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Staking a career on open source software's success

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This is not to say that it has always been easy. A lot of people—at least back then—thought "free software" meant "free solution." In many cases it does make the best business sense to invest in open source, but it is sometimes hard to frame that it is the flexibility of the software that drives value more than the cost savings. Luckily, as open source has become ubiquitous, the job has gotten easier.

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Leftovers: OSS

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • How Do FOSSers Use Email?

    Anyway, we’ve decided to get to the bottom of this. We want to know how people actually use their email. Not just any people, mind you, as we already know that most people, not being overly interested in privacy, security or free tech, use email any way that suits their fancy. We want to know how FOSSers, folks who read FOSS Force and who are presumably informed and knowledgeable about these issues, use email.

  • Password Recovery: Open-Source Hashcat Goes on the Prowl

    Password recovery and cracking tool Hashcat has made the jump to open source, according to SC Magazine. Creator Jens “Atom” Steube said the move will help penetration testers and other security pros who like how the software works but can’t reveal the changes they need to make because of nondisclosure agreements (NDAs). Here’s a look at Hashcat’s new prowling grounds, and what the transition means for both IT pros and password security.

  • IBM's open source JVM project could also speed Ruby, Python

    A new project initiated by IBM to create a toolkit for language runtimes is about to go open source, and it could be used to speed up the performance of existing runtimes for many languages.

    The OMR project takes pieces of IBM's J9 Java virtual machine, decouples them from Java, and turns them into components that can be added to any other language runtime. What's more, proof-of-concept implementations for Ruby and Python are already in the works, with the Ruby variant set to be open-sourced shortly.

  • William Hill’s CTO explains why open source and digital trump buying one big IT box

    Established back in 1934, when gambling was still illegal here in Great Britain, William Hill is one of the oldest bookmakers in the country. And like most other industries out there, it is facing a significant amount of disruption from new digital challengers and it is having to adapt.


    Joy goes as far as to say that “procurement guys are not even in the conversation now” and that William Hill is looking at wholesale changes across IT. Instead Joy looks to the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter, the consumer web companies, for insights into how to run and build a digital business. A lot of this focuses on, according to Joy, on the “bottom-up element from the open source community”.

  • Open Source Owns the Web – Infographic by Jordan Open Source Association
  • More OpenStack Certification Programs Mark the Year of OpenStack
  • LibreOffice 4.4.7 Officially Released, the Last One in the Series

    The Document Foundation announces that LibreOffice 4.4.7, the final point release for the 4.4 branch of the official suite, has arrived and is now ready for download.

  • Payara founder: GlassFish Open Source a great app server

    There is a great deal of affection within the enterprise Java community for the open source, Java EE-compliant application server GlassFish, which is why so many were confused when Oracle recently terminated its support for production GlassFish Open Source.

    Of course, there are plenty of people who are using, and want to continue to use, the reference implementation of the Java EE runtime, which is where Payara comes in. Payara provides 24/7 support for the GlassFish Open Source edition, and at JavaOne 2015, TheServerSide got a chance to chat with Steve Millidge, founder and technical director at U.K.-based C2B2 Consulting, the firm behind the Payara project.

    The interview quickly delved into the Java EE Server wars, posing to Millidge this question: With so many different offerings on the market, why would an organization choose GlassFish over WebLogic, WebSphere or even Tomcat?

  • WordPress 4.4 Includes Features for Images, Embedding, Extensibility

    The WordPress 4.4 release includes a number of features that provide improved extensibility for content. Images are also getting more responsive.

  • Free Software Foundation Certifies Another Laptop
  • Be a guide for tech giving

    The FSF's Giving Guide is designed to make it easy for you to choose tech gifts that respect recipients' rights and avoid those that don't. But to have the greatest possible impact, we also need you to spread the word about ethical tech this season.

  • UK 3rd Action Plan: Open Governance to fight corruption

    During the launch of the new plan in July, which brought together representatives from central and local government and the civil society, Rachel Davies from Transparency International UK hosted a session called “Anti-corruption: how can collective governance be used to prevent corruption?”.

  • Open government data initiatives vary - paper

    “Open government data initiatives vary in nature, and the implemented approaches reflect this heterogeneity. However, the most common approaches include data portals, data catalogues and services”, according to a paper published by Judie Attard, Fabrizio Orlandi, Simon Scerri, and Sören Auer from the University of Bonn.

  • Free, open-source textbooks are catching on at colleges

    Benjamin Mis, an assistant psychology professor at Irvine Valley College, is ditching a $100 textbook and will instead assign his Introduction to Psychology students in the spring semester an open-source book that will cost as low as ... free.

  • BoxBotix Open Source Modular Robotics Platform Created By Rocketship Systems (video)

    Anyone interested in building robots may be interested in a new open source modular robotics platform called BoxBotix which has been designed by Rocketship Systems and takes the form of a 3D printed robotics platform that is easy to hack, make and sustain.

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IPFire 2.17 Open Source Linux Firewall OS Gets New Kernel Update, IPsec Improvements

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The developers behind the IPFire project have announced earlier today, December 11, that a new update is available for download for the IPFire 2.17 series of firewall operating systems based on the Linux kernel.

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What's New For You This December in Open Source CMS

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A consortium of open source CMS vendors are making progress in their efforts to create more ethical web experience management.

Earlier this year, Jahia, together with other vendors, launched initiatives to address the rapid growth of digital experience and the data it generates.

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10 Best Open Source Video Players For Linux in 2015

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Below is the list of some quality open source video players which are available on Linux. Usually you can find that most video players differ only in User interface, there backend which is made of shared libraries remains same for many if not all the players.

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Leftovers: OSS

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EFF Launches Open Source Code Security Program to Improve User Privacy

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a new security initiative aimed at identifying vulnerabilities in open source code. The move is another sign of the open source world's increasing interest in leveraging the the community to shore up software security in the wake of embarrassments like Heartbleed, the bug found in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library that led to so much trouble last year.

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Oracle: New VirtualBox 5.2 Beta, SPARC M8 Processors Launched

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    Oracle announced new updates for its popular, cross-platform and open-source virtualization software, the third Beta of the upcoming VirtualBox 5.2 major release and VirtualBox 5.1.28 stable maintenance update. We'll start with the stable update, VirtualBox 5.1.28, as it's more important for our readers using Oracle VM VirtualBox for all of their virtualization needs. The VirtualBox 5.1 maintenance release 28 is here to improve audio support by fixing various issues with both the ALSA and OSS backends, as well as an accidental crash with AC'97.
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Wikileaks Releases Spy Files Russia, CCleaner Infected, Equifax Has a Dirty Little Secret

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    This publication continues WikiLeaks' Spy Files series with releases about surveillance contractors in Russia. While the surveillance of communication traffic is a global phenomena, the legal and technological framework of its operation is different for each country. Russia's laws - especially the new Yarovaya Law - make literally no distinction between Lawful Interception and mass surveillance by state intelligence authorities (SIAs) without court orders. Russian communication providers are required by Russian law to install the so-called SORM ( Система Оперативно-Розыскных Мероприятий) components for surveillance provided by the FSB at their own expense. The SORM infrastructure is developed and deployed in Russia with close cooperation between the FSB, the Interior Ministry of Russia and Russian surveillance contractors.
  • Malware-Infected CCleaner Installer Distributed to Users Via Official Servers for a Month
    Hackers have managed to embed malware into the installer of CCleaner, a popular Windows system optimization tool with over 2 billion downloads to date. The rogue package was distributed through official channels for almost a month. CCleaner is a utilities program that is used to delete temporary internet files such as cookies, empty the Recycling Bin, correct problems with the Windows Registry, among other tasks. First released in 2003, it has become hugely popular; up to 20 million people download it per month. Users who downloaded and installed CCleaner or CCleaner Cloud between Aug. 15 and Sept. 12 should scan their computers for malware and update their apps. The 32-bit versions of CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 were affected.
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  • This is why you shouldn’t use texts for two-factor authentication

    For a long time, security experts have warned that text messages are vulnerable to hijacking — and this morning, they showed what it looks like in practice.

Amazon Changes Rental ('Cloud') Model on GNU/Linux

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  • Linux friendly IoT gateway runs on 3.5-inch Bay Trail SBC
    While the MB-80580 SBC lists SATA II, the gateway indicates SATA III. Also, the gateway datasheet notes that the RS232 ports can all be redirected to RS232/422/485. Software includes Windows IoT Core and Server, as well as Yocto, Ubuntu Snappy Core, and CentOS Linux distributions.
  • Rugged panel PC scales up to a 19-inch touchscreen
    The fanless, IP65-rated WinSystems “PPC65B-1x” panel PC runs Linux or Win 10 on a quad-core Atom E3845, and offers 10.4 to 19-inch resistive touchscreens.
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  • EPYC Linux performance from AMD
    Phoronix have been hard at work testing out AMD's new server chip, specifically the 2.2/2.7/3.2GHz EPYC 7601 with 32 physical cores.  The frequency numbers now have a third member which is the top frequency all 32 cores can hit simultaneously, for this processor that would be 2.7GHz.  Benchmarking server processors is somewhat different from testing consumer CPUs, gaming performance is not as important as dealing with specific productivity applications.   Phoronix started their testing of EPYC, in both NUMA and non-NUMA configurations, comparing against several Xeon models and the performance delta is quite impressive, sometimes leaving even a system with dual Xeon Gold 6138's in the dust.  They also followed up with a look at how EPYC compares to Opteron, AMD's last server offerings.  The evolution is something to behold.
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    By now you have likely seen our initial AMD EPYC 7601 Linux benchmarks. If you haven't, check them out, EPYC does really deliver on being competitive with current Intel hardware in the highly threaded space. If you have been curious to see some power numbers on EPYC, here they are from the Tyan Transport SX TN70A-B8026 2U server. Making things more interesting are some comparison benchmarks showing how the AMD EPYC performance compares to AMD Opteron processors from about ten years ago.