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Open source and DevOps aren’t mandatory, but neither is survival

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I can’t recall the exact time I learned about open source software, but I can certainly narrow down the place. I quickly realized how transformative it could be. In 1996, I was sitting in the tech support department of a large ISP that provided hosting and connectivity to the Fortune 1000. Most of our servers ran Solaris, floppy disks arrived via snail mail, and we applied security updates manually adhering to a regime of updates and invoices prescribed by Sun Microsystems. It was a huge change from my university career of dumb terminals and mainframes.

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Azul tackles Oracle with open-source Java for Internet of Stuff

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Azul Systems has added a new, ultra-compact entry to its portfolio of alternative Java environments, taking a run at Oracle for the lucrative mobile, embedded, and Internet of Things (IoT) markets.

Zulu Embedded is a stripped-down sibling of Zulu and Zulu Embedded, Azul's certified, cross-platform build of OpenJDK, Oracle's open source reference implementation of the Java Developer Kit.

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Docker's No Flash in the Pan

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There are similarities between Docker and recent open source communities. Not only in the surge of supporting developers, IT operations pros, vendors, investors and end users, but also in the way the technology is making its way to the market through developers and lines of business before central IT departments. Expect to see a support-and-services-driven market for Docker and containers.

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HP Expands Open Source Cloud Push

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When Hewlett-Packard rolled out its Helion cloud infrastructure last May, it pledged to invest $1 billion over two years to deliver converged infrastructure geared toward hybrid IT platforms. Making good on that pledge, the company announced Helion Rack on Tuesday (March 24), a preconfigured private cloud based on OpenStack and Cloud Foundry technologies.

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Also: Why OpenStack is different from other open source projects

Federal open source software activities are growing

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Patricia M. Loui-Smicker of Hawaii was confirmed by the Senate, just the other day, as a director of the Export-Import bank. Not the kind of routine confirmation that makes the news. Gilberto de Jesus of Maryland withdrew his nomination to be chief counsel for advocacy at the Small Business Administration. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs reported favorably on a bill "to reduce the operation and maintenance costs associated with the Federal fleet by encouraging use of remanufactured parts."

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New version of SecureDrop, open-source whistleblower submission system originally created by Aaron Swartz

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At Freedom of the Press Foundation, we’re excited to announce the release of a brand new version of SecureDrop, our open source whistleblower system which media organizations can use to communicate and receive documents from sources.

Version 0.3 has been over a year in the making, and is the result of extensive feedback from both news organizations who already have SecureDrop—like the New Yorker and The Intercept—and from a security audit done by iSec Partners. In addition, we have a new website for SecureDrop, SecureDrop.org, which will serve as a hub for all the news organizations that have installed their own instances, and where you can find all the information you need to use it yourself.

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Q&A: IBM's Adam Jollans talks Linux & Open Source strategy

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CBR asks Adam Jollans, the firm’s director for Linux and open source strategy, for his views on several topics including security, and where IBM is heading with open source in 2015.

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Why OpenStack is different from other open source projects

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The OpenStack project feels different from other open source projects to me. Let me try to explain.

Henrik Ingo did an excellent analysis of open source project size versus governance structure a few years ago. Essentially, the nine largest, most vibrant open source communities were anchored inside nonprofit foundations. The 10th largest was 10 times smaller than the ninth and existed inside a corporation. Like a good engineer, Henrik provided his data and listed his assumptions. He was not suggesting that the growth was causal, simply that there was a strong correlation. He rightly observed that it will be fascinating to see what it all means using OpenStack as an example when he presented his findings in summer 2011. (He wrote an excellent follow-up post comparing cloud projects later.)

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Shotwell 0.22.0 Released Ahead of GNOME 3.16 with Metadata Support for Facebook Upload

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Shotwell, the open-source software that is used as the default photo viewer and organizer utility in numerous distributions of GNU/Linux, including Ubuntu, has reached version 0.22.0 on March 23, ahead of the GNOME 3.16 announcement on March 25, bringing assorted new features and fixes.

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Meet the White House’s new open source-happy IT director

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The White House has plucked 28-year-old David Recordon, engineering director at Facebook, as its first IT Director. A strong open source advocate with a decidedly non-button-down appearance, Recordon will be charged with modernizing the White House’s technology. Here’s a closer look at one of our newest public servants…

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today's leftovers

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    Kodi, a media player and entertainment hub that was named XBMC until a few months ago, has been upgraded to version 15.0 Beta 1 and is now ready for download and testing.
  • RcppArmadillo 0.5.100.1.0
    A new minor release 5.100.1 of Armadillo was released by Conrad yesterday. Armadillo is a powerful and expressive C++ template library for linear algebra aiming towards a good balance between speed and ease of use with a syntax deliberately close to a Matlab.
  • How many Chrome OS devices do you own?
    Chrome OS devices have proven to be quite popular with Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and Chromecast devices all regularly showing up in Amazon's various bestseller lists, and also getting good ratings and reviews by the people who have bought them.
  • Lucid sleep in the free desktop
    One of the areas I'm currently working on is what Google calls Lucid Sleep, which is basically the ability of performing work while the machine is in a low power state such as suspend. I'm writing this blog post because there has been interest on this in different communities and the discussion is currently a bit dispersed.
  • A Request for Help from a Linux Community Member in Nepal
    At the Linux Foundation we focus many of our programs on personalizing and connecting the talented network of Linux developers and users in all corners of the globe. Everyday we are witness to the Linux community innovating irrespective of geographic boundary; that is why this week we were moved by an email we received from one of our community asking for help.
  • Quicklisp and debian
    Common Lisp users are very happy to use Quicklisp when it comes to downloading and maintaining dependencies between their own code and the librairies it is using.
  • Qt4's status and Qt4's webkit removal in Stretch
    Hi everyone! As you might know Qt4 has been deprecated (in the sense "you better start to port your code") since Qt5's first release in December 19th 2012. Since that point on Qt4 received only bugfixes. Upstream is about to release the last point release, 4.8.7. This means that only severe bugs like security ones will get a chance to get solved.
  • LinuxFest NorthWest 2015, ownCloud 8 for stable Fedora / EPEL
    The Fedora booth was extra fun this year. As well as the OLPC XO systems we usually have there (which always do a great job of attracting attention), Brian Monroe set up a whole music recording system running out of a Fedora laptop, with a couple of guitars, bass, keyboard, and even a little all-in-one electronic drum…thing. He had multitrack recording via Ardour and guitar effects from Guitarix. This was a great way to show off the capabilities of Fedora Jam, and was very popular all weekend – sometimes it seemed like every third person who came by was ready to crank out a few guitar chords, and we had several bass players and drummers too. I spent a lot of time away from the booth, but even when I was there we had pretty much a full band going quite often.
  • Rugged, Linux-ready PC/104-Plus SBC offers onboard DAQ
    Diamond’s “Aries” is a Linux-friendly, Atom E3800 based PC/104-Plus SBC for data acquisition, featuring SATA, mSATA, mini-PCIe, and -40 to 85°C support.