Viewing the world from the bottom up, local-first cooperation points out ways in which we can make our software more resilient, give prompt responses to the end users, and at the same time run it on existing resources — leading to less infrastructure cost and waste. We get these benefits by recognizing that inherently localized processes are best dealt with in a purely local manner, without involving centralized services or long-range communication paths. All we need to do is to make full use of the edge devices that people already hold in their hands, utilizing the compute and storage available.
The Linux Foundation has lifted the lid on a new open source digital infrastructure project aimed at the agriculture industry. The AgStack Foundation, as the new project will be known, is designed to foster collaboration among all key stakeholders in the global agriculture space, spanning private business, governments, and academia.
As with just about every other industry in recent years, there has been a growing digital transformation across the agriculture sector that has ushered in new connected devices for farmers and myriad AI and automated tools to optimize crop growth and circumvent critical obstacles, such as labor shortages. Open source technologies bring the added benefit of data and tools that any party can reuse for free, lowering the barrier to entry and helping keep companies from getting locked into proprietary software operated by a handful of big players.
What makes a piece of software FOSS depends on the licences its creators have chosen to adopt. But beyond licensing, FOSS is about harnessing a culture of open and transparent collaboration to co-create something useful for users and other developers around the world.
In each of these examples, anyone located anywhere in the world has the freedom to view the source code, use it, add to it and modify it to make something new. For the creators of FOSS, this presents an opportunity to problem-solve with tech talent from around the world, to collaboratively improve their code, and further develop their own skills. A wide range of such open-source products is gaining popularity around the world and being used for large-scale tech development and business operations.
Simply, open source software is software that is licensed in a way that allows people to freely use, study, modify, and distribute the software. These open source licenses differ greatly from proprietary software licenses, where only the original owner can copy, alter, or distribute the software.
Since open source refers to a wide variety of software programs, the use cases vary greatly. However, a Red Hat open source enterprise report found open source software is critical to infrastructure networks.
95% of respondents said open source software was strategically important to the enterprise’s overall infrastructure strategy, up from 89% in 2019. Only 42% of respondents report using proprietary software, down from 55% in 2019 and respondents expect that to keep falling — this number is expected to be down to just 32% in two years.
Open source software has been a key underpinning of enterprise IT for years, so it’s no surprise that it’s helping to drive the infrastructure part of the equation forward just as much as application development.
Some projects are much more influential than others, and here are five that are doing the most to help enterprise infrastructure keep pace with the demands of an ever-more sophisticated operating environment.
- Linux itself
Open-source software is distributed with a licence that generally allows anyone to use, study, change, or share its source code, without restrictions on how the software is used or by whom. The Open Source Initiative, which governs the most widely used open-source licences, even goes so far as to say that this means “giving evil people freedom, too.” Supporters of the Hippocratic Licence and other ethical licences like it believe it is time for programmers to take a less passive approach.
“It’s time for open-source to grow up and start taking responsibility for how it’s being used. We can’t stick to these […] libertarian ideals of ultimate freedom, when we exist in a society where the work that we do impacts others, sometimes in devastating ways,” said Ehmke. “I love the way open-source has transformed the world, and I think it has potential to continue. But we have to get our house in order.”
In Tesla’s VPP vision, digital twin models represent various Internet of Things (IoT) elements. The digital twin modelling software is based on two essential open-source projects: Kubernetes and Akka. Breck clarified that the combination of Akka and Kubernetes is essential as the first can handle more major failures the second can handle minor (or in need of fine approach).
We definitely live through interesting times and it seems that the future is much closer than it looked before, mainly thanks to companies dedicating much effort to innovate and crate breakthroughs. There is a saying about modern problems needing modern solutions, but this does not necessarily apply in this case. We have an old problem and solutions coming from the future; we just hope that they will soon collide and provide the best possible outcome for the planet and Humanity as a whole.
With the ever-growing popularity and advantages of cloud and containers, organizations are increasingly adopting cloud-native applications and container-based infrastructure for running their business applications. To efficiently manage cloud infrastructure, networking tools play an important role. Having the right set of networking tools can help the network admin manage and operate the cloud-native apps. Here are some open-source networking projects network administrators can use for their cloud-native worlds:
- Project Calico
Building a tech stack is a major decision for every organization. While picking the right tools will set your team up for success, picking the wrong solutions or platforms can have devastating effects on productivity and profitability. To succeed in today’s fast-paced world, organizations must make smart investments in digital solutions that enable them to move faster and increase operational agility.
Here are four reasons why adopting open source technology can help organizations drive competitive advantage and experience better business outcomes.
- Extensibility and flexibility
- Security and high-trust collaboration
- Freedom from vendor lock-in
- Top talent and community
DevOps is a software development strategy that combines development and operations teams into a single unit. Kubernetes is an open source orchestration platform designed to help you manage container deployments at scale. On the surface, it is not entirely clear where these two meet, why and whether this union produces the desired results.
But there is a connection between DevOps and Kubernetes. I want to explore the relationships between enterprise DevOps, agile culture, the role of containers in CI/CD pipelines and the integration of Kubernetes into the DevOps pipeline.