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March 11, 2019
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Open source advances deeper into hardware: The CHIPS Alliance project

Open-source hardware is older than you might think. Sun released OpenSPARC in 2007, and IBM started OpenPOWER in 2013. OpenSPARC would die after Oracle bought Sun, and OpenPOWER remains largely IBM-driven. With the recent arrival of the RISC-V (pronounced Risk-Five), though, open-source CPU designs have finally … Continue reading

February 7, 2019
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Microsoft joins OpenChain open-source compliance group

OpenChain, I would argue, is the most important open-source project you’ve never heard of before. This Linux Foundationconsortium provides an industry standard for open-source supply chain license compliance. And now, Microsoft has joined the the OpenChain Project. OpenChain’s important because the open-source … Continue reading