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Open source and IoT: A match made for the enterprise

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Open source IoT platforms are starting to emerge as an attractive options for organizations embarking in the IoT journey. In an extremely nascent and crowded market like enterprise IoT, organizations are trying to rely more and more on open platforms and control their own destiny. Although we are still in the first generation of open source IoT technologies we can already see how this model can become dominant in the enterprise.

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Open source networking: The time is now

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We are never going back to proprietary networks. Today’s world is all about open—from APIs to partnerships to end-to-end orchestrated services. It's about time.

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Qt 5.7 GUI Toolkit to Port the NFC API to Android, Add Raspberry Pi 3 Support

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The Qt Company, through Jani Heikkinen, announced the general availability of the Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming Qt 5.7 open-source and cross-platform GUI (Graphical User Interface) toolkit.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Employment agreements for free-software developers

    At OSCON 2016 in Austin Texas, Karen Sandler of the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) spoke about an issue that impacts an ever-growing number of free-software developers: employment agreements. As the number of paid contributors to free-software projects grows, so do the complications: copyright assignment, licensing, patents, and many other issues may be codified in an employment agreement, and a developer who fails to consider the implications of an agreement's conditions may be in for an unpleasant surprise years down the road.

  • The value of drive-through contributions

    The conventional viewpoint among open-source projects is that drive-through contributors—meaning people who make one pull request, patch, or other contribution then are never seen again—are problematic. At best, one would prefer to lure the contributor back, eventually cultivating them into a regular project participant. At worst, they can be seen as a disruption, taking up developers' time for work that may, ultimately, lead nowhere. At OSCON 2016 in Austin Texas, however, Vicky "VM" Brasseur from HP Enterprise presented an alternative viewpoint. Drive-through contributors are a good sign of a healthy project, she said, and optimizing the project to meet drive-through contributors' needs benefits contributors of every stripe.

  • WebGazer turns webcams into eye-trackers for free

    Eye-tracking technology has long been the domain of high-end research, but this week new – and freely available – code brings it within reach for anyone with a website.

  • Russian developer collaborates with Facebook, Google to make 'machines see'

    A Russian developer here has created an open source computer vision platform, in collaboration with Facebook and Google , that acts as a teaching machine and enables them "see".

  • Nextcloud
  • ownCloud Forked as Nextcloud & More…

    The week ahead looks exciting. Again this year, I’ll be going to the SouthEast LinuxFest and will be turning in reports from the conference. Also, FOSS Force will have a booth at this year’s event, a first for us at any conference. So if you’re going to be there, remember to keep an eye out for us.

  • Why Did File Sharing Startup OwnCloud Shut Down?

    OwnCloud Inc., is (or was) a Boston-area company that sold software for sharing files to business users. Products like ownCloud, along with rival services from Box and Dropbox Business, let people store and share their documents and synchronize changes so they’re all working off the most recent version.

  • Open Source: Speeding Development and Driving Business Innovation

    Open source provides the benefits of enabling developers to work more quickly and for businesses to accelerate the time it takes them to go to market. The quality of open source software, the features, and the technical capabilities often make it not only competitive but often the preferred solution in a specific market category.

  • What is open source software?

    Fact or fiction, open source software is free. Find out below.

    Open source software has grown in popularity as a way for businesses to avoid vendor lock-in and to develop in a more collaborative way.

    The increased interest in open source software (OSS) has resulted in numerous vendors supporting this method of development, including proprietary driven businesses.

  • EMC’s newest open-source project attempts to unify storage access for containers
  • CloudBees snuggles Mesosphere -- 5 steps to high-velocity cloud apps
  • CloudBees And Mesosphere Partner To Enable High-Velocity Continuous Delivery Workloads For Modern Application Development
  • GRsecurity is preventing others from employing their rights under version 2 the GPL to redistribute source code

    GRsecurity is preventing others from employing their rights under version 2 the GPL to redistribute (by threatening them with a non-renewal of a contract to receive this patch to the linux kernel.)

  • Dutch government publishes updated 'Manual for the Law on the Re-use of Public Sector Information'

    Thirty questions and answers, and two flow charts, guide the reader through the implications of the law, clarify the differences between this law and the Dutch Freedom of Information Law ('Wet Openbaarheid van Bestuur', WOB), and explain how to handle requests for public sector information.

  • Finland: fifth anniversary of open data service in Helsinki

    The HRI service, created in 2011, “distributes municipal public data from the Helsinki Metropolitan Area for free use by anyone“, according to information on the service’s website. It also centralises data from the cities of Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen.

    According to HRI usage statistics, city procurement data, historical aerial photos and postal codes are the most downloaded open data in the service. “The Helsinki procurement data contains tens of thousands of transactions made by city departments,” the statement said. The information covers “stationary purchases worth less than one euro all the way to the city’s half-billion-euro contribution to the health care operations of the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District.”

  • Open data important resource and growth driver in Danish Digital Strategy

    Public sector data is defined as an important resource and growth driver in the Danish 'Digital Strategy 2016-2020' published earlier this month. Making available high-quality public sector data will remain an essential focus area to boost data-driven innovation.

    "In an international perspective, Danish public sector data is of high quality and holds a large commercial productivity and growth potential," the strategy states. "Businesses can use public sector data to optimise their business processes and to develop new products and services which create value for citizens, public authorities and fellow businesses. In the digital age, data is one of the most valuable resources for running a business."

  • CSPs Seek Virtualization Interoperability for All

Google Magenta

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FOSS CMS News

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  • Bolt CMS Release Offers Multiple Upgrades: Open Source CMS News

    Bolt — an open source content management system (CMS) that markets itself as a "sophisticated, lightweight and simple" — has a new release with a number of visual and under-the-hood changes.

    Released in May, Bolt's version 3 has "matured, and grown into a very extensible tool that can be used both as a straightforward CMS, as well as a platform to build your custom applications on," the company claims.

  • Arastta: Cloud Hosted, Open Source & Free eCommerce

    Launched in 2015, Arastta is a free and open source eCommerce solution that traces its roots back to the history-steeped Istanbul.

Leftovers: OSS

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  • OwnCloud forked to create Nextcloud

    As I expected, Frank Karlitschek is forking ownCloud to create a new open source project called Nextcloud. In an interview, Karlitschek told me that he is joining with Spreedbox founder Niels Mache to create a new company with the same name.

    The new company, Nextcloud, is being founded in Germany. Both Mache and Karlitschek will serve as managing directors.

  • ownCloud Founder Forks Open-Source Project to NextCloud

    NextCloud is supposed to be a drop-in replacement for ownCloud 9 with added security and stability updates as well as integration of Spreed.ME video conferencing and chat. Perhaps most importantly, Nextcloud GmbH (which is the new commercial entity behind NextCloud) has pledged that it will fulfill all contracts customers signed with ownCloud, Inc. until June 2nd - "That way customers won't be without the support from the experts they need to keep their servers running.," the company stated.

  • Use the Web to make interactive displays out of almost anything
  • Google Open Sources Tool for Making Interactive Displays Smart

    The digital display trend has been going through a renaissance for some time now, with many organizations reaching out to their employees and customers by curating and delivering information via displays that are, increasingly, interactive. Touchscreen displays that respond to you can create immersive experiences, and Google has announced that it is open sourcing its hardened and tested AnyPixel software for programming interactive displays similar to the one in the lobby of its New York City office.

    Hardware and software tools and references and example apps are available now on GitHub.

  • VirtualBox 5.1 Beta Released, Qt5 Porting & Better Python 3 Support

    Oracle's VM VirtualBox team has been working on VirtualBox 5.1 as a minor update to this cross-platform virtualization software.

  • Rapid7 CEO Aims to Secure the Future

    The company also some strong open-source roots, with the Metasploit penetration testing framework, which has both free and commercially supported editions available.

  • If Your Kickstarter Campaign Isn’t Ready for Prime Time

    If you’re an open source enthusiast who thinks you might have a good idea for a Kickstarter campaign, but are not yet ready to launch the campaign, why not launch a draft campaign and request feedback from the public? In doing so, you might be able to rally supporters before your campaign launches — and you might also receive vital cautions that could help you revise (or abandon) the planned campaign. This neat video for an Audio DSP Shield for Arduino reminds us that you can use Kickstarter to test the waters before launching a campaign.

  • 8 steps to more open communications

    Open communications is a major change, and, as with all good changes, it will take constant care and feeding to keep it going. My leaders need to remain involved. We need to ensure newcomers are encouraged to stay. The last thing I want is for team members to feel their input isn't heard or taken seriously.

  • Monovar — This New Computer Program Written In Python Is Here To Beat Cancer

    Monovar is a sophisticated algorithm to detect single nucleotide variants (SVNs) in cancer cells. Written in python, this program can help in providing a more personalized treatment to cancer patients by pinpointing important variations in a single cancer cell.

Hackathons bring open source innovation to humanitarian aid

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In open source software, end users, decision makers, subject matter experts, and developers from around the world can work together to create great solutions. There are a lot of mature open source projects out there already in the field of humanitarian and development aid, for example: Ushahidi and Sahana in crisis management and information gathering, OpenMRS for medical records, Martus for secure information sharing in places with limited freedom of speech, and Mifos X, an open platform for financial inclusion for people in poor areas where financial services such as savings, payments, and loans are not offered.

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Inner Source—Adopting Open Source Development Practices in Organizations

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OPEN SOURCE has had an enormous impact on the software industry. Software development organizations have widely adopted open source software (OSS) in a variety of ways.1 Besides adopting OSS products, as either productivity tools or off-the-shelf components, numerous organizations have adopted open source practices to develop their software. This is called inner source because the software is sourced internally, although different terms have been used, such as “progressive open source” and “corporate open source.”2 Unlike with traditional approaches, developers of an inner-source project don’t belong to a single team or department. Anybody in the organization can be a contributing member of this community, as either a user or contributor. Eric Raymond compared traditional software development approaches to building cathedrals, while calling open-source-style development a “bazaar.” 3 So, you can view inner source as a bazaar within a corporate cathedral. 4

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In Memoriam: Robin "Roblimo" Miller, a Videographer and Free Software Champion

Videographer Robin Roblimo Miller

Robin "Roblimo" Miller was a clever, friendly, and very amicable individual who everyone I know has plenty of positive things to say about. I had the pleasure of speaking to him for several hours about anything from personal life and professional views. Miller was a very knowledgeable person whose trade as a journalist and video producer I often envied. I have seen him facing his critics in his capacity as a journalist over a decade ago when he arranged a debate about OOXML (on live radio). Miller, to me, will always be remembered as a strong-minded and investigative journalist who "did the right thing" as the cliché goes, irrespective of financial gain -- something which can sometimes be detrimental to one's longterm health. Miller sacrificed many of his later years to a cause worth fighting for. This is what we ought to remember him for. Miller was - and always will be - a FOSS hero.

May everything you fought for be fulfilled, Mr. Miller. I already miss you.

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today's leftovers

  • S11E12 – Twelve Years a Slave
    It’s Season 11 Episode 12 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.
  • Porting guide from Qt 1.0 to 5.11
    We do try to keep breakages to a minimum, even in the major releases, but the changes do add up. This raises the question: How hard would it be to port a Qt application from Qt 1.0 to 5.11?
  • Thunderbolt Networking on Linux
    Thunderbolt allows for peer-to-peer network connections by connecting two computers directly via a thunderbolt cable. Mika from Intel added support for this to the 4.15 kernel. Recently, Thomas Haller from NetworkManager and I worked together to figure out what needs to be done in userspace to make it work. As it turns out, it was not that hard and the pull-request was merged swiftly.
  • What’s new in openSUSE Leap 15 – part 1
    openSUSE Leap 15 will be released on the 25th of May 2018! A new openSUSE release is always an exciting event. This means that I get to play with all kinds of new and improved software packages. I am aware that I can simply install openSUSE Tumbleweed and have a new release 4 or 5 times a week. But when using openSUSE Tumbleweed some time ago, I noticed that I was installing Gigabytes of new software packages multiple times per week. The reason for that is that I have the complete opposite of a minimum install. I always install a lot of applications to play / experiment with (including a lot of open source games). I am using openSUSE since 2009 and it covers all of my needs and then some. I am already happy with the available software, so there is no real reason for me to move with the speed of a rolling release. Therefore I prefer to move with the slower pace of the Leap releases.
  • GNOME Terminal: a little something for Fedora 29
    Can you spot what that is?
  • UBports To Work On Unity 8 / Mir / Wayland After OTA-4
    The UBports team have put out their latest batch of answers to common questions around this project that's still working to maintain the Ubuntu Touch software stack. Among the project's recent work has included getting QtWebEngine working on Mir and before their Ubuntu 16.04 LTS based release they still need to figure out Chromium crashes and to resolve that as well as updating the browser. For their first release of UBports derived from Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" they are still going to rely upon Oxide while later on should migrate to a new browser.
  • 8 Best App Locks For Android To Secure Your Device In 2018
  • These Weeks in Firefox: Issue 39
  • What's Coming in OpenStack Rocky?
    The OpenStack Rocky release is currently scheduled to become generally available on August 30th, and it's expected to add a host of new and enhanced capabilities to the open-source cloud platform. At the OpenStack Summit here, Anne Bertucio, marketing manager at the OpenStack Foundation, and Pete Chadwick, director of product management at SUSE, outlined some of the features currently on the Rocky roadmap. Bertucio began the session by warning the audience that the roadmap is not prescriptive, but rather is intended to provide a general idea of the direction the next OpenStack release is taking.
  • PostgreSQL 11 Is Continuing With More Performance Improvements, JIT'ing
    PostgreSQL 11 is the next major feature release of this open-source database SQL server due out later in 2018. While it's not out yet, their release notes were recently updated for providing an overview of what's coming as part of this next major update. To little surprise, performance improvements remain a big focus for PostgreSQL 11 with various optimizations as well as continued parallelization work and also the recently introduced just-in-time (JIT) compilation support.
  • Tidelift Secures $15M in Series A Funding
    Tidelift, a Boston, MA-based open source software startup, secured $15m in Series A funding.
  • Tesla disclosed some of its autopilot source code after GPL violation
    Tesla, a technology company, and the independent automaker are well known for offering the safest, quickest electric cars. The company uses a lot of open source software to build its operating system and features, such as Linux Kernel, Buildroot, Busybox, QT, etc also they have always been taciturn about the finer details and tech of its popular artefacts, such as Model S, Model X, but now Elon Musk’s company has just released some of its automotive tech source code into the open source community.
  • Open Source Underwater Distributed Sensor Network
    One way to design an underwater monitoring device is to take inspiration from nature and emulate an underwater creature. [Michael Barton-Sweeney] is making devices in the shape of, and functioning somewhat like, clams for his open source underwater distributed sensor network.
  • Security Researchers Discover Two New Variants of the Spectre Vulnerability
  • Security updates for Thursday