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  • An SDN vulnerability forced OpenDaylight to focus on security

    By Jeremy Kirk | 27 March, 2015 11:20

    Open-source software projects are often well intended, but security can take a back seat to making the code work.

  • Meet Sirius, the open-source Siri clone that runs on Ubuntu

    By Chris Hoffman | 19 March, 2015 02:13

    Sirius is an open-source virtual assistant, a bit like Apple's Siri (pictured above), Google's Google Now, or Microsoft's Cortana. But unlike those well-known helpers--and like Linux itself--Sirius is an open platform anyone can use and contribute to, from universities to startups. It's currently being tested on Ubuntu, and you can download and install it on your own Linux PC today... if you're particularly adventurous.

  • With mobile on its mind, SugarCRM looks to expand

    By Mikael Ricknäs | 19 March, 2015 01:17

    SugarCRM has been busy, acquiring mobile app and data analytics company Stitch earlier this month and then this week, announcing with Deutsche Telekom a customer relationship management hosting service in Germany. The moves highlight the company's progress beyond its initial position as a niche, open-source alternative for CRM.

  • Networking's open at last. Now what?

    By Stephen Lawson | 17 March, 2015 05:09

    Networking hardware and spontaneous applause don't often go together, but Facebook's Omar Baldonado set off a round of cheering this week when he told engineers there's finally an open-source hardware design that they can use to build switches.

  • Linux 'code of conflict' takes aim at developers' bad-tempered reputation

    By Jon Gold | 14 March, 2015 05:11

    The world of Linux kernel development can be a contentious place, marked by enthusiastic debate, spirited disagreement, and occasional out-and-out temper tantrums. But a "patch" authored by senior developer Greg Kroah-Hartman is looking to raise the tone a bit.

  • Google killing Google Code

    By Jon Gold | 13 March, 2015 12:32

    Google announced today that it would henceforth stop accepting new projects for Google Code, as a prelude to shutting down the project hosting platform completely as of January of 2016.

  • Docker scoops up Kitematic for smoother Mac compatibility

    By Katherine Noyes | 13 March, 2015 07:37

    The containerization trend has been growing fast and furious over the past year or so in the world of software development, and on Thursday leading player Docker announced a step toward further expansion.

  • Facebook's Open Compute Project starts to crack networking

    By Stephen Lawson | 12 March, 2015 06:09

    The Open Compute Project says it has broken tight bonds between hardware and software that have kept networking closed for decades -- and it took less than two years.

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  • OpenDaylight Executive Director spells out where this open source SDN efforts stands

    By John Dix | 16 September, 2014 03:57

    The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is the public face of the Software Defined Networking movement, spelling out requirements and defining standards. The group's board includes Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs on the data center side, and Verizon, Deutsche Telekom and NTT Communications on the service provider side. Additionally, there are close to 150 members, from global telcos to startups. To get a sense of where the movement stands, Network World Editor in Chief John Dix tracked down ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt, who spent 20 years developing network architecture, technology, standards, and products at IBM Networking Systems, Hewlett Packard and Bay Networks.

  • The future of networking is a NOS on your choice of bare metal, says Cumulus Networks

    By John Dix | 24 June, 2014 06:52

    If Cumulus Networks has its way, companies will use its Cumulus Linux to decouple the network operating system from the hardware and break free of the integrated approach that has driven the industry for decades. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix talked about the vision with Co-Founder and CEO JR Rivers.

  • UEFI president: We need more key providers

    By Joab Jackson | 28 February, 2013 20:51

    Since its introduction, the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface has created a fair amount of controversy. UEFI was created through an industry consortium as an evolutionary step up from BIOS, the simple firmware long used when starting a computer to initialize all the components and load the operating system. Among its advanced features, UEFI includes an option called Secure Boot, which requires that any software used before the operating system starts, or after it shuts down, has been signed by a certificate authority.

  • Microsoft exec touts mixed source ventures

    By Paul Krill | 21 October, 2008 07:54

    Microsoft has been making moves on the licensing front and accommodations with open source, such as its controversial 2006 agreement with Novell pertaining to Suse Linux. Looking to elaborate on Microsoft's activities, Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft vice president and deputy general counsel for Intellectual Property and Licensing, met last week with Paul Krill in San Francisco. Companies today, Gutierrez said, have become "mixed source" ventures rather than the world being divided up between open source and proprietary.

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