Topic: open source software

Analyst Watch: Is open source the great equalizer?

If you had told me 25 years ago that open source would be the predominant force in software development, I would’ve laughed. Back then, at my industrial software gig, we were encouraged to patent as much IP as possible, even processes that seemed like common-sense business practices, or generally useful capabilities for any software developer. … continue reading

Node.js 12 is now available

Node.js was upgraded to version 12, which includes faster startup and better default heap limits, as well as many upgrades and new features. The Node.js Long Term Support (LTS) release will come out in October this year. Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform JavaScript run-time environment that executes JavaScript code outside of a browser. In Node.js … continue reading

Redis Labs switches open-source licensing model

In response to the negative reaction to its move to a Commons Clause licensing model, Redis Labs today is introducing the Redis Source Available License (RSAL) for Redis Modules. Redis Modules are add-ons to the Redis database. Last year, the company caused a lot of controversy and confusion when it included the Commons Clause with … continue reading

Going to school on open-source security

Open-source software forms the backbone of most modern applications. According to the 2018 Black Duck by Synopsys Open Source Security and Risk Analysis Report, 96 percent of the 1,100 commercial applications that the company audited for the survey contained open-source components, with each application containing an average of 257 open-source components. In addition, on average, … continue reading

SD Times Blog: The open-source ripple effects of IBM + Red Hat

When it was announced earlier this week that IBM would be acquiring the open-source giant Red Hat, it seemed like a win-win. IBM would get the developer support they have been lacking, and Red Hat would get a new line of resources and support to grow their vision. However, the acquisition affects more than Red … continue reading

MongoDB introduces the Server Side Public License for open source

Open-source developers are tired of being taken advantage of by technology giants. Larger companies with practically unlimited resources are swooping into open-source projects, leveraging the work for their own monetary gain, and leaving smaller companies to fend for themselves. Recently, a group of disgruntled developers and companies took to the Commons Clause as a way … continue reading

Storj Labs to create revenue opportunities for open source

Storj Labs announced a new Open Source Partner Program this week designed to generate revenue for open-source projects and companies. The way the programs works by generating revenue as users of open-source partner software store data in the cloud, Storj Labs explained. This new program can be looked at as an open source and cloud … continue reading

How the Apache License allows open source to thrive

Open source is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and so is the Apache License. The Apache License is a permissive free software license that is currently in its third iteration. The license allows customers to use intellectual property for any purpose, such as modifying or distributing it. According to Roman Shaposhnik, member of the Apache Software … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: GNOME

The GNOME Foundation has announced it is moving to GitLab. GNOME is a free and open-source software desktop project. According to GitLab, GNOME is one of the older and largest free software projects. While the project is known for its desktop, it has a “history of producing critical pieces of software infrastructure: common parts of … continue reading

npm acquires ^Lift Security for its Node Security Platform

Npm, Inc. has announced it is acquiring ^Lift Security and its Node Security Platform. ^Lift Security is an application security and penetration testing solution provider. The acquisition is meant to add to npm’s initiatives of improving the security of open-source software, as well as creating products that enable companies to securely develop JavaScript. According to … continue reading

Cross-platform development will dominate open-source this year, GitHub says

GitHub is identifying key open-source project trends to be on the lookout this year based on its contributor, visitor and star activity data. The company took the top 100 projects with the largest increase in contributors, identified the top 100 projects with the most visitors, and took into account the top 100 projects with the … continue reading

The history behind Christine Peterson’s term ‘open source software’

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of open-source software. More specifically, tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the term “open source.” The phrase was coined by Christine Peterson, the cofounder and past president of the nontech public interest group Foresight Institute. After 20 years, Peterson is revealing more insight into how the use of the term open-source … continue reading

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