Facebook's TODO project is a big push to evolve the world of open source

The project aims to improve how open source software is developed and consumed

Facebook's Jay Parikh at the @Scale conference Monday

Facebook's Jay Parikh at the @Scale conference Monday

Facebook has partnered with several large companies to kick off a new project called TODO that aims to improve the way open source software is developed and consumed.

Facebook, Google and many other big businesses have come to rely on open source projects, such as the MySQL database, to run their businesses, and particularly their online operations.

But they apparently feel there's room to improve how open source projects are managed and organized, and even room to improve the software itself. The TODO project -- which stands for Talk Openly, Develop Openly -- addresses those goals.

"We want to figure out how we can raise the bar on the quality of open-source software projects in the world," Jay Parikh, the head of Facebook's infrastructure group, said at a conference in San Francisco Monday.

The TODO project aims to make it easier for a company or organization to get started with using an open source package, and also make it easier to kick off new open source development projects.

The group consists mainly of the biggest online service providers, including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Box. It also includes Walmart Labs, Dropbox, Khan Academy, Stripe, Square and the open source software repository GitHub and others.

"TODO is a new open source collaboration formed to address the challenges that companies have encountered in consuming open source software and running open source programs," Facebook said in a statement.

Separately on Monday, Facebook said it will open-source mcrouter, a memcached protocol router that Facebook uses to handle all traffic between its caching servers.

"At peak massive scale, mcrouter handles close to five billion requests per second," the company said. More information can be found in the blog post here.

Facebook made its announcements at its @Scale conference, which brings together companies that operate at Web scale to talk about how they run their operations.

Serving more than a billion users, Facebook operates at massive scale and it wasn't immediately clear how relevant TODO will be for smaller organizations. The project is in its early days and there are many details to be worked out, Parikh said.

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow James on Twitter at @jniccolai. James's e-mail address is james_niccolai@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Internet-based applications and servicesinternetFacebook

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Niccolai

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?