So here we are, 13 weeks into 2020 and everything is not as t was 4 weeks ago. Our team is isolated in home offices, DevOps Engineers are trying to step in aas substitute teachers and apparently mining for toilet paper is the new thing. And while all the front line defenders are stocking shelves, delivering parcels and are preparing the ICU beds for what’s to come, we thought about things we, as an IT company can do to help and show some solidarity.
At the beginning of last year, our Berliner Googlers matched us with Quandoo, one of their customers, and asked us to help them with migrating their workload to the Google Cloud. Quandoo is a Berlin based online restaurant reservation platform that connects restaurants and diners around the world via a table reservation system. In 6 years Quandoo seated more than 190 million diners in 18000 restaurants. This 10 month gig at Quandoo’s office in the nice neighborhood of Prenzlberg in Berlin offered us the opportunity to showcase our skills in Kubernetes, automation and continuous integration (CI).
Since the beginning of this year, Endocode has been part of a consortium of partners that develop intelligent software package management systems to enhance robustness and security in software ecosystems. The project “Fine-Grained Analysis of Software Ecosystems as Networks” is led by the TU Delft and has received funding from the European Unions H2020 research and innovation programme. Endocodes contribution in this project has its focus on licensing and compliance. License compliance requires analysis of own source code combined with an understanding of the complete dependency graph of the distributed packages.
Disclaim, disclaim Here at Endocode we love Microsoft Active Directory. Mostly because we don’t have to deal with it internally. But let’s be honest, we do understand that there are a couple of reasons to stick to this long-standing giant. Hence, this article is not another rant about Active Directory. It’s actually quite the opposite, because we are truly excited to tell the internet how it can be federated with Google easily.
Endocode believes that Free and Open Source software benefits all of us. Open Source licenses provide the legal backbone for our intentions to share the created code so that everybody can use, study, modify and improve it. Copyleft licenses, in particular the GPL, model this relationship in a reciprocal manner by requiring all modified and extended versions of the code to be free as well. Some of our Quartermaster code is released under the GPL-3. We also believe that our users share this vision and comply with the terms of the license by default, and that deviations from this norm are probably honest mistakes. By entering into the GPL cooperation commitment, Endocode aims at giving a fair chance to correct violations before licenses are terminated.