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IoTivity is a new open-source attempt to establish Internet-of-Things standards

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IoTivity is hosted by The Linux Foundation and will release a reference implementation of the IoT standards defined by the Open Internet Consortium (OIC), which has more than 50 members including Intel and Samsung.

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Under the hood of I2P, the Tor alternative that reloaded Silk Road

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Tor is apparently no longer a safe place to run a marketplace for illegal goods and services. With the alleged operator of the original Silk Road marketplace, Ross Ulbricht, now going to trial, the arrest of his alleged successor and a number of others in a joint US-European law enforcement operation, and the seizure of dozens of servers that hosted "hidden services" on the anonymizing network, the operators of the latest iteration of Silk Road have packed their tents and moved to a new territory: the previously low-profile I2P anonymizing network.

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6 excellent open source network monitoring tools

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There are tools that notify users when problems occur as well as when problems have been solved. And others are very good at spotting just about anything out of the ordinary or providing analysis of trends.

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Open-Source Radeon Driver Reworks Audio Code, Adds DisplayPort Audio

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Sadly there's nothing new to report on the awaited AMDGPU kernel driver for supporting the R9 285 Tonga and newer GPUs that's needed for the new AMD unified Linux driver approach. Due to the change last year in how DRM-Next is handled, there's just one or two weeks left before the 3.20 DRM merge window will close. The AMDGPU driver would also have to go through public review by upstream developers outside of AMD, which already would make this new driver more like a Linux 3.21 (or later) feature. At least for 3.20 there's other changes worth getting excited over.

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Three Pillars Of Open Source Governance

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Open source software has morphed from its underground DIY roots to become a common tool that runs essential parts of many businesses. In turn, commercial companies have sprung up around open source projects. These companies make money offering updates, support, and services.

The intersection of open source and commercial interests raises questions about authority, authenticity, and culture.

Is the project driven by the commercial sponsor or outside contributors? Will commercial interests trump the wishes of the community? How and where do you draw lines between a commercial entity and the open source community?

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Top 5 open source project management tools in 2015

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Last year, I covered five of the best open source project management tools, like ProjectLibre and OpenProject. The article struck a chord with readers and continues to prove valuable. So, this year I revisited the tools mentioned in last year's article, taking into account comments and suggestions from readers, and provided an update on where they are today. Next, I share five new open source project management tools for 2015. All in all, this article will give you a good look at 11 of the top open source project management tools out there.

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AllSeen Alliance Launches Open Source AllJoyn IoT Gateway Agent

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The AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry collaboration created to advance the Internet of Everything (IoT) through the AllJoyn open source software project, has released the AllJoyn Gateway Agent, an extension of the AllJoyn framework that delivers remote access, device management and fine-grained security and privacy control.

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How HP Helion can enhance enterprises’ move towards open source clouds

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Implementing the cloud in your company is a major decision, and could be even more major than many other decisions about IT provision your company has made in the past.

Whereas client systems and servers are relatively generic, meaning you can switch vendors whenever the total cost of ownership provided by a new vendor makes it sensible to do so, a cloud provision can easily lock you into one vendor.

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German City of Munich To Help Shape Future of LibreOffice

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Germany’s third largest city has a long history of using open-source software, much of it well documented.

More than 16,000 PCs of public employees run the open-source “LiMux” Linux operating system, and the city makes heavy use of LibreOffice and its open file formats.

The city will be represented on the board by Florian Haftmann, whose appointment swells the ranks to 17 members, among them Google, Intel, RedHat, and MIMO (‘Inter-Ministry Mutualisation for an Open Productivity Suite’ and made up of various French governmental departments).

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Open Source History, Or Why Sharing Trumps Proprietary Society

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Is history open source? Not always, it seems, as Jonathan Band recently pointed out in an essay about copyright and legal issues surrounding the reproduction of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speeches for the film "Selma," which parallels the key debates about open vs. closed software.

Writing on Techdirt, Band observed that the producers of the film did not obtain the rights to King's original Civil Rights-era speeches. Consequently, the speeches King is portrayed as giving in the movie are not those he actually delivered in the 1960s.

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If you're looking for truly open-source software for the Android platform, you don't have to do a ton of searching or check through licenses from within the Google Play Store. All you have to do is download a simple tool called F-Droid. With this tool, you can download and install apps (from quite a large listing) as easily as you can from the Google Play Store. You won't, however, find F-Droid in the Google Play Store. Instead, you have to download the .apk file and install it manually. Once it's installed, the rest is just a matter of searching for an app and tapping to install. Read more

Librem 15 Linux Laptop Set To Close At Around $400k USD

The manufacturing goal was $250k USD and thanks to the extension they're now set to close the campaign at the end of today at around $400k. With the extra funds, they're planning to add hardware kill switches for the microphone/camera and for all RF/WiFI/Bluetooth adapters. Those behind the project are also looking at replacing the HDMI port with two mini Thunderbolt ports. Read more

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