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Russia to replace proprietary software with open source

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The Russian Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications has announced a plan to replace proprietary software with open source and locally produced software. The plan is one of the measures aimed at promoting sustainable economic development and social stability announced earlier this year.

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Will Open Source Drive the Future of the Automotive Industry?

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And Tesla was none too soon in making that decision. Late in 2013, a company called OSVehicle was founded in 2015 in Hong Kong with an international focus. Their goal? Complete, do-it-yourself, Open Source cars that cost less than $10,000 and take just an hour to make. Now with a community numbering 10,000 of designers, programmers and fans, OSVehicle has released a variety of kits, cars and plans. Combined with the luxury and sport expertise Tesla brings to the table, making working, street-legal open source electric vehicles is now easier than ever before.

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CII takes steps to make open-source software safer

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The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative is taking on three new major open-source security projects and Linux security expert Emily Ratliff has been hired to oversee CII.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Pulp Friction: SourceForge brings out too much GIMP

    The site is reported to have been 'inserting' advertisements and other forms of third-party offers into downloads for projects that are no longer currently actively maintained.

    While some would argue that this is fairly inoffensive and comparatively legitimate monetisation of what is still essentially free software, the community has not been happy with the process.

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    As wider reaction to this story, SourceForge is said to be generally losing ground to GitHub and other sites that exist to perform code repository and download functions such as FossHub.

  • Fossetcon Call for Papers

    The Second Annual Fossetcon Conference, which is scheduled to be held at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida on November 19-21 has announced its Call for Papers on the conference website. According to the site, the call is officially open until August 17, but might be extended if certain conditions, such as “speaker diversity, relevant content and or lack of submissions” are not met.

  • New speakers announced for PGDay

    The UK’s only dedicated Postgres user event has two new speakers, along with a great line up of technology and other experts

  • For OpenStack to succeed, it needs to change

    For all the attention it's been getting, OpenStack is still in its formative years and the future success of the project lies not in how it will change future IT operations but how it will mesh with existing IT.

  • User survey learnings, a code analysis tool, and more OpenStack news
  • Breqwtr Enters OpenStack Arena With Cloud Appliance 2.0

    Despite the risks of running an OpenStack hardware business, Canadian startup Breqwtr announced Cloud Appliance 2.0. It provides a curated version of OpenStack.

  • German IT security experts validate ownCloud for high-protection environments

    The BSI just published a report on the operation and security of ownCloud. The report (in German) provides IT managers and other decision makers with requirements, measures and considerations, and the security assessment and the risks involved with a high-protection deployment of ownCloud in their organisations.

  • LibreOffice Gets More Porting For GTK3, Adds Wayland-Compatible Clipboard Support

    The past few months has seen lots of work on adding GTK3 support to LibreOffice. That work is slowly but surely getting accomplished.

  • Open Source Initiative Extends Affiliate Program to Higher Education

    Driven by the promise of reduced costs, increased pace of innovation, community-driven development and shared services, institutions of higher education are increasingly moving to open source software solutions. In order to help colleges and universities across the globe maximize their opportunities through participation in both the development of open source software as well as the communities of practice which support those projects, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) announced at the 2015 Open Apereo Conference, the extension of the non-profit's popular Affiliate Member Program.

  • NetBSD 7.0_RC1

    On behalf of the NetBSD project, it is my pleasure to announce the first release candidate of NetBSD 7.0.

  • Can Wikipedia Survive?

    This is a challenge for Wikipedia, which has always depended on contributors hunched over keyboards searching references, discussing changes and writing articles using a special markup code. Even before smartphones were widespread, studies consistently showed that these are daunting tasks for newcomers. “Not even our youngest and most computer-savvy participants accomplished these tasks with ease,” a 2009 user test concluded. The difficulty of bringing on new volunteers has resulted in seven straight years of declining editor participation.

  • The rise of creativity propels open data forward

    Private enterprises began to find ways to boost creativity of their employees and academic research expanded phenomenally on the subject. The government sector was also not oblivious to the obvious. One of the vital developments in the technology sector in the recent past has been the opening up of data. Open data, as it is termed, is available for everyone to use and republish as they wish without any restrictions from the clutches of patents, copyrights, and any other mechanism of control. Open data gives an autonomy to people with ideas to contribute in a significant manner in various areas of development. These initiatives to open up data fortifies the initiatives to enhance creativity.

  • How to build a DIY heart and activity tracking device

    As this project may be of interest for others, I wrote this tutorial explaining the making of CubiKG, a Holter monitor-like device for heart and activity tracking. Also, to fit everyone's attention span, I provided the highlights, and a more detailed how-to that walks through each step to guide you through the building process.

The Third Platform: The Time for Open Source Is Nigh

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The main purposes of open source are overt in the name itself. The biggest differentiator of open source is its innate openness, or transparency. Not only is the source code available, but so too are the other aspects. This characteristic contrasts with the often clandestine processes of proprietary vendors. Open-source products are thus easier to evaluate to determine whether they are right for a specific enterprise.

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Librem 13 Linux Laptop Crowdfunding Begins, 2nd Generation Librem 15 On the Way

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After the success of the first ever crowdfunding campaign for the Librem 15 portable laptop powered by an open-source Linux kernel-based operating system called PureOS, Purism now announced a new crowdfunding campaign for its upcoming Librem 13 laptop.

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Docker 1.7.0 Open Source Linux Container Engine Adds ZFS Support

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The development team behind the impressive and dominant Docker open-source Linux container engine have announced recently the release of Docker 1.7.0, a major version that adds new features and addresses some of the most annoying bugs from previous releases of the software.

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5 Reasons Open Source Software is Good For Your Business

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In recent years, open source software has become more frequently used by businesses and individuals alike. Why is this, and what makes open source solutions so increasingly popular? Below I list five reasons why open source software can be good for your business.

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Leftovers: OSS

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Why big open-source projects are fleeing SourceForge's free software hub

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SourceForge is in trouble.

The download-hosting site retreated after public outcry, removing the junkware it inserted into downloads of the popular GIMP image editing tool without the developers’ permission. But SourceForge has still lost the trust of the open-source community after the junkware-wrapping scandal—and now more open-source projects are leaving SourceForge for greener pastures like GitHub and FossHub.

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  • The future of xinput, xmodmap, setxkbmap, xsetwacom and other tools under Wayland
    This post applies to most tools that interface with the X server and change settings in the server, including xinput, xmodmap, setxkbmap, xkbcomp, xrandr, xsetwacom and other tools that start with x. The one word to sum up the future for these tools under Wayland is: "non-functional". An X window manager is little more than an innocent bystander when it comes to anything input-related. Short of handling global shortcuts and intercepting some mouse button presses (to bring the clicked window to the front) there is very little a window manager can do. It's a separate process to the X server and does not receive most input events and it cannot affect what events are being generated. When it comes to input device configuration, any X client can tell the server to change it - that's why general debugging tools like xinput work.
  • Please don't use pastebins in bugs
  • Linux Top 3: SparkyLinux 4.5, Mageia 5.1 and Peppermint 7
    SparkyLinux is (yet another) Debian based Linux distribution. The SparkyLinux 4.5 update codenamed "Tyche' was released on December 3, providing users with multiple desktop choice other than GNOME. SparkLinux 4.5 ships with KDE, LXDE, LXQt, MATE and Xfce.
  • Upcoming Linux Distributions Releasing In December 2016
    In December 2016, a big Linux distribution release is taking shape in the form of Linux Mint 18.1 Serena, flavored by Cinnamon 3.2. It’ll be accompanied by the release of security and privacy-focused Anonymous Live CD Tails 2.9.
  • AMD Extends Strategic Partnership with Mentor Graphics for Linux-based Embedded Solutions
  • Samsung Z2 gets Firmware Update to Tizen 2.4.0.6 Z200FDDU0BPK3 in India
    Samsung’s latest Tizen-based smartphone, the Z2 model number SM-Z200F, has had a new software / firmware update land in India today. The update takes it to Tizen version 2.4.0.6., firmware Z200FDDU0BPK3. The update log mentions the following improvements: Improved send SOS message (panic mode) and also improvements to the security of the device. Additional bug fixes and performance improvements may have also been bundled in.

Leftovers: Software

  • choqok 1.6 Twitter Client was released and completely ported with KDE Frameworks 5
    Choqok is a fast, efficient and simple to use twitter client for Linux (especially built for the KDE desktop environment) that is installed by default to some of the Linux distribution which shipped with KDE Desktop Environment. The name comes from an ancient Persian word, means Sparrow!
  • 10 open source tools for your sysadmin toolbox [Ed: Terrible list which starts with two suggestions of Microsoft EEE]
    Sysadmins, no matter what platforms they work on, are awash in great open source software tools. In this article, we highlight well-known—and not-so-well-known—tools that have released new versions in 2016.
  • NetworkManager 1.2.6 Lets You Activate Multiple PPPoE Connections Simultaneously
    Beniamino Galvani was proud to announce the release and general availability of a new maintenance update to the stable NetworkManager 1.2 series of the open source network connection manager software for GNU/Linux distributions. NetworkManager is the most used network connection manager, adopted by almost all Linux-based operating systems on the market, and NetworkManager 1.2.6 is now the most advanced release of the 1.2 stable series, coming four months after the NetworkManager 1.2.4 update to fix a few bugs and regressions reported by users since then.
  • GNOME loves to cook
    With the upcoming 20th birthday of GNOME next year, some of us thought that we should make another attempt at this application, maybe as a birthday gift to all of GNOME. Shortly after GUADEC, I got my hands on some existing designs and started to toy around with implementing them over a few weekends and evenings. The screenshots in this post show how far I got since then.

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Linux Foundation: Blockchain and Automotive Grade Linux

  • Linux Foundation’s Blockchain Collective Hyperledger Hits 100 Members
    Hyperledger aims to enable organizations to build robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions by creating an enterprise grade, open source distributed ledger framework and code base.
  • The Blockchain Milestone You May Have Missed
  • Sasken becomes member of Automotive Grade Linux
    Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd has announced its membership with Automotive Grade Linux as its bronze member. This will enable Sasken to provide solutions to customers on Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). Sasken will provide product development and system integration services for automotive customers spanning in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), instrument cluster, heads-up display and telematics.