IT Automation Acquisition, Open Source in France, and More in This Week’s Wrap Up

Open Source Wrap Up: October 17 – 23, 2015

Red Hat Acquires Ansible

Red Hat has long been one of the most successful businesses in the open source industry, and part of their success has been the strategic purchases of companies that develop leading technology. One such recent technology is Ansible: a platform for IT automation and DevOps. Ansible has slowly emerged as the leader in a field full of stiff competition; this acquisition illustrates just how important Ansible has become. Recently, Red Hat has been investing significant time and money in the development of containers and their use in the cloud, and this acquisition will certainly expand their development efforts.

Read the announcement here.

France Citizens Open the Door for Open Source

Following 20 days of public debate and more than 147,000 votes and 8,500 proposals, the French citizens have approved the Digital Republic Bill. This bill covers a large range of digital elements including esports, security, privacy, net neutrality, and the right to encryption. The third most popular proposal calls on public administrators to give preference to free and open source software, and while this is only a recommendation, it opens the doors for greater use of open source technology.

Read More at Joinup.

Let’s Encrypt Hits Important Milestone

Let’s Encrypt is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project that is aimed at providing simple, trusted website encryption over SSL/TLS through the installation of a single application. We’ve been following the Let’s Encrypt project for some time now (we have plans to implement it here once public access rolls out), and it has hit a very important milestone this week. The project has received cross-signatures from IdenTrust, meaning that browsers will begin trusting the certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt by default. You can see this in action here. This is the final milestone for the project before they begin rolling out public access the week of November 16, 2015.

Red Hat Opens Nominations for Women in Open Source Awards

Red Hat has opened nominations for their annual Women in Open Source awards. They are seeking nominations for two awards: academic and community. The academic award is for any woman currently enrolled in a college or university, and the community award is for women who volunteer on projects related to open source software. The winners will receive a paid trip to Red Hat Summit 2016, a $2,500 stipend, and a featured article on Nominees can be people that work on code, community management, design, documentation, open source methodology, or anything else related to the development of open source software. The company believes this award is important because only about 11% of open source participants are women, and it is important to highlight women that have been successful in order to encourage this number to grow.

Author: Ben Lloyd Pearson

Ben is an open source technologist experienced in a wide array of modern IT tools. He's done a bit of everything, from web development, to systems administration, web publishing, and beyond.