Open Source Wrap Up June 13 – 19, 2015
Let’s Encrypt Announces Launch Schedule
Let’s encrypt is a Linux Foundation collaborative project that seeks to provide a free, automated, and open certificate authority to allow anyone to securely encrypt their website using HTTPS. Setting this service up will be as simple as running two commands on the Linux server that runs the site, simplifying the process of generating trusted certificates significantly. The project has announced their launch schedule for early testing of the service as well as general availability. The first certificates will be issued the week of July 27, 2015 and will gradually scale up to a general release the week of September 14, 2015.
OIC Plugfest #2 Scheduled for End of June in Redmond, Washington
The Open Interconnect Consortium will host its second interoperability plugfest June 23, 24 and 25th at VMC, Inc. in Redmond Washington. This three-day members-only event allows OIC to continue to make progress on developing its test specification and provides the membership with an opportunity to test early-to-market products in parallel with specification and test development. OIC has a series of additional plugfests scheduled throughout the rest of the year in preparation for the launch of its certification program.
Open Source Virtual Reality Gains Traction at E3
There are numerous companies that have joined the Virtual Reality (VR) market, with many of them opting for open source frameworks. At E3 this week, Razer and Valve showed off the development happening within their own respective VR platforms. Razer announced support for Android on their OSVR platform, as well as 15 new member companies that are now involved with the project. In addition to being involved with OSVR, Valve also heads the development of the OpenVR platform, and SteamVR, which is OpenVR with Steam, their popular video game distribution’s client, built in. These projects, in addition to Samsung’s Gear VR Framework, show that the open source VR ecosystem is alive and well.
Linus Torvalds Discusses the Future of Linux Without Him
Linus Torvalds has had one of the biggest impacts of any individual on the production of modern software through his leadership in the development of Linux. Linux has evolved from a simple hobby project to the largest software development project in history, and with this evolution, a network of leading individuals have sprung up to help manage its development. Considering that Linus is the ultimate arbitrator of Linux, there is some concern around how the project will continue after he leaves. However, with the support of the Linux Foundation and the emergence of strong individuals like Greg Kroah-Hartman, it seems the succession plan of Linux leadership is relatively secure.