Penguin: Open Source a tool, not a business model?

Software

The benefits of open source and community – the view from the trenches

Open source is not a business model; it’s a tool.

If you are a software company providing a specific set of features, then you don’t want to open source your code, says Sommerseth. But if your company can provide services around what you open source (e.g., integrations, enterprise features) that you can monetize, then an open source approach may work for your company.

Penguin: 6 Open Source Android Alternative Operating Systems For Mobiles

Commerce, Corruption, Software

6 Open Source Android Alternative Operating Systems For Mobiles

In the wake of the ongoing US-Huawei-Google tussle, many Android enthusiasts are wondering about the different alternative phone operating systems that are out there. We have Apple’s iOS at our disposal, but the cost of owning an iPhone makes it an impossible choice for many.

This prompted me to create a list of other Android alternatives that are being developed or being used in mobile devices. The options that have been included in this list are open source, so any developer can grab the code and fork it to create something new for free. Huawei is itself creating its own operating system but I haven’t included it on this as the details are scarce.

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Penguin: The Open Source Approach to Accelerating Digital Transformation [PBI: Still Retarded]

#OSE Open Source Everything, Software

The Open Source Approach to Accelerating Digital Transformation

According to “Connecting Capabilities: the Asian Digital Transformation Index”, a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, digital transformation continues to be a high priority for business leaders, as efforts in that space can lead to improved innovation, streamlined processes, cost savings, and the creation of new offerings that can both create new markets and defend against competition from disruptors.

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Penguin: A Champion Against #GoogleGestapo? Martin Ammori, Net Neutrality, Blockchain, Protocol Labs

Software

Marvin Ammori’s Next Act: A Net Neutrality Vet on Blockchain—and Why the Internet Is Still Great

Protocol Labs has been instrumental in developing the so-called decentralized web, which aspires to create an online network beyond the control of governments or tech giants like Amazon and Google. It has already built an important new communications standard, known as IPFS, and raised a giant war chest thanks to digital token sales in 2017. The most notable of these sales relates to Filecoin, which raised $257 million to build a decentralized file storage system.

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Penguin: The Navahos Go Digital — The Matrix — Decentralized Encrypted Survivable — France Embracing (the Same France that Fired Google)

Advanced Cyber/IO, Software

France Enters the Matrix

Matrix is an open platform for secure, decentralized, realtime communication.

From a client’s viewpoint, Matrix is a thin set of HTTP APIs for publish-subscribe (pub/sub) data synchronization; from a server’s viewpoint, it’s a rich set of HTTP APIs for data replication and identity services. On top of these APIs, application servers can provide any service that benefits from running on Matrix. Principally, that has meant interoperable chat, but Hodgson noted that any kind of JSON data could be passed, including voice over IP (VoIP), virtual or augmented reality communications, and IoT messaging.

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Penguin: Real vs Fake Open Source

Commerce, Corruption, IO Impotency, Software

The battle between real open source vs. faux open source heats up

With all this pushback, why is Redis taking this approach? It’s largely because AWS ElastiCache provides Redis services without Redis getting paid for it. Redis is combating this by placing new code modules under Common Clause. As Salil Deshpand, a venture capitalist with BaenCapital, explained, “Amazon takes Redis, gives very little back, and runs it as a service, re-branded as AWS Elasticache. … To be clear, this is not illegal. But we think it is wrong, and not conducive to sustainable open-source communities.” Thus, “Common Clause stops open-source abuse.”

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