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Government Adoption of Open Source Software Continues In The U.S.

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Recently, the Sunlight Foundation, the Congressional Data Coalition and the OpenGovFoundation announced that constituents of the U.S. House of Representatives can now choose open source software over proprietary software to better suit their technology requirements and projects.

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Open source, Echo-like gizmo is halfway to Kickstarter gold

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A Kickstarter campaign is seeking funds for developing “Mycroft,” an open source, Snappy Core Linux- and Raspberry Pi 2-based alternative to Amazon’s Echo.

The ambitious Mycroft Kickstarter campaign is now halfway to its $99,000 funding goal for developing what it calls “the world’s first open source, open hardware home A.I. platform.” Like Amazon’s groundbreaking Echo, the Mycroft device will be a speech-recognizing wireless hub that implements a combination of Internet access, media streaming, and home automation functions.

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Github’s Top Coding Languages Show Open Source Has Won

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On Wednesday, Github published a graph tracking the popularity of various programming languages on its eponymous internet service, a tool that lets anyone store, edit, and collaborate on software code. In recent years, Github.com has become the primary means of housing open source software—code that’s freely available to the world at large; an increasing number of businesses are using the service for private code, as well. A look at how the languages that predominate on Github have changed over time is a look at how the software game is evolving.

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Top 4 open source command-line email clients

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Like it or not, email isn't dead yet. And for Linux power users who live and die by the command line, leaving the shell to use a traditional desktop or web based email client just doesn't cut it. After all, if there's one thing that the command line excels at, it's letting you process files, and especially text, with uninterrupted efficiency.

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The Bitcoin Schism Shows the Genius of Open Source

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Bitcoin, you see, runs on open source software, software that’s freely available to the world at large, software that anyone can not only use but change. A fork is the ultimate change, where someone makes a copy of the code and creates an entirely separate version of the project. This is quite common in the world of open source software—a world that now drives so much of the technology we use every day. Open source code is built on consensus, and sometimes, if coders feel a consensus can’t be reached, they fork.

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