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Faucet: An open source SDN controller for high-speed production networks

Thanks to open source software, we can now take control over and modify the behavior of almost every component in an IT system. We can modify everything from the networking stack in the kernel all the way down to web server code in user space to make improvements or implement new features.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 03:02

Getting started with Sandstorm, an open source web app platform

Sand dunesThere seems to be a mad rush at the beginning of every year to find ways to be more productive. New Year's resolutions, the itch to start the year off right, and of course, an "out with the old, in with the new" attitude all contribute to this. And the usual round of recommendations is heavily biased towards closed source and proprietary software. It doesn't have to be that way.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 03:03

How ASLR Protects Linux Systems from Buffer Overflow Attacks

Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) is a memory-protection process for operating systems that guards against buffer-overflow attacks. It helps to ensure that the memory addresses associated with running processes on systems are not predictable, thus flaws or vulnerabilities associated with these processes will be more difficult to exploit.

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Monday, January 14, 2019 - 04:03

Comparing 3 open source databases: PostgreSQL, MariaDB, and SQLite

Data container block with hexagonsIn the world of modern enterprise technologies, open source software has firmly established itself as one of the biggest forces to reckon with. After all, some of the biggest technology developments have emerged because of the open source movement.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 03:00

(Don't) Return to Sender: How to Protect Yourself From Email Tracking

There are a lot of different ways to track email, and different techniques can lie anywhere on the spectrum from marginally acceptable to atrocious. Responsible tracking should aggregate a minimal amount of anonymous data, similar to page hits: enough to let the sender get a sense of how well their campaign is doing without invading users’ privacy.

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Monday, January 14, 2019 - 05:35

Turn a Raspberry Pi 3B+ into a PriTunl VPN

PriTunl is a fantastic VPN terminator solution that's perfect for small businesses and individuals who want a quick and simple way to access their network privately. It's open source, and the basic free version is more than enough to get you started and cover most simple use cases. There is also a paid enterprise version with advanced features like Active Directory integration.

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Monday, January 14, 2019 - 03:02

Get started with Wekan, an open source kanban board

There seems to be a mad rush at the beginning of every year to find ways to be more productive. New Year's resolutions, the itch to start the year off right, and of course, an "out with the old, in with the new" attitude all contribute to this. And the usual round of recommendations is heavily biased towards closed source and proprietary software. It doesn't have to be that way.

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Monday, January 14, 2019 - 03:02

Get started with Joplin, a note-taking app

hands programmingThere seems to be a mad rush at the beginning of every year to find ways to be more productive. New Year's resolutions, the itch to start the year off right, and of course, an "out with the old, in with the new" attitude all contribute to this. And the usual round of recommendations is heavily biased towards closed source and proprietary software. It doesn't have to be that way.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 03:03

CLA proliferation and the Island of Dr. Moreau

When I started my career as an open source attorney, a significant concern was the proliferation of new forms of open source licenses, each requiring time-consuming analysis. As my colleague Scott Peterson points out in his article, "Open source licenses are shared resources": read more

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Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 03:00

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