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Razer announces its second Open Source Virtual Reality headset

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You have another option if you’re looking to jump into virtual reality.

The HDK2 is the newest headset from the gaming-hardware company Razer, and it will start shipping in July for $400. HDK2 is the second headset from Razer as part of the Open Source Virtual Reality consortium that it cofounded and operates. While the price is $200 cheaper than the $600 Oculus Rift and $100 less expensive than even the PlayStation VR, Razer claims that the HDK2’s openness and commitment to compatibility is just as important to consumers. In a VR market that could reach $40 billion in spending by 2020, according to SuperData Research, Razer is trying to take an approach that helps it build a business at the center of VR without locking anyone out.

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Andalusia renews funds for key open source projects

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The government of the Spanish autonomous region of Andalusia will continue to fund the development of GECOS and Guadalinux, two of the region’s key free software projects. On 28 April, the region awarded a one-year EUR 70,000 contract to Solutia, a Spanish ICT service provider. The government is planning new features and improvement, and all updates will be shared publicly.

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  • ownCloud Inc. Closes Doors Following NextCloud Announcement

    Owncloud GmbH released an official statement last week, detailing their thoughts and feelings on Frank Karlitschek’s new service, NextCloud, and announced the closing of ownCloud Inc. They cite the Launch of Karlitschek’s new product and the “poached” devs as causes for the shuttering of the Massachusetts incorporated organization, just 12 hours after the NextCloud announcement. The report also details the formation of the “ownCloud Foundation,” an effort to strengthen the community despite the corporation’s closure.

  • [OwnCloud] Revolutionizing the Cloud
  • PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta and PGCon 2016

    PostgreSQL's annual developer conference, PGCon, took place in May, which made it a good place to get a look at the new PostgreSQL features coming in version 9.6. The first 9.6 beta was released just the week before and several contributors demonstrated key changes at the conference in Ottawa. For many users, this was the first time to see the finished versions of features that had been under development for months or years.

  • Tender for a Infrastructure and System Administrator (#201606-01)

    The Document Foundation (TDF), the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free office suite LibreOffice, seeks a Infrastructure and System Administrator to start work as soon as possible. The role is scheduled for 40 hours a week. The work time is flexible and work happens from the applicant’s home office, which can be located anywhere in the world.

    Our infrastructure is based on 4 large hypervisors with about 50 virtual machines running on them. In addition there are several bare-metal machines, additional backup servers, externally hosted virtual machines and services, split across three data centers and connected via dynamic routing.

  • Datos IO Debuts RecoverX for Cloud Data Protection
  • RoslynPad Is An Open Source Alternative To LINQPad [Ed: Microsoft lock-in only]

    Development is ongoing, so it’s possible RoslynPad will come with all of the paid LINQPad goodies, minus the price tag. If you’re a die-hard LINQPad user, give it a go and see if it’s the substitute for you.

  • Microsoft brings a lot of improvements to Bash on Ubuntu in Windows 10 [Ed: Microsoft is Linuxwashing Vista 10]
  • Raspberry Pi on big list of single-board computers, new router chips to comply with FCC rules, and more news
  • Alternative To x86, ARM Architectures?

    Support grows for RISC-V open-source instruction set architecture.

  • Secure Hardware and Open Source

    A few weeks ago Yubico published an interesting piece on their security architecture illustrating conflicts between Open Source and Secure Hardware. While we agree on the most important points raised in this article (basically that Secure Elements are a critical part of a security architecture to provide protection against physical attacks and device interdiction), we’d like to offer our perspective on how we’re trying to improve the status quo.

  • Open Source Cloud Chamber

    If you didn’t have a cloud chamber, you can build your own thanks to the open source plans from [M. Bindhammer]. The chamber uses alcohol, a high voltage supply, and a line laser. It isn’t quite the dry ice chamber you might have seen in the Sears Christmas catalog. A petri dish provides a clear observation port.

  • How To Code Like The Top Programmers At NASA — 10 Critical Rules

    Do you know how top programmers write mission-critical code at NASA? To make such code clearer, safer, and easier to understand, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has laid 10 rules for developing software.

Linux and FOSS Events

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  • SeaGL opens 2016 call for participation

    The Seattle GNU/Linux Conference (we like to call it SeaGL) has opened its call for participation for the 2016 event.

    SeaGL welcomes speakers of all backgrounds and levels of experience—even if you've never spoken at a technical conference. If you're excited about GNU/Linux technologies or free and open source software, we want to hear your ideas.

  • LaKademy 2016

    This year we celebrated the fourth LaKademy conference and for my luck it happened in the city I live in, Rio de Janeiro Smile The reason for that is because I have not had much time for contributing to KDE as I used to have. The fact that the event happened in Rio saved me a lot o time and sure I wouldn't miss it for nothing hehe.

  • foss-north follow-up

    The time to summarize the foss-north event has come. I’d like to start by thanking everyone – speakers, sponsors and visitors – you all made it a great event!

    After the event I sent out a questionnaire which made for some interesting reading. About 30% of the visitors have replied to the questions, so I feel that the input is fairly representative.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing, Transparency in Government

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  • Chrome 52 Beta: CSS containment, simpler performance measurement, streamable responses from service workers, and more options for web push
  • Chrome 52 Beta Brings CSS Containment, Push Improvements

    More details on these tentative features for Chrome 52 can be found via the blog.

  • Firefox 48 beta brings 'largest change ever' thanks to 'Electrolysis'

    Firefox 48 entered beta this week, complete with a feature called “Electrolysis” that Mozilla bills as “the largest change we’ve ever made to Firefox.”

    Electrolysis will see Mozilla “split Firefox into a UI process and a content process.” Long-time Firefox developer Asa Dotzler explains that “Splitting UI from content means that when a web page is devouring your computer’s processor, your tabs and buttons and menus won’t lock up too.”

  • Cloudera and Microsoft Partner to offer new Open Source Platform Called Livy [Ed: Joining forces with patent bully and historically very criminal company]

    Cloudera, is collaborating with Microsoft to build a new open source platform that will reduce the burden on application developers leveraging Spark.

  • Dispatches from Spark Summit: What You Need to Know

    As we've been reporting in conjunction with Spark Summit this week in San Francisco, the Big Data and Hadoop communities are becoming increasingly interested in Apache Spark, an open source data analytics cluster computing framework originally developed in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley.

  • Microsoft’s BSD, SourceForge’s Speed Test & More…
  • Open music: Bolero enters public domain, music encoding standards news

    This month I offer a bit of an open musical smorgasbord: a famous work of music that recently passed into the public domain; a new proprietary music-encoding standard that is gaining ground; three open audio players; and, of course, new music available for download from Linux-friendly vendors.

  • User-centric design key to improving e-government services

    Digitisation of a public service is not enough to increase the uptake or the quality of the service. User-centred design and design for all are considered most central to the improvement of e-government services. This theme was one of the main topics at the Digital and Open Government conference in Amsterdam last week.

  • Estonia builds a portal to co-create law

    The Estonian Cooperation Assembly, in collaboration with the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu), has created a portal with the goal of helping citizens to co-create policies in the country. Called, the portal allows any citizen “to write proposals, hold discussions, compose and send digitally signed collective addresses to the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu)”, the website said. Through this platform, citizens can also submit a proposal or an amendment to existing regulations.

  • eGovernment4EU online platform
  • Greece: a workshop to help citizens get involved 3rd NAP

    This workshop took place during the event “Open Government: Participate, Propose and Be Heard! Conformation of the Third National Action Plan 2016-2018”, which was co-organised by the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction and Aristotle University.

  • The OPEN Government Data Act Would, Uh, Open Government Data

    The U.S. government has made huge strides in its open data practices over the last few years. Since it launched in 2009, has become a crucial source for everything from climate and agricultural data to Department of Education records. For the most part, this new era of data disclosure didn’t happen because Congress passed new laws; it happened through presidential orders and procedural improvements in the Executive Branch.

    Unfortunately, it might be just as easy for future administrations to roll back the current open data program. That’s why EFF supports a bill that would mandate public access to government data and urges Congress to pass it.

  • Open data to ease cities' growing pains

    The huge amount of data that cities gather can help solve problems related to considerable population growth, which puts pressure on a municipality's economy and infrastructure. In emergency situations, for example, mobile applications can help citizens and first responders to plan their journey using alternative routes if necessary.

  • Open Data 2.0

    Although there are large differences between countries in terms of the maturity of their strategies and levels of implementation, open (government) data has really taken off. After the initial phase of publishing as many datasets possible, attention is now shifting to the actual use of open data and the value that can be created. These new perspectives on open data were one of the main topics at the Digital and Open Government conference in Amsterdam last week.

  • UK publishes its third Action Plan

    Civil society’s ideas and suggestions were collected by the UK Open Government Network (OGN), which brings together over 700 individual members from across the country. For example, OGN created an Open Government Manifesto early in 2015, gathering 28 proposals drafted from contributions from 250 members of civil society.

  • OOP: the right to be asked for the same data by government only once

    Public agencies should never ask a citizen or business for data that is already available at some other government agency. This so-called Once-Only Principle (OOP) was one of the main topics at the Digital and Open Government conference in Amsterdam last week.

Tiny Variscite DART joins growing list of Brillo-ready boards

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Variscite’s tiny, i.MX6 UL based DART-6UL module now supports Brillo, adding to the momentum growing behind Google’s Android-based, IoT-focused OS.

Variscite announced its DART-6UL in December, as a follow-on to similarly tiny DART-MX6. The 50 x 25mm computer-on-module, which ships with Yocto Project Linux support, now supports Google’s lightweight, Android-based Brillo operating system as well. It’s one of several boards and embedded gizmos that support the open source, IoT-focused distro, with more on the way (see farther below).

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Open Source at SanDisk

    More than ever, traditional companies are embracing open source and find that it can get out of control if they don’t have a coordinated plan to manage it. And what do I mean by a traditional company? Companies that are pre-open source (or born before 1995). Also companies that are not in the hardware or software product space, but more in the services space – financial, telecom, healthcare etc.

  • SysArmy Joins OSI Affiliate Member Program

    New affiliate membership highlights diverse communities of interest supporting open source software beyond programmers.

    The Open Source Initiative (OSI), the steward of the Open Source Definition (or OSD), is announcing the affiliate membership of SysArmy. SysArmy, a community of system administrators and IT professionals from Argentina, was founded to provide, "support for those who give support."

  • Open source will revolutionise the enterprise storage market

    Mobility, social media, the Internet of Things, Big Data and the cloud have caused data volumes to reach new heights. Businesses already have too much data to cope with, and it’s unlikely that the growth of ‘Big Data’ will slow down any time soon. Analyst firm IDC has said that the amount of data in the world doubles every two years, and that by 2020 there will be 44 trillion gigabytes of data stored. This data presents massive opportunities for businesses and IDC has also predicted that those organisations that analyse all relevant data and deliver actionable intelligence will see an additional $430bn (£300bn) in productivity gains by 2020 than those that don’t.

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GeckoLinux 421 Plasma and SUSE Hack Week

  • GeckoLinux 421 Plasma review - It ain't no dragon
    I heard a lot of good praise about this little distro. My inbox is flooded with requests to take it for a spin, so I decided, hey, so many people are asking. Let us. The thing is, openSUSE derivatives are far and few in between, but the potential and the appeal are definitely there. Something like CentOS on steroids, the way Stella did once, the same noble way Fuduntu tried to emancipate Fedora. Take a somewhat somber distro and pimpify it into submission. GeckoLinux is based on openSUSE Leap, and I chose the Plasma Static edition. There's also a Rolling version, based on Tumbleweed, but that one never worked for me. The test box for this review is Lenovo G50. But wait! Dedoimedo, did you not recently write in your second rejection report that GeckoLinux had failed to boot? Indeed I did. But the combo of yet another firmware update on the laptop and a fresh new download fixed it, allowing for a DVD boot. Somewhat like the painful but successful Fedora exercise back in the day. Tough start, but let's see what gives.
  • La Mapería
    It is Hack Week at SUSE, and I am working on La Mapería (the map store), a little program to generate beautiful printed maps from OpenStreetMap data.
  • HackWeek XIV @SUSE: Tuesday

From Vista 10 to Linux Mint

  • Microsoft Scared into Changes, 5 Reasons to Ditch
    Following a small claims court judgment against them, Microsoft announced they would be making declining their Windows 10 upgrade easier. Why not just switch to Linux as Daniel Robinson highlighted five reasons you should. My Linux Rig spoke to Christine Hall of FOSS Force about her "Linux rig" today and Bryan Lunduke had some thoughts on Canonical's collaboration myth. Dedoimedo reviewed GeckoLinux 421 and Gary Newell tested Peppermint 7 on his new Lenovo Ideapad.
  • After Multi-Month Tone Deaf Shitshow, Microsoft Finally Lets Users Control Obnoxious Windows 10 Upgrade
    Microsoft's decision to offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 made sense on its surface. It was a nice freebie for users happy to upgrade, and an effective way to herd customers on older Windows iterations onto the latest platform to help consolidate support expense. But Microsoft's upgrade in practice has seen no shortage of criticism from users annoyed by a total lack of control over the update, and Microsoft's violent tone deafness in response to the complaints. For example a Reddit post from an anti-poaching organization made the rounds earlier this year after the 17 GB automatic Windows 10 update resulted in huge per megabyte charges from their satellite broadband ISP. Microsoft's response to these complaints? Ignore them. As complaints grew, Microsoft finally provided a way to fully disable the forced upgrade, but made sure it involved forcing users to modify the registry, something Microsoft knew full well less technical users wouldn't be comfortable attempting to hurdle. [...] Things have been escalating ever since, often to comedic effect. But this week things changed somewhat with the news that Microsoft has struck a $10,000 settlement with a California woman who sued the company after an ill-timed Windows 10 upgrade brought her office computers to a crawl. The woman took Microsoft to court after support failed to help resolve the issue, a spokesman saying Microsoft halted its appeal of the ruling "to avoid the expense of further litigation."
  • Microsoft pays $10,000 to unwilling Windows 10 updater
  • The Linux Setup - Christine Hall, FOSS Force
    On my main desktop, I use Linux Mint 17.1, Rebecca. My main laptop, a 64-bit machine, is running Mint 17.2 Rafaela. The laptop got updated from Rebecca so I could write a review, but the desktop never got upgraded because it’s a 32-bit machine and would require another download, which I haven’t had the time to do. I have another laptop running Bodhi, which might be my favorite distro, but I can be more productive with Mint.
  • Linux Mint 18 Finally Arrives — Download Cinnamon and MATE Edition ISO Files Here
    The wait for the summer’s hottest Linux distro is over and you can finally download the release version of Linux Mint 18 “Sarah”. Often called the best Linux distribution for desktop PCs, Mint 18 comes loaded with new features and Linux 4.4 LTS Kernel.