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GSA goes open source for its integrated acquisition platform

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Speaking at Booz Allen Hamilton's Digital Innovation Summit, Navin Vembar, director of IT for GSA's Integrated Award Environment, detailed the open-sourcing of the IAE and why it should provide more value to federal agencies and taxpayers. The Wednesday event was hosted by FedScoop.

The plan is to make it "open source from the ground up," Vembar said, who was joined on stage by Munjeet Singh, a vice president of the Strategic Innovation Group at Booz Allen Hamilton, the contractor awarded modernization work on the IAE project late last year. "The platform will be open source, the code that we’re producing that lies on that platform will be open source.”

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Canonical Says Ubuntu Phones Will Run Any Linux App on Open Source OS

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Smartphones running Ubuntu Linux from Canonical may soon support not just mobile apps, but all programs for open source, Linux-based platforms. That's according to developers working on bleeding-edge versions of Ubuntu for phones.

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5 Advantages of Open Source Software

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Open source software (OSS) are accessible under a software authorization that enables individuals to access the source code and customize it according to their needs so providing the capability to tailor the software for different jobs. The program license keeps the right of the individual to modify and customize it in any way they desire. This feature is the major difference among open source software and blocked source software model. The blocked source model enables only the developer of the application to access and customize the program according to their requirements.

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5 must-have open source apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux

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Many, if not most, people, myself included, run a heterogeneous environment, picking the appropriate operating system or platform for the job. To have some level of consistency in my cross-platform workflow I choose applications that I can run on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. And it’s icing on the cake if these applications are open source.

Here, then, are some of the best open source and free apps I've found for my heterogeneous environment.

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Networking is the next frontier for open source software

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We've often heard that the demand for programmers is leading to a skills shortage in the coding sector. Linux already pumps a lot of money into education. Is it time we saw coding as a curriculum staple in schools? Zemlin reminded us that, while its an emphatic 'yes', there's more to it than just lines of code.

"In the US you are starting to see schools putting programming and coding into the curriculum. But coding can sometimes get in the way of actually understanding how a computer works, and that's where you get something like the Raspberry Pi which was designed to allow Cambridge students to actually understand how a computer works," he explained.

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‘France's open source policy spurs ICT market’

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France’s policies on open source and open data are helping to create a market for French ICT service providers, says Didier Tranchier, Professor of Innovation Management at Institut Mines-Telecom, a research institute.

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Syncloud: personal services device

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Syncloud is open source software which allows users without any technical knowledge to have popular services running at home on cheap hardware like raspberry pi with UI similar to modern mobile app store solutions. With almost one click install within seconds user can have complex services like ownCloud ready for use otherwise impossible to install without an admin friend with experience.

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Is open source killing end-to-end products?

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End-to-end products look to be dead in a growing world of open source. But, there’s still a niche to be had for those who provide a comprehensive platform, especially to medium- and small-sized firms.

Dave Vellante and George Gilbert, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, sat down with Donna Prlich, VP of product marketing at Pentaho Corp., to get her perspective on the industry and to explain what, exactly, Pentaho is.

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Blocks: Modularity Comes to Smartwatches

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Blocks, which has been developing a modular, open source smartwatch for several years, has re-emerged with a resoundingly successful Kickstarter campaign, and a new Android Lollipop based operating system. UK-based Blocks has already hauled in more than $700,000 for its Blocks smartwatch, and packages starting at $195 are still available through Nov. 19, with shipments due in May 2016.

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  • Ubuntu GNOME merged into mainline Ubuntu
    Ubuntu has been using the Unity environment developed by Caonical Ltd. since the netbook edition of Ubuntu 10.10, initially released on June 9, 2010. However, it has been decided that the Unity environment would no longer be the standard environment used for the popular GNU/Linux distro. In a blog post by Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical, he says, "We are wrapping up an excellent quarter and an excellent year for the company, with performance in many teams and products that we can be proud of. As we head into the new fiscal year, it’s appropriate to reassess each of our initiatives. I’m writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell. We will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS."

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