Article: The internet paradigm shift is here: Are you prepared for Web 3.0?

Decentralized Internet, Open Source, Operating Systems, Web 3.0

The internet paradigm shift is here: Are you prepared for Web 3.0?

The Web 3.0 — with all the components of its stack, from networking, computing, storage to end-user applications — is being developed. This new era that embraces freedom, flexibility, accessibility and reliability involves a massive change — a paradigm shift — that will allow users to adopt decentralized and censorship-resistant solutions in order to become self-sovereign. Within the next generation of platforms, computing providers are striving to build open and fairer systems to prepare for this paradigm shift.

Improved technology, user experience and education of users is pertinent to the preparation for the next paradigm shift. Web 3.0 will bring us a fairer internet with uninterrupted services, reduced data breaches and more freedom and capability to run applications anywhere in the world on a decentralized platform. It’s only a matter of time before end users realize the better infrastructure needed to support the digitization of the world — and this next chapter in our human history.

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Article: What is a distributed VPN that enhances security and communication speed when using the Internet?

Data, Decentralized Internet, Open Source, Web 3.0

What is a distributed VPN that enhances security and communication speed when using the Internet?

The structure of a centralized VPN server has a fundamental weakness. Even the most reputable and reliable centralized VPN providers may not be vulnerable to hacking, information exploitation, government interference, etc. and provide bandwidth in an optimal and dynamic way. There is sex.

Decentralized VPNs, by their very nature, solve some of these problems. A distributed VPN does not rely on static connections and uses dynamic connections, a flexible and distributed network with independently operated servers.

As a result, distributed VPNs have a wide range of trusted, high-quality providers available. In this way, through the use of a large number of secure servers, a decentralized VPN can operate more efficiently and securely than a centralized VPN.

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Article: Open source is a community, not a brand

Cloud, Open Source, Software

Open source is a community, not a brand

While free and open, open source can be complex and require expertise to maintain, support and operate. According to the Perforce report, it’s important to partner with industry leaders to maximize open-source success through migration help, ongoing management and support. Additionally, an open-source strategy that can clarify the open source initiatives, governance, role of internal resources and external support can help pave the way for open source in the enterprise.

“Finding success with open-source software as an enterprise organization requires a fully formed strategy – especially as it applies to critical areas like support,” said Rod Cope, CTO at Perforce Software

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Article: Democratising chip design

Design, Hardware, Open Source, Software

Democratising chip design

A potentially important initiative is US research agency DARPA’s OpenRoad initiative, with aims to build a more comprehensive set of open-source design tools. Professor Andrew Kahng of the University of California at San Diego and principal investigator on the project envisages an environment that can lay out and tune a range of chip designs automatically through a combination of machine learning and what he calls “extreme partitioning”, which divides the chip into many small independently optimised modules.

Though verification engineers have embraced various forms of open source, the stumbling blocks for its adoption get bigger the closer you get to tape-out. The biggest issue lies in the process design kits (PDKs) provided by foundries that are jealously protected by non-disclosure agreements and which forbid any sharing.

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Article: Why Open-Source Is Here To Stay?

Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

Why Open-Source Is Here To Stay?Why Open-Source Is Here To Stay?

The rise of open-source software in 2020, amidst a global pandemic, can be attributed to the sudden spike in demand for the faster development of software programmes and applications. In March 2020, GitHub noticed a major uptick in open-source projects. Many streaming websites even cut back on bandwidth consumption by reducing video streaming quality and download speeds. This is where open-source software comes in. With proprietary software being more costly in terms of speed of deployment, more enterprises turned to open-source software. Integrating open-source code accelerates software development. It makes information more democratised and thus allows a technically diverse group to develop applications rapidly. Many developers usually back open-source software, thus finding solutions to software problems and creating new applications much more straightforward.

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Article: Interview: Open Source’s Path From Skunk Works to Mainstream

Hardware, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

Interview: Open Source’s Path From Skunk Works to Mainstream

“Hello and welcome to seven layers where every episode we look at a different aspect of technology, from literal wires in the ground to switches and routers and all the way up to the exploding amount of smart devices around us.

I’m your host Connor Craven associate studios editor at SDxCentral. This week, we are continuing to look at open source technology. In just a moment, you’ll hear from Deb Bryant, senior director of the Open Source Program Office at Red Hat. If you haven’t listened to our last episode on open source tech, I highly recommend going back and giving it a listen before Deb and I began our conversation. I won’t delay you any longer, please sit back and enjoy my interview with Deb Bryant of Red Hat.”

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Article: How Global Forest Watch uses open source to fight deforestation

Innovation, Open Source, Software

How Global Forest Watch uses open source to fight deforestation

“We are highly dependent on the open source frameworks and libraries developed by the community,” Global Forest Watch Engineering Lead Thomas Maschler says. “There is so much innovation coming out of open source software. We tend to be on the early adopter side when it comes to tools and frameworks and we wouldn’t be able to move at the same speed if we would work with proprietary software.”

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Article: How Open Source is Fueling Space Exploration

Hardware, Innovation, Open Source, Software

How Open Source is Fueling Space Exploration

NASA has been using open-source software in some of its R&D projects for about 10 to 15 years now and it keeps a very extensive catalogue of the open-source code it has used. But open-source tech in space exploration mission has been a rare thought. But space missions are now focused on the use of technologies that are less expensive and more accessible. And therefore open source software in space exploration projects are pretty much be in vogue.

Technology played a key role in the entire Mars mission. For example, the 4-lb helicopters were contractors from recognizable companies like AeroVironment, Lockheed Martin, and Qualcomm. And behind its expansive software were thousands of open source developers from GitHub, the team of developers contributed code, documentation, graphic design, and more to the open source software that made Ingenuity’s launch possible, said a GitHub Blog, celebrating the moment in open source history.

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Article: How the open source community helped firms investigate their network activity following SolarWinds

Cyber-Security, Open Source, Software

How the open source community helped firms investigate their network activity following SolarWinds

The ramifications of the SolarWinds attack are still unfolding more than four months since the breaches were revealed to the public. One underappreciated facet of the wide-ranging scandal that has engulfed much of the U.S. government and hundreds of major companies involves the powerful role the open source community played in helping enterprises respond to the crisis, according to Greg Bell, co-founder and CSO of cybersecurity company Corelight.

“What happened with the Sunburst malware is that when FireEye/Mandiant discovered the attack and made this sort of amazingly detailed disclosure, they released information about the attack—so called indicators of compromise—in open formats on GitHub, the platform where open source tools are built and where information is shared,” Bell said.

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Article: Is the quintessential alternative to Google Play safe?

Open Source, Software

Is the quintessential alternative to Google Play safe?

Safety: the source code of these applications is available to everyone, so we can see what he wants to do and discover if it harbors any malicious intent. Privacy: these applications are aimed at protecting users’ private data, which they will not be sold or done business with. Quality: there is a false feeling that free applications are of poorer quality, but that is not the case. They may not be aesthetically so pretty, but they do count with the same functions, or even more, than proprietary applications. Free: all the applications present in F-Droid are free and have no in-app purchases or subscriptions. Some developers accept donations, but many of them simply want publicize their creation and that it can be useful to users.

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