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How AAP is shaping an open source newsroom system

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OSS

Australian Associated Press (AAP) is collaborating with open source software developer Sourcefabric to test and build a newsroom management system better suited to the digital age.

One of Superdesk's main aims is to remove repetitive technical tasks such as tagging stories and multimedia elements from a journalist's workload.

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PayrollHero to release code publicly to help build open source culture in Singapore

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OSS

In line with this, PayrollHero is marking their official launch in Singapore with a gift for the local Ruby community – going open source with their Singapore Payroll Gems. The startup has a history of giving back to its local community in the Philippines. They’re now bringing that practice to the island-state – starting with their CPF calculator. Not surprisingly, this was suggested by their engineers, according to co-founder Stephen Jagger.

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Jolla’s Open Source iPad Alternative Raises More Than $1M In Two Days’ Crowdfunding

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Linux

Late last week Finnish mobile startup Jolla launched a crowdfunding campaign for a tablet running its open source Sailfish OS, smashing past its initial funding goal of $380,000 in a couple of hours. It has since pushed past the $1 million mark, with around $1.18M now pledged from more than 7,370 backers of the Indiegogo campaign.

Speaking in an interview with TechCrunch prior to the campaign kicking off Jolla co-founder Marc Dillon was bullish. “I think we’re going to sell out,” he said. “I believe that we will quickly see the small initial targets, we will put up some stretch goals. I think that we’re going to sell a lot of tablets.”

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Also: Jolla Sailfish 2.0 Tablet: ‘Open-Source iPad’ Crowdfunded Within Hours

And now for some good news... How open source triumphed over Microsoft Office in Italy

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LibO
Microsoft
OOo

Microsoft Office may have a global monopoly, but one Italian region rejected it flat out. But, why?

In the stunningly beautiful Italian region of Umbria, you'll feel more at home running open source software, rather than the clunky and expensive Microsoft Office suite.

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Red Hat, Chilean government hold talks on open source initiative

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Red Hat
OSS

The head of Chilean regulator Pedro Huichalaf agreed to pass information regarding the benefits of open source software to the ministerial committee for digital development

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IT teams are choosing open source - but not just for the cost savings

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OSS

IT decision makers are increasingly turning to open source over proprietary software because they believe it offers them better business continuity and control

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Patent Troll Kills Open Source Project On Speeding Up The Computation Of Erasure Codes

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OSS
Legal

Via James Bessen, we learn of how a patent trolling operation by StreamScale has resulted in an open source project completely shutting down, despite the fact that the patent in question (US Patent 8,683,296 for an "Accelerated erasure coding system and method") is almost certainly ineligible for patent protection as an abstract idea, following the Supreme Court's Alice ruling and plenty of prior art. Erasure codes are used regularly today in cloud computing data storage and are considered to be rather important. Not surprisingly, companies and lawyers are starting to pop out of the woodwork to claim patents on key pieces. I won't pretend to understand the fundamental details of erasure codes, but the link above provides all the details. It goes through the specific claims in the patents, breaking down what they actually say (basically an erasure code on a computer using SIMD instructions), and how that's clearly an abstract idea and thus not patent-eligible.

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Leftovers: Software

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Software

today's howtos

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

Linux 3.18 Kernel: Not Much Change With Intel Haswell Performance

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

For those wondering whether there will be any exciting improvements with the Intel DRM graphics driver in the Linux 3.18 kernel, here's some OpenGL performance benchmarks.

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Counterclockwise: Jolla, Nokia N1, Nexus and HTC One GPE

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Android
Linux

The end of the year is coming and we've seen pretty much all devices that will be unveiled this year. Let's go back in time with Counterclockwise, our (almost) weekly trip back memory lane, and see what announcements late November has seen over the years.

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Several Linux distros borrow Google’s Material Design ideas

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Android
GNU
Linux

Google introduced a new design language with Android 5.0 called Material Design. It relies on vivid colors, a lot of white space, and animations designed to make different on-screen elements feel like real materials.

For instance, switching between two screens in an app is meant to feel like sliding one sheet of paper over another.

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Also: Material Design hits the desktop with Quantum OS Linux distro

grep-2.21 released [stable]

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GNU

This is to announce grep-2.21, a stable release.

There have been 94 commits by 3 people in the 25 weeks since 2.20.

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Also: GNU Parallel 20141122 ('Rosetta') released

SUSE invests in software-defined storage

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OSS
SUSE

SUSE, the enterprise Linux company, is working on its own storage solution using open-source Ceph: SUSE Storage.

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Linux 3.18-rc6

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Linux

Steady progress towards final release, although we still have a big
unknown worry in a regression that Dave Jones reported and that we
haven't solved yet. In the process of chasing that one down, there's
been a fair amount of looking at various low-level details, and that
found some dubious issues, but no smoking gun yet. But that explains
some of the patches in rc6..

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Open Source Code Contains Fewer Defects, But There's a Catch

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Development
OSS
Security

Research suggests that software developed using open source code contains fewer defects than that built with proprietary code. The catch is that open source code rarely benefits from security teams specifically tasked with looking for bugs.

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Gngr: A New Web Browser Focused On Privacy

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OSS
Security
Web

A group of developers have started writing their own open-source web browser that primarily is designed to increase web privacy and greater security.

Gngr is the new web browser under development and its conservative defaults mean no cookies, JavaScript, HTTP referring support, third-party frames, and a minimalistic user-agent string.

Gngr is written in Java to make use of the Java runtime's sandboxing abilities but ultimately they plan to switch over to some other JVM-based language.

While the code has yet to drop on Gngr, it's said to be coming after the initial release.

Those interested in more information on this privacy-focused web-browser can visit Gngr.info.

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Linux Kernel 3.17.4 Is Now the Most Advanced Version Available

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Linux

Greg Kroah-Hartman has released a new version of the Linux kernel, 3.17.4, and this is now the most advanced release available for download. It will remain like this for a few more week, at least until the new 3.18 branch will be made available.

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Parted Magic 2014.11.19 Now Has Boot Repair Option

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OS
GNU
Linux

Parted Magic is a Linux distribution that features numerous tools for disk management, such as GParted and Parted. It’s one of the best distros of its kind, but also a commercial OS.

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