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Why My Open Source Project Needs a Code of Conduct

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I feel the same way about codes of conduct for open source projects as I do about codes of conduct for events. You can absolutely run a totally safe and effective event without one, but by having one you make very clear what your expectations are - and in turn this manages the expectations of the people attending that event.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • TastyIgniter: An Open Source Platform to Manage a Restaurant

    Say you own a restaurant and you are ready to expand the reach of your services. You are thinking about incorporating online table reservations and ordering into your services but you have no idea what it entails. You like the idea but you don’t know how to code a website. There’s software you can install that will take care of all of that.

    What’s more? The software has features to aid kitchen management, customer and staff management, store management and internationalisation already built in.

    And it is free.

  • Swarm v. Fleet v. Kubernetes v. Mesos

    Most software systems evolve over time. New features are added and old ones pruned. Fluctuating user demand means an efficient system must be able to quickly scale resources up and down. Demands for near zero-downtime require automatic fail-over to pre-provisioned back-up systems, normally in a separate data centre or region.

  • Mozilla Launches Open Source Support Program

    Today Mozilla is launching an award program specifically focused on supporting open source and free software. Our initial allocation for this program is $1,000,000. We are inviting people already deeply connected to Mozilla to participate in our first set of awards.

  • First bug hunting session for LibreOffice 5.1

    Those who cannot join during the bug hunting session are always welcome to help chasing bugs and regressions when they have time. There will be a second bug hunting session in December, to test LibreOffice 5.1 Release Candidate 1.

  • LibreOffice 5.1 Is Working On New Features For A February Debut

    LibreOffice 5.1 is planned for release in early February while to catch some bugs early they're organizing the first bug hunt from 30 October to 1 November. Builds of LibreOffice 5.1 Alpha 1 are already available for testing. More details via The Document Foundation's blog.

  • finding UI crashes by fuzzing input events with american fuzzy lop

    As mentioned previously I've been experimenting using afl as a fuzzing engine to fuzz a stream of serialized keyboard events which LibreOffice reads and dispatches.

  • Google Continues Working On CUDA Compiler Optimizations In LLVM

    While it will offend some that Google continues to be investing in NVIDIA's CUDA GPGPU language rather than an open standard like OpenCL, the Google engineers continue making progress on a speedy, open-source CUDA with LLVM.

  • Open source lessons for synthetic biology

    What bio can learn from the open source work of Tesla, Google, and Red Hat.

  • Will RIO Journal be the most open of its kind?

    It is exciting to see new movement in this area, and I look forward to seeing the first publications on the platform. The journal uses the CC BY 4.0 license for all publications and marks up documents to make it easier to use automated/machine assisted processes for analysis. We should encourage more of the process to be published, a great deal of time is spent on things such as research proposals, reports, and case studies that could have much more impact if published.

  • Bible translation technique meets open source culture

    Open source has forever changed the way we create and do business in the Information Age.

  • Texas A&M University group pushing open-source textbooks for all

MapR and Apache Drill 1.2

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  • Mapr Adds Apache Drill 1.2 to Its Hadoop Distro

    MapR announced it has added Apache Drill 1.2 to its Apache Hadoop distribution for additional analytics support.

  • MapR Delivers Apache Drill 1.2 in its Hadoop Distribution

    MapR Technologies which offers a popular distribution of Apache Hadoop that integrates web-scale enterprise storage and real-time database capabilities, has announced the availability of Apache Drill 1.2 in its Distribution as well as a new Data Exploration Quick Start Solution. The addition of Drill 1.2 comes right on the heels of MapR adding Apache Spark to its distribution.

NPR Series on Open Source

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Mozilla commits $1M to support free open-source software projects

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Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, announced today that it has allocated $1 million to dole out grants to support free and open-source software projects around the world.

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Linux Foundation: New Members Highlight Open Source Containers, Cloud

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The Linux Foundation has bolstered its ranks with five new member companies focused on containers and the cloud. The move reflects the growing significance of open source across the IT ecosystem, the organization says.

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UK licence deal to boost use of open source office

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Public administrations in the UK can get professional support for using LibreOffice, the open source office alternative, thanks to a licence deal by the UK’s central procuring agency Crown Commercial Service with Collabora, a UK-based ICT service provider.

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FOSS Events

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  • IoT and open source contributions keynote at All Things Open 2015

    One of my favorite things about the keynotes at All Things Open this year was that attendees didn't have just one great speaker to listen to each morning—we had a few. I enjoyed hearing multiple stories and many insights from dynamic speakers all in one sitting.

  • FSF Blogs: Videos and photos from the FSF30 celebrations now available

    First, watch this video of FSF general counsel and Software Freedom Law Center President and Executive Director Eben Moglen's talk, "FSF from 30 to 45," given at the User Freedom Summit held at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Moglen looks ahead to the crucial issues facing the free software movement in its next fifteen years.

    At the 30th anniversary party held in Boston, we had two recorded greetings from friends of the FSF who were unable to attend in person. One was by FSF member, BoingBoing co-editor, and EFF fellow Cory Doctorow. The other greeting was from computer scientist and science fiction writer Vernor Vinge.

    Check out the video of the performance of the Free Software Song and the Bulgarian folk song that inspired it, Sadi Moma Bela Loza, by members of the Boston Bulgarian singing groups Divi Zheni and Zornitsa. We will have more videos of other guest toasts and RMS's address soon.

  • Ubucon Slated for SCALE 14X, Bassel Offered MIT Job & More…

    I don’t say enough good things about Ubuntu, so when they give me reason to, I’m on it. I also don’t talk enough about openSUSE either; good, bad or indifferent.

    [...]

    But Wait, There’s More: Speaking of SCALE 14x, you still have a week to submit a talk for the first-of-the-year Linux/FOSS show in the world (now before linux.conf.au and FOSDEM in 2016, by some stroke of scheduling luck). SCALE 14x is four days of Peace, Love and Linux at the Pasadena Convention Center from Jan. 21-24, 2016…Getting the computers to the kids is no easy feat, even when the truck is working: My good friend and FOSS Force colleague (not to mention Houston Astros fan) Ken Starks has an Indiegogo campaign to replace the now-deceased delivery vehicle for Reglue (Recycled Electronics and GNU/Linux Used for Education). Throw in a few bucks if you can.

Open source lessons for synthetic biology

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However, there are significant differences between the acceptance of open source software and open source biology, primarily boiling down to regulation and safety issues (after all, a badly written program can crash your computer, but a badly formed bacteria can kill you). The number of regulations that need to be followed when legally producing a transgenic organism are immense, particularly in ensuring that they are both non-harmful and unlikely to spread throughout the wild. These regulatory — and thus financial — burdens severely limit the degree to which any individual biohacker can take their ideas and develop them. Note, however, that this is individual biohackers — larger firms can naturally afford to bring developments through this stage to market. Can a larger firm thus make money from open source biology? We believe so, provided the company uses a method similar to Red Hat, Google, or Tesla, in using the open source component to drive customers toward their own market strength — for example, by releasing blueprints and software for lab automation, then selling that equipment and support.

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Oracle MySQL 5.7 Database Nears General Availability

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Ahead of Oracle's OpenWorld conference in 2013, the company first began to talk about a major new release of its open-source MySQL database. Now two years later, development on MySQL 5.7 is compete and general availability is set for October 26.

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  • Support for Chromecast in SMPlayer 17.1
    SMPlayer 17.1 features experimental support for Chromecast. Now you can send videos from SMPlayer to your Chromecast device, including local files from your computer and online streams such as TV channels or videos from sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Vevo and many more.
  • How Node.js Is Transforming Today’s Enterprises
    On today’s episode of The New Stack Makers, we sat down with NodeSource Solutions Architect Manager Joe Doyle and NodeSource Chief Technology Officer and co-founder Dan Shaw to hear more about how today’s enterprises are approaching working with Node.js. The interview was recorded at Node.js Interactive 2016, which took place in Austin, December 2016.
  • 4 Configuration Management Tools for DevOps
    In the past, maintaining technology infrastructure, deploying applications, and provisioning environments involved many manual, iterative tasks. But in today’s DevOps arena, true automation of these tasks has arrived. The benefits of automated configuration management range from time savings to elimination of human error. Meanwhile, configuration management platforms and tools have converged directly with the world of open source. In fact, several of the very best tools are fully free and open source. From server orchestration to securely delivering high-availability applications, open source tools ranging from Chef to Puppet can bring organizations enormous efficiency boosts.
  • GPMDP Is A Feature-Packed Google Play Music Desktop Application
    The application is built using Electron, so it's a wrapper for the Google Play Music web interface, with various desktop features added on top, like media keys support, tray/indicator and much more.
  • Netdata 1.5 Released With FreeBSD Support, New Plugins
    Netdata, for the uninitiated, is a distributed real-time performance and health monitoring suite. Netdata can be used for monitoring server performance/health as well as VMs, IoT devices, and more in a "fast and efficient" manner. Netdata 1.5 has been released as a big update to this open-source tool.
  • Firefox Gets Better Video Gaming and Warns of Non-Secure Websites
    Today’s release of Firefox includes various features for developers and users that enable a richer and safer experience on the web.

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