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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • The Open Source Way

    "Open source", in the world of IT, is program code that is meant for collaboration and open contribution. Intended to be modified and shared, because by design and spirit, it is meant for the public at large.

    It’s been said that “"open source" intimates a broader set of values—what we call "the open source way." Open source projects, products, or initiatives embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development.” So it is a natural conclusion that in this age of open and transparent government, that the government IT manager or technician would be one of the first to want to embrace this new role of collaborative team member within a larger community.

  • Another rift in the open source BPM market: @FlowableBPM forks from @Alfresco Activiti

    In early 2013, Camunda – at the time, a value-added Activiti consulting partner as well as a significant contributor to the open source project – created a fork from Activiti to form what is now the Camunda open source BPM platform as well as their commercial version based on the open source core.

  • Pydio, an Open Source File Sharing and Sync Solution, Out in New Version

    If you've followed us here at OStatic, you've probably seen our coverage of open source file sharing, cloud and synchronization tools. For example, we've covered ownCloud and Nextcloud extensively.

    Not so many people know about Pydio, though, which is out in a new version Pydio7. It's an open source file sharing & sync solution that now has a host of new features and performance upgrades. It's worth downloading and trying.

    Through a new partnership with Collabora Productivity (the LibreOffice Cloud provider), Pydio7 now combines file sharing, document editing and online collaboration. Users can now not only access documents online, but also co-author new content and work collaboratively.

  • Chrome 55 Beta: Input handling improvements and async/await functions

    Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome Beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, Mac, and Windows.

  • Chrome 55 Beta Brings Async/Await To JavaScript

    Google is ending this week by rolling out the Chrome/Chromium 55 web-browser beta.

    Chrome 55 Beta brings support for the async and await keywords to JavaScript for Promise-based JavaScript coding. Great to see them finally improving the asynchronous JS support.

  • Open-Source Innovations Driving Demand for Hadoop

    AtScale, provider of BI (Business Intelligence) on Hadoop, has released its study titled "The Business Intelligence Benchmark for SQL-on-Hadoop engines," which is a performance test of BI workloads on Hadoop. The report also studies the strengths and weaknesses of Hive, Presto, Impala and Spark SQL, which are the most popular analytical engines for Hadoop.

  • Microsoft CEO Offers SQL Server for Linux Update [Ed: bad idea to use it [1, 2]]
  • New SafariSeat wheelchairs made from bicycle parts help East Africans roam rough terrain
  • SafariSeat, an Open Source Wheelchair for Rural Offroading

    If you’re disabled in a poorly developed part of the world, even a great modern wheelchair may be next to useless. What’s needed is a more off-road design that’s made to be easy to manufacture and repair than something built for a city with sidewalks.

    SafariSeat is a newly designed open-source wheelchair that hopes to make a big impact for disabled people the world over. It uses push bars for power and has large front wheels and small rear ones to easily roll over large objects.

    In a novel move, the designers included a moving seat that shifts bit every time you push the bars to help prevent pressure sores on the butt.

  • Five 3D printing projects for Halloween

    With Halloween fast approaching I figured it was time to add some 3D printed decorations to the office. Below are some of my pictures for fun Halloween-themed prints. I tried to pick some models that demonstrate varied printing techniques.

Renesas spins 3rd Gen automotive starter kits, adds new M3 SoC

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Renesas has launched two Linux-ready R-Car starter kits optimized for AGL and GENIVI: an R-Car H3 based “Premier” and a “Pro” with a lower-end M3 SoC.

Later this month, Renesas will begin selling two third-generation starter kits for its 64-bit ARM-based R-Car automotive SoCs. The kits are designed for ADAS, infotainment, reconfigurable digital clusters, and integrated digital cockpits.

The two kits are optimized for open source Linux standards like Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) and GENIVI, but they also support QNX. Earlier R-Car automotive starter kits include last year’s R-Car H2 ADAS Starter Kit, based on its earlier H2 automotive SoC.

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EU-Fossa project submits results of code audits

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The European Commission’s ‘EU Free and Open Source Software Auditing’ project (EU-Fossa) has sent its code review results to the developers of Apache HTTP server target and KeePass. The audit results are not yet made public, however, no critical vulnerabilities were found.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Google’s Open Source Report Card Highlights Game-Changing Contributions

    Ask people about Google’s relationship to open source, and many of them will point to Android and Chrome OS — both very successful operating systems and both based on Linux. Android, in particular, remains one of the biggest home runs in open source history. But, as Josh Simmons from Google’s Open Source Programs Office will tell you, Google also contributes a slew of useful open source tools and programs to the community each year. Now, Google has issued its very first “Open Source Report Card,” as announced by Simmons on the Google Open Source Blog.

    "We're sharing our first Open Source Report Card, highlighting our most popular projects, sharing a few statistics and detailing some of the projects we've released in 2016. We've open sourced over 20 million lines of code to date and you can find a listing of some of our best known project releases on our website," said Simmons.

  • Nino Vranešič: Open Source Advocate and Mozilla Rep in Slovenia

    “My name is Nino Vranešič and I am connecting IT and Society,” is what Nino says about himself on LinkedIn. The video is a little hard to understand in places due to language differences and (we think) a slow or low-bandwidth connection between the U.S.-based Zoom servers and Eastern Europe, a problem that crops up now and then in video conversation and VOIP phone calls with people in that part of the world, no matter what service you choose. But Vranešič is worth a little extra effort to hear, because it’s great to learn that open source is being used in lots of government agencies, not only in Slovenia but all over Europe. And aside from this, Vranešič himself is a tres cool dude who is an ardent open source volunteer (“Mozilla Rep” is an unpaid volunteer position), and I hope I have a chance to meet him F2F next time he comes to a conference in Florida — and maybe you’ll have a chance to meet him if he comes to a conference near you.

  • MySQL and database programming for beginners

    Dave Stokes has been using MySQL for more than 15 years and has served as its community manager since 2010. At All Things Open this year, he'll give a talk about database programming for newbies with MySQL.

    In this interview, he previews his talk and shares a few helpful resources, required skills, and common problems MySQL beginners run into.

  • Nadella's trust talk is just so much hot air

    Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella appears to have an incredibly short memory. Else he would be the last person who talks about trust being the most pressing issue in tech in our times.

    Over the last year, we have been treated to a variety of cheap tricks by Microsoft, attempting to hoodwink Windows users left, right and centre in order to get them to upgrade to Windows 10. After that, talking about trust sounds odd. Very odd.

    Microsoft does not have the best reputation among tech companies. It is known for predatory practices, for being convicted as a monopolist, and in recent times has been trying to cultivate a softer image as a company that is not as rapacious as it once was.

    That has, in large measure, come about as its influence and rank in the world of computing have both slipped, with other companies like Apple, Facebook and Google coming to dominate.

  • If you wish, you may rebuild all dports to use non-base SSL library of your choice
  • DragonFlyBSD Continues LibreSSL Push, OpenSSL To Be Dropped

    DragonFlyBSD is now defaulting to LibreSSL throughout its operating system stack and is planning to completely remove OpenSSL in the near future.

    Last month DragonFlyBSD began using LibreSSL by default while that effort has continued. OpenSSL is no longer being built by default and in about one month's time the OpenSSL support will be completely stripped from the DragonFly tree.

  • Ranking the Web With Radical Transparency

    Ranking every URL on the web in a transparent and reproducible way is a core concept of the Common Search project, says Sylvain Zimmer, who will be speaking at the upcoming Apache: Big Data Europe conference in Seville, Spain.

    The web has become a critical resource for humanity, and search engines are its arbiters, Zimmer says. However, the only search engines currently available are for-profit entities, so the Common Search project is creating a nonprofit engine that is open, transparent, and independent.

    We spoke with Zimmer, who founded Jamendo, dotConferences, and Common Search, to learn more about why nonprofit search engines are important, why Apache Spark is such a great match for the job, and some of the challenges the project faces.

  • A look inside the 'blinky flashy' world of wearables and open hardware

    While looking at the this year's All Things Open event schedule, a talk on wearables and open hardware caught my eye: The world of the blinky flashy. Naturally, I dug deeper to learn what it was all about.

  • Why Perl is not use for new development , most of time use for maintenance and support projects ?

    There has been a tendency amongst some companies to play a “wait and see” attitude towards Perl, but the Perl market appears to have stabilized in the past couple of years and more companies appear to be returning to Perl. As one of our clients explained to me when I asked why they chose Perl “We’re tired of being bitten by hype.”

Blockchain and FOSS

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Linux/FOSS Events

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  • FOSDEM Desktops DevRoom 2016 all for Participation

    FOSDEM is one of the largest (5,000+ hackers!) gatherings of Free Software contributors in the world and happens each February in Brussels (Belgium, Europe).

    Once again, one of the tracks will be the Desktops DevRoom (formerly known as “CrossDesktop DevRoom”), which will host Desktop-related talks.

    We are now inviting proposals for talks about Free/Libre/Open-source Software on the topics of Desktop development, Desktop applications and interoperability amongst Desktop Environments. This is a unique opportunity to show novel ideas and developments to a wide technical audience.

  • LatinoWare

    Yesterday, Wednesday 19 oct, was the first day of LatinoWare thirteen edition hosted in the city of Foz do Iguaçu in Parana state with presence of 5155 participants and temperature of 36ºC. Currently this is the biggest event of free software in Brazil.

  • Attending a FUDcon LATAM 2016

    From my experience I will share my days at FUDcon 2016 held on Puno last week. There were 3 core days, and 2 more days to visit around.

OpenStack in the Headlines

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  • Mirantis and NTT Com Double Down on OpenStack

    Mirantis continues to drive forward with new partnerships focused on the OpenStack cloud computing platform. The company and NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) have announced that they will partner to offer fully managed Private OpenStack as a service in NTT Com Enterprise Cloud and its data center services across the globe. NTT Com, in becoming Mirantis’ first data center services partner, says it will offer Mirantis Managed OpenStack on NTT Com Enterprise Cloud’s Metal-as-a-Service.

  • Using metrics effectively in OpenStack development

    At the OpenStack summit taking place this month in Barcelona, Ildikó Váncsa will be speaking on metrics in her talk Metrics: Friends or Enemies? She will discuss OpenStack metrics and how they can be used in software development processes, both for the individual developer and manager.

    I caught up with Ildikó before her talk to learn more about how metrics in OpenStack help guide developers and companies, and how they also drive evolution of the OpenStack community itself.

Open source where possible in Polish Gdańsk

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The city of Gdańsk, Poland’s sixth largest city, is using open source software applications where possible. Open source is called an ‘important element’ in the Operational Programmes, made public in August. This document describes the tasks and activities set out by the city to achieve the goals it defined in the Gdańsk 2030 Plus Development Strategy.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Linux Foundation Takes JavaScript Under Its Wings

    The JS Foundation is now a Linux Foundation Project. The news came on Monday, first as an announcement on the Linux Foundation's website, and then announced from the podium at the first day of Oscon Europe in London. "JS," of course, stands for "JavaScript," and as any web developer will tell you, it's an essential part of almost all modern websites. Its use isn't entirely web based, however. For instance, it's used in PDF documents.

    "We've been supporting a lot more than jQuery for a long time," Kris Borchers, the JS Foundation's executive director and former head of the JQuery Foundation, explained in his Oscon keynote address, "so the rebrand is to better reflect that. This also signals this effort to start creating a center of gravity for open source JavaScript."

  • Tips for contributing to a complex and large project like OpenStack

    Becoming a QA Engineer for OpenStack was a career shift for Emily Wilson who has a background in research microbiology. But there's an odd similarity between the two careers—they both involve figuring out what makes complicated systems work and where the weak points are. Paradoxically, this requires both a big picture perspective of a system, as well as an in-depth understanding of how the individual components function.

    At the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona later this month, Emily is giving a presentation on her first year working in the OpenStack community. In this interview, she talks to me about contributing to a large and complex project like OpenStack.

  • With OpenStack users, dev and test are king

    What's OpenStack's killer app? Users say it's dev and test.

    According to the latest OpenStack User Survey, most deployments of the open source cloud infrastructure project are on-premises private clouds for dev-and-test work that serve teams of fewer than 100 users.

  • Nasdaq Corporate Solutions Brings Open Source Technology to Enhanced Investor Relations Website Platform
  • Microsoft’s CEO Says Windows Is “The Most Open Platform” Ever [Ed: Not just a company of crooks of extortioners. It also lies. A lot. And without shame...]
  • Mesosphere half-year pledge: Fresh DC/OS open source baking [Ed: Very Microsoft-connected company that cannot be trusted]
  • Free Software Directory meeting recap for October 14th, 2016
  • How open source helped beat Ebola

    More than 10,000 dead, hundreds of thousands affected, and a world paralyzed with fear at the prospect of contagion. It is hard to fully grasp the impact of the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the valor of those who put their own lives on the line to save the lives of others.

  • Emulate 'Foundation Help Sierra Leone'
  • Meet the Artist Building an Open-Source Database of Everyday Movements

    The vibrance and diversity of East London is captured through the physical gestures of its inhabitants in Rosana Antolí’s Virtual Choreography, what the artist calls the world’s first digital archive of everyday motions. From the thumbs-up of a security guard to the flick of the wrist of a basketball player, the project combines performance and moving image to evoke daily life in the rapidly-changing neighborhood of Hackney Wick.

  • SafariSeat: Open Source Wheelchair for Developing Countries

    SafariSeat is a low cost, all-terrain and open source wheelchair designed for people in developing countries. It can be made in basic workshops using bicycle parts, which makes it easy to repair.

    SafariSeat has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, to raise money to build as many chairs as possible, and develop an open source manual. Local workshops can then use the manual to make SafariSeats for their communities.

Note to MSPs: Government Agencies Want More Open Source Software

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One of the biggest trends today in the government sector is high demand for open source software. If you're an MSP, it's time to take notice.

Traditionally, open source was not a major part of IT operations for government agencies, at least in the United States. If you look at the list of the top 100 IT contractors for the federal government in 2016, you won't see any names associated with open source software. What you will notice are several hardware and software companies that deal mostly with closed source code, such as Microsoft, IBM and Cisco.

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  • UKCloud Creates an Open Source Alternative for UK Public Sector with Red Hat OpenStack Platform
    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that UKCloud, the foremost public cloud provider for UK government, has standardized on Red Hat OpenStack Platform with Red Hat Ceph Storage to lead its public sector customers through their digital transformation journey. The Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud platform is designed to enable UKCloud’s customers to deliver digital services directly to citizens by providing the required levels of scalability, performance and assurance.
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    Recently I've been working on improving hybrid graphics support for the upcoming Fedora 25 release. Although Fedora 25 Workstation will use Wayland by default for its GNOME 3 desktop, my work has been on hybrid gfx support under X11 (Xorg) as GNOME 3 on Wayland does not yet support hybrid gfx,

Android Leftovers

Tizen News

  • Samsung’s Quantum Dot SUHD named ‘TV of the Year’ in UK
    It is evident that Samsung has been having a hard time to gain back customers’ trust after the Note 7 disaster. However, not everything’s going wrong for the South Korean Electronics giant. The company’s Tizen Based Quantum DOT SUHD (2016) TV was named as the “2016 TV of the year” by some of the top IT magazines in the UK. Samsung’s Quantum DOT SUHD TVs bagged 5 out 5 points from “WHAT HI-FI” internet tech magazine which also obviously had to be the top score.
  • FootLOL – Crazy Football game for Tizen
    Last week lots of games were added to the Tizen store. Zombie Derby 2 is one of them by Herocraft Ltd. Today they added another game in the Tizen Store named FootLOL – Crazy Football.
  • Putin’s standard for IoT is the new 1984
    As the Internet of Things gets more popular new questions arise: which protocol will become the open standard for supporting IoT networks across a huge array of devices around the world? Today we start hearing some answers from Russia. Igor Shchyogolev, former Minister of Telecommunications between 2008 and 2012, is thinking about a service that involves both an Internet card and a City card for citizen to use the Internet, hence named “Internet + City card” or just “Internet + City”. Long story short, Russia is contemplating the hypothesis of domestic regulation, rather than an intergovernmental agreement between major countries involved. Testament to this intent are Russian focus towards cryptographic protection and the plan of the country to substain such autarchics drives with national production of chips and direct control of both analog and digital TV frequencies.
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  • Samsung’s Announces its First 8GB LPDDR4 DRAM Package