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No, Black Duck, The Sky Is Not Falling

Simon Phipps | Computerworld | July 19, 2013

Headlines telling you 60% of open source and 77% of Github projects are dangerous need careful reading (and a pinch of salt). Read More »

NSA's Crypto Betrayal: Good News For Open Source?

Glyn Moody | Computerworld | September 10, 2013

Revelations from documents obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden that GCHQ essentially downloads the entire Internet as it enters and leaves the UK, and stores big chunks of it, was bad enough. But last week we learned that the NSA has intentionally weakened just about every aspect of online encryption [...]. Read More »

Open or Complete?

Dick Davies | Through the Browser | July 2, 2012

For the last five years I have been trying to understand the tension between enterprise or proprietary development and open source development. A prominent example has been the competition between the iPhone and the Android operating system... Read More »

Open Source Celebrates The Freedom To Leave

Simon Phipps | InfoWorld | May 25, 2012

This week in San Francisco, the Open Source Business Conference unveiled its sixth annual Future of Open Source Survey. A self-selecting survey, its results very much reflect the interests of its sponsors, with the mere 740 respondents participating this year representing a 60 percent increase over the number who responded to last year's survey. All the same, the trends revealed in the survey provide some insight into what "influencers" are thinking. Read More »

Open Source Has Changed Everything

Samuel Greengard | CIO Insight | February 21, 2014

In today's world of increasingly connected homes, connected machines and connected devices, any IT leader who can't grasp an open source mindset is doomed to fail. Read More »

Open Source Initiative Names Stefano Maffulli As First Executive Director

Press Release | Open Source Initiative (OSI) | September 8, 2021

The Open Source Initiative ® (OSI), stewards of the Open Source Definition that sets the foundation for the open source ecosystem, is excited to announce Stefano Maffulli as its first Executive Director.  The appointment is a key step for the transformation of OSI into a professionally managed organization, a process that the Board of Directors started in 2020. After an expansive search led by OSI’s purpose-built staffing committee, the Board of Directors appointed Maffulli, an experienced international leader in enterprise and open source environments.

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Open Source Leads The Way Into The Cloud

Arsalan Farooq | Computerworld | August 29, 2012

Virtualization is now a well-established technology in enterprise computing. And in virtualization, VMware is the established leader. But virtualization has begat cloud computing and now the field of play in cloud computing is far more open thanks to open source technologies. Read More »

Open Source Misconceptions Fading in South Africa

Tracy Burrows | ITWeb | November 1, 2012

South Africa may be up to five years behind the rest of the world in terms of vendor-supported open source software adoption, but the old misconceptions are falling away and adoption is picking up. Read More »

Open Source Persistence: Resistance Is Futile

Jack M. Germain | Linux Insider | June 9, 2014

Software developers routinely use open source components to boost productivity and improve the quality of their code. The problem for enterprises is that companies using open source must properly manage it and comply with its licensing, as with any third-party code...

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Open Standards Due In Autumn

Rebecca Todd | eHealth Insider | October 29, 2012

The public consultation on open standards for government IT is with ministers for consideration and the outcome is likely to be published this Autumn. Read More »

Open-Source Platform Gains Popularity In Government

Stuart Corner | The Age | September 24, 2013

So popular has a little-known open-source program become within federal government agencies that there is now a shortage of expertise in Canberra. Read More »

Opening Up To Open Source Author’s Book Sheds Light On Coding, Cost Advantages To Help School Curriculums

Laurenne Ramsdell | Fosters.com | March 3, 2014

A local man has made it his mission to spread the word about open source software, hoping that school districts will take advantage of more affordable options to incorporate technology into classroom curriculums. Read More »

Product Vs. Project In Open Source

The main reason that open source is good for security is that you can see what's going on when there's a problem, and you have a chance to fix it. Or, more realistically, unless you're a security professional with particular expertise in the open source project in which the problem arises, somebody else has a chance to fix it. We hope that there are sufficient security folks with the required expertise to fix security problems and vulnerabilities in software projects about which we care.It's a little more complex than that, however. As an organisation, there are two main ways to consume open source:

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Raising Linux To Grow Open Source

Jack M. Germain | LinuxInsider | February 19, 2014

The biggest driving factor for software developers to work together with open source is cost. It is much cheaper for them to cooperate through open source than it is to remain isolated with proprietary software, asserted Inktank VP of Product Management Neil Levine. "You can no longer rely on one particular vendor to provide everything you need with regard to technology." Read More »

Researcher Argues For Open Hardware To Defend Against NSA Spying

Antone Gonsalves | CSO | October 10, 2013

While there is no foolproof defense against government spying, snooping by entities like the National Security Agency could be made far more difficult through the use of Internet infrastructure built on open-source hardware, an academic researcher says. Read More »