open source

  • Kickstarter is open sourcing the code for its Android and iOS apps

    Kickstarter is open sourcing the code for its Android and iOS apps

    Kickstarter is pulling back the curtain on its app development process. This morning, the crowdfunding platform is taking to its engineering blog to announce that it will be open sourcing the code for its native Android and iOS apps, in keeping with the company’s goal of giving startups a bit of a leg up. According to the company, inspiration for the idea arrived around the same time… Read More

  • Docker open sources critical infrastructure component

    Docker open sources critical infrastructure component

    Docker announced today that it was open sourcing containerd (pronounced Container D), making a key infrastructure piece of its container platform available for anyone to work on. Containerd, which acts as the core container runtime engine, is a component within Docker that provides “users with an open, stable and extensible base for building non-Docker products and container… Read More

  • The Libreboot C201 from Minifree is really really really ridiculously open source

    The Libreboot C201 from Minifree is really really really ridiculously open source

    Open source laptops — ones not running any commercial software whatsoever — have been the holy grail for free software fans for years. Now, with the introduction of libreboot, a truly open source boot firmware, the dream is close to fruition. The $730 laptop is a bog standard piece of hardware but it contains only open source software. The OS, Debian, is completely open source… Read More

  • AWS goes after Oracle with new PostgreSQL support in Aurora

    AWS goes after Oracle with new PostgreSQL support in Aurora

    There were a lot of jokes and comments at Oracle’s expense today at the AWS re:Invent conference, but perhaps the boldest statement came when AWS announced it  was adding PostgreSQL support to the AWS Aurora database, making it easier to move an Oracle database to the AWS cloud. Even as Oracle makes its own move to the cloud, it is still held up as the prime example of the… Read More

  • Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji departs for Google

    Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji departs for Google

    Sam Ramji, the founding CEO of the open-source platform as a service Cloud Foundry Foundation, is joining Google in a yet-to-be-disclosed executive role. Abby Kearns, the current VP of Industry at the Cloud Foundry Foundation and an industry veteran, will take over as Executive Director while Chip Childers will become the organization’s CTO. Ramji is leaving Cloud Foundry at a time… Read More

  • CoreOS introduces Operators to streamline Kubernetes container management

    CoreOS introduces Operators to streamline Kubernetes container management

    CoreOS introduced a new container management concept today known as Operators, which they say will advance the Kubernetes project by offering more automated container management. What’s more, they are open sourcing the technology. “We are introducing the concept of an ‘Operator.’ It’s a concept for taking a lot of the knowledge an engineer [or developer] has inside… Read More

  • A maturing OpenStack looks to the future

    A maturing OpenStack looks to the future

    OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform that allows enterprises to essentially run their own version of AWS in their data centers, was founded by NASA and Rackspace in 2010. Today, it’s being used by the likes of Comcast, PayPal, Volkswagen, CERN, AT&T, China Mobile and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in the U.K. The OpenStack Foundation’s bi-annual… Read More

  • Google open sources the code that powers its domain registry

    Google open sources the code that powers its domain registry

    Google today released Nomulus, the Java-based registry platform that powers Google’s own .google and .foo top level domains (TLDs). Google says it started working on the technology behind Nomulus after the company applied to operate a number of generic TLDs itself back in 2012. Until then, domain names were mostly restricted to the .com’s, .net’s and various country-level… Read More

  • OpenStack’s latest release focuses on scalability and resilience

    OpenStack’s latest release focuses on scalability and resilience

    OpenStack, the massive open source project that helps enterprises run the equivalent of AWS in their own data centers, is launching the 14th major version of its software today. Newton, as this new version is called, shows how OpenStack has matured over the last few years. The focus this time is on making some of the core OpenStack services more scalable and resilient. In addition, though… Read More

  • Facebook open sources Zstandard compression algorithm and MyRocks storage engine

    Facebook open sources Zstandard compression algorithm and MyRocks storage engine

    Today, Facebook is releasing its Zstandard compression algorithm into the wild as open source. The lossless compression technology is aimed at replacing existing libraries like zlib that are powered by the outdated Deflate compression algorithm. In addition to Zstandard, Facebook is also dropping its MyRocks storage engine as open source. MyRocks is currently being used by Facebook to… Read More

  • Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research lab releases open source fastText on GitHub

    Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research lab releases open source fastText on GitHub

    Every day, billions of pieces of content are shared on Facebook. To keep up with the data, Facebook has been using a variety of tools to classify text. Traditional methods of classification, like deep neural networks are accurate, but have serious training requirements. In an effort to classify both accurately and easily, Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) lab… Read More