Open Source Eats Governance, and More. This Week in Open Source

Open Source Wrap Up: November 1 – 6, 2015

Linux Foundation Launches Open API Initiative

The Linux Foundation continues to expand their reach in the tech industry by launching the Open API Initiative (OAI) aimed at creating a vendor neutral, portable, open specification for providing metadata for RESTful APIs. This specification will be built on top of Swagger: a description system that makes APIs autodiscoverable and self-documenting. Open APIs have become a key component when creating new technologies, and are particularly important for sectors like the banking and health care industries. Any effort to improve standardization will certainly be valuable.

More information can be found at the project home page.

Open Source Mobile Voter Registration System Developed for Libya

If you have followed international news at all in recent years, you are certainly aware of the ongoing instability throughout much of the Middle East. Libya has been hit particularly hard by this instability with multiple factions currently fighting for power. As part of an effort to bring the factions together, the country is currently working towards holding a democratic election and the Libyan High National Elections Commission has hired Caktus, a US-based IT consultancy group, to develop an open source platform for voter registration. So far, more than 1.5 million Libyans have registered to vote using the simple SMS system. While the nation still has plenty of challenges to overcome, open source is helping the Elections Commission take steps in the right direction towards establishing sustainable governance.

Indian Government Makes Major Push Towards Open Source

The Indian government has expressed interest in open source software in the past, most notable through the development efforts on BOSS Linux. The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has published a new policy on the use of open source for government organizations. This mandatory policy states that all government organizations should consider open source solutions to be the preferred option over all closed source, cloud applications for e-governance systems.

The new policy has three major goals:

  • To provide a policy framework for rapid and effective adoption of OSS.
  • To ensure strategic control in e-governance applications and systems from a long-term perspective.
  • To reduce the total cost of ownership of projects.

The policy can be read in its entirety here.

Docker Releases Production-Ready Version 1.9

Progress on Docker has continued ahead full steam with version 1.9 released this week. It includes a huge amount of changes and new features.

Most notably, this release includes:

  • Multi-host Networking – Allows the creation of virtual networks in Docker Engine that span multiple hosts to provide better control over network topology and container-to-container communication.
  • Persistent Storage – New and improved plugins make third-party, persistent storage easier to setup.
  • Docker Swarm 1.0 – Swarm makes scaling Docker clusters easier and it has reached a production-ready state with this release.
  • Many improvements to Docker Engine, Compose, and Registry.

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Author: Ben Lloyd Pearson

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