GPL(GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE) FREEDOM 0: The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose.
FREEDOM 1: The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish.
FREEDOM 2: The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others.
FREEDOM 3: The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others.
If you’re seeking for software experts to assist you with a project, you’ve definitely heard the phrase “team extension.” However, what exactly does it mean? What distinguishes it from services like devoted teams that are identical to it?
The process of creating software is not simple, and most projects necessitate the hiring of fresh developers on many occasions. When looking for expertise and abilities, business owners can benefit from services like IT staffing, staff augmentation, specialized teams, or team extension. Nevertheless, it might be challenging to tell them apart.
IT services outsourcing is one of the popular forms of outsourcing today. It has to do with outsourcing technologically connected services and assets for all or a portion of an information technology business function.
Due to its interaction with technology on some level, every organization, whether it is a dedicated start-up or a vast corporation, has IT demands.
Optimal Techniques for Outsourcing
For newcomers, outsourcing might be particularly challenging. However, understanding the industry’s most recent advancements, trends, and statistics as well as the best practices for outsourcing will help you navigate its complexities.
Establish Early Outsourcing Objectives
Make a list of your objectives before dealing with an outsourcing provider. What drives your outsourcing decisions? What do you expect the outsourced project to accomplish?
You can establish your outsourcing goals using the following questions. Additionally, your outsourcing partner needs to comprehend your objectives. Therefore, giving them a clear list of goals will enable you both to be on the same page.
Decide on the Best Outsourcing Engagement Model
Your outsourcing goals, the services you wish to outsource, and your budget should all be taken into account when choosing an outsourcing model. Always keep in mind that each outsourcing model offers a particular service. In 2021, India was regarded as the most alluring location for offshore business services.
Pick the Best Outsourcing Service Provider for Your Needs
When choosing the best provider of outsourcing services, you must be cautious. Creating a checklist of what you need and want from an outsourcing partner will help you identify the best one.
When picking an outsourcing partner, you should consider things like firm reputation, worldwide presence, technical knowledge, systems and processes, recruitment, and HR assistance.
Start with Small Teams of One to Two People.
Starting with a team of one to two team members may be in your best interest if this is your first time working with a third-party service provider. Finding reliable information on the provider’s ability is the aim. If the outcomes meet your expectations, you can progressively expand and entrust your outsourcing partner with increasingly significant or large-scale projects.
Create a Transparent Communication Process
Lack of communication is one of the reasons outsourcing initiatives fail. The development of the project, particular priorities, and other pertinent problems should therefore be discussed openly and frequently with your provider.
Tips for Outsourcing Like a Pro
Be specific in your assignment descriptions and your objectives
When outsourcing, you must first clearly define and express what you are looking for. What are the duties and objectives you hope to accomplish during the allotted time? In order for potential candidates to provide you with an accurate proposal and estimate, you must clarify your criteria.
Indicate Time Requirements in Detail
It’s crucial to specify the deadline and the requirements for the timetable upfront in order to save both your time and that of the other party. As the project timetable has a significant impact on business costs, doing this will also shield you from potential losses.
Employ the Service Provider Just as You Would an Office Worker
You are employing help to produce more effective and superior results, therefore you should assess every proposal as though it were from a prospective employee for your business. Don’t overlook the crucial experience just because they’re working remotely; instead, look at their prior performance through the feedback.
Don’t Be Duped by Bargains
Never pick a service provider based purely on pricing, as this does not guarantee quality. Instead of choosing someone based on their low hourly rate, it is preferable to follow every criterion to get good outcomes and have the most necessary productive output.
Although outsourcing might be a terrific method to save time and money, it’s crucial to know if it is the best course of action for your company. If so, what must be taken into account before outsourcing?
OPNsense is a FreeBSD-based specialist operating system designed for firewalls and routers. The project has published a new release, OPNsesne 23.1, which includes networking improvements from FreeBSD and updated packages. "23.1, nicknamed "Quintessential Quail", features Unbound DNS statistics with a blocklist rewrite in Python, improved WAN SLAAC operability,....
The OpenInfra Foundation would like to wish the Chinese community members and everyone celebrating, a Happy Spring Festival, and a prosperous Year of the Rabbit!
In 2022, the OpenInfra Chinese community has grown immensely. With numerous volunteers and a large base of Open Infrastructure organizations, the Chinese community has remained one of the largest OpenStack and Kata communities in the world.
In August 2022, the Chinese community gathered for its annual OpenInfra Days China. OpenInfra Days China is an annual event to gather technical experts and industry leaders from the global community, as well as local Chinese active open source infrastructure technology companies, to share their outlook on the development and exploration path of global cutting-edge infrastructure technologies! Even with a long history of collaboration with Segment Fault and CSDN, this was the first year they collaborated with major Chinese open source communities such as InfoQ, Kaiyuan She (Open Source Society) and Open Source China. A big thank you to our lovely Chinese community volunteer team for helping organize the event. Learn more about the state of OpenInfra China in the2022 OpenInfra Annual Report.
Join us in learning a bit about the Chinese New Year and how you can join the celebrations!
Bidding farewell to the Golden Tiger, the Jade Rabbit has come with auspicious signs.
We wish everyone a Very Lucky New Year with everything going as wished!
We wish you bliss in family life, with everyone safe and wholesome;
We wish you advancement in your career, so that your incredible capabilities can shine and take wings!
We wish you progress in study, winning top scores in all examinations;
And may you increase in wealth, health, and happiness.
Rabbit In History
What was the place of the rabbit in politics?
It was indispensable to rituals central to the polity; even though in ancient records, the rabbit was not officially listed as one of the Five Offerings (horse, oxen, pig, chicken and lamb). Yet, horses raised in military standards were such critical properties to guaranteeing the state’s war-waging capabilities that it would be unwise to squander them for sacrificial rituals. Thus, rabbits – which were similar to horses in terms of agility and speed – became the perfect substitutes for horses.
There were famed cases of the rabbit being likened to a horse.
The First Emperor of Qin （秦始皇）– also the ruler that founded the imperial governing system in China– owned seven Great Rides (七骏). One of them was “White Rabbit” (白兔). If there was any doubt why it was a name of auspicious meanings, names of the others would give you the answer: they were variously called “Chasing Wind (追风)”, “Lightning Run (奔电)”, “Flying Wing(飞翮)”, “Catching Sun’s Shadow (蹑景)”, “Magic Bird(神凫)”… all indicating astounding speed.
Perhaps the most famous horse in Chinese history – “Red Rabbit” (赤兔). It was said that it could traverse a thousand miles in a single day, wading rivers and overcoming mountains as if it was running on flat grounds. It not only represented the ultimate caliber achieved by a military companion; it also encapsulated the highest moral understanding and strongest bonds between an animal and a human. When Guan Yu (关羽)– Red Rabbit’s master and also one of the most loyal, capable warriors in Chinese traditions – died, the horse refused to eat and went away with the master.
Distinct Flavors of the New Year
Have you heard of “Nian Wei” (年味)? It means “flavor” of Nian, the New Year. People use the term to refer to either the feelings, vibe and atmosphere of celebrating New Year or, the set of unique dishes that they make to mark the occasion with special auspicious meanings. Let’s delve a bit deeper into the culinary culture of New Year!
While there are dishes regarded as essential on the New Year menu across all of China, the vast geography – and the diverse regional folklore and customs – give rise to cuisines specific to the region. In the 2019 “Nian Wei Map” released by a food rating app, the North loves meatballs and Jiao Zi (饺子, dumplings) the most, while the Cantonese in the southern tip favors Poon choi, (盆菜, meaning “big bowl feast”). Poon choi consists of varied ingredients such as pork, beef, chicken, duck, abalone, prawn, crab, mushroom, fishballs, squid, dried shrimp, and more – placed into a huge basin and arranged into level-based patterns. The southerners also like making desserts called “Nian Gao” (年糕, the New Year Cake). As for the Eastern region, the signature dish is Shanghai’s Si-xi-kao-fu (四喜烤麸, “Four Lucky Ingredients Kao-fu”) is made up of four Fao-fu cake, Shiitake Mushroom (香菇), black Chinese fungus (黑木耳), Daylily Flower (金针菜), peanuts (花生米), bamboo shoots(笋). The western region prefers spiced, salty bacon meat.
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The infrastructure associated with the Hive ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) operation has been seized as part of a coordinated law enforcement effort involving 13 countries.
"Law enforcement identified the decryption keys and shared them with many of the victims, helping them regain access to their data without paying the cybercriminals," Europol said in a statement.
The U.S. Department of
Flatpak and Snap packages are more popular than ever among Linux users who no longer prefer native binary packages or AppImages.
Primarily because of its ease of use, integration with the software center, and the ability to get the latest app updates hassle-free.
You no longer need to worry about the dependencies when installing an app.
For some, the security advantages of sandboxing/isolation are a factor too. But we will not discuss the specifics for that here.
No matter the benefits of Flatpak and Snap, what are their differences? What should you consider using? In this article, we explore how they're distinct to help you decide what you want to use.
Snap was developed by Canonical to build applications for IoT platforms. The aim behind Snap has always been to encourage app updates, and make things easier for developers to maintain them when compared to deb packages.
Eventually, it made its way for applications meant for desktops (with GUI as well).
So, you need to test your favorite applications to realize what is better for you; no one gets a clear edge here.
5. Availability and Popularity
While you can install either of them on any Linux distribution, Flatpak gets an edge for its availability and out-of-the-box support on more distributions when compared to Snap.
For instance, Linux Mint comes with snap disabled but features Flatpak support built-in.
Distributions like Pop!_OS and Ubuntu MATE also offer Flatpak support by default. In other words, you will find plenty of different Linux distributions (other than Ubuntu flavours) that have Flatpak baked in by default.
However, Snaps are preferred mainly by Canonical's Ubuntu and its official flavors. If you are not using Ubuntu or its flavors, refer to our Snap guide to get it setup.
So, one can say that Flatpak's adoption for Linux desktops is much wider (if not necessarily with a more extensive user base).
One may mention that the number of applications available as Snap is more. While that was a solid difference a couple of years back, Flatpak's recommended store Flathub now features most of the essential apps, which may not make it a deal breaker.
6. Open Source vs. Closed Source
Flatpak is entirely open source.
Unfortunately, when it comes to Snap packages, the answer is not as simple.
Snap is an open-source project at its core, including snapd, the background service that manages/installs snap apps.
However, the back-end of the snaps is proprietary and controlled by Canonical without any community involvement.
As an end-user, you should not have a problem with the closed-source parts of Snap as long as the app gets the job done.
Of course, Flatpak will be your choice if you prefer completely open-source technologies.
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7. Decentralized vs. Centralized
Flatpak is open-source and embraces a decentralized approach.
Even though we have a famous "Flathub" portal where most users get their apps from, Flatpak allows having multiple stores when/if needed.
With Snap, you are limited to Canonical's Snap store.
Some users prefer a centralized application store for convenience. So, you should not have any issues with either of them. However, Flatpak gives you an edge to add an extra repository if needed.
Snap applications get updated automatically by default. The user can modify when and how often the updates happen. Also, you can hold and postpone updates for selected snaps.
On the contrary, Flatpak packages do not get updated automatically. If you have Flatpak integration with the software center, you will be notified of available updates, but it will not be forcefully updated.
Threat actors are evolving to target a wide variety of systems and infrastructure, BlackBerry says in a new report. "In addition, attacks against Linux systems and cloud infrastructure will increase as threat actors look to install backdoors on target systems and gain visibility into organizations for further activities."