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‘France should give priority to free software’

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The French government should make the use of free software a priority in its Law for the Digital Republic (La République numérique), says April. The French free software advocacy group is asking Members of Parliament to reintroduce such a requirement into the draft law. The French government has ignored April’s proposal; the 3rd most-popular suggestion resulting from last year’s online public consultation.

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Opening your mind to open source

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As we embark on another new year it’s always worth casting our minds back over the previous twelve months. And what a bumpy 12 months they were for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (Meta) region.

Declining oil prices, currency fluctuations, and political instability all played their role in fuelling the turbulence, with IDC taking the prevailing macroeconomic and political situation into account when we revised our forecast for META ICT spending in 2015 down from $270 billion to $250 billion.

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Open source communities need mentors

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To me it seems a natural pairing because they are two things I am passionate about and things that I do and use every single day. So many of the principles of open source correlate with the positive outcomes most desired for children: collaboration, participation, and transparency (honesty, integrity, openness). For children who are interested in how things work, open source software can give them that behind-the-scenes peek. I love teaching children about open source because there are so many ways they can get their hands dirty and get involved in communities and meet people who share their particular interests. There are many projects that were developed with children in mind, like the great work done by Sugar Labs.

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ownCloud Developers Are Planning on Making the Upgrades More Robust

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The ownCloud devs have announced earlier that they are planning on making the upgrades for their powerful and open-source ownCloud Server more robust.

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The most exciting Linux and open source Kickstarter projects of 2016 (so far)

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Kickstarter has brought us many successful Linux and open source products, including Mycroft AI, Pebble Time, and Ouya, among others. Some of these raised millions of dollars in funding.

Who will be next?

Keep an eye on this slideshow as it evolves over the course of the year. We'll keep you updated on new projects and let you know who met their funding goals.

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More on financial help: GNOME supports the work of Software Freedom Conservancy

Open Source Dronecode Project Gains New Members and Focus

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Dronecode, the project building an open source software framework for drones, has taken a step forward with the announcement of new investments and the establishment of several working groups, which will focus on specific areas of drone software development.

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Drupal Hardens Its Security in Response to Criticism

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The open-source Drupal content-management system (CMS) is talking steps to help protect against multiple potential risks that have been publicly revealed. On Jan. 6, security research vendor IOactive first disclosed the issues, which are focused on the Drupal update process. The Drupal project's security team is aware of the concerns and is fixing all the issues, though it is also downplaying the overall risk.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Girl Scouts: Cookies or code?

    Carrie Raleigh is the STEM program manager for Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio in California where she says they are much more than a cookie program. Girls Scouts has been coordinating experiences to help teach girls life skills for over 100 years, and as our world changes, they will need to as well. To learn the right skills for our current world, Girl Scouts is focusing their efforts on teaching girls about robotics, cybersecurity, coding, gaming, and gaining STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) career exposure.

  • GNU Guix talk in Boston, MA (USA) on January 20th

    David Thompson will be giving a talk about Guix on January 20th at the BLU gathering at MIT in Boston, Massachusetts (USA).

  • As Spark Advances, IBM's Commitment Does Too

    Last year was a giant one for Apache Spark, now one of the most talked about data analytics tools going. Not only did the project graduate to Top-Level Status at Apache, but IBM made a huge financial commitment to it. Late last year, Databricks, which was founded by Spark’s creators, revealed that an increasing number of users are choosing to complement or replace Hadoop tasks with Spark processes.

  • Apache Tools, Hadoop Get Added to Manthan's Customer-Centric Analytics

    Manthan, which specializes in Big Data and analytics for retailers and other businesses has overhauled its Customer Marketing solution for Hadoop, adding data management, auto-scale and real time computing capabilities to its existing analytics arsenal. Manthan also has an interesting infographic out on the "consumerization of analytics."

  • OpenStack Finding its Moxie in the APAC Region
  • ownCloud and Western Digital Advance Plans for Self-Hosted Device

    ownCloud, an open platform that anyone can leverage to create their own cloud platform, has been getting a lot of attention for its flexibility, and because interest in private clouds is on the rise. You can move beyond what services such as Dropbox and Box offer by leveraging ownCloud, and you don't have to have your files sitting on servers that you don't choose, governed by people you don't know. We've provided several guides for getting going with it.

  • Get Ready for OpenStack Newton in 2016 and OpenStack Olimpic in 2017

    It's not yet official, but the names of the 'N' and 'O' OpenStack releases have been voted on and there is a (preliminary) pair of winners.

  • Announcing the 2015 Winner for Best Open Source CMS

    Congratulations to the developers and community that supported Django CMS on their win. For those of you who have never had a chance to try Django, there's never a better time than the present. Head on over to their website and give them a whirl, you might just find yourself a new favorite!

  • Nylas N1 review: Open-source Mac email client shows promise

    Its name is N1 and since it’s open source (and published on GitHub), it promises to never be bought and shut down.

  • Use GitHub for open source data center automation ideas

Top 10 open source legal developments in 2015

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Legal

In 2015 there were a variety of legal issues of importance to the FOSS (free and open source) community.

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What's unique about open source people

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Welcome, one and all, to 2016. I wish every one of you a happy and prosperous new year.

I have been meaning to write this column for a while. It is one part observation, one part lecture, and mostly utter rambling, so please do stay with me. I hope that, if nothing else, this column shares an important insight that came to me a while back that you may find interesting.

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