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  • October 16, 2015 - Samsung Open Source Group

    In This Week’s Wrap Up: A Portable VPN, CDN Caching, and Space!

    Open Source Wrap Up: October 10 – 16, 2015 NASA Releases Massive VICAR Collection as Open Source NASA has been developing Video Image Communication and Retrieval (VICAR) software since the 1960’s, and this software has been used for transporting image and video data from many missions into space. They have released the suite of VICAR tools they use as open source.  NASA has been getting more involved in open source communities for some time, and this is just another development in a series of positive moves towards greater open source use and development. The source code for the VICAR software can be found on GitHub and it includes more than 350 applications. The use of this software has grown from unmanned planetary spacecraft to include biomedical image processing, cartography, geological exploration, and more. Portable, Open Source VPN Finishes Successful KickStarter InvizBox Go is a new product being developed by a […]

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  • I’ve been at Samsung in the Open Source Group as Senior Open Source Strategist for about three months now, and one of the most exciting parts of my job is to help internal groups prepare to spin up new open source projects. This is something that I particularly enjoy, having spent five years at The Linux Foundation doing pretty much the same thing (albeit seated in a different place at the table). So You Think You Can Open Source? One of the things I’ve noticed over the past few years is that it’s really easy and exciting for people to say, “Open source is hot! Let’s create a new project, do some open source-y stuff, and change the world! And let’s tell the boss we’re doing this right away!” In some cases (including a few I’m working on right now) this genuinely is the case. Truly transformative technologies tend to […]

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  • October 7, 2015 - Ben Lloyd Pearson

    LinuxCon Europe Wrap Up

    We sent a handful of representatives to LinuxCon EU in Dublin, Ireland this week, and we found quite a lot of value in doing so. Between attending sessions, networking with other experts in the open source industry over Guinness and Irish Whiskey, and meeting people at our booth there was quite a lot for us to do. Buzzwords Abound Its a given that any technical conference will feature a few topics that the industry is focusing on at the time. For some time now, IoT has been perhaps the biggest topic in open source technology and Linux. This conference was no exception with numerous keynotes and sessions that covered IoT platforms including IoTivity, OpenWRT, and more. This topic is only picking up steam and is driven by a serious demand for consumer IoT devices. Additionally, containers continue to be a major area of interest, especially when it comes to cloud […]

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  • August 21, 2015 - Ben Lloyd Pearson

    Linux Continues Full Steam Ahead: LinuxCon 2015

    A few of us from the Samsung Open Source Group had the pleasure of attending LinuxCon in Seattle this week. It attracted more than 1,500 professionals from the Linux community and the rest of the open source industry for presentations, conversations, and general mingling. For the first time, LinuxCon was colocated with ContainerCon which, in addition to CloudOpen, brought quite a few experts from companies that work on cloud technologies and virtualization. Linux is at the Center of an Ever-Growing Ecosystem Anyone familiar with the Linux Foundation probably knows the community is as strong as ever and shows little sign of slowing down. Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation, explained this in his opening keynote when he stated that  nearly 3,000 developers have contributed more than 64 million lines of code to Linux Foundation collaborative projects (not including the Linux Kernel). These contributions represent $5.1 billion in […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: August 8-14, 2015 Google Launches Showcase for Experimental, Open Source Android Apps Google has launched Android Experiments, a site that showcases apps that use cutting edge technology with clean, modern aesthetics and interfaces. All of the apps hosted on Android Experiments are open source, allowing other developers to learn from these examples and use them to build their own software. The mobile app market has been slow to adopt open source, which prevents a lot of newcomers from creating their first app by making it significantly more challenging to start. Google seeks to address this with Android Experiments by allowing anyone to submit apps to be included in the showcase. New Simple, Cheap, Open Source Nitrate Tester Nitrate pollution as a result of agricultural runoff is a major problem for the world’s waterways. Commercial testing of nitrate levels is an expensive process that involves proprietary tools […]

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  • August 10, 2015 - Brian Warner

    Tizen Has Serious Momentum in India

    I was fortunate enough to attend the third Tizen Developer Summit, hosted this year in Bengaluru, India. What a great experience! As you might be aware, I recently joined Samsung from the Linux Foundation (more on this in the future), where I was the manager of the Tizen project. I’ve been involved in every Tizen event since the beginning, but there was something special about this one that felt like a milestone had been passed, and it wasen’t just because of the million Samsung Z1 smartphones that have been sold since launch. People are Flocking to Tizen I wasn’t surprised simply by the size of the event; there were more than one thousand attendees at what’s typically Tizen’s smaller event every year. Nor was I surprised by the 500 plus people that signed up for the Tizen DevLab, 2.5 times more people than we had seats for. Although it is […]

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  • OSCON is one of the leading conferences in the open source world, and it attracts thousands of visitors every year to Portland, OR. This year’s event wrapped up on Friday, July 24, and the Samsung Open Source Group sent about a dozen representatives to the conference this year to present talks, interact with visitors, and staff a large booth that featured demos of a handful of the open source projects we are involved with. We’re still a pretty small group here at Samsung with less than 50 people scattered throughout the world, so it’s important to us that we raise awareness about the work we do and OSCON is a good opportunity for us to do so. Scratching Our Itches In true open source fashion, Samsung went to OSCON in order to scratch the company’s own itches. In other words, like most companies and organizations, we were there to help […]

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  • We’re approaching (in a few months) the 24th anniversary of the famous email that Linus Torvalds (then an anonymous college student) sent to the world announcing his ‘hobby’ operating system (Linux). A lot has changed since that email, and while Linus still maintains ultimate veto power over what goes into the Linux Kernel, the fundamental tenet of letting go of a portion of the control over his project to gain the advantages of mass collaboration remains. This is at the core of all open source projects, and even in 2015 it seems to be a lesson that some people in Corporate America still haven’t fully grasped. The good news is that pretty much every industry has recognized the huge value of consuming open source, whether it be for internal use in their enterprise infrastructure, or as the basis for successful product lines. However, there is still widespread corporate reluctance to […]

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  • Introduction Proper Open Source compliance gives you the ability to honor the obligations of open source licenses while protecting your own Intellectual Property (IP), as well as that of 3rd party software providers, from unintended disclosure. Companies that use open source software in their products should establish such a program to ensure compliance with all open source licenses. Basic elements of a compliance program include: policies, processes, guidelines, training, and automated source code audits. Compliance activities must be carefully planned and monitored to assure that objectives are met in a timely manner. There are three fundamental steps that comprise the core of a Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) compliance process: Identifying any open source software contained in an externally distributed product Reviewing and approving the intended use of FOSS Satisfying FOSS license obligations In this blog post, I’ll discuss a 7-step system you can use to improve and strengthen […]

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  • April 27, 2015 - Ben Lloyd Pearson and Guy Martin

    GearVRf: The Journey from Proprietary to Open Source

    The Open Source Group recently provided technical and strategic consulting to a Samsung team that has developed an exciting new Virtual Reality Framework. GearVRf is a rendering library to help speed application development on VR-supported Android devices. The team had a desire to launch an open source project around this code, and in this post we’ll share the process we went through to help them make this happen. We believe sharing this experience is important for two main reasons. First, readers with less experience in this area will gain a sense of what’s required to take internal code, make it available under an open source license and then drive its adoption by growing a developer community. Second, readers with more experience will hopefully give us feedback on how we can do this better the next time. What Does it Take to Launch a Successful Open Source Project? Our process started […]

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