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ARM wants you to jump into mbed with it – IoT open-source OS in beta

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Chip blueprint scribbler ARM has released some of the source code for its first public beta of mbed, its operating system for the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things is today's fancy word for embedded engineering, and ARM is all over that latter space: the tiny and relatively simple processor cores it designs are used in countless gadgets and gizmos, phones and tablets, controllers and sensors, smartcards, and so on.

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Android Influencer: Helen Li, the woman behind OnePlus’s Oxygen OS

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If you don’t like what Google’s doing with Android, you can always make your own version of it. That’s what OnePlus did after it cut ties with Cyanogen. Rather than stick with the plain Google AOSP, OnePlus took the operating system and branched it out into its own, bonafied Android fork. The result is a version of Android that looks like it’s stock, with useful, well-integrated extra features.

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Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) for the Unix shell

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When I first got involved in Unix and open source, I was choosing a pseudonym for a little podcast that I do called GNU World Order. I naively thought that in a community that values technology and, frequently, speculative fiction, the name "Klaatu" would be a quaintly obscure reference to my favorite movies. Of course, I have since learned that "Klaatu" as your handle in the tech community is rather like "Bob Smith" in the real world, so online I am also sometimes known as "notKlaatu" to set me apart from the other Klaatus.

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Why Use Docker On A Dedicated Server?

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The reason Docker has so many people excited is that it allows for the creation of a strictly isolated environment that can contain everything that’s needed to develop, test, and deploy an application. The same container can run on a production server and the developer’s MacBook (with a lightweight virtual machine). Development environments can be distributed across multiple systems without anyone having to worry about having the right software versions. The containers can be pushed to dedicated servers, cloud servers, virtual servers, or any other instance of Linux.

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Avnet and Red Hat to bring open source tech to Netherlands

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Avnet will expand its decade-long partnership with Red Hat to provide the Netherlands with a range of open source offerings.

The distie giant will offer Red Hat's Enterprise Linux and Enterprise Virtualisation solutions, alongside its JBoss Middleware offering.

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Librem 13 Free Software Laptop Nears Funding Goals, After Self-Funding

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In the few times I've looked at the Librem 13 crowd-funding campaign, it didn't look like it would make its crowd-funded goal of $250k... Even with the campaign being extended on Crowd Supply. However, in the past few days it shot up sharply towards its goal.

It turns out that it looks like the Librem 13 is being self-funded by Todd Weaver, the CEO of Purism, in order to meet their goal with the crowd-funded campaign ending on 17 September.

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Munich now a major contributor to open source

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The city of Munich is a major contributor to free and open source projects, sending bugfixes to upstream developers, making available software solutions and sharing best practices and technical information. In August, Munich IT staff members shared the city’s accomplishments with the community of Debian developers, one of the main free software distributions.

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MPV Open-Source MPlayer-Based Video Player Gets a Major Update with New Features

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The MPV movie player based on the MPlayer and mplayer2 open-source projects that supports a wide variety of video and audio file formats, as well as subtitle types and video codecs, has reached version 0.10.0.

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