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  • FinTP the first open source application for processing financial transactions expands its footprint

    FinTP is an application distributed under GPL v3 open source software licensing frame that processes transactions, automates flows and offers compliance to regulatory and industry standards. FinTP is directly aimed to grow competitiveness, making financial processing systems affordable to both financial institutions and SMEs.

  • Open Source FPGA Pi Hat

    It is great to have an open source board and tool chain for FPGA development. We’ve talked about the open source Icestorm toolchain before and MyHDL, too. If you prefer, most of the vendor FPGA tools are free to use for many common devices and uses. The Lattice tools should work just as well with this board, even if it does offend your open source sensibilities.

  • SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Open Source Society University

    Want to expand or refresh your computer science knowledge, but don’t want to pay or go back to school for it? Become a self-taught computer scientist with the Open Source Society (OSS) University’s “path to free self-taught education.”

  • NEWS: Google unveils open-source Accelerated Mobile Pages to speed up article loading times

    Google has unveiled a way to make web pages load much faster on mobile web browsers using their open-source project Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP).

    For internet users, the faster load times will be welcome, but the move raises issues for ad-supported sites and services, who are unsure at this stage how they’ll be able to have ads on AMP pages.

    Indeed, the company admits it is not yet sure precisely how advertising will work within AMP. It has stated that pages will load content before advertising but other details around ad targeting and tracking capabilities are yet to be addressed. Gingras said: “There are a lot of details to work out here in terms of some of those capabilities. We want to support existing business models, but it’s a work in progress. Today wasn’t the finish line; today was the starting line.”

  • What LibreOffice Impress Needs To Rock

    Across the course of my career I have given, and continue to give, a lot of presentations at conferences all over the world. In the vast majority of them I have used LibreOffice because I like and support the project and I like my presentations being in an open format that can be used across different Operating Systems.

  • What's the best free alternative to Microsoft Office?

    One of my longtime favorites, WPS Office (formerly Kingsoft Office), has become something of a mess. If you head to, you find only Android, iOS and Linux versions of the suite. Huh? A little Googling reveals that Kingsoft proper still offers the Windows version, but good luck figuring out the different names and options. (My advice: click the Download button next to Office Suite Free 2013. That's the version I used for a long while and really liked.) Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders can’t save America

  • Insider: Oracle has lost interest in Java

    There has been a lot of scuttlebutt lately about Oracle and a supposed de-emphasis on Java within the company. The rumblings are getting louder.

    From the apparent dismissal of Java evangelists to an email alleging a shrugged-shoulders attitude about Java, Oracle’s commitment to the platform has come into question. This is happening despite a road map that commits to a modular Java 9 release in a year and a planned emphasis on enterprise Java at next month’s JavaOne conference.

  • Government’s First Open Source PaaS Service Comes to Market

    ARCWRX is built on Red Hat's OpenShift and already has significant interest from several federal agencies, according to John Keese, director of government cloud solutions for CSC.


    The National Institute of Standards and Technology definition for PaaS is: “The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, or storage, but has control over the deployed applications and possibly configuration settings for the application-hosting environment.”

  • CC-BY-SA 4.0 Is Now One-Way Compatible With GPLv3

    The Creative Commons has announced that their BY-SA 4.0 license has been found to be one-way compatible with the GPLv3 license.

    With CC-BY-SA 4.0 material being compatible with the GPLv3, this should increase interoperability for games and other projects.

  • All Things Open 2015 Twitter contest winners announced
  • Real-Time Linux, 3D printed bicycle, Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages, and more
  • Julia 0.4 Release Announcement

    We are pleased to announce the release of Julia 0.4.0. This release contains major language refinements and numerous standard library improvements. A summary of changes is available in the NEWS log found in our main repository. We will be making regular 0.4.x bugfix releases from the release-0.4 branch of the codebase, and we recommend the 0.4.x line for users requiring a more stable Julia environment.

  • Julia Language 0.4 Released

    Julia, the high-performance, high-level technical computing programming language written against LLVM, has made it to version 0.4.

    Julia 0.4 features generational garbage collection support, incremental code caching for packages, inter-task channels, tuple-type improvements, and a variety of other compiler and language additions.

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Establishing ‘Open Infrastructure Foundation’

  • Over 60 Global Organizations Join in Establishing ‘Open Infrastructure Foundation’ to Build the Next Decade of Infrastructure for AI, 5G, Edge
  • OpenStack Foundation Becomes Open Infrastructure Foundation

    The OpenStack Foundation is changing its name to the Open Infrastructure Foundation (OIF), a move that mirrors the rebranding of the project’s OpenStack Summit to Open Infrastructure Summit. The changes, according to the press release, reflect “an expansion of the organization’s mission, scope and community to advance open source over the next decade to support open infrastructure.” As Frederic Lardinois reports for TechCrunch, the OpenStack project itself, “which helps enterprises run their private cloud, found its niche in the telecom space, though, and continues to thrive as one of the world’s most active open source projects.” Last week, OpenStack released a new major version (called Victoria), which includes more than 20,000 code changes.

  • 10 Years of OpenStack – Ghanshyam Mann at NEC

    Happy 10 years of OpenStack! Millions of cores, 100,000 community members, 10 years of you. Storytelling is one of the most powerful means to influence, teach, and inspire the people around us. To celebrate OpenStack’s 10th anniversary, we are spotlighting stories from the individuals in various roles from the community who have helped to make OpenStack and the global Open Infrastructure community successful. [...] What advice do you have for the Stacker community and other growing open source communities based on your experience with OpenStack? I have my team working in different open source communities and discuss daily on how each community works and solves the issue. Based on that, I found the OpenStack community is more open and transparent (our four opens strength). We might not be perfect but we are definitely one of the best open source communities. There is no specific advice as such, but I will suggest keep doing the same and never compromise on defined four opens principles.

Mozilla: Rust, Volunteers and Spying

  • Marking issues as regressions

    The Rust project gets many issues filed every day, and we need to keep track of them all to make sure we don't miss anything. To do that we use GitHub's issue labels feature, and we need your help to make sure we fix regressions as soon as possible! We have many issue labels that help us organize our issues, and we have a few in particular that mark an issue as a regression. These labels will ping a Rust working group called the prioritization working group, whose members will work to determine the severity of an issue and then prioritize it. But, this won't happen unless someone marks the issue with one of those labels!

  • New Contributors, Firefox 82 – about:community

    With Firefox 82 hot off the byte presses, we are pleased to welcome the developers whose first code contributions shipped in this release, 18 of whom were new volunteers!

  • Defining Data Intuition

    Last week, one of my peers asked me to explain what I meant by "Data Intuition", and I realized I really didn't have a good definition. That's a problem! I refer to data intuition all the time! Data intuition is one of the three skills I interview new data scientists for (along with statistics and technical skills). In fact, I just spent the first nine months of 2020 building Mozilla's data intuition. I'm really surprised to realize I can't point to a good explanation of what I'm trying to cultivate.

  • Five-Year Moziversary – chuttenblog

    In team news, Georg’s short break turned into the neverending kind as he left Mozilla late last year. We gained Michael Droettboom as our new fearless leader, and from my perspective he seems to be doing quite well at the managery things. Bea and Travis, our two newer team members, have really stepped into their roles well, providing much needed bench depth on Rust and Mobile. And Jan-Erik has taken over leadership of the SDK, freeing up Alessio to think about data collection for Web Extensions. 2020 is indeed being the Year of Glean on the Desktop with several projects already embedding the now-successful Glean SDK, including our very own mach (Firefox Build Tooling Commandline) and mozregression (Firefox Bug Regression Window Finding Tool). Oh, and Jan-Erik and I’ve spent ten months planning and executing on Project FOG (Firefox on Glean) (maybe you’ve heard of it), on track (more or less) to be able to recommend it for all new data collections by the end of the year.

LibreOffice and ODF

  • LibreOffice Math Guide 7.0 is Published - The Document Foundation Blog

    The Documentation Team is happy to announce the publication of the Math Guide 7.0, the latest update of the guide based on the recently released LibreOffice 7.0, the best open source office suite ever. The effort was mostly carried by Rafael Lima and reviewed by Jean H. Weber. The new guide covers were designed by Rizal Mutaqin and Drew Jensen. The final publication was carried by Olivier Hallot.

  • Tender to finish transition of LibreOffice to ODF 1.3 (ODF 1.3 delta) (#202010-01)

    The Document Foundation (TDF) is the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free/libre open source (FLOSS) office suite LibreOffice. We are looking for an individual or company to finish transition of LibreOffice to ODF 1.3 (ODF 1.3 delta).

  • The Document Foundation Is Looking To Finish ODF 1.3 Support In LibreOffice - Phoronix

    The ODF 1.3 Open Document Format specification was approved by the OASIS Committee at the start of the year and now as we approach the end of the year The Document Foundation is hoping to see ODF 1.3 support completed soon for this leading open-source office suite. The Document Foundation is now soliciting bids from developers / third-party firms to finish up the ODF 1.3 document support in LibreOffice.

Programming Leftovers

  • 9 Benefits of Laravel Framework for Cost-Effective Web Development - LinuxTechLab

    The success of any business depends on its ability to work quickly and with high quality. Nowadays, business development is so fast that many companies simply can’t keep up and leave the race. Thus, every business needs a framework that can handle the desirable high speed of work. Laravel is among such frameworks. Let’s find out what Laravel is and what the benefits of the Laravel framework for business are.

  • COBOL’s Enduring Usefulness and Digital Transformation

    These days, it’s difficult to imagine anything untouched by disruptive change, and the same applies to our IT systems. Regardless of the current setting, there are certain critical systems that simply cannot afford to fail. These are the systems that deliver too much value for organizations to be ripped out and replaced. In most cases, a business has made substantial investments in their systems over time, including the development of additional IP and processes to support it. These core systems continue to enable real benefits, and ripping them out and starting from scratch has the potential to put critical revenue at risk.

  • New Training Course Provides a Deep Dive Into Node.js Services Development

    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the availability of a new training course, LFW212 – Node.js Services Development.

  • Qt 6.0 Beta Released

    There is a huge number of things to talk about when it comes to the features and functionality of Qt 6.0, so I will leave this to the multiple detailed blog posts about Qt 6.0. We have already published many blog posts about all the cool things Qt 6.0 provides, and will continue to publish more blog posts throughout the year. In the upcoming Qt World Summit Online we have lined up many interesting talks about Qt 6.0, so please join to hear more.

  • Qt 6.0 Beta Released For This Big Toolkit Update - Phoronix

    Qt 6 drops Qt Script, temporarily removes Qt Multimedia/Bluetooth/Virtual-Keyboard modules until later Qt6 releases, introduces a major overhaul to their graphics architecture to better support Vulkan and other modern graphics APIs like Metal and Direct3D 12, various other 3D improvements, next-generation QML, various tooling improvements, updated host/platform support, and more. Going from Qt5 to Qt6 should mean much less breakage and changes compared to the prior Qt4 to Qt5 transition. Qt 6 adoption though likely won't tick up until well into 2021 or even 2022 with the first long-term support release not being until Qt 6.2 LTS and due to time/resource constraints several modules not being ported in time for Qt 6.0 but coming later. More details on today's Qt 6.0 Beta via