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Baidu in China Releases Free/Libre Software

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FOSS in Governments

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  • Corbyn Promises Broadband For All And Open Source Government

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn vows to democratise the internet with funding, better public services, open source software and broadband access

    Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to deliver superfast broadband and mobile coverage to every home and business in the UK as part of a digital manifesto that also includes support for open source software.

    The Labour leader described a ‘universal service network’ that would provide the connectivity, alongside online resources for education, a digital bill of rights and a ‘digital passport’ that would be used as a secure online identity for public services.

    Public funding would be made available to make the cost of connecting citizens with services such as transport, accommodation, culture and catering and any Labour government would require all software and hardware paid for by public money to be made open source.

  • CNAS report recommends DOD 'embrace open-source software'

    A new report from the Center for a New American Security is recommending the Pentagon take more aggressive steps to embrace open-source software.

  • Defense Department failing to capitalize on open-source benefits

    The Defense Department increasingly relies on software for everything from weapons systems to accounting, but it is failing to capitalize on the power of open-source software, according to a report from the Center for a New American Security.

  • Germany While Leading In Adoption Of FLOSS Still Has Luddites In High Places

FOSS in Businesses

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  • Why News Corp loves open source

    The struggles of publishing giant News Corp and its media brethren are no secret, but from an IT perspective scurrying to cut costs amidst falling revenues may have inadvertently put the business on the path to innovation.

    Speaking at the Future IT Infrastructure forum in Melbourne this week, News Corp's top infrastructure architect Nicholas Tan urged his peers to join the publisher in embracing the open source community.

    Open source is not "hobby software" anymore, Tan said.

    "It’s definitely the real deal and it is powering a lot of the tech we consume today even if we don’t realise it."

    News Corp has been gradually deploying open source technologies at strategic points in its stack - "where our major business value is, where we need to be highly differentiated - that is where our developer talent will go", Tan said.

  • How small enterprises can leverage open-source to build for the enterprise

    Open-Source software allows small businesses to leverage millions of dollars worth of software to build customized solutions which are usually well supported by a global community of users. Many of Canada’s closest allies have already made huge strides to adopt it for their biggest and most challenging IT projects.

3D printed ukulele comes with open source software

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  • 3D printed ukulele comes with open source software

    A team of designers from Taiwan recently have created an open-source 3D printed electronic ukelele. This could very well to be the first open-source one in the world. With a full-size fretboard, regular strings and tuners, and a custom-made amplifier, pick-up, and speaker, the exotically shaped ukelele was named Lightening Uke and was particularly designed for consumer 3D printers.

    No matter for masters or green-hands, an ukulele would always be a good choice to play because of its portability and user-friendliness. However, few of these players would claim to be able to play “Over the Rainbow” with a 3D printed instrument. Surely we have already seen several 3D printed instruments online, (like the 3D printed violin) but these Taiwanese designers noticed that there weren’t any open-source ukuleles and that’s why they decided to bring this unique instrument to all makers.

  • Have a strum on Lightning Uke, the first open-source 3D printed electric ukulele

Open Source Computer Club: Out of the trash, into the classroom

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The FLOSS Desktop for Kids initiative refurbishes surplus and discarded school computers, allowing students to learn hands-on about computers and technology by diagnosing, breaking down, and repairing hardware components. Students acquire, install and configure open source software including Linux operating systems, LibreOffice, GIMP, Pidgin, etc., and not just run apps on a tablet. The program is designed to teach engineering and technology by doing, failing, fixing, frustration, and finally achieving—that's how Science, Technology, Engineering and Math really happen, and that aligns perfectly with STEM's goals: "Knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information."

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Contemplating the retirement of Apache OpenOffice

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Outgoing Apache OpenOffice project management committee (PMC) chair Dennis Hamilton has begun the discussion of a possible (note possible at this point) shutdown of the project. "In the case of Apache OpenOffice, needing to disclose security vulnerabilities for which there is no mitigation in an update has become a serious issue. In responses to concerns raised in June, the PMC is currently tasked by the ASF Board to account for this inability and to provide a remedy. An indicator of the seriousness of the Board's concern is the PMC been requested to report to the Board every month, starting in August, rather than quarterly, the normal case. One option for remedy that must be considered is retirement of the project. The request is for the PMC's consideration among other possible options." (Thanks to James Hogarth.)

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The Intersection of Alchemy and Open Source

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As open source continues to take over over the software development landscape, so too are the metaphors for how its success today has multiple historical precedents. For science-fiction author and activitist Cory Doctorow, open source is an idea that helped to raise humanity out of the dark ages.

In a keynote at the LinuxCon North America conference in Toronto last week, Doctorow compared the age of open source to the enlightenment.

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FreeNAS 10 Beta Open-Source Storage Solution Ships with Over 800 Resolved Issues

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The awesome FreeNAS development team was proud to announce on the last day of August 2016 the release and immediate availability for download of the Beta milestone of their upcoming FreeNAS 10 open-source storage operating system.

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ReSpeaker Is an Upcoming Open Source, Modular Voice Interface to Hack Things

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Softpedia was informed by SeeedStudio about an upcoming device that was fully funded in twelve hours on Kickstart, while still having 20 days to go on its crowdfunding campaign.

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Web4Africa has launched a data mirror project to localise popular open-source content in Nigeria

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Pan-African web hosting company, Web4Africa, has launched the first West African mirror project aimed at providing a local mirror of popular open-source projects in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Mirror Project, which is physically hosted in Nigeria, will reduce the high cost of bandwidth by bringing free and open-source content closer to end-users in Nigeria through data mirroring. Access to bandwidth in Nigeria is expensive compared to most parts of the world, and this is mostly due to the fact that most of the content consumed by Nigerian Internet users is generated outside the country. With this Mirror Project, free and open-source software will become more available, and user experience will be made better with faster downloads.

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