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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  • AI’s open source model is closed, inadequate, and outdated
  • Learn How to Bash: Using the Windows Subsystem for Linux
  • 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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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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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

Meet Karen Sandler, a force in open source

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Karen Sandler is one of the most influential voices in the open source world.

I met with her last year and we talked about how free software affected and changed her life and how she is working to change the lives of others. It was a wide-ranging and inspirational conversation.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Target CIO discusses how IT evaluates new tech and looks to open source for innovation

    Target has remained cutting edge over the years, not only compared to other brick-and-mortar stores, but also compared to young startups as well. In the second of a two-part interview, Target CIO Mike McNamara shares how his team chooses the best tools for the job – and what CIOs need to know to thrive in the future.

  • Standards remain ongoing open source challenge for operators

    Carriers see open source as a way to break vendor-lock model, but standards and compliance remain key challenges to deployments.

    Telecommunication operators appear to be full on board in terms of the movement towards open source platforms, or at least those large enough to be at a point of driving software deeper into their operations. However, there remain numerous challenges for those operators in actually deploying open source-based solutions into their networks.

    Operators have for years denounced the dreaded vendor lock scenario that has shackled them to a dwindling equipment vendor community. But, those vendors are exceedingly familiar with the needs of telecommunication operators and have built a level of trust with the network operations folks in terms of comfort with equipment deployments.

  • Enterprise open source growth and new release sets Severalnines up for 10 out of 10 year

    Severalnines, Europe’s leading provider of open source database management software, opens the year with the launch of a new release of ClusterControl, its award-winning, all-inclusive database management system. ClusterControl lets businesses easily deploy, manage, monitor and scale their open source databases to run their business on the technology stack of their choice.

  • Top Lessons For Open Source Pros From License Compliance Failures

    For companies using open source software in their commercial products, it is recommended to develop and maintain a good relationship with the members of the open source communities that create and sustain the open source code they consume. The communities of open source projects expect companies to honor the licenses of the open source software they include in their products. Taking steps in this direction, combined with an open and honest relationship, is very valuable.

  • Digital and open-source options have advantages over books

    Once the guideposts for most classes, textbooks are increasingly being pushed to the side as digital technology expands its reach.

    In Jennifer King’s seventh-grade math and science classroom at La Crosse’s Logan Middle School, the textbook is just one of the resources students can use. Increasingly, they use digital tools such as online scientific articles or educational programs on their iPads.

  • Mouser takes SparkFun's open source hardware globally

    Mouser Electronics has signed a global distribution agreement with SparkFun Electronics, a leader in DIY electronics and open-source technology, to support the growth of the maker movement around the world.

    The agreement provides increased access to both Mouser’s and SparkFun's extensive product ecosystems, enabling customers to easily shop for the right maker technology to support their projects. Mouser’s catalog now incorporates over 500 SparkFun products, including SparkFun's signature Arduino Pro, RedBoard, and LilyPad tools, empowering customers at the industrial and enterprise level to utilize maker technology in their advanced projects.

  • NISO Publishes "Understanding Metadata" Primer

    The NISO Primer Understanding Metadata, like its series companions, is licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons-BY-NC 4.0 license. It is available as a free download from the NISO website at:

Events: Open Source Leadership Summit and 4Ccon

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  • Camille Fournier, Donna Dillenberger, William 'whurley' Hurley to Speak at Open Source Leadership Summit Next Month

    Executives, experts, analysts, and leaders in open source at some of the world’s largest and most successful companies will speak at the invitation-only Open Source Leadership Summit next month in Lake Tahoe, The Linux Foundation has announced.

    AT&T, Cloud Foundry Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, IDC, Leading Edge Forum, Mozilla, and VMware are among the many organizations that will share insights on how to start, build, participate in and advance open source strategy and development.

  • 4Ccon – Second National Conference on Free Software

    4Ccon represents Collaboration, Contribution, Communities and Commons. There will be workshops, seminars and discussions on a wide range of topics that reflect the key issues around technology and its impact on India. The themes of the conference converge on aim to develop new understanding of what technology means in the rapidly evolving global and national contexts.

Chrome 56

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  • Chrome 56 rolling out to Mac, Windows, and Linux, full HTML5 by Default & ‘Not Secure’ label rollout

    Chrome 56 is rolling out now to Mac, Windows, and Linux with a number of features and security fixes. Beginning as a staged rollout in the previous version, HTML5 by Default is now enabled for all users. Additionally, all sensitive HTTP sites will be marked as unsecure in the address bar.

    With last month’s release, Chrome only defaulted to HTML5 for a small subset of users. Now, it is enabled by default, with the first visit to webpages prompting users about Flash usage. This deprecation of the Adobe plug-in should lead to a better and safer web browsing experience.

  • Google Promotes Chrome 56 to Stable with HTML5 by Default, 51 Security Fixes

    Google promoted today its Chrome 56 web browser to the stable channel for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows, which comes about 55 days after Chrome 55 was released.

  • Google Chrome Now Defaults to HTML5 for All

    With the version 56 update, Google has enabled Chrome to default to HTML5-based rendering for better speed and security. This means that content still using Flash won’t display immediately and instead will require your manual authorization to run.

  • Chrome 56 Released With WebGL 2.0 By Default, FLAC Support

    Chrome 56 ships with HTML5 by default, WebGL 2.0 by default, sensitive pages (including those with password boxes) loaded over HTTP are now marked as insecure, support for FLAC audio is enabled by default (similar to the recent Firefox release), improves performance of the browser by throttling web-pages in background tabs, and a variety of other enhancements.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Technology of the Year 2017: The best hardware, software, and cloud services

    Looking over the winners of the 2017 Technology of the Year Awards, you can’t help but be struck by the startling number of open source projects. For several years now, we’ve watched as the more groundbreaking projects -- like Hadoop and MongoDB and AngularJS -- leapt from our Best of Open Source Software Awards packages into the rarified air of the Technology of the Year Awards, taking their place not only among the best open source software but among the best products period.

    This year, open source has finally tipped the balance. Among the 32 winners, at least 20 are either open source projects, cloud versions of open source projects, or commercial products with an open source core. The true number is probably higher, considering that many of the other winners are cloud services, which undoubtedly stand on open source foundations and may use open source in their secret sauce.

  • Open Source Year in Review Roundups Now Available

    The year 2016 was a momentous one for open source. From cloud computing platforms to big data and machine learning toolsets, transformative open source tools made more of a difference than ever for organizations large and small.

    Now, some interesting collections of 2016 open source year in review materials are taking shape. Here are a couple of year in review options worth checking into.

  • Building a 3D Game Engine with .NET Core [Ed: helping Microsoft embrace and extend]
  • Visual Studio on Linux
  • Digital and open source resources open La Crosse classrooms to learning

    Unlike some states, such as Texas, which require school districts to choose from an approved lists of textbooks, Wisconsin leaves the decision in the hands of school districts. When making textbook decisions, La Crosse School District supervisor of instruction and staff development Rob Tyvoll said the discussion starts with state standards.

    Textbook adoption committees identify concepts that need to be taught and bring in vendors to see what they offer. Committee members decide which of the options best fits the needs of the course.

    Textbook review and adoption happens on a cycle, Tyvoll said, which can be expedited in special circumstances, such as when the state adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010. But Tyvoll said the internet gives teachers access to resources that are much more current than textbooks, allowing classes to stay up to date.

  • New to Programming? Check out these Outstanding Open Source Programming Books

    Computer programming offers a fascinating career path. It’s full of challenges, a great way of collaborating, teaches you how to think, and most importantly offers a way to improve your life. Become more productive, efficient, and effective in life by learning the discipline of coding.

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