- Google releases has algorithms as open source
There are a few details on Google’s open source blog of what sounds like an opportunistic open source decision. As the post notes, this family of hash functions was developed for internal use based on their data center hardware but most modern systems now include the capabilities well suited to supporting these hashes. Certain kinds of modern, post-relational storage systems rely on hash algorithms so these will no doubt find some interesting and valuable applications.
- Why openness is inevitable
Glyn Moody has an interesting thought at Computer World UK on Facebook’s opening of its data center designs. It is worth reading to understand the subtle difference in his reasoning from the usual and often flawed rhetoric that open source software is essentially better than proprietary. The rub is similar to the social justice opportunities discussed by the likes of Eben Moglen in advocating for free software, that models of open sharing harness distributed intelligence far better than keeping efforts centrally controlled.
- VMWare launches an open cloud offering
Alex Williams at ReadWriteWeb has details from the companies announcement. Given that CloudFoundry will offer options to run on top of AWS, while the offering is no doubt meant to compete with OpenStack it clearly is aiming to be very competitive. That impression is furthered by its inclusion of a desktop scale option targeted directly at developers. It isn’t clear to me that the openness of the source goes beyond the languages and platforms on offer and it doesn’t look like a platform for any old virtual machine but to support very specific application environments like Spring and Node.js among others.
- Jerry Lawson, inventor of modern game console, dies at 70, GameLife at Wired
- Bring open source to biomedicine, Slashdot
- Germany’s experiment with additional rights of action for online petitiones, Ars Technica