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Leftovers: OSS

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  • BeeGFS Parallel File System Now Open Source
  • Let's meet the 2016 OSI Board of Directors candidates!

    The nominations for the Open Source Initiative board of directors closed on February 15th and we are delighted to share our list of candidates with you!

    We are excited that so many people want to take part, and as such would like to introduce you to the candidates before voting opens on February 29th.

  • Introducing motranslator

    What changes you can expect? First of all it supports all current PHP versions. It also performs way better - in my tests loading of mo file is 4-5 times faster and memory consumption went down about 10 percent. You can additionally use object API instead of traditional function based.

  • LibreOffice 5.1 Videos: Analytics

    For LibreOffice 5.1 we created a playlist of short videos highlighting some of the new features in action. At the time of writing, these videos have been viewed over 50,000 times in total. Here’s the breakdown:

    Calc: 15,346
    Impress: 12,275
    Writer: 25,229

  • DragonFlyBSD Intel Graphics Driver Gets BXT Support, Aims For A Blob-Free Skylake

    Thanks to the fabulous open-source graphics driver porting work done by François Tigeot, the DragonFlyBSD kernel's i915 Intel DRM graphics driver is up to a comparable state to the code ported from the Linux 4.2 kernel.

    Just months ago the i915 DragonFlyBSD graphics driver was years behind the upstream Linux kernel while in recent times a lot of headway has been made where the Intel graphics driver on this BSD operating system is just a few releases behind the upstream state.

  • Can we tackle the Zika virus with rapid, open research?

    One of the major issues with the Zika virus is that so little is known about it. That means that a lot of research has to be done very quickly.

    The Zika virus is at the heart of a global health emergency. It became a global health emergency after outbreaks began in 2015, and has possible links to birth defects. When the virus was first discovered in the late forties, human infections had been observed as early as 1952 according to Wikipedia.

  • Portugal adds 20 eGovernment service access points

    The government of Portugal has opened another 20 Espaços do Cidadão (Citizen Spots), in town halls across 8 of its 18 districts. There are now almost 200 such eGovernment service access points across the country. Here citizens can go online to renew driving licences, apply for permits and request official documents.

  • Flanders services exchange eGovernment practices

    Municipalities and public service organisations in Belgium’s Flanders region are exchanging their eGovernment practices and ICT policies. Many municipalities are considering an overhaul of their websites in order to improve eGovernment services, reports the region’s ICT Organisation (V-ICT-OR). Additionally, local administrations are looking for solutions to manage meeting minutes, and want to boost IT security, V-ICT-OR says.

  • Portugal to monitor public health through a national open data portal

    The National Health Service in Portugal (SNS – Serviço Nacional de Saüde) has set up an open data portal whose goal is to provide a dashboard to monitor the health of Portuguese people. Called Transparencia (Transparency), the portal gathers operational data generated or collected by the agencies of the national health system.

  • President Obama Nominates New Librarian Of Congress Who Supports Open Access, Fights Against Surveillance

    So here's a pleasant surprise. President Obama has nominated Carla Hayden as the new Librarian of Congress, and at a first glance, she looks perfect for the job. The job is super important for a whole variety of reasons, including that the Librarian of Congress controls the Copyright Office (more on that in a bit...). The former Librarian of Congress, James Billington, was really bad. He apparently was mostly focused on hobnobbing with rich people in fancy places around the globe than doing anything useful. A report by the Government Accountability Office found a massive leadership vacuum with Billington when it came to technology issues, noting that he basically ignored technology entirely. When Billington announced he was retiring, the Washington Post reported that employees were absolutely elated...

Web/Browsers

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  • on ditching css frameworks and preprocessors
  • Run Windows 98 And Linux In Your Web Browser, Thanks To JavaScript And NodeJS

    Short Bytes: A coder, known as Fabian on GitHub, has created x86 architecture based emulations that allow you to run Windows 98, Linux, KolibriOS etc. inside your browser.

  • The case for an embeddable Gecko

    Strap yourself in, this is a long post. It should be easy to skim, but the history may be interesting to some. I would like to make the point that, for a web rendering engine, being embeddable is a huge opportunity, how Gecko not being easily embeddable has meant we’ve missed several opportunities over the last few years, and how it would still be advantageous to make Gecko embeddable.

  • Continuing the Conversation About Encryption and Apple: A New Video From Mozilla

    In the past week, the conversation about encryption has reached fever pitch. Encryption, Apple, and the FBI are in headlines around the world. And lively discussions about security and privacy are taking place around kitchen tables, on television, and in comment sections across the Internet.

    Mozilla believes the U.S. government’s demand for Apple to circumvent their own security protections is a massive overreach. To require Apple to do this would set a dangerous precedent that threatens consumer security going forward. But this discussion is an opportunity to broaden public understanding of encryption. When people understand the role encryption plays in their everyday lives, we can all stand up for encryption when threats surface — this key issue related to the overall health of the Internet becomes mainstream.

Hadoop and Spark

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  • Don’t Laugh: Yahoo’s Open Source AI Has a Secret Weapon

    Yet another tech giant is sharing its artificial intelligence know-how with the world. Today Yahoo published the source code to its CaffeOnSpark AI engine so that anyone from academic researchers to big corporations can use or modify it.

  • Yahoo open-sources CaffeOnSpark deep learning framework for Hadoop

    Yahoo today is releasing some key artificial intelligence software (AI) under an open-source license. The company last year built a library called CaffeOnSpark to perform a popular type of AI called “deep learning” on the vast swaths of data kept in its Hadoop open-source file system for storing big data. Now it’s becoming available for anyone to use under an open-source Apache license on GitHub.

  • Google's Managed Hadoop and Spark Cloud Service Goes Live

    Google has announced that its Cloud Dataproc service — a managed tool based on the Hadoop and Spark open source big data software — is now generally available. Google Cloud Dataproc, because it leverages both Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark, promises to be in strong demand, especially at enterprises.

    "When analyzing data, your attention should be focused on insights, not your tools," Google notes. "Often, popular tools to process data, such as Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark, require a careful balancing act between cost, complexity, scale, and utilization. Unfortunately, this means you focus less on what is important — your data — and more on what should require little or no attention — the cluster processing it. We created our managed Spark and Hadoop cloud service, Google Cloud Dataproc, to rectify the balance, so that using these powerful data tools is as easy as 1-2-3."

Top desktop environments

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With the nature of open source, if you don't like how something walks or talks, then you can change it up to how you like it. One of the up sides to linux, is the fact that if you don't like your Desktop Environment, then you are free to modify it or even just swap it out entirely.

Now this can be a little scary to newcomers, and generally there is no best suited environment for everyone, so here we will go through a few of the more well known ones.

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5 tips for growing your developer community on GitHub

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You've done it: you've taken your own personal utility, library, or web application and placed it on GitHub as free and open source software for all the world to see.

Maybe you wrote this software to fill a personal need, or maybe you've always hoped that it would reach more people. One thing's certain: it's always been yours, and yours alone—but the moment you pushed that code for the first time, your baby left the nest. What comes next is up to you.

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Git 2.7.2 Open-Source Distributed Version Control System Adds New Features

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The development team of the best free, open-source and cross-platform distributed version control system, Git, which is being used by numerous developers worldwide, has announced the release of Git 2.7.2.

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A Mozilla journey: Contributor to Firefox Student Ambassadors executive board

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One thing that I have learned from working in the open source community is that you must never hesitate to ask for help. People are really very friendly, and finding the right mentor can prove to be immensely helpful in your life. Contributing to open source projects will only help you, so don't waste too much time thinking about it. Take a leap of faith and dive into the community behind your favorite open source product. If you're specifically interested in acquiring technical skills, there's nothing a commit a day can't solve! It also enhances your e-karma.

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Has open source hell frozen over?

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Over the last few years I have been more than a little disappointed in Ubuntu. I've been disappointed in implementation details. I've been disappointed in the lack of available mobile hardware. Just… just… damned disappointed. The team at Canonical (and the broader Ubuntu community) are capable of so much that it bums me out when they don't live up to their potential.

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Vendor: ‘Governments moving to open source databases’

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Governments across the world are increasingly turning to Postgresql, an open source relational database management system, according to a press release by Enterprisedb. The company provides commercial services for the database system, and reports a hefty growth of its government contracts.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • OpenDaylight Beryllium Advances Open-Source SDN [VIDEO]

    The new Beryllium follows the Lithium release that debuted in 2015, and adds performance, and stability to the platform

  • Open Source Project Managers Can Keep You on Track

    When you're collaborating with other people who may be at disparate locations around the world, sometimes you need collaboration software to manage projects and keep workflows humming along. Open source project managers can be just the ticket for these needs. Collabtive is one tool that we've covered in this area, and an increasingly popular one is OpenProject. These have several features that make them competitive with proprietary alternatives.

  • Bulgaria Web Summit 2016 Report & Videos

    The morning sessions were dominated by database topics including MariaDB, RocksDB and MammothDB. The MariaDB talk was particularly strong while the rest were with average attendance.

    In the afternoon we switched to DevOps and Docker and the room exploded. There were people sitting on the ground and standing around the walls. There was not enough oxygen for everyone in the room.

  • WebKit Switches Away From LLVM For Its JavaScript JIT Compiler

    For the past two years WebKit has had an LLVM JIT back-end for its JavaScript engine, but now with the latest upstream code, Mac x86_64 users of WebKit have a new compiler implementation not based on LLVM.

  • MapR and Ericsson Team to Advance Hadoop+Spark Analytics

    MapR Technologies, which we've reported on extensively as it has focused on Hadoop and the Big Data space, has gained a powerful and experienced partner. It has formed a partnership with Ericsson, and the two companies are working together to advance adoption of the MapR Converged Data Platform. The platform integrates file, database, stream processing and analytics, and is gaining attention at enterprises. It's also interesting because it marries Hadoop and Spark, which are probably the hottest open technologies in the Big Data space.

  • Weekly phpMyAdmin contributions 2016-W07

    As the flow of incoming bugs for upcoming 4.6.0 has slowed down a bit it was more time for code cleanups and related tasks. But it's also time where potential Google Summer of Code students come to our organization and want to get involved.

    On the cleanup side the biggest was change to remove embedded PHP libraries which are available on Packagist from our Git and use Composer to manage the dependencies. This change will happen in 4.7.0, so it's still some time ahead, but it's already in our master branch. There still some third party libraries which we use and can not be installed using Composer, so we keep these for now.

  • Encryption – MariaDB
  • 5 March: International Open Data Hackathon in cities all over world

    On Saturday 5 March 2016, the third International Open Data Hackathon will be organised. That day in cities all over the world, local communities will host hackathons where people from civil society, government and companies collaboratively work on applications, analyses and visualisations based on open data.

  • Engineers turn laser cutter into an open-source 3D printer
  • Lylo Open Source Smart Router Hits Kickstarter (video)

    If you are in the market for a smart router and are looking for an open source solution which provides a wealth of more up-to-date features than the current routine you are using in your home or office, you may be interested in the Lylo which has been created by Oneby based in Brussels, Belgium.

  • IBM Cloud to Easily Replicate VMware Workloads and Enterprise Java

    For those shops that want to migrate their existing enterprise Java workloads to the cloud, IBM has released IBM WebSphere Cloud Connect. This connector provides an easy way to bridge server side Java applications to the cloud for the 100,000 enterprise users that run the IBM WebSphere Java Enterprise Edition server.

    IBM has estimated there are approximately 13 million Java programmers worldwide.

  • What Is Programming And Why You Should Learn To Code?

    With the advent of new online opportunities, learning how to code is easier than ever. Read more to know why everyone should learn to code and grab the best courses to kickstart your coding career.

  • Cyanogen launches the “Mod” platform, with lots of Microsoft integration [Ed: Another reminder that Cyanogen is more like a Microsoft proxy/Trojan horse now]
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