Taking advantage of open source software and hardware, Samsung recently
announced a plan to help entrepreneurs craft wearable technology that will
revolutionize the health care industry, according to Samsung officials.
The Samsung Digital Health Challenge will be funded by $50 million, and the
company hopes programmers will help create innovative, non-invasive
technology that will improve the delivery of health care. Moreover, officials
hope developers will build data collection sensors and algorithms that
collect health tracking data that can be leveraged to provide better care.
To do that, Samsung has released both open source software and hardware to
encourage the open source community to help meet the challenge’s goals:
From the hardware perspective, the Simband is a band that is worn on the
wrist, which allows programmers to track whichever health metrics they wa... (more)
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)
…all this and more in this week’s compendium of open source news!
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Sounds like a Strauss Waltz? Almost. After 10 years the city of Munich’s
love affair with open source may be coming to an end. Despite saving $16
million by using the custom Linux distribution LiMux, the city is considering
switching back to Windows due to user complaints. Read more about the
motives surrounding the discussion at Network World.
Governments on GitHub
Governments across the globe have long been dabbling with open source
software. Use of Open Source products like... (more)
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 lice... (more)
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)