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German firms unveil DeGov eGovernment platform

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German ICT service providers are pooling their work on public administration portals, leveraging open source software. The companies unveiled DeGov, a portal solution built on Drupal 8, at the ‘Drupal in der öffentlichen Verwaltung’ (Drupal in public administration) conference in Düsseldorf on 17 November.

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Aragon parliament asks for open source in schools

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Members of parliament in Aragon, one of Spain’s autonomous communities, are urging the government to increase the use of open source software in education. On 2 December, parliamentarians asked the minister of education to strengthen support for the VitaLinux Education project, which is developing an Ubuntu-based distribution of open source software made especially for schools in the community.

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EC looking for help with open source office automation

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The European Commission is looking to hire ICT staff that can help implement open source-based office automation. The open source expertise is a small part of a larger call for new hires that was published by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) on 1 December.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Core OS brings automatic updating to Kubernetes with Tectonic
  • 'Tis The Season...

    Please find below a few quick links to all of the OSI Affiliate Members' donations pages. As an OSI Affiliate, we've ensured each is a non-profit organization and, depending on your location, your contribution may be tax-deductible: "Many donations make all bugs shallow".

  • ChickTech's mission and 2017 goals

    During OSCON a few years ago, Nicole Engard stopped to chat with a few representatives of women-in-tech nonprofit ChickTech. Today, she's the founder and coordinator of the organization's chapter in Austin, Texas.

    [...]

    At the event, girls had a chance to work on hands-on Raspberry Pi and Arduino projects, learn open source programming languages, share code on GitHub, and more.

  • Win-win: Open-source .Net pays off for devs [Ed: This headline is an utter lie and basically Microsoft openwashing from IDG (.NET is proprietary). The lie about .NET being "open source" was reposted with different headlines in Computerworld Australia, Computerworld (US), and CIO.]
  • GCC 6.3 Release Candidate Now Available

    It looks like GCC developers are making good on their effort to release GCC 6.3 by Christmas.

  • Open Source Compliance in the Enterprise: Benefits and Risks

    There are several benefits to creating programs and processes that help companies and other organizations achieve open source compliance. On the flip side, there are many risks that companies face when they fail to comply with open source licenses.

  • Open Source Software Carries Hidden Costs [Ed: Proprietary Software Carries Hidden Costs (like upgrades, security holes, exit barriers). But focus on FOSS only?]
  • anytime 0.1.2: Another bugfix

    Another update, now at release 0.1.2, of anytime arrived at CRAN earlier today.

    anytime is a very focused package aiming to do just one thing really well: to convert anything in integer, numeric, character, factor, ordered, ... format to either POSIXct or Date objects -- and to do so without requiring a format string.

  • 'Stop using your Netgear router' says CERT after major vulnerability found

    NETGEAR HAS confirmed that a number of its routers have a security vulnerability which can be triggered by a malicious weblink from one machine on the network allowing a code injection allowing access to every attached device.

    The discovery, VU #582384, which came to light late on Friday, has been validated by the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) as affecting models including the R6250, R6400, R6700, R7000, R7100LG, R7300, R7900, and R8000.

Nextcloud is the open source answer to mass surveillance

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The Nextcloud team has released version 11 of the fully open source file sync and storage platform. This release boasts a plethora of security features.

Frank Karlitschek, co-founder and managing director of Nextcloud, told me in an interview that the “privacy of a self-hosted solution depends on its security, and staying in control of data is the main motivation for our customers to deploy Nextcloud. Security is thus obviously a core focus for us. Second to that is reducing the costs of hosting Nextcloud instances by improving its scalability and performance.”

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Geneva canton publishes eVoting system source code

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The Canton of Geneva (Switzerland) has published the first components of the source code of its electronic voting system as open source code, under the GNU Affero general public license. The software is used for votes or elections by the cantons of Basel (city), Bern, Geneva and Lucerne. The Canton of Aargau will start using the software next year.

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Top Open Source Alternatives To Amazon Echo

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Almost every major industry player in operating systems, both desktop and mobile, has cooked up a virtual personal assistant product, and then there are many other independent efforts as well. But how many open source virtual personal assistants are there? The sad answer is that there really aren’t many, but someone has made a large effort to increase the accessibility of this type of project and bring it into the open source community, so read on for our interview with Tanay Pant, author and maintainer of the virtual personal assistant Melissa.

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CrateDB in the News

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5 trends in open source documentation

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I've been doing open source documentation for a long time. Over the past decade, there have been a lot of attitude shifts regarding authoring and publishing. Some of these trends seem to go in cycles, such as the popularity of semantic markup. The latest trends move documentation closer to code, what many have called docs as code. Let's look at a few of the larger themes in documentation trends:

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Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 2, Will Bring Linux 4.8, Newer Mesa

If you've been waiting to upgrade your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system to the 16.04.2 point release, which should have hit the streets a couple of days ago, you'll have to wait until February 2. We hate to give you guys bad news, but Canonical's engineers are still working hard these days to port all the goodies from the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) repositories to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which is a long-term supported version, until 2019. These include the Linux 4.8 kernel packages and an updated graphics stack based on a newer X.Org Server version and Mesa 3D Graphics Library. Read more

Calamares Release and Adoption

  • Calamares 3.0 Universal Linux Installer Released, Drops Support for KPMcore 2
    Calamares, the open-source distribution-independent system installer, which is used by many GNU/Linux distributions, including the popular KaOS, Netrunner, Chakra GNU/Linux, and recently KDE Neon, was updated today to version 3.0. Calamares 3.0 is a major milestone, ending the support for the 2.4 series, which recently received its last maintenance update, versioned 2.4.6, bringing numerous improvements, countless bug fixes, and some long-anticipated features, including a brand-new PythonQt-based module interface.
  • Due to Popular Request, KDE Neon Is Adopting the Calamares Graphical Installer
    KDE Neon maintainer Jonathan Riddell is announcing today the immediate availability of the popular Calamares distribution-independent Linux installer framework on the Developer Unstable Edition of KDE Neon. It would appear that many KDE Neon users have voted for Calamares to become the default graphical installer system used for installing the Linux-based operating system on their personal computers. Indeed, Calamares is a popular installer framework that's being successfully used by many distros, including Chakra, Netrunner, and KaOS.

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