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HP Joins OpenDaylight Open Source SDN Project

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HP (HPQ) has added its name to the list of official backers of OpenDaylight, the open source software-defined networking (SDN) project supported by the Linux Foundation. HP is now a platinum member of the project.

The Linux Foundation, which sponsors OpenDaylight as a collaborative project, is welcoming the addition of HP to the line-up of vendors helping to lead OpenDaylight -- which already includes Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Ericsson, IBM, Juniper, Microsoft and Red Hat as platinum members -- as a sign of industry convergence around OpenDaylight as the SDN platform of choice.

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Sauerbraten-Forked Tesseract Makes Its Initial Release

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Tesseract is a open-source game project we covered when the project was in its infancy back in early 2012 as a very interesting fork of Cube 2 / Sauerbraten.

Over the past two years Tesseract has been under heavy development. In that time, Tesseract has become much more visually advanced compared to Sauerbraten and has been working on features like OpenGL 3 and Occulus Rift support.

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Things that drive me nuts about OpenGL

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Gaming

Here's a brain dump of the things that sometimes drive me crazy about OpenGL. (Note these are strictly my own opinions, not those of Valve or my coworkers. I'm also in a ranty-type mood today after grappling with OpenGL for several years now..) My major motivation to posting this: the GL API needs a reboot because IMO Mantle/D3D12 are going to most likely eat it for lunch soon, so we should start talking and thinking about this stuff now.

Some are minor issues, and some are specific to tracing the API, but all these issues add up to API "friction" that sometimes make it difficult to encourage other devs to get into the GL API or ecosystem.

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4 words to avoid when negotiating the use of open source at your job

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If you work in an organization that isn’t focused on development, where computer systems are used to support other core business functions, getting management buy-in for the use of open source can be tricky. Here's how I negotiated with my boss and my team to get them to accept and try open source software.

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Pushing open source to the limit

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Sahoo chose MySQL as TradeMonster's database, which might seem an odd choice given the extreme high availability and performance demands. Partly, he says, the decision was based on the fact that "with trading applications, three-fourths of activity is read-only." More important, however, was the complex caching technology and fault tolerance Sahoo and his team built around the MySQL core (which is replicated using Microsoft SQL Server, one of the few pieces of commercial software in the mix). The back end has been so bulked up that Sahoo says it's prepared to scale as much as 7,000 percent...

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App.net's open source failure

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When they launched, you'll recall I was skeptical about the model, not least because of the company's attitude to open source. The folks over there have continued with their self-confident tone all along, with a "wait until renewal, that'll show you" attitude and a general disdain for anyone questioning their approach. I and other skeptics were firmly put in our place -- but seems we made a decent call of it after all.

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Open source everywhere at Plovdiv military prosecution

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Open source solutions are used in all parts of the organisation at the Military Prosecutor's office in the Bulgarian province of Plovdiv. The public administration's IT staff by default uses the Debian free software distribution, which has found its way to all kinds of computing devices, large and tiny.

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“open source is where I think the future is headed in local government…”

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So, I’m in Dublin tomorrow for the OGP Europe Regional conference in Dublin in advance of next week’s Digital Lunch asking if Northern Ireland is ready for an open government partnership? If you are interesting in the subject, do keep an eye on Twitter throughout the day, and I’ll update with a blog report on Friday morning before I leave again.

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NGA Continues To Engage With Open Source Community Via GitHub

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The main GitHub page for NGA is at: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. At the time of this writing there are four projects with repositories there.

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Australian government likely to standardise on Drupal

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Drupal

The federal government is eyeing the introduction of a government-wide content-management system. The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has indicated its preference is to use the open-source Drupal Web platform and to have the CMS delivered as a cloud service.

"The Government Content Management System (GovCMS) is envisaged as an important service offering for Australian Commonwealth Government agencies," the Australian government CTO, John Sheridan, wrote in a blog entry.

"GovCMS is intended to support more effective web channel delivery functions within Government, and enable agencies to redirect effort from non-core transactional activities, towards higher-value activities that are more aligned with core agency missions," a draft statement of requirements issued by AGIMO states.

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Google Open-Sources Their AutoFDO Profile Toolchain

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Google has open-sourced their toolchain for providing automatic feedback-directed optimizations from perf data profiles to what can be used by GCC and LLVM.

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3D Printing's Success Points to a Rosy Future for Open Hardware

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It's no secret that open source has shaken up the software world, not least for the savings it's brought both organizations and consumers. Now it's starting to look like open source hardware could have a similar, game-changing effect.

Though still nowhere near as ubiquitous as FOSS, open hardware is gaining ground rapidly -- especially with the booming popularity of open source 3D printing -- and some very compelling benefits are becoming clear.

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Crytek Open-Sources Their Renderdoc Graphics Debugger

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Gaming

Right out of the gate, Renderdoc isn't as useful to Linux users as is Valve's VOGL or other utilities like APITrace. Because, as it stands right now, Renderdoc only targets the Microsoft Direct3D 10/11 graphics API, but support for OpenGL is planned under this open-source Renderdoc. While still targeting D3D11 right now, there is basic build support for Linux of Renderdoc. I imagine in the months ahead it will get much more interesting once there's OpenGL API support and open-source contributors have had their hand at improving the Renderdoc Linux support.

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HP to invest over $1 billion in open-source cloud computing

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Hewlett-Packard Co said it plans to invest more than $1 billion over the next two years to develop and offer cloud-computing products and services.

The company said it will make its OpenStack-based public cloud services available in 20 data centers over the next 18 months.

OpenStack, a cloud computing project that HP co-founded, provides a free and open-source cloud computing platform for public and private cloud services.

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Singapore Government drives community-powered innovation through open source

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Through this partnership, IDA and Red Hat have also agreed to jointly drive the Red Hat Challenge, a regional technology challenge that provides a platform for students to pit their ideas around and use cases for open source.

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More: When innovation goes open source — Tom Kelshaw

Why ARM Servers, And Why Now?

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Red Hat and Canonical are doing a lot of the work to get the KVM hypervisor running properly on 64-bit ARM and Citrix Systems is also working to get the Xen hypervisor, which is the preferred virtualizer on Linux-based public clouds (Amazon Web Services, Rackspace Hosting, and IBM SoftLayer all use a variant of Xen; it is not clear what Google uses and Microsoft clearly uses Hyper-V). Stephano Stabellini, senior principal software engineer at Citrix, explained that Xenon ARM was a “lean and simple architecture” that “removed all of the cruft accumulated over the years” in the X86 implementation of Xen. The ARM variant of Xen has no emulation and does not make use of QEMU, and it only provides one type of guest, which combines the two options available on X86 machinery. (That would be the full virtualization of a Hardware Virtual Machine and the partial virtualization available through Para-Virtualization).

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Atom, GitHub's code editor based on web tech, goes open source

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Code-sharing site GitHub has announced that Atom, its highly customizable code editor, has left beta and its full source code is now available to world+dog under the MIT open source license.

Why another text editor? In an interview, GitHub developer Nathan Sobo told The Reg that he and the other developers wanted a powerful editor that was fully customizable using JavaScript, which Sobo argued is now the most popular scripting language in the world.

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10 steps to migrate your closed software to open source

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Difio is a Django based application that keeps track of packages and tells you when they change. It provides multiple change analytics so you can make an informed decision on when or what to upgrade. Difio was created as closed software, then I decided to migrate it to open source to allow for in-house deployments and attract a larger community around the project.

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Open-Source ATI Rage 128 Driver Gets Revived

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Graphics/Benchmarks
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The xf86-video-r128 driver supports all of the old ATI Rage 128 graphics cards including the Rage Fury AGP, XPERT 128 AGP, and XPERT 99. The Rage 128 was ATI's best graphics processor back in 1998 and fabbed on a 250nm processor, supporting 32MB and 64MB video memory configurations, and its core was clocked around 100MHz... Its OpenGL compliance stands at version 1.2. While it's hard to believe the Rage 128 is still being used in any production capacity, especially with modern Linux environments, the open-source X.Org driver for it has been revived.

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40% Italian public administrations uses open source

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Just over 40 per cent of Italy's public administrations is using open source software solutions, reports the country's National Statistical Institute, Istat. According to its 'Public institutions' 2011 Census' report, published on 31 March, it is especially state, regional and provincial administrations.

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