Topic: open source

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Skip

Built by a team of veteran open-source contributors within Facebook, Skip is described by the developer team as “a programming language to skip the things you have already computed.” After three years, the project has left active development and has been open sourced. The team wrote that the statically-typed language is experimental, with a goal … continue reading

Microsoft joins Open Invention Network, issuing 60,000 patents to the organization

In an effort to help shield the Linux community from patent trolls targeting open-source technologies, Microsoft has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), an organization that amasses patents and provides legal and licensing support for Linux and other open-source projects. With its joining of the OIN, Microsoft has provided 60,000 of its software patents to … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Sourcegraph

Code search and navigation engine Sourcegraph went open-source this week alongside the introduction of new features aimed at welcoming community contribution. In the announcement, Sourcegraph CEO Quinn Slack said the move brings Sourcegraph more in line with the company’s “master plan.” This plan includes a dedication to:  “Make basic code intelligence ubiquitous (for every language, … continue reading

Tim Berners-Lee announces new project for users to take back control of the web

World Wide Web creator and director of W3C Tim Berners-Lee believes the web has reached a critical tipping point. “I’ve always believed the web is for everyone. That’s why I and others fight fiercely to protect it. The changes we’ve managed to bring have created a better and more connected world. But for all the … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Snips NLU

Natural language understanding is a form of natural language processing that enables machine reading comprehension. Common applications of this include AI assistants, chatbots, and voice assistants. “Behind every chatbot and voice assistant lies a common piece of technology: Natural Language Understanding (NLU). Anytime a user interacts with an AI using natural language, their words need … continue reading

Apache Pulsar becomes Top-Level project

The open-source distributed pub-sub messaging system Apache Pulsar is graduating from the Apache Incubator and becoming a Top-Level project. Top-level status at the Apache Software Foundation signifies a milestone in the project’s development, progress and future. “The fact that Apache Pulsar has gone from incubator project to top-level in two short years is a testament … continue reading

The Commons Clause causes open-source disruption

A group of software companies and developers are going after cloud infrastructure providers for what they claim is an abuse of the open-source software ecosystem. The group says cloud providers are using open-source software for their own commercial benefit without returning anything back to the open-source community, helping sustain those projects, or giving open source … continue reading

SD Times Open Source Project of the Week: freedesktop.org

Freshly migrated from its self-managed services to GitLab, this week’s highlighted open-source project is freedesktop.org (f.do), the umbrella project encompassing many open-source software packages for running Linux on desktop. In development since 2000, fd.o is designed to provide developers of desktop Linux distributions easy-to-access packages for getting their desktop environment up and running quickly and … continue reading

SD Times news digest: HackerRank’s Tech Talent Matrix, eBay’s HeadGaze project and Android 9’s battery life improvements

HackerRank today announced a new machine learning solution designed to help companies in their software development hiring process. The HackerRank Tech Talent Matrix uses ML to provide companies the proper data on software developer candidates. It analyzes more than 150 million assessments and candidate data points in order to provide insights into technical recruiting efforts … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Finetune

Enterprise AI solution provider Indico has announced a new open-source project for machine learning and natural language processing. Finetune is a “scikit-learn style model finetuning for NLP,” according to its GitHub page. Finetuning refers to a transfer learning approach that is meant to take a model that is trained on one task and adapt it … continue reading

Google introduces multi-language, cross-platform cryptographic library

Google wants to ensure developers have the tools necessary to protect user data with the open-source release of Tink. This new project is a multi-language, cross-platform cryptographic library designed to ship secure cryptographic code. “At Google, many product teams use cryptographic techniques to protect user data. In cryptography, subtle mistakes can have serious consequences, and … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Nyoka

Software AG is aiming to bring the burgeoning world of artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, machine learning and deep learning in line with the statistical and data mining industry standard of the Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML). Nyoka is a Python library, compatible with Python 3.5+, which features full support for the PMML XML-based predictive model … continue reading

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