GitHub CEO Talks About How Microsoft and Apple Are Changing

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Big companies are now embracing open source.  If more companies are turning to software, they are going to need someplace to store all that code.  Enter GitHub, the hot startup behind the popular online source code repository used by thousands of individual developers as well as big-name companies like John Deere, SAP, and Microsoft. These… Read more »

HP donates WebOS system code to open source developers

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Discussion:  HP announced that it is donating WebOS, its smartphone/tablet operating system, to open source developers.  HP said that they would continue to provide support for WebOS.  What it sounds like, from an observer’s point of view, is that HP could not get a buyer to purchase WebOS for their asking price, so they decided to “donate”… Read more »

Why big data is suddenly sexy

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Discussion:  The world is flooded with information, making the ability to harness this “big data” and use it to produce meaningful information, incalculable.  Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS, believes that his company is positioned to see 10% growth and expansion in the changing competitive environment by creating software that helps to “enable faster, better decision making by… Read more »

Report: iPhones secretly track their users’ locations

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Discussion: A team of researchers at iPhone Tracker recently discovered that iPhones and 3G-enabled iPads appear to be tracking and storing data about their users’ whereabouts without their knowledge.  Although most cell phone providers collect similar data as part of their operations, it is kept behind a firewall and normally requires a court order to… Read more »

10 new open source projects to watch

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Discussion: Black Duck Software, a company that helps automate the management, governance, and security of free and open-source software, recently announced its 2010 open-source “Rookies of the Year” list.  Evaluating the popularity of each open-source project and using a weighted scoring system, it named ten winners, including number one on the list Diaspora, an open-source… Read more »

Myths About Open Source

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            Description: Whitepaper with the myths about open source and opportunity to discuss what open source is not. Source: Emma McGrattan, SVP of Engineering, Ingres Corporation Date: 2008 Link: http://www.wiley.com/college/turban/0470287489/pdfs/six_myths__about_open_source.pdf Discussion Questions: What is the most common myth about open source software?