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10 Best Open Source Collaboration Software Tools

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As the workforce becomes more mobile and employers look for ways to improve productivity, collaboration software become increasingly popular. According to a June 2016 study from Markets and Markets, organizations will spend $23.39 billion on cloud-based collaboration software tools this year. By 2021, the analysts expect the market to grow to $42.57 billion, for a compound annual growth rate of 12.7 percent.

Collaboration software offer small businesses a wide variety of benefits. They can increase teamwork and communication, particularly if people on your team work in different locations. They can also help you share knowledge more widely throughout the organization and lessen the chance that employees will waste time duplicating the same work. They can also streamline your business processes and reduce the need for face-to-face meetings—both of which can decrease costs.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Cloudera's Platform Now Includes Hadoop Optimization, Analytics Tool

    Cloudera, which provides a complete data management and analytics platform built on Apache Hadoop and related open source technologies, announced the beta release of Cloudera Navigator Optimizer--a tool for improved workload performance and efficiency--late last year. Essentially, the tool allowed users to modernize their analytic database or augment their data warehouse solution with Hadoop, serving up insights aimed at predictably offloading key workloads.

    Now, Cloudera has announced the general availability of Cloudera Navigator Optimizer, alongside the production release of Cloudera Enterprise 5.8. Navigator Optimizer is now an entrenched part of Cloudera's platform.

    Workload management is an issue for many Hadoop-focused organizations. Within any business, there can be countless workloads being run at any given time, across multiple systems, that change based on time of day and business need. Across many of these workloads, similar pain points have emerged, like breakdowns in ETL pipelines, long wait times for BI reports, increasing system pressure from ad hoc queries, and unnecessary query complexity. When adopting new systems based on Hadoop, it’s critical that customers understand their workloads, so they can address these inefficiencies and run the right workloads in the right systems for the best results.

  • StorPool unveils latest update, adds CloudStack support

    What are the target markets for StorPool? "We target based on use-case", said StorPool CEO, Boyan Ivanov. "Companies that build public or private clouds [including] enterprises and SMEs, service providers along with IaaS/PaaS, managed service providers, telecoms and hosting companies."

  • GNU Hurd 0.8, GNU Mach 1.7, GNU MIG 1.7 released.
  • SF Conservancy Speaks Out Against Developer Doing GPL Enforcement For Financial Gain

    The Software Freedom Conservancy has issued a blog post this week about community-oriented principles in GPL enforcement work and in particular pointing out a Linux developer who hasn't agreed to these terms and is allegedly focusing upon GPL enforcement for his own financial gain.

    As part of the Conservancy's principles, "Community-oriented enforcement must never prioritize financial gain...Nevertheless, pursuing damages to the full extent allowed by copyright law is usually unnecessary, and can in some cases work against the purpose of copyleft."

  • Open Source EOMA-68 Computer Is Here To Redefine Free Software And Hardware

    Upgradable portable computers have been a bit of pipe dream for the last decade.

  • Facebook Details Comprehensive List of Projects Opened to the Community
  • Verizon's Next With VNFs

    Verizon Enterprise Solutions today announced its first set of virtual network services, including the usual suspects of security, WAN optimization, software-defined WANs and virtualized customer premises gear. Working with mostly established vendors, Verizon is making its services available globally on an immediate basis, and focusing heavily on giving customers lots of options for how they transition to the virtualized world. (See Verizon Launches Virtual Network Services.)

    The announcement comes four days after AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) introduced its Network Functions on Demand offer, and differences between the two services are apparent and strategic, notes Nav Chander, research manager for telecom business services with IDC. (See AT&T Offers Network Functions On Demand... Sort Of.)

FOSS in Networking

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Graduates: How to Get Your Dream Open Source Job

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The excitement that comes with a college degree is memorable – not only because of the joy of accomplishment, but because of the fear of the unknown.

In the open source community, job hunting is its own unique experience. There is great optimism and opportunity in The Linux Foundation’s 2016 Open Source Jobs Report, which found that recruiting open source talent is a top priority for IT recruiters and hiring managers. The report found 65 percent of hiring managers say open source hiring will continue to increase more than any other part of their business over the next six months.

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deepstreamHub Launches deepstream.io, an Open Source Real-Time Server

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German start-up deepstreamHub has launched deepstream.io, an open source, scalable, real-time server platform. The platform is designed for applications that require a network of device-resident nodes that communicate with cloud applications or with one another. Individual nodes can subscribe to topics and receive data whenever other clients publish to those topics. Nodes can also register functions that can be called by other nodes. The deepstreamHub platform is also available as a resource for additional services.

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Open Source History Lessons: 5 FOSS Projects That Didn't Pan Out

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There's no denying the success of free and open source software projects like Linux, Apache and (probably) OpenStack. But what about the FOSS projects and companies that have enjoyed less success? Here's a look at some free and open source software projects or businesses that had good ideas, yet never delivered on them (at least not fully).

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OSS Leftovers

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  • Google Leverages its AI Tools to Slash Data Center Energy Consumption
  • Tutorials, workflows, and a place to showcase high-quality FOSS photography

    There's a special place to chat with fellow photographers, learn about high-end FOSS photography software, and share your work with others. It's called PIXLS.US, and it's a large and wonderful world beyond Photoshop.

    This is truly a golden age in the hobby of photography. Never before has it been so inexpensive and easy to take and share great photos. The rise of smartphones has fueled an explosion in casual photography, and the ecosystem is further extended through the proliferation of media-sharing apps like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Lower costs for better cameras has enabled many budding photographers to take up the hobby. Unfortunately, while much of the underlying software that fuels the apps and platforms is built on free/open source software, there is little fanfare for the projects that are available directly to photographers.

  • Solskogen 2016 videos

    I just published the videos from Solskogen 2016 on Youtube; you can find them all in this playlist. The are basically exactly what was being sent out on the live stream, frame for frame, except that the audio for the live shader compos has been remastered, and of course a lot of dead time has been cut out (the stream was sending over several days, but most of the time, only the information loop from the bigscreen).

  • REMINDER! systemd.conf 2016 CfP Ends in Two Weeks!

    Please note that the systemd.conf 2016 Call for Participation ends in less than two weeks, on Aug. 1st! Please send in your talk proposal by then! We’ve already got a good number of excellent submissions, but we are interested in yours even more!

    We are looking for talks on all facets of systemd: deployment, maintenance, administration, development. Regardless of whether you use it in the cloud, on embedded, on IoT, on the desktop, on mobile, in a container or on the server: we are interested in your submissions!

  • Reducing Adobe Flash Usage in Firefox

    Browser plugins, especially Flash, have enabled some of our favorite experiences on the Web, including videos and interactive content. But plugins often introduce stability, performance, and security issues for browsers. This is not a trade-off users should have to accept.

    Mozilla and the Web as a whole have been taking steps to reduce the need for Flash content in everyday browsing. Starting in August, Firefox will block certain Flash content that is not essential to the user experience, while continuing to support legacy Flash content. These and future changes will bring Firefox users enhanced security, improved battery life, faster page load, and better browser responsiveness.

  • Splice Machine Launches Open Source RDBMS Sandbox

    Splice Machine, which provides an RDBMS powered by Hadoop and Spark, has announced a cloud-based sandbox for developers to put its just launched open source Community Edition to the test. The company is making available an open source standalone and cluster download, and has announced the general availability of V2.0, and the launch of its developer community site.

  • Koha Integrated Library System Brings FOSS to Libraries

    Randal Schwartz, from TWiT.tv’s “FLOSS Weekly,” interviews Nicole Engard and Brendan Gallagher, about the open source Koha Integrated Library System (ILS), which originated in New Zealand in 1999. Along with being a web developer, Nicole is a prolific blogger on Opensource.com and last year was recognized by Red Hat for her significant contributions to open source advocacy.

  • Why Did Microsoft Embrace Open Source? [Ed: Did BP embrace wing power? Did Blair embrace peace? Did Hitler embrace Judaism? Loaded question here. Microsoft never embraced FOSS but hijacked what already existed and could help it make money. All core products are still proprietary.]
  • Facebook Has Already Open Sourced More Than 50 Projects In 2016 [Ed: 'open' Facebook. Except pretty much everything in the site, the app, etc.]
  • The Ember 3D Printer: High-Resolution, Open-Source 3D Printing on Your Desktop

    Though Autodesk’s interest in 3D printing was not unknown, it may have been a bit of a surprise when the CAD developer entered the industry with its own 3D printer in 2014. Ember, Autodesk’s first hardware product, is a digital light processing (DLP) 3D printer capable of high-resolution prints for prototyping and even end part production. What may be most unique about the Ember is that both the printer and one of its materials are open-source, a bold move for a large corporation like Autodesk.

  • AT&T, Orange target NFV, SDN open source, standards

    AT&T and Orange signed a deal to tackle NFV and SDN open source and standards issues that continue to plague the telecom industry

    AT&T signed a deal with European operator Orange to work on open source and standardization initiatives linked to the carrier’s push toward increasing control of its network resources using software-defined networking and network functions virtualization technology.

  • DIGST: ‘Denmark should update eInvoicing systems’

    Denmark’s public administrations should overhaul their eInvoicing solutions, writes the Agency for Digitisation (Digitaliseringsstyrelsen - DIGST). The agency wants public administrations to prepare to introduce a European-wide eInvoicing standard, and to concentrate on the use of Danish 2010 eInvoicing standard, OIOUBL. Its forerunner, OIOXML, is to be phased out.

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • How many mobile phone accounts will be hijacked this summer?

FOSS in Government

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  • ‘GovStrap’ open source kit helps sites replicate GDS website theme

    Open Source Software specialist OpusVL has created a way to take the Gov.UK website theme created by the Government Digital Service (GDS) and reproduce it quickly in designing and building public sector websites.

    The solution uses Bootstrap, an HTML, CSS and JavaScript framework originating from Twitter, which is used for creating front end websites and applications. With an increase in the variety of devices used to view websites, Bootstrap is a standard toolkit for building responsive design and enabling websites to be mobile and tablet friendly.

    With sharing and re-use of software and technology high on the GDS agenda, OpusVL adopted the principle by importing the GDS work and “re-factoring” it in the form of the Bootstrap framework in addition to the methods originally created by GDS.

  • As it Mandates Open Source, is Bulgaria Opening Questionable Doors?

    For decades now, open source tools and applications have been gaining enormous traction in parts of Europe, and cities such as Munich have even been involved in a multi-year effort to transform technology infrastructure by throwing out proprietary applications and using open source tools instead.

    In the latest move on this front, Bulgaria recently passed legislation requiring that government software be open source. The move underscores how pervasive open source applications and platforms have become. Now, though, there is growing debate about whether Bulgaria is making a wise move, or one that could open it up to security threats.

  • Could Bulgaria's open source law transform government software worldwide?

    Ripples from Bulgaria's recent decision requiring all software written for the government to be open source could build into something bigger.

NZ govt agencies now have open source software at their side

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Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is helping government agencies pave the way for open source software use, opening doors for software developers keen to shape new innovative software, says Land Information Minister Louise Upston.

The NZGOAL Software Extension guidelines were themselves developed using open source tools and facilitated through Loomio, an online group decision-making platform. The final drafts were crafted through GitHub, an open source repository.

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Tough i.MX6-based Linux SBC targets wireless video, runs on 3W

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The Gateworks Ventana GW5530 SBC runs Linux on an i.MX6, and has mini-PCIe and SIM expansion, a 9-axis IMU, three video inputs, and -40 to 85°C support.

The Ventana GW5530 is the latest in the 5th generation of the Gateworks Ventana family of NXP i.MX6-based SBCs, following last year’s similarly 800MHz, dual-core GW5520. The board is designed for wirelessly connected Man Portable Units (MPUs), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), digital signage, and robotics.

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ExTiX, the Ultimate Linux Operating System, Is Now Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

ExTiX is dubbed the "Ultimate Linux System," and it's been updated earlier today by developer Arne Exton to version 18.4, based on Canonical's upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS operating system. However, ExTiX is using the lightweight and modern LXQt 0.12.0 as default desktop environment instead of GNOME, and it's powered by the latest Linux 4.16.2 kernel. "After removing GNOME I have installed LXQt 0.12.0," said Arne Exton in today's announcement. "Programs won’t crash or anything like that. And I haven’t discovered any bugs to report. While running ExTiX LXQt 18.4 live or from the hard drive you can use Refracta tools (pre-installed) to create your own live installable Ubuntu system. A ten-year child can do it." Read more

20-Way NVIDIA GeForce / AMD Radeon GPU Comparison For Rise of The Tomb Raider On Vulkan/Linux

Today Feral Interactive released their much anticipated Linux port of Rise of the Tomb Raider, the game that was released for Windows in January of 2016 and then released for macOS last week. Feral's Mac port was relying upon the Apple Metal API while the Linux port is now their second game (after F1 2017) exclusively relying upon the Vulkan graphics/compute API rather than OpenGL. This morning I posted the initial Radeon results using the RADV driver while here is the NVIDIA GeForce vs. AMD Radeon graphics card comparison on Ubuntu Linux using twenty different graphics cards. Read more

Nix This Innovative OS for Its Uninviting Complexity

I had to keep reminding myself that I was not dealing with an extreme case of Arch Linux instead of GNU/Linux. NixOS is more demanding and definitely not a distro for users with anything less than advanced skills. To say NixOS comes with a steep learning curve and lots of hands-on overhead is putting it mildly. If you are a typical Linux user who lacks sysadmin training, avoid NixOS like a malware attack hiding in plain sight. Read more