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Rackspace Adds Support for MariaDB, Percona Open Source Databases

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In a move that will please devotees of open source cloud storage, hosting giant Rackspace (RAX) has announced it will officially support two additional types of open source MySQL databases, from MariaDB and Percona.

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Hawaii Bug-Fixes Start Hitting Mainline RadeonSI Gallium3D

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Graphics/Benchmarks
OSS

For those excited about the recent working Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" Gallium3D support, a number of bug-fixes were committed in recent hours to Mesa for bettering the support for those wishing to use this open-source AMD Linux driver for their ultra high-end graphics hardware.

Open-source AMD Linux users wishing to use a Hawaii GPU will still need to utilize the patches that will not be queued up until the Linux 3.17 kernel (along with updating their Radeon microcode files) but the RadeonSI Gallium3D Mesa improvements are starting to hit the mainline tree.

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'There is growing maturity and adoption of Open Source tools for testing'

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SaaS model becoming a criterion for companies to choose testing tool for to gain the benefits of Cloud

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Open Source Developers Promise New API for Dovecot Email Data

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As a technology that predates even the Web by nearly two decades, email may not seem like something with a lot of room left for improvement. But the recently announced Dovecot Rest API (DAPI), which presents new ways for apps to interact with email data on the Dovecot open source IMAP email platform, could have a significant impact on enterprise computing and the way we use email.

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Open source love at first commit

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The power to learn, the freedom to change, and the push for innovation. What is there not to love about open source software? The world of open source consists of a passionate community of individuals hacking away in their dens, all with the same vision for the future of programming: openness and collaboration.

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Meson: A Next-Gen Build System Showing Promise

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Meson is a new, open-source build system under development showing good results over the likes of SCons.

Meson is self-described by its developers as a "project to create the best possible next-generation build system." Meson is written in Python 3 and is designed to be high-performance while still being easy-to-use.

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DARPA-derived secure microkernel goes open source tomorrow

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A nippy microkernel mathematically proven to be bug free*, and used to protect drones from hacking, will be released as open source tomorrow.

The formal-methods-based secure embedded L4 (seL4) microkernel was developed by Australian boffins at National ICT Australia (NICTA) and was part of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems program hatched in 2012 to stop hackers knocking unmanned birds out of the sky.

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OpenDaylight: One open source SDN controller to rule them all?

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The open source project OpenDaylight is on a mission to increase enterprise adoption of software-defined networking (SDN). Read about this ambitious effort to unite all SDN controllers.

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Open Source and the Challenge of Making Money

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Remember how the open source software movement was supposed to be like Woodstock, with everybody sharing and everything free? An entire economy where you gave a little to get a lot, in a place of love and software?

At the risk of bringing down your summer, it’s time to admit that this idea didn’t work out.

Take Big Switch Networks, a company that hoped to be for computer networking what Linux operating system software is for computer servers. A few years ago, Big Switch proposed building networking controller software that was crowd-created and free, which could demolish proprietary networking boxes. It would also offer a commercial version, with a few tweaks, that could be the basis of a great, profitable empire.

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Nginx Plus r4 Improves Web Server Security

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Server
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Nginx, the lead commercial sponsor behind the open-source Nginx Web server, is out today with a new release of its Nginx Plus server. The Nginx Plus r4 release provides users with new security and load balancing features.

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An Interview with Karen Sandler

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GNU
Interviews
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GNOME

Karen Sandler is a veteran of the free and open source software world. Having completed an engineering degree, she has worked as a lawyer for the Software Freedom Law Center, was Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, and recently accepted a position as Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy. I interviewed Karen via email to ask her about her background and insight into various issues in the free and open source world.

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How open sourcing Android made it a mobile market leader

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Linux
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About 10 years ago, when I got my first mobile phone, I hardly knew anything about its operating system or its processor. Even its screen size didn’t matter. I was just happy to have a 'mobile' phone.

Today, the mobile phone paradigm has shifted from feature phones to smart phones. When people consider purchasing a new mobile phone, they examine its operating system, its configuration, and its screen size. Increased attention to these details can be attributed to technological advancements—and, more importantly, to the slew of new mobile operating systems available today. In this highly competitive market, Android has obtained about 80 percent of the global market share, making it the clear leader among mobile operating systems.

What makes Android so popular? Why has the mobile market swung toward Android lately? Let's take a quick look at how Android has achieved this, as well as the role of open source in the Android story.

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Open-Source AMD Hawaii Support Should Now Be Working!

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Hardware
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While the Radeon R9 290 series is now mature in the marketplace, the open-source Linux driver support has lagged. The Hawaii support had been broken for months (no working 3D on the open-source driver, but will work under the Catalyst Linux driver) and the few open-source AMD developers weren't tasked with fixing it over not being sure why it wasn't working and having no immediate business cases for fixing the support. Fortunately, with a bug comment made tonight, it seems things might be in order.

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Homeland Security gets into software security

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Security

Personally, while I still think the DHS is an unlikely sponsor for this project — the National Security Agency (NSA) or NIST seem like its more natural home — I think the SWAMP sounds like a very useful one-stop for anyone wanting to double-check their pre-production code for errors before release.

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Lessons from an open source entrepreneur

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Like many of the great games programmers from the 1980s, when open source software entrepreneur Freddy Mahhumane describes his background formal education doesn’t really play much of a part in it.

“I wasn’t good at much at school,” he says, “Except for computers and programming.”

Born in Mpumalanga, Mahhumane moved to Gauteng at the age of six and lived variously in Kempton Park and Thembisa while he was growing up. Sitting in front of a group of business hopefuls at the inaugural Startup Grind Johannesburg, he sounds almost embarrassed by the trappings of success.

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This is the golden age of open source

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Matt Asay is dead wrong to call the current era of the software industry "post open source," as he did in InfoWorld last week. We are currently in the open source age, enjoying all the practical flexibility that open sources licenses bring. What may be confusing him is that people are no longer obsessed with arguing about software freedom -- they take it as given.

Asay claims "'open source' doesn't really matter anymore." His own words and affiliations prove he's mistaken.

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Moving to LibreOffice saves Toulouse 1 million

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Toulouse, France's fourth largest city, has saved 1 million euro by migrating all its desktops to LibreOffice, an open source suite of office productivity tools. "Free software and open source in general is now an established part of the city’s comprehensive digital policy, and the open model promotes economic development and employment in the region", according to a study published by the Open Source Observatory and Repository today.

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Here’s a low-barrier way to help improve FLOSS apps – AppStream metadata: Round 1

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Do you love free and open source software? Would you like to help make it better, but don’t have the technical skills to know where you can jump in and help out? Here is a fantastic opportunity!

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Docker acquires London startup Orchard Laboratories

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The open source engine Docker announced Wednesday that it has acquired London-based Orchard Laboratories, makers of the Orchard and Fig applications. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

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How open source launched my small business

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Open source hardware has truly changed my life. It allowed me to launch my own business. "How so," you might ask? Well, let’s take a little stroll down memory lane, shall we?

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