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What connects Herbie, operating rooms, crowdfunding and DNA today?

Open source of course! Get the scoop in this week’s collection of open source news…

Linux to go …

herbie goes open sourceA new distribution of Linux, specifically Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), could soon be fuelling a new generation of open source powered cars.  What this means is that a) future Herbies will be cyber-talking to each other, and b) because of open source, future souped-up cars will be created (and driven) by hackers. Read more at Tech Republic then find out about the Automotive Grade Linux Working Group.

 

Crowdfunding: who’s laughing now?

Ten years ago when David Rappo first came up with the idea for a crowdfunding site solely dedicated to financing open source software projects, people laughed.  Since then both open source software and crowdfunding have become mainstream, so Rappo has re-launched Bountysource, an (open source) platform for getting open source projects off the ground.  Read more here.

 

Short term pain could mean long term gain for the NHS

Up until now, the UK’s Nation Health Service (NHS) has been weary of switching from a proprietary to open source operating (pun intended) system.  And with good reason, since patient health records are sensitive information. But the discontinuation of support for their current XP operating system has renewed calls for a move to Linux.  And while the initial switch won’t be without its headaches, the long term cost savings  could be just what the doctor ordered. Read more at The Conversation.

 

DNA under Apache 2.0?

Could DNA be open sourced, so you (assuming you are a garden-variety DNA scientist) could download it, modify it and create a whole new creature? John Schloendorn CEO of medical start-up Gene And Cell Technologies, is proposing exactly that.  He wants to take expensive (and restrictively licensed) proteins and make them open source.  Scientists could then use these proteins to synthesis DNA.  Interesting proposition covered in Radar (garden-variety DNA scientists go here).

 

if (dual_licensed) then open_source = $$

Patrick McFadin, chief evangelist for Apache Cassandra recently explained the ups and downs organizations face when deciding to open sourcing their products.  He advocates staying away from a services model and sticking with dual open source and commercial license model for proprietary add-ons. He also points out that licensing is a major consideration - since restrictive licenses like GPL can both hamper and drive commercial growth depending on how they are applied.  Read the full story at opensource.com.

 

Some friendly advice on managing vulnerabilities

Excuse us for tooting our own horn, but we think you may find the advice recently published in Law360 useful.  Peruse our tips for managing open source security vulnerabilities here.

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Lacey Thoms is a marketing specialist and blogger at Protecode, a provider of open source license management solutions. During her time at Protecode, Lacey has written many articles on open source software management. She has a background in marketing communications, digital advertising, and web design and development. Lacey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University.