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Google will open-source its Earth Enterprise on-premises software in March

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Google today announced that in March it will open-source its Google Earth Enterprise software, which lets organizations deploy Google Maps and Google Earth on their on-premises data center infrastructure.

Google unveiled the software back in 2006 and stopped selling it nearly two years ago. Since then Google has released updates and provided support to organizations with existing licenses. Once it pops up online — on GitHub, under an Apache 2.0 license — organizations will be free to collaboratively or independently modify it for their own needs as open-source software.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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Linux and FOSS Events

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  • Savoir-faire Linux Platinum Sponsor of DebConf17

    Savoir-faire Linux is a Montreal-based Free/Open-Source Software company with offices in Quebec City, Toronto, Paris and Lyon. It offers Linux and Free Software integration solutions in order to provide performance, flexibility and independence for its clients. The company actively contributes to many free software projects, and provide mirrors of Debian, Ubuntu, Linux and others.

  • IoTivity-Constrained: A Flexible Framework for Tiny Devices

    The future of IoT will be connected by tiny, resource-constrained edge devices, says Senior Software Engineer at the Intel Open Source Technology Center. And, the IoTivity-Constrained project is a small-footprint implementation of the Open Connectivity Foundation’s (OCF) standards that’s designed to run on just such devices.

    In his upcoming talk at Embedded Linux Conference + OpenIoT Summit, Kishen, who is lead developer and maintainer of the IoTivity-Constrained project, will present the project’s architecture, features, and uses. We spoke with Kishen to get a preview of his talk and more information about this lightweight, customizable framework for IoT.

  • WOOTConf 2017: Lockpicking, Willie Nelson developers, and more

    Do you know that wonderful feeling when a tiny little idea becomes a reality? That's what this year's WOOTConf at 2017 was for me.

    It was a full day jam-packed with amazing, deeply technical talks from ten wonderful speakers.

  • See you at FOSDEM

    This time I have no talk (I somehow failed to submit anything in time), but still I'm there to meet people and listen to some talks. As I've agreed to help Software Freedom Conservancy on stand (in the H building), it's quite likely that you will find me there. You will also have unique chance to grab phpMyAdmin stickers at this stand.

  • BelFOSS 2017

    On Friday I attended the second BelFOSS conference. I’d spoken about my involvement with Debian at the conference last year, which seemed to be well received. This year I’d planned to just be a normal attendee, but ended up roped in at a late stage to be part of a panel discussing various licensing issues. I had a thoroughly enjoyable day - there were many great speakers, and plenty of opportunity for interesting chats with other attendees.

OSS in the Back End

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  • American Express Wants “Full Advantage of Blockchain”, Joins Open-Source Hyperledger Project

    Credit card giant American Express has joined the Linux Foundation-led open-source cross-industry blockchain working group, the Hyperledger Project.

    In yet another noted example of the traditional financial services industry turning to Fintech’s poster child in blockchain technology, American Express has joined the Hyperledger Project as a ‘Premier’ member.

  • AmEx Joins JPMorgan, IBM in Hyperledger Blockchain Effort

    American Express Co. is elbowing its way into the crowded blockchain party.

    The biggest credit-card issuer by purchases has signed on to the Hyperledger Project, a industry group of more than 100 members developing blockchain technology for corporate use. The digital ledger known for underpinning bitcoin has potential to reshape the global financial system and other industries.

    American Express will contribute code and engineers to Hyperledger, which was started by the Linux Foundation in 2015 and now counts companies like International Business Machines Corp., Airbus Group SE and JPMorgan Chase & Co. as members. Many banks had previously joined a consortium called R3 CEV to explore ways to speed financial transactions using blockchain, but that group has lost members and last year formally joined Hyperledger.

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  • OpenStack Community Elects 2017 Board of Directors

    Individual Directors elected on Friday, January 13, are:

    Tim Bell, CERN
    Russell Bryant, Red Hat
    Steven Dake, Cisco Systems
    ChangBo Guo, EasyStack
    Kavit Munshi, Aptira
    Allison Randal, HPE
    Egle Sigler, Rackspace
    Shane Wang, Intel

    Gold Directors elected on Wednesday, January 4, are:

    Robert Esker, NetApp
    Kenji Kaneshige, Fujitsu
    Anni Lai, Huawei
    Junwei Liu, China Mobile
    Christopher Price, Ericsson
    Boris Renski, Mirantis
    Lew Tucker, Cisco Systems
    Joseph Wang, InwinStack

    Platinum Directors appointments are:

    Mark Baker, Canonical
    Alan Clark, SUSE
    Eileen Evans, HPE
    Toby Ford, AT&T
    Mark McLoughlin, Red Hat
    Todd Moore, IBM
    Imad Sousou, Intel
    Brian Stein, Rackspace

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    The hardest part of pivoting your career is proving that you are qualified in your new focus area. To land your first OpenStack job, you’ll want to prove you have a functional understanding of OpenStack basics, can navigate the resources to solve problems and have recognized competency in your focus area.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Open Source Election Technology Institute’s ‘Trust the Vote Project’

    The urgency of completing ElectOS by 2018 and/or 2020 is evident from the many irregularities experienced during our most recent 2016 primaries. To ramp up their efforts, the OSET Institute needs to hire at least six more technological engineers as soon as possible. They would prefer to maintain their financial integrity by directing their appeal to average citizens who share their concern for honest elections. If this describes you, consider donating to the OSET Institute at (PayPal accepted), or address checks to Open Source Election Technology Foundation, Inc. and mail to:

  • Good usability but poor experience

    However, that last item is treading on different territory: User eXperience (UX). And UX is different from usability.

    If usability is about real people using the software to do real tasks in a reasonable amount of time, User eXperience is more about the user's emotional response when using the software. Or their emotional attachment to the software. UX is more closely aligned to the user's impression of the software beyond usability, beyond using the software to complete tasks.

  • IKEA’s ‘Open Source’ Sofa Invites Customization
  • Open Collective: A New Chapter of Open Source Project Funding

    One year ago, putting yourself entirely into a position of Open Source contribution was a difficult task, there was no consistent money out of working on one. One had to have a full-time job in a company for money. Open Collective, a platform for curating funds for open source projects, is changing that, starting with Webpack.

UK’s GDS to renew focus on reusable software

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The UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS) will renew its focus on the creation of reusable, open source software projects, says Anna Shipman, GDS’ Open Source Lead. It is a subtle shift from making source code publicly available - the default of the past five years, to creating real open source projects - getting a community involved and providing support for its reuse.

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OSS Leftovers

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  • Who's Responsible If An Open Source Software Powered Self-Driving Vehicle Kills Someone?

    Hotz recently wrote in an email that “It's not my code, I did not release it” and that Inc. “released and maintains it.” Inc. includes the disclaimer, ““THIS IS ALPHA QUALITY SOFTWARE FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY. THIS IS NOT A PRODUCT. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLYING WITH LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS. NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED.” Hotz is technically protected by the standard MIT open source license.

  • gbgcpp

    Another interesting weeks has passed by. We held our first Gothenburg C++ meetup with a nice turn up. We met at the Pelagicore offices in Gothenburg (thanks for the fika) and decided on a format, the cadence and future topics for the group. If you want a primer in C++ and Qt in the next few months, make sure to join us! All the details are on the gbgcpp meetup page. For those of you not based in Gothenburg, there is a Sweden C++ group based in Stockholm.

  • There's One Week Until FOSDEM 2017

    Next week is the annual Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) taking place in Brussels, Belgium.

  • Open source challenges reduce menu choices in Docker data storage

    I don't think the decision that we made indicts the whole industry. There's a lot of momentum around Docker itself; Kubernetes is going crazy right now. There's definitely lots and lots of uptake. But I still think it's going to be tough for people to make significant money with open source software, because the difference between usage and revenue right now for everybody is a huge gap.

  • The hackers religion of open source: A manifesto (kind of)

    Technology can be seen as a religious experience. Tim Bradshaw from the Financial Times, in an interview with Founders Fund compared the first VR experience with discovering faith: “You either have that experience and you believe in God, and you then feel so strongly about it you want to convince other people that their life would be improved by having God in it.”

  • AI’s open source model is closed, inadequate, and outdated
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  • The Clarey Test on Richard Stallman

    Richard Stillman is one of the few lucky people to score a perfect score on The Clarey Test.

How communities in India support privacy and software freedom

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The free and open source communities in India, particularly Mozilla and Wikimedia communities, are leading two unique global events for better privacy and in support of free software.

January Privacy Month is led by the Mozilla community in India to educate the masses about online privacy via both online and offline outreach events. And, Freedom in Feb is led by the Centre for Internet and Society to educate content producers like bloggers and photographers on how to donate their content under open licenses.

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Events: Open Source 101, Munich Event, and LibrePlanet 2017

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  • Open Source 101 event: A one-day introduction to Open Source

    Open Source 101, a one-day conference designed to teach the fundamentals of open source, will take place on Saturday, February 4 at The McKimmon Center on the campus of NC State University.

    With corporate open source participation and usage now at all time highs, along with the demand for open source skills, many current and future technologists want and need to learn more. The event is a perfect opportunity for current technologists working in a proprietary environment and technology students at the university and high school level to do just that.

  • Next Linux/UNIX System Programming course in Munich: 15-19 May, 2017
  • Sumana Harihareswara's keynote will close LibrePlanet 2017

    "Sumana's talk at LibrePlanet 2016 dealt with ways to make the free software community more welcoming, with humor, sharp insights, and deep conviction," said the FSF's Program Manager, Georgia Young. "We are very pleased to have her generous, thoughtful voice bring this year's conference to a close."

    Sumana Harihareswara first started using GNU/Linux in the late 1990s. Since then, she has contributed to a number of projects (including GNOME, MediaWiki, Zulip, and GNU Mailman), and become a leader, speaker, and advocate for free software and communities. From 2014-2015, she served as a member of the Ada Initiative Board of Directors. Within the software industry, she has been a community manager, writer, and project manager, working with Collabora, GNOME,, Fog Creek Software, Behavior, and

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