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New US government digital team picks open source because it is ‘easier to use’

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The team set out its preference for open source in a blog published on 29 July. When asked by FutureGov whether open source is harder to use than proprietary software, Eric Mill, Software Engineer at 18F responded: “Not at all. It’s typically just the opposite, especially with larger open source projects.”

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Scott Sanchez on OpenStack: Shifting a Mindset

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"I often stand in front of audiences filled with people who use storage servers. I ask them if they still name their servers. Inevitably, two-thirds of the people raise their hands. Their servers have names. ... It is definitely a mindset. ... You are not yet building quality applications. All of the innovation in the world is not going to solve that from an infrastructure perspective."

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WhoaVerse for social communities, built on open source

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When a WhoaVerse user deletes their account, all voting history is deleted from the database. Any comments that the user has made and their author tag get overwritten with the keyword "deleted," as well as all of their text and link submissions.

WhoaVerse has built-in mechanisms for vote manipulation prevention. New user accounts are unable to downvote submissions unless they have at least 20 Comment Contribution Points (CCP) and they are limited to 10 upvotes per day. Another feature which sets WhoaVerse apart from similar platforms is its redesigned user profiles area, which displays the comment and submission history for a user. WhoaVerse user profiles do not have voting buttons which helps reduce "downvote attacks".

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Project aims to build “fully open” SoC and dev board

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A non-profit company is developing an open source, 64-bit “lowRISC” SoC that will enable fully open hardware, “from the CPU core to the development board.”

University of Cambridge spinoff “lowRISC” is a not-for-profit company with a goal of making a completely open computing eco-system, including the instruction set architecture (ISA), processor silicon, and development boards. The first step is to develop a new system-on-chip design based on the new, 64-bit RISC-V ISA developed at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Why isn't all government software open source?

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The federal government is the single largest purchaser of code in the world. So why is this code—taxpayer-funded and integral to the day-to-day working of our democracy—so often hidden from public view? There are two sides to answering that question: Why does the government so often build on closed platforms, and once built, why isn't the code released to the public?

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Ansible, an open source startup with Red Hat roots, doubles down on Durham

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Ansible, a Durham-based IT automation startup with Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) roots, is doubling down on Bull City.

That’s according to CEO Saïd Ziouani, who tells me the 30-employee shop will cross the 100 mark next year.

“Our goal is to continue to grow aggressively in the Durham area,” he says, adding that all facets of the business can happen from Durham.

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Open source in the NHS: With choice comes responsibility

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Just because a trust has taken an open source approach, it does not mean you have to take all that work, control, ownership immediately – you can take as much as time as you want to develop those abilities. Also, with a community interest company in place to support the management of the code, there will be a structure in place for clinicians to really have some input into the way the system is developed, whilst maintaining the integrity of the code for better patient experience and outcomes.

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Small banks turn to open source solutions to cut costs

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As of March, only a third of 1,589 urban co-operative banks that have been told by the central bank to migrate to a core banking system have done so. The rest of the market is up for grabs.

"Open source-based products, which could bring down the total cost of ownership, have become a credible alternative for decision makers," said Aniruddha Paul, CIO of ING Vysya.

The bank which has over 500 branches in the country started upgrading its core banking platform last year and completed the project in February.

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The Gentle Art of Muddying the Licensing Waters

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I've been writing about free software for nearly 20 years, and about Microsoft for over 30 years. Observing the latter deal with the former has been fascinating. At first, the US software giant simply dismissed free software as unworthy even of its attention, but by the early years of this millennium, that was clearly no longer a viable position.

As I've charted elsewhere in my "Brief History of Microsoft FUD", it made various attempts to discredit open source, all of which were dismal failures. As it became clear that this strategy would not work, it adopted another, somewhat more sophisticated. This involved trying to match aspects of open source without actually embracing it. The first manifestation of this was "shared source":

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Librarian Council, NITDA Train Professionals in Open Source Software Application

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Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN) in collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has organized a skill gap workshop in information and communication technologies for librarians.

According to the organizers, the joint workshop with special focus on application of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in library operations was aimed at equipping librarians with skills to measure up new challenges in the ICT sector and be able to deploy and apply the knowledge to improve the lot of all information seekers.

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