Topic: oss

The top open source licenses

Open-source security and license compliance management platform provider WhiteSource has released a complete guide for understanding and learning about open source licenses.  According to the guide, open-source licenses can be categorized under copyleft or permissive. Under a copyleft license, users who use a component of the open-source software must make their code available to others. … continue reading

premium Making open source work for you and your business

Open-source software continues to win over developers and enterprises. A recent report found that 92% of applications use open-source components, and open source is the de facto standard for software development.  The report, which was conducted by managed open-source company Tidelift, found open source exceeds proprietary software in technology flexibility and extensibility, developer satisfaction, total … continue reading

premium What does it take to commit to 100% open source?

Open source is arguably the most successful approach to developing and distributing business-critical infrastructure software. By removing all barriers to entry and giving developers absolute freedom, open source allows organizations to take software and implement it across their businesses in a truly seamless and customizable way. This can then lead to exponential adoption growth, which … continue reading

Report: The benefits of open-source software go beyond cost

Open-source adoption is not slowing down within enterprises. A recent report found 95% of enterprises are taking open source seriously, with 75% of them reporting that open-source software is extremely important to their IT strategies. That number is up from 69% last year. The 2020 State of Enterprise Open Source by Red Hat is based … continue reading

Organization-backed projects vs. smaller, independent projects

Open-source projects come in all different shapes and sizes. Some projects have just the project creator and maintainer, while other projects have thousands of developers. Additionally, some projects are independently managed and other projects are backed by large organizations. While open-source projects are meant to promote innovation, how each project goes about it will be … continue reading

The ethical side of open source

When developers contribute, collaborate, or obtain open-source code, they look at how the code will help bolster their other projects as well as ensure they are complying with any open-source licenses. One thing that doesn’t get enough attention is the ethics of that open-source project, according to Heikki Nousiainen, CTO and co-founder at Aiven, an … continue reading

The realities of running an open-source community

There is no question that open source is the backbone of software today. Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, explained that about 80% of all software written is open-source software. The benefits of using open-source software is immeasurable, but it’s not the code itself that makes open-source software an invaluable resource.  According to … continue reading

OIN, IBM, Microsoft and the Linux Foundation team up against open-source patent trolls

The Open Invention Network (OIN) is strengthening its fight against patent trolls. The organization has announced it is partnering up with IBM, Microsoft and the Linux Foundation to protect open-source software from Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), or patent trolls. The OIN was created to provide patent non-aggression cross-license in the “Linux System.” “Open source development … continue reading

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

Report: Not all open-source software is created equal

While open-source software is an integral part of software development today, security continues to be an issue. A recently released report revealed a 71 percent increase in open-source security related breaches over the last five years. In addition, 25 percent of organizations reported a confirmed or suspected open-source software related breach.  RELATED CONTENT: Open source … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: CommunityBridge

The Linux Foundation is launching a new platform designed to sustain open-source communities. CommunityBridge was announced at this week’s Open Source Leadership Summit. The Linux Foundation plans to launch a number of tools to the open-source community throughout the next two years. The platform is currently being released with Community Bridge Funding to help developers … 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

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