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MediaTek Labs Announces Open-Source IoT Development Platform

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To that end, today MediaTek Labs unveiled a new development platform called the MediaTek LinkIt Smart 7688. This new platform runs OpenWrt Linux (a distro commonly flashed onto routers to provide a wide range of customization options). MediaTek supporting OpenWrt over Google’s Brillo is a fairly unsurprising choice. We’ve seen Google pushing to get Brillo out of the gate most recently by releasing its source code and providing developers guidance on developing for the new OS, but so far the Google-backed OS is too early along to support for a company like MediaTek looking to compete with Qualcomm.

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Also: MediaTek Announces Open-Source IoT Development Platform That Runs OpenWrt Linux

Stellarium 0.14.1 Free Astronomical Observatory Software Has Better 4K Support

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Alexander Wolf has had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the first maintenance release of Stellarium 0.14, the best free and open-source astronomical observatory software.

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New Open Source Zipnish Tool Promises Better Microservices Performance

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One of the big challenges of cloud-based distributed computing is how to make sure the many services and pipelines involved are running efficiently. Varnish Software aims to provide a solution through a new open source tool for microservices performance tracking called Zipnish.

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The Apache Software Foundation Blog

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The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache™ CloudStack™ v4.6, the turnkey Open Source cloud computing software platform used for creating private-, public-, and hybrid cloud environments.

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‘Public administration should prefer open source’

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Public administrations should enhance their use of open source systems for public administration systems, eGovernment and cloud, says Dietmar Harhoff, director of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. The auditability and openness of open source software is the main reason, but it is also because of efficiency, argues Professor Harhoff. “I definitely plead for a preference for open source systems in public infrastructures.”

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Top 10 Open Source Developments of 2015

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Open source is driving an ever-expanding market. The notion of community-driven development is a growing disruption to proprietary software controlled by commercial vendors, and the free open source software concept has become a major disruption in industry and technology.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • IBM, Google Open Source Machine Learning Technology for Big Data Analytics

    IBM followed Google's lead in donating machine learning technology to the open source community, providing developers with more resources for their Big Data predictive analytics projects.

  • Gallery of open source project stickers
  • Open Sourcing Your Website: Automaticc Revamps WordPress.com Blogging
  • Tuesday's security updates
  • LLVM Is Developing A New ELF Linker

    They wrote today, "We are happy to announce that it has reached a significant milestone: it is now able to bootstrap LLVM, Clang, and itself and pass all tests on x86-64 Linux and FreeBSD with the speed expected of an LLVM project."

  • Thunderbird up for Adoption
  • Google Chrome stops support for 32-bit linux
  • Google to end updates, security bug fixes for Chrome on 32-bit Linux
  • Google's killing Chrome support for 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu 12.04, and Debian 7

    If you purchased your computer in the last decade, it probably has a 64-bit-capable processor. The transition to 64-bit operating systems has been a long one, but Google is about to give Linux users another push. In March 2016, Google will stop releasing Chrome for 32-bit Linux distributions.

  • End-of-Year Surveys Show Hadoop Growing, Still Complex, Though

    As the year draws to a close, several research reports and surveys are quantifying just how big an open source success story Hadoop has become. According to a new best practices survey from TDWI there is a big increase in how many enterprises plan to have Hadoop clusters in production. By Q1 of next year, 60% of survey respondents said they will be in production, up from 16% when the report was published earlier in 2015. We covered the complete results of the survey here.

  • GIMP 2.9.2 Released, How About Features Trivia?

    In a surge of long overdue updates the GIMP team made the first public release in the 2.9.x series. It's completely GEGL-based, has 16/32-bit per channel editing and new tools. It's also surprisingly stable enough even for the faint of heart.

  • Supporting Software Freedom Conservancy
  • Software Freedom Conservancy supporter

    They provide a non-profit home, infrastructure, and advice for FLOSS projects. They take care that the will of the project members, choosing free software licenses, is respected by third parties. They care about “all the rest” so free software contributors can focus in improving the software itself. They have an agreement with the Debian community to protect the freedoms that Debian Developers provide to the Debian end users (and derivative distributions).

  • Flanders to redouble focus on open data standards

    One of the first tasks for Flanders’ newly created Agency for Information (Agentschap Informatie Vlaanderen) will be to promote the use of open data standards by public administrations in the Belgian region. The agency is to align existing and future business processes involving open data and will advance the use of European linked open data standards. The agency’s long-term vision is to support the European Commission’s actions on spatial data infrastructure standards (INSPIRE) and on semantic interoperability for eGovernment systems - one of the actions of the EC’s ISA programme. (ISA is also responsible for the Joinup platform.)

  • First Open Source Scientific Notebook Released On Kickstarter

    Modularity is what makes sciNote flexible and useful for every laboratory. Modules are either developed by the sciNote team or by the community. There is a number of open source scientific platforms out there which can be connected to sciNote so there will be an ever-growing selection of modules to choose from. Modules can be simple, such as reagent calculator or complex, such as bioinformatics modules. They can be connected with your existing, databases, laboratory instruments and software.

  • It May Soon Be Possible To Build A Do-It-Yourself 64-Bit ARM Laptop

    Olimex Ltd is hoping to make it possible to sell a Do-It-Yourself laptop powered by a 64-bit ARM SoC.

    Olimex has been working on the OLinuXino OSHW Linux laptop that's an open-source ARM hardware design and would be powered by an Allwinner A64 64-bit SoC.

    They just received samples of their plastic body design for the laptop itself. While a pure plastic laptop is worrisome, they claim that "the plastic parts [are] very good!" They have also sourced the battery, LCD display, keyboard, and other components.

RethinkDB: how to be successful with open source

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It's about the community. Open source is a fantastic software development model, but it's as much about the people as it is about the license involved. Most prominent projects have mailing lists, a GitHub project and IRC / Slack channels; getting both users and maintainers to collaborate in a positive way encourages the growth of new ideas.

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Celebrating six months of The Open Organization

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This week, we celebrate our community's half-birthday. The Open Organization launched June 2, and the discussion it sparked—about the ways open source principles are changing the ways we work, manage, and lead—has only intensified. Since then, we've read and pondered, chatted, then read some more, all in an effort to better understand the tectonic shifts in organizational life taking place all around us.

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Best Practices for Open-source Projects

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GitHub’s Phil Haack hosted a panel on Channel 9 that focused on best practices for open source projects.

The panel saw the participation of four maintainers of open source projects: Carlos Rojas, audience evangelism manager at Microsoft for Latin America; Brian Lagunas, maintainer of the PRISM framework, used to build loosely coupled, maintainable, and testable XAML applications; David Paquette, contributor to several open source projects; and Carlos dos Santos, maintainer of CodeCracker, an analyzer library for C# and VB.

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