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A viable way of building decentralized web apps

open innovation

Despite all the programming languages, the thousands of libraries, and the millions (or so it seems) of JavaScript libraries in the web ecosystem, there is still one path to building modern web applications: store everything on a server and when users open up their web browser, the "client"—the code running inside the browser—displays the data and receives user input that is sent back to the server.

This is the dumb client, smart server, powerless client, omnipotent server approach.

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Unleash your team's potential with Feng Office

open source projects

Feng Office's tag line is: Unleash your team's potential. It's an open source collaboration platform for teams and businesses that began as an academic project at UdelaR University. Interested students worked on the initial research and development, and today it remains an open source project.

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Do cloud right: Four critical steps to selecting the provider for you

cloud services and providers

When Edward Snowden leaked intelligence files, a storm was triggered in the cloud, leaving a path of destruction. Snowden’s email provider Lavabit shut down. So has the email offering of Silent Circle. The Guardian ran a story declaring: Lavabit’s closure marks the death of secure cloud computing in the U.S. And the EU is not entirely unaffected either. Be it by the Tempora program in the UK or the U.S. National Security Agency facilities that reportedly reside in Germany.

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Patterns and practices for open source software success

open source skills

How do you create a successful free or open source software project?

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How open source is your business / team / developer?

open source enough?

Jonathan Schwartz once wrote (in a blog that has now been deleted) about how they were in talks with an organization (he did not reveal the name, but no prizes for guessing) who contented they have a solid database and their developers have no need to use an open source database.

Schwartz's team pulled up their MySQL web server logs to show loads of download requests it received from the organization's IP range. The point is, an organization in the business of developing proprietary software cannot say they do not need or have nothing to do with open source. May not be as a strategic decision, the developers do need and use open source software and tools in their day-to-day work.

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Open source taxi app designed to improve booking experience

taxi booking app

Booking a cab is getting easier for passengers thanks to the advent of apps that let you book your cab straight from your smartphone. But implementing those apps and booking systems isn't always the easiest—or most affordable—option for taxi companies.

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Join the team at JaiRo, high powered routers on Linux

lighting in a bottle

Sabai Technology is not your typical tech company. A networking solutions company created in 2010, Sabai is located on Main Street in Simpsonville, SC in an old cabinet shop. Founder and CEO William Haynes first started modifying routers as a missionary in Thailand, helping his fellow expats discover the power of open source routing solutions.

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Are donations effective for open source projects?

funding open source projects

The other day I came across a new initiative for funding open source development called the Bitcoin Grant. While interesting at first sight, I was wondering: How is this better than the traditional donation button most open source projects have? The Bitcoin Grant then seems to limit who can donate and how you can use those donations (you can’t pay rent with bitcoins just yet).

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Four tips to transition your open source project into a viable business

open source project leaders

Most open source projects start by scratching the developer’s own itch. They then spread to other developers based on functionality and stability, and the responsiveness of the community.

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Open source private cloud storage with OpenStack Swift

open source cloud solution

Everyone has data. It's always growing, and you should have ownership of everything that touches your data. You need to have the ability to see and make changes to the code managing your storage system. Having ownership of your data gives you control of your own destiny.

All this started with web apps: companies were embracing the web as a new way to easily deliver software to a massive audience and looking for scalable infrastructure on which to build their applications. So, in 2009, Rackspace Hosting launched a product to give application developers access to flexible, scalable storage built to serve content at a massive scale.

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