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Microsoft absorbs open-source internal startup MS Open Technology

In what would once have been thought of as an Ominous SignTM, Microsoft has decided it's time for the MS Open Technologies “startup subsidiary” to be absorbed back into Redmond proper. Rather than being ominous, the move seems encouraging, with Microsoft promising to set up a new open source program office in Redmond proper, …
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RoboVM: Open source? Sorry, it's not working for us

The team behind RoboVM, an iOS compiler of tools for mobile Java applications, says that making its core product open source has not worked and that current and future versions will be proprietary. The company, which was recently acquired by Xamarin, used to publish its core compiler under the GPL licence. However, users …
Tim Anderson, 29 Oct 2015
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Linux Foundation wants open source projects to show you their steenking badges

LinuxCon 2015 The Linux Foundation says it plans to introduce a new, voluntary badge program designed to help IT admins identify open source projects that have made security a priority. The new effort is part of the Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), which aims to fund and support open source projects that are critical to …
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2015

Amazon flings open source Elasticsearch at Big Data's cloud

Amazon is rolling out open-source Elasticsearch for consumers of its mega cloud. The giant has launched Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES), adding another NoSQL-based big-data analytics and query option. The idea is to let you load, process and analyse unstructured data. Elasticsearch on AWS can be deployed to Amazon …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2015
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Netflix containerises its open source effort in Docker non-shocker

Video-streamer and junior filmed entertainment production house Netflix has updated its open source policies, with a notable change being a decision to release code pre-packaged in Docker's container formats. Netflix has released lots of its production code as open source, but now says those efforts were confusing some because …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2015
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HP and pals release open source switch OS

HP, Intel, VMware, Broadcom and pals have released a new, open-source, network operating system (NOS). OpenSwitch offers the now-familiar, thanks to the likes of Big Switch and Cumulus Networks, chance to buy a white box switch and run your own operating system on it. In a colossal non-surprise, the NOS is Linux-based. HP will …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2015
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Open source power-up on the way for arcade game emulator MAME

MAME – the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator – is going open source. MAME is beloved of retro-gamers, who delight in its ability to run the ROMs of vintage cabinet and console games on Windows, MacOS and Linux. A single Tweet last week – see below – set the cat among the pigeons for fanciers of such fare. MAME is going open …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2015
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Open source? HP Enterprise will be all-in, post split, says CTO

HP Discover What's the latest enterprise IT company to proclaim its love of open source? HP, that's who – or, more specifically, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, one of two companies that will emerge once HP splits this November. Speaking at the HP Discover conference in Las Vegas this week, CTO Martin Fink said open source will be central to …
Neil McAllister, 04 Jun 2015

OPEN WIDE: Microsoft Live Writer authoring tool going open source

Microsoft will release its blog authoring tool, Live Writer, as open source, according to a tweet from developer evangelist Scott Hanselman. The goal of Live Writer was to make it easy to author blog posts while working offline in Windows. The editor is based on embedded Internet Explorer, and despite that handicap the tool was …
Tim Anderson, 15 Jun 2015

ARM wants you to jump into mbed with it – IoT open-source OS in beta

Chip blueprint scribbler ARM has released some of the source code for its first public beta of mbed, its operating system for the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is today's fancy word for embedded engineering, and ARM is all over that latter space: the tiny and relatively simple processor cores it designs are used …
Chris Williams, 08 Sep 2015

Intel infosec folk TEE off open source app dev framework

A trio of Intel boffins have broken a vendor lock-down on trusted execution environments (TEEs) with the release of an open source framework that could help developers to build more secure apps. Intel wonks Brian McGillion, Tanel Dettenborn, and Thomas Nyman (plus N. Asokan of Aalto University and University of Helsinki) …
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2015

Walmart to open-source its cloud-hopping code

Retail colossus Walmart has open-sourced its own cloud operations code. Walmart is a big cloud user but says that come the year's fourth quarter its online retailing operations are too big for any one cloud to handle. Portability is therefore something it prizes, hence its 2013 investment in cloud automation startup OneOps, to …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2015
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Microsoft to world: We've got open source machine learning too

Microsoft's decided that it, too, wants to open source some of its machine learning space, publishing its Distributed Machine Learning Toolkit (DMTK) on Github. Google released some of its code last week. Redmond's (co-incidental?) response is pretty basic: there's a framework, and two algorithms, but Microsoft Research …
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Chinese, Russian, tech giants join global open source efforts

Notable tech companies from China and Russia are taking strides into the heart of the global technology community. Aliyun, the cloud computing offshoot of Business-to-business tat bazaar Alibaba, has become an Advisory Board member of the Xen Project, maker of the popular (if frequently-perforated) open source Xen hypervisor …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2015
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Apple to tailor Swift into fully open-source language – for Linux, too

WWDC 2015 Apple will release version 2.0 of its Swift programming language as open source, with the aim of getting it everywhere. "We think Swift is the next big programming language," Apple software engineering veep Craig Federighi said during Monday's keynote address at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco …
Neil McAllister, 08 Jun 2015

EMC to open-source ViPR - and lots of other stuff apparently

Surprise, surprise; snake-charmer EMC is open-sourcing its ViPR Controller product. ViPR is software storage controller tech that separates the control and data planes of operation, enabling different data services to be layered onto a set of storage hardware products - such as EMC's own arrays, Vblocks, selected third-party …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2015
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Boybanders ONE DIRECTION launch DoS attack on open-source bods

Harry Styles and his pals in One Direction have launched a denial of service attack on an open source coding conference in Cardiff, with the band maliciously pinging tens-of-thousands of its teenage fans at the city on the same day as DjangoCon 2015. Organisers had planned the first UK version of the convention for people who …
Kat Hall, 12 Jan 2015
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Ex-Microsoft open source plan man lands top Cloud Foundry job

Sam Ramji has been named chief executive of Cloud Foundry Foundation, to shepherd the open-source platform cloud effort. Ramji shot to prominence as the architect of Microsoft’s open-source strategy in the 2000s, having been handed Redmond’s radioactive "relations with the community" by his bosses. Ramji's efforts went a long …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Feb 2015
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Boffins unveil open source GPU

It's a kitten rather than a roar right now, but if the MIAOW project unveiled at last week's Hot Chips conference can get legs, the next year could see the launch of the world's first “open GPU”. The result of 36 months' development (so far) by a team of 12 developers, MIAOW – the Many-core Integrated Accelerator of Wisconsin …
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Kim Dotcom to create Wikimedia-style open source Mega 3.0

File locker mogul Kim Dotcom has signalled he'll soon create a third version of his Mega service. Dotcom's first file locker, Megaupload, saw him accused of knowingly hosting, and indeed encouraging the upload and distribution of, stolen films and music. From his new home in New Zealand, he's fought a long legal battle on …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2015
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Open-source Linux doesn't pay, said no one ever at Red Hat

Red Hat's sales jumped 14 per cent, year-on-year, in the quarter that ended May 31, thanks to contracts with government and cloud providers. The GNU/Linux distro maker recorded US$481m in sales in its first quarter of its fiscal 2016 year, and a net income of US$48m, up 26 per cent on the year-ago period. The 44 cents per share …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2015
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Don't touch this! Seven types of open source to dance away from

Comment In a world where even Microsoft gets the open source religion, the planet’s overall quota for positivity and good karma must be increasing, right? Of course this is not the case, there are bad eggs in every basket and open source has had its share of so-called “openwashing” from time to time. For the record, it’s not Microsoft …
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Inspired by Linux, Pivotal to open-source bulk of big data suite

Pivotal will make the majority of its big data suite open source, drawing inspiration from the Linux concept. The decision will see “core” code for HAWQ, Greenplum Database and Pivotal GemFire released to anyone who cares to footle with it, but plenty of the footling looks like it will be done by a new group calling itself the …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Feb 2015
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Can your code survive crappy 2G? This open-source traffic controller will test it

A two-year project inside Facebook has culminated in the release of software to test how well applications and servers work under degraded network conditions – all the way down to rickety 2G. The idea behind Augmented Traffic Control, open-sourced on GitHub, is to improve the delivery of material on under-performing networks. …
Netflix Spinnaker

Netflix and skill: Web vid giant open sources Spinnaker cloud tool

Netflix has released Spinnaker, an open-source tool for testing and rolling out software updates in the cloud. The Apache 2.0-licensed code provides continuous delivery of applications, including managing and monitoring their deployment. Netflix said Spinnaker will replace its Asgard project. The streaming video giant said …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2015

Microsoft lures iOS devs with open-source app tools for Windows 10

Microsoft has made available an early preview version of the Windows Bridge for iOS, the set of developer tools previously known as "Project Islandwood." The tools are just one of several "bridges" that Microsoft announced at its annual Build developer conference in April, designed to lure developers from other platforms to …
Neil McAllister, 06 Aug 2015

What TODO with open source: Google, Facebook and Twitter launch collab project

Some of the web’s biggest users of open-source gear have thrown their weight behind a project to make open-source “easier.” Facebook, Google and Twitter, cloud collaboration services Dropbox and Box and code site GitHub have joined payment providers Square and Stripe, US retailer’s WalMart Labs and a body called the Khan Academy …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Sep 2014
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Netflix looses FIDO hack attack dog as open source

Netflix has released source code for its automated incident response tool to help organisations cut through the noise of security alerts. Project lead and security boffin Rob Fry together with Brooks Evans, and Jason Chan announced the unleashing of the Fully Integrated Defense Operation (FIDO) saying it has chewed the time to …
Darren Pauli, 05 May 2015

Hortonworks dishes out Hadoop for HDS: Mmmm, open source with big vendor gravy

HDS will offer open-source data muncher Hadoop to the enterprise after doing a deal with Hortonworks. Hadoop distributor Hortonworks has signed an agreement with HDS to jointly promote and support the software. HDS can now deliver Hortonworks' Data Platform (HDP), Hadoop in other words, to its enterprise customers. Hortonworks …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2015

Will open source storage make the hyperscale dream real?

Open-source software has become an important presence in many areas of IT, and now, as storage increasingly becomes software-defined storage, it is storage's turn. The darling of the open-source storage movement – though it is by no means the only viable and popular option – is Ceph. A unified storage platform originally …
Bryan Betts, 09 Nov 2015

Hazelcast trousers cash, poises open-source cutlass against Exadata belly

Another day, another bunch of VCs pour cash into a tech startup. Move along; there’s nothing to see here - or is there? The lucky recipient of $11 million in a B-round of funding is Hazelcast, an in-memory computing hopeful which claims it is the leading open source in-memory data grid and up and coming InMemory NoSQL technology …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2014
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Critical 0-days in open source? The problem isn't code, it's CASH

Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin thinks the information security world needs fewer surgeons and more personal trainers, and he's putting his organization's money where his mouth is. Speaking at this year's Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, an invite-only event taking place this week in Santa Rosa, California …
Neil McAllister, 18 Feb 2015

This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

An open-source hardware project aimed at making the internet "a little bit safer" needs an influx of cash to continue its work. The Cryptech effort was created following revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that the US government and its pals are exploiting standards and weak crypto algorithms to gain access to …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Apr 2015

Storage, chip slingers pledge allegiance to Linux, open source

LinuxCon 2014 As LinuxCon 2014 kicks off this week in Chicago, the Linux Foundation has announced that it has won new support from across the technology industry, including several hardware companies. The nonprofit organization said on Wednesday that SanDisk, Seagate, and Western Digital have become Linux Foundation members, all three of …
Neil McAllister, 21 Aug 2014

Claim: Microsoft Alt-F4'd Chilean government open-source install bid

Microsoft successfully lobbied against a law that would have seen Chile's government adopt open-source software, says Elmostrador, a newspaper in the South American nation. The publication's report tells the tale of Vlado Mirosevic, a left-leaning politician who is the leader of the Chilean Liberal Party and its only …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2014
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Open-source Java pals Groovy and Grails seek moneybags backer

Two major open source Java projects, Groovy and Grails, are looking for new sponsors. Pivotal, a company which supplies tools for big data analytics and cloud-oriented agile development, has announced the end of its funding for Groovy (a dynamic language that runs on the JVM (Java Virtual Machine) and Grails (a web application …
Tim Anderson, 22 Jan 2015
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Vendors join hands to foster open source NFV

The Linux Foundation has added another string to its virtualisation bow, with the launch of OPNFV, its project for an open-source network function virtualisation (NFV) platform. The project, here, comes with the obligatory roster of high-profile vendors backing it: AT&T, Brocade, Cisco, China Mobile, Huawei, IBM, Juniper and …
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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

The Linux community's on-again, off-again relationship with Nvidia appears to have soured once more, amid reports that the GPU maker is back to its old tricks – and worse – when it comes to open source hardware drivers. Nvidia does release Linux drivers for its graphics cards, but they are proprietary and ship in binary-only …
Neil McAllister, 15 Apr 2015

EU flings €1m at open source security audit wheeze

EU institutions have finally got the memo about it being a good idea to pinpoint and fix security vulnerabilities. Next year the European Parliament has allocated up to €1m for a project to audit free software programs in use at the European Commission (EC) and the EU Parliament in order to find and repair potential weaknesses …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Dec 2014
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Open sourcerer Mirantis taps up Intel for $100m worth of funding

Chipzilla Intel has led a funding injection of $100m (£64m) into open source cloudy operating system Mirantis, part of its move into the world of OpenStack. The deal is apparently part of Intel’s recent announcement intended to create "tens of thousands of new clouds". Mirantis has so far raised $220m, having previously …
Kat Hall, 24 Aug 2015
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Linux Foundation plans open-source drone hit

The Linux Foundation is targeting drones through a project building a reliable open-source software platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The Dronecode Project is due to be announced today at the embedded Linux Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany. Dronecode Project is founded on the APM UAV software and code that had been …
Gavin Payne, 13 Oct 2014

How to build a totally open computer from the CPU to the desktop

How does one build a completely open-source computer from scratch? Answer: slowly. This week, the pair developing the Novena open laptop have provided an update on their work. The idea is to develop a usable system that is completely open to customization and scrutiny – from the electronics to the firmware to the operating …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Oct 2015
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Azul tackles Oracle with open-source Java for Internet of Stuff

Azul Systems has added a new, ultra-compact entry to its portfolio of alternative Java environments, taking a run at Oracle for the lucrative mobile, embedded, and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. Zulu Embedded is a stripped-down sibling of Zulu, Azul's certified, cross-platform build of OpenJDK – Oracle's open source …
Neil McAllister, 25 Mar 2015

Tech kingpins: Your kit would be tastier with a spot of open source

Storagebod As storage infrastructure companies try to move to a more software oriented world, they are having to try different things to try to grab our business. In today's world, tin is not the differentiator and they need to compete head-on with open source – which might mean they have to take a more open-source type approach. Of course …
StorageBod, 01 Sep 2014

Google open sources machine learning software

Video Google is helping bring HAL to life by open sourcing its machine learning software. The software, called TensorFlow, is the successor to the DistBelief system that the online giant used for the past five years to make sense of the vast amounts of data it has access to. DistBelief has sifted email for spam, scanned YouTube …
Iain Thomson, 09 Nov 2015

America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH

Analysis America's broadband watchdog is suffering a backlash over plans to control software updates to Wi-Fi routers, smartphones, and even laptops. In a proposed update [PDF] to the regulator's rules over radiofrequency equipment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would oblige manufacturers to "specify which parties will be …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Sep 2015
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Aerospike: Thanks for that $20m, VCs ... next we'll OPEN SOURCE our NoSQL database

Startup Aerospike has guzzled $20m in filthy valley lucre. And it'll use the cash to fund its assault on database incumbents, namely making its flash-oriented NoSQL software open source. The company told The Reg on Tuesday that this is not some crazy plan: its decision to publish its database server code under the AGPL license, …
Jack Clark, 24 Jun 2014

Open Source's 2014: MS 'cancer' embrace, NASDAQ listings and a quiet dog

Ho hum. Another year, another slew of open source announcements that prove the once-maligned development methodology is now so mainstream as to be tedious. Running most of the world’s most powerful supercomputers? Been there, done that. Giving retailers the ability to deliver highly customized paper coupons to consumers based on …
Matt Asay, 27 Dec 2014

Hey Apple, we're gonna tailor Swift as open source – indie devs throw down gauntlet

A group of independent developers have launched a project to develop a free, open source implementation of Apple's Swift programming language. Dubbed Phoenix, the project is being developed under the auspices of, a group that claims to want to develop "consumer products that are beautiful, free, social, accessible, …
Neil McAllister, 21 Oct 2014

Open to the core: MongoDB's enterprise push in 'joins' U-turn

MongoDB grabbed headlines last week with the release of version 3.2 of its popular NoSQL database. Consistent with the company’s prescribed messaging, the tech media dutifully inserted “enterprise” into every headline, touting MongoDB’s new storage engines for better data security, among other things. But one thing was missing …
Matt Asay, 11 Nov 2015