News Category: Open Source Practices

How Linux Became My Job

IBM engineer Phil Estes shares how his Linux hobby led him to become an open source leader, contributor, and maintainer. I've been using open source since what seems like prehistoric times. Back then, there was nothing called social media. There was no Firefox, no Google Chrome (not even a Google...
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Efforts to Standardize Tracing Through OpenTracing

Industry efforts toward distributed tracing have been evolving for decades, and one of the latest initiatives in this arena is OpenTracing, an open distributed standard for apps and OSS packages. APMs like Lightstep and Datadog are eagerly pushing forward the emerging specification, as are customer...
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Open Source Investments panel at OSLS: Erica Brescia, Bitnami; Jake Flomenberg, Accel; Jocelyn Goldfein, Zetta Venture Partners; Rashmi Gopinath, Microsoft Ventures; Idit Levine, solo.io; Gary Little, Canvas Ventures; Sirish Raghuram, Platform 9

Perspectives on Investing in Open Source Startups

Interest in evaluating and investing in open source startups is on the rise again after a dip in the past couple of years, according to speakers at a panel discussion on investment startups in the open source world. The discussion took place at The Linux Foundation’s recent Open Source Leadership...
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Floppy Disk History: The Evolution of Personal Computing

In the mid-70s I heard about floppy drives, but they were expensive, exotic equipment. I didn’t know that IBM had decided as early as 1967 that tape drives, while fine for backups, simply weren’t good enough to load software on mainframes. So it was that Alan Shugart assigned David L. Noble to lead...
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FOSSA: Open-Sourcing Open Source License Management

No one ever became a programmer so they could mange open-source licenses. But, that's what many developers must do these days. Black Duck Software, the open-source software logistics and legal solutions provider, and North Bridge found in 2015 that 66 percent of companies create open-source...
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Speak at Open Source Summit North America, August 29-31 in Vancouver BC. Proposals due by April 29th.

Submit a Proposal to Speak at Open Source Summit NA by April 29

Share your knowledge and expertise by speaking at Open Source Summit North America, August 29-31 in Vancouver BC. Proposals are being accepted through April 29th. As the leading technical conference for professional open source, Open Source Summit gathers developers, sysadmins, DevOps professionals...
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The key to open source compliance is knowing what’s in your code, right down to the exact versions of the components, says Ibrahim Haddad.

Good Compliance Practices Are Good Engineering Practices

Ibrahim Haddad: It is true that open source software has to a large extent simplified the process of software procurement. The traditional procurement model for proprietary software has always been heavy on the front end, as it involves trial and evaluation, negotiation related to possible...
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Developers Are Ethical But Not Responsible?

Ask a person if he or she is a racist and the answer is almost always no. Ask a developer if they consider ethical considerations when writing code and only six percent say no. If everyone acted the way they self-report, then there would be peace and love throughout the world. Based on over a...
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Focusing on teamwork is important to open source projects. “It’s a collaborative effort,” says Matt Butcher.

Lessons Learned from Growing an Open Source Project Too Fast

Are you managing an open source project or considering launching one? If so, it may come as a surprise that one of the challenges you can face is rapid growth. Matt Butcher, Principal Software Development Engineer at Microsoft, addressed this issue in a presentation at Open Source Summit North...
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What Is Open Source Programming?

At the simplest level, open source programming is merely writing code that other people can freely use and modify. But you've heard the old chestnut about playing Go, right? "So simple it only takes a minute to learn the rules, but so complex it requires a lifetime to master." Writing open source...
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