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Microsoft Officially Open Sources PowerShell, Releases Linux Build

As we reported last month, the open-sourcing of Microsoft’s PowerShell appeared a done deal. Now, a month later, the company has made the whole thing official, publishing the source to GitHub, along with Linux and OS X flavoured binaries.


Microsoft's Next Open Source Target Could Be PowerShell: Report

Microsoft looks like it’ll continue to feed its addiction to open-sourcing its technology (both internal and acquired), with new information suggesting the company’s PowerShell framework is next in line.


Xamarin Goes Free, Mono Is Now MIT Licensed... Is This Real Life?

In February, Microsoft announced that it had acquired Xamarin, the company best known for its cross-platform SDKs and its role as Mono custodian. Now, just over a month later, Microsoft has made an even bigger declaration — it’s making Xamarin’s products free and its MIT licensing the Mono framework.


Microsoft Now Supports Debian GNU/Linux In Azure

Microsoft continues its love affair with Linux, this time by bringing popular open source Linux distribution Debian to its public cloud platform Azure. Here’s what you need to know.


Yelp Just Open Sourced Its Internal Cloud Platform PaaSTA

Yelp, which hosts user generated business reviews all around the world, has open sourced a crucial component of its cloud infrastructure: a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) called PaaSTA. The PaaS is used internally by the company to automate the management and deployment of services that power Yelp.


Sharing Work Is Easier With An Open Document Format

We often wish to share electronic documents with friends, colleagues, business or government, and the software application we use to prepare these documents will save them in a particular format.

Any application that later loads the document will also need to be able to understand this format. If an organisation can control the format, and convince people to use it, then they can use this as a very powerful tool to create a monopoly in the market.


Dropbox Open Sources Zulip Team Chat App

Collaboration is crucial when you’re part of a team at work and technology vendors are ramping up efforts to bring out offerings that can facilitate convenient group communication. Last week, Microsoft launched a new version of Office which had collaboration tools as the centrepiece and now Dropbox has released Zulip, a group chat app, under an open source arrangement.


How Open Source Is Changing Enterprises

There was once a time when IT vendors shunned the idea of open source. Why wouldn’t they? The idea of sharing their very own programming innovations with others was viewed as detrimental to any competitive business. But nearly 20 years on, open source is now in vogue and has been embraced by some of the biggest IT vendors and their clients. So what changed? We find out.


A Visual Map Showing Government Investments Around Australia? Wouldn't It Be Nice

Governments around the world receive a lot of criticism and a lot of it has to do with citizens not knowing where their hard-earned tax-payer dollars are going. Over in the US, the White House has done something of the sort, releasing a map tool where users can easily see all the community-based programs it’s working on right across the country. It’s something that Australia can and should copy.


Talk Like Stephen Hawking With Intel's Open Source Software

Intel created the software that the legendary Professor Stephen Hawking uses to talk and the company has now made it free to the public. Hawking was instrumental in the development of software and here’s how you can get your hands on it.


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