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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.

Pixar Wants To Give Away Its New Software For Animators

Pixar has been working on a piece of software that will simplify the animated filmmaking process allowing animators at the smaller end of town to make movies like the big studios do. And it wants to give the software away for free by making it open source.

How openHAB Lets You Develop For Connected Environments

We’ve all seen the utopian product demos where lights, TVs and thermostats automatically activate and adjust to optimal settings as someone enters their home. But those demos usually require everything to come from one vendor. openHAB might provide the middleware solution for the Internet of Things in the home.

Why You Need A Risk Policy For Open Source

You may well be reading this article at your desk at work or, perhaps, at home. You may be reading it on a browser based on open source. Your company may well have chosen the browser because it is free.

Here's The Docker Client For Windows

Good news for software containerisation fans: the official Windows client for Docker has been released in preview.

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