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Paris extends smart city open source tools to region

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The French capital is pushing for the use of free and open source software solutions to extend its smart city project to the city region. Making databases and applications interoperable and creating smart city grids requires tools to be as open as possible, and the use of open source provides many advantages over proprietary tools, says the city’s Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Missika.

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Has the time come to rebrand open source?

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I wonder how many other businesses are experiencing the same problem. I'm keen to start a conversation about how others fair when selling FOSS solutions and whether its time to get together again and think again about a re-branding that will have my prospective customers asking, "OK tell us more" rather than "open sounds insecure". To that end I would like to nominate a brand new name that I have seen used in FOSS communities as a suitable candidate... Community Software.

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Free Software (and Freedom) in Kosovo

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So today's challenge for hackers, I think, is putting that advice into practice by writing a new generation of free software programs with strong crypto baked in as a matter of course. That means strong crypto in connectivity software (more things like OpenVPN, TOR, Commotion); in communications programs (MailPile, Cryptocat, RedPhone), and in content applications (FreeNet, GNUnet).

As I concluded, the power of the open source methodology has given us a world where openness is increasingly the default. Now we need to go back to Richard Stallman's original vision, and use free software to give us a world where something much more precious, and much more difficult to gain and keep - *freedom* - is the default.

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Rebuilding tech in Afghanistan with open source

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The Center for International and Intercultural Communication (ZiiK) at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) has been helping with the reconstruction of academic organizations in Afghanistan since 2002. Under the supervision of the Berlin IT lecturer, Dr. Nazir Peroz, Director of the ZiiK, computer centers have been established at five college locations in Afghanistan.

Through the project, many students and college employees have been trained in the use of the computers. A new curriculum tailored to the requirements and prerequisites of Afghan students has been developed and Afghan IT students and future lecturers have been trained for Masters degrees in Germany.

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[ANNOUNCE] xorg-server 1.16.99.901

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Here's the first RC for X server 1.17. We're a bit behind, due to my
travel schedule and illness, but I don't see any particular reason to
change the rest of the schedule at this point:

Non-critical bugs 2014-10-16 - 2014-11-30
Critical-bugs 2014-12-1 - 2014-12-31

Some high points that I know of:

* Adam continues to strip out stale code and clean up the
server. Thousands of lines of unnecessary code have disappeared yet
again.

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Survey indicates four out of five developers now use open source

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Why? The majority of them have switched to open source because they perceive open source development programs as having better performance and reliability. This, as Hammond observed, is a change. "Open source used to be popular because of the lower cost. Now the cost of tools is the least important element for developers."

This popularity, said Hammond, means that "open source is taking over. This is a golden age for developers." A consequence from this is that "We are now seeing open source tech compete with open source tech; it's no longer open-source software vs proprietary."

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Digium Debuts Asterisk 13 Open Source Communications Software

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Digium, the Asterisk Company, announced the release of Asterisk 13, a production-ready Long Term Support (LTS) release that builds upon the changes made in the previous development release, Asterisk 12.

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Organizations are Rallying Behind an Open Source Internet of Things

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If you've been reading about the Internet of Things (IoT) market, you may be noticing that it is picking up steam with powerful partnerships and big name companies launching initiatives. Red Hat put up an extensive post recently illustrating that it is very focused on the concept of networking objects of all types, and we've covered the backing that organizations ranging from The Linux Foundation to Microsoft are putting behind the IoT market.

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Hybrid cloud – the future is open source

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Among respondents to Computing’s recent data centre research programme, the hybrid cloud model is generating a lot of interest. Indeed, moving towards a hybrid model was the aim of 41 per cent of them (see figure 1).

Hybrid cloud implies a close interconnectivity between a private cloud (i.e. a collection of physical and virtual systems used exclusively by one company) and the multi-tenant public cloud services exemplified by Google, Amazon and Microsoft Azure. This seamlessly integrated whole allows data, services and workloads to be moved between public and private clouds at will, with the administrator able to monitor and manage the whole system via a single dashboard.

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How 'open' changes products

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'Open' products work a bit more like Ikea—you have all the right pieces and instructions but you have to make something out of it—a table or chair or whatever it may be. Ikea products are toolkits to make things. When we’re talking about software most buyers are thinking about what they get out of the box, so a toolkit is not a product to our consumers.

Open Atrium is a product that Phase2 produces and people say often that it is like "an intranet in a box." But, in reality it’s a toolkit. People use it a lot of different ways—some do what you’d expect them to do, others use it completely differently. This is the great thing about open source, but this causes a problem for the open source community. Karen says, "The very thing that makes open source awesome is what makes our product hard to define."

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