Today in open source: November 18, 2016

Data Pipeline goes open, changing business models, and more open source news

A look at what's happening right now across the globe in open source.

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The world of open source software is a busy place. Sometimes keeping up with all of the news, announcements, and cool things to be discovered can be difficult. Here's a look at some of what we're reading today.

Yelp open sources Data Pipeline

Data Pipeline is Yelp's internal tool for managing and directing streams of real-time data from their services to the processes that need it. Written in Python, Data Pipeline is made up of several individual components working together to connect the dots between data sources. In a blog post yesterday, Yelp engineers announced that they have released several of the components of Data Pipeline under an open source license on GitHub for others to reuse as they see fit.

Making money with open source

Two articles about the financial side of open source caught our attention this morning. The first, a look from ZDNet's David Gewirtz at the various business models that support open source development and how commercial needs drive these models. Second, Ron Miller writing for TechCrunch takes a look at what the various announcements by former foes teaming up to support open source means for the software industry as a whole, and why we might continue to see 'coopetition' rise moving forward.

SQL Server comes to Linux

For organizations trying to make the switch to a more open infrastructure, reliance on infrastructure components locked to a proprietary operating system can be a hurdle. Either the operating system must be virtualized, or a portion of the infrastructure must remain Windows-only. This may change for some organizations this week as Microsoft made several announcements around the porting of their SQL Server product to Linux, including a public preview now available. While not open source, just having operating system flexibility will be a welcome change for many system administrators.

Linux Foundation events grow and change

The Linux Foundation continues to broaden its focus, with new projects and industry groups popping up under the organization's umbrella seemingly all the time. To keep up with this widening array of open source projects under their wings, the Linux Foundation has announced that for 2017, LinuxCon will be merging with CloudOpen, ContainerCon, and a new Community Leadership Conferences under the heading of "Open Source Summit."

Fedora 25 steams ahead

Fedora enthusiasts might want to clear their calendar and make sure they're near a reliable Internet connection next Tuesday morning, as Fedora 25 is on-schedule to land on November 22. Confirmed in a tweet yesterday, Fedora's second release of this year brings updates to many core packages, and will now support Wayland as the default display server on compatible machines.

This week in Kubernetes

It has been a busy week for reading up on Kubernetes, the open source container management system. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • A new business venture, Heptio, emerged from an announcement today by two of the original founders of the Kubernetes project, targeting Kubernetes and container adoption in the enterprise.
  • GitLab shared a quick video in which they take an application from concept to production deployment in less than 13 minutes using Kubernetes, demonstrating the power of Kubernetes as an application platform.
  • Linux.com published a new guide to rolling updates and rollbacks using Kubernetes deployments.
  • Want to build a tiny Kubernetes cluster? A blog post from Chad Moon earlier this week explores building a five-node Kubernetes cluster with miniature stick computers that could fit in the palm of your hand.

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Jason Baker - I use technology to make the world more open. Linux desktop enthusiast. Map/geospatial nerd. Raspberry Pi tinkerer. Data analysis and visualization geek. Occasional coder. Cloud nativist. Civic tech and open government booster.