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  • Open source is center stage at Open Networking Summit

    Open Networking Summit (ONS) kicked off in Santa Clara this week, the first event since becoming part of the Linux Foundation.

    Guru Parulkar, Nick McKeown and Dan Pitt started the Open Networking summit back in 2011. Yesterday, Parulkar said in his keynote that they started the summit as a small event to highlight the latest developments in software defined networking (SDN), and to accelerate SDN adoption by network operators and service providers.

    But as almost everything is become software defined and adoption is increasing, ONS became an important event for the industry and community. The immense adoption of open source led the team to increase focus on open source and open source platforms.

  • Debian SunCamp 2016 Is Taking Place May 26-29 in the Province of Girona, Spain

    The Debian community is preparing yet another awesome event for the of spring 2016, where you can meet new people, share knowledge, relax, plan cool features for the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, and have a good time while at it.

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  • AsiaBSDCon OpenBSD papers

    This year's AsiaBSDCon has come to an end, with a number of OpenBSD-related talks being presented. Two developers were also invited to the smaller "bhyvecon" event to discuss vmm(4) and future plans.

Leftovers: OSS

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  • DreamHost replaces VMware SDN with open source for big savings

    In a convincing example of the viability of open source networking, cloud provider DreamHost saved 70% in capital and 40% in operational costs by replacing VMware’s NSX SDN with open source alternatives.

    In a presentation at the Open Networking Summit here, suppliers Cumulus Networks and Akanda – a DreamHost spin-out NFV business -- said the cloud provider replaced NSX due to scaling and Layer 3 support issues. DreamHost did not speak and was not present during the presentation, but posted a blog entry on the project here last Friday.

  • Google’s Open-Source AGI is Disruptive

    The DeepMind Challenge victory demonstrates that Google’s open-source “artificial general intelligence” has just launched a new era of disruptive technology.

  • Mossberg: The False Debate Between Open and Closed in Tech

    Just as in politics, there are passionate, long-running disputes in tech. And, in one such never-ending argument, the weapons used are the words “open” and “closed.” Open is usually considered good, and closed is bad. But it turns out these words, which once really meant something, now have very loose definitions and surprising contradictions.

    In my mind, that often renders the debate phony.

    For instance, would you believe that Apple, which is most often accused of being “closed,” supports and uses open software in some of its most recognizable products? Or that Google, often viewed as a champion of openness, uses closed, proprietary software in some of its most familiar products?

  • Open Sourcers Race to Build Better Versions of Slack

    That’s why the open source community has been racing to build better versions of Slack, even though countless open source chat apps exist already. In fact, Slack alternative Mattermost and topped the Black Duck Rookies of the Year report, an annual list of new open source projects that attract the most developers and produce the most code. Along with other open source chat apps such as Friends and Let’s Chat, these projects are hoping to provide not just a more open alternative to Slack, but beat the company at its own game by providing features Slack doesn’t yet have.

  • What do open-source software development and entrepreneurship have in common?

    Around 23 percent of Kuwait's total workforce works in small and medium enterprises (SMEs), according to the World Bank. However, these companies only contribute about 3.1 percent to the national GDP.

    In an attempt to diversify its income sources, which rely mainly on oil, the Kuwaiti government launched the Kuwait National Fund for SME Development in 2013, which supports startups and SMEs.

    Nuwait had a chat with Kuwaiti entrepreneur Mohammad AlMarzouq, cofounder of web development company KBSoft about the three things that helped him venture into entrepreneurship.

  • Welcome New OSI Board Directors: 2016 Election Results

    We would also like to thank our outgoing Board Directors, Bruno Souza, Simon Phipps and Tony Wasserman. Through their dedication and insights the OSI has grown in size and purpose, and matured as an organization.

    We would be remiss if we did not also recognize the special role of Simon Phipps who, in addition to serving several terms as Board President, also shepherded the OSI's transition to a member-led organization, which made these elections possible.

  • TP-Link Promises Ban on Open Source Wireless Router Firmware

    In a sign that device manufacturers are taking seriously the FCC's new restrictions on open source firmware, TP-Link has announced that it will no longer sell wireless routers in the U.S. that support Linux-based firmwares like DD-WRT.

  • Registration Now Open for Free Cloud Technologies Course
  • V8 Release 5.0

    The first step in the V8 release process is a new branch from the git master immediately before Chromium branches for a Chrome Beta milestone (roughly every six weeks). Our newest release branch is V8 5.0, which will remain in beta until we release a stable build in conjunction with Chrome 50 Stable. Here’s a highlight of the new developer-facing features in this version of V8.

  • Google's V8 JavaScript Engine Hits Version 5.0

    The Chrome 50 web-browser will usher in the stable build of V8 5.0 as its JavaScript engine.

    Version 5.0 of the V8 JavaScript engine features improved ECMAScript 2015 support with regexp unicode flags and regexp customization hooks, performance improvements for ES2015 and ES5 features, and changes to the V8 API.

  • [LibreOffice] Live from CeBIT
  • Crate Raises $4M for New Container Database Technology

    The founder of Docker Inc. invests in new technology that provides a very different and very distributed way to build a container database.
    As Docker container use continues to grow, there is a need for a distributed database technology that is built for the container era, which is precisely what Crate Technology is now aiming to deliver.

    Crate Technology today announced a $4 million seed funding round to help build, develop and extend its open-source-based container database technology. Among Crate Technology's investors is Solomon Hykes, the founder of Docker Inc.

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  • White House requires agencies to share custom code with open-source community

    The White House has released for public comment a draft of its Source Code Policy, which establishes rules for sharing customized software between federal agencies, in the hopes of improving government access to applications and reducing development costs.

  • Yes, You Can Reconcile The Wide Sharing Of Personal Medical Research Data With Greater Participant Control

    Although the benefits of sharing big datasets are well-known, so are the privacy issues that can arise as a result. The tension between a desire to share information widely and the need to respect the wishes of those to whom it refers is probably most acute in the medical world. Although the hope is that aggregating health data on a large scale can provide new insights into diseases and their treatments, doing so makes issues of consent even trickier to deal with. A new study of Parkinson's disease from Sage Bionetworks, which describes itself as a "non-profit biomedical research organization," takes a particularly interesting approach.

  • Enourmous Git Repositories

    One thing you probably wouldn’t do is import the whole thing into a single Git repo, it’s pretty well known that Git isn’t designed for that. But, you know, Git does have some tools that let you pretend it’s a centralised version control system, and, huge monolithic repos are cool, and it works in Mercurial… evidence is worth more than hearsay, so I decided to create a Git repo with 10GB of text files to see what happened. I did get told in #git on Freenode that Git will not cope with a repo that’s larger than available RAM, but I was a little suspicious given the number of multi-gigabyte Git repos in existance.

  • WebAssembly Support Begins Materializing In Multiple Browsers

    WebAssembly, the year-old effort for creating a low-level programming language for in-browser client-side scripting with cross-browser support is making more progress.

OpenStack and Servers

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FOSS Databases

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5 Mistakes Open Source Software Companies Make, and How to Avoid Them

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What does it take for open source software companies -- and their partners -- to thrive? Fifteen years ago, that would have been a tough question to answer. But now, with so many companies already having gone open source, it's easy to look back and identify what makes open source work, and which mistakes open source companies should avoid.

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The one thing Microsoft must do - but won't - to gain open-source trust

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So, why are people still paying up rather than fighting? Because patent litigation is incredibly expensive. It's cheaper to pay a $5 to $15 per device licensing fee than to pay a small fortune and take even a remote chance of failure in court.

And Microsoft? Come on, back in 2014, Microsoft was already making about $3.4 billion from its Android patents. Samsung alone paid Microsoft a billion bucks to license its Android patents. This is serious money even by Fortune 500 standards.

In its last quarter, between volume licensing and patents, Microsoft accounted for approximately 9 percent of Microsoft's total revenue.

And, that, of course, is why Microsoft is never going to stop charging for its Android patents. So long as the boys from Redmond can milk these patents for billions every year, they're going to keep them.

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DAASI, Collabora team to bring identity management to CloudSuite, LibreOffice Online

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Collabora Productivity, the company that offers commercial solutions based on LibreOffice, has partnered with DAASI International, a provider of open source authentication, single sign-on (SSO) and federated identity management products to provide identity management integration solutions for CloudSuite. DAASI will also offer support and implementation services for companies who want to integrate CloudSuite into their IT landscape.

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Linaro Shoots to Simplify ARM for Cloud, Servers and IoT Platforms

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The company, which focuses on open source software for ARM chips, announced the news at its Linaro Connect event this month in Bangkok. Called Developer Cloud, the platform is based on OpenStack, the open source cloud computing operating system, in conjunction with the Debian and CentOS GNU/Linux distributions.

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ownCloud updates coming soon in Fedora

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If you store or track storage across lots of different places, you may have heard of ownCloud. This open source product lets you manage and share data across locations seamlessly. The project is a popular one, and there’s even a commercial service built around it.

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    The open educational resources (OER) movement has been gaining momentum over the past few years, as educators—from kindergarten classes to graduate schools—turn to free and open source educational content to counter the high cost of textbooks. Over the past year, the pace has accelerated. In 2017, OERs were a featured topic at the high-profile SXSW EDU Conference and Festival. Also last year, New York State generated a lot of excitement when it made an $8 million investment in developing OERs, with the goal of lowering the costs of college education in the state. David Usinski, a math and computer science professor and assistant chair of developmental education at the State University of New York's Erie Community College, is an advocate of OER content in the classroom. Before he joined SUNY Erie's staff in 2007, he spent a few years working for the Erie County public school system as a technology staff developer, training teachers how to infuse technology into the classroom.

Mozilla: Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society, New AirMozilla Audience Demo, Firefox Telemetry

  • Net Neutrality, NSF and Mozilla's WINS Challenge Winners, openSUSE Updates and More
    The National Science Foundation and Mozilla recently announced the first round of winners from their Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) challenges—$2 million in prizes for "big ideas to connect the unconnected across the US". According to the press release, the winners "are building mesh networks, solar-powered Wi-Fi, and network infrastructure that fits inside a single backpack" and that the common denominator for all of them is "they're affordable, scalable, open-source and secure."
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    The legacy AirMozilla platform will be decommissioned later this year. The reasons for the change are multiple; however, the urgency of the change is driven by deprecated support of both the complex back-end infrastructure by IT and the user interface by Firefox engineering teams in 2016. Additional reasons include a complex user workflow resulting in a poor user experience, no self-service model, poor usability metrics and a lack of integrated, required features.
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    Every Monday and Thursday around 3pm I check dev-telemetry-alerts to see if there have been any changes detected in the distribution of any of the 1500-or-so pieces of anonymous usage statistics we record in Firefox using Firefox Telemetry.

Games: All Walls Must Fall, Tales of Maj'Eyal

  • All Walls Must Fall, the quirky tech-noir tactics game, comes out of Early Access
    This isometric tactical RPG blends in sci-fi, a Cold War that never ended and lots of spirited action. It’s powered by Unreal Engine 4 and has good Linux support.
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    I love gaming, but I have two main problems with being a gamer. First, I'm terrible at video games. Really. Second, I don't have the time to invest in order to increase my skills. So for me, a game that is easy to get started with while also providing an extensive gaming experience is key. It's also fairly rare. All the great games tend to have a horribly steep learning curve, and all the simple games seem to involve crushing candy. Thankfully, there are a few games like Tales of Maj'Eyal that are complex but with a really easy learning curve.

KDE and GNOME: KDE Discover, Okular, Librsvg, and Phone's UI Shell

  • This week in Discover, part 7
    The quest to make Discover the most-loved Linux app store continues at Warp 9 speed! You may laugh, but it’s happening! Mark my words, in a year Discover will be a beloved crown jewel of the KDE experience.
  • Okular gains some more JavaScript support
    With it we support recalculation of some fields based on others. An example that calculates sum, average, product, minimum and maximum of three numbers can be found in this youtube video.
  • Librsvg's continuous integration pipeline
    With the pre-built images, and caching of Rust artifacts, Jordan was able to reduce the time for the "test on every commit" builds from around 20 minutes, to little under 4 minutes in the current iteration. This will get even faster if the builds start using ccache and parallel builds from GNU make. Currently we have a problem in that tests are failing on 32-bit builds, and haven't had a chance to investigate the root cause. Hopefully we can add 32-bit jobs to the CI pipeline to catch this breakage as soon as possible.
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    Peter has been quite busy thinking about the most ergonomic mobile gestures and came up with a complete UI shell design. While the last design report was describing the design of the lock screen and the home screen, we will discuss here about navigating within the different features of the shell.