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  • Applying open-source tracking technology to hunting research in Brazil

    Mark Abrahams explains his innovative use of an open-source animal monitoring platform

  • 5 Open Source Replacements for Accounting Software

    In recent years, cloud computing has transformed the ways that people purchase software, but it hasn't necessarily made it more affordable.

    If you’re looking for accounting software – and you’re pinching pennies – you may want to explore one of these open source replacements for expensive accounting software.

    Let the downloading begin!

    As always, if you know of additional open source accounting software that you think should be on our list, feel free to add them in the comments section below.

  • Open-Source / Linux Enthusiasts Have A Lot To Be Thankful For This Year

    There are far too many "open-source wins" to list from 2015, and some of the exciting advancements have already been covered in our other year-end articles. This article are just some of the major items that come to mind. You're more than welcome to share your own exciting open-source/Linux highlights of the year with us and the community by commenting on this article in our forums.

  • The danger ahead: skyscraper code favelas  in earthquake zones

    Do software application development leaders need a new year's resolution?

    Do team leaders, software engineering managers and senior architectural planners need a new wake up call?

    [...]

    The story here is that yes, indeed, software is eating the world... but in a proprietary-only technical debt-ridden software world... that software sucks.

  • Google Cloud Platform Offers New Avenues for Leveraging its Power
  • Essential Tools for Development in the Cloud and on the Web

    Web site and application development is becoming in reach for nearly everyone, thanks to easier and better tools. Software as a Service (SaaS) applications are increasingly either employing open source or are built entirely on it. And all of this adds up to an increasing need for web development toolsets focused on the open source community. The good news is that there are many open source tools to help you with your web project, and given the costs of web development environments and the like, they can save you a lot of money. Here are many good examples of tools and tutorials, with a few that we've covered before appended at the end, in case you missed them.

  • Oracle, The Butt Of Jokes

    They did earn their power by making a powerful database but then abused it by charging far more than cost of production plus reasonable profit. Hence PostgreSQL and MySQL and others are thriving. I made the move to mariadb years ago.

  • Facebook, LinkedIn Reflect on 2015: The Year in Open Source

    Both Facebook and LinkedIn look back on 2015 as a seminal year for open-source technology at their respective companies.
    With 2015 at its end, Facebook took a look back at its year of using, developing and contributing to open-source software.

    In a blog post, Christine Abernathy, developer advocate for the Facebook open source team, said the open source program at Facebook has grown, not only in terms of new projects, but also in the size and strength of its community. Abernathy credits the growth to contributions from more than 3,400 developers who contributed to the company’s projects – the majority of whom were external.

  • Rust Now Prefers Using The GNU Gold Linker By Default

    The Gold linker tends to be significantly faster than ld at linking ELF files. In some cases like DragonFlyBSD, the Gold linker is used by default as the linker. However, Gold has some differences to GNU ld which is why it isn't used everywhere right now -- can't be used for Linux kernel modules, the default libraries are different, etc.

  • GNU Guile FOSDEM schedule available!
  • Glass Half: The latest open movie from the Blender Institute

    At this year's Blender Conference, the Blender Institute released its latest open movie project, Glass Half. You can watch the full three minutes of this short animation in all its glory right here.

  • Google, HPE, Oracle back RISC-V, an open source ARM alternative

    Tech giants Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Lattice, Microsemi and Oracle are among the first 15 members of a new RISC-V trade group. Next week the group is hosting a workshop for the processor core. One of the current tasks of the group is to draft the open source agreement which will form part of its membership. The RISC-V is developed under an open source license and members will be able to verify and use the RISC-V logo.

    [...]

    RISC-V processors can currently be used to run Linux and NetBSD.

  • Telecom law ‘overlooked’ in ICT standards policy

    Using telecom law offers fundamental advantages over competition law to remedy monopolised ICT market sectors and in eGovernment initiatives, says Felix Greve, a German lawyer specialised in IT-law. In November, Greve summarised his July 2015 PhD thesis in a webinar organised for the European Commission’s ‘Open Standards for ICT Procurement’ project.

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