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San Francisco could lead on open source voting

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Open source voting systems offer increased transparency by using nonproprietary software open to the public to review the source code, which counts the ballots and issues election results. Supporters say open source voting is needed to safeguard against election tampering.

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Hack: A free open source font for all reasons (but mainly for rendering source code)

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Fonts are weirdly addictive. Most of us see a new, free font and within seconds it’s downloaded and in our font library but how often do you get to use each one? I have loads of fonts I have acquired over the years that I thought would come in handy at some point but they never have usually because they’re either too fancy and or too eccentric for anything but very specialized uses. If this has been your experience I have a font you’ll love which is different mainly because it’s one you’re very likely to use.

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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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