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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 small team in Dublin, Ireland to provide better network privacy and security. It is a small, WiFi router that connects all traffic to a VPN service. It’s primary feature is that it allows users to connect through it to a public WiFi network so that information sent over the public network can’t be eavesdropped on. They have successfully funded their KickStarter campaign and plan to have the first round of devices shipped out in February 2016.

Concurrent Announces Open Source Transparent Caching Software

Concurrent offers online storage and content delivery services, and they have announced the open source release of Laguna: a transparent caching solution. This service improves the delivery of content like streaming video by caching it at the edges of service provider networks to improve service quality, transit costs, and network congestion. In order to do this, Laguna features intelligent interception, flexible caching profiles, flexible network integration, and traffic management. The company’s goal with this launch is to reduce the cost of deploying these solutions, while capitalizing on enterprise support services. No date has been given for the release, but you can keep an eye on the project’s GitHub to stay up to date.

HP Launches Open Source Switch OS

HP has announced the launch of their own open source switch operating system: OpenSwitch. The operating system provides a full featured layer 2/3 control plane stack, and it’s a Linux distribution that is intended to be installed on bare metal switches. It’s a part of the growing Open Compute Project which is aimed at building a full open source data center stack. This is a part of HP’s increasing efforts to get involved in the development of open source cloud services in recent years.

Author: Ben Lloyd Pearson

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