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July 22nd, 2015

OSCON Report: Big Blue Goes Big for FOSS

PORTLAND, Ore. — My colleague Christine Hall beat me to the punch this morning about Capital One’s announcement on their open source development tool, but IBM and Hitachi also both made a big splash at OSCON today.

“Big Blue” unveiled a new platform for developers to collaborate with IBM on a newly released set of open source technologies. IBM plans to release 50 projects to the open source community to speed adoption in the enterprise sector and spur a new class of cloud innovations around mobile and analytics, among other areas.

OSCON logoThe project is called developerWorks Open, a cloud-based environment for developers to access emerging IBM technologies, technical expertise and collaborate with a global network to accelerate projects. Developers can download the code, but also access various items like blogs, videos, tools and techniques to accelerate their efforts.

According to the company, this represents the next step of IBM’s commitment to the open source community. IBM has more than twenty years of leadership in the open source movement, and thousands of developers certified to engage in open source development. Among the broad range of technologies already deployed on developerWorks Open, IBM is making available projects in key areas to help bridge the development gap.

“IBM firmly believes that open source is the foundation of innovative application development in the cloud,” said Angel Diaz, IBM Vice President of Cloud Architecture and Technology. “With developerWorks Open, we are open sourcing additional IBM innovations that we feel have the potential to grow the community and ecosystem and eventually become established technologies.”

Meanwhile, Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, announced that its HDS Unified Compute Platform will support Google Kubernetes, the containers orchestration initiative. First introduced in 2010, UCP currently supports software from VMware, SAP, and Microsoft.

Quick takes from the floor on Wednesday: Juggling — some can do it, but everyone wants to — but the folks at PayPal are giving folks a chance with possibly the best swag of the show so far: three juggling balls… What’s in your swag bag? With the opening of the expo floor on Wednesday, one of the critical items missing at OSCON is a bag handout, which comes in handy with a lot of gathered swag. Who would come to the rescue on Wednesday but our friends at Capital One… Sweeping up a wide range of interviews at OSCON so far has been the team of Chris Fisher and Noah Chelliah from the Linux Action Show. The Jupiter Broadcasting team has about nine interviews in ready for upcoming broadcasts, and they’re definitely worth a watch.

There is a lot of catching up with folks to do, lots of reports from the floor, and for those reasons there will be more dispatches released during the course of the day Thursday. Watch this space, and don’t forget we’re streaming talks from OSCON here on FOSS Force.

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Larry Cafiero, a.k.a. Larry the Free Software Guy, is a journalist and a Free/Open Source Software advocate. He is involved in several FOSS projects and serves as the publicity chair for the Southern California Linux Expo. Follow him on Twitter: @lcafiero

1 comment to OSCON Report: Big Blue Goes Big for FOSS

  • Timmy

    I think you have used the wrong word here. You mentioned the lack of a bag for “swag”. I assume you meant lack of a bag for “junk”, right 😉