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  • Yieldbot Rolls Out Open-Source 'Header Bidding,' Looks To Create Industry Standard
  • embracing conway's law
  • Review: Graylog delivers open source log management for the dedicated do-it-yourselfer

    In most big security breaches, there’s a familiar thread: something funny was going on, but no one noticed. The information was in the logs, but no one was looking for it. Logs from the hundreds or thousands of network devices are the secret sauce to problem solving, security alerting, and performance and capacity management. Gathering logs together, analyzing them, reporting, and alerting on them is a basic part of good IT practice.

  • Aaron Swartz Day 2015 Evening Celebration
  • Firefox 43 Beta 1 Brings Changes And Enhancements

    As you may already know, Firefox is being developed on three separate channels. First, the features are implemented in the developer branch, they reach the beta channel when enough tests have been performed and finally, some of the new features from the betas get included in the stable version of Firefox.

  • Quantitative Investment Manager Man AHL to Open Source Its MongoDB Powered Tick Store That Improved Processing Performance by 25x

    MongoDB today announced that Man AHL, a leading quantitative investment firm, has released Arctic, its MongoDB-powered financial tick store, on GitHub as a freely available open source project.

  • A Tech Preview Of LibreOffice DocViewer App For Ubuntu Touch Has Been Released

    As you may know, the Ubuntu developers have started porting LibreOffice DocViewer App for Ubuntu Touch a while ago, but this past weekend, Canonical’s Alan Pope has announced that a preview version of the LibreOffice DocViewer app for the mobile version of Ubuntu has been released, being integrated with LibreOfficeKit 5.0.3.

  • Time to act on TPP is now: Rallies against TPP in Washington D.C. November 14-18

    The FSF has been warning users of the dangers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for many years now. The TPP is an agreement negotiated in secret nominally for the promotion of trade, yet entire chapters of it are dedicated to implementing restrictions and regulations on computing and the Internet. In April of 2015, a leaked draft of the agreement revealed a whole host of problems. From extensions to the term of copyright, confusing provisions on software patents, and spreading the worst aspects of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) Digital Restrictions Managment (DRM) provisions beyond the United States, the TPP negotiations were and are an attack on user freedom. In the U.S. at that time, the battle was to stop Trade Promotion Authority, which would fast-track passage of TPP in the U.S. once an accord was reached. We unfortunately lost that battle, and last month the TPP negotiations ended. On November 5th, the secret text of TPP was finally officially released to the public. Because of Trade Promotion Authority, the time we have left to stop TPP in the U.S. is extremely limited. For U.S. residents, there are only 90 days left before this trade agreement locks users in for possibly decades. For users in other TPP member countries, the time frame is not much better. The war wages on and the time to act is now.

  • GNU Stow 2.2.2 released

    After a long wait, this release contains a number of bug fixes and minor cleanups.

  • Video: Reproducible Software Deployment with GNU Guix

    Ludovic Courtès presented his vision for future secure operating system distributions using GNU Guix today, including a surprising number of GNUnet references.

  • wxMaxima 15.08.2 Brings A Big List Of Changes

    As you may know, wxMaxima is an open-source graphical user interface for the computer algebra system Maxima, using wxWidgets. Among others, wxMaxima provides menus and dialogs for maxima commands, autocompletion, inline plots and simple animations.

  • The big tent, summit session summaries, and more OpenStack news
  • The Perl SIG's mail

    As you may not know, I'm a member of Fedora's Perl SIG, the group of people who maintain the Perl ecosystem by providing timely reviews, acting as package co-maintainers and assisting with related security issues.

  • PHPUnit code coverage benchmark

    Here is some benchmark results.

  • OpenSource Connections Launches Search Relevancy Dashboard Quepid with 30-day Risk-Free Trial
  • From social startup to tech giant: Facebook’s CTO talks open source and global connectivity

    Facebook's story is well documented; Set up by a bunch of students to create a campus community, it has now grown into a 1.5 billion strong network, all in the space of a decade.

    Mark Zuckerberg's company now generates over $4bn in revenue, and over the years has acquried two popular web platforms in the form of Whatsapp and photo-sharing site Instagram.

    So Facebook has come a long way in the time it takes some companies just to grow beyond startups.

    A lot of this is down to the company's strategy of moving from being just a social network into a platform company offering a foundation for developers to build wildly successful apps on, all of which Facebook takes a slice of.

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Top Linux Applications For Office Use

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True Believer

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Android Leftovers

Mozilla on Fellows, Software Patents and Volunteer Add-on

  • Mozilla Announces 26 New Fellows in Openness, Science, and Tech Policy
    These technologists, activists, and scientists will spend the next 10 to 12 months creating a more secure, inclusive, and decentralized internet A neuroscientist building open-source hardware. A competition expert studying net neutrality enforcement in Nigeria. A technologist studying tools that combat disinformation. These are just three of Mozilla’s latest Fellows — 26 technologists, activists, and scientists from more than 10 countries. Today, we’re announcing our 2018-2019 cohort of Fellows, who begin work on September 1, 2018.
  • AV1 and the Video Wars of 2027
    Author’s Note: This post imagines a dystopian future for web video, if we continue to rely on patented codecs to transmit media files. What if one company had a perpetual monopoly on those patents? How could it limit our access to media and culture? The premise of this cautionary tale is grounded in fact. However, the future scenario is fiction, and the entities and events portrayed are not intended to represent real people, companies, or events.
  • Volunteer Add-on Reviewer Applications Open
    Thousands of volunteers around the world contribute to Mozilla projects in a variety of capacities, and extension review is one of them. Reviewers check extensions submitted to addons.mozilla.org (AMO) for their safety, security, and adherence to Mozilla’s Add-on Policies. Last year, we paused onboarding new volunteer extension reviewers while we updated the add-on policies and review processes to address changes introduced by the transition to the WebExtensions API and the new post-review process.