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Government logs into open source policy to use as Digital India drive, cut software costs

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Indian government software applications are set to make the shift to open source, potentially boosting the pace at which such programmes are developed, and leading to millions of dollars in savings by moving away from proprietary systems.

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Australian news agency joins open source project

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Open source software developer Sourcefabric has signed Australian Associated Press to help develop an end-to-end news creation, production, curation, distribution and publishing platform.

The two parties are inviting other news publishers to participate in the project, called Superdesk.

AAP editor-in-chief Tony Gillies said, "Over the past 10 years, our existing editorial platform has proven increasingly inflexible."

"The time is right for some true innovation in this area and we believe that Sourcefabric will set us on the right path."

Sava Tatić, Sourcefabric managing director, said he was thrilled to be partnering with Australia’s national news agency.

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Indonesia tax agency saves 90 per cent with open source

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The open source community in Indonesia is still small and this has discouraged the Indonesian tax agency from moving some big systems to open source, its Transformation and ICT Director told FutureGov.

Open source is usually used by universities in Indonesia, he said, and the source code is not published so “it’s in a small group”, said Harry Gumelar.

“Our difficulty right now is that we don’t know who to contact if we have a problem,” he added. The tax agency has asked for help in the past, but not received any response from the community.

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The US Government's Tenuous Relationship With Open Source

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The government has been involved with open source software since before the Internet -- but it is only recently that government use of open source really has come into vogue, observed GitHub's Ben Balter. "A big reason for this is that open source used to be inaccessible to outsiders and didn't have the quality and support large organizations like government have come to expect."

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OpenSUSE 13.2 supercharged with smoother setup, system snapshots, Btrfs, and more

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OpenSUSE 13.2 was released a week ago. As with the recent Fedora update, the latest release of openSUSE took a year to develop instead of the standard six months as the organization retooled its development practices.

SUSE Linux has now been around for over 20 years, and it’s still going strong. As usual, the latest release serves as a foundation for developing Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise and brings some significant new improvements. So let’s dive right in!

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Also: What to expect from Btrfs on openSUSE 13.2?

Lubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" Review: Much improved over the LTS version

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Lubuntu's Trusty Tahr LTS release actually put me off because of the Wifi bug and using nm-applet I found a workaround. My expectation was higher from the LTS release honestly. So, I started evaluating the Lubuntu's latest release, 14.10, with almost zero expectation and I was pleasantly surprised. The release note states that this release is kind of calm before the storm.

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Chakra-2014.11-Euler released

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Linux

The Chakra team is happy to announce the second release of the Chakra Euler series, which follows the KDE Applications and Platform 4.14 releases.

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Exclusive: Android Wear 5.0 Lollipop features revealed, adds plenty of new goodies for your smartwatch

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With Android 5.0 Lollipop showing up on the Moto X, being announced for the LG G3, and of course Google’s latest round of Nexus devices hitting the Play Store, Android fans have been wondering when the latest sweet treat from Google will hit their wrist computer. Yesterday, we showed you the first part of that update with Material Design changes and features coming to the Android Wear companion app. Today, we’re going to show you the second part of our two part feature: this is an exclusive look into some of the new features coming to the Android Wear 5.0 Lollipop update.

Once your Android Wear smartwatch has been updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Android Wear companion app truly comes to life, adding additional features. The most notable are Watch battery and Watch storage.

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Android User Takes Apple To Federal Court Over Undelivered Text Messages

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Mac
Legal

Apple will soon face a federal lawsuit brought on by a woman named Adrienne Moore, who, like many former iPhone users who have switched to Android, is upset that she did not receive text messages after switching platforms. She is seeking unspecified damages, and to make the lawsuit a class action.

Since the release of iOS 5, Apple has experienced issues with users not receiving text messages after switching from iMessage on an iPhone to an Android device. iMessage works by sending messages over the users data plan, theoretically saving that user money on text messages. If a message fails to go through on iMessage, it’s supposed to default back to text message.

However, some users who have switched to Android from iPhone have noticed that their messages get locked up in iMessage and end up never being delivered, even though the sender sees a “Delivered” sign and thinks all is well.

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Why MongoDB Embraces Open Source

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“If I were starting something new today that was software as a business, I would make it either open source or SaaS or freemium,” he said. “I would definitely not make it closed source if I’m starting from day one, ’cause I don’t think it works anymore. I think you’re going to have competition. There’s going to be stuff out there. It’s going to be tough. If you’re starting today, it’s sort of what are people doing five years from now would be the question.”

I took that to mean that as important as open source is now in the business world, it’ll only be more important in the future.

“It felt very clear to us that it needed to be open source, what we were doing,” Merriman continued. “We also like open source, so that was a factor too, almost a non business reason. A business reason, though, is part of the idea of strategy. We really wanted to be ubiquitous; we wanted to be everywhere. If people are using this database they need to know it and they need to understand it. There needs to be a community. There needs to be a critical mass of knowledgeable people, workers, who can code to it, who can administer it, who can operate it. It’ll be much easier to do that if it’s open source because it’ll be much wider used.”

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Android 5.0 Lollipop, thoroughly reviewed

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Reviews

Android updates don't matter anymore—or at least that's what many people think. Back-to-back-to-back Jelly Bean releases and a KitKat release seemed to only polish what already existed. When Google took the wraps off of "Android L" at Google I/O, though, it was clear that this release was different.

FURTHER READING

THE HISTORY OF ANDROID
Follow the endless iterations from Android 0.5 to Android 4.4.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is at least the biggest update since Android 4.0, and it's probably the biggest Android release ever. The update brings a complete visual overhaul of every app, with a beautiful new design language called "Material Design." Animations are everywhere, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a single pixel from 4.4 that was carried over into 5.0—Google even revamped the fonts.
5.0 also brings a ton of new features. Notifications are finally on the lock screen, the functionality of Recent Apps has been revamped to make multitasking a lot easier, and the voice recognition works everywhere—even when the screen is off. The under-the-hood renovations are just as extensive, including a completely new camera API with support for RAW images, a system-wide focus on battery life, and a new runtime—ART—that replaces the aging Dalvik virtual machine.

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Debian 8 Progress, Nine Best Distros, and Mageia 5 Beta 1

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Many headlines today featured news that Microsoft will open source .NET and Swapnil Bhartiya discusses what this means for Linux. Bruce Byfield helps folks decide which of the nine best Linux distributions is for them and Debian 8 seems to be rolling right along. And finally today is a couple of reviews.

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Introducing Limba – a software installer experiment

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Software

As some of you already know, since the larger restructuring in PackageKit for the 1.0 release, I am rethinking Listaller, the 3rd-party application installer for Linux systems, as well.

During the past weeks, I was playing around with a lot of different ideas and code, to make installations of 3rd-party software easily possible on Linux, but also working together with the distribution package manager. I now have come up with an experimental project, which might achieve this.

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Groupon Tried To Take GNOME's Name & Failed

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GNOME

There is a lesson learned here, now that Groupon has (only after public admonishing from GNOME Foundation) decided to do what GNOME Foundation asked them for from the start. Specifically, I'd like to point out how it's all too common for for-profit companies to treat non-profit charities quite badly, even when the non-profit charity is involved in an endeavor that the for-profit company nominally “supports”.

The GNOME Foundation (GF) Board minutes are public; you can go and read them. If you do, you'll find that for many months, GF has been spending substantial time and resources to deal with this issue. They've begged Groupon to be reasonable, and Groupon refused. Then, GF (having at least a few politically savvy folks on their Board of Directors) decided they had to make the (correct) political next move and go public.

As a professional “Free Software politician”, I can tell you from personal experience that going public with a private dispute is always a gamble. It can backfire, and thus is almost always a “last hope” before the only other option: litigation. But, Groupon's aggressive stance and deceitful behavior seems to have left GF with little choice; I'd have done the same in GF's situation. Fortunately, the gamble paid off, and Groupon caved when they realized that GF would win — both in the court of public opinion and in a real court later.

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Debian: Thanks, joeyh

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Last friday saw a somewhat distressing email to the debian-devel mailinglist, wherein Joey Hess, one of Debian's most valuable contributors, announced his decision to quit the project.

For all of Joey's contributions over the years, this is an unwelcome message; I'd much rather have seen him remain active in Debian, both on a personal and a technical level. As it is, I have a feeling of not just losing a colleague in Debian, but also a friend.

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Open-source Gizmo 2 PC packs an AMD CPU, Radeon graphics

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OSS

Open-source computers have so far lacked good graphics, but Gizmosphere’s new Gizmo 2 is an exception.

The Gizmo 2 is an uncased single-board computer that will sell for $199. The computer can be used to build robots, electronics with large screens, or interactive computer systems that can recognize gestures or images.

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Talend 5.6 Brings Spark, Storm, IoT Features to Open Source Big Data

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Talend 5.6, the latest version of the open source big data platform, introduces new support for Apache Spark and Storm, as well as better Internet of Things integration.

Talend 5.6, the latest iteration of the flagship product from the open source big data vendor with the same name, is now available, bringing with it features that the company says will speed Hadoop adoption in the enterprise, as well as promote Internet of Things (IoT) integration.

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Ubuntu 15.04 Might Finally Migrate To BlueZ 5 Bluetooth

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Ubuntu

Discussed today during the first day of the Ubuntu 15.04 Online Developers' Summit was about finally migrating over to BlueZ 5 for its Bluetooth stack. BlueZ 5 was originally released at the end of 2012 but still hasn't shipped by default in Ubuntu Linux.

BlueZ features support for new protocols, API improvements, new Bluetooth Low-Energy profiles, D-Bus interaction improvements, a new btmon Bluetooth monitoring tool, a bluetoothctl command line tool for interacting with BlueZ, and tons of other changes. BlueZ 5 was a huge release and it's still been improved since with support for new profiles, Android improvements, and much more.

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Debian: A chilly week

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It’s finally become properly autumnal, in the real world and in Debian. One week ago, I announced (on behalf of the whole release team) that Debian 8 “Jessie” had successfully frozen on time.

At 18:00 that evening we had 310 release critical bugs – that is, the number that we must reduce to 0 before the release is ready. How does that number look now?

Well, there are now 315 bugs affecting Jessie, at various stages of progression. That sounds like it’s going in the wrong direction, but considering that over a hundred new bugs were filed just 8 hours after the freeze announcement, things are actually looking pretty good.

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What Does Microsoft's Love Mean for Linux?

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Linux
Microsoft

It’s quite obvious that it’s more about Microsoft needs Linux vs. Microsoft loves Linux. If they do love Linux, we will see them doing more ground work than just sending flowers.

Coggin says, “We are hopeful that Microsoft’s recent embrace of Linux represents more than symbolic contributions, instead representing an expanded commitment to bringing more choice to the marketplace.”

The Linux community would assume that the new lover would end all legal threats of patent infringement. We would not be seeing Brad Smith bragging about yet another patent deal with some Linux player, instead we would see him blogging about Linux Defenders.

The power of love would make Microsoft join organizations like OIN and ensure their love interest that there is nothing to fear because ‘I love you’. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them working towards dismantling the patent troll Rock Star Consortium which was created from the ashes of Nortel to mainly combat Linux and Open Source.

We would also see a ‘Microsoft in love’ joining the Linux Foundation to ‘foster’ the growth of their love object.

If we see any of this happening before we meet aliens, we will know that Microsoft does love Linux, otherwise that heart is just a sugar coating around the word ‘need’.

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