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Quite a few companies are making announcements at the Open Source Summit North America in Vancouver. For example, AWS indicates how it will further its contributions to the open source community. Additionally, Meta has been accepted as a Gold member in the OpenJS Foundation and OpenSSF can count on financial backing from Google and Microsoft.

AWS first comes out with two important pieces of news. For one, it is making the Cedar programming language open-source and provides access to the SDK. Cedar is useful for giving applications permissions with understandable policies. It supports the highly secure RBAC (role-based access control) and was developed with verification-guided development, which ensures that Cedar contains no errors. With this, AWS hopes it can drive innovation in access management.

It is also coming out with a new open-source framework called Snapchange. It is intended for the deployment of fuzzing, or automatic testing of software through unusual inputs. This is mainly used to pick up vulnerabilities within software. Snapchange is coded with Rust and allows developers to replay snapshots of physical memory in a KVM virtual machine.


The OpenSSF Foundation can count on contributions of $2.5 million (nearly $2.3 million) from both Microsoft and Google. In addition, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Salesforce and SAP have become members.

Big tech’s contributions to open source do not stop there. For example, Meta Gold becomes a member of the OpenJS Foundation, which supports the open-source community around JavaScript. SD Times notes that Meta already has many projects underway in the JavaScript community, including last year’s open-source testing framework Jest.

AI is everywhere

As with many conferences, AI is a central concept at the Open Source Summit in Vancouver. It leads to an important question for the open-source community: can open-source projects work according to forthcoming EU legislation and beyond? However, the leaked memo from a Google engineer gives hope for open source: open coding is said to be winning the battle against the big LLMs of OpenAI and Google.