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Eben Upton comments on open source Pi concerns

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The primary mission of the Raspberry Pi has always been to teach kids how to code the same way the BBC Micro did. In this issue we have another ten fantastic projects you can use it with, but for the Raspberry Pi foundation this is just a happy side-effect of the way they’ve created it. It also doesn’t hurt that these kind of practical applications can get children interested in technology as well.

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Open source resources to teach the youth of America self-control

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As an educator, you don't expect violence in school or prepare yourself for the inevitability of it. Even violence like suicide is far from your mind. Teachers are not prepared for that. Neither are they trained to handle behaviors that can lead to horrific violence: murder as well as fighting, bullying, sexual assualt and harassment, and alcohol and drug use. Despite the heartbreak of violence among youth in school, there is something educators, teachers and administrators alike can do.

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Open-Source Benefits to Govt Outweigh Misconceptions, Report Says

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Security challenges, lack of education, interoperability concerns and licensing and legal concerns are some of the top obstacles government officials see for adopting open-source software in agencies, according to a survey in a recent report from GovLoop.

In the survey of 233 government professionals, 73 percent mentioned security issues, 60 percent lack of education, 58 percent interoperability concerns and 50 percent licensing and legal concerns. They survey focused on U.S. respondents but also included some respondents from outside the U.S.

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Leftovers: FOSS in CMS

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OPINION: Life after Windows XP – FOSS and BYOD

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In the final installment of the series, Dave Lane writes on coping with diversity in a FOSS environment.

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Department for Business Innovation and Skills deploys open source electronic document management

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Open source consultancy Zaizi has been brought in by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to deploy the Alfresco Collaboration and Records Management service.

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5 factors to consider when selecting an open-source vendor

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After several years of being used in a broad range of situations, open source finds itself at this inflection point. The most familiar open-source platforms for government agencies include Red Hat Linux (operating system), Red Hat JBoss (application platform), Oracle MySQL (database) and, of course, Apache HTTP Server, the most successful open-source platform deployed in the public sector today.

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The Cheapening of ‘Open Source’, Where Source No Longer Means Source Code

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By going along with a term like “open source” — a term originally coined and used by the spies (like the NSA) to mean something completely different — the “Open Source” movement made itself susceptible to brand dilution and confusion. Companies like Microsoft now call “open” some of their proprietary software products and formats.

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Open router project launched to improve network privacy

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But could the push back against the NSA's comprehensive surveillance with new privacy-enhancing technology be jeopardised by community reluctance for large-scale collaboration?

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Epic to open source code to OHSU

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Epic Systems Corp. will build two laboratory installations of its EpicCare electronic health record at Oregon Health & Science University for medical informatics education and research purposes. On the research side, the school will have access to Epic's source code.

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Winamp lovers beg AOL to open source code

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"Winamp.com and associated Web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date," AOL announced.

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HTC, Samsung release open source files for Google Play edition phones; KitKat OTAs should follow soon

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The good news for users of the two Google Play edition devices is that the OTA should be imminent. The last time Samsung and HTC published the open source components of their device firmware, the over the air update began trickling out to users within 24 hours.

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MySQL needs to retain open source roots to keep developer base, survey shows

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The survey opened up some interesting thoughts on the development of MySQL, which has only been on the market since 1995. More than half (57%) of respondents have used MySQL for between three and 10 years, with over a quarter (28%) using MySQL for over 10 years.

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Gnu: toward the post-scarcity world – the Free Software Column

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It is 30 years since Richard Stallman announced that he was going to write a complete UNIX-compatible software system called GNU, pioneering the idea of free and open source software, but the struggle continues

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The European Commission's Neelie Kroes believes in open

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Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission (EC), has a website called Comment Neelie to initiate and maintain a two-way conversation between herself, as a politician, and the public, as citizens. Kroes says that it's "a channel to communicate, not just broadcast."

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MenuetOS inches towards 1.0

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MenuetOS – the open source, GUI-equipped operating system written entirely in assembly language – may be as little as a year away from hitting 1.0. And while 12 months may still seem like a long time, it's taken some 13 years of work by the Menuet team to get to this point.

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Tech Memo: Open Sesame

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Open-source software can be an effective technology solution for the intrepid IT ­professional in search of a customizable product. This type of software, which allows users to modify its source code free of charge, can be used to manage websites, email, desktop productivity—you name it. And because it’s less structured than many proprietary or commercial software programs, open source provides IT professionals with a chance to play and experiment. “It’s very much an adventure,” says Moira Edwards, CAE, president, Ellipsis Partners.

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Open your wallet and bring your buying power to open source

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Find out why Jack Wallen finally bit the bullet and paid a premium price for a desktop machine with pre-installed Linux. He suggests that you also bring your buying power to open source.

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‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ MySQL users open up on Open Source

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Four out of five developers plan to migrate if MySQL becomes closed source

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Only Openness Can Power The Next Wave Of Human Progress

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Mozilla's Mitchell Baker argues that the mobile- and data-centric Web faces new threats to its flexibility and openness.

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