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An open source mapping primer

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You now need a way to embed a map, manipulate the map tiles, and overlay other data onto the map. Leaflet is a popular choice for doing this. It's an open source Javascript library that lets you easily create "slippy" maps with tiled base layers, panning and zooming, and various layered features such as markers at specific geographical coordinates (i.e. latitude and longitude). It handles interactions with the map, has a fairly rich and well-documented API, and also works with a wide collection of plugin that provide additional features.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • SQLite Just Got A Big Speed Boost: Now 2x As Fast As SQLite 3.8.0
  • LibreOffice 4.4.5 Brings Bug-Fixes Only
  • Oracle Linux 6.7 Arrives, Few Days After Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7
  • Oracle: Docker container tech will be in the Zone on Solaris

    Oracle is the latest company to get on the Docker bandwagon, having announced support for the application container technology to come in a future version of Solaris Unix.

    Docker arose out of the Linux world, and its original implementation takes advantage of a number of Linux kernel features, including LXC, cgroups, and namespaces.

    Solaris, meanwhile, has had native support for containers since 2005, in the form of Solaris Zones. Rather than aping how Docker handles containers on Linux, Oracle plans to stick with this arguably superior technology.

  • Oracle Said To Be Baking A Low-Cost SPARC Chip
  • Dummy projects for new Drupal hires

    Lakhani's current role involves promoting the use of applications like Drupal, WordPress, Magento, and Redline through free tools and services. But, this Denver-based executive's experience shows most in forming the global, distributed team of developers and support staff inherent to success.

  • from distribution to project

    OpenBSD is going through something of a minimalist phase right now, but that wasn’t always the case. There was definitely an era of aggressive importation as well. Times change, priorities change, projects change. I wasn’t involved with OpenBSD during the early years, but I think I can explain the shift in attitudes. This is part three of an apparently ongoing series that started with Pruning and Polishing and out with the old, in with the less.

  • sashan@ on SMP pf progress

    One of our new developers, Alexandr Nedvedicky (sashan@), writes in to tell us about his trip to the lovely locale of Calgary for c2k15.

  • IT trade groups protest Slovak licence deal

    Two IT trade associations in the Slovak Republic are objecting the renewal of a proprietary software licence contract negotiated by the country’s Ministry of Finance for all government organisations. Instead of continuing to rely on proprietary office suites, the groups want the Slovakian government to explore a transition to open source alternatives.

  • WEBINAR - A standard that is not managed is not a standard

    Through their brief webinar Marijke and Marco will share with the audience how the Dutch Government is promoting the adoption of open standards through BOMOS, a method (initiated by Dr. Erwin Folmer, TNO with contribution from Marijke) which describes how to maintain and manage open standards.

Open source Copyright Hub unveiled with '90+ projects' in the pipeline

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The web has grown up without letting people own and control their own stuff, but a British-backed initiative might change all that, offering a glimpse of how the internet can work in the future. Their work will all be open sourced early next year.

Britain's much-anticipated Copyright Hub was given ministerial blessing when it finally opened its kimono today, boasting a pipeline of over 90 projects covering commercial and free uses.

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Kim Dotcom to create Wikimedia-style open source Mega 3.0

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Dotcom's first file locker, Megaupload, saw him accused of knowingly hosting, and indeed encouraging the upload and distribution of, stolen films and music. From his new home in New Zealand, he's fought a long legal battle on numerous fronts, fending off extradition attempts, accusing kiwi authorities of working without warrants end even trying, and failing miserably, to promote a political part .

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Open source is the only way to operate, Accuvant researchers to release open source RFID access tool

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  • VA Secretary: Open source is the only way to operate

    Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald voiced his support for open source technology July 30, as he outlined a broad reform plan that includes streamlining information technology and taking a more "holistic" look at customer service.

    "We have over 200 databases with customer information. That means if you want to change your address, you have to go to at least nine places to change your address at VA," said McDonald during a morning keynote July 30 at a conference in Bethesda, Md.

  • Accuvant researchers to release open source RFID access tool

    Security researchers have long known about the vulnerabilities of the RFID readers that many buildings use instead of door locks, but facilities managers have been slow to upgrade to more secure systems.

    To draw attention to the problem, at next week's Black Hat conference, Accuvant researchers will be releasing an open source piece of hardware that can be used to circumvent these readers.

  • OpenDaylight Project Picks Up Steam

Open source part of Bulgarian eGovernment tender requirements

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The Bulgarian government has added open source as a requirement to its 'Preliminary criteria for the eligibility of eGovernment projects'.
The document states that:
all rights with regard to the interface design and the source code of the project must be transferred from the contractor to the contracting party;
the source code developed for the project must be made publicly available in an online Revision Control System during development;
for all projects, it should be explored whether the whole or part (i.e. libraries, packages, modules) of the software can be based on existing open source software; if it is financially justified, using open source is the preferred approach;
to facilitate the use of the online Revision Control System and to guarantee the real-time availability of the latest version of the source code, the system should function as the central and original repository.

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Open-Source CMSs Appeal To Control-Oriented Media

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Snubbed by local media in their infancy for being too rudimentary, news outlets are taking a growing interest in using open-source content management systems like WordPress and Drupal.

Media companies’ tech execs say they like the open-source CMS platforms because the software now offers all the extras and options that managed CMS platforms do, while also allowing them more creativity and control.

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Also: Execs from Kentico and HIPPO debate pros and cons of open source CMS

Jahia Provides Open Source User Experience Platform to Samsung Subsidiaries as a Global Platform Partner

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Leftovers: Software

  • ELC2017: The State of U-Boot
    Thomas Rini of the Konsulko Group presented at this week's Linux Foundation Embedded Linux Conference (ELC2017) about the state of U-Boot. Rini has served as the "head custodian" of U-Boot for the past number of years and presented on the overall state and accomplishments for this Universal Boot Loader most commonly associated with ARM and other architectures.
  • Nuclear - An Electron-Based Music Streaming App for Linux
    Nuclear is a beautifully designed Open Source multiplatform music streaming app that fetches media content from multiple online sources including YouTube and last.fm. The app has a simple yet glossy UI and does an excellent job at playing audio files. It was developed using Electron and can be thought of as the GUI version of mps-youtube with just a few customization features under its belt.
  • Peruse: A Comic Book Reader for Linux Desktops
    There are various comic book reader apps for Linux out there but today we bring you Peruse – an Open Source comic book reader developed by the KDE team to simplify reading comic books on your KDE desktop environment and to make it more pleasurable. Peruse has a simple and intuitive UI but I must admit that it is a just a couple of paces away from boring – the app needs a better-polished look to be able to compete with already famous comic book readers in the market.
  • Calibre 2.80 Open-Source eBook Manager Supports Sideloading of KFX Files, More
    Calibre developer Kovid Goyal is pleased to announce the availability of version 2.80 of his hugely popular, open-source and multi-platform ebook library management software. Calibre 2.80 comes two weeks after Calibre 2.79 and appears to be a major release that introduces quite a bunch of new features and new news source, besides the usual bug fixes. The most significant addition being the ability to sideload KFX files that have been created using the third-party KFX plugin for Calibre.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

Linux Devices

  • AsteroidOS 1.0 Alpha on the Asus Zenwatch 3
    In a previous article, I published a small userspace image and Linux kernel for the Zenwatch 3 that enables root access with SSH over USB on the watch. By now, I reached my initial goal to get AsteroidOS, the alternative Android Wear operating system, running on the Zenwatch 3. Similar to SailfishOS and Ubuntu Touch, AsteroidOS uses the original Android kernel - a patched Linux kernel - with a GNU/Linux userspace that, in turn, also uses some of the original, closed-source Android libraries to access certain hardware like the GPU. As the Android libraries expect a different software ecosystem, e.g., a different C library called bionic, we cannot simply call the Android libraries from within a common GNU/Linux application. Instead, we need an additional software layer that translates between the Android and the common GNU/Linux world. This layer is called libhybris.
  • How Ironic: Harman Kardon’s Microsoft Cortana Speaker Is Powered by Linux
    Harman Kardon, the company recently acquired by Samsung, has developed its very own Cortana speaker, which is very similar to the Amazon Echo but featuring Microsoft’s famous digital assistant. And since Cortana is the key feature of this little device, it only makes sense for Harman Kardon to turn to Windows 10 to power the device. And yet, it looks like the so-called Harman Kardon is actually running Linux.
  • MontaVista® Launches Carrier Grade eXpress®(CGX) 2.2 Linux® for 5G and IoT at MWC 2017
  • The Numbers Article for Mobile in 2017 - All the Statistics You Could Ask For
    Mobile is the hottest industry. Banking and payments are rushing to mobile. Governments doing healthcare and education with mobile. Travel from airlines to taxis to trains and busses to hotel bookings is going mobile. Your driver's licence is migrating to the mobile phone as are your keys to your home. And all the other big tech stories from Internet of Things (IoT) to 'Big Data' analytics to Cloud computing - are all dependent on mobile. And next week we have the massive industry event in Barcelona, Mobile World Congress. My brand new TomiAhonen Almanac 2017 is now finished and is released today. So this is the perfect time to do my annual 'State of Mobile' blog of the major statistics. What are the big numbers. Lets start with reach. Yes, mobile is by far the most widely-spread communication technology humankind has ever witnessed.
  • Tizen Store Expands Its Service Coverage to 222 Countries
    The Tizen Store, as the name suggests, is the Tizen Application Store for developers to publish their free and paid for Tizen apps. In April 2015, we saw the store expand it’s coverage to include 182 countries, which was mainly for FREE apps, but we saw this as setting the foundation for providing paid for apps further down the road.