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What TODO means for open source community

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Open source software is not just meant for still-struggling start-ups that can't afford to pay the licensing fees for proprietary software, and budget-conscious, modest small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMEs) hoping to cut down on IT costs. This was proven in late September when several major companies – running the gamut from technology, right through to retail and media – came together to form the TODO project.

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Questions loom over 'open source' Swift

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Programming languages alone don’t make programs; the SDKs they leverage are the key. When Apple speaks of the SDKs that work well with Swift, it is highly unlikely it is talking about anything that works seamlessly on Android or indeed within any other Linux-based open source platform (not to mention Windows).

Swift may be offering lip service to open source to pay table stakes with modern developers, but I’m not holding my breath when it comes to extending software freedom to anyone beyond Apple's walled garden.

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8 excellent open source data visualization tools

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Data visualization is the mechanism of taking tabular or spatial data and conveying it in a human-friendly and visual way. There are several open source tools that can help you create useful, informative graphs. In this post we will take a look at eight open source, data visualization tools.

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The Cloud vs. Open Source

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For years, Linux and free software were perceived as threatened by cloud computing, the online storage of data. However, over the last few years, something ironic happened -- free software became a major player in cloud computing.

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Cisco, IBM Bet Big on OpenStack

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Cisco and IBM are doubling down on OpenStack, hoping "the result lets them develop a solution that will scale. Neither company is yet willing to abandon OpenStack, and both feel there's still a solution in it someplace," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. By acquiring Piston Cloud Computing and Blue Box Cloud, they "may correct some of the problems with OpenStack, which should improve penetration."

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Proof of Concept: Dell OPNFV Infrastructure-as-a-Service
  • It Is Rocket Science! NASA Releases Abundance of Free Code

    This week, NASA released its second annual Software Catalog, a giant compendium of over 1,000 programs available for free to industry, government agencies, and the general public. The Software Catalog contains the actual advanced engineering and aeronautics codes NASA engineers purpose-built for their daily work.

  • Announcing Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core

    A year and a half ago, we forged a partnership with the Apache Software Foundation to become the producer of their official ASF events. The ASF has long blazed a trail of innovation in open source and our work with them has yielded results in successful developer collaboration and events. It’s been a great partnership, in our opinion, led on our side by my colleague Angela Brown.

  • Mautic Association Extends Global Reach with Open Source Initiative Affiliate Membership

    The Mautic Association provides resources and a network for people to connect and grow both personally and professionally through collaboration and co-creation.

  • Cumulus Networks Details SDN OpenStack Cloud Innovations [VIDEO]

    Among the myriad vendors in the Software Defined Networking (SDN) landscape, Cumulus Networks has managed to carve out a niche as a leading innovator of open source-based technology. Helping to lead Cumulus Networks is co-founder and CTO Nolan Leake.

  • Hortonworks Aims to Simplify Hadoop Use with HDP 2.3

    Hortonworks Data Platform 2.3 has arrived. Following the company's IPO late last year, it has been stepping up its development and training offerings surrounding Hadoop, and the new version of HDP incorporates many of the most recent innovations that have happened in Hadoop and its supporting ecosystem of projects.

  • Mesosphere's Data Center Operating System Now Generally Available
  • Mesosphere Community Edition Now on AWS, Google and Azure Up Next
  • MapR 5.0 Hadoop Supports Real-Time Applications and More

    MapR Technologies, which focuses on Apache Hadoop, unveiled at Hadoop Summit version 5.0 of the MapR Distribution including Hadoop, featuring improved security, self-service data exploration and agility. MapR 5.0 is built for processing big and fast data on a single data platform that enables a new class of real-time applications, according to the company. Here are more details.

  • New Fixes Released For PostgreSQL Open Source Database

    Every once in a while, a software developer releases a long-awaited update to much fanfare and user enthusiasm…and then it bombs miserably. We’re not saying that’s what happened with PostgreSQL, but just in case you didn’t love the way it runs after you updated it last, the publisher has released a new update that addresses most of the necessary bug fixes from the last update.

  • Rancher Labs Raises $10 Million for Docker Container Cloud Tech

    Virtualization startup Rancher Labs today announced that it has raised a $10 million Series A round of funding from Mayfield and Nexus Venture Partners. Rancher Labs' founders are well-known in the cloud industry as the founders of cloud.com, which was sold to Citrix and evolved to become the Apache CloudStack cloud platform.

  • Historical Permission Notice and Disclaimer added to license list

    We recently updated our list of various licenses and comments about them to include the Historical Permission Notice and Disclaimer(HPND). The HPND is a simple permissive license, compatible with all versions of the GPL. The HPND is actually more of a template, allowing developers to select a few options, such as whether to include a disclaimer.

  • HHVM Is Now Running Even Faster, Beating PHP7 By Wider Margins

    The Facebook team working on the HHVM project for being a faster PHP interpreter and powering their Hack language have just come out of a two-week, open-source performance lockdown. Over the past two weeks they focused on making strides to make HHVM's compelling performance even better.

  • BFP Proposed To Become A First-Class Backend In LLVM

    When it comes to taking advantage of the Linux kernel's (e)BPF in-kernel virtual machine, LLVM has served as the compiler of choice for targeting this virtual machine

  • Sweden refines specifications of open standards

    Sweden’s governmental procurement specialists at Statens inköpscentral are fine-tuning the list of ICT standards that public authorities may use as mandatory requirements when procuring software and ICT services. The procurement agency is working with standardisation specialists at the University of Skövde, to check which ICT standards are truly open.

​Docker certification program eyes long-term partnerships

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Docker has dominated the container business since it first exploded on the scene. Now, with its new certification program, Ecosystem Technology Partner (ETP), it's trying to turn its current momentum into long-term partnerships.

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Dutch MP wants sanctions to enforce open standards

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Public administrations that continue to ignore the policy to implement open standards in their ICT solutions should be fined, says Dutch MP Astrid Oosenbrug. “Public administrations should come to grips with open data, open standards and open source. With all their talk about regaining the trust of their citizens and creating a participatory society, public administrations should take a cue from open source communities.”

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Apple to tailor Swift into a fully open-source language – for Linux, too

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OpenStack vs. Linux: How Do the Communities Differ? [VIDEO]

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In the world of open-source projects, Imad Sousou, General Manager of Intel's Open Source Technology Center, sees Linux and OpenStack as the two largest projects.

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Ubuntu 16.10 Unity and Ubuntu MATE

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LWN at GUADEC

  • Flowgraphs in GTK+
    At GUADEC 2016 in Karlsruhe, Germany, Daniel "grindhold" Brendle presented his work developing a new library and widget set that will allow GTK+ applications to implement flowgraphs in a standard manner. The widget set would enable applications to provide interactive widgets for linking filters and other block-oriented components—a type of interface many applications currently need to reinvent on their own. Flowgraphs, Brendle explained, are a general-purpose diagramming technique that many people will recognize from textbooks and other printed matter. They show how objects, information, and signals flow through some sort of process. Biology textbooks use them to illustrate circulation in the body, technical manuals use them to show how a manufacturing process runs, and so on. In software, he said, they are most familiar as the node-and-pipe diagrams that illustrate signal processing or data filtering.
  • The GNOME Newcomers initiative
    At GUADEC 2016 in Karlsruhe, Germany, Bastien Ilsø and Carlos Soriano reported on the revamped Newcomers section of the GNOME web site. The section is intended to draw in new users and developers and help them find their way around the project as well as to help them get the necessary development environment set up to begin contributing code.