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Free Software Foundation changes priorities

The Free Software Foundation has updated its High Priority Projects list. This list, originally created in 2005, keeps track of software projects and technologies that the organization would like to see built in the open-source community, rather than simply with proprietary commercial software. The list has included items like Gnash (a free software Flash player), … continue reading

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Apache Beam goes top level

The Apache Foundation this morning announced the promotion of Apache Beam to the top level. That’s good news for the many contributors and users of this unified programming model, which allows them to write batch and streaming jobs at the same time, and to run the resulting artifact on various execution engines. Within the Hadoop … continue reading

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2016: Open source grows, but conflict remains

Depending on where you stand, 2016 was either the best year ever for open-source software, or it was a year of controversy and danger. While it’s undeniable that 2016 saw more contributors to open source and more open-source projects than any prior year, it’s also true that this was a year of strife for communities, … continue reading

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Enterprises need the digital transformation

The digital transformation is something of a dream for the corporate world. Whether executives have grown jealous of fast-moving competitors’ products, or managers are sick of broken processes and hand-driven products, the end goal of just about every business in the world these days is to increase software development budgets, and to create more products … continue reading

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In 2016, the cloud matures, and Amazon sees stiffer competition

Last year, the world was excited about the prospect of Docker lowering cloud complexity and removing the need to run virtual machines in the cloud. This year, however, the industry seemed to awaken to the need to be cross-cloud-capable to avoid vendor lock-in. That industry-wide realization came at a time when Microsoft’s Azure was turning … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: 2017 will be cloudy for Oracle

A decade ago, Microsoft and Oracle were both intent on keeping closed ecosystems and destroying competition by any means necessary. The argument could be made that, through its move into the cloud business, Microsoft has had an epiphany. Will that same transformation take place inside Oracle now that it’s entered the cloud provider market? While … continue reading

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Cycligent shows Git graphical dashboard

Developers looking to get a better handle on Git may want to check out Cycligent’s Git Tool. This graphical interface for Git allows developers to track changes, do diffs, and perform bulk actions across many branches or pull requests. The Cycligent Git Tool is available for free. The company focuses on Heroku-like PaaS services, and … continue reading

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Docker spins out Containerd runtime

Docker today announced that its core container runtime will stand alone as its own open-source project. Previously, developers had to engage with the Docker project as a whole in order to participate in the development of Containerd. Today, however, Containerd has its own repository on GitHub. In time, said Patrick Chanezon, chief developer advocate at … continue reading

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Puppet adds high availability to platform

Puppet use has been growing in enterprises, with the provisioning tool now being used inside 75% of the Fortune 100. But there’s one thing that Puppet hasn’t offered that enterprises consider an absolute must: high availability (HA). That changed today as the company released Puppet 2016.5. This update gives the Puppet platform a verifiable high-availability … continue reading

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CoreOS renames core OS to Container Linux

CoreOS has renamed its Linux distribution from CoreOS to Container Linux. That name change accompanies its Tectonic Summit in New York, but the big news is around self-driving Kubernetes, something the company’s CEO said will help smooth security woes for users. The name change was designed to help draw a clearer line between the company’s … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: You don’t choose digital transformation; digital transformation chooses you

I’ve spent the past few weeks researching and interviewing for a longer piece in our January issue about the digital transformation. While I sometimes get fed up with this term being bandied about too often, my research showed me just how acutely enterprises are feeling the squeeze of their markets, and how their response must … continue reading

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Jitterbit update takes integration to ‘Citizens’

Jitterbit is pushing integrations to the people. The company will push its Jitterbit Harmony Winter ‘17 update to customers tomorrow morning in the hopes of spreading its integrations platform to the unwashed, non-developer masses. The Winter ‘17 is aimed at creating “Citizen Integrators” by implementing a point-and-click path to developing integrations between internal and external systems. … continue reading

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