• 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 […]

  • After landing the Curiosity rover on Mars, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California built an educational model of the rover to teach robotics principles to high school and university students all over the US. While demonstrating this rover, they routinely received questions about how organizations could build one of their own, so the […]

  • 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 […]