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Blocks: Modularity Comes to Smartwatches

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Blocks, which has been developing a modular, open source smartwatch for several years, has re-emerged with a resoundingly successful Kickstarter campaign, and a new Android Lollipop based operating system. UK-based Blocks has already hauled in more than $700,000 for its Blocks smartwatch, and packages starting at $195 are still available through Nov. 19, with shipments due in May 2016.

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Why use NGINX as a load balancer?

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NGINX, an open source, high-performance HTTP server, reverse proxy, and IMAP/POP3 proxy server, has gained popularity as a load balancer. I caught up with Sarah Novotny, head of Developer Relations at NGINX, ahead of her All Things Open session later this month, and asked her to explain NGINX's growing popularity.

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Open Source Day at Grace Hopper 2015

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For the past five GHC conferences, Open Source Day has been held to bring together programmers, writers, and organizations, such as Mozilla and Cloudera, to work through some of the problems facing open source projects. The main goal of the 5-6 hours they have together is to get a solid chunk of work done and, for cool—yet scrappy—projects such as Women's P2P Network, that's what's needed to take progress to the next level.

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NASA Just Released the Massive VICAR Collection of Apps as Open Source

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NASA has released its VICAR Core set of applications as open source and it looks like the agency is opening its tools toward the international community.

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Walmart decries cloud lock-in, plans to open-source OneOps

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Vendor lock-in has plagued the corporate world since well before the arrival of the cloud, but now -- with ever more of today's technology operating in an online environment dominated by providers such as Amazon Web Services -- it's taken on new urgency.

Aiming to strike a blow at the problem, Walmart on Wednesday announced that it will open-source the cloud technology it has built up following its acquisition of startup OneOps roughly two years ago.

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8 best free and open source inventory management systems: how to save money and improve service for your customers

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Inventory management is the process of specifying and quantifying the shape and percentage of goods you hold in stock. By knowing what you have, and where, you can save money and improve your service to customers. There are myriad free inventory management software systems to choose from, so here are the 8 best free and open source inventory management systems, listed in alphabetical order. For more free software, see our free software downloads. See all of our IT Business tutorials.

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Liberty Is First OpenStack Release Under 'Big Tent' Model

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The OpenStack Liberty release, set to become generally available on Oct. 15, will provide users of the open-source cloud platform with new projects and features. The second major OpenStack update in 2015, the Liberty release follows Kilo, which debuted on April 30.

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Why open source is a safe choice for agencies

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Thousands of security engineers, cryptographers and developers in the open-source community are regularly searching for vulnerabilities and, more often than not, fix them before anyone else notices.

Vulnerabilities are always present in software, but because of the sheer number of community-oriented contributors and the speed of innovation within open-source projects, they are often noticed and fixed more quickly than those in their proprietary counterparts. Often, proprietary software vulnerabilities are not noticed until they are hacked.

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Free, open source alternatives to LastPass

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Now that LastPass has been acquired by LogMeIn, you might be interested in a free open-source alternative

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​Depth/Deepin OS is not just another Linux Distro, but one with something new to show. Deepin OS is simply speaking, just beautiful. Deepin OS, formerly known as Deepin, Linux Deepin, and Hiweed GNU/Linux is a Linux distro with an identity crisis. Seriously, this distro has undergone name changes you always have to check twice if the name is still the same. And that is all the negative you are going to say about this distro. Honestly speaking, Deepin OS is surely going to blow you away. I have been keeping an eye on this distro since 2013 and it still manages to impress me. Read more

KDE Leftovers: digikam, KDevelop, Kate, GSoC, and Akademy

  • [digikam] Call to Test the Pre-Release of 5.6.0
    Once again a lot has been going on behind the scenes since the last release. The HTML gallery tool is back, database shrinking (e.g. purging stale thumbnails) is also supported on MySQL, grouping has been improved and additional sidecars can now be specified. Therefore the release of 5.6.0 will be (is already) delayed, as we would like to invite you to test all these features. As usual they are available in the pre-release bundles or obviously directly from the git repository. Please report any dysfunctions, unexpected behaviour or suggestions for improvement to our bug tracker.
  • KDevelop runtimes: Docker and Flatpak integration
    On my last blog post I discussed about how some assumptions such as the platform developed on can affect our development. We need to minimize it by empowering the developers with good tools so that they can develop properly. To that end, I introduced runtimes in our IDE to abstract platforms (much like on Gnome’s Builder or Qt Creator).
  • Kate 17.04.1 available for Windows
  • GSoC - Community Bonding Period with Krita
  • First month report: my feelings about gsoc
  • My Akademy Plans
    The Akademy programme (saturday, sunday) is actually pretty long; the conference days stretch into feels-like-evening to me. Of course, the Dutch are infamous for being “6pm at the dinner table, and eat potatoes” so my notion of evening may not match what works on the Mediterranean coast. Actually, I know it doesn’t since way back when at a Ubuntu Developer Summit in Sevilla it took some internal-clock-resetting to adjust to dinner closer to midnight than 18:00.

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