Library deliberately corrupted by its developer relaunches as community project

A popular library that was deliberately corrupted by its own developer has been relaunched as a community-driven project.

Last week, Developer reported that users of open-source projects depending on the ‘colors’ and ‘faker’ libraries by Marak Squires were confronted with their applications indefinitely printing gibberish messages on their console—rendering them useless.

Squires corrupted his own libraries, seemingly in retaliation for others using them for...

Google wants to increase government collaboration to secure open-source

Google says that it wants to increase government collaboration to help secure open-source after participating in a White House summit.

On Thursday, Google participated in the White House Open Source Software Security Summit with the aim of building on its “work with the Administration to strengthen America’s collective cybersecurity through critical areas like open-source software.”

The past year has been particularly bad for open-source security problems, with...

Open-source developer corrupted his own popular libraries

An open-source developer intentionally corrupted his own libraries that have been used by thousands of projects.

Users of open-source projects that depend on the ‘colors’ and ‘faker’ libraries by Marak Squires were confronted with their applications indefinitely printing gibberish messages on their console—rendering them useless.

The colors library receives over 20 million weekly downloads on npm alone and has almost 19,000 projects depending on it. The faker...

GitHub Octoverse 2021: Developer diversity is increasing, code is shipping faster than ever

The 2021 edition of GitHub’s annual Octoverse report highlights a welcome increase in the diversity of the developer community alongside many other interesting trends.

According to the report, almost 60 percent of active GitHub users are now distributed outside North America. The world’s largest repo service is seeing the fastest user growth in Indonesia, Brazil, India, Russia, Japan, Germany, Canada, the UK, and China.

Developers are both writing and shipping code...

What open API means for today’s IT and physical security strategies

A man using a laptop.

What is open-source security software?

Open-source software is nothing new. In fact, it’s been around since the 1990s when it was popularized during the dot-com boom. Open source software makes it free to use and modify the source code. While similar, open application programming interface, or API, software takes this a step farther. Open API still gives developers universal access to software programs, but it’s also a tool for making platforms communicate with each other....

Thomas Dohmke will be GitHub’s new CEO

Thomas Dohmke is taking over from Nat Friedman to become GitHub’s new CEO.

Dohmke co-founded HockeyApp – a service to help distribute beta versions of apps and get analytics and crash reports – in 2011, to solve some of his paint points as a developer.

He took this passion for solving pain points to GitHub in 2018 after leading Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub alongside Friedman.

In a blog post, Dohmke wrote:

“Leading the home for all...

HDC 2021: Huawei provides updates on HarmonyOS, HMS Core 6, and more

During this year’s Huawei Developer Conference (HDC 2021), the tech giant took the opportunity to provide key updates on HarmonyOS, HMS Core 6, and more.

The theme of the event was “Together” and was used in regards to both the community and technologies that Huawei is building around its ecosystem.

In this article, we’ll recap some big announcements and interesting tech sessions from this year’s event.

HarmonyOS 3.0

Huawei’s open source in-house...

Appwrite raises $10M to build its open-source Firebase rival as community grows by 40,000

Appwrite has raised $10 million to build its open-source rival to Google’s Firebase amid rapid developer community growth.

The open-source Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) provider raised the cash via two successive seed funding rounds led first by Ibex Investors and Seed Camp and followed by Bessemer Venture Partners and Flybridge Capital Partners.

Flybridge is a particularly interesting investor as the firm was an early investor in Firebase back in 2013.

Uri...

Linux Foundation: Companies are struggling to find open-source talent

The Linux Foundation and edX have released the 2021 Open Source Jobs report which reveals the struggle companies are having in finding talent.

As the world recovers from the pandemic, the general talent shortages across industries have been well-documented. However, the new report shows just how pronounced the problem is when it comes to hiring open-source expertise.

Technology helped to keep the world moving during the pandemic and even the most resistant-to-change...

Travis CI flaw exposed thousands of open-source projects’ secrets

A flaw in popular software testing tool Travis CI exposed the secrets of thousands of open-source projects.

Travis CI is a hosted continuous integration service used to build and test software projects hosted on GitHub and Bitbucket.

For at least a week – between 3-10 Sept – open-source repos that used Travis CI had their keys, credentials, and tokens exposed.

Ethereum developer Felix Lange discovered a flaw with how Travis CI handled environmental...