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As a resourceful developer, you're not writing code from scratch anymore. You probably have access to a vast amount of code you wrote at previous jobs, and a lot of your development probably relies at least in some part around third party or open source software. Every savvy developer knows their way around Sourceforge, Codeplex, or GitHub, and with access to readily available code that frees you up to tackle real challenges, there really is no downside to open source code. Sure, you're probably aware that many open source projects have license obligations tied to them. And licenses are not generally written for developer consumption, so you may be part of a growing contingent of developers that doesn't care about them, but it's likely that your manager cares. With the increasing complexity of software, organizations are more cognizant than ever about the potenti... (more)

Open Source Software License Obligations in Cloud Applications

The latest technology buzz, after the Internet, telecom, and mobile, is cloud computing. Hype or not, in various names and forms, cloud computing providers - platforms and applications alike - are counting on more than $40 billion in revenue in 2011 alone, growing to more than $241 billion in 2020, according to a recent report on "Sizing the Cloud" by Forrester Research. Open Source Software in the Clouds Most software applications today incorporate some open source software directly or indirectly (dynamically linked). Developer's resourcefulness, code reuse, and efficiencies of d... (more)

Netflix Focuses Attention on a Variety of Open Source Projects

Netflix, as we know it today, wouldn’t exist if not for Amazon. That’s because the world’s largest over-the-top provider relies on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver its content digitally. In doing so, Netflix has worked to make AWS more reliable so as to provide a more resilient service to its customers. The company has embraced open source philosophies, working to improve AWS via its NetflixOSS projects, which are then shared for the public to see, use and build off of, accordingly. Neftlix now offers open source solutions relating to cloud management, availability, persisten... (more)

What connects Herbie, operating rooms, crowdfunding and DNA today?

Open source of course! Get the scoop in this week’s collection of open source news… Linux to go … A new distribution of Linux, specifically Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), could soon be fuelling a new generation of open source powered cars.  What this means is that a) future Herbies will be cyber-talking to each other, and b) because of open source, future souped-up cars will be created (and driven) by hackers. Read more at Tech Republic then find out about the Automotive Grade Linux Working Group.   Crowdfunding: who’s laughing now? Ten years ago when David Rappo first came up wi... (more)

Defining ‘Freedom’ in the Open Source Software Space | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Recently, Forbes contributing writer and enterprise software, application development, and data management expert Adrian Bridgwater discussed how important it is to understand what freedom really means in the open source world. In open source, the word “free” refers to the liberty that users have in running, distributing, changing and improving the software, rather than its price. In fact, while “free” is an appealing word to many C-suite executives, it’s of prime importance that those who are just now considering implementing open source software in their organization understan... (more)