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AGIMO finalises new open source guide

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OSS The Australian Government has issued version 2.0 of its Guide to Open Source Software, after seeking public comments on a draft guide in March.

DHS, Georgia Tech seek to improve security with open-source tools

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OSS The Georgia Tech Research Institute has been designated the lead organization in a government project to develop open-source cybersecurity capabilities.

Are US open source organisations having their applications for non-profit status blocked?

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OSS In a post to a private mailing list I follow, Software Conservancy chief Bradley Kuhn has confirmed that an unexpected problem highlighted recently by CASH Music is indeed a real issue for open source groups in the USA seeking to formalise non-profit status.

Bear Turns Open Source Shark

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  • Bear Turns Open Source Shark in Deep Water
  • Further thoughts on the decline of ‘open source’ as a competitive differentiator
  • Who Says You Can’t Make Money with Open Source?
  • will Oracle stick with open source?
  • Can Creative Commons solve the digital rights problem?
  • Scientist: How to attribute free software contributions in journal article
  • Do you FOSS or do you FLOSS?
  • Open Source is not a Sin, It's a blessing

A window to open source OS w/ Prakash Advani

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Ubuntu “The vision for Ubuntu is part social and part economic: free software, available free of charge to everybody on the same terms, and funded through a portfolio of services provided by Canonical.”

UK shakes dust off open source policy

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OSS If it looked like UK open source policy, just recently exhumed, had already been swept back under the same carpet it has been kept under since it was first launched two and a half years ago, the announcement yesterday that Liam Maxwell had acquired responsibility for it with a Cabinet Office portfolio did surprisingly little to improve its mien.

The decline of ‘open source’ as an identifying differentiator

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OSS One of the things that I have observed in relation to open source-related in recent months is the decreased use of the term ‘open source’ as an identifying differentiator in some companies’ marketing material, either to describe the company or its software.

Nonprofit helps government expand open source software usage

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OSS The U.S. government is still very much a Windows world, but a group dedicated to bringing open source software into public agencies says it is seeing progress on several fronts.

Also: NASA Open Source Summit Proceedings Online

In defence of open source

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OSS Late last year, I was asked to audit some software that had been developed overseas and bought by a large SA company to launch a new consumer website. It all looked pretty straightforward, until I noticed a strange line in the code:

Open source's disdain for enterprise

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OSS Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. It's a simple lesson, one learned by most of us by the time we're twenty (OK, fifty). But it's lost on some very high profile open source efforts, which seem increasingly to think that the workers of the world don't deserve the benefits of decent software.

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  • Is Microsoft Wooing Canonical & Important Departures…
    A while back I was fitted for a tinfoil hat by some because I had the audacity — the audacity! — to suggest that it would be a shrewd business move by the now-Linux-loving Microsoft to buy Canonical because a.) Canonical had technology that Microsoft would want and need to advance in mobile (like the Ubuntu Phone technology, which blows Microsoft’s out of the water currently), and b.) by this time, Mark Shuttleworth is beyond tired of flushing millions after millions down the toilet (though, as a half-billionaire, he still has several decades of current spending before his bank account resembles, well, mine), and who can blame him? You laughed. Well, sports fans, allow me to hand back your tinfoil hat and ask, who’s laughing now? Linux Journal’s James Darvell outlines this scenario in great detail, quoting a blog item reporting the business deal, and makes an observation worth keeping an eye on: “Microsoft could convert Canonical into a very profitable acquisition by eliminating the unprofitable parts of the company,” he writes. “In fact, it could become the dominant player in the cloud space, and secure the company’s future.”
  • Spice Vulnerabilities Closed in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 15.04
    A Spice vulnerability has been found and repaired in the Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS operating systems. The SPICE protocol client and server library has been patched in the past few months a couple of times, and this is just the latest fix. It's not a major component, but users should really close any kind of exploit and vulnerability and upgrade their systems frequently.

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Using open source principles to build better engineering teams

We become better software developers by observing how some of the best software in the world is being written. Open source has changed and will continue to change the way the world builds software, not only by creating high-quality reusable components, but by giving us a model for how to produce better software. Open source gives us complete transparency into that process. Read more