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Events and Talks: LinuxFest NorthWest, Inkscape Hackfest, Linux Audio Conference, and FOSSASIA 2017

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Nextcloud 12 Beta 2 out, get a t-shirt by finding upgrade issues!

    We announced Nextcloud 12 Beta 1 to a great deal of press attention. It is a revolutionary release, moving the goal posts for open source file sync and share solutions in terms of capabilities the way Nextcloud 11 raised the bar in terms of security and scalability to a level no other open source technology has caught up to.

  • An Interview with HashiCorp's Armon Dadgar

    Our vision for HashiCorp was to change the way we build and deploy applications, from development through production. We had a certain set of philosophies we wanted to promote that we’ve published as our Tao of HashiCorp, most of which were not mainstream at the time. What really have us the confidence to even try was our early experiences in open source. Mitchell was the primary developer behind the very popular Vagrant tool, and I had a few small OSS projects mentioned before, and together that gave us the confidence to start HashiCorp.

  • How Liri came to Be

    We desired to make a nice desktop and apps using new and modern technologies like QtQuick without mixing it with QtWidgets or any compatibility shortcut in order to have a consistent, good looking and functional UI.

    For that purpose we needed a sound design language with well defined rules. Material Design is a complete design language made by talented professionals, its clarity and structure allow us to focus on the code.

    Liri officially debuted in January 2017 when we thought there was a solid groundwork to start from and let people be aware of our initiative.

  • Google Open Sources More, Machine Learning Computer Vision Technology
  • Google releases new TensorFlow Object Detection API
  • Google wants to speed up image recognition in mobile apps
  • Google designed an object-recognition program that won't need the internet

    Artificial intelligence is giving a simple photograph the power to recognize objects, faces, and landmarks — sometimes with more detail than a set of human eyes can assign. Now, more of those features will be coming to mobile devices, thanks to Google’s release of MobileNets software.

  • AWS Blox enters crowded open source container market amid skepticism

    While much of the developer community turns to Kubernetes to schedule containers, open source AWS Blox could carve out a niche among container and serverless users.


    Blox is available from GitHub, but AWS hasn't provided the source code to an open source organization, in which groups of people can argue over what features or functions to include in the next release. Because AWS is not traditionally an open source contributor, this move has some experts questioning the true open source nature of the service. While Amazon will be a player in the container orchestration market, Blox might struggle to find a user base.

  • Introducing Reladomo - Enterprise Open Source Java ORM, Batteries Included! (Part 2)
  • More Librem 13 Enablement Lands In Coreboot

    Last week I wrote about Librem 13 v2 support landing in upstream Coreboot while now more work for this Purism laptop is now set in Git.

    It's looking like the Purism Librem 13 v2 support in Coreboot is getting squared away with more of the functionality working under this open-source BIOS alternative. Among the most recent commits to Coreboot Git are now audio support for the laptop.

  • Acquia CTO: killing the headless CMS horseman

    Dries Buytaert is the founder and project lead of Drupal an open source platform for building websites used by 2% of the world’s websites with 35,000 active contributors.

  • Generating FreeBSD packages with CPack

    For software that uses CMake as (meta) buildsystem, and then gets packaged by distro’s — at least on FreeBSD — there’s something weird going on: the meta-buildsystem knows exactly what files are generated and where they get installed, but then knowledge about those files gets re-created outside of the meta-buildsystem in the ports tree, and that re-created information is used to do the actual packaging. To me, it feels like a duplication of effort, since CPack can be used to (re)use the information straight from the meta-buildsystem.

  • Meet G0v, the Open Source, Digital Community Transforming Democracy in Taiwan

    In 2014, a digital-driven movement emerged in Taiwan that challenged the former ruling party Kuomintang's move to fast-track the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement. The members of the movement felt the trade deal between China and Taiwan would impinge on Taiwan's sovereignty. The Sunflower Movement, a youth-driven, tech-savvy, cross-sectoral coalition, occupied the Taiwanese Parliament for more than three weeks. To the surprise of many, it was ultimately successful.


    First of all, g0v does not have a "governance" structure. We consider ourselves as a community rather than an organization. Like other open-source tech communities, we believe everyone is equal to participate in the community. We welcome every citizen to join any projects since all our projects are all open online, including codes, documents, videos, and images, etc.

  • [Older] U.S. District Court Denies Pre-Trial Motion to Dismiss GPL Infringement Case

    The District Court for the Northern District of California has denied a motion to dismiss a complaint of breach of contract and copyright infringement claims in a case regarding the GPL. The plaintiff, Artifex Software Inc., is the creator of Ghostscript, an AGPL-licensed PDF interpreter. In 2016, the company filed a lawsuit against Hancom, a South Korean software company that incorporated Ghostscript into its Hangul word processing software without complying with the GPL.

  • German researchers release open-source tomato and wheat seeds to boost research

    Breeders from the Göttingen University and Dottenfelderhof agricultural school in Bad Vilbel, Germany, have released new varieties of tomato and wheat seeds. The catch? They’re free for anyone to use, ever, as long as the products of their work remain free to use. In essence, these are open-source seeds.

  • Expert Conversation: Using Open Source Drug Discovery To Help Treat Neglected Diseases

    The Open Source Drug Discovery project, launched in 2008 by biophysicist Samir Brahmachari, aims to develop low-cost treatments for neglected diseases using an open-source approach. Brahmachari is founding director of India’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology. He was interviewed by Gaëll Mainguy, director of development and international relations for the CRI (conversation has been edited and condensed for publication).

  • The Community Data Science Collective Dataverse

    I’m pleased to announce the Community Data Science Collective Dataverse. Our dataverse is an archival repository for datasets created by the Community Data Science Collective. The dataverse won’t replace work that collective members have been doing for years to document and distribute data from our research. What we hope it will do is get our data — like our published manuscripts — into the hands of folks in the “forever” business.

Events: Open Source Summit North America 2017, QtCon Brasil 2017, Randa Meetings 2017, and GUADEC 2017

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Openwashing and Parasites

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Google open-sources object detection tech that powers Nest Cam, Image Search, and Street View

    Google handed a new set of intelligent object detection capabilities over to the open source community as part of continued development of its TensorFlow framework.

  • Open Source Stacks: Jumping the Shark or Poised for Dominance?

    By any measure, the rise of open source software as an alternative to the old proprietary ways has been remarkable. Today, there are tens of millions of libraries hosted at GitHub alone, and the number of major projects is growing rapidly. As of this writing the Apache Software Foundation hosts over 300 projects, while the Linux Foundation supports over 60. Meanwhile, the more narrowly-focused OpenStack Foundation boasts 60,000 members living in more than 180 countries.

    So what could possibly be wrong with this picture?

    What’s missing is enough awareness that while open source software can meet the great majority of user demands, it can’t, standing alone, meet all of them. Worse yet, too many members of the open source community (business leads as well as developers) have no interest in making use of the most appropriate tools available to close the gap.

    Let’s start by identifying the problem that needs to be solved, and then see how that problem used to be solved in the past.

  • The real-time community site Voten goes open-source

    The real-time community site Voten that recently made its first public beta has just announced it’s now an open source project. Voten is powered by Laravel 5.4 and Vue.js so it could be a good project to learn from the source, contribute, and get involved with.

  • OpenSuCo: Advancing Open Source Supercomputing at ISC

    As open source hardware gains traction, the potential for a completely open source supercomputing system becomes a compelling proposition, one that is being investigated by the International Workshop on Open Source Supercomputing (OpenSuCo). Ahead of OpenSuCo’s inaugural workshop taking place at ISC 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany, next week, HPCwire reached out to program committee members Anastasiia Butko and David Donofrio of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to learn more about the effort’s activities and vision.

  • Ura Design donates great UX to open source projects

    Open source software is nothing new in an age where even big tech giants are exploring and using it. More and more companies allow—if not outright encourage—employees to contribute to open source software on company hours. What's missing in open source, however, is high-quality, effective design. Fortunately, Albanian design agency Ura Design and its team—Elio Qoshi, Redon Skikuli, Giannis Konstantinidis, and Anxhelo Lushka—are trying to change this.

    Ura Design started from the belief that many open source projects are full of capabilities and features, but their design can make it difficult for users to effectively use the software because of poor user experience, branding, or accessibility. Ura's goal is to help bring better design principles to open source projects at little to no cost.

  • Oath makes first Yahoo open source contribution with Bullet

    Oath is releasing its first solution into open source, thanks to the recently announced acquisition of Yahoo by Verizon. The company announced the contribution of Bullet, Yahoo’s real-time query engine.

  • Meet Edit, a Modular, Open-Source Self-Driving Car With Customizable Bodywork

    Many start-ups want to change the way cars are designed, but OSVehicle is taking things to a new level. The company's Edit concept is an electric self-driving car that can be modified almost as easily as if it were made of Legos.

  • Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

    Weighing in on a longstanding religious war among software developers, community site Stack Overflow has found that developers who use spaces to indent their code earn more than those who use tabs.

    After crunching the data from its 2017 Developer Survey (released in March), Stack Overflow data scientist David Robinson on Thursday reported, "[T]he median developer who uses spaces had a salary of $59,140, while the median tabs developer had a salary of $43,750."

Form ‘N’ Fun Is An Open-Source Game That Combines Android, Drawing and Computer Vision

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There are many exciting projects available for Android. In fact, almost 3 million applications are available in the Play Store. But not every application is open-source and written to serve as educational material. Developer Rohithkvsp created the Form ‘N’ Fun game that makes the most of drawing on Android. While this might sound a bit crazy or lame, the game is really great and fun to play.

Form ‘N’ Fun is an Android maze game that uses real-time computer vision. The uniqueness of this game is that the user can draw his own mazes on white paper with pen/pencil and then play them. The game detects the maze and the user can play using the accelerometer. This Android app uses contours algorithms in OpenCV to detect the maze that is drawn on real-world paper. This app then uses the JBox2d engine for simulating the rigid bodies. On the video below you can see this app in action.

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Openwashing and Attacks on FOSS, OSS Leftovers

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  • Microsoft is Bringing Native Linux Container Support and Bash to Windows Server [Ed: Microsoft wants to swallow GNU/Linux in a platform with NSA back doors and keyloggers, not to mention patent tax]
  • ​Microsoft joins Java-oriented Cloud Foundry [Ed: for influence and steering from the inside]
  • FreeNAS 11.0 is Now Here
  • OW2 Consortium: Building Beyond Europe

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of OW2, and the organization is celebrating during its annual conference, on June 26-27, in Paris, France. OSI GM Patrick Masson sat down with Cedric Thomas, CEO of OW2 to learn more about the foundation, it’s accomplishments over the past 10 years, and what’s in store for the anniversary celebration.

    The Open Source Initiative (OSI) Affiliate Membership Program is an international who’s who of open source projects, advocates, and communities: Creative Commons, Drupal Association, Linux Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, Open Source Matters (the foundation supporting Joomla), Python Software Foundation, Wikimedia Foundation, Wordpress Foundation and many more. Open source enthusiasts outside Europe may not be as familiar with another OSI Affiliate Member, OW2, however its impact on open source development and adoption across the EU has been significant.

  • FSFE Newsletter - June 2017

Getting Started with Open Source Licenses

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With proprietary software, it's easy for a developer to know where he or she stands. Unless you or the company for which you're working owns the copyright to the code, it's off limits -- end of story. There's usually not even any temptation to use the code, because the source code is usually not available.

Moving into open source opens up a whole new world that can make things a lot easier. Suddenly, you're not constantly having to reinvent the wheel by writing code for processes where there's code already written and waiting at the ready. In some circumstances, you can even use open source code inside a proprietary project.

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Google open-sources mobile-first computer vision models for TensorFlow

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Google is helping smartphones better recognize images without requiring massive power consumption, thanks to a new set of models the company released today. Called MobileNets, the pre-trained image recognition models let developers pick between a set of models that vary in size and accuracy to best suit what their application needs.

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  • Steve Wozniak Praises Makers and Open Source

    Wozniak said he often does his own DIY projects using Raspberry Pis and similar boards and he acknowledged that were he were coming up today he would no doubt be considered a maker. “I'm pretty sure that I would be with my little Arduino, Raspberry Pis, and $9 C.H.I.P computers, programming motors and making strange things under my control,” he said. “And hopefully I'd have enough brilliance in my software that the devices would start doing semi-intelligent things. I'd be out there just playing around. I never had an intention to start a company with anything

  • OpenEMR Consortium Proposes Open Source EHR Solution to U.S. Coast Guard

    According to a recent Request for Information from the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the maritime branch of the U.S. Armed Forces is conducting market research of sources capable of providing a computerized, integrated Electronic Health Record solution for replacement of the USCG manual paper health records at 114 ashore sites (clinics and sick bays) and 62 afloat sick bays. The requested scope of the EHR by USCG is broad and includes primary care, urgent care, counseling, occupational health, and dental care.

  • Why Open Source Is Really Disrupting Enterprise Software

    I had an epiphany today about a major reason open source is disrupting enterprise software. This is perhaps one of those things that you have heard so much, you've gone numb to it. All the big giants are still alive and kicking, however; so is this really happening? The answer is yes, however the mechanics are not what you think. It is not simply just a cost play. The acquisition - one of the main weapons that big software vendors had to fight disruptors - is losing effectiveness. And that changes everything. Allow me to explain:

  • Open Source Solution For Smarter Warehouses

    The project is a collaborative venture between the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), Università di Pisa, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Ocado Technology, and Disney Research Zurich.


    The company have also recently announced the release of Kubermesh, an open source package designed to simplify data center architectures for use in smart factories. The system uses container-based technology to implement private cloud architecture on-site, with desktop computers configured to replicate the kind of computational and storage capabilities typically offered by high-end servers in data centers.

  • The 30 Highest Velocity Open Source Projects

    Open Source projects exhibit natural increasing returns to scale. That’s because most developers are interested in using and participating in the largest projects, and the projects with the most developers are more likely to quickly fix bugs, add features and work reliably across the largest number of platforms. So, tracking the projects with the highest developer velocity can help illuminate promising areas in which to get involved, and what are likely to be the successful platforms over the next several years. (If the embedded version below isn’t clear enough, you can view the chart directly on Google Sheets.)

  • Artificial Intelligence: Open Source and Standards Bodies Drive Opportunities

    Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) skillsets are now becoming a crucial way for technology-focused workers to differentiate themselves from the pack. Moreover, from Elon Musk’s OpenAI organization to Google’s sweeping new open AI initiatives announced at the recent Google I/O conference, investment in AI is driving many new opportunities. For technologists who straddle the arenas of open source and AI, opportunities are looking particularly promising.

  • RepreZen Releases KaiZen Open-Source Editor and Parser for Open API 3.0
  • New Open Source Software Strengthens Satellite Geodesy Capability

    Scientists from Geoscience Australia have released new software that will improve the ability to process big remotely-sensed satellite datasets. The new "PyRate" software is open source Python software for collating and analysing Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) displacement time series data.

  • Triggertrap Open Sources Its Mobile Apps Days After Its Hardware
  • June Open Source CMS Forecast: WordPress, Grav, Liferay, dotCMS Plan Releases

    In May, we found ourselves well and truly in the thick of conference season, as we discussed no less than five separate open source focused events which have either come to pass, or are on the horizon.

  • OpenBSD as a “Desktop” (Laptop)

    All in all, I’m happy with the system, but I’m an OpenBSD fan boy. It’s hard to get mad at a system that generally “just works.”

  • Poland court: govt source code does not have to be made public

    The source code for software solutions developed for and owned by public administrations in Poland does not have to be made public under European rules on public sector information, a regional court in Warsaw (Poland) has ruled. The case was brought before the court last November by the ePanstwo Foundation, an NGO promoting open government, requesting the publication of the source code of the EZD document management system, which is owned by the public administration of the Podlachia region.

  • Open-source lab-on-a-chip repository is 'microfluidics for the masses'

    Metafluidics is a brand new open repository for fluidic systems, built by MIT Lincoln Laboratory (Lexington, MA) in partnership with open source technology & design consulting company Bocoup (New York, NY) and maintained by the Community Biotechnology Initiative at the MIT Media Lab.

  • New open-source website features blueprints for lab-on-a-chip devices
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GNOME 3.25.3 Released, GTK Development

  • GNOME 3.25.3 Now Available
    GNOME 3.25.3 is now available as the latest stepping stone towards September's release of GNOME 3.26.
  • GNOME 3.26 Desktop Environment Development Continues, New Milestone Is Out Now
    Matthias Clasen has informed the community via an email announcement that the third milestone of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment is now ready for public testing. After a one day delay, GNOME 3.25.3 is now available, and it's the third development release of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment that could be used by default in popular GNU/Linux distributions, such as the Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) or Fedora 27, both due for release later this year. It brings a bunch of updates and new features to several of its components and apps.
  • Eight years since first release and still no usable theme?
    Well, let me be frank. Ever since gtk-3.0 I've been skeptical of it, especially of the theming aspect. In gtk-2 we had (and still have) many themes ranging from trash to excellent, almost every kind of taste could have been satisfied. Not so in gtk-3. First issue is constant changes to theming API, meaning that despite there being hundreds of themes, only handful of them actually work right :( And among them, I still have yet to find one that would work on my fairly usual 15,6″ laptop screen with 1366×768 px resolution. Basicaly I have two issues.

Microsoft Dirty Tricks and Entryism

Security: Windows Causes Chaos, Routers With Back Doors, Patching of UNIX/Linux

  • Traffic lights in Australia hit by WannaCry ransomware [Ed: Well, who uses Microsoft Windows to manage traffic?!?!]

    Radio station 3aw reports that dozens of pole based traffic calming measures are infected and that this came as a surprise to the local minister and Road Safety Camera Commissioner when radio reporters told him about it.

  • Honda shuts down factory after finding NSA-derived Wcry in its networks
    The WCry ransomware worm has struck again, this time prompting Honda Company to halt production in one of its Japan-based factories after finding infections in a broad swath of its computer networks, according to media reports. The automaker shut down its Sayama plant northwest of Tokyo on Monday after finding that WCry had affected networks across Japan, North America, Europe, China, and other regions, Reuters reported Wednesday. Discovery of the infection came on Sunday, more than five weeks after the onset of the NSA-derived ransomware worm, which struck an estimated 727,000 computers in 90 countries. The mass outbreak was quickly contained through a major stroke of good luck. A security researcher largely acting out of curiosity registered a mysterious domain name contained in the WCry code that acted as a global kill switch that immediately halted the self-replicating attack.
  • GhostHook: CyberArk finds new way to attack Windows 10

    Researchers at CyberArk Labs have discovered a new way of gaining access to the innards of Windows 10 64-bit systems that can bypass existing safeguards, including the kernel patch protection known as PatchGuard that Microsoft developed to improve system security.

  • John McAfee claims 'every router in America has been compromised' by hackers and spies

    Technology pioneer John McAfee believes that every home internet router in America is wide open to cyberattacks by criminal hackers and intelligence agencies. He makes the claim speaking after revelations from WikiLeaks that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) targets the devices.

  • 'Stack Clash' Smashed Security Fix in Linux
    What's old is new again: an exploit protection mechanism for a known flaw in the Linux kernel has fallen to a new attack targeting an old problem.
  • Continuous defence against open source exploits
    Register for next month's expo for the public sector DevOps community to hear key speakers from the front line of public sector digital transformation and see the latest technologies at first hand. Andrew Martin, DevOps lead in a major government department, has been added to the line-up of speakers to talk about the importance of getting the approach to security right with open source software.
  • IoT goes nuclear: creating a ZigBee chain reaction [iophk: "use 6lowpan instead"]

    If plugging in an infected bulb is too much hassle, the authors also demonstrate how to take over bulbs by war-driving around in a car, or by war-flying a drone.

  • Passengers given a freight as IT glitch knocks out rail ticket machines

    The network of machines are operated by the individual franchises, but share a common infrastructure from German software company Scheidt and Bachmann.

OpenBSD Development News

  • OpenBSD now has Trapsleds to make life harder for ROPers
  • Historical: My first OpenBSD Hackathon

    I was a nobody. With some encouragement, enough liquid courage to override my imposter syndrome, and a few hours of mentoring, I'm now doing big projects. The next time you're sitting at a table with someone new to your field, ask yourself: how can you encourage them? You just might make the world better.

    Thank you Dale. And thank you Theo.

  • Finish the link-kit job
    We've had the linkkit components in the tree for a while, but it has taken nearly 20 rounds between rpe/tb/myself to get the last few bits finished. So that the link kit is cleanly used at reboot, but also fits in with the practices kernel developers follow.