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Icehouse: New OpenStack cloud arrives

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OpenStack, an extremely popular open source Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud program, has just released its latest version: Icehouse. According to the OpenStack Foundation, the ninth release of OpenStack comes "with new features reflecting a community-wide effort to bring the voice of the user into the rapidly maturing open source cloud software platform."

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CIO UK tax authority: "Open source is massively cost-effective"

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Open source solutions are "massively cost-effective", says Mark Dearnley, the Chief Digital & Information Officer at the UK's tax authority, HMRC. The government department is set to increasingly use such this type of software, he announced at the 'Open Source & Open Standards' conference in London, on 3 April. "Open source is definitively going to change our future."

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WordPress 3.9 arrives with stunning editor and more features

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WordPress users can now rejoice as the much awaited 3.9 arrives with some really stunning improvements. Writers and bloggers will now enjoy the brand new visual editor which is fully redesigned and looks more or less like Google Docs. It’s very mature, user-friendly and elegant looking.

One of the greatest things that WordPress has done is auto point updates, which means, like Google Chrome browser, your WP install is always upto date. One of the Achilles’ heel for WP was a majority of its users never bothered to update their sites. No wonder WP sites used to get cracked so much. With automatic point updates WP has eliminated that problem, however users will have to do major upgrades on their own.

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Choosing a license

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GNU
OSS

Free software projects need licenses. But choosing a license is such a pain that most github projects don’t even bother (resulting in an initiative by Github to rectify this). And when taking a closed source project and making it free software, the topic of license choice will take a huge amount of time and effort.

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CliQr launches cloud marketplace featuring 100 open source apps

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Google-backed CliQr Technologies, which focuses on helping businesses migrate applications into private or public cloud environments, has flipped the switch on the CliQr App Store, a collection of more than 100 popular open source applications.

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Samsung Tizen smartphones now slated for 2Q release

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Linux
OSS

The interview raises hope among Tizen fans that the open source Linux-based platform will not fade away or be limited to other device categories such as Tizen’s Gear 2 smartwatches, which were announced in February at Mobile World Congress, and have recently begun to ship to mostly favorable reviews.

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Open Source enables government business continuity

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It is not unknown to hear about closed-source software companies that end technical support and security patches for their products. It is a technique that some of them use to force their customers to upgrade to a newer version. In addition, some unfortunate circumstances may force the companies to go out of business and in the process they abort their products as well. Such circumstances often leave the users with a choice between hard place and a rock.

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Also new: Welcome to the open source renaissance

Councils stage open source revival

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Local councils behind an ambitious public open source software scheme that flourished briefly with boom-time investment under the last government are attempting to revive it under the cost-cutting coalition's digital strategy.

But their old rival Microsoft is making its local government come-back too, after a 10-year gestation with the London Borough of Newham under a deal that became the focus of bitter opposition between the proprietary and open source software camps.

Last time, with central government funding but only lacklustre policy support, Bristol City and Camden London Borough built an open source content management system that was propagated as far afield as India and Bremen.

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Open source software: a guide for SMBs

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Many businesses are realizing the benefits of open source. According to a recent report, up to a third of IT professionals are already using the technology and this figure will grow.

Open source is often cheaper, more flexible and easier to manage than its licensed counterparts. If you've got some technical ability, the basics are easy to implement yourself, with a multitude of "DIY" guides available online.

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EU countries 'prefer open specifications'

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The EU member states that are working on interoperability and alignment of e-government services say open specifications are crucial to building European public services. Open specifications allow the EU's public administrations to align their approaches to interoperability, according to an analysis of the interoperability programmes in 19 member states. The study flags the need to monitor the use of open technical specification and standards.

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Computer lab management tool in over 500 Greek schools

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More than 500 schools all over Greece are using Epoptes, an open source solution to manage and monitor school PCs in computer labs. The application is now also being used by schools in Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands and in many other countries. "Epoptes is already available in more than 33 languages, including non-European."

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Open Source Code Has Fewer Defects Than Proprietary Software

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Development
OSS

The latest Coverity Scan Open Source Report suggests that the quality of programming in free C and C++ projects is improving

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Trying Out Radeon R9 290 Graphics On Open-Source

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Graphics/Benchmarks
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While the Radeon R9 290 has been out more than a half-year, the open-source support is still poor. In fact, when running the latest open-source code there still isn't hardware acceleration by default, and with distributions like Ubuntu 14.04 LTS there's only mode-setting support without any 2D/3D hardware acceleration. In my most recent R9 290 open-source testing, I installed Ubuntu 14.04 x86_64, then installed the Linux 3.14 kernel (and later, Linux 3.15 Git), followed by using the Oibaf PPA for Mesa 10.2-devel and xf86-video-ati Git.

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April 2014 Project of the Month, Free Pascal

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For our April Community Choice Project of the Month, our community has selected Free Pascal, an advanced open source compiler for Pascal and Object Pascal. The project founder, Florian Klaempfl, tells us about the project’s history, purpose, and direction.

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Google Releases An AutoFDO Converter For Perf In LLVM

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AutoFDO is short for the Automatic Feedback Directed Optimizer that uses the Linux kernel's perf to collect sample profiles and to then pass that translated profile data back into the compiler so it's able to better optimize code generation of the targeted perf'ed binary to yield better performance. AutoFDO was originally written for GCC and can be found via gcc.gnu.org.

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BitTorrent Client FrostWire 5.7.2 Finally Brings uTP Support

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FrostWire, a BitTorrent client (formerly a Gnutella client) that’s the result of a collaborative effort of hundreds of open source and freelance developers, is now at version 5.7.2.

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UK's IT security agency: Communities are key for standards

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The quality of support from a software community is key to the lifecycle of a technical standard, says Chris Ulliott, Technical Director at the UK's Technical Authority for information assurance, CESG. "We love open standards, they make life easier."

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Fracture: Another Open-Source Decompiler Project

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Right now Fracture supports decompiling ARM binaries but x86 is actively being worked on and there's also plans for supporting PowerPC and MIPS. While progress is being made, there's many features that still need to be handled like conditionals, complex language structs, high-level type recovery, and other features.

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Box joins the open source bandwagon with new showcase

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Box is getting into the mix, unveiling its own open source repository showcasing at least 20 projects to-date.

Amid content and metadata SDKs for Android, iOS, Windows, and Java, more distinctive projects include the Box Anemometer (a MySQL slow query monitor) and the curiously-named Stalker, a jQuery plugin allowing elements to follow a user as he or she scrolls through a page.

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More: Box Debuts ‘Box Open Source’ To Share Its Internal Tools With The Larger Developer World

Linksys launches new router with open source code

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Gadgets

Linksys has started shipping a new router, and it’s touting its latest offering as the first consumer-grade Wi-Fi router to provide thorough wireless coverage throughout the home through its four external antennas.

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