Today's software development is geared more towards building upon previous
work and less about reinventing content from scratch. Resourceful software
development organizations and developers use a combination of previously
created code, commercial software, open source software, and their own
creative content to produce the desired software product or functionality.
Outsourced code can also be used, which can contain any of the above
combination of software.
There are many good reasons for using off-the-shelf and especially open
source software, with the greatest being its ability to speed up development
and drive down costs without sacrificing quality. Almost all software groups
knowingly, and in many cases unknowingly, use open source software to their
advantage. Code reuse is possibly the biggest accelerator of innovation, as
long as open source software is adop... (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)
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)
Despite recent reports of high profile software security vulnerabilities,
many organizations still do not have a clear understanding of what open
source and third party components are in their codebase, let alone the
security vulnerabilities associated with them.
Join Parasoft and Protecode at our upcoming webinar to learn how to uncover,
track and manage security vulnerabilities associated with open source and
third party software in your code.
When: Wednesday June 18th 2014 at 9am EDT, 6:30pm IST (India), 3:00pm CET
(Central Europe), 2:00pm (UK)
Repeat: Wednesday June 18th 2014... (more)
Open source of course! Get the scoop in this week’s collection of open
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)