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  • Firefox 40 released, here’s what you’ll find

    It has been six weeks since the release of Firefox 39 and today Firefox 40 was pushed to the FTP servers and will roll out to users on August 11. Below is a compiled list of everything new you can expect to see in the release.

  • Mozilla Plugs Dangerous Firefox Zero-Day Hole

    Mozilla on Friday released security updates to fix a zero-day flaw in the Firefox browser. An exploit that searches for sensitive files and uploads them to a server -- possibly somewhere in Ukraine -- has surfaced in an ad on a Russian news site, Mozilla reported last week. The exploit impacts Windows and Linux users. Mac users could be hit by a modified version. The vulnerability stems from the interaction of Firefox's PDF Viewer and the mechanism that enforces JavaScript context separation -- the "same origin" policy, Mozilla said.

  • Pixar Announces Universal Scene Description to be Open-Sourced
  • Pixar to open-source its Universal Scene Description software
  • How To Improve Bus Factor In Your Open Source Project

    In my experience (I was an open source community manager for several years and am deeply embedded in the community of people who do open source outreach), getting people into the funnel for your project as first-time contributors is a reasonably well-solved problem, i.e., we know what works. Showing up at OpenHatch events, making sure the bugs in the bug tracker are well-specified, setting up a "good for first-timers" task tag and/or webpage and keeping it updated, personally inviting people who have reported bugs to help you solve them, etc. If you can invest several months of one-on-one or two-on-one mentorship time, participate in Google Summer of Code and/or Outreachy internship programs. If you want to start with something that's quantitative and gamified, consider using Google Code-In as a scaffold to help you develop the rest of these practices.

  • Sure, Hadoop is Hard, But Maybe That's a Good Thing

    Indeed, modularity is a hallmark of many open source platforms, ranging from Hadoop to Drupal to OpenStack, but it can introduce significant complexity.

  • The latest community activity report, progress towards Liberty release, and more OpenStack news
  • Debunking Open-Source Database Myths

    Still, the IT industry harbors misconceptions about how open-source software works, its performance, its benefits and its ROI. eWEEK, with input from open-source PostgreSQL database specialist EnterpriseDB, helps debunk some of the most common open-source database myths, including those about its costs and capabilities.

  • Savannah: Savannah IPv4 address has changed
  • GNU Remotecontrol: Newsletter – August 2015
  • What It Took Porting LibreOffice To GTK3 & Wayland

    For the past several months Caolán McNamara has been leading the charge for adding GTK3 tool-kit support to LibreOffice. With the new LibreOffice 5.0 that initial GTK3 support is in place that also brings initial Wayland support for this open-source office suite.

  • Of Course, LibreOffice Is Easy To Deploy And Use. It’s FLOSS. It’s An Office Suite.

    Yes. Replacing a non-Free office suite with LibreOffice makes sense. It’s FLOSS. You can run, examine, modify and distribute the software under the accompanying licence. There’s no need to budget for licensing. There’s no contract. There’s no dependency on someone out to get you. LibreOffice is a cooperative product of the world, not enslavement/lock-in/a burden indefinitely. It’s easy too. After all, LibreOffice is descended from StarOffice and OpenOffice.org designed from the beginning to be easy to use even for those familiar with M$’s product.

  • Projects Emphasize Open-Source Technology and Data for Agriculture

    Around the world, young people are turning to farming and the food sector as viable career options. However, the next generation of food system leaders often lacks access to the latest data and technologies that are vital to the success of farm businesses. Projects such as Open Ag Toolkit (OpenATK), a new platform for managing agricultural tasks, and FarmBot, an open-source community for small-scale precision farming, are working to democratize innovations in agriculture by improving data transfer and small-scale technologies through open-source models.

  • Amyris teams with Genome Compiler for open source testing program
  • Watch those VOCs! Open Source Air Quality Monitor

    Capable of monitoring Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), basic particulate matter, carbon dioxide, temperature and humidity, it takes care of the basic metrics to measure the air quality of a room.

Pixar’s Universal Screen Description software is going open source

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Pixar Animation Studios has announced that its proprietary Universal Screen Description (USD) software will be going open source by Summer 2016, providing computer animation studios with an incredibly powerful tool to manage scenes in large scale projects.

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Top 10 Open Source eCommerce Platforms

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For small-to-medium-sized businesses, establishing an online presence to sell products or services is an absolute must to stay competitive in today’s (and tomorrow’s) marketplace.

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Also: Why Magento is Ideal for E-Commerce [Infographic]

What's next for the privacy-conscious ownCloud project

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Frank Karlitschek is a free software developer and privacy activist. He'll be speaking at LinuxCon North America in August of this year. His topic, "Open source, safe and secure; A case for leaving data where it is," is very timely given the rash of data breaches we've witnessed lately.

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Kodi 15.1 Isengard – Release Candidate

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Once a ‘final’ version is released some new bugs and/or problems usually appear out of nowhere, and last release was no exception. Even though tens of thousands of users were already testing the 15.0 version before release, as soon as million started using it, some problems we either did not think of or which we did not notice popped up. To counter some of these new issues, we’re bringing you this maintenance release candidate called 15.1 RC1 which has some additional fixes on top of the 15.0 release.

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Nantes: “Change management key to switch to free software"

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Change management is the key to successfully replacing proprietary software by free and open source alternatives, says Eric Ficheux, IT project manager working for the administration of Nantes. In 2013, France’s sixth largest city began switching to LibreOffice, replacing a proprietary suite of office productivity tools. “Any organisation considering a similar switch should brush up on change management.”

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • A Look At Daala's Git Repository, The Lead Developers & Code Count

    While the Daala video coding format backed primarily by Xiph.Org and Mozilla isn't ready for mainstream use yet, looking at its Git repository does at least reveal some environmental data to discuss.

    While poking around the Daala Git repository this week in looking at the state of affairs, I decided to run GitStats on the code-base for seeing the pace of code entering the mainline code repository, etc. This was mainly done out of pure curiosity and figured the stats would be of interest to other Phoronix readers too. The Daala repository has 277 files made up of 124k lines of code that as of today was done via 1,432 commits and has seen contributions by 47 authors.

  • LibreOffice, and the ODF legacy

    Common wisdom has it that sleeping dogs are better kept snoring and I tend to agree. I’m going to do what may seem to be understood as the contrary. I believe it is not the case, as prejudice is something that is hard to fight and tends to stick around dark corners and circles of people with little knowledge of the matter.

  • IPv4 address change for Savannah
  • LibreOffice 5, Creative Commons writes the White House, and more news

    In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the release of LibreOffice 5, a personal food computer, Creative Common's open letter the President Obama, and more.

  • 3 Excellent Free Lua Books
  • Open data initiative to give true picture of election process

    The National Democratic Institute is has announced the launch of the Open Election Data Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to ensure that citizen groups have access to election data that can give a true picture of an election process, including how candidates are certified, how and which voters are registered, what happens on election day, whether results are accurate, and how complaints are resolved.

  • Perl SIG: Reduced build root: Memoize, Net-Ping, Pod-Html sub-packaged

Leftovers: OSS

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  • Taking The Mystery Out Of SDKs With Open Source

    Mobile SDKs are, for most publishers, a necessary evil. Whether you’re trying to integrate analytics, cross-promotion, tracking, monetization or payments, your first step is most often to inject a third-party SDK into your codebase.

    This much-maligned piece of software drives developers, operations and marketers alike up the wall — creating well-defined operational specs that often change to soiling your product code with unspecified external components.

  • CFP: Codemotin Conference supports women application!

    Codemotion is the biggest tech conference in Italy and one of the greatest in Europe, open to all languages and technologies. It’s the hub connecting technologies and coders.

  • Who will be the Ubuntu of Hadoop?

    Today, he posits, variation between Hadoop distributions is actually less than we see in Linux land. ("There's more variation among the Red Hat, Ubuntu, and CoreOS kernels than there is among the core components of the various Hadoop distributions.") I found this a bit surprising given Hortonworks' noise earlier this year that Hadoop standardization was imperative, as it launched the Open Data Platform initiative.

  • Announcing the draft Federated Cloud Sharing API
  • Federated Cloud Sharing in ownCloud 8.1https://owncloud.org/blog/federated-cloud-sharing-in-owncloud-8-1/

    Over the few last weeks, ownCloud founder and company co-founder Frank Karlitschek has published a short series of blogs on the topic of Federated Cloud Sharing, discussing what it is and why it is important. Today, he published a draft of a open API for sharing between different file share and sync clouds. In this post, we’ll quickly recap the concept, talk a little about the Open Cloud Mesh working group, and show how to configure and use it in ownCloud 8.1.

  • Hortonworks Reports Strong Results, a Growing Customer Base
  • OpenStack and Google – a match made in heaven

    OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.

  • UK government reportedly working to end its reliance on Oracle

    The U.K. Cabinet Office has reportedly asked government departments and agencies to try to find ways to end their reliance on Oracle software, but it’s not clear that approach will really solve its problems.

    Motivating the request was the large but unspecified number of Oracle licenses currently supported within the U.K. government, The Register reported. Included in that count are apparently licenses covering individual leaders whose departments already pay for licenses of their own as well as separate software versions being supported.

  • Open source is coming to campus

    I wanted to share an upcoming open source software event that we are hosting at my campus, at the University of Minnesota Morris. Working with OpenHatch, we are connecting mentors with students and members of the community for a one-day event. We'll talk about what open source software is, and help people get started with their first contribution to open source software projects.

  • Licence change derails development of hospital system

    The changing of the licence of openERP, an open source solution for enterprise resource planning, from GPL to AGPL in late 2009, thwarted development of Hospital, a hospital information system (HIS) written for a paediatric clinic in Thessaloniki (Greece). The clinic stopped a pilot of the software, and its developers moved to other open source-based projects.

  • FDA To Develop Open-Source Precision Medicine Software Platform
  • FDA Unveils Open Source Platform for Genomic Sequencing Data

    On Wednesday, the FDA announced the launch of an open source platform for community sharing of genomic sequencing data called precisionFDA. DNAnexus, the provider of cloud-based genome informatics and data management was awarded a research and development contract by the FDA to build the platform. precisionFDA is the FDA’s answer to its role under the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative is to review the current regulatory landscape and develop a streamlined approach to evaluating next-generation sequencing NGS-based diagnostics.

  • The open source era dawns in Vietnam with fab labs arriving on scene

    A comprehensive look at Vietnam’s burgeoning open source movement and the players involved and why you should get in now

  • Save money with open-source textbooks

    It's hardly a secret that the price of new college textbooks has risen 82% in the last decade, forcing students to find cheaper alternatives or forego course materials altogether.

  • An open-source work bench

    Maker Bench is an open souce CNCed work bench design from 3D drawing company SketchUp, deigned by Eric Schimelpfenig.

    The SketchUp community has gone on to modify it for various uses.

  • Go 1.5 RC1 Released

    Go 1.5 is a huge update with the work to be rewritten in Go itself and many other features like a fully-concurrent garbage collector, new architecture ports, switching to Git, and many other changes. Go developers can find the verbose explanation of 1.5 changes via the tentative release notes.

Open-source software boost for public health sector

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This has been possible because of an open-source software developed by US-based organization Dimagi. A social enterprise that specializes in using technology to empower rural communities across the world, they currently serve in more than 40 developing countries being engaged in over 300 projects. Two members of the Dimagi team were in the city to work on improving the interface that they share with Lata Medical Research Foundation (LMRF).

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HMRC reveals cloud and open source transformation

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“We are committed to both using open source products and contributing back to the community to improve them based on what we are doing,” the digital service manager claimed.

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  • NVIDIA Makes Huge Code Contribution To Qt, New Qt 3D Studio
    The Qt Company today announced Qt 3D Studio, a new 3D UI authoring system, thanks to NVIDIA providing Qt with hundreds of thousands of lines of source code making up this application.
  • Cavium ThunderX Support Added To LLVM
    Cavium's ThunderX ARM 64-bit processors are now formally supported by the LLVM compiler stack.
  • How copying an int made my code 11 times faster
    Recently, after refactoring some Rust code, I noticed that it had suddenly become four times slower. However, the strange part is that I didn’t even touch the part of the code that became slower. Furthermore, it was still slower after commenting out the changes. Curious, I decided to investigate further. The first step was to use git diff to display all changes since the previous commit, which was normal speed. Then I started removing them one by one, no matter how inconsequential, and testing to see if it was still slow after the change. [...] Adding the print statement causes the code to go from 0.16 seconds to 1.7 seconds, an 11x slowdown (in release mode). Then, I posted it in the rustc IRC channel, where eddyb and bluss suggested a workaround and explained what was going on. The fix was to the change the print line to the following, which does indeed fix the slowdown.

Linux Kernel News

GNOME News: GNOME 3.24, Vala, and GNOME Shell Extensions

  • Ubuntu 17.04 Will Ship with GNOME 3.24
    For first time in a long time, Ubuntu will ship with the latest GNOME release.
  • Who Maintains That Stuff?
    If you use GNOME or Ubuntu, then GNOME Disks is probably what you rely on if you ever need to do any disk management operations, so it’s a relatively important piece of software for GNOME and Ubuntu users. Now if you’re a command line geek, you might handle disk management via command line, and that’s fine, but most users don’t know how to do that. Or if you’re living in the past like Ubuntu and not yet using Wayland, you might prefer GParted (which does not work under Wayland because it requires root permissions, while we intentionally will not allow applications to run as root in Wayland ). But for anyone else, you’re probably using GNOME Disks. So it would be good for it to work reliably, and for it to be relatively free of bugs.
  • On Problems with Vala
    If you’re going to be writing a new application based on GNOME technologies and targeting the GNOME ecosystem, then you should seriously consider writing it in the Vala programming language.
  • 10 Awesome Gnome Shell Extensions to Improve GNOME 3
    The GNOME desktop environment is loved by many, but it allows for very little out-of-the-box customisation. However, you can extend the features of the desktop by installing third-party extensions which help to fix any weird quirks you might have observed or change the behaviour of your desktop outright.

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