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Linux / Open Source on Churches

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I talked to church heads about this and open about open source alternative software getting their responses that they are not aware that there are available free open source sofware that they can use as an alternative to commercial software.

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Leftovers: OSS

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Open source code isn’t a warranty

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So where does open source fit into this? Accidental bugs, sometimes significant, will continue to exist whether or not the source code is open. Heartbleed, ShellShock, and many other high-profile vulnerabilities in open source software tell us this is the case. Intentional misbehavior would become riskier in the open, but openness is only helpful to the degree we have some way of validating that the source code that has been provided is what's actually running. This becomes increasingly important as cars become open systems, connected to our phones and to mobile Internet services.

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French Voters to Government: We Want More Free, Open Source Software

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On balance, only 147,710 of France's approximately 66 million residents participated in the vote. They may well have been a self-selected group of free/open source enthusiasts. The results of the vote do not necessarily mean that everyone in the country cares deeply about open code.

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Big Data/Hosting

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  • Getting ready for the OpenStack Tokyo Summit

    Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project, in this special Tokyo Summit edition of our weekly OpenStack news.

  • IBM Launches Apache Spark-as-a-Service Offering

    At its Insight 2015 conference, IBM announced a series of new solutions, including a Spark-as-a-Service offering on IBM Bluemix.

  • Hadoop is Hard? Teradata's Think Big Wants to Provide Help

    Teradata just held its user conference, and a number of announcements coincided with the meetup. Focused on big data analytics and marketing applications, Teradata already announced two new software offerings that purportedly empower business users to uncover and operationalize the insights hidden within Internet of Things (IoT) data. We covered them here.

  • Akanda Delivers OpenStack Liberty-Based Platform Update

    It was all the way back in 2010, when we at OStatic first did a short post on an emerging open source cloud computing platform called OpenStack. "The open platform will go head-to-head with cloud platforms from VMware and Microsoft, and will likely compete with other open source cloud platfroms such as Eucalyptus Systems'," we noted at the time.

    Fast-forward to today, and the 12th release of OpenStack, dubbed Liberty, is out. Lots of vendors are announcing upgrades to their OpenStack distributions based on Liberty, and the latest is Akanda, the major contributor and supporter of the recently launched OpenStack Project Astara, which announced Astara's Liberty release at OpenStack Summit Tokyo.

An Experiment In Reviving Dead Open Source Projects

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Earlier this week I did a keynote at All Things Open. While the topic covered the opportunity of us building effective community collaboration and speeding up the development of Open Source and innovation, I also touched on some of the challenges.

One of these challenges is sustainability. There are too many great Open Source projects out there that are dead.

My view, although some may consider it rather romantic, is that there is a good maintainer out there for the vast majority of these projects, but the project and the new maintainer just haven’t met yet. So, this got me thinking…I wonder if this theory is actually true, and if it is, how do we connect these people and projects together?

While on the flight home I started thinking of what this could look like. I then had an idea of how this could work and I have written a little code to play with it. This is almost certainly the wrong solution to this problem, but I figured it could be an interesting start to a wider discussion for how we solve the issue of dead projects.

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Government could be stuck with outdated software if it doesn't embrace open source

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Technology is moving far faster than the government’s ability to procure software, but retooling the acquisition process to stress open source platforms could be one remedy.

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Mozilla props up its Open Source projects

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Open saucy browser maker Mozilla is spending a million dollars to make sure that the projects, upon which the company depends on do not collapse.

One of the problems of Open Sauce software is that projects get dumped because they cannot find enough developers interested in maintaining them, or the money to keep them active. This is a problem for a big organisation like Mozilla which needs some projects to be kept going at all costs.

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OpenStack: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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While virtualization is great in multiplexing resources among different applications with different operating system requirements, the overheads of virtualization are pretty high. One of the other recent patterns that is gaining tremendous momentum is container-based ecosystems, where the virtualization overheads are pretty low. As I understand, it is a great environment for Linux-based distributed applications but does not yet have as strong primitives as OpenStack for multi-tenancy aspects (especially isolation).

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A Linux laptop with security at its core: Purism's Librem PCs now widely available

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