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Why Does Open Source Really Matter? It's about Control, Not Code

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Why is open source software so popular today? You might think it's about money, open standards or interoperability. Ultimately, however, the most important factor behind the success of open source is its ability to offer control -- or the allusion of it, at least -- to people who use it.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Open-Source Project Accelerates Networking with Fourth Release

    As bandwidth demands grow so too are demands on both virtual and physical networking infrastructure. The (Fast Data) project is an open-source effort that aims to help advance the state and speed of networking transport.

  • Kubernetes open source projects look to refine user experience

    Three new projects surfaced in the last month to make Kubernetes easier to run on various infrastructures and to integrate with apps.

    These Kubernetes open source projects -- ksonnet, Istio and Kubermesh -- focus on different layers of the orchestration tool's architecture. Ksonnet, rolled out last week by a consortium of companies led by Heptio, aims to help developers more easily run applications on a Kubernetes infrastructure. Istio, whose marquee contributors include Google, IBM and Lyft, will address common problems with how microservices communicate in Kubernetes clusters. And Kubermesh is a reference architecture created by an e-commerce firm in the U.K. to automate Kubernetes networking on a bare-metal infrastructure.

  • Caleb Hawkins Talks Music & Open Source

    Open source attracts some of the most wonderfully creative people. I learned this when video interviewing a longtime open source buddy of mine, Caleb Hawkins, a singer/songwriter in Indianapolis, Indiana. I met Caleb online via our shared interest in the Inkscape vector drawing program. Only after I met him did I learn of the neat ways he uses other open source programs, such as Audacity and Ardour. Meet Caleb in this video interview.

  • Rspamd 1.6.0 has been released

    Today, we release the new major version 1.6.0 of Rspamd. The most significant change in this version is the addition of Milter protocol support in Rspamd. Therefore, Rmilter project is finally turned to the abandoned state and should not be used in new installations. All Rmilter users should consider migration to Rspamd milter support. This release has some incompatible changes so please check the migration guide.

  • Rspamd 1.6 Released With Milter & ARC Support

    Rspamd 1.6 is now available as the newest version of this widely-used, open-source spam filtering software.

  • [Older] SK Telecom Calls for Open Source Project Consolidation

    Speaking at the 5G North America event here this week, Alex Jinsung Choi, EVP and head of corporate R&D at SK Telecom, noted that the company is involved in numerous open source projects as it attempts to move from a centralized network to a more distributed network that promotes lower latency. However, he also said that there are too many different open source communities, each with a different mission which is causing fragmentation. “There are too many fragmented communities,” Choi said. “Harmonization is needed.”

  • China Growth Capital Leads $15M Round In Open-Source Database Firm PingCAP

    Chinese venture firm China Growth Capital has led a US$15 million series B financing round in PingCAP, a Beijing-based start-up focused on building databases for enterprise customers.

    Other venture firms including Matrix Partners China, Yunqi Partners, Frees Fund and K2VC also participated in the round, according to a company announcement.

    Founded in 2015 by engineers and architects who formerly worked at,,, Qihoo 360, and Wandou Labs, PingCap is the developer of TiDB, a popular open-source distributed NewSQL database.

WordPress 4.8 Overview and Working From Home

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Open source RF signal generator features WiFi

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An Arduino-Due based “ERASynth” RF signal generator starts at $499, and offers WiFi and a multiloop integer-N PLL for better performance and reduced noise.

Istanbul, Turkey based startup ERA Instruments has successfully funded its open spec ERASynth RF signal generator on Crowd Supply, having raised over $30,000. The ERASynth offers some features found on much more expensive commercial RF signal generators, including WiFi and a multiloop integer-N PLL, says ERA Instruments. The device is available through June 16 selling for $499 (10MHz to 6GHz) or $749 (250kHz to 15GHz) for the ERASynth+ model, with shipments due Sep. 21. he product also stands out with its open schematics and open source firmware and GUI software.

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Microsoft raises concerns on Government’s open source push in GeM

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The world’s largest software maker Microsoft has raised concerns over the government putting its weight behind open source software in its recent request for proposal to appoint a managed service provider for its e-marketplace, nicknamed GeM.

“The RFP has allocated 50 out of 150 marks to solutions that are built using open source software only; this means that if a bidder does not use open source product only then it would be impossible for such a bidder to achieve the 65 percent qualification marks in solution evaluation and would then automatically become technically disqualified,” Microsoft has said in a letter to the government, reviewed by Moneycontrol.

Moneycontrol has accessed a copy of the letter. In an official response, Microsoft confirmed sending a letter in this regard.

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Browsers: Chrome 61, Mozilla Against Software Patents, Firefox Photon, and Tor 7.0

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Leftovers: OSS

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FOSS and eGov in Europe

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  • Public sector turns to Discourse for citizen interaction

    In Italy, the Forum Italia was opened in March, timed to coincide with the launch of ‘Developers Italia’, a digital government transformation team and software development community focusing on open source software development.

  • Slovakia officially approves ICT standards guide

    The ICT standards rules impact Slovakia’s eGovernment strategy, which was updated last year. One of the targets defined in the strategy is that by 2020, 40% of public administration ICT systems in Slovakia should use open source software. According to this strategy, the government is to complete a study on the advantages and disadvantages of open source software before then end of this year.

  • Europe’s eService interoperability at ‘essential level’

    Public sector organisations that want to assess the level of interoperability of their online service have one more week to use the Interoperability Maturity Model survey. The 30 minute, online survey is available here until 17 June.

  • Nine of the top digital people who’ve left UK government

    Bracken helped set the unit up in 2011, and his resignation was followed by those of several other GDS staff members.

Software Releases: SDL2, Opus, Nikita, Cockpit, Chirp, G'MIC, and GNU Software (GnuTLS, Gnuastro, Remotecontrol)

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  • SDL2 Gets Initial Support For JACK Audio Kit

    SDL2 now has initial support for the JACK Audio Connection Kit sound server.

    SDL2 is now capable of targeting the multi-platform JACK sound server. It's a bit surprising JACK support for SDL has taken so long, but now it's there.

  • Opus Audio Codec 1.2 Release Candidate 1 Arrives

    Just weeks after the Opus 1.2 beta, the release candidate for this forthcoming audio codec update / library has been released.

    Libopus 1.2-rc1 is now available with additional fixes and improvements over the previous work in the 1.2 series, that included some ARM optimizations, low-bit-rate quality tuning, and more.

  • Release 0.1.1 of free software archive system Nikita announced

    I am very happy to report that the Nikita Noark 5 core project tagged its second release today. The free software solution is an implementation of the Norwegian archive standard Noark 5 used by government offices in Norway.

  • Cockpit 142

    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. We release regularly. Here are the release notes from versions 141 and 142.

  • Chirp – An Electron-Based Twitter Client for Linux

    Twitter is arguably the biggest social media network after Facebook and that comes to us as no surprise since it is clear how it appeals to many users as not just a social site for exchanging photos but also as one to that helps one stay updated with online news and connected to various networking services.

  • G'MIC 2.0

    The IMAGE team of the research laboratory GREYC in Caen/France is pleased to announce the release of a new major version (numbered 2.0) of its project G’MIC: a generic, extensible, and open source framework for image processing. Here, we present the main advances made in the software since our last article. The new features presented here include the work carried out over the last twelve months (versions 2.0.0 and 1.7.x, for x varying from 2 to 9).

  • Sixteen new GNU releases in the month of May
  • GnuTLS 3.5.13
  • Gnuastro [GNU Astronomy Utilities] 0.3 released

    The third (version 0.3) release of GNU Astronomy Utilities (Gnuastro) is now available.

  • GNU Remotecontrol: Newsletter – June 2017
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  • Blog about my blog

    I want to try it again, and this time I decided to create a self-hosted blog. Something that runs on my own server and with httpd, the web server that I wrote for OpenBSD.  


    i That's why I decided to write my articles, including this one, in Markdown and use another tool such as lowdown to generate the XML pages for sblg.

  • Benchmarking LLVM/Clang's New AMD Zen Scheduler Model
    Just prior to LLVM 5.0 being branched yesterday, the AMD Zen scheduler model finally landed in LLVM and has the potential of boosting the performance of generated binaries targeting AMD's Zen "znver1" architecture. Here are some benchmarks of LLVM Clang 4.0 compared to the latest LLVM Clang compiler code when testing with both generic x86-64 optimizations and then optimized builds for the first-generation Zen CPUs, tested on a Ryzen 7 processor.
  • AMD Zen Scheduler Model Lands In LLVM, Makes It For LLVM 5.0
    It was coming down to the wire for the new AMD Zen scheduler model in LLVM 5.0 but now it's managed to land just hours before the LLVM 5.0 branching. The new Zen "znver1" scheduler model for LLVM was published by AMD in patch form last week and now this morning it's been merged to mainline LLVM. Funny enough, thanks to an Intel developer with commit rights to LLVM due to the AMD contributor not having access.

OSS: VirtualBox, AMD EPYC Platform Letdown, Choosing FOSS, Open Source Blockchain Project, and RcppAPT 0.0.4

  • VirtualBox 5.1.24 Brings a Better Support for AMD Ryzen CPUs
    VirtualBox is a free and an open-source application for virtualization on x86 platforms. VirtualBox development team has announced a new maintenance release VirtualBox 5.1.24. The recent release of VirtualBox brought more support for AMD Ryzen processors to run certain guests such as Microsoft Windows XP. Emulating more SSE2 instructions. Fixing multiple issues with the graphical user interface for KDE Plasma, and black screen on reboot for multi-screen setup under certain conditions.
  • AMD EPYC Platform Security Processor Code Will Not Be Open Source
    AMD EPYC has been getting some bad word of mouth due to what Intel has been trying to portray but much has been cleared out in the official presentation. Many users that are worried about security have asked AMD to open source the AMD EPYC Platform security processor code. That will not be the case according to AMD. AMD EPYC Platform security processor is designed to keep the user safe from attacks because the OS can’t see what the PSP or IME is doing. Similarly, the user will also not know what the chips are doing. That is all great if the chip is keeping the user safe but it also means that if the defenses are breached then the user will not realize that as well.
  • Open Source: To Use Or Not To Use (And How To Choose)
    You'd like to use open source software, but you're not sure what criteria you should use when deciding whether to rely on it for a specific project or not. I have a long, complicated history with open source software.
  • Japanese Online Giant GMO Launches Open Source Blockchain Project
    Internet giant GMO Internet Inc. of Japan today announced the launch of the GMO Blockchain Open Source Software Project (GMO Blockchain OSS). The system will allow users to develop programs using blockchain as open source. In a first attempt by the company using this platform, the company has developed an open source medical record sharing system and launched it on July 6th, 2017.
  • RcppAPT 0.0.4