases 3.19 to 4.7, here are some major points from their report: Nearly 115,000 changesets have been merged from 5,062 individual developers, representing 500 corporations. On average, each version […]

  • FastText is a software library designed to help with text representation and classification; facebook has used this tool internally to evaluate the meaning of users posts. The company has released it as open source, and hopes other research and engineering communities will find uses for it. Read more from Facebook.

  • Attic Labs is an startup based in San Francisco. The company has announced they’ve raised $8.1 Million to advance Noms: their own open source database software. Noms differs from other database software by making it possible to fork and sync data in the same way that git allows people to work together on source code. […]

  • Upskill University is an online educational resource that delivers education related to business changes taking place in the communications industry. The program has announced a series of classes on open source technology in the telecommunications industry that will start on August 10th. Here’s the published schedule of classes for this series: Telcos & Open Source […]

  • At the 2016 Embedded Linux Conference in San Diego, CA, the Linux Foundation has announced the launch of the Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) to advance open source technology for essential services and civic infrastructure like electricity, oil and gas, health care, communications, transportation, and more. From the announcement: The Civil Infrastructure Platform will aim to […]

  • Google has released Walt, a toolset for measuring touch and audio latency on mobile devices, as open source. Previous solutions to measure device latency have mostly focused on providing a single, round-trip number that shows overall latency by either detecting how long audio took to go from the microphone to the speaker, or how long […]

  • The Linux Foundation Hyperledger project is an effort to advance open source blockchain technology. It’s goal is to “build and sustain an open, distributed ledger platform that will satisfy a variety of use cases across multiple industries.” The project has announced the election of a board of directors and technical steering committee that includes representatives […]

  • Random Articles from the OST Archives

    • 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 […]

    • OpenStack carries uses periods of time called feature freeze in which no new features can be added to the software. This is done to encourage additional effort on bug-fixes documentation, and marketing, as well as spending time to review how OpenStack performs in the wild to fine tune the operation of the software. This helps […]

    • Businesses are increasingly seeing open source as a strategic advantage over competitors, but the adoption of the GPL license in enterprise situations has not been widespread. Since the GPL requires all derivatives be released under the same license, companies looking to protect their intellectual property have been hesitant about utilizing the GPL. More from Info […]

    • Teradata has released Kylo, a platform for managing data lakes, under the Apache 2.0 license. Kylo evolved from software the company developed over eight years, and it’s built upon Apache Hadoop, Spark, and NiFi. The goal with Kylo is to reduce the amount of time and expertise it takes to build data lakes by simplifying […]