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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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Web browsers for GNU/Linux

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  • Opera 42 for Windows, Mac, Linux Gets Built-in Currency Conversion and More

    Internet browser Opera has released a new stable desktop version for all users, and it comes with a few nifty features worth highlighting. The biggest addition in Opera 42 is the built-in currency converter tool that makes it very easy to convert amounts in foreign currency without leaving a tab. The browser is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.

  • Vivaldi 1.6 Web Browser Is Almost Here, Second RC Fixes "Missing Passwords" Bug

    We've been informed by Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard about the general availability of the second Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Vivaldi 1.6 web browser for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    Dubbed as Vivaldi Snapshot 1.6.689.32, the second RC of Vivaldi 1.6 has been released on December 13, 2016, just one day after the first Release Candidate version, which rebased the web browser on the open-source Chromium 55.0.2883.92 project and resolved a major regression for macOS users in regards with swiping through history.

  • Tor Browser 6.0.8 Lands with Important Security Updates, Tor Support

    Tor Project, the non-profit organization behind the widely-used Tor anonymous network and related product, announced the release of Tor Browser 6.0.8 stable build and the sixth Alpha of the upcoming Tor Browser 6.5.

    Tor Browser 6.0.8 is here exactly two weeks after the November 30, 2016, release of Tor Browser 6.0.7, and rebases the Tor-enabled anonymous web browser on the latest Mozilla Firefox 45.6.0 ESR (Extended Support Release) browser, thus fixing a bunch of important security vulnerabilities discovered lately by upstream.

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    Big Blue has made no secret whatsoever that it wants to ride the Linux wave up with the Power Systems platform, and its marketeers are doing what they can to sweeten the hardware deals as best they can without adversely affecting the top and bottom line at IBM in general and the Power Systems division in particular to help that Linux cause along.
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Security News

  • DB Ransom Attacks Spread to CouchDB and Hadoop [Ed: Get sysadmins who know what they are doing, as misconfigurations are expensive]
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  • Widely used WebEx plugin for Chrome will execute attack code—patch now!
    The Chrome browser extension for Cisco Systems WebEx communications and collaboration service was just updated to fix a vulnerability that leaves all 20 million users susceptible to drive-by attacks that can be carried out by just about any website they visit.
  • DDoS attacks larger, more frequent and complex says Arbor
    Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are becoming more frequent and complex, forcing businesses to deploy purpose-built DDoS protection solutions, according to a new infrastructure security report which warns that the threat landscape has been transformed by the emergence of Internet of Things (IoT) botnets. The annual worldwide infrastructure security report from Arbor Networks - the security division of NETSCOUT - reveals that the largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack reported in 2016 was 800 Gbps, a 60% increase over 2015’s largest attack of 500 Gbps.