Software

  • The Linux Foundation has announced new financial support for seven projects under the R Consortium: an open source foundation that supports the R programming language community. R is a programming language that excels at data analysis, modeling, and visualization, and it’s popularity is expected to grow along with demand for big data services. The Linux […]

  • The MIT Media Lab is a cross-disciplinary research lab that has produced work in wearable computing, tangible interfaces, treatment of neurological disorders, advanced imaging technologies, and more. The organization has previously relied on an internal committee to approve all requests to make software code open source, but they have now announced they will begin approving […]

  • In an effort to expand on their successes in medical research apps with the release of ResearchKit, Apple has released CareKit, a framework for making healthcare apps, as open source. Apple plans to release the software in April, and the company said the software is aimed at making things easier for users to track their health […]

  • Senator Daniel Squadron, a senator from New York Stat, has co-sponsored a bill along with Senator Ruth Russel-Thompson to provide a tax credit to open source software developers for writing free software. The senators hope to encourage greater technology development in an effort to create jobs and add to the state’s technology sector.  Senate bill […]

  • Toonz is a popular animation software application that has been used to make some popular animated shows and movies including the popular TV series Futurama. It is often preferred because it makes it easy to combine hand-drawn animations with software-created animations. Japan-based Dwango has acquired Digital Video, the company that made the software, and has […]

  • The Linux Kernel 4.5 was released by Linux Torvalds on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Notable features: copy_file_range(2) system call – This allows files to be copied to a new location without the need to transfer data through the userspace. This makes file copying more efficient, especially for NFS systems. Btrfs scalability improvements: All file systems […]

  • In the Second Open Government National Action Plan, the White House committed to providing an open source software policy for the US Federal Government. On Friday, that commitment was met when Tony Scott, the US Chief Information Officer, announced the release of the first draft of the Federal Source Code Policy which provides an initial […]

  • Scientific research has been held back to some extent in recent years due to the restrictions the traditional publishing model imposes.  A number of tools have been built to remedy this, including the Open Science Framework: a cloud-based management system for scientific research, and GitLab: a popular platform for hosting digital resources like software code. […]

  • Hot on the heels of hitting the 1 million certificates issued milestone, the Let’s Encrypt project has announced it will be changing it’s name and moving to be hosted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The goal of the Let’s Encrypt project is to make it as easy as possible to provide HTTPS encryption on […]

  • R is a programming language and environment for statistical computing and generating graphics that is widely used in the scientific community. As a part of Microsoft’s growing embrace of open source, the company has released a first look at R Tools for Visual Studio. R has a relatively high learning curve, and one of the […]

  • Let’s Encrypt is an open source tool that makes providing verified TLS encryption on websites much easier. It is a Linux Foundation project that has received major support from industry players including Automattic (the company behind WordPress), Dreamhost, Digital Ocean, and more. The Linux Foundation has announced that the tool has been used to issue […]

  • Microsoft’s perception of open source has changed drastically in the last few years as the company has adopted more and more open source practices in an effort to keep up with its competitors. Two new developments have occurred as a part of this effort. The first development is Microsoft joining the Eclipse Foundation as a […]

  • Kubernetes is an open source container orchestration system that was launched by Google. Apprenda is a startup based out of Troy, NY that deploys computer applications in industries like finance and pharmaceuticals, and they have announced they will be merging Kubernetes into their platform and joining the Kubernetes community. They chose Kubernetes for three primary […]

  • MAME is a popular arcade gaming machine emulator that has been around for more than 19 years. The project’s original license prohibited commercial use and the project leaders determined this was hurting the software’s adoption. They decided to make the code free and open source in an effort to expand MAME’s usage and adoption. The […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Software Freedom Conservancy has stated in a blog post that they believe Canonical’s work to add ZFS to Ubuntu violates the GPL license. ZFS is a Unix file system that has been gaining popularity in recent years that is licensed under the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDLv1). Canonical’s decision to add this file […]

  • Over the weekend, the Linux Mint website was hacked to offer malicious iso file downloads to anyone who tried to download the distribution. After being the victim of multiple intrusions, the Mint team completely disabled the entire linuxmint.com domain temporarily. The hackers altered the links on the download to download an iso of Linux Mint […]

  • Random Articles from the OST Archives

    • Mozilla has announced the upcoming release of a new browser built for web developers that is set to launch on November 10th. The goal is to bring together many of the disjointed tools web developers use to help streamline the development process. At launch, it will include their WebIDE and the Firefox Tools Adapter and […]

    • Mesos is open source cluster management software that provides efficient resource isolation and sharing across distributed systems. Using Linux cgroups and Solaris Zones, Mesos ensures applications have the resources they need within a cluster, similar to how a desktop PC controls resource allocation for local applications. Mesos is fault-tolerant, scalable, and provides multi-resource sharing and […]

    • 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 […]