Dan Allen and Sarah White: Documentation Dearth Dooms Open Source Projects

One of the essential draws to open source software should be superior product documentation. Well-written user guidelines are a key strategy that software developers should use to increase an open source project’s growth and user adoption.
All too often, programmers finish their last line of code and shove the open source software out the door. Documentation is often an afterthought, if that.

PredictionIO’s Simon Chan on Machine Learning by Devs for Devs

PredictionIO is building the MySQL of prediction. The young company recently released version 0.7.3 of its open source machine-learning server. Unlike typical prediction algorithms and open source libraries, PredictionIO is based on making machine learning more available. Cofounder Simon Chan sees a gaping hole in open source tools to connect database programmers and software developers.

Matthew Miller: The Remaking of Fedora 1, 2, 3

Fedora is perhaps one of the hallmark Linux distributions. It is sponsored by Red Hat, the commercial developer of RHEL. Red Hat’s investment in the Fedora community is collaborative. Fedora Linux releases often provide RHEL developers with a field test environment that incubates innovative open source software technologies. Red Hat Linux 1.0 was released in late 1994 as Red Hat Commercial Linux.

Kano’s Alejandro Simon: If This, Then Do That

Imagine a world where playing Pong and Minecraft gives people the power to program their computers. That world is Kano. A crowdfunded startup, it took the idea behind Lego to teach computer programming by playing first-generation computer games. Kano launched on Kickstarter in November 2013. More than 13,000 people from some 50 countries raised $1.5 million in 30 days.

Would You Like Your Open Source All the Way?

The enterprise software industry today can be compared to the menus offered at fast-food eateries. Some offer their star item only one way. Others let you have it your way. How much choice you have often determines where you do your eating. The same option — or lack of it — is the driving principal behind attracting and keeping enterprise customers paying for open source product support.

Bruce Momjian: PostgreSQL Prefers the Scenic Route

Bruce Momjian years ago salvaged a nearly abandoned open source database project: PostgreSQL. Now he heads an international group helping to keep its community growing. He also is a key architect for a commercial database company that supports his advisory group and the Postgres open source community. PostreSQL, or “Postgres,” is a popular open source object-relational database management system.

LexisNexis’ Flavio Villanustre: Insurance and the Big Data Bonanza

Insurance companies have always been adamant about spotting and controlling risks. That, after all, is the basis for accepting policyholders and placing them into rate categories. Before the Big Data explosion, insurance companies crunched numbers like everybody else. Today, however, the insurance industry is fast becoming one of the biggest consumers of Big Data services.

Metacloud’s Steve Curry: We Need a Better Cloud Storage Model

The popularity of cloud storage is growing rapidly, and few would deny that open source technology is driving individual and business users to the clouds in droves. Yet enterprise adoption decisions are often hindered by competing technologies for public and private clouds. Often, it is less a question of open or closed source and more an issue of service and cost.

JFrog’s Fred Simon: It’s All About Developer Freedom and Faster Build Time

For software developers, success is being able to maximize their chosen programming language to speed up build time. Almost as important is being able to speed up product distribution. In order to accomplish those goals, software developers need a better distribution system and access to other developers’ code to build in compatibility and integration.

MediaFire’s Derek Labian: Cloud Storage Is an Everyday Need

Security and privacy concerns may be far outweighed for many users by the convenience and appeal of the cloud, but users need to view cloud access as more than just another storage utility on the desktop. That’s according to Derek Labian, CEO of cloud storage service MediaFire. Instead, cloud users need to focus on cloud performance and application functionality, Labian suggests.

Coverity’s Zack Samocha: Software Quality and the Open Source Advantage

Software quality is a topic close to most developers’ hearts, whether they work with open source or proprietary code. Assessing quality, however, isn’t always a simple matter. As a result, several efforts have sprung up to tackle the challenge, including the Coverity Scan project. Coverity began work in 2006 on the open source project, which is a joint endeavor with the Department of Homeland Security.

AlienVault’s Barmak Meftah: Time to Put Hackers on the Defensive

As CEO of AlienVault, Barmak Meftah faces enemies every day who play out their attacks from faraway lands using seemingly unbeatable weapons. One of the weapons AlienVault uses with the support of the open source community is a global report called the Open Threat Exchange that tracks threats to computer networks. The results make it possible to identify trouble spots and take corrective action.

Treasure Data’s Hiro Yoshikawa: Taking the Open Road With Big Data

Businesses and government agencies are in a race to gather, quantify and clarify an ever-increasing stream of data. Housing the bits and pieces of their digital treasures can be just as much of a problem as deciding whether to trust traditional relational platforms or adopt more flexible databases designed to handle unstructured data.

Nexenta’s Lockareff and Powell: Software-Only Storage for Everyone

In the cloud storage competition for customers, a battle is raging over innovative software-only storage systems and wannabe innovators still hawking yesteryear’s legacy hardware solutions. Dollars and performance are the battlefield stakes. Nexenta, an open source provider of software-defined storage solutions, is waging the fight with its flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor.

Tokutek’s John Partridge: Open Source Is Vested in Big Data

Ask Tokutek CEO John Partridge what makes open source such a snug fit for the database industry and for Big Data, and he’ll tell you it is the decision-making by engineers that use open source. "For people who for whatever reason really need to access the latest technology, most purchasing decisions today are made by very capable engineers," Partridge said.

Coraid’s Suda Srinivasan: Public Cloud vs. Private vs. Having It All

Cloud storage technologies and Big Data are driving rapid industry growth. Cloud storage developed around three models: Infrastructure as a Service; Platform as a Service; and Software as a Service. Merging with these cloud service models are technologies providing cloud computing space and backup services. Don’t forget to factor in options such as public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud.

Couchbase’s Bob Wiederhold: Riding High on Big Data With NoSQL

NoSQL might well be called "the little database engine that could." It is quietly proving it is on track as Big Data transitions to cloud-based data storage and management. NoSQL is increasingly considered a viable alternative to relational databases, but it is still a relatively small category in a growing world of database technologies.

Shutterstock’s Chris Fischer: Making the Most of Open Source’s ‘Huge Tech Edge’

Shutterstock has a nearly insatiable appetite for data storage. From its inception, the company — a global provider of licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations and videos — refused to pay higher prices just to stuff its storage needs into somebody else’s cloud. Instead, the almost 10-year-old operation built its own server farm and created its own cloud software system at home.

BoxTone’s Brian Reed: Securing Android for the Enterprise

BoxTone’s enterprise mobility management platform is designed to bring Android security up to levels better-suited to the rigors of the business workforce, but in making Android enterprise-hardened, the company left Android’s open source trappings intact. As part of that EMM platform, BoxTone delivers its service in three categories of functionality.

Kaltura’s Zohar Babin: Video Power to the People

In a world of mostly proprietary video platform developers, success for an open source startup requires very sharp cutting-edge technology. For Kaltura, part of the secret has been making sure that competitive edge is never dulled by settling for being just good enough. Adding a dual-license option often makes the difference between a free download and real sale.