The Apache Software Foundation Now Accepting BitCoin For Donations
The Apache Software Foundation is the latest not-for-profit organization to accept bitcoin donations, as pointed out by a user on the Bitcoin subreddit. The organization is well known for their catalog of open-source software, including the ubiquitous Apache web server, Hadoop, Tomcat, Cassandra, and about 150 other projects. Users in the community have been eager to support their efforts using digital currency for quite a while. The Foundation accepts donations in many different forms: Amazon, PayPal, and they'll even accept donated cars. On their contribution page the Apache Software Foundation has published a bitcoin address and QR code.
Netflix Open Sources Internal Threat Monitoring Tools
Netflix has released three internal tools it uses to catch hints on the Web that hackers might target its services. "Many security teams need to stay on the lookout for Internet-based discussions, posts and other bits that may be of impact to the organizations they are protecting," wrote Andy Hoernecke and Scott Behrens of Netflix's Cloud Security Team. One of the tools, called Scumblr, can be used to create custom searches of Google sites, Twitter and Facebook for users or keywords.
Open source forms the backbone of the most significant projects
Organizations large and small are changing their approach to open source software (OSS). Increasingly, OSS is being viewed as more than just a development tool, but as a strategic asset. And the implications of this change are becoming clear.
OpenStreetMap's 10th birthday
On Saturday 9th August 2014, OpenStreetMap celebrated its 10th Birthday! TechCrunch took this opportunity to interview the founder of OpenStreetMap, Steve Coast. Read about how the project started, its infrastructure and financing, and how it evolved with the ubiquity of mobile devices. OpenStreetMap also celebrated their birthday with events in a number of countries.
Why isn't all government software open source?
The federal government (USA) is the single largest purchaser of code in the world. So why is this code—taxpayer-funded and integral to the day-to-day working of our democracy—so often hidden from public view? There are two sides to answering that question: Why does the government so often build on closed platforms, and once built, why isn't the code released to the public?
The Centre for Open Software Innovation (COSI) was established in 2009, as the University of Waikato's leading research centre on computer science theory and practice. It is the purpose of COSI to:
- Inspire and extend open development practice in computer science;
- Innovate (open) systems, theories and tools to improve processes and products;
- Excel at core computer science theory and practice as the foundation for innovation;
- Be community leaders at the local, national and international levels through effective communication and openness.