Today’s technology companies increasingly rely on open source software to create better software and services faster. IDC reports that 30% of the deployed code in the Global 2000 is open source software, and it is likely many times higher in resource-strapped startup environments. However the day-to-day practice of using open source is often uncontrolled, particularly in startup companies, and can potentially create unknown legal and operational risks with a company’s software assets.
Best-in-class organizations are utilizing up to 80% open source code to rapidly deliver solutions. As the amount and frequency of new open source increases within your code base, ensuring that the right binaries show up in your build is becoming more and more challenging.
Serverspec provides a simple approach to testing your server configurations, independent of any configuration management tools. Using serverspec, you can write RSpec tests for checking your servers’ configuration. It tests your servers' actual state through SSH access, so you don't need to install any agent software on your servers and can use any of the leading configuration management tools including Puppet, Chef, CFEngine and more.
XPrivacy can prevent applications from leaking privacy sensitive data and can restrict the categories of data an application can access. This is done by feeding an application with no or fake data. There are several data categories which can be restricted, including contacts and locations. For example, if you restrict access to contacts for an application, an empty contact list will be sent. Similarly, restricting an application's access to your location will result in a fake location being sent.
Docker is an open source project that automates the deployment of lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers from any application. The same container that a developer builds and tests on a laptop can run at scale, in production, on VMs, bare metal, OpenStack clusters, public clouds and more.
Docker really got our attention. Few projects outside the highly corporate-sponsored arena garner this level of excitement and attention. While Docker was started by a small, commercial firm previously known as dotCloud, this project has quickly grown roots and turned the heads of the big guys, including RedHat and Google. But more importantly, Docker provides developers with an important advancement in the way they build scalable applications for the cloud – the ability to create lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers from any application. This level of portability offers companies plenty of options for where their apps will run, while allowing developers to have freedom of choice in the languages and tools used to build them.
Ghost is dedicated to one thing: publishing. It's beautifully designed, completely customizable and completely open source. It allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even (gasp) fun to do. It's simple, elegant, and designed so that you can spend less time messing with making your blog work - and more time blogging.
InfluxDB is a time series, events, and metrics database. It's written in Go and has no external dependencies. Once you install it there's nothing else to manage (like Redis, HBase, or whatever). It's designed to be distributed and scale horizontially, but is useful even if you're only running it on a single box.
Paul Dix started a project called ErrPlane, focusing on monitoring and metrics. As he traveled around trying to get traction with ErrPlane, he began to realize that other competing projects were all writing their own time-series database to handle the type and volume of data needed. So he and his partner made a big decision to stop working on ErrPlane and shift their focus to building a specialized, time-series database. Paul and team worked quietly for one month, and then decided they needed some feedback to continue, so they did a talk at a NY Ruby Meet-up. One of the attendees posted it up on Hacker News. O’Reilly Radar picked it up and the story went to the top. When Paul saw people talking about InfluxDB at a DevOps conference in Australia and another in Japan, they knew they were onto something solid. As of this writing, the project is only 3 months old, with the first commit Sept 23rd.