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Nextcloud and Canonical Introduce Nextcloud Box to Create Your Own Private Cloud

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Today, September 16, 2016, Nextcloud informs Softpedia about the launch of a new hardware product, the first in the company's history, in collaboration with Canonical and WDLabs.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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The open-source Dronecode dog fight

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Dronecode's Platinum members are 3DR, Intel, and Qualcomm. Dronecode, which uses Linux as its base, is sponsored by The Linux Foundation. Dronecode's governance, however, is completely independent of the Foundation.

This fork happened because of the Platinum's members' "overwhelming desire to be able to make a proprietary autopilot stack." They were able to do this, wrote Tridgell, because "the structure and bylaws of Dronecode are built around exceptional power for the Platinum members, giving them extraordinary control over the future of Dronecode. This is a fundamental flaw in a project meant to promote free and open-source software as it means that the business interests of a very small number of members can override the interests of the rest of the members and the community."

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Open Source AMDGPU Driver Now Detects All Linux Kernel Supported AMD Radeon GPUs

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On September 15, 2016, Michel Dänzer had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the xf86-video-amdgpu 1.1.1 update to the open source AMDGPU graphics driver for AMD Radeon GPUs on GNU/Linux platforms.

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Oracle abandons NetBeans to Apache

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True, NetBeans has its die-hard supporters. Zoran Sevarac, a member of the NetBeans Dream Team, for example, likes the proposed deal. "It's a great thing, and it means that NetBeans has an exciting future. The NetBeans community is very positive about this step and sees this as a logical (and good) way to proceed."

Gosling, in a Facebook post, agreed. "NetBeans is moving to Apache! Oracle has decided to open up NetBeans even more, so that folks like me can more easily contribute to our favorite IDE. The finest IDE in existence will be getting even better, faster!"

It's a nice thought, but the community is small and getting smaller still. Still, unlike OpenOffice, NetBeans does has significant programmers who want to improve it, so perhaps NetBeans may yet reinvent itself. I'm just not betting on it.

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Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) and Toyota

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Oracle happy to let Apache Foundation adopt NetBeans

    The IDE allows development in Java and in other languages and runs operating systems that can fire up a JVM. As the Foundation explains in its proposal, “NetBeans has approximately 1.5 million active users around the world, in extremely diverse structures and organizations.” Students, teachers, “large organizations who base their software on the application framework beneath NetBeans” and many others use the tool.

    But the Foundation points out that “NetBeans has been run by Oracle, with the majority of code contributions coming from Oracle.”

    Moving the project to the Foundation is therefore seen as a way “to expand the diversity of contributors and to increase the level of meritocracy in NetBeans.”

    The Foundation seems to be betting that things can't get worse with the potential for more contributors that would come with its stewardship. The proposal therefore says that “... though Oracle will relinquish its control over NetBeans, individual contributors from Oracle are expected to continue contributing to NetBeans after it has been contributed to Apache, together with individual contributors from other organizations, as well as self-employed individual contributors.”

  • Yes, We’ve Migrated!

    Since March, 30 2000 Linux Medical News has been on the Zope-based Squishdot blog before there was blogs software. After 16 years and 1963 articles (has it been that long?) we’ve finally moved to WordPress. As always, for 16 years, your announcements your news your opinions are welcome at http://linuxmednews.com

  • Gratipay makes 'love' their most important core value

    Here, "Open Companies" refers primarily to the dozen or so startups in the now-defunct Open Company Initiative (OCI). Members included Buffer and FarmBot, as well as the mission-driven payments company I founded, Gratipay (née Gittip).

  • Gmail hit by global outage

    A global Gmail outage that began at 1.16am AEST this morning has affected millions of users across the world.

    Nine hours later, at 10.45am AEST, the company was still claiming that the service had been restored for "some users" as it did four times earlier after the initial announcement of the breakdown of the service.

    The first message at 1.16am said there were indications that the issue only affected Google for Work Gmail users.

    Subsequent messages did not clarify whether this was correct or not.

    About 40 minutes later, Google said it had identified the root cause of the issue and was implementing a "potential fix".

  • Finnish police: Keep your car keys in the fridge

    If there's a car in your yard that has automatic, so-called 'smart' keys, you should consider keeping the keys in the fridge. That's the message from Finnish police, who say that high-tech criminals could hack cars with such systems.

    "It sounds strange, but it makes sense," said Jari Tiiainen of the National Bureau of Investigation.

    These so-called smart keys work by emitting a signal when the driver touches the door handle. The lock opens when it recognises the key's signal. Criminals have technology that can strengthen that signal even from a hundred metres away—well inside the residential property where most owners keep their keys, according to Eero Heino of the If insurance company.

OSS in the Back End

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  • Mirantis Acquires TCP Cloud to Advance Kubernetes Ambitions

    Based in Prague, TCP Cloud provides managed services around deployments of OpenStack, OpenContrail and Kubernetes technologies. Mirantis CEO Alex Freedland says the addition of technology developed by TCP Cloud will reduce the amount of time it would have taken Mirantis to move OpenStack to Kubernetes by six to nine months. As a result, he says, Mirantis expects to show the first fruits of a joint development effort involving CoreOS, Google and Intel in the first quarter of 2017.

  • Marrying Ephemeral Docker Containers to Persistent Data

    Docker containers are ephemeral by design. They come and they go like a herd of hyperactive squirrels, which is great for high availability, but not so great for preserving your data. Kendrick Coleman of EMC {code} demonstrated how to have both ephemeral containers and persistent data in his talk called "Highly Available & Distributed Containers" at ContainerCon North America.

    As container technologies become more complex, using them becomes easier. Coleman gave a wonderful presentation using a Minecraft game to demonstrate persistent data storage with ephemeral containers, and did it all live. This setup requires two technologies that were not available as recently as a year ago: Docker SwarmKit and REX-Ray.

  • Docker + Golang = <3

    This is a short collection of tips and tricks showing how Docker can be useful when working with Go code. For instance, I’ll show you how to compile Go code with different versions of the Go toolchain, how to cross-compile to a different platform (and test the result!), or how to produce really small container images.

    The following article assumes that you have Docker installed on your system. It doesn’t have to be a recent version (we’re not going to use any fancy feature here).

  • Docker Partner Program Unlocks DevOps, ALM Opportunities

    When Docker unveiled a formalized channel program today, partners gained a new springboard that could launch them deeper into DevOps, application lifecycle management and various managed services.

    The partner program launch was nearly three years in the making. To understand the journey, rewind to January 2014. That’s when the software container company hired former Red Hat Channel Chief Roger Egan as senior VP of sales.

    At the time, Egan told me Docker’s influence across the IT market could eventually eclipse Linux’s impact. Sure, Linux freed the world from expensive Unix servers and enabled data center consolidation projects. But containers, he reasoned, could speed application deployments across all types of on-premises and cloud systems.

  • Front Ends and Extensions Take Hadoop in New Directions

    Across the history of data analytics, marquee-level applications have always given rise to useful front ends and connectors that extend what the original applications were capable of. For example, the dominance of the spreadsheet gave rise to macros, plugins, and extensions. Likewise, the rise of SQL database applications ushered in database front ends, plugins, and connectors. Now, Big Data titan Hadoop is inspiring its own ecosystem of powerful extensions and front ends.

    To explain what a difference these extenders and connectors can make, here are some examples of how Hadoop can be taken in new directions with these tools.

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