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Open source professionals are more in demand than ever

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So, you want a technology job, do you? Then you should work on your open-source skills because that's where the jobs are. According to Dice, the leading technology job site, and The Linux Foundation, opportunities for open-source professionals are abound, as companies strive to improve efficiency and cut time to market.

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OSS Leftovers

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  • Asian telcos forging ahead with open source NFV

    Telcos in Asia Pacific are engaged in what ABI Research describes as an NFV ‘flurry’. It claims the CSPs are actively virtualizing their network architectures and to find that out ABI hints it may have been tracking developments in the way that analysts and technical journalists do in other open source-dominated sectors. By peeking into the open source communities’ repositories and information exchanges to get a feel for what’s going on.

    Nothing wrong with that. It’s ‘open’ after all and expect to read more of this approach in the months and years ahead as Open Source NFV really starts to take hold.

  • Open source security software on GovCloud

    Netgate, provider of open source firewalls and security gateways, has announced the availability of its pfSense firewall on Amazon’s GovCloud (US).

    The AWS GovCloud Marketplace enables government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profits to discover software that can support their cloud-based regulated workloads. It is an isolated AWS region designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud, assisting customers who have government, education, or non-profit compliance requirements.

  • Open source EHR platform tailored to treat Ebola patients

    An open-source electronic health record system developed to treat Ebola patients during the recent epidemic in West Africa is being touted as a potential solution for clinical data collection in highly infectious environments and resource-constrained healthcare settings.

  • Microsoft and Red Hat collaborate to boost enterprise container adoption [Ed: Someone should remind Red Hat about Munich and Microsoft's patent lawsuits]
  • Microsoft .NET Core 2.0 Available on Red Hat’s Linux and Cloud Offerings
  • .NET Core 2 Brings Visual Basic to Linux and macOS [Ed: A .NET 'trial version' (taster for proprietary framework with back doors and telemetry)]
  • When Good Containers Go Bad [Ed: Shame on the Linux Foundation for promoting (for money) an anti-FOSS firm Black Duck. Black Duck gives some money to the Linux Foundation, which then pays someone to write a puff piece for Black Duck.]
  • t2k17 Hackathon Report: Ian Sutton on ARM progress
  • If you’re a startup, you should not use React (reflecting on the BSD + patents license)

    Facebook is nearly alone in the industry in the use of this license. Here is the article. Judge for yourself.

  • 3Blades Launches Open-Source Data Science Platform with Tool-Agnostic Integration at Jupytercon

    Hugo Contreras-Palacios, Ph.D., a Data Scientist at Stanley Black & Decker says, "In this quickly changing environment where ongoing skill development is critical, 3Blades has become an essential learning tool that allows our staff to experience big data technologies and techniques instead of just reading about them. At the end of their course, once they develop big data skills, 3Blades provides a collaborative environment where they can quickly begin applying what they have learned. The open source code base and easy to use API made it simple to integrate 3Blades safely into our internal environment. Thank you, 3Blades!"

  • Sweden Archives assists with govt document reuse

    The National Archives proposes to publish the lists of public sector documents in the country’s national open data portal, Öppna Data.

  • Negotiations with Elsevier: The crucial issues for the FinELib consortium


    Unfortunately, there has been no breakthrough in the negotiations. The crucial issues for the negotiations are cost development and open access. The FinELib consortium’s view differs from Elsevier’s on both issues.  

  • Open Source Turtle Rover Robot Land Drone Launches On Kickstarter (video)

    An interesting new open source robot has been launched by a Kickstarter today which takes the form of the Turtle Rover created by Kell Ideas. The robot land drone chassis can be equipped with a wide variety of different modules including a robotic arm, HD camera and more.

    The remote-controlled robot rover can be used to explore those small unattainable areas and can be programmed using the revolutionary open platform and adapted to suit your very own requirements.

  • Interview with Chris Korda: 3D printing pottery, open-source software and activism

    Chris Korda is an activist, techno musician and software developer. She is credited with developing programs for the world’s first color 3D printer in 2004 during her term at Z Corporation, which was bought by 3D Systems in January 2012.

  • Foundation Java EE: The Community Reacts

    Oracle Corp. grabbed headlines last week with a post on The Aquarium blog, in which the steward of Java proposed moving Java EE to an open source foundation, such as the Eclipse Foundation or the Apache Software Foundation.

    The post reads: "We believe that moving Java EE technologies, including reference implementations and test compatibility kit, to an open source foundation may be the right next step, in order to adopt more agile processes, implement more flexible licensing, and change the governance process."

  • Java EE To Get Open Source Foundation

    Oracle intends to move stewardship of Java EE (Enterprise Edition) to a third party existing foundation after the official release of Java EE 8 later this year.

Why open source should be the first choice for cloud-native environments

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Let's take a trip back in time to the 1990s, when proprietary software reigned, but open source was starting to come into its own. What caused this switch, and more importantly, what can we learn from it today as we shift into cloud-native environments?

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Events: CONECIT 2017, Embedded Linux Conference

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  • CONECIT 2017: Conferences, Workshops and Jungle Tours

    Workshops and contests were also part of the event during the week and thanks the organizers to support the presentation of our local team from Lima Fedora + GNOME  We were doing some tests since the previous day and two hours before the Fedora + GNOME workshop. It was nice to see students and teachers of universities so interested in learning Linux

  • See Session Highlights for Upcoming OS Summit and Embedded Linux Conference in Prague

    Check out the newly released conference schedules for Open Source Summit Europe and the co-located Embedded Linux Conference Europe, taking place simultaneously October 23-26 in Prague, Czech Republic. This year’s lineup features more than 200 sessions presented by experts from Comcast, Docker, Red Hat, Siemens AG, Amazon, and more.

    Open Source Summit Europe combines LinuxCon, ContainerCon, and CloudOpen conferences with the all new Open Community Conference and Diversity Empowerment Summit and is the premier open source technical conference in Europe, gathering 2,000 developers, admins, and community leadership professionals to collaborate, share information and learn about the latest in open technologies.

OSS: Free Software Careers, Commercial Advantage, SQLite, Cloudera IPO

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  • Want to be a Software Industry Influencer? Get Involved in Open Source

    SD Times recently recognized The Linux Foundation among the top innovators and leaders in software development in its annual SD Times 100 list.

    The LF was honored to be named a top Influencer, along with ten other industry heavyweights including Apple, Facebook, GitHub, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Netflix, Red Hat, and Slack.

    Does this list look familiar? It should. Each of the companies on the influencers list makes significant contributions to the open source community (bonus points for those who know that most are also members of The Linux Foundation).

    Open source has long been a de facto standard for development and the companies on the influencers list pioneered this approach with their own products and services. At the same time, they have led the IT revolution in massively scalable cloud computing, AI, social networking, and many other innovations, and continue to do so. This is not a coincidence.

  • Open Source For Business: Companies Can Turn To Open Source

    For organizations of any size, there come a point in building out an IT architecture where one has to decide to trust the closed, commercial systems provided by vendors or the open source community that relies on code amassed from people all over the world.

    The latter is a concept that can create hang ups for some—the idea of open anything maybe give a business owner pause and people have raised security concerns about the option for years. But organizations of any size can embrace open source and, in most cases, improve daily operations and become more secure as a result.

  • SQLite: The Universal SQL Database Engine

    Today’s quiz is: What’s the most popular database of all? MySQL? Nope. Oracle Database? Nah. Microsoft SQL Server? Try again. IBM DB/2? Wrong. Arguably the most popular database of all is SQLite.

    Never even heard of it? Find that hard to believe? SQLite’s inside every smartphone, macOS and Windows; and the Chrome, Firefox, and Opera web browser. The reason you haven’t heard of it is because it’s hidden inside the code of numerous operating systems and programs. There, the SQLite C library provides database services for applications.

    This public-domain — not open-source — software is not a database server. Instead, embedded within programs, it provides standard SQL-92 database management server (DBMS) servers without the server part.

  • Cloudera: Unpacking One Of 2017's Most Exciting IPOs

    Hadoop is an open-source project (meaning anyone can download and contribute to the source code at anytime, for free). But Cloudera essentially offers a vastly "upgraded" enterprise-ready version of the product.

OSS: PNNL, Robot Operating System, Databricks, pfSense and More

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  • New open-source software for analyzing intact proteins

    In analyzing over 3,000 proteoforms in two breast cancer subtypes, the PNNL authors saw that their new software tool found ten times more differentially expressed proteoforms compared to a recent top-down analysis using a different method.

  • Guest Post: Building commercial open source robots, from prototype to production

    Developing any new robot and taking it to production is hard – even if you’re using the Robot Operating System (ROS) to help streamline development – so why make it even harder?

    I see numerous examples of robotics companies devoting everything to development and ignoring the important questions raised as they approach production. As soon as the commercial pressure is on, there is a tendency for businesses to just “ship what they have”, leaving the IoT market packed full of devices with hard-coded credentials, unencrypted development keys, various security vulnerabilities, and no update path.

  • Databricks touts itself as an A.I. company in new $140 million financing round

    Eight months after announcing a $60 million venture round, the start-up has pulled in $140 million more and is now making sure it's seen as an artificial intelligence software developer. Tuesday's announcement of the financing contains 12 references to AI or artificial intelligence, up from zero in December.

  • Databricks Raises $140M From Top VCs In Mission To Bring AI To 'The 99%'

    Just months after announcing a $60 million fundraise, the creators of popular open-source big project Apache Spark and their startup have dwarfed that amount with a massive new fundraise — and added a new buzzword to the mix.

  • pfSense 2.4 Release Candidate Now Available

    Version 2.4 of the pfSense BSD-based firewall/router operating system is nearing and the release candidate is out this week for testing.

  • 4 open principles for building a better startup

    But like all startups, we eventually needed to hire more people to help our organization grow. And that meant scaling our fast-paced, open, and collaborative culture to new colleagues. How were we going to do that?

  • Oracle Looking to Move Java EE to Open Source Foundation

    Oracle is planning to move leadership and ongoing development of the Java EE platform to an open source foundation. The move will follow the next release, JEE 8, which is due out this summer. The company says they will continue to support Weblogic Server, which is built on JEE standards.

    In a blog post for the JEE Community, Oracle Java EE evangelist David Delabassee said that moving the platform to an open source foundation will be a way to change the governance process and bring benefits such as more agile processes and more flexible licensing. These are areas where development of Java EE has been seen as deficient when compared to other open source communities. The move will also include the test compatibility kit and reference implementations.

Events: NetDev 2.2, Technoshamanism, CONECIT, Open Source Summit Europe and Debconf 17

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The cloud could drive open source out of the enterprise

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For a decade, there’s a question that just won’t go away: Is the cloud killing open source? It still strikes up some emotions.

Open source software has been the backbone of enterprise platforms for a long time—remember the LAMP stack of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl? But consuming open source software via the cloud could change open source’s enterprise footprint.

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OSS: Linksys, Coreboot, Mark Radcliffe, OpenStack, ChromeOS, Michael DeAngelo, FOSS in Health IT Infrastructure, Redis and More

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  • Linksys begins selling the WRT32X AC3200 MU-MIMO open source gaming router

    Routers are getting more powerful and elaborate nowadays. What was once a device that a person would set up and then never pay any mind (except when he/she needed to reboot it), has become much more. Ostentatious designs with multiple external antennas are not just for performance, but they can also make wireless routers focal points of a room. For some consumers, these routers can even be seen as works of art. While appearance is obviously good for sales and marketing purposes, it can actually benefit some users too. After all, if a wireless router is put in, say, a living room, it is important that it looks attractive too. It really does matter.

    Today, Linksys finally begins taking pre-orders for a wireless router that we covered at the beginning of the year, called WRT32X. This router is quite intriguing for many reasons. For one, it is being listed as a "gaming" device, and thanks to the use of Killer Networking KPE technology, that could be more than just marketing. Another interesting aspect is the beautiful design -- it looks both angry and intimidating, and yes, that is a good thing. If this was put next to an Xbox or gaming PC, it would totally fit in. Most intriguing, however, is that theWRT32X is open source-friendly so you can flash alternative firmware, such as OpenWrt.

  • Another Ivy Bridge Era Motherboard Now Supported By Coreboot - ASRock B75 Pro3-M
  • The Faces of Open Source: Mark Radcliffe

    In this fourth episode of Shane Martin Coughlan's, "The Faces of Open Source Law," we continue our introductions to the vibrant open source community, through discussions with some of it's most active contributors.

    Shane's series may focus on legal issues, but through his discussions, you'll also find a wealth of information related to broader topics related to development, community and contributions. We're also very lucky to include in this series interviews, some of the folks who have helped the OSI grow to become the internationally recognized organization it is today. This week is no different with an interview with the OSI's legal counsel.

  • World’s Largest Open Source Cloud Computing Summit to be Hosted in Sydney

    The biannual OpenStack Summit—held previously in major cities like Paris, Tokyo, Vancouver, San Francisco and Barcelona—will draw thousands of developers, operators, cloud architects, business unit leaders and CIOs from the world’s centers of IT innovation.

  • [Update: Now in Dev Channel] ChromeOS will eventually have an automatic red-tinted Night Light mode

    ChromeOS development is on fire these days. Just yesterday we got news that we'd have a new setting for closing the lid on a Chromebook. And today we find out that a new automatic Night Light feature is inbound and has just entered the Canary channel. If you've ever used Kindle's Blue Shade, f.lux, or LineageOS' LiveDisplay feature, then you know that this means. If you aren't familiar with any of those, think a red-tinted mode for use at night.

  • Welcome Michael DeAngelo, Chief People Officer

    As Chief People Officer, Michael is responsible for all aspects of HR and Organizational Development at Mozilla Corporation with an overall focus on ensuring we’re building and growing a resilient, high impact global organization as a foundation for our next decade of growth and impact.

  • How Open Source Software Benefits Health IT Infrastructure

    Health IT infrastructure forms the foundation for everything that happens in a healthcare organization, from quality improvement and patient safety to financial sustainability and business intelligence.

    While many different health IT strategies can support success, ensuring that an organization has scalable, flexible, and future-proof tools at its disposal will reduce the possibility of getting stuck with outdated capabilities.

    Open source software is one promising way that healthcare organizations can reduce IT infrastructure costs while remaining agile enough to adopt new IT solutions that will enable future improvements in patient care and business operations.

  • A Wealth of Open-Source Software Is Homebrewed

    If you aren’t happy with the selection of software on the Mac App Store, Homebrew might be a good solution for you. I wouldn’t be surprised if you aren’t completely pleased with what you can find in Cupertino’s walled garden of apps, since open-source titles aren’t usually available there. With Homebrew, you get quick access to almost the entire open-source software world. This is also a nice alternative to John Martellaro’s method of upgrading to Python 3, by the way, since updates are much easier with Homebrew.

  • In-memory database provider Redis Labs raises $44M
  • Redis Labs Secures $44 Million Funding Led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing to Strengthen Database Leadership
  • Renewable energy potential mapped in Bali, Indonesia using open source GIS software

    Geographic Information System (GIS)-based decision support systems (DSS) can play a significant role in arriving at the right mix of renewable energy to meet the needs of the respective localities. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) released a paper recently describing the use of such GIS-based DSS in developing a tool that quantifies the potential of five energy sources (solar, wind, biomass, hydropower, and geothermal) in a given geographical area, using Bali, Indonesia as a case study.

  • cron.weekly issue #94: Security, SSH, df, Wekan, funding, Kubernetes, Make, systemd & more
  • Open Source Modular Rocket Avionics Package

    Cambridge postgraduate student [Adam Greig] helped design a rocket avionics system consisting of a series of disc-shaped PCBs arranged in a stack. There’s a lot that went into the system and you can get a good look at it all through the flickr album.

    Built with the help of Cambridge University Spaceflight, the Martlet is a 3-staging sounding rocket that lifts to 15km/50K feet on Cesaroni Pro98 engines. [Adam]’s control system uses several Arm Cortex M4s on various boards rather than having just one brain controlling everything.

  • Codasip Announces Latest RISC-V Processor

    Codasip, the leading supplier of RISC-V® embedded CPU cores, today announced the newest addition to their Berkelium (Bk) family of RISC-V processors. The Codasip Bk-1 processor is an FSM processor targeted at the Internet of Things (IoT) by offering ultra-low power, the lowest cost of all comparable embedded processors, and optimal performance/power efficiency.

  • Node.js Foundation 2017 Survey Results

    The primary objective of the research was to profile Node.js users, understand usage patterns and trends and identify potential areas of improvement. With over 8 million Node.js instances online, three in four users are planning to increase their use of Node.js in the next 12 months. Many are learning Node.js in a foreign language with China being the second largest population outside of the U.S. using Node. Want to get a better understanding on how people are using and learning Node.js?

Linksys begins selling the WRT32X AC3200 MU-MIMO open source gaming router

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Routers are getting more powerful and elaborate nowadays. What was once a device that a person would set up and then never pay any mind (except when he/she needed to reboot it), has become much more. Ostentatious designs with multiple external antennas are not just for performance, but they can also make wireless routers focal points of a room. For some consumers, these routers can even be seen as works of art. While appearance is obviously good for sales and marketing purposes, it can actually benefit some users too. After all, if a wireless router is put in, say, a living room, it is important that it looks attractive too. It really does matter.

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today's leftovers

  • Future Proof Your SysAdmin Career: Advancing with Open Source
    For today’s system administrators, the future holds tremendous promise. In this ebook, we have covered many technical skills that can be big differentiators for sysadmins looking to advance their careers. But, increasingly, open source skillsets can also open new doors. A decade ago, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst predicted that open source tools and platforms would become pervasive in IT. Today, that prediction has come true, with profound implications for the employment market. Participating in open source projects -- through developing code, submitting a bug report, or contributing to documentation -- is an important way to demonstrate open source skills to hiring managers.
  • FreeType Improvements For The Adobe Engine
    With FreeType 2.8.1 having been released last week, a lot of new code landed in the early hours of today to its Git repository. The code landed includes the work done this summer by Ewald Hew for Google Summer of Code (GSoC 17) adding support for Type 1 fonts to the Adobe CFF engine. Type 1 is an older, less maintained font format.
  • Are You Fond Of HDR Photography? Try Luminance HDR Application In Ubuntu/Linux Mint
    Luminance HDR is an graphical user interface that is used for manipulation and creation of High Dynamic Range(HDR) images. It is based on Qt5 toolkit, it is cross-platform available for Linux, Windows and Mac, and released under the GNU GPL license. It provides a complete workflow for High Dynamic Range(HDR) as well as Low Dynamic Range (LDR) file formats. Prerequisite of HDR photography are several narrow-range digital images with different exposures. Luminance HDR combines these images and calculates a high-contrast image. In order to view this image on a regular computer monitor, Luminance HDR can convert it into a displayable LDR image format using a variety of methods, such as tone mapping.
  • Opera Web Browser Now Has Built-in WhatsApp and FB Messenger, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint
  • Enterprise open source comes of age
    In the age of digitalisation and data centre modernisation, open source has come of age. This is demonstrated by the growth that enterprise open source software provider SUSE has enjoyed over the last months. “SUSE is in good shape,” says Nils Brauckmann, CEO of SUSE. “In the last year, revenue grew at 21%, and it was profitable growth.” Business is positive going forward, he adds, with SUSE now part of the larger mothership Micro Focus group following the completion this month of the HPE Software spin merger. “Micro focus is now the seventh-largest pure-play software vendor in the world, with revenues approaching $4,5-billion,” Brauckmann points out.
  • Red Hat, Microsoft Extend Alliance to SQL Server
  • UbuCon Europe 2017
    I’ve been to many Ubuntu related events before, but what surprises me every time about UbuCons is the outstanding work by the community organising these events. Earlier this month, I was in Paris for UbuCon Europe 2017. I had quite high expectations about the event/location and the talks, especially because the French Ubuntu community is known for hosting awesome events several times a year like Ubuntu Party and Ubuntu install parties.

today's howtos

Korora 26

  • Korora 26 is Here!
  • Linux Releases: “Lightweight” Tiny Core 8.2 And “Heavyweight” Korora 26 Distros Are Here
    Korora Linux distro is a derivative of popular Fedora operating system. It ships with lots of additional packages that are provided by Fedora community and helps the users to get a complete out-of-the-box experience. The developers of Korora Linux distro have just shipped Korora 26 “Bloat.” Bloat codename has been derived from the characters of the movie “Finding Nemo.”
  • Based on Fedora 26, Korora 26 Linux Debuts with GNOME 3.24, Drops 32-Bit Support
    Korora developer Jim Dean announced the release and general availability of the Korora Linux 26 operating system for personal computers, a release based on the latest Fedora Linux version and packed full of goodies. Dubbed "Bloat," Korora Linux 26 comes more than nine months after the release of Korora 25, it's based on Red Hat's Fedora 26 Linux operating system and ships with the latest versions of popular desktop environments, including GNOME 3.24. Also included are the KDE Plasma 5.10, Xfce 4.12, Cinnamon 3.4, and MATE 1.18 desktop environments, all of them shipping pre-loaded with a brand-new backup tool designed to keep your most important files safe and secure from hackers or government agencies.