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Dronecode: Taking the Internet of Things to the Skies

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Drone technology has also reached a maturity level that the embedded Linux, ROS (Robot Operating System) and drone communities are converging, Anderson said. Dronecode, a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, is designed to bring these various communities together to work on a common open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology.

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11 ways to get involved with Humanitarian FOSS

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HFOSS organizers need to make is easier to help people get involved. One recommendation that I have is a simple navigator that asks people what they want to do or what they want to give. The aggregator would then help match them to tasks and communities. Think of it as a global Match.com for giving. We would give love to open source organizations, corporations, nonprofits, community-based organizations, and citizens. Truly, this is all hands on deck to make it possible for anyone and any organization to connect. We could tailor it with the code to help people choose their own adventure based on topic, time, location, and their learning/doing/giving path. Really, we need to dream big more and build it.

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NGINX: The secret heart of the modern web

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Sarah Novotny is a technology evangelist and community leader for NGINX. I first met her at OSCON, where she's one of the program chairs. She makes it look easy on stage, but it's a tough job to help organize one of the largest open source events held each year.

She's also a self-proclaimed geek and recently made my list of 30 community managers to follow on Twitter. At NGINX, Novotny gets to work on a project that she describes as "the secret heart of the modern web." NGINX is one of the most-used web servers and is gaining popularity, which is one of the many reasons why she's excited to be part of its growing open source community.

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Where the corporate and the upstream world meet.... or collide

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From the corporate world I frequently hear how hard it is to predict and track what upstream developers do. On the other side, developers that work part or full time upstream frequently underestimate the need for communicating what they do in a way that enable others (or themselves) to provide deadlines and effort estimations. Upstream and product "time lines" and cultures often differ too much to be compatible under the same environment.

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HP adds scale to open-source R in latest big data platform

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HP says that while R is an open-source language used by millions of data scientists, it has been, up to this point, inherently limited. It's that increased scale that HP stresses as providing a new level of predictive analytics capabilities.

"Now, organizations can unlock the untapped value of Big Data with scalable predictive analytics to address every use case -- from customer acquisition and retention to fraud detection to predictive maintenance and many more," Shilpa Lawande, GM of HP's Big Data business unit, said in a statement.

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Open Source Enters The Classroom

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As open source becomes increasingly important to enterprises and consumers, a growing number of educational institutions are adding classes or programs that focus on this discipline. Yet some channel executives worry these initiatives are inadequate to meet business needs and are concerned their companies will continue to carry most of the technology's training burden.

Nobody debates the need for more education on open source. Almost a year ago, more than half businesses surveyed used and contributed to open source, according to a Black Duck Software report. About one-third make it easy for employees to begin or join their own open source projects, the study said. With the arrival of the Internet of Things (IoT), open source skills are in even more demand – for both development and support, said Dimitri Miaoulis, partner in Elmwood Park, N.J.-based managed service provider Baroan Technologies, in an interview.

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SUSE Unveils Open Source Enterprise Storage Based on Ceph

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Open source vendor SUSE jumped into the distributed storage market this week with the launch of SUSE Enterprise Storage. Based on Ceph, the new offering positions the company to compete more strongly in the software-defined, scale-out storage market.

Specifically, SUSE Enterprise Storage is based on Ceph Firefly, which was released last May. Ceph is a leading open source distributed storage system. It is built by Inktank, which Red Hat (RHT) acquired, also back in May.

SUSE's new storage platform is debuting within a crowded market. Red Hat and other open source vendors already have established storage products based on Linux, and a plethora of closed-source solutions exist as well.

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Inspired by Linux, Pivotal to open-source bulk of big data suite

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Pivotal will make the majority of its big data suite open source, drawing inspiration from the Linux concept.

The decision will see “core” code for HAWQ, Greenplum Database and Pivotal GemFire released to anyone who cares to footle with it, but plenty of the footling looks like it will be done by a new group calling itself the Open Data Platform (ODP).

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Open-source software aims to change game for smart facades

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Where outcomes don’t meet thermal performance standards, variations mean innovation often becomes a casualty. InEnergy, a new open-source software tool engineered by Inhabit Group, aims to prevent the dumbing down of designs and assist clients and designers to achieve higher performance outcomes without adding to costs.

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Red Hat Enhances Certification Program for Open Source Experts

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Red Hat (RHT) has beefed up its certification and training programs for open source software. Now, the company is offering new Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) concentrations focused on clouds, data centers and applications related to its Linux-based solutions.

The concentrations allow engineers and systems administrators to acquire and demonstrate expertise in open source software through a flexible path that they configure. To earn the RHCA title in each of the three concentrations—cloud, data centers and applications—on which the offering focuses, participants must choose five specific areas on which to concentrate, and obtain certification for each associated skill set.

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