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Top 10 Open Source eCommerce Platforms

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For small-to-medium-sized businesses, establishing an online presence to sell products or services is an absolute must to stay competitive in today’s (and tomorrow’s) marketplace.

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Also: Why Magento is Ideal for E-Commerce [Infographic]

What's next for the privacy-conscious ownCloud project

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Frank Karlitschek is a free software developer and privacy activist. He'll be speaking at LinuxCon North America in August of this year. His topic, "Open source, safe and secure; A case for leaving data where it is," is very timely given the rash of data breaches we've witnessed lately.

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Kodi 15.1 Isengard – Release Candidate

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Once a ‘final’ version is released some new bugs and/or problems usually appear out of nowhere, and last release was no exception. Even though tens of thousands of users were already testing the 15.0 version before release, as soon as million started using it, some problems we either did not think of or which we did not notice popped up. To counter some of these new issues, we’re bringing you this maintenance release candidate called 15.1 RC1 which has some additional fixes on top of the 15.0 release.

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Nantes: “Change management key to switch to free software"

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Change management is the key to successfully replacing proprietary software by free and open source alternatives, says Eric Ficheux, IT project manager working for the administration of Nantes. In 2013, France’s sixth largest city began switching to LibreOffice, replacing a proprietary suite of office productivity tools. “Any organisation considering a similar switch should brush up on change management.”

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • A Look At Daala's Git Repository, The Lead Developers & Code Count

    While the Daala video coding format backed primarily by Xiph.Org and Mozilla isn't ready for mainstream use yet, looking at its Git repository does at least reveal some environmental data to discuss.

    While poking around the Daala Git repository this week in looking at the state of affairs, I decided to run GitStats on the code-base for seeing the pace of code entering the mainline code repository, etc. This was mainly done out of pure curiosity and figured the stats would be of interest to other Phoronix readers too. The Daala repository has 277 files made up of 124k lines of code that as of today was done via 1,432 commits and has seen contributions by 47 authors.

  • LibreOffice, and the ODF legacy

    Common wisdom has it that sleeping dogs are better kept snoring and I tend to agree. I’m going to do what may seem to be understood as the contrary. I believe it is not the case, as prejudice is something that is hard to fight and tends to stick around dark corners and circles of people with little knowledge of the matter.

  • IPv4 address change for Savannah
  • LibreOffice 5, Creative Commons writes the White House, and more news

    In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the release of LibreOffice 5, a personal food computer, Creative Common's open letter the President Obama, and more.

  • 3 Excellent Free Lua Books
  • Open data initiative to give true picture of election process

    The National Democratic Institute is has announced the launch of the Open Election Data Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to ensure that citizen groups have access to election data that can give a true picture of an election process, including how candidates are certified, how and which voters are registered, what happens on election day, whether results are accurate, and how complaints are resolved.

  • Perl SIG: Reduced build root: Memoize, Net-Ping, Pod-Html sub-packaged

Leftovers: OSS

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  • Taking The Mystery Out Of SDKs With Open Source

    Mobile SDKs are, for most publishers, a necessary evil. Whether you’re trying to integrate analytics, cross-promotion, tracking, monetization or payments, your first step is most often to inject a third-party SDK into your codebase.

    This much-maligned piece of software drives developers, operations and marketers alike up the wall — creating well-defined operational specs that often change to soiling your product code with unspecified external components.

  • CFP: Codemotin Conference supports women application!

    Codemotion is the biggest tech conference in Italy and one of the greatest in Europe, open to all languages and technologies. It’s the hub connecting technologies and coders.

  • Who will be the Ubuntu of Hadoop?

    Today, he posits, variation between Hadoop distributions is actually less than we see in Linux land. ("There's more variation among the Red Hat, Ubuntu, and CoreOS kernels than there is among the core components of the various Hadoop distributions.") I found this a bit surprising given Hortonworks' noise earlier this year that Hadoop standardization was imperative, as it launched the Open Data Platform initiative.

  • Announcing the draft Federated Cloud Sharing API
  • Federated Cloud Sharing in ownCloud 8.1

    Over the few last weeks, ownCloud founder and company co-founder Frank Karlitschek has published a short series of blogs on the topic of Federated Cloud Sharing, discussing what it is and why it is important. Today, he published a draft of a open API for sharing between different file share and sync clouds. In this post, we’ll quickly recap the concept, talk a little about the Open Cloud Mesh working group, and show how to configure and use it in ownCloud 8.1.

  • Hortonworks Reports Strong Results, a Growing Customer Base
  • OpenStack and Google – a match made in heaven

    OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.

  • UK government reportedly working to end its reliance on Oracle

    The U.K. Cabinet Office has reportedly asked government departments and agencies to try to find ways to end their reliance on Oracle software, but it’s not clear that approach will really solve its problems.

    Motivating the request was the large but unspecified number of Oracle licenses currently supported within the U.K. government, The Register reported. Included in that count are apparently licenses covering individual leaders whose departments already pay for licenses of their own as well as separate software versions being supported.

  • Open source is coming to campus

    I wanted to share an upcoming open source software event that we are hosting at my campus, at the University of Minnesota Morris. Working with OpenHatch, we are connecting mentors with students and members of the community for a one-day event. We'll talk about what open source software is, and help people get started with their first contribution to open source software projects.

  • Licence change derails development of hospital system

    The changing of the licence of openERP, an open source solution for enterprise resource planning, from GPL to AGPL in late 2009, thwarted development of Hospital, a hospital information system (HIS) written for a paediatric clinic in Thessaloniki (Greece). The clinic stopped a pilot of the software, and its developers moved to other open source-based projects.

  • FDA To Develop Open-Source Precision Medicine Software Platform
  • FDA Unveils Open Source Platform for Genomic Sequencing Data

    On Wednesday, the FDA announced the launch of an open source platform for community sharing of genomic sequencing data called precisionFDA. DNAnexus, the provider of cloud-based genome informatics and data management was awarded a research and development contract by the FDA to build the platform. precisionFDA is the FDA’s answer to its role under the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative is to review the current regulatory landscape and develop a streamlined approach to evaluating next-generation sequencing NGS-based diagnostics.

  • The open source era dawns in Vietnam with fab labs arriving on scene

    A comprehensive look at Vietnam’s burgeoning open source movement and the players involved and why you should get in now

  • Save money with open-source textbooks

    It's hardly a secret that the price of new college textbooks has risen 82% in the last decade, forcing students to find cheaper alternatives or forego course materials altogether.

  • An open-source work bench

    Maker Bench is an open souce CNCed work bench design from 3D drawing company SketchUp, deigned by Eric Schimelpfenig.

    The SketchUp community has gone on to modify it for various uses.

  • Go 1.5 RC1 Released

    Go 1.5 is a huge update with the work to be rewritten in Go itself and many other features like a fully-concurrent garbage collector, new architecture ports, switching to Git, and many other changes. Go developers can find the verbose explanation of 1.5 changes via the tentative release notes.

Open-source software boost for public health sector

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This has been possible because of an open-source software developed by US-based organization Dimagi. A social enterprise that specializes in using technology to empower rural communities across the world, they currently serve in more than 40 developing countries being engaged in over 300 projects. Two members of the Dimagi team were in the city to work on improving the interface that they share with Lata Medical Research Foundation (LMRF).

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HMRC reveals cloud and open source transformation

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“We are committed to both using open source products and contributing back to the community to improve them based on what we are doing,” the digital service manager claimed.

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True Life: I’m An Open Source Rookie

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Some projects will continue to grow and become popular and successful while others may morph and change as they progress. Not all Black Duck Rookies are high-profile projects. CodeCombat, OpenBazaar, and Neovim are three projects representing different areas of technology not only in technical scope but in their path to Open Source Rookies of the Year.

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Whats New for You This August in Open Source CMS

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In one corner, we have Hippo CTO Arjé Cahn, expouding the merits of open source CMS.

In the other, we have Bryan Soltis, Technical Evangelist at Kentico Software, a Web Content and Customer Experience Management provider, espousing the virtues of proprietary systems.

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