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  • 11 steps to running an online community meeting

    Open organizations explicitly invite participation from external communities, because these organizations know their products and programs are world class only if they include a variety of perspectives at all phases of development. Liaising with and assisting those communities is critical. And community calls are my favorite method for interacting with stakeholders both inside and outside an organization. In this article, I'll share best practices for community calls and talk a little about how they can spur growth.

  • SCALE 14X Thursday: New Morning in Pasadena

    A SCALE staple is PostgreSQL Days, which have taken place for years at the Southern California event. This year it’s a two-day, two-track event of sessions designed for a general audience of web developers, sysadmins, DBAs and open source users. As usual, talks will have significant technical content. For those of you keeping score at home, PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source object-relational database system, with more than 30 years of active development and a proven architecture that has earned it a strong reputation for reliability, data integrity, and correctness.

    The cherry atop the SCALE 14X sundae on Thursday, as you might expect, comes in the evening when FOSS raconteur Bryan Lunduke brings his humorous “Linux Sucks” presentation, this time accompanied by a live broadcast and a book, to SCALE. Give him an hour, he says, and he’ll prove it.

Verizon Joins ONOS Open-Source SDN Project

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Verizon is the latest major service provider to join the ONOS open-source network virtualization initiative, joining other carriers like AT&T, NTT Communications, China Unicom and SK Telecom in the effort.

Verizon officials said Jan. 21 that they joined the ONOS (Open Network Operating System) in hopes of accelerating the development of open-source software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualization (NFV) offerings that their company and other carriers can use.

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Opinion: Open source for all mankind

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Thankfully there's a better way. Whether in reference to technology or a political ideology, open source is about self-determination. It’s about individuals developing products and projects, taking responsibility and being open to criticism and change. It fosters a healthy, meritocratic ecosystem of shared, mutually improving ideas. Crucially, the open-source attitude manifests a level of respect and equality between developer and user, government and citizen.

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Open source database player MariaDB appoints Michael Howard as CEO

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MariaDB is kicking of the year with a new CEO and millions in investment.

The open-source relational database company appointed Michael Howard to the CEO position, following the departure of Patrik Sallner who is now the CEO of OpusCapita.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Why Sustainable Software Needs a Change in the Culture of Science

    Open Source and good practice

    The challenge to the scientific community is how to do the work needed to make software sustainable. Either reducing the amount of work, or bringing together new resources, can make this more successful. The first is often thought of as using good software engineering practices (which has the additional benefit of making the software more likely to be correct), and the second can potentially be satisfied through Open Source communities.

    In some sense, these are both social issues, rather than technical ones. The goal is to encourage software developers, whatever the type of software they are developing, to do the extra work needed to make their own software sustainable and to build or join communities whose members work together on shared code. The task is how to achieve this.

  • NGINX Plus R8 Fully Supports HTTP/2, Field Tests OAuth2

    Fracturing a site’s contents into a plurality of arbitrary domains to improve performance is still being taught as a legitimate practice for Web servers. It remains the best way to get around HTTP 1.1’s maximum limitation of six connections per host, and the, even more, draconian limit of two connections for older browsers such as Internet Explorer 7.

  • In Memoriam of John McCreesh & FOSDEM 2016

    I was about to write about the main topic of this post, namely FOSDEM 2016 when we learned of the death of someone who was a really nice and gentle human being, John McCreesh. For those who may not know John, it’s important to say that while he was not as famous as Ian Murdock, he was definitely one of the pillars of the OpenOffice.org community for long years. He served as a volunteer there in various capacities, but mostly as one of the marketing project lead. During his tenure, he had to deal with complicated situations and several challenges. John was, I already wrote it, a gentle human being. He managed to help build and strengthen the OpenOffice.org community and make it bloom even when times were dire. He was nice, always listening to others, soothing and comforting people around him. John knew the value of peace and moving forward. His origins (he was born in Northern Ireland if I’m not mistaken and his family origins are quite interesting in that regard) and upbringing made him respect anyone who was coming towards him and his welcoming stance gained him many friends and many open source volunteers. In some cases, his generous and kind attitude helped him make people stay in the project even as they had every obvious reasons to leave.

  • VIDEO: Driverless tractors and open-source software

    The Inventors’ Showcase winner, and president of Reimer Robotics, has built a system to move tractors – driverless no less, with grain cart in tow – across a field to a harvesting combine on the go. Reimer’s invention can help producers save time during harvest – and since the software and hardware are open-source – other producers can build on his work and adapt it to their needs.

  • Open-source GPU from Binghamton University could shake up the industry

    GPU's are fantastic tools for completing scientific computational work. They're effective at calculating math that's highly parallel, doing it far faster than any CPU could do alone. And now the GPU is going open-source with Binghamton University's new Nyami architecture that researchers have developed.

  • What's New in 3D Printing, Part II: the Hardware

    This is the second article in what will be a four-part series on the current state of 3D printing compared to how things were three years ago when I wrote my first series on 3D printing. Of course, this is Linux Journal, so the focus will be on Linux and open-source-specific aspects in 3D printing. I won't dwell much on proprietary products. In my last article, I gave a general overview on the state of 3D printing; in this one, I focus on the hardware side.

    If you were to compare 3D printers three years ago to today, probably the first thing you would notice is just how polished and consumer-focused the overall look of the machines are now. Three years ago, most printers were based off the RepRap line of 3D printers. They had a hobbyist look, with 3D-printed gears and other parts combined with nuts and bolts you could get from the hardware store. Those printers that didn't consist of a series of threaded and smooth rods for their structure were made from laser-cut wood. The focus was much more on community and sharing designs freely to improve the quality of the printers as rapidly as possibly while still using parts easily purchased from a hardware store or on-line. Many of the commercial 3D printer offerings at the time also were some form of a RepRap printer sold pre-assembled and calibrated with some refinements and improvements, plus support from the company if anything went wrong.

  • Webinar on real-time IoT data analytics, visualization and collection with open-source Kaa IoT, Apache Cassandra and Apache Zeppelin

    In the course of the webinar we will set up an end-to-end solution comprising Kaa, Apache Cassandra and Apache Zeppelin to demonstrate their cumulative capabilities for collecting, analyzing and visualizing large sets of data in real time.

OpenStack Conference

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Latest IPFire 2.17 Open Source Linux Firewall OS Brings Ramdisk Usage Changes

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The IPFire open-source firewall operating system based on the Linux kernel was updated on January 20, 2016, to version 2.17 Core Update 96, a release that adds several improvements, fixes many security issues, and updates various components.

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How to improve tech skills while contributing to open source projects

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Although some people think open source projects only need programmers—and experienced ones, at that— open source project needs go beyond the ability to write code. They also require testing, technical support, documentation, marketing, and more. And contributing to projects also is a great way to improve technical skills and connect with people who share similar interests. One barrier to participating in open source projects is not knowing how to join and get started. In this article, I'll explain how to start contributing to an open source project.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Snark attack: Cornell students teach software to detect sarcasm!

    A team of students participating in Cornell University's Tech Challenge program has developed a machine learning application that attempts to break the final frontier in language processing—identifying sarcasm. This could change everything… maybe.

    TrueRatr, a collaboration between Cornell Tech and Bloomberg, is intended to screen out sarcasm in product reviews. But the technology has been open sourced (and posted to GitHub) so that others can modify it to deal with other types of text-based eye-rolling.

  • Dear GitHub, More Than 1000 Famous Developers Are Mad At Your Issues Tracker

    Annoyed by GitHub’s outdated Issues Tracker feature, a CloudFlare developer has written an open letter to GitHub, suggesting the website to address the issues. Notably, the Issues Tracker feature is very rigid in nature and lacks the ability to pass a feedback on the service itself. At the moment, 1192 users have signed this open later.

  • When Enterprises Need to Transition from Free Open Source to Fully Supported OS Platforms
  • JFrog Raises $50M For DevOps Expansion
  • JFrog, the GitHub of software artifacts, raises $50 million
  • JFrog Raises $50 Million To Provide The App Store For The Internet Of Things
  • Big Switch Networks Raises $48.5 Million in New Funding

    Software Defined Networking (SDN) vendor Big Switch Networks is announcing a new Series C round of funding, bringing in $48.5 million. Big Switch's total funding to date stands at $94 million.

  • AMD HSA Support Merged Into GCC Trunk

    The AMD Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) code has been mainlined within the GCC compiler!

    A few days ago the latest patches were published and today the work, which was done by SUSE under contract with AMD, is now in the mainline GCC code-base.

  • 100+ Makers eco-hack the future with open-source prototypes for a fossil-free, zero waste society
  • The open source city as the transnational democratic future

    Open source local government is the first step towards scaling up new public policy spheres and interwoven citizen practices that can make neoliberalism unnecessary.

  • How Thalmic Labs’ open source approach helped a man regain use of his arm

    When Thalmic Labs made the decision to go open source with its Myo arm band, it probably never imagined that doing so would lead to an amputee regaining the use of a limb.

    Thanks to the work of Johns Hopkins Medical School, Johnny Matheny has become the first person to attach a gesture-controlled limb directly to his skeleton, and it’s controlled with the Myo arm band. The delivery driver lost the lower part of his left arm to cancer in 2008. Late last year, Johns Hopkins designed a Modular Prosthetic Limb and used Myo’s electromyography (EMG) sensors to measure the electrical signals sent from Matheny’s upper arm to control his lower arm. Those signals are converted into Bluetooth transmissions to a controlling computer mounted on the prosthetic, which then determines the motion to be made with the limb.

  • Open-source GPU could push computing power to the next level

    Binghamton University computer science assistant professor Timothy Miller, Aaron Carpenter and graduate student Philip Dexterm, along with co-author Jeff Bush, have developed Nyami, a synthesizable graphics processor unit (GPU) architectural model for general-purpose and graphics-specific workloads. This marks the first time a team has taken an open-source GPU design and run a series of experiments on it to see how different hardware and software configurations would affect the circuit's performance.

  • Open-Source Arduino DIY Thermographic Camera From €450

    Developers and makers that are interested in making their very own open source Thermographic camera might be interested in a site called Thermocam that provides all the knowledge, instructions and components you need to do just that.

    The site also seems everything you need to make the camera from the Thermal sensor and board to the mini tripod that can be used to position the camera when finished.

    A fully working Thermographic Camera can be used for a variety of applications including finding heat leaks in the insulation of buildings, analysis of electrical or mechanical components and more. The project is Arduino compatible and the firmware is adaptable to your needs.

Open source developer JFrog invests in talent with $50M funding

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JFrog, a developer of open source software distribution tools, raised a $50 million round on Wednesday to invest in talent.

Scale Venture Partners, Sapphire Ventures, Battery Ventures, Vintage Investment Partners and Qumra Capital participated in the round along with existing investors Gemini Israel Ventures and VMware. The company has raised $60.5 million to date.

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today's leftovers

  • Kramden Institute bridges digital divide with refurbished computers
    Ken's love of programming eventually led to a job at Canonical, and then he learned about the Kramden Institute. "At first I was just excited about what they do for so many children," he says. "It's truly an amazing organization. After hearing about Kramden, I very quickly signed up to work a Wednesday work night, which was really a blast. Wednesday evening at Kramden is an event to remember. They are incredibly well organized and almost always have a full house. It's a community of folks that want to help these children; I just fit right in."
  • Why I use openSUSE over other distributions.
    The below is a response to a Facebook query on why we use openSUSE over Ubuntu. I was happy with how it turned out and thought it could prove helpful to a larger audience.
  • OMG, Ubuntu Tablet Could Be a Mobile Game Changer
  • Maru Is an Android OS on the Phone and Debian Linux When Connected to PC
    A new project named Maru promises to provide users with a full Android Lollipop experience on the phone and switch to a Debian Linux distro when connected to a monitor and peripherals. A phone that is powered by Android and magically transforms into a Linux desktop when connected to an external display has been tried before. It was called Ubuntu for Android, and it was one of Canonical's earliest attempts at some sort of convergence between the mobile and PC worlds.

GNOME and KDE

  • Community Time at Collabora [Ed: Mono]
  • Refocus
    Sometimes all those GNOME programming projects are driving me crazy. [...] Note that for that last item, I would use LaTeXila of course, so if there are some regressions due to some library changes (you perfectly know which library in particular I mean), I’ll probably become aware of the regressions and fix them. Without any guarantees, I repeat. So if someone wants to take over LaTeXila maintenance, I would be more than happy. In the condition that I can still recognize my old pet project afterwards and is still mostly bug-free.
  • Chakra GNU/Linux Users Get KDE Plasma 5.5.4 and Calligra 2.9.11 Office Suite
    Users of the Chakra GNU/Linux operating system were informed this past weekend by the project's maintainer Neofytos Kolokotronis of the availability of two essential software distributions for the rolling OS.
  • Konqi emoji shipped! and a little preview…
    It will end up in your KDE distribution soon !!! I am really very happy that many of you have appreciated my work.

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