Open Source

Robot Joints Go Modular With This Actuator Project

[John Lauer] has been hard at work re-thinking robot arms. His project to create modular, open source actuators that can be connected to one another to form an arm is inspiring, and boasts an impressively low parts cost as well. The actuators are each self-contained, with an ESP32 and a design that takes advantage of …

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Microsoft launches two new open source projects for developers — OAM and Dapr

Continuing its embracing of open source, Microsoft has today announced two new open source projects. The first is Open Application Model (OAM), a new standard for developing and operating applications on Kubernetes and other platforms The second project is Dapr (Distributed Application Runtime), designed to make it easier to build microservice applications. Microsoft says that …

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Open source Delta Lake project moves to the Linux Foundation

Databricks Inc.’s Delta Lake today became the latest open-source software project to fall under the banner of the Linux Foundation. Delta Lake has rapidly gained momentum since it was open-sourced by Databricks in April, and is already being used by “thousands of organizations” including important backers such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Booz Allen Hamilton Corp. …

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Q&A: Infused with digitally native ideas, SUSE Group jump-starts computing transformations

  When a digitally minded business is ready to play catch up, things can be expedited with the magic of open-source computing. The idea is to provide proper plug-ins across virtual walls and supporting the flurry of services now found on all major cloud platforms. For SUSE Group and Acumatica Inc., service providers in enterprise …

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IBM launches grant to promote diversity in the open source community

IBM is reinforcing its commitment to diversity and inclusion in the open source field with the launch of the IBM Open Source Community Grant. Announced at this week’s All Things Open conference in Raleigh, NC, the grant — which will be awarded quarterly — will see the winner receive $25k in cash and $25k in …

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System76 Galago Pro and Darter Pro Linux laptops get open source firmware

Well, folks… they did it. The people over at System76 finally achieved one of their dreams — selling laptops with open source firmware! This is quite an impressive feat. System76 has long been a proponent of both Linux and open source, and over the years, it never deviated from that. And now, two of its …

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SUSE ditches OpenStack to focus on applications

Linux company SUSE Group is killing off its OpenStack Cloud product, stopping development in order to focus more on application delivery. SUSE OpenStack Cloud is the company’s distribution of the open-source OpenStack platform that provides a framework to create and manage both public cloud and private cloud infrastructure. The surprise announcement comes just a few …

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Professional Audio On An ESP32

Audiophiles have worked diligently to alert the rest of the world to products with superior sound quality, and to warn us away from expensive gimmicks that have middling features at best. Unfortunately, the downside of most high quality audio equipment is the sticker price. But with some soldering skills and a bit of hardware, you …

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Not just a barking dog: Open-source developers grow to embrace software as a service

The open-source movement has a history that captures both its community spirit and renegade impact. Sometimes, that history even involves a yapping animal. In Linux, the “biff” command notifies users when mail arrives and identifies the deliverer. Was “biff” a cleverly conceived acronym for a remarkably sophisticated programming language? No. It was named after a …

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Real-World Open Networking. Part 4 – Interoperability: Problems with API’s

In our last post we looked at different general patterns of standards compliance in Open Network solutions. In this post we drill down another layer to look at interoperability at the Application Program Interface (API) level, which creates issues at a level beyond standards. As we’ve mentioned previously, network equipment has been focused on interface …

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Real-world Open Networking. Part 3 – Interoperability: Problems with Standards

In our last post we unpacked Interoperability, including Open Standards. Continuing this theme, we will look at how solution developers implement standards compliance and the problems that arise. Mandating that vendors (and internal systems) comply with Open Standards is a strategy used by organisations to drive interoperability. The assumption is that Open Standards compliant components …

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Real-world Open Networking. Part 2 – Interoperability: The Holy Grail

In our last post we described the attributes of an Open Network Solution. In this post we unpack what surely is the “Holy Grail” of Open Networks: Interoperability. Interoperability is defined as: Bottom line, interoperability means that I can freely substitute components, i.e. If I have Component X in my Open Networking solution, then in …

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