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Adblock Plus and (a little) more

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What’s more, in true open source spirit we’re letting other ad blocking software use the Acceptable Ads guidelines and whitelisting processes also. Last week, Dean Murphy at Crystal took us up on the offer, and today we are welcoming tens of millions of AdBlock users to our Acceptable Ads whitelist. We’re all fighting on the same side for the consumer, after all.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing Culture

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  • Firefox Is Much Better than Any Other Browser and Here's Why

    We often read about comparative tests between browsers and we see that Google Chrome or Opera are extremely fast, or that some other browser gets really good scores in rendering, and so on. The truth is that none of that really matters when you are using browsers in the real world, and in the real world Firefox shines and it's head and shoulders above everything else.

  • The return of TryStack, life as a PTL, and more OpenStack news

    Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud?

  • A Brief Comparison of Mesos and Kubernetes

    The recent announcement of Mesos on Windows means developers and organizations that work between Linux and Windows platforms may use their own tools without requiring heavy resource management. Those working with the Google Cloud Engine may prefer working with Kubernetes, while people accustomed to Microsoft Azure may enjoy the Mesosphere workflow pipeline. Each has their own strengths and shortcomings, though the gap between stack management services lessens as more technology is brought to other platforms.

  • MapR Technologies Unveils In-Hadoop Document Database

    MapR integrates Web-scale enterprise storage and real-time database management and adds native JSON support to MapR-DB, its NoSQL database.

  • Pivotal Aims at Oracle Database Business with Open Source Tech

    Software company Pivotal is taking on Oracle’s traditional database business with its latest effort to advance open source. The company is contributing both HAWQ advanced SQL on Hortonworks’ Hadoop analytics and MADlib machine learning technologies to The Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

  • Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 Coming Soon with Better Microsoft Office Interoperability

    Apache Software Foundation has announced recently that the second point release of their Apache OpenOffice 4.1 open-source office suite for GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X operating system is coming soon.

  • Pentaho 6 Blends Virtual and Physical Data for Business Intelligence

    Pentaho is set to debut its new Pentaho 6 Enterprise 6 and community editions, providing users with new business intelligence capabilities. Pentaho formally announced the Penthao 6 release on September 30, though general availability is not scheduled until October 14.

  • Open source FreeNAS makes inroads in enterprise data storage

    The FreeNAS Project by server vendor iXsystems is attracting attention from customers as far away as outer space who are considering open source NAS storage with commodity hardware.

  • What do you have to say? Share it at LibrePlanet 2016

    LibrePlanet 2016 is coming! Next year's conference will be held **March 19-20, 2016 in the Boston area**. The call for proposals is open now, until November 16th. General registration and exhibitor registration will open later in October.

  • Chicago GNU/Linux talk on Guix retrospective

    Friends... friends! I gave a talk on Guix last night in Chicago, and it went amazingly well. That feels like an undersell actually; it went remarkably well. There were 25 people, and apparently there was quite the waitlist, but I was really happy with the set of people who were in the room. I haven't talked about Guix in front of an audience before and I was afraid it would be a dud, but it's hard to explain the reaction I got. It felt like there was a general consensus in the room: Guix is taking the right approach to things.

  • Open Budget 2015: Norway leads the way in Europe

    Norway is the European country with the highest ranking in the 5th Open Budget Survey, a worldwide survey which examines the current state of budget transparency. Sweden is in second place in Europe and France is 3rd.

  • OGP is ready to open up to local governments

    The Open Government Partnership is thinking about opening its membership to large cities, provinces and local governments “where many public services are delivered to citizens, allowing for somewhat tighter forms of accountability and feedback loops”, the global organisation stated on its blog.

  • Here's What Open-Source Government Looks Like

    Seamus Kraft was running on minimal sleep through the days of furious Congressional debate surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), when he had his “aha!” moment. The digital director of communications for House Oversight and Government Reform chairman, Darrell Issa, was looking for a better way to get citizen input on a bill that had become a flashpoint across the internet community.

  • Stock Update (NASDAQ:ILMN): Illumina, Inc. Expands World’s Largest Genomics Analysis Platform and Adds to Open Source Initiative
  • Illumina Expands World’s Largest Genomics Analysis Platform and Adds to Open Source Initiative

    BaseSpace is the only genomics platform that integrates sample set-up, instrument and sequencing run monitoring along with storage, analysis and sharing of large volumes of genomic data. The analysis platform is currently processing data from more than 4,000 sequencing systems worldwide, including Illumina’s population-scale sequencing system, HiSeq X™ Ten, and providing push-button analytics with over 60 apps to more than 30,000 registered users.

  • Paywalls and Robin Hoods: the tale of Elsevier and

    This Kat sometimes wonders whether every big copyright dispute these days seems to have a major political or philosophical subtext to it -- an example of which can be found below. From guest contributor Emma Perot comes this appraisal of a dispute (reported on TorrentFreak here) between a giant publisher of valuable and useful scholarly material on the one hand, and those who seek access to that same information on the other.

  • Mural Arts' Open Source offers a month of events on art and social change
  • Philadelphia public spaces are canvas for Open Source art exhibit
  • Most Popular Programming Languages In The IT industry

    Programmers are always in high demand these days for jobs, especially if they have fluency in coding language. Learning programming in various languages for engineers is a no-brainer, but some basic understanding of the languages can be invaluable to anyone, even if you’re not looking forward to becoming a master coder.

  • PHPUnit 5.0
  • PHP version 5.5.30 and 5.6.14

    RPM of PHP version 5.6.14 are available in remi repository for Fedora ≥ 21 and remi-php56 repository for Fedora ≤ 20 and Enterprise Linux (RHEL, CentOS).

Elasticsearch Search

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Seize the opportunity to explain open source

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Kids have an insatiable appetite for knowledge. I would estimate that all of us with children have had them go through a phase of asking "Why?" constantly. In truth, it often comes at the most inconvenient moment for a parent; like when the world is literally going to explode unless your child puts down the green marker pen, and instead of doing it, they just look up at you and ask "Why?" I was no different. I went through the "Why?" phase. My daughter has been through it and my nephew is going through it right now.

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Amazon flings open source Elasticsearch at Big Data's cloud

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Amazon is rolling out open-source Elasticsearch for consumers of its mega cloud.

The giant has launched Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES), adding another NoSQL-based big-data analytics and query option.

The idea is to let you load, process and analyse unstructured data.

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IBM and EMC team up: There’s no “I” in open source

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Sometimes when you are distracting the signal from the noise, you get an exclusive. Today theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, got the full story on the EMC and IBM partnership to work in an open-source environment to make Hadoop more accessible to the enterprise.

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A look at Battle for Wesnoth's current game development strategy

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I had my first run-in with the turn-based, Linux strategy game Battle for Wesnoth a few years ago. It was not long after discovering open source software, and I was incredibly impressed that a small group of developers could create such an excellent game for free. Discovering this along with Linux and the numerous GNU packages is what really piqued my interest in the world of open source.

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Apache Foundation retains informal vibe to manage $1m of open-source projects

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The Apache open-source community gathered at its annual conference in Europe this week to collaborate on new projects to drive the future of the web and cloud ecosystems, with a handful of new projects under incubation.

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EC to increase open source for software development

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The European Commission aims to primarily use open source tools for developing software that is distributed publicly, shows an overview on open source adoption that was presented last week by the EC’s Directorate General of Informatics (DIGIT) at a conference in Tampere (Finland). Already much of the EC’s own software is developed using open source. However, over the next 3 years, DIGIT will push to make ‘open source first’ the target for all the new EC software development projects.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Teradata Accelerates Roadmap for Open Source Presto
  • Teradata’s open source connect
  • Facebook and Teradata on Apache Presto and the disruption of open source

    In the nearly two years since going open source, Presto has grown from an internal Facebook project into a platform that's used by likes of Airbnb, Dropbox and Netflix to process data more rapidly.

  • Should research on vehicle software be hidden from the public?

    The US Department of Transportation (DOT) says security researchers tinkering with vehicle software shouldn't be allowed to go public with their findings. The agency "is concerned that there may be circumstances in which security researchers may not fully appreciate the potential safety ramifications" if their findings are released in the wild.

  • DHS Funds Project For Open Source 'Invisible Clouds'

    Cloud Security Alliance and Waverley Labs to build software-defined perimeter (SDP) to protect cloud and critical infrastructure from DDoS attacks.

  • On the on and off relationship between FirefoxOS and WhatsApp

    Yesterday, my FirefoxOS gave me some bad news: ConnectA2, my chosen app to access the WhatsApp network was discontinued and that I should wait for a new soon-to-be ready app called "ConnectedIM".

    ConnectA2 was not a perfect app. Sometimes it would fail to connect and, after an update, it would constantly receive messages from +server saying "Unable to parse the resource". This messages were annoying, specially because one could several during a day. I once got 11 in two hours!

  • One-click installs: Moving to simplicity with Hadoop

    EMC Cloud Solutions always seems to be on the horizon of producing easy solutions. In a smart partnership with BlueData, Inc., it has been able to combine its abilities to deliver customers one-click solutions to Hadoop.

  • Open data initiatives: create your own success

    Open data initiatives should actively create their own successes. Instead of publishing everything they can, Cities should investigate which data can actually be used to solve a problem, Albert Meijer, Professor of Public Innovation at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, said in an interview with the Dutch centre of expertise Open Overheid.

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