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Will Carriers Step Up to Open Challenge?

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Telecom service providers are being asked in multiple ways to put their money where their mouths are when it comes to supporting open source software and technology in the move to virtualization.

The most obvious move those willing to embrace openness will make is joining the new open source project -- called Open Platform for NFV, or OPN -- that a number of telecom operators associated with the ETSI Network Functions Virtualization Industry Specification Group are setting up with the Linux Foundation , already home to OpenDaylight . (See Is Open Source the New De Facto Standard?)

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Why I Built OwnCloud and Made It Open Source

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There I was, 4 years ago (this past January) at CampKDE in San Diego, giving a talk on data privacy, warning the audience about the risks to their privacy from cloud vendors – in particular, Dropbox. So, build it yourself they said. Sure, I’ve built things in the past, so sure, I’ll do it. And there is where I started my odyssey, first, to protect myself, my friends and my colleagues from the snooping of governments, and other bad guys, and later – as I saw the worldwide interest grow – to build a real and successful project.

I had to decide a few things before I got started of course, including what it is I wanted ownCloud to do, what development platform to use, how I wanted to structure ownCloud, and of course, to name it ownCloud.

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With OnMetal, Rackspace Enters Bare-Metal OpenStack Hosting Race

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OnMetal Cloud Servers are built with Open Compute Project-specified hardware and run OpenStack.

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Red Hat CEO Welcomes Tesla Motors Inc To Open Source

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Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk made waves last week when he opened the company’s patents to other firms to use ‘in good faith’, saying that he was acting in the spirit of the open source community, and Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) CEO Jim Whitehurst, one of the de facto leaders of that community, has welcomed him to the fold.

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How to build a successful open source community

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There are many useful open-source technologies out there. With all of this competition, it's critical to make it clear why your particular open-source offering should be considered, and for which needs. That's the reality any builder of an open-source community needs to adopt right from the start: While participation by developers in an active, viable open-source community will undoubtedly improve their projects, as well as your product's evolution, getting a community up and running can be a challenge.

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Kerala and Leipzig Move to Free Software on the Desktop

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The government of the Indian state of Kerala has ordered all of its public sector agencies using Windows XP to migrate to free and open source (FOSS) operating systems by 30 June.

Nor is Kerala alone in doing so in India:

Since March this year, there have been moves across the Indian public sector to open source. The central government’s IT arm has encouraged agencies to switch to open source operating systems. Another state, Tamil Nadu, has told its departments to install open source operating systems.

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European Parliament to weigh open source pilots

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Next Monday, the European Parliament's budget committee will consider a proposal from the Green/EFA group to pilot the use of open source encryption software, to be used by parliament members and their staff. The Green/EFA group is also asking to trial the use of open standards and open source to make available the EP's data available in machine-readable format.

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Seoul Government developing open source, open standards cloud platform

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The cloud platform will be based on open source technologies and open standards. This will free the agencies from being dependent on just a single vendor and their technologies, the Ministry of Security and Public Administration said. External parties can improve or use the platform since it will be built on open source, the Ministry added.

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GCHQ Plans to Open Source Bits of Its Spy Technology

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By open sourcing that technology, the global security community can probe it for weaknesses and make it even stronger, said Professor Alan Woodward, security expert from the computing department at the University of Surrey. It should also inspire confidence that there are no backdoors or purposeful weaknesses, as the security community would be keen to probe the code, he added.

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Also: NICTA to release drone OS as open source

Is Open Source the New De Facto Standard?

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Marc Cohn, senior director of market development at Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) and chair of the ONF market education committee, kicked off the discussion and highlighted the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Network Functions Virtualization ISG's decision to start its own open source project, called Open Platform for NFV, or OPN, with the Linux Foundation , which already runs OpenDaylight .

The idea, Cohn said after the panel, is to develop a framework for an open NFV platform in a similar way that OpenDaylight has created an open source approach to an SDN controller. Participation in the OPN requires a financial buy-in for both network operators and industry hardware and software vendors, and if it follows the Open Daylight model, would also require the contribution of code.

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Opinion: Why CIOs should cheer Google’s latest open source move

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Virtualization is changing the IT landscape, and two news items last week drove home its impact. The first was Google’s release of Kubernetes under an open-source license. Kubernetes is basically a public version of Borg, the software that the company has used internally to harness computing power from across its data centers into a massive virtual machine.

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Also: Google Open Sources PDF Software Library<

What's open source got to do with Earth science? NASA explains

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Earth scientists, including remote sensing experts, climate modelers, practitioners, policy makers, and decision makers, have had a hand in furthering and monitoring the open source space. For example, the climate modeling community executes its daily operations of building, testing, and validating climate and Earth system models, many of which today are open source, released under Open Source Initiative (OSI) approved licenses, and software packages that involve community contributions from very diverse participants. Similarly, the remote sensing community leverages open source packages, including Python and R, as well as non-open source, but community oriented packages, such as MATLAB, ENVI/IDL, and other software to share code, disseminate it amongst the community of experts, and also to process remote sensing data.

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Building and Maintaining an Open-Source Community: How to Get Developer Attention

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There are many useful open-source technologies out there. With all of this competition, it's critical to make it clear why your particular open-source offering should be considered, and for which needs. That's the reality any builder of an open-source community needs to adopt right from the start: While participation by developers in an active, viable open-source community will undoubtedly improve their projects, as well as your product's evolution, getting a community up and running can be a challenge.

At Actuate, we've managed to establish value for developers in our open-source BIRT community, and in our commercial products built on BIRT. Today, our community is 3.5-million BIRT developers strong. So here are our thoughts on how to build your own.

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Control Your Phone with These Open Source Linux Apps

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If your phone can be connected to your computer with an USB cable you can do a lot more through this connection than just recharging it or transferring files to and from your phone's storage. For example, you can make phone calls, read and send text messages, and see a bunch of other information from your phone, right on your PC. There is a number of Free Open Source software applications that allow you to do this, and you don't even need to have a smartphone for this to work, just a phone that can connect to USB.

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Leipzig is switching to open source office suites

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The German city of Leipzig is switching to using open source suites of office productivity tools: Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice. It expects that in the first five years the anticipated savings will be swallowed by the exit costs associated with the proprietary software used by the city. Starting in 2017, however, the city expects to lower its IT costs by some 100,000 euro, says Lars Greifzu, responsible for marketing and sales at Lecos, the city-owned IT service provider.

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'Open source crucial for cutting edge industry' - South Korea ICT ministry

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Public administrations using open source software help make the country more competitive and lay a foundation for a creative economy. Consequently, the South Korean government wants its public administrations to consider free and open source software alternatives, according to its national open source competence centre, presented at a workshop in the capital Seoul, on 3 June.

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PBJ100: No. 9 ThinkShout leans on the open source movement for growth

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How has operating in the Portland area worked to your advantage? Portland is a hotbed of technical innovation, and open source in particular. It’s also fast becoming a hub for Drupal, the open source framework we use for many of our projects. Finally, Portland is a magnet for people who care about more than just a paycheck. Our team is made up of folks who care as much, if not more, about the nonprofits we’re helping as the technology we use and user experiences we craft.

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The future of open source: speeding technology innovation

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As the survey reported, 56 percent of corporations expect to contribute to more open source projects in 2014 -- something we’ve already seen firsthand. By working directly with software developers, we have been able to witness the next wave of open source. We’re seeing companies like Twitter, Netflix, and Ericsson actually willing to pay developers to participate in the OSS community, and both develop and use open source in their own frameworks. With 55 percent of this year’s respondents also indicating that OSS helped create new products and services, there has clearly been a change in the way enterprises look at open source; it has truly become a crucial element in the development of new, innovative technologies.

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Also: How Open Source Software Transformed a Nation's Police Force

Indian Health Service contributes open-source code to OSEHRA

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Indian Health Service (IHS) has contributed an open-source version of its Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) to the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) Technical Journal. This will complement the current open-source EHR capabilities of the VistA code base now hosted by OSEHRA.

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Also: OSEHRA adds IHS EHR to open source VistA EHR code set

The open source way of being

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Open source is more than a type of software license. If you believe GitHub, it's also a successful paradigm for collaborative software development. Will enterprise dev shops join the party?

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