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Fed up with cloud giants ripping off its database, MongoDB forks new 'open-source license'

Analysis After Redis Labs relicensed the modules it developed to complement its open-source database, from AGPL to Apache v2.0 with a Commons Clause, the free-software community expressed dismay. And, inevitably, some responded by forking the affected code. Today, the maker of another open source database, MongoDB, plans to introduce …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Oct 2018
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Open-source this, open-source that, and the end of the Windows 10 Creators Update

While the world may have been focused on the acid reflux of the Windows 10 October 2018 release, it wasn't the only news out of Redmond in the past 7 days. It's time for the Microsoft round-up. Buh-bye 1703 While the eyes of Windows fans were on version 1809 of the troubled operating system, another milestone has now been …
Richard Speed, 16 Oct 2018
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Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

Analysis Last year Brett Porter, then chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, contemplated whether a proposed official blog post on the state of Apache OpenOffice (AOO) might discourage people from downloading the software due to lack of activity in the project. No such post from the software's developers surfaced. The languid pace …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Oct 2018
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Open-source software supply chain vulns have doubled in 12 months

Use of vulnerable open source components has doubled over the last year despite their role in the high profile Equifax mega-breach. Sonatype’s fourth annual Software Supply Chain Report, published on Tuesday (available here, registration required), revealed a 120 per cent rise in the use of vulnerable open source components …
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2018
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Who ate all the PII? Not the blockchain, thankfully

Dutch security firm Gemalto has said its blockchain product, slated to pilot later this year, will keep personal data off the blockchain. According to the Dutch outfit, the forgettably named Trust ID Network is aimed at users and digital service providers that need verifiable Self-Sovereign Digital IDs where "attestations" …
David Gordon, 19 Sep 2018
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Redis has a license to kill: Open-source database maker takes some code proprietary

Database maker Redis Labs this week moved the Redis Modules developed by the company from the AGPL to a license that combines Apache v2.0 with Commons Clause, which restricts the sale of covered software. The licensing change means that house-made Redis Modules – RediSearch, Redis Graph, ReJSON, ReBloom and Redis-ML – are no …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Aug 2018
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GitHub looses load-balancing open-source code on netops world

If you’ve got a big bare-metal data center, or if you’re just BM-curious, head on over to GitHub, where there’s a new load balancer on offer by, um, GitHub. Like anybody handling a lot of incoming requests, GitHub needs a way to spread web and git traffic around its server warehouses, and in this blog post on Wednesday by Theo …
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ReactOS 0.4.9 release metes out stability and self-hosting, still looks like a '90s fever dream

Open-source Windows wannabe ReactOS took another tentative step towards usability with a 0.4.9 release aimed at stability and self-hosting. Tweaks in this version fix the FastFAT driver to stem resource leakages, which might hit IO performance, but makes up for it in improvements to stability. Self-hosting – the ability to …
Richard Speed, 24 Jul 2018

Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

Microsoft had to emit a hasty update for its R Open analysis tool after developers found the open-source package was not playing nice with some Linux systems. The issue was brought to light earlier this week by developer Norbert Preining, who found that the Debian GNU/Linux version of Open R – Microsoft's open-source …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jun 2018
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Tesla inches toward GPL compliance in low gear: Source code forcibly ejected into public

Following five years of hectoring, Tesla has released a portion of the open-source code it's obligated to provide under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Since 2013, the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), responding to complaints of GPL violations related to software in the Tesla Model S, has pressed the …
Thomas Claburn, 21 May 2018
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I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

A report on open-source security management and licence compliance may make uncomfortable reading for those who maintain codebases that use the stuff. The document – produced by Black Duck, which sells services to make sure users are on top of their estate and so has a vested interest here – looked at 1,100 commercial …
Richard Speed, 17 May 2018
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You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

Late last month, open-source contributor Raymond Nicholson proposed a change to the manual for glibc, the GNU implementation of the C programming language's standard library, to remove "the abortion joke," which accompanied the explanation of libc's abort() function. Nicholson said: "The joke does not provide any useful …
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Patch Drupal now: Yet another critical website bug found – a sequel to 'Drupalgeddon2'

After scrambling to patch a critical vulnerability late last month, Drupal is at it again. The open source content management project has issued an unscheduled security update to augment its previous patch for Drupalgeddon2. There was also a cross-site scripting bug advisory in mid-April. Rage Running Drupal? You need to …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Apr 2018
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Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

First released as part of Windows 3.0 in 1990 before shuffling into the digital deadzone following the end of support for Windows NT 4.0, the venerable File Manager application has made a surprising comeback on Windows 10 following a release of the source code on GitHub. A tool beloved by those too timid to go near the command …
Richard Speed, 9 Apr 2018
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Linux Foundation lays out welcome mat for AT&T network OS

AT&T has let its in-house-developed network operating system escape into the open source world via the Linux Foundation, with a code release due in the second half of this year. The existence of what was internally called dNOS emerged last year as part of the company's plan to replace 100,000 routers with white boxes. Ma Bell …
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Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

Once upon a time the internet ran on open protocols, and anyone could host servers that ran these protocols. Your first dial-up internet connection probably came with a bundle of tools for groups and chat. If you weren't happy with the service from your ISP you'd point the client at another. The internet was open and federated, …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Mar 2018
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Screw luxury fridges, you can now run webOS on your Raspberry Pi

The mighty little OS that could is open source again. LG has revealed webOS OSE (Open Source Edition) under an Apache licence and ported it to the Raspberry Pi hardware. HP, which acquired webOS from original developers Palm, open-sourced it in 2011 and promised to invest. A community of fans gathered in 2012 in an attempt to …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Mar 2018
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Private Internet Access VPN opens code-y sarong, starting with Chrome extension

VPN tunneller Private Internet Access (PIA) has begun open sourcing its software. Over the next six months, the service promises that all its client-side software will make its way into the hands of the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community, starting with PIA's Chrome extension. The extension turns off mics, cameras …
Richard Speed, 19 Mar 2018

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