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Open source news roundup for July 17-23, 2016
Splice Machine community edition, European Commission open source audits, and more news
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the new community edition of Splice Machine, the European Commission decision to audit two open source applications, an open source cloud monitoring tool, and more.
Splice Machine releases a community edition of its RDBMS
Splice Machine isn't the biggest name in the world of relational database management systems (RDBMS). The company, however, took a step towards wider recognition this week by releasing an open source edition of its RDBMS for Hadoop and Spark. Splice Machine CEO Monte Zweben told SDTimes that the "Community Edition is a fully functional RDBMS that enables teams to completely evaluate Splice Machine."
The community edition of Splice Machine sits beside the Enterprise edition. The main difference between the two is that the Enterprise edition, according to Zweben, offers "additional DevOps features needed to securely operate Splice Machine." You can test drive the community edition by grabbing the code from GitHub or by creating a Splice Machine Cluster on Amazon AWS.
European Commission to audit Apache and KeePass
The European Commission announced security audits on two popular open source applications: Apache web server and desktop password manager KeePass. The audits are part of the EU-FOSSA software auditing project.
Why Apache and KeePass? A recent survey found those were the two most widely used open source applications within EU institutions. The audits will involving analyzing and testing the source code for both applications, and the EU-FOSSA team "will be contacting the project owners to get them closely involved in the audit."
Version 1.0 of Prometheus cloud monitoring tool released
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF for short) hit another milestone in its plan to build a "container-powered cloud built entirely on open source and open standards." CNCF announced the release of version 1.0 of Prometheus, an enterprise IT monitoring tool.
Prometheus started life at popular music hosting service Soundcloud and is used to monitor container resources, application frameworks, and applications stacks. According to InfoWorld, Prometheus "has been a work in progress over the past four years," but is integrated with Kubernetes (a container cluster management tool). With the release of version 1.0, CNCF expects Prometheus to become more widely supported and distributed, and to become part of other container ecosystems.
In other news
- Government agencies in New Zealand now have open source on their side
- An open source machine that plants and waters seeds
- European Union releases the results of its FOSS survey
- An open source tool that can map out Bitcoin payments
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