Topic: foss

The battle of open-source licenses

Earlier this year, Elastic reignited the open-source licensing debate when it announced it would be changing its license model to better protect its open-source code. Over the last couple of years, a number of companies — including Redis Labs, MongoDB, Cockroach Labs, and Confluent — have been switching their open-source licenses to avoid what they … continue reading

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Open source is a community, not a brand

It’s no longer a question of why should you use open source. The tables have turned and businesses are asking themselves why aren’t they using open source? But an even bigger question has been left unanswered, and that is how are they using open source? Are they staying true to the open source meaning?  As … continue reading

Report highlights the need for new ways to secure free and open-source software

While there may be a clear understanding that free and open-source software (FOSS) requires more security dedication and effort, open-source contributors don’t want to be bothered with it. A recent report found that contributors on average only spend about 2.27% of their time responding to security issues, and don’t have plans to increase that. Additionally, … continue reading

Open source at 20: The ubiquity of shared code

“Why is open source important? That’s like asking why is gravity important,” stated Brian Behlendorf, a leading figure in the open-source software movement, and executive director for the blockchain consortium Hyperledger. While this year marks the 20th anniversary of open source, it is hard to imagine a time before open-source software. Today, it’s difficult to … continue reading

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