Open Source News Digest by [22/08 - 29/08/2018] - A New Programming Language, Open Source Mainframes, Brave Browser Reaches a Million Downloads, Open Source VR and More!

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  My main job on the Open Source Radio Show on MSP Waves (aired live weekly on Wednesdays at 6PM UTC) is causing mayhem is bringing in the freshest and most interesting news from the open source world, and (when possible) adding some commentary to each new item.

When on the air, I usually find myself rushing through the news items on my list and leaving many of them out in the chaos that is live radio. To ensure you still get your weekly dose of what's moving and shaking in the open source ecosystem, I post a weekly digest of open source news included or (unfortunately) left out in my news segment on the show.

This week's digest includes:

  • Closing open source for political reason
  • Using open source for malicious reasons
  • Julia 1.0 programming language
  • Kubernates set free (with a budget)
  • Zowe brings open source to the mainframe
  • Open source VR streaming
  • VMWare releases code for blockchain development

Major Open Source Project Revokes Access to Companies That Work with ICE

The open source philosophy is built upon trust, collaboration and good faith. But what happens when that balance is broken? Can open source application be restricted and still remain open source? What about open source being used for evil? And who can and should define "evil"?

This week, the developers behind the code-management open source project Lerna revoked access for any company collaborating with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The list includes, among others Palantir, Microsoft, Amazon, Northeastern University, Motorola, Dell, UPS, and Johns Hopkins University. Even though only a few of those companies and institutions actually use the project, this is a very interesting situation. 

For those who disagree with ICE policies, this might feel like a small community protest, but this also opens a dangerous Pandora's box that permits FOSS projects to limit their license to specific organizations, races, genders or locales.

Latest Mirai variant leverages open source project for cross platform infections

Unfortunately, one cannot really restrict the usage of open source code for malicious purposes. This week, a new variant of the botnet Mirai is infesting IoT operating systems by making use of cross-compilation features in  Aboriginal Linux.

Zowe! Bringing the mainframe to the open-source world

You might be surprised to hear, but mainframe computers and systems are still widely used by enterprises and organizations. Now, users have a new set of open source tool to enable developers to manage, control, script, and develop on the mainframe like any other cloud platform. 

Pixvana VR Video Streaming Tech Is Now Open Source

If you are a virtual reality designer or developer, you probably need to look at Pixvana's developer portal, as they've opened the source of the SPIN Play SDK.  The open-source SPIN Play SDK and Apache 2.0 library is compatible with the Unity engine, making it more accessible to the many using Unity as their graphics engine if choice.

Google sets Kubernetes free with $9m in its pocket for expenses

Sarah Novotny, head of open source strategy for Google Cloud, said Google believes "that for an open source project to truly thrive, all aspects of a mature project should be maintained by the people developing it." Such is the fate of Kubernetes, originally developed and made open source in 2014 by Google engineers as open source, as it is now being officially transferred into the hands of an independent organization - The Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Over the past week, Google began shifting the ownership of Kubernetes accounts on  the Google Cloud Platform to members of the CNCF community. To ensure the transition is smooth, the foundation got $9m in credits over three years, redeemable for Google Cloud Platform services. 

VMware Claims Greater Scalability With Open-Source Blockchain Project

The virtualization giant is not only taking interest in blockchain technologies, but publishing its own open source code for a blockchain infrastructure they claim is "designed to be both scalable and energy efficient" named Project Concord.

It is interesting to note that while the Github page says that the team "welcomes contributions from the community," it also requires them to sign a license agreement.

MIT Releases A Free and Open Source Computer Programming Language to the Public

If you're looking to adopt a new programming language, then the new Julia 1.0 might be your new best friend. With its development starting way back in 2009, this open source language is now ready for the public. Julia is already in use by high-profile labs and companies, thanks to its unique combination of the best of Ruby, MatLab, C, Python, R, and other popular languages.

Open Source Web Browser, Brave Reaches 10 Million Downloads

Offering users an ad-free experience with Basic Attention Tokens (BATs) as rewards for content creators, it's no wonder this browser is listed in the top ten most downloaded app in the communications category on the app stores.


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Thank you for this very interesting post @techslut (interesting name ... 😉)!

"This week, the developers behind the code-management open source project Lerna revoked access for any company collaborating with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement."

Regardless of anyone's political views / philosophies, it is hard for me to imagine this being viewed by much of anyone as a positive development. Once you "open that door," no telling what might decide to come through it ...

"... Brave Reaches 10 Million Downloads ..."

I've used this browser for months and very pleased with it. Including being able to send BAT to websites we want to support ... I use it for "all things" crypto ...

Keep up the great reporting work @techslut! Now following for future installments ... 👍

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I don’t agree with you about the FOSS conclusion you made, because although sub-licensing MIT is valid, it contradicts the spirit of open source. Also, FYI, the Lerna license has returned to vanilla MIT. You might want to update the article.


Oh wow. Looks like this story deserves a whole article of its own.

If only I had the time to write it...


is not so bad.

First time I hear of BAT. I'll give it a try :D

I've now been using Brave for a week on Android and I can testify it is great. I haven't bought any BAT yet though but the browser is great for a little privacy and an ad free internet experience.

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