Why Open-Source Pros Are in Great Demand
The majority of hiring managers predict that the demand for open-source IT professionals will rise more than other recruitment-based areas of interest over the next six months, according to a recent survey from the Linux Foundation and Dice. The resulting report, "Moving Toward Professionalization: Rising Need for Open-Source Skills in 2016," indicates that these managers struggle to fill open-source positions, especially when trying to find candidates with needed cloud, networking and/or security experience. Meanwhile, when considering an offer, open-source professionals said they're most interested in working on appealing projects with cutting-edge technology challenges. Money and perks are of secondary interest, even though, given the hot market, many open-source specialists are able to negotiate a great compensation package. According to the report, "In the last decade, open-source development has experienced a massive shift: Once a mostly community and volunteer-based concern, the model has since become a mainstay of the IT industry. Flexibility in accommodating new technologies and speed at adapting to a changing market have made open source vital to modern companies, which are now investing zealously in open source and open-source talent. More and better code is the way forward, and the skilled professionals who can make it happen are highly in demand." More than 400 hiring managers and 4,500 open-source professionals took part in the research.
Open Source Realm Mobile Database Hits Version 1.0
Citing advantages over the SQLite and Core Data databases commonly used in iOS and Android apps, Realm today launched version 1.0 of its namesake "mobile-first database."
Realm has hit the version 1.0 milestone, and now reaches over 1 billion users
As mobile databases go, Realm was already a fan favorite. Now we get an idea of just how popular it really is, as the company notes it now reaches one billion iOS and Android users via 100,000 active developers.
Rackspace Adopts OX's Dovecot Pro Open Source IMAP Email Platform
Dovecot, the open source email platform from Open-Xchange, received a significant endorsement this week from Rackspace, which announced that it will use the company's Dovecot Pro product for email hosting.
An Apparent Exodus Continues At OwnCloud
This week we've now seen the announcements by Jos Poortvliet, Lukas Reschke, Björn Schießle, and Arthur Schiwon are among those leaving ownCloud Inc. Each of their blog posts confirm they are leaving but don't shed much light on the underlying situation at the company.
Upcoming governance workshop for the European Catalogue of ICT Standards for Public Procurement
On the 15th June, 2016, DG Connect and DG Growth wil be co-hosting an interactive workshop for the European Catalogue of ICT Standards for Public Procurement. This catalogue of standards is being developed to assist public procurers implement interoperable ICT solutions across Member States, as well as reducing incidence of vender lock-in, and ultimately to assist in the continued development of the Digital Single Market.
American schools are teaching our kids how to code all wrong
To truly impact an children’s cognitive development, and prepare them for future computing jobs that may not even exist yet, we must move beyond pop computing. I strongly believe that learning computing should become mandatory in all schools, and should be viewed in the same context as reading and writing. Students must be challenged and encouraged to think differently in each grade level, subject matter, and read/write various computing projects every day in their academic life. With this mindset and approach we’ll help this generation of students fill those one million jobs, all of which require so much more than dragging and clicking.
Google Inbox Notifications
I made a Firefox addon that brings that functionality to Google Inbox. It gives you a notification when new mail arrives and updates the pages title with the unread mail count. You can get it here!
- Upcoming Webinar on Getting Linux Certified - Tips, Tactics, and Practical Advice
- Security updates for Thursday
Paul Vixie on IPv6 NAT, IPv6 security and Internet of Things
Internet pioneer Paul Vixie spoke with SearchSecurity about IPv6 NAT, IPv6 and the Internet of Things, and the long, thankless path to deploying IPv6.
PHP 7.0.7 Released Fixing 28 Bugs
As is the case with a .xy update, this is mostly a bug fix update, with at least 28 different issues being fixed in an effort to make PHP 7.x more stable. Though the PHP project hasn't identified any specific security vulnerabilities that are fixed in the update, I see at least one with bug #72162.
Skimmers Found at Walmart: A Closer Look
Recent local news stories about credit card skimmers found in self-checkout lanes at some Walmart locations reminds me of a criminal sales pitch I saw recently for overlay skimmers made specifically for the very same card terminals.
Google Steers Android Toward the Raspberry Pi
As we've noted here before, when it comes to top open source stories of the past couple of years, it's clear that one of the biggest is the proliferation of tiny, inexpensive Linux-based computers at some of the smallest form factors ever seen. The diminutive, credit card-sized Raspberry Pi, which has been priced at only $25 and $35, has grabbed most of the headlines in this space, and recently came out in a new version.
Android might be on the way to the Raspberry Pi
It's an empty tree and has been since its creation on April 19th, 2016 by someone called Thomas Joseph Avila who has a google.com email address.
Google's open source Android project already has code for Intel's Edison, Arduino-powered accessories and even TI's Panda single-board computers. Taking a slice of Pi is therefore not an outlandish move.
There's no sign that work is in progress or of a timeline having been set for Android-on-Pi's completion.
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- Google Brings Android Open Source Project To Raspberry Pi 3
- Google could be bringing Android to the Raspberry Pi
- Google lines up Android for Raspberry Pi 3 - plus several Intel dev boards
- Google reportedly working on bringing Android to the Raspberry Pi 3
- The fantastic $35 Raspberry Pi 3 mini-PC may soon get official Android support
- Hyundai models are getting Android Auto and CarPlay with a DIY update
- Here’s the real problem with Android
ZTE's Axon 7 is a $450 alternative to pricey Android flagships
Last year, ZTE surprised us with the Axon, an all-metal Android phone with surprisingly high-end specs for just $450. But while it was a noble attempt at an affordable flagship, we had issues with its slightly chunky design and lack of storage. Enter the Axon 7, ZTE's follow-up that once again aims to take on much more expensive Android phones. It has a luxe-feeling unibody metal case, loads of storage options and a sharp 2K display. And best of all? It's still just $450.
- How to move contacts to a new Android phone: How to move contacts from Android to Android, or iPhone to Android
- Can Google Fix Android's Biggest Problem?
- Android N's Power notification controls, explored: here's what those are & how to benefit from them
- What is Daydream and when is it coming? Google's Android VR platform explained
- ReNotify Creates Undismissable Notes in Android Notifications
- How to get your Android phone ready to sell
- Indians are campaigning to get the next Android version named after this local sweet
- Cut back on Android data usage video
- Telus And Koodo Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Starts Getting Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
- Jury finds Google’s implementation of Java in Android was fair use
- Google Doesn’t Owe Oracle a Cent for Using Java in Android, Jury Finds
Victory for Google in copyright case against Oracle
The jury in the Google-Oracle trial has come down on the side of the search engine giant, deciding on Thursday that its use of 37 Java APIs in the Android mobile operating system is covered by fair use.
- Why the Very Silly Oracle v. Google Trial Actually Matters
Big Win For Fair Use: Jury Says Google's Use Of Java API's Was Fair Use... On To The Appeal
This is somewhat surprising, but good: after a few days of deliberation, the jury in the redo of the Oracle v. Google case concerning Google's use of Java's APIs in Android has resulted in a jury verdict finding that Google's use was allowed as fair use. There's not much to unpack here beyond what we've already written about the case. The jury form was a simple question of whether or not the use was covered by fair use, with a "Yes" check box meaning "finding for Google" and a "No" check box finding for Oracle The jury checked yes.
$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use
Google has won the latest round in its long-running battle with Oracle over the use of Java class library APIs in Android.
A San Francisco jury today found that Google's reuse of Java's core software interfaces in its own mobile operating system should be considered Fair Use – meaning Google can avoid paying royalties to Oracle.
The unanimous decision blows away an earlier finding in favor of Oracle and protects Google from having to pay out potentially nearly $10bn in damages. In January, Oracle revealed in court that Google has banked $31bn in sales and $22bn in profit from Android since it launched in 2008 – figures Google fought fiercely to keep secret.
Faces of FreeBSD 2016: Michael Lucas
Back by popular demand, we’re again sharing a story from someone involved in FreeBSD with our Faces of FreeBSD series. It may be a story from someone who’s received funding from us to work on development projects, run conferences, travel to conferences, or advocate for FreeBSD. Or, it may be from someone who gives back to FreeBSD financially or in another way. Regardless, it is always from someone who is making a positive difference in the FreeBSD world.
pfSense 2.3.1 FreeBSD Firewall Update Patches Web GUI Security Issue, Seven Bugs
Released a week ago as the first maintenance build in the 2.3 stable series, pfSense 2.3.1 received its first update, bringing a patch for a major security issue in the Web GUI, as well as seven other bug fixes.
pfSense 2.3.1 was a major point release of the FreeBSD-based network firewall distribution that introduced over 100 changes, but pfSense 2.3 brought a new pkg system that lets the project's maintainers update only individual parts of the system.
You’ve probably played SuperTux in the past – it’s been around for a while. In your distro’s repository, you’ll have 0.1.3, the last stable release, dating from 2005. Development on the unstable 3.n branch has been going along mostly unremarked for more than a decade, and now a new stable release, 0.4, bursts onto the scene!
Sweden should bolster its competence on the use of open source and open standards in public administrations, a study for the country’s Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation recommends. Public administrations must also be required to consider switching to free and open source alternatives, when procuring ICT solutions, and justify why they continue to use proprietary software.
Cantarell is the default font in Fedora Workstation. It comes courtesy of the GNOME desktop community, which designed and chose Cantarell. Recently the maintainers of Canatrell have done a great deal of work on the typeface to improve readability and appearance. There are now two maintainers, Jakub Steiner and Nikolaus Waxweiler, who both contribute to the GNOME desktop environment as well as Cantarell.