open source software

Fifteen-year-old Black Duck Software gets its exit, selling to Synopsys for $565 million

Black Duck Software, a 15-year-old company whose products automate the process of securing and managing open-source software -- including detecting license compliance issues -- is being acquired by Sy

Tracking the explosive growth of open-source software

Many hot new enterprise technologies are centered around free, “open-source” technology. But how can corporate customers, and investors, evaluate all these new open-source offerings? These questio

How viral open-source startups can build themselves into enterprise-IT powerhouses

Hordes of new enterprise-IT upstarts have popped up in Silicon Valley, with some drawing lofty valuations from investors. They’re driven by new, more-advanced technologies in areas such as databases

WalmartLabs open sources the application platform that powers Walmart.com

Walmart probably isn’t the first company that comes to mind when you think about open-source software (or the second or third, really), but WalmartLabs, Walmart’s innovation-focused tech

MySQL founder tries a new software licensing model

When it comes to open-source licenses, developers have their fair share of choices (GPL, BSD, MIT, Apache, etc.), all of them with their own pros and cons. The same goes for commercial licenses. MySQL

Simplenote, the planet’s most useful piece of software, is now open source on iOS, macOS and Android

If you're not using Simplenote, you're missing out. This... well, simple note app has been a standby and lifesaver for me for years, though occasionally I have worried about its future: Will it surviv

The White House releases policy to help government agencies go open source

The White House (led by United States Chief Information Officer Tony Scott) has been pretty vocal about using technology to improve how government operates. They want to make sure code helps, not hur

Nike releases open-source software to play with the techies

Nike, the home of all things athletic, is joining the ranks of the programmers with its launch of open-source software. Last week, Nike published three open-source projects on GitHub: a JSON parsin

The new world order for open-source and commercial software

We have been living through another cold war. Not geo-political -- digital. Open-source software versus commercial software has long been on the brink of going nuclear, fought in the shadows with enor

Mozilla launches new fund to help prevent the next Heartbleed

Mozilla today announced that it is launching the Secure Open Source (SOS) Fund to help make open source code more secure. The fund, which will get an initial grant $500,000 from the Mozilla Open Sour

The Money In Open-Source Software

It’s no secret that open-source technology -- once the province of radicals, hippies and granola eaters -- has gone mainstream. According to industry estimates, more than 180 young companies that gi

The Golden Age Of Open Source Has Arrived

In the new economy, it’s not the code that matters -- it's how you use it to connect people to things they need. From 3D printers to Docker, open-source-based innovation is fueling some of the hotte

Open-Sourcing Data Is The Only Way Forward For An Advanced Internet Economy

The founder of all that we survey on the web, Tim Berners-Lee, said on this site a few years ago that, “Data is the New Links.” He argued that with the ever-expanding world of data-driven products

To Expedite Innovation, Give Away Your Code

Open-source software has been a growing phenomenon for more than two decades, but in recent years it has risen in importance in a whole new way: as a key to rapid innovation for startups and corporate

Creating The Open-Source Community Of Your Dreams

When a company decides to embrace open-source software development, releasing the code under a suitable license is only the tip of the iceberg. The real challenge that companies face is learning how t

Jeremy Allaire’s Bitcoin Startup Circle Takes $50M From Goldman Sachs, IDG

Circle, the Bitcoin startup that veteran entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire started, just raised $50 million from Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital Partners. It’s another sign that the finance industry&#82

A Conversation With DemocracyOS, The YC Non-Profit That Built A Latin American Political Party

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Examining Tech Solutions To Natural Disasters

When Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, it struck a very vulnerable target. The Pacific nation is considered one of the world’s poorest and is ranked by the United Nations’ WorldRiskIndex as the most disast

Open Source Software: Compliance Basics And Best Practices

<b>Editor's note:</b> <em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.heathermeeker.com/">Heather Meeker</a> is a shareholder, and chair of the IP/IT Licensing and Transactions Group in the international law