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OpenStack Getting Big

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Why your hardware needs an open source debugger

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Working directly with hardware is hard. Each project brings with it mundane questions of which compiler to use, what communications protocols to work with, and how to load code. Developers also need to figure out how to debug the live system without affecting the program being executed.

In the past this has required expensive and proprietary software, but thanks to commodity hardware and projects such as OpenOCD, developing programs that run directly on embedded hardware is easier than ever before.

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The future of open source in health IT

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I've known Fred for about 15 years or so, first as a contributor to OpenEMR and later we accidentally met in person at the University of Texas. It's pretty cool to come face-to-face with folks you've only know online and, mostly, from working with their contributed code! Over the years, Fred has hosted a couple of open source healthcare IT conferences and done some great work in the field for ClearHealth/MirrorMed with Dave Ulhman and now focusing on open data.

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Lee Schlesinger: No one nowadays objects to FOSS

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I'm Lee Schlesinger, currently managing editor for the Spiceworks Community. Spiceworks provides a free downloadable help desk and network inventory application, and hosts a community for IT pros to discuss both work and off-topic issues. Though we have a pretty popular Linux group in the community, many of the community members, who we call SpiceHeads, work in Microsoft-centric shops.

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Also: Electronic IDs need open source tools

​Red Hat brings Gluster to OpenStack shared file service

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At OpenStack Summit, Red Hat announced it was releasing a technology preview of Red Hat Gluster Storage with integration into OpenStack's new Manila shared file system project.

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Also: OpenStack: Ready for more enterprise adoption?

Huawei launches 10KB LiteOS to power the internet of things

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Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is preparing to launch an operating system for the internet of things that's just 10 kilobytes in size. The company says that its "LiteOS" is the "lightest" software of its kind and can be used to power a range of smart devices — from wearables to cars. Huawei predicts that by 2025 there will be roughly 100 billion internet-connected devices in the world, with 2 million new sensors deployed every hour. The company also said that the OS would be "opened to all developers" to allow them to quickly create their own smart products — although it's unclear whether this means that LiteOS will be fully open-source. Huawei says LiteOS also supports "zero configuration, auto-discovery, and auto-networking."

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OpenStack Boldly Going Where No Cloud Has Gone Before (Mars)

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OpenStack's Nova compute project originally began as the Nebula project at NASA. At the OpenStack conference here, Jonathan Chiang, IT Chief Engineer at NASA JPL detailed how the space agency is now using OpenStack in its effort to land humans on Mars.

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Also: OpenStack Debuts App Catalog, Doubles Down on Containers

As OpenStack Matures, IBM Wants A Piece Of The Action

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IBM hasn’t been shy about its ambitions to transform into a cloud company, building up a broad portfolio of infrastructure, platform and software services. Part of that strategy has been to be intimately involved with OpenStack, the open source cloud platform. This week at the project’s biannual conference in Vancouver, IBM announced it was expanding its OpenStack offerings.

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Electronic IDs need open source tools

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In Sweden there is a service called BankID, it’s an electronic identity service. Banks issue the electronic ID which can be used by companies, banks and government agencies to authenticate and conclude agreements with individuals over the internet. A few months ago however it was decided that BankID software on Linux would no longer be supported. Finding an alternative can be difficult for Linux users.

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FileZilla 3.11.0 Open Source FTP Client Offers Support for Debian 8 Jessie

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FileZilla, one of the best open-source and cross-platform FTP clients available on the market, reached version 3.11.0 on May 19 bringing assorted new features and bug fixes.

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Richard Stallman and Phil Zimmerman underline key concerns with tech sector

Two of technology's most pioneering developers have strongly criticised the current state of the industry, warning that the right to encryption is doomed and that users are exploited by the software that they use. Open sourcerer Richard Stallman has painted a very bleak picture of today's technology and communications environment, describing proprietary software as "malware". Stallman, the founder of the free software movement, perhaps not surprisingly has a very jaundiced view of proprietary software, and of Microsoft Windows especially. Read more

GNOME 3.17.2

here is the second snapshot of the GNOME 3.17 development cycle, the 3.17.2 release. Don't miss the Bastien blog post about some cool stuff new on this release [1] To build GNOME 3.17.2, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2] (which use the exact tarball versions from the official release). [1] http://www.hadess.net/2015/05/iio-sensor-proxy-10-is-out.html [2] http://library.gnome.org/devel/jhbuild/ [3] http://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.17.2/ Read more

All Supported Ubuntu OSes Receive Update for OpenLDAP Vulnerabilities

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