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The best open source software of 2020

InfoWorld picks the year’s best open source software for software development, cloud computing, data analytics, and machine learning

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The year of PostgreSQL is every year

Completely community-driven, with no centralized ownership, Postgres has been the elephant in the room for more than 30 years

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Does Snowflake mean the end of open source?

The cloud-based enterprise data platform may mark the end of a decades-long run in the dominance of open source infrastructure

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Linux is still the standard

Linux not only paved the way for open source success, but has shaped how open source communities operate

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Do developers really care about open source?

If all a developer really wants is an API that’s open and a cost model that works, then maybe cloud is the best answer

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Open source has a people problem

While open source software is free and infinitely reproducible, open source maintainers are precious and scarce

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The community hat rules the company hat in open source

For kube-state-metrics maintainer and Red Hat employee Lili Cosic, what Red Hat wants from the project is beside the point

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What is Google’s Open Usage Commons — and why?

Google’s new foundation provides trademark protection to open source projects, starting with Istio, Angular, and Gerrit. Not everyone is pleased

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What does an open source maintainer do after burnout?

Maintaining an open source project is far different from coding, which is a problem if coding is what you love

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The unwavering optimism of Tim O'Reilly

InfoWorld finds the Silicon Valley veteran in an at once optimistic, yet fiercely critical mood, as he talks about the opportunities artificial intelligence could afford society, while also addressing the risks of such technology if...

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Microsoft unveils Pylance, its new Python extension for Visual Studio Code

Pylance works with the existing Microsoft Python extension to bring faster type checking and program analysis to Python devs

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The power of open source to fight COVID-19

By fueling the sharing of resources and technology across the globe, open source is helping to address the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic

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Developers will decide cloud winners and losers

Companies might choose AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud, but their developers will decide what runs there

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How GraphQL turned web development on its head

With GraphQL, you get to build whatever API you like and let the client determine what data it wants to access. Just don’t call it a query language

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Julia vs. Python: Which is best for data science?

Python has turned into a data science and machine learning mainstay, while Julia was built from the ground up to do the job

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How Redis scratched an itch — and changed databases forever

For decades we were hamstrung by the belief the database was a ‘solved’ problem, until open source developers opened our eyes

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Will the solo open source developer survive the pandemic?

Many important projects are maintained by volunteer developers who may now have more pressing needs than volunteering

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Open source projects take all kinds — well, some do

You might think open source projects only want users who contribute code. It’s complicated

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