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Open standards lower costs, French IT firms say

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Mandating open ICT standards and demanding interoperable ICT systems will lower the costs of government ICT systems, while increasing performance, agree one hundred French ICT firms working with open source and open standards. They responded to a poll organised last month by CNLL, a trade group.

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Nominate a free software community contributor in Cascadia

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As the Seattle GNU/Linux conference enters its third year, we decided we could do more to highlight the amazing community in Cascadia (a region on the west coast of the United States that includes Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho). This area, especially in Washington, may seem like a haven for proprietary software, but when you take a closer look, you realize people are doing the hard work of helping friends, colleagues, and students embrace free software everywhere.

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France: ‘tax source code will be made public’

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France’s tax department is willing to make the source code available for its income tax software system, says Axelle Lemaire, minister responsible for Digital Affairs. However, preparation takes time, she told April, France’s free software advocacy group, last month.

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Google open-sources its software for making trippy images with deep learning

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The deepdream project is now available on GitHub. The project relies on the open-source Caffe deep learning framework. Deep learning involves training artificial neural networks on a large pile of data — for example, pictures of geese — and then throwing them a new piece of data, like a picture of an ostrich, to receive an educated guess about it.

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Open Source Education Begins at an Early Age

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Open source software (OSS) is becoming a standard in the technology market, and much of today’s youth will find themselves using open source in their future educational and professional endeavors. But to do so, this younger generation will first need to develop the skills that will allow them to build, create and explore OSS technology effectively down the road. This calls for education in open source.

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Software Politics

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  • It's 2015 And Congress Is Now, Finally, Allowed To Use Open Source Technologies

    First, the good news: members of the House of Representatives in the US Congress are now allowed to use open source technology in their offices, rather than the very limited list of proprietary offerings they were given in the past. Second, the bad news: how the hell is it 2015 and this is only becoming an option now? I guess we can't change the past, and so let's celebrate the House of Reps finally getting to this point -- which just happens to coincide with the upcoming launch of the House Open Source Caucus (led by Reps. Blake Farenthold and Jared Polis).

  • The House opens up to open source

    Traditionally, members of the House of Representatives have been presented with a limited plate of options when choosing technology to run their offices and manage their web presences. Members that wanted to take advantage of open source solutions — which are restriction-free, reusable and frequently more cost-effective — faced significant uncertainty and were pushed towards a small selection of proprietary options.

  • Extremadura schoolboard’s software deal protested

    Advocates of free software are protesting a tender by the school board of the Spanish region of Extremadura requesting proprietary software licences. The advocacy group, Extremadura Focus Initiative, is supported by the new, incoming government of the region and by several of Extremadura’s school teachers.

EU open source project aims to touch every aspect of computer science

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The OpenDreamKit initiative forms part of a €7m pot for establishments across Europe led by Université Paris Sud. All the code from the event will be open source and available free on the internet.

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6 things technical leaders should consider around open-source software

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Many organisations have a wide array of open-source applications and code in use today – whether it be at the infrastructure and application layers, or in development frameworks and GitHub repositories.

However, the applications developer and infrastructure teams come under increasing pressure as organisations rush to develop new services for customers, comply with growing amounts of industry regulation, or simply strive to meet the needs of the information generation.

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The Problem With Putting All the World’s Code in GitHub

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The ancient Library of Alexandria may have been the largest collection of human knowledge in its time, and scholars still mourn its destruction. The risk of so devastating a loss diminished somewhat with the advent of the printing press and further still with the rise of the Internet. Yet centralized repositories of specialized information remain, as does the threat of a catastrophic loss.

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Razer’s open source virtual reality project now supports Android devices

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Razer’s open source virtual reality project will support Android, which opens up the future of this mind-altering world to multiple devices.

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    Hans Wennborg has laid out plans to release the LLVM 4.0 (and Clang 4.0, along with other LLVM sub-projects) toward the end of February. The proposal by continuing LLVM release manager Hans Wennborg puts the 4.0 branching followed by RC1 at 12 January, RC2 at 1 February, and the official release around 21 February.

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